I live in Rural Il. 1 1/2 from Chicago. I spent 60+ years in California. I can safely say that body shop rates are significantly higher here then in Cali. I have also found the work product is inferior. That is not to say there are not still good places, but finding "old School" body guys are getting much harder. Generally they are not "restorers" which adds another level of $.
MY FC is in bad shape. I have been able to find corners and now a top section. I am going to cut out and replace. I do have a body back ground, but I am not a pro.
Also some guys work on the side for cash (Try Craig's list) just look at work samples first, many are hatchet. Don't mean to be an alarmist, but I have been through it 5 times now.
: How much do you think it would cost to have a
: shop restore a cab (bad floors,corners
: window frame body mounts).metal work