As the car is now running I have been tinkering with engine and driving around trying to get quotes to restore the bodywork. Everyone seems very unwilling either to take my car on or if they are to give any kind of quote before the body has been acid dipped. The only people I have been able to get a quote of are a company called Majestic Motors ( https://www.majestic-motors.co.uk
). The guy seems nice and very professional but after looking at my car the quote comes out at £4450 (this is for labour and parts to repair the front valence, repairs to doors and inner doors,a pillar/scuttle area,repair both rear wheel arches, both corners on the rear valence and 10 hours of contingency time). I have no experience in this field so kindly ask for people's opinions on this, is this expensive for the kind of work (a Mercedes and a Daimler were among the cars in the workshop so it wouldn't surprise me if they were charging the very highest prices for their work), similarly does anyone know how good majestic motors are or if their are any restorers in the midlands that might be more willing to give me a quote? Any replies are much appreciated.
Apart from that I'm also looking for a person to convert my car from its current 1500 engine to a Mazda Mx5 1.6, someone on the forum was going to do it but I think I've left it too long and they no longer can, is anyone else able too or does anyone know of a garage in the Coventry/midlands area that does that kind of work