When you love something, you take care of it. Even if it costs $90,000 to restore, and 10 months to complete? That’s what one customer invested to restore his dad’s beloved 1965 Ford Mustang. The car originally cost $3,500 about 50 years ago. Now, it’s priceless to him.
Pasquale Roppo, owner of Geneva Body Shop and Geneva Repair Shop, explained how his customer had originally restored the Mustang for his dad before he passed away. Recently, the customer wanted to customize that restoration, and sought Roppo’s help.
The first step for any customization, Roppo says, “before I even look at the car, is to meet with the customers and discuss what they want to accomplish. We can do a restoration for $15,000, or it can exceed $200,000. It all depend how much the customer wants to restore or change. When you’re customizing cars, many parts need to be individually made to fit and work well.”
Roppo makes sure he and the customer are clear on the goals and cost, to avert any surprises and fulfill the customers’ expectations. He encourages customers to be involved in every step of the customization, and invites them to watch and inspect the work.
Work on the ‘65 Mustang meant customizing it with an Italian Momo steering wheel (usually seen in racing cars and in Ferrari’s), a custom engine, upgraded rear suspension, top-grade aluminum wheels, and “a seamless body.”
Roppo explains that this “one-of-a-kind” Mustang was sprayed with six coats of deep black paint and two coats of primer, wet-sanded to buff out any “ripples,” and finished with multiple coats of clear to achieve a lustrous “mirror finish.”
He oversees all car restoration, customization, and repair at his two Batavia shops, at 901 N. Raddant Road. In business since 2010, Roppo recently expanded operations to accommodate more automotive work, including work on imported and exotic cars.
For more information, visit www.genevabodyshop.com or call 630-482-3554.