Growing up I always had a fascination for cars. My grandfather restored 1960's Mustangs and was always tinkering on one. Hanging out in the garage I was always intrigued by the different tools and how things worked mechanically. Back then, finding parts for cars wasn't as easy as it is now. You had to make tons of phone calls through the yellow pages and scour the junkyards for parts. The early exposure at the age of 3 years old instilled in me a passion for cars that has been with me ever since.
At 16 I bought my first car, a 1980 Audi 5000. The car ran decentley, but it leaked oil and had a electrical issues. I drove that car to high school with pride and eventually sold it when my grandfather gave me a 1967 Mustang. Over the years I would go on to buy and sell many cars, interacting with a multitude of mechanics and body guys. Learning from my mistakes, I figured out the difference between a quality build and a good deal. This led to me teaming up with some great mechanics and paint guys in the business. I micromanage your build so you can enjoy the process. Finding the right car and creating the perfect build is what I live for. One of my most exciting builds to date has been my 1982 widebody Porsche 928 with a Chevy 350 swap. It has a Holley Sniper EFI, Autometer gauges, Brembo Brakes, Raceline wheels, coilovers, aftermarket sway bars, 3 inch exhaust, aluminum radiator, custom interior, sound system, along with vintage air. I envisioned a German classic, with a touch of American muscle that resembled a Hot Wheel. The result is a spectacular build that I can drive every day with a grin on my face. My desire to help other car guys realize their dreams build minus all the headaches has always been my ultimate goal.
When you're building a classic car, there are three ways in which you can do so.
You can do a Restoration which essentially refers to taking a great classic car and bringing it back to life with all (or most) of the original factory parts. The process involves repair of the visible parts (e.g., body trim, interior, etc.) as well as the parts not easily seen (e.g., electrical, suspension, brakes, etc.). The result is a beautiful, preserved automobile in factory-new condition with authentic parts-just like it came off the showroom floor decades ago.
You can build a Resto-rod which is a restoration with bolt on modern parts (e.g., disc brakes, suspension, aluminum radiator, air conditioning, etc.) This maintains the originality of the car but adds the benefits of drivability.
Or You can create a Pro-touring beast which pushes the limits of performance with engine and handling upgrades on par with some supercars. At first glance there is no mistaking a pro-touring classic. Modifications to the body or trim are usually added to give the car a more aggressive stance and make it more distinctive. Pro-touring car can be driven in auto-cross or cross country at 100 mph all day.
If originality is your main concern, then a restored numbers matching classic is going to be the way to go. These cars can fetch big dollars at the auctions. Depending on the car, you can spend significantly more on rare, hard to find parts. On the other hand, if you are looking for a classic you can drive on a daily, then you may lean towards a Resto-rod or Pro-touring vehicle. You can enjoy a much smoother ride, with the benefits of modern performance and comfort. Although prices can vary on the resale market, a quality-built Resto-rod or Pro-touring car can still bring high dollars. The only catch to these kinds of classics is each build is done to the taste of that particular owner. Whichever option you choose, I'm here to consult with you on that project. My goal is to fulfill your dream vision and provide you personally, with the rewarding experience as a car owner