Motorheads Customer Project

 

    
Customer Satisfaction at Motorheads Performance is our highest priority. 1949 Ford F1 Pickup

Customer initially came to Motorheads wanting to install an IFS (independent front suspension) system and to move the firewall, which had been modified by the previous owner, setting the firewall 12" into the passenger compartment, creating a real lack of leg room to drive!  

Shortly after work began, our customer shifted project focus to swapping the well running Olds Rocket 350 V8 (out of a '70 Cutlass) to a throttle-body fuel injected 350 out of an '89 Suburban donor vehicle he found. We discussed the pros and cons of this type of swap (going to fuel injection can add big bucks - including the need for a new transmission, as well as new brake booster, radiator and other accessories in order to get everything to fit into the very cramped engine compartment), but customer insisted on wanting the swap. He then began added a list of his "essentials", including custom seats, tilt steering wheel, new rims and tires, and new glass all around.

As we forewarn all of our customers, these changes bumped our customer out of the original production schedule, and, the job came in thousands of dollars over the original plan, creating stress for everyone involved. For more on budgeting and the importance of sticking to your game plan, see our newsletter articles:  

 

http://txhotrods.blogspot.com/2007_01_01_archive.html

http://txhotrods.blogspot.com/2008/11/warning-you-get-what-you-pay-for-i-know.html

http://txhotrods.blogspot.com/2007/09/how-to-get-more-engine-power-better.html

 

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Motorheads Performance specializes in cars and trucks from the 1920's through 1970's.  Performance upgrades, engine restorations, engine swaps, repairs and partial to full restoration services.  We can recreate bone-stock vehicles (how cars looked and ran when they left the factory) utilizing NOS (new old stock) parts or hunt down original parts.  We also use high-quality after-market products from top-name manufacturers (see our products page for partial listing) for those wanting late-model drivetrains, suspensions, A/C etc. Motorheads accepts street rods, muscle cars, classic cars, hot rods, antiques, classic trucks and custom cars and trucks.  We perform work on Mopars, GM, Chevrolet, Chrysler, Ford, GMC, Plymouth, Pontiac, AMC, Buick and Olds of the 1920's to 1970's. 

Muscle Cars include popular makes and models from 1964 to 1972 (the muscle car era),  such as AMX, Dart, Nova, Nova Super Sport, Chevelle, Chevelle SS, Impala, Cuda, Impala SS, Corvette, Sting Ray, Corvair, Monte Carlo, Charger, Hemi-Charger, Charger R/T, Cobra, GTX, Hemi Cuda, Shelby Cobra, Challenger, Coronet, GTO, Mustang, Mustang Fastback, Shelby Mustang, Mustang 2+2, Mustang Mach I, Rouche Mustang, Boss Mustang, Fairlane 427, Torino Cobra, Cyclone GT, Camaro, Camaro SS, Cuda, Trans Am, Firebird, Formula Firebird, Scrambler, Barracuda, Cougar, Cyclone Spoiler, AMC Javelin, Olds 442, Hurst Olds, Super Bee, Superbird, Duster, TransAm, Biscayne, Satellite and Road Runner.  

Classic Cars include cars of the 1950's to 1970's such as the Bel Air, Chevy Two-Ten, One-Fifty, Nomad, Corvette, Stingray, Malibu, Thunderbird, Fairlane, Crown Vic, Ranchero, Lincoln, Continental, Sunliner, DeSoto, Custom Royal, V-8 Royal Lancer, Imperial, Studebaker, Belvedere, Olds Ninety-Eight, Biscayne, Rocket, Delta, Buick Wildcat, LaSalle, Falcon, Nash, Hudson, Chrysler New Yorker, Customline Tudor, Crestline, Royal 500, Coronet, Custom Imperial, Packard, Willys, Sedan Delivery, Mercury Monterey, Montclair, Phaeton, Capri, Crestline, Customline, Kaiser, Star Chief, Catalina, Century, Roadmaster, Riviera, Roadmaster, Windsor, Fireflite Coronado, Victoria, Plymouth Fury, El Camino, Galaxie, Chevy II and other collectable cars and trucks of this era.

Antique Cars generally include makes and models from the 1920's thru 1940's by Cadillac, Buick, Chevrolet, Oldsmobile, Plymouth, Dodge, Pontiac, Buick, Hudson, Essex, Ford, Chrysler, Willys, Willy-Knight, DeSoto, Studebaker, Rockne, Dusenberg, Hupmobile, Cord, Packard, Pierce-Arrow and Nash. Beginning with oldies such as the Model T, Model A, Model L, Model 22, Model 55, Model 48, up to the Ford Sports Coupe, Chevy Cabriolet, Willys DeLuxe, Chevy Fleetline, Plymouth DeLuxe, Chrysler Town & Country "Woody" wagon and Nash Rambler... just to mention a few.

The terms Hot Rods and Street Rods can refer to cars of any of these eras (although there are certainly favorites among rodders), and the terms are often interchanged and confused.  Both tend to refer to vehicles which have been kept at or close to factory specs, with original engines, interiors and body. Some define Hot Rod as a beefed up vehicle built for high performance and probably sees at least occasional street or strip racing, whereas a Street Rod is a somewhat beefed up ride which is still very street legal and probably more favored for long pleasure rides, rod runs and cruises. While Hot Rods and Street Rods tend to use original drivetrains (or swap for small blocks or big blocks of the time if the original motor is tired), performance manifolds, tunnel rams, blowers, superchargers, cams, lifters, rods, breathers, fuel lines, suspensions, brakes, intake and exhaust systems are often added and/or upgraded to increase power and performance.   Custom vehicles have been quite altered from original factory specs, often exchanging original engines for later model power, modernized interiors that look little like the originals, and restyled bodies and trim.

Motorheads Performance has become known as nostalgia and traditionalist builders with "a pinch of high tech", preferring to keep stock vehicles as close to original as possible while giving customers the comforts and conveniences which will enhance their driving experience and allow them to get out and hit the roads in style!

 

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