The third group consists of people who seek to restore their car using modern parts and take advantage of technological advancements that have occurred over the last 50 years to increase the safety, comfort, drivability and performance of classic cars. A RESTOMOD typically maintains the same classic look of a restored original, but will replace some or all the suspension, brakes, cooling, engine, drivetrain, and steering systems with modern safety and performance parts.
Many enthusiasts who use their classic car as a daily driver or weekend cruiser are interested in conducting a partial RESTOMOD to improve the safely, reliability and performance of their vehicle at a manageable cost. A modern four-wheel disc brake system might be installed to replace the original drum brakes. Or, the old manual steering system might be replaced with modern aftermarket power steering or rack and pinion system. The carburetor might be replaced with a more reliable electronic fuel injection. Before starting on these modifications it’s important to think through how the new system interacts with the remainder of the car. And, what you intend to do next. A major cost of restoring a car over time is having to redo something to better fit with future changes. We are happy to sit down and talk with you to plan what you might want your vehicle to look like when complete, so the modifications you make today do not have to be changed later.
The degree to which you RESTOMOD a vehicle is a personal choice. While many enthusiasts opt for the more limited RESTOMOD discussed above, other seek to transform their car into a modern vehicle underneath the shell of a classic. This type of RESTOMOD could entail replacing the original motor with a modern crate engine having the power and performance characteristics of a Trans Am. Installing a modern transmission that is designed to handle the power output of the new engine. The suspension and steering might be replaced with a modern coil-over system. All of this might require the installation of a modern high performance braking system to safely address the increased power and speed of the new engine and drivetrain. This type of restoration enables the owner to significantly improve the performance of the vehicle while maintaining the look of the original classic.
For enthusiasts interested in RESTOMOD, matching numbers are of little importance. As long as the appearance of the car closely resembles the look of the stock vehicle, that is all that matters. In fact, a RESTOMOD can look like any “stock” vehicle of a particular make, model and year. For example, a RESTOMOD project could take a 6-cylinder 1965 mustang and turn into a 1965 Shelby GT350 tribute Car. Or, the RESTOMOD could be a made to look close to an original classic car while, underneath, having the power and performance or a Trans A. Finally, as in a traditional restoration, owners can choose to do a complete frame-off or rotisserie restoration building a unique one of a kind car, or they may partially restore and modernize their classic.
It’s important to note that within the classic car industry having the label of RESTOMOD does not necessarily decrease the value of your car and, depending on the model of the original, could substantially increase the car’s value. Before deciding whether to restore or RESTOMOD do your homework and seek advice from professionals. Major’s can help provide you with the information necessary for you to make an informed choice.