We have a war on or hands! It’s the battle of Resto Mod vs Restoration. Resto-Modding is when a vintage car is restored using modern and/or aftermarket components and accessories in conjunction with original parts. A restoration is the repair and/or replacement of not only the visible pieces, but also the core components.
There will always be the purist of the world, and honestly we would like to thank them and show our respect. The unmatched love for period correct restorations will ensure that bits and pieces of automobile history and tradition are kept alive. On the other hand, The Resto Mod was born from wanting a classic whip with a little bit of pop. Generally, the formula consists of blending custom esthetics with modern technology to personalize and upgrade the bones of a classic car. We choose not to take sides because we believe that there is a place for both. We would much rather make peace and show you the connection—and that connection always begins with a classic car.
Before you begin building your classic car, you might want to make some serious considerations before you sink your teeth in. The value and desire of the specific vehicle you are starting your project with, and your budget. A vehicle with a high number of units produced or an undesirable model, is probably a better served getting some modern modifications. Where as a vehicle that is highly desirable, holding a high value, is more suited for a restoration. Some very rare collector cars, regardless of condition, are worth more in the original condition than if modified.
Here at American RestoMods we build both—although, as our name implies, we are more known for Resto Mods. Depending on the day, we might see a mild build consisting of a new engine and some minor dress up items for a simple and inexpensive Hot Rod. The other end of the spectrum is a wild build consisting of a fuel-injected engine, automatic overdrive or modern six speed standard shift transmission, with a sophisticated independent rear differential, upgraded power steering rack and a set of four wheel, four piston power disk brakes. That doesn’t even include the aesthetics where the body is channeled, top is chopped, lamps are Frenched…etc, etc, etc.
43 years into building Hot Rods, our team has noticed the aftermarket industry as a whole, steadily moving forward—in the regard that many innovative companies produce a multitude of slick products that help builders like us, achieve your dream ride. If you wanted a certain a look in the time of the original Hot Rods of the 50’s and 60’s, you had to fabricate it. Your only other choice was to go hunting through your local salvage yard with the intention of modifying parts from another car to suit your build. Those times made some great fabricators out of some every day Joes. If you are like us and continued building Hot Rods for all of these years, your perseverance is paying off because we can now buy just about anything our imagination dreams up. The details are where a lot of us tend to get caught up. Steering wheels, door handles, and billet goodies are a Hot Rod builders dream.
At the end of the day, we have found that whether it’s a 1932 Ford, 1958 Chevy Impala or 1970 Pontiac, the Classic Car/Hot Rod owners we work for are interested in building a look that is pleasing to the eye, coupled with a technically engineered drivable classic car or truck. The number one priority for most people looking to create a resto mod is to be able to DRIVE and ENJOY their vintage car—and we don’t see anything wrong with that!
So, here is an olive branch in the name of coming together for one love. The love of classic cars.