Pacific Throttle House stands as a haven for vintage race cars. Specifically, we specialize in the art of vintage race car restoration. Many auto enthusiasts, collectors, and racers come to our shop to restore their beloved vintage race cars. We hold a deep appreciation for the golden era of motorsport which is why we are so passionate in restoring these historic machines.
In our workshop, we have the best skilled hands and keen knowledge to bring these automotive legends back to life. We are always prideful in the end results of the vintage race cars that grace our space in the shop. From iconic cars etched in racing history to lesser-known gems that deserve their rightful place in the spotlight, we undertake projects that span eras and earlier roads.
Vintage race car restoration is the process of restoring and preserving classic race cars to their original condition or race-ready state. Restoring these historic race cars involves repairing, rebuilding, and refurbishing them as brand new. Various components of the vehicle that may need some restoration can include the engine, chassis, suspension, bodywork, and interior, to match the specifications and appearance of the original racing car.
Restoring a vintage race car requires extensive knowledge of the specific make and model, as well as expertise in classic car mechanics, fabrication, and historical accuracy. The goal is to recreate the car’s original performance, aesthetics, and functionality, ensuring that it remains true to its historical significance.
We have a special place in our hearts for restoring vintage race cars, and for some, it takes us back to the old days and helps us feel young again. Cruising- or racing- around in our cars definitely brought us joy in our younger days. There is something special about bringing something old back to life.
It’s always an honor to work on these historic race cars. To us, these cars are legends, carrying a history of speed, power, and exhilaration. When it comes to vintage race car restoration, we make sure that these cars’ sleek curves and gleaming paintwork preserve the history of a time when racing was an electrifying form of art for the daredevils.
It’s always an exhilarating rush to hear those engines roar, and echo through the racetrack, and it never gets old!
The restoration process typically involves the following steps:
Research: Gathering historical information, photographs, and technical documentation about the particular race car to understand its original specifications, racing history, and unique features.
Disassembly: Carefully dismantling the vehicle, documenting and cataloging each part, and assessing their condition. This helps determine which components can be salvaged, restored, or replaced.
Repair and Replacement: Restoring or repairing damaged parts using appropriate techniques, materials, and tools. Some components may need to be replaced with period-correct or replica parts if the original parts are beyond repair or unavailable.
Engine Rebuilding: Rebuilding or refurbishing the engine to match the original specifications and performance standards. This involves disassembling the engine, cleaning and inspecting each component, replacing worn-out parts, and reassembling the engine to factory standards.
Chassis and Suspension: Inspecting and repairing the frame, chassis, suspension, brakes, and steering components to ensure structural integrity and optimal performance.
Bodywork and Paint: Restoring the car’s body panels, repairing or replacing damaged sections, and applying an authentic paint scheme to match the original design.
Interior Restoration: Refurbishing or recreating the car’s interior, including the dashboard, seats, upholstery, gauges, and controls, to match the original specifications.
Assembly and Testing: Reassembling the restored components, ensuring proper fit and alignment, and conducting thorough testing and adjustments to ensure the car’s performance and safety.