Doug Jenkins Classic Car Restoration & Hot Rod Customization

Auto restoration specialists, Doug Jenkins Garage, is based in St. Louis, Missouri and offers customization of antique, vintage and classic cars of all eras. From complete frame-off auto restorations to customizing classic cars of all ages, our engine, mechanical, fabrication, body and paint work is second to none. Whether it be a show-winning classic car restoration, a mild-to-wild custom street rod, or simply tuning up your classic daily driver, our professional staff of avid car nuts look forward to helping you with your next project. We love cars. Call today and let's talk about yours!

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And finally #9 in the list of great engine upgrades that illustrate what's possible and cool for upgrading and engine as part of your classic car restoration project.

Engine Upgrade 9This example is a '55 Chevy. The customer performed his own frame-off restoration over the course of several years, and has gotten good use of it since then. The car is gorgeous, and fun to drive. But like a lot of people, he's looking for a lot more from his engine. The car currently has the original 283 CID engine in it, and we'll certainly be returning that engine to the customer to help keep all the original parts together in case someone wants to bring the car back to original some day.

But for now he's providing us with a 383 CID that a friend of his built for him. Our customer and his engine building buddy used to drag race competitively together in the 70s, and are very excited to be getting back together for this project. And what fun the engine builder is having with all the great quality high performance parts available today, in contrast to the tough work guys had to do 30 years ago to get less power! Lower cost, better power, less work, more dependability. Engine technology has come a very long way.

This engine is being shipped directly to our shop, and we are providing design and installation service. We'll re-seal his Muncie transmission, replace the clutch, upgrade the exhaust for the increased horsepower engine, recommend and install a cooling package, and do a really clean job installing his real fast engine. He's figuring he'll be in the 420 HP range, plenty enough for a nice classic Chevy like this. On other pages of this article you'll find the remaining topics covered for mechanical upgrades to your classic car restoration project. Muscle car restorations have different possibilities than antique restorations, and all the relevant topics are covered here. Read and enjoy, and never hesitate to call us with questions about your cool car restoration and upgrade project.













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