HENNEPIN

Who is Hennepin RestoMods?

Hennepin RestoMods is a company that specializes in revitalizing cars, rebuilding, recreating, reassembling pieces and parts to make classic cars more drivable, usable, and fun. But doing this requires skill, experience, vision, and creativity which means a capable and experienced team.

Meet the Hennepin RestoMods Team

The Boss

Soren Barr

Soren Barr has a lifelong infatuation with cars. From Hot Wheels in grade school distractions into his High School years of sketching and designing cars which led to his enrollment at Michigan Tech with the goal of becoming a car designer.

As he pursued his goal, he found that at Ford and GM, it took more than a village to design a car. There was no one designer, but an army of engineers, designers and managers all working together to create the blandest vehicles available for general consumption. Not wanting to become a wave in this sea of apathy, he turned his studies towards engines. However, this did not dampen his passion for all things automotive. He started bolting parts and installing stereos, then quickly moved up to maintenance, repairs and engine swaps on the side. Which then turned into rally-crossing and a small business importing the rare East German Trabant P601’s.

The idea of building a business on restomods specifically started around 2013. He’d always had an eye for the unappreciated and under appreciated. Looking to find value where others do not. One man’s trash is another man’s treasure. And RestoMods represent that.

After over 20 years as a mechanical engineer, most recently with Cummins Power Generation specializing in all things diesel – product design, engineering management, project management with industrial engines and more, Soren opened Hennepin RestoMods in 2018. Over his career he’s learned the value of project planning, design and tremendous knowledge in systems as well as the compromises and costs that are inevitable at every level. In other words, he’s a guy who gets the job done.

First Car – 1973 Ford Pinto Station Wag​on

Jack of All Trades

Paul Hansen

Paul has been in love with cars his entire life, working with them off and on for 30+ years. It all began in with his first car in high school, bolting on as many accessories as he could find and teaching himself body work. Post secondary, he found a career within Federally Regulated Manufacturing and as the quality of his job improved, so did his cars. At this point, it became apparent he enjoyed detailing and buffing much more than body work. But is always willing to give a helping hand.  

Paul loves working with his hands and engaging with customers, trying to understand and realize their passions and motivations. He is a major proponent of our vision at Hennepin RestoMod. “It’s like lipstick on a pig. Anyone can cram a big block into a classic car and tune it like crazy, we’re not doing that. We’re removing the piggly insides and replacing them with a WOLF!”  

With teenagers in the house, he spends a lot of time working on their cars or forcing them (not always willingly) to help with his projects. Outside of autos, you’ll find Paul either up at his cabin or in his front yard getting dirty with landscaping and gardening.

His first Restomod build was a 1950 Ford F-1 truck placed onto a 1979 Ford F-150 4 x 4 chassis with a ton of cool custom touches.

First Car – 1967 Volkswagen

Technician

Logan Lowry

Logan started his journey driving around on his grandma and grandpa’s farm as a kid, which continued into his first build with his Dad on a 1990 F150 transmission, repairing some gaskets, bearings and clutch master & slave cylinders. After that, he was hooked.

Logan comes to Hennepin Restomod with 10 years experience under the hood. He studied at Hennepin Tech with a focus on Automotive & Welding.

Logan shows no allegiance to any manufacturer, preferring the power of a Cummins diesel engines, but loves giving Ford owners acronym grief. His current home project is a 1991 Dodge W350 Lifted & Large off road rock crawler project.

In his spare time, he tries to find time for his 08 Aprilia Tuono 1000, but if weather isn’t on his side he’ll be off roading or spending some quality time on the gun range.

First Car – 1990 Ford F150

Chris

Chris Zywicki

Like the other members of our team, Chris has been interested in cars from a young age. Introduced to the mechanic tradition at the age of 15, Chris traveled down to Iowa with his father to pull a 305 TPI engine out of a 1986 Pontiac Firebird Formula. Since then, every car Chris— now 23— has owned has required work and he has developed a skill set in routine/general maintenance as well as engine installation and suspension work.

 Besides cars, Chris loves motorcycles and has modded several mini bikes with bigger engines. Besides internal combustion engines, Chris is a guitarist in his metal band “Intrinsic” and spends his free time playing at bars and smaller venues around the Twin Cities and practicing. 

Chris drives his 1999 Saab 93 to work every day and it is part beater car part project car as the machine absorbs time and money from him for how many miles he puts on. This has instilled in Chris a love-hate relationship with Saab, for on one hand, his familiarity and their stock turbos are great, but on the other hand the way his “220k mile 93 loves to nickel and dime [his] wallet to death” is hardly enjoyable. 

Chris is an apprentice here so he’s learning as much as he’s working and we couldn’t be happier to have him.

Kyle

Kyle Leichter

For Kyle it all started in the back seat of his Mother’s wood-paneled Plymouth Voyager with his plush steering wheel made out of a pair of old corduroy pants. Later in life a college professor ignited a passion for the process of fabrication, taking things apart and fixing them for himself. 

He’s currently working on his Master’s in mechanical engineering. He’s been an engineer his whole life from Legos and Transformers, to cryogenic research or working as a test engineer at Polaris.

Motorcycles are his vehicular passion, He has a history of picking up bargain bikes in need of TLC and making them happy again. One of his favorite farkles was a 1995 Yamaha XT225, a prime example of thoughtful design-for-serviceability. His current project is focusing on keeping his girlfriends Toyota Corolla’s temperament in check.

In his spare time you can find him camping, riding, crashing and fixing his dirt bike out on the trails with a bunch of like minded off-roaders. When he’s not outdoors he can be found at home making music, playing his guitar or saxophone or practicing with the Great Northern Union Barbershop chorus. If he’s out and about you might find him on the dance floor. He spent several years competing in ballroom and latin dance and is active in the Twin Cities Swing Scene.

Kyle doesn’t have a preferred automaker alliance, but enjoys Mazda’s and found that his last Ford made him angry when he drove it.

First Car – 2005 Jeep Liberty

Greg

Engineer
Greg's engineering and automotive experience has been a great help in keeping our projects and products in line and moving forward!

Gerald

Technician
Gerald is a very experienced technician whose wealth of knowledge has helped us grow as he's lent a hand on various projects.

Ford Bronco classic car restoration

Craig

Marketing
Craig has helped us with marketing and sales since early on! His outside of the box thinking and energy has helped bring a fresh perspective.

Steve

RETIRED!
Steve helped us open the shop in 2018 and has retired to enjoy his personal rides. Steve still stops by when out in his various fun vehicles.

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Hours
Monday                                    9:30 – 4:00
Tuesday                                  9:30 – 4:00
Wednesday              9:30 – 4:00
Thursday                            9:30 – 4:00
Friday                                               9:30 – 4:00
Saturday, Sunday and evenings by appointment