Electric Power Steering

We recently were able to install an ePowerSteering electric power steering on this classic Chevy Nova. In this video you’ll see a few photos of the install as well as the decrease in steering force needed.  These systems provide a simple, clean looking install. No new engine accessories, no hydraulic hoses, no fluid, just an electric motor unit and controller.

If you want to make your manual steering classic car easier to drive give us a call!

New Hire – Kyle

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Kyle

New Hire Kyle!

Hennepin RestMods has expanded again, hiring Kyle Leichter to add his engineering, fabrication, and testing skills to the shop.

Kyle has a Bachelor's degree in physics and is working on a Master's Degree in Mechanical Engineering, but also has significant experience with fabrication, repair and testing. We're excited to utilize his skills in the shop.

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The Griswold Family Truckster just got a little tougher

Jeep Grand Wagoneer

The Griswold Family Truckster just got a little tougher

We’re getting ready to say goodbye to this beautiful beast of a 1990 Jeep Grand Wagoneer. There is a huge new audience looking for these first generation luxury SUVs that show rugged personality and individualism compared to the more rounded, slightly minivanish SUVs and Crossovers of todayThis Luxury SUV of the past was in great shape when it got here, low mileage, great paint, immaculate interior and style for days.

This is a great example of a ride that does not need a full restomod, but can definitely be improved upon. We gave the Wagoneer some refreshments and upgrades to ensure it can roll on for 30 more rugged, refined years.

On the Wagoneer’s creature comfort side, The air conditioning was outdated and anemic, so we updated the inner workings of the AC unit to accept the more modern, more climate friendly R134a for those hot summer days.

The old halogen headlights were dull and weak, so they were replaced with LED headlights and LED driving lights were added for good measure, improved visibility and overall badassedness.

Under the hood, the Chrysler TorqueFlite A727 transmission was in good shape because of the low mileage, but the AMC 360 V8 had no oil pressure and some questionable mods from a previous owner. So we sent them out to Jasper to remanufacture. They replaced all the wear parts and double checked the hard parts to make sure they weren’t damaged. Giving us a right and tight engine and transmission combo that’s ready for the long haul with a 3 year, 100,000 mile warranty. For ease of use and updating, we got rid of the old carburetor and gave it a FiTech fuel injection upgrade for easy starts in any weather.

We’re sad to see this beauty go, but excited that it’ll be out there on the road with a new lease on life and an endless black ribbon of asphalt in its future.

New Hire Chris

 

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Chris

Meet Chris!

Chris is the new hire here and will be an apprentice of sorts.

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 practising.

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.

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Dodge Route Van RestoMod with Kitchen walkaround

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Dodge Route van restomod food truck conversion

A follow up on the Dodge Route van RestoMod we built last year for Chameleon Concessions. They completed the food truck conversion on it and it needed a little follow-up work before it heads out to service.

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1960 Saab 93F Ice Racer reveal

 

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1960 Saab 93f Racecar

1960 Saab 93F Project Reveal

Our work on the Saab is complete (except installing the fuel cell that we're still waiting on) and it's ready for final details and paint. If all goes well, it should see some racing later this summer!

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1948 Dodge Route Camper Van

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1948 Dodge Route Camper Van

1948 Dodge Route Camper Van project

Are you looking for an amazing vintage camper van / RV? This Dodge Route van is in South Dakota and looking for a new home. We'd love to rebuild this vintage motorhome for you. It could be rebuilt with the original drivetrain and RV conversion parts or could be RestoModded with a modern drivetrain and updated equipment. This would be a one-of-a-kind way to do some adventure camping for about the cost of a generic Sprinter RV.

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FiTech EFI Fuel Injection

 

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FiTech EFI systems

We are a proud installer of FiTech EFI systems

FiTech EFI bolts in in place of a traditional 4bbl carb and features four injectors and closed loop control and self tuning. EFI units start at $858, plus fuel pump, filters, fittings and installation. A basic FiTech EFI installation is $1850 including all parts and labor. Many installations will cost more so contact us to talk about your vehicle.

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EniCar Connected

 

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ENICAR 360°

Hennepin RestoModsis now an EniCar Connected distributor!

We are proud to be a distributor for the next generation of in-car connectivity. The Enicar system is a touchscreen controlled unit that includes stereo and navigation as many stereos do, but it also includes a lot more:
- Back-up cameras or upgrade to 360 cameras.
- HVAC controls that can control a Vintage Air or similar heat and AC system.
- Alarm w/ GPS tracking
- Phone app for remote communication and control
- TPMS will soon be available
- Can control other items like windows and door locks
- Live internet and updates available with a phone SIM card (not included)
- Enicar continues to update this system and will provide live updates as they are available. No subscription or further cost.

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