What we do and how we estimate. February 24, 2017 02:09
Estimating work for past, current, and potential clients.
Lets start with a little background, as some know that we here at Throttle Works, don't specialize in one given make, or certain services. We are Idaho's premier one stop shop for custom and modified vehicles. Each one of us in the shop is knowledgeable in most aspects of modifying cars and trucks, but we have all started with a few different niche's, that collectively, covers 99 percent of modifying/tuning cars.
We are enthusiasts, and partake many different kind of racing, but we all have a huge soft spot for road racing. With that in mind, we each have our own personal vehicles that we build to our own tastes and to what certain racing sanctions have set for class rules. So with that said, we have a pretty solid foundation of knowledge for certain ways to go about a build to obtain class specific cars. Some enjoy full custom builds to have for their weekend warriors, others want to stay specific to SCCA Solo rules. There is just list after list after list from various sanctions like SCCA, NASA, Global Time Attack, etc. that all have different rules. But a few sanctions do share very similar rules as well.
With all of this said, I want to go into what it takes for us, as professionals, in doing work for you.
As I stated, that we don't specialize in one certain thing, it has its challenges. Again, with all of our different experiences, we as a shop are able to cover quite a bit of the automotive world. The biggest thing to understand though, is it is also a very vague statement.
-"If you can cover so many different services, and cars, then you should be able to do anything, right?"
That is a good question. We do like to challenge ourselves, and do things that we have never done, or something we haven't done in a long time.
So what does that mean for the client?
It means that we are going to do our best for you, whether that is building you a rollcage for that one car, that isn't the typical one you would see with a cage, or a certain car that was only manufactured in Japan that needs some specific parts. There are so many different variables that come into to play when modifying a vehicle to begin with.
You want your car to be different. Be a one off. Something that has never been done before.
That is great! And we would certainly love to help you.
This is where one of the hardest parts of the job comes into play. Estimating.
We did a turbo kit for 1 car with some custom fabricated parts, and labor was 40 hours, without tuning. So you want to the same thing, but you want a different sized turbo and different engine management. Well, the turbo may not fit the same as the previous car, because you want a bigger turbo. So that will require a different manifold, or modified manifold. This will then require an exhaust modification, and charge piping placements will change. Because of these changes, it is new to us, because it is a one off setup. So with this comes time. Time is money.
There are so many different scenarios that doing any modifications to any vehicle can and will change, sometimes more drastic than others.
Its not like a typical automotive repair shop that says, "for us to replace your brake rotors, calipers, and pads, that will 3.2 hours." There are labor guides available to shops to help them establish a well rounded estimate on replacing parts.
So you now want to upgrade your brake setup from the 2 piston caliper to a 6 piston, and go up in in rotor size, from 12" to 14". This no longer becomes a 3.2 hour job but maybe 7 or 8 hours. Because of the additional parts that come into play in order to accommodate the larger set up. There may be a modification necessary to get the new caliper bracket to work. We might have to take off the knuckle/spindle, in order to do that mod. We may not know right off the bat, because it may be a customer supplied part, which is fine.
And often time, with customer supplied parts, that every part that is needed may not be there. We wont really know until we start getting into the work. It's not that it adds difficulty, it adds time which can be difficult on the clients end of things.
We are always willing to help you shop for the right stuff, especially when you're willing to buy from us, or if we will be doing the work. It not only helps us offset the time that we spend helping make sure you get the right stuff, or everything you need, it ensures that the client that they receiving years of knowledge in the proper selection of those parts.
We have much love for many different cars that have ever been manufactured, which is why we just cant focus on anything specific. We love what we do, which is why we do what we do. We understand the feeling of having something built, or done that no on else has, or something that improves the overall condition and performance of the car. It truly is indescribable on the relationships that enthusiasts form with their cars.
We hope this helps you understand why a little more money may be necessary in doing a job. It is a tough conversation to have because we have to be vague in quoting a potential job before it starts. And we hope that you get a little better understanding as to why. Modifying your car is a commitment, especially when costs can be substantial. So we hope that anyone who plans to seek professional work, that having an open mind to how quickly costs can change. But whatever the cost, we will always ensure that we put out a quality product and work.
Thank you for your time, we hope to hear from you for your next automotive venture!!
Shopify and online sales presence. December 27, 2016 16:45
As we are typically a performance shop and not a warehouse for parts. We will slowly be adding some stuff to this online store that we either sell quite a few of, and/or sell locally.
We want to use it as a tool to help remind local customers as well, that we can get you all the same parts, and offer the customer service you desire.
As we can not compete with all online prices, there are still very many items that we are comparable. Just to take for an example a Sparco R215 Steering wheel at Evasive Motorsports.com is $250 dollars. Well good news! We can do that price too!
If you have any questions on any parts and parts availability, give us a call or shoot us an email. We would be more than happy to assist you with making your car that much more personal to you.
Throttle Works closing year. December 23, 2016 15:15
We are closing down 2016 with one more week left. I wanted to take a moment to recap some of the things we've done and accomplished.
The first major project we had at the beginning of the year was the "Throwing Fitz" Gm pickup. It was the first complete paint job we have done as Throttle Works and was a very big success. Dillon was able to to mix a custom one off color for our customer and the result was fantastic. The customer was ecstatic, and we couldn't be happier. It was a 1952 body on a Chevy S10 frame with a Tahoe 5.3 motor. Definitely one of our higher end classic pickup trucks.
The next notable project we have is the 56 Bel-Air. Another one that became a frame off restoration, but one that has been coming together beautifully. With everything, except for assembly of motor, done in-house, it's one we can appreciate. Dillon has done a good portion of the work, but we have all had a little to do with it here and there. A highlight to ths build is the msd-atomic ecu we used, with its self learning capabilities. Made for getting it started and going, very easy. Though we still have work left to do, it is becoming quite the car that we can't wait to see the final product.
We had the Firebird project in the shop for a while, but we chipped away at it when our client had a new idea. So, we had our last push on it in August to get it finished and functional. Our clients first pass down the 1/4 mile was a 11.72 at 121 mph! The team was happy, the owner was happy and there were high 5's all around! Definitely a great moment to share with the team, as its another successful project.
The Helena truck was one of those ones that we have been working on here and there, but none-the-less, completed. Well, with its purchase, came another order for the "Garden City" truck. These have come out looking great, the patina is on point to us and the customers are happy and excited with their looks. The customer that purchased the Helena truck wanted some upgrades from our standard offering, and got us a little excited because we managed to get our hands on one of the new Accuair Endo VT air tanks. this tank is pretty badass, makes for install a breeze and cleanliness. No extra valves that have to be mounted or accounted for. Helena is now setup on the Accuair E-level system, which has been a good system, so we were happy to install it.
The Garden City truck has come along with the purchase of the Helena truck, so as the sweet deal it is, we have another project coming into to 2017! Which is always exciting for us. It will follow our standard truck build sheets with a couple customer additions. Should be a fairly quick project, but just as any other customer, may want to add more things through the build process. Which is great for everyone!
Along with the major projects, always come with the smaller, or average day-to-day tasks. Which we have had plenty of them, from GTR's to a plethora of Corvettes, even to a few mini-vans. We have been pretty busy, and have gained that much more knowledge to better serve you and the community with anything you may have.
If you have read this whole article, I thank you. We look forward to serving you this coming year and building more badass cars!
Haltech December 2016 dealer bulletin. December 22, 2016 15:26
Hello, and welcome!
We will be releasing information that may or may not be of interest to you in regards to new products and support offered through many of our vendors.
This months dealer bulletin is compliments of Haltech, an industry leader in engine management.
Getting started. June 7, 2015 15:45
Welcome and thank you for stopping by. We are currently working on this part of the Throttle Works website. Tuning-Tools is a product developed from Rory in an effort to make life quicker and easier any time he is on the dyno.
We will be working to offer more products and merchandise on here in the near future. We would like to encourage you to come by, give us a call, or shoot us an email to see what we can do for you.
We look forward to working with you, and helping you achieve your automotive goals.
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