Back in May 2012,in the old shop, Royce came to us with his 1956 Chevrolet BelAir. This beauty has had some modifications to the body, prior to his purchase a few years ago. Originally she was a 4 door, which had been smoothed over and made a two door, hard to notice unless you are really looking. We had only spoken with Royce a few times before he handed us the keys and told us to get going, talk about putting full faith in a shop you had just met!
So in the midst of moving the shop, Royce's car had to sit for a bit. It's to get all the necessary parts in order, build an engine and move an entire shop across town. Lucky for us, Royce is a super patient guy! Once we were all settled in the new shop, we got to work. Building the engine was the simple part, its an LQ9 with custom ground camshaft, 317 heads, a 4L60E transmission with 2600 stall, Dirty Dingo accessory brackets and a very custom cross-member!
As you can see in the pictures of the engine and progress we made, Phil spent many hours in the engine compartment, welding, grinding and painting to make the engine just right. When we were all done, we took her out for the maiden
voyage around Mesa. Boy did she have some get up and go!! This little LQ9 had no problem getting out her own way! People were looking as we drove her around working out all the kinks that come with a new build.
On a Friday afternoon, Royce came in pick up his girl. Talk about being able to see the joy in a man's face when he looked his car and then heard her start up!! He was like little kid on Christmas Day! That evening, he
drove her out to her first of many car shows here in the Valley of the Sun. I spoke with him the following week where he told me all about his friends and strangers and how much they loved the car and the sound of the engine.
Thanks again Royce for allowing us to build your engine and for trusting us during a pretty hectic time in PRK's life as we moved across town to a bigger and better shop!
We look forward to many more projects with more great customers!!!
Brian purchased his 72 C-10 about 3 years at the Good Guys car show in Scottsdale, since that day its been a work in progress. Brian completed a good majority of the work himself including frame off restoration, some of the
body work, after that he sent it out for more body work, paint and a full interior work up. Originally Brian put a stock 350 motor and 700R4 transmission in the truck, but driving her around daily he soon realized was a bit of struggle with the old carbureted motor.
He found us at PRK and decided it was time for an update. After looking at some numbers, deciding what direction Brian wanted to go with the truck, we put together a package. Today the truck has a PRK Built Iron Block LS1, 4L60E transmission and custom PRK aircraft loomed wiring harness. With a much more reliable motor and transmission, Brian is looking for to the upcoming show car season.
Dyno results: 325 ft lb of torque and 334.2 hp at the rear wheels. That is about 450 hp at the flywheel!!! Pretty awesome.
A while back we were contacted by Larry. He told us how he had grown up building cars with his father, on the east coast, and how he was looking to build this 99 Camaro he had. He brought us the Camaro, he already had an
engine built by another place, wanted to get the car running. After some time and consideration, he decided that car just wasn't the one. He did some looking around and found a really nice 2001 Camaro in California, a widow had it and just wanted it gone. Larry picked the car up, sight unseen and brought her back to PRK to get the engine put in her and get her up and running.
For a while everything seemed ok, the car was running but Larry could sense something just wasn't quite right. There was noise coming from the heads. He brought the car back to us and said just get her fixed, "I really love this car and just want her right." So that's what we did.
We dropped the engine and transmission out of the car, swapped the camshaft for a custom ground one, cleaned up the carbon built up on the pistons, replaced the worn out lifters and valves (on a supposed freshly built engine) and got her back and running. She sounds amazing now! No more ping, no lifter tick and runs like a champ.
Yesterday, I took her over to get a dynotune and see what we are working with now. Well she blew our minds! We had no idea the little Camaro was going to pull such great numbers. Remember now, she's just an iron block 6.0 with factory 317 heads, flat top pistons, an ls6 intake, headers, 3" exhaust and a stock air box! Now to some they might not be
impressed but me, I am!
As you can see from the pictures above, she has 393.7ftlb of Torque and 375.3 Horsepower!
Big thanks to Larry & his family for once again trusting in us and our knowledge to work on his vehicles. Thanks to UMS tuning for once again getting the dyno done!
We look forward to another long lasting relationship with Larry and the 2001 Camaro! :)
All to often we look at companies to see why we should bring our business there. Why should you come to PRK, what sets us apart some others?
To me, ethics is a huge part of business! If I am not honest, provide a bad service (both customer service wise & with your vehicle) then what happens? You tell your friends, they tell some more friends and then pretty soon everyone knows that PRK provides unreliable and to be honest crappy service.
I DO NOT want to be and WILL NOT be that company. At PRK we promise to be respectful, honest and up front on everything. We don't have anything to hide, I want to earn your trust and respect, this is only further our relationship and allow you to recommend us to your friends.
The reason I was always say to "become part of our family" is because that is what this is. I don't want to take my vehicle, computer or even child to someone I don't know or trust to provide the care and service they need, so why
should I expect that from you? If you have a question, whether it be a quick, what's the price for an oil change? or you just want to chat and learn more, call us! That is why I am here.
If you are reading this you should already know we are a family ran company. Phil and I (Randi) are here to make customers for life, I can't grow this business without you. Just like you can't develop a relationship without trust and honesty.
Remember shopping small and local keeps your dollars here in Arizona, where they belong. We always try to use small local companies for any of our supplies also.
Thank you for trusting us!
So we had the 2003 Silverado 1500HD dyno tuned!! OMG the results were amazing. We did a swap from the old engine of an LQ4 to an LY6 with a Z06 Corvette camshaft, LS3 throttle body, stock internal parts, and some normal bolt
on parts- intake, headers & electric fans.
I have the dyno tune sheets posted for you to review but basically the truck has max torque with 340ft lbs & 340hp at the rear wheels. As you know this is a full size- 3/4 ton pickup truck, not a small drive train by any means. The numbers equate to around 440hp & torque at the flywheel. Not bad for a stock motor and stock camshaft.
Big thanks to the guys at UMS Tuning for performing the dyno on the truck!!