Click on the mechanic to view a slideshow of the building of Jim's '55 Chevy gasser "the way it used to be done"!
We have been a reliable source of power, performance and specialized automotive repair in the southern California area for over 40 years. We are extremely proud of our reputation for customer satisfaction and have built our business mainly on customer referrals.
Our custom engines have a reputation for providing maximum horsepower and amazing longevity. We design all our engines specifically for the needs of our clients.
We were the exclusive engine builder for the Skip Barber Cup Car Racing Experience headquartered at the California Speedway in Fontana. Our engines went faster and lasted longer than any engines previously used in the national program. Cup cars powered by VanGordon Racing Engines ran at Daytona International Speedway, Talladega Superspeedway, Nazareth Speedway, Homestead-Miami Speedway, Texas Motor Speedway, Phoenix International Speedway, and Las Vegas Motor Speedway. All engines were 358 ci, 18 degree Chevrolet V8s.
Beginning with the 2005 ASA Speed Truck Challenge season we became the official engine builder for this highly innovative spec series. By providing each of the GM Performance Vortec 330 HP/350 ci V8 engines with a complete make over, we guaranteed parity for each engine that left our shop. This was a step not taken by any other spec series. The precision work performed in our shop eliminated the guesswork and the variance that all too often occurs in factory engines. By offering this equality in competition, the ASA Speedtruck Challenge provided the essence of the true "spec" series.
Performance you can count on! Whether you are into high performance road course racing, strip or street, our shop will provide the power, proper drive train and suspension necessary to give you the peak performance you expect and the reliability you demand. Click on the photo to see a video of this car in action.
We use only the highest quality components for transmissions, drive trains, gears, and axels. Are you a weekend warrior? Do you believe the thrill of a life time would be driving your own race car? Let us help you realize that dream. We will custom build your road course car.
VanGordon Racing Engines has been featured in various magazine articles over the years. Stories have appeared in Mopar Muscle, Hot Rod Magazine, Mopar Action Magazine, Hot Rod, Super Chevy, Engine Builder Digest and Muscle Car Review. Click the link below to view some of the articles about engines we have built.
Click on the magazine below to read the article on the wild early Bronco that left all the other off-road vehicles in its class "in it's dust"!! The article covered the truck engine in its first year. The truck finished its third year running on the same engine and took second place in it's class...
Our full service shop can take your street, strip, road course, or oval track vehicle to the highest peak of performance possible. We routinely service and repair custom and collectible vehicles. We have a long history of success in all disciplines of the custom vehicle world and treat your collectible or vintage car as though it was our own. Click here to see just how far Jim goes to get the job done...
Specifications for our custom engines are carefully selected for the type of performance expected by our clients. We have been assembling custom engine packages for over 40 years and will build you the highest quality motor for the best available price. Our engines provide the type of performance expected and the longest life and durability possible. Get it done right the first time!
VanGordon's has been rebuilding carburetors for marine and off-road enthusiasts, as well as for the street, strip, and track for over 25 years. All carbs are completely disassembled, thoroughly inspected, and cleaned before reassembly. Parts that can normally be reused during the rebuilding process are inspected and used only if they pass strict quality controls. Any parts which do not pass this inspection process are replaced with new brand name components. All reconditioned carbs receive new gaskets and are pressure tested to insure peak performance.
Our shop provides dyno service and full chassis modifications for all high peformance vehicles.