Everyone loves to watch them cruise down the street (or blaze by), but few people understand the unique requirements of classic and hot rod vehicles.

Classics often require specialized engine performance care and have cam shafts with a bigger lift and intake manifolds, which increases the amount of air into the engine and can increase performance at different RPMs. Ollom_car2Bigger brakes and air intakes as well as specialized computer programs, performance exhaust systems, and programming distinguish the newer hot rods. These unique qualities and others mean that you don’t want just any old mechanic caring for these cars.

Fortunately, we have Chris Ollom.

chris interviewed At 15-years old, Chris got a job to buy a rundown ’66 Chevelle. Ignoring his many naysayers, Chris restored and customized the car to the level of earning the title of Car of the Month from a Des Moines newspaper one year later. Since then, the classic cars he’s owned, restored and maintained include a ’57 Chevrolet Nomad, a ’56 Chevrolet, a ’69 convertible Chevrolet Camaro, a ’74 Dodge Cuda, a ’66 Ford Mustang and a ’66 Chevrolet Nova (a blown big block pro-street that was raced in the Pinks All Out television show).

Chris has also worked on cars for his customers over the years, which include:

a ’66 Ford Cyclone, a ’59, ‘60 and ’63 Chevrolet Corvette, a ’51 Lincoln Capri, a ’63 Chevrolet Nova, a ’67 Chevy Pickup (frame off restoration), a Ford Falcon, a ’66 Ford Mustang (full restoration), a ‘66 Mustang Convertible, a ‘69 Mustang Mach 1, a ‘71 Ford Torino, a Few Camaros all years HP 350 to over 500, ‘55-‘56-‘57 Chevy’s, and MORE, with heavy modifications done on many cars manufactured anywhere between the 1920s to the 1980s, as well as trucks.

His formal automotive training combined with his deep passion for learning the nuances of classic and hot rod repair and maintenance have distinguished Chris and Automotive Experts of Kent/Covington as the area’s top doctor for these remarkable vehicles.

[Photos: Top center and top right, Chris’s 66 Chevy Nova muscle car “Badass”. Middle left, Chris Ollom interviewed by KING5.]