Classic and collector cars by Scott Tucker > Our Philosophy
Welcome to Scott Tucker’s Classic Car Service and Restoration. We are a unique shop dedicated to servicing and restoring classic cars. The skillset of today’s technician is much different than those of the mechanics of yesteryear. In the day of throw it away when it is broken a technican follows a ‘diagnose and replace’ procedure. If an alternator is faulty, you install a new alternator. When the classics were built the business model reflected a ‘diagnose and repair’ procedure. That alternator would be disassembled, cleaned, and the worn parts replaced.
What is a classic car?
My general definition of a classic car is any car that has reached the point in it’s lifecycle that it has become difficult to locate parts and most of the cars originally built have already been recycled. However, just because a car is a classic it does not mean that it is desirable (this is ones personal judgement though. I am specifically fond of cars with which the owner has a sentimental value but no real value). I consider any car 1995 and older to be a classic and for a specific reason. In 1996 OBDII was mandated and now cars had a universal self-diagnostic system and this was a game changer for reliability.
Classic cars have become very popular with values skyrocketing. The most popular vehicles are from the early 70’s and older. This has a lot to do with these being the cars which were popular when people who are now retiring were young. Road rally’s such as the California Mille are a way to live the dreams of one’s youth in a car you could never have afforded at the time.
We have a wide variety of experience on many different makes and models. We prefer to hire employees who attended the DeAnza College Automotive Technology program in Cupertino. This is a very comprehensive program. Completing it takes 3 years of full time study. If you want to get three AS degrees it takes another year and a half.
This program teaches technicians to treat cars as a system of mechanisms and not just a module. The difference between changing brushes or changing the whole alternator.
Let’s face it, there are not enough specialists in the Bay Area for all classic cars. There are Ferrari specialist, and Jaguar specialists, and Corvette specialists, etc. but these shops are booked for months or years. They have sometimes become popular simply because they are a specialist, but their work is wrought with problems. On old cars, information is often scarce. At this point you have to rely on your knowledge.
Did you know there are no published engine specs for the Lamborghini Countach engine? I’m not talking horsepower but instead engine bearing clearance specs and piston to wall clearances, minimum cylinder liner thickness, and more. The only way to accomplish the goal is to rely on your knowledge of how these mechanical systems operate. We have than knowledge.