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Meet Kohle Heimlich of American Heritage Performance in Harbor City

Today we’d like to introduce you to Kohle Heimlich.

Thanks for sharing your story with us Kohle. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
American Heritage Performance was started in 2012 in my home garage. I operated off jack stands out of my 2 car house garage for 8 months before I had cars lining the street for service and neighbors placing complaint calls to the city.

We moved into our current location in Harbor City a little over 4 years ago. I started with just the end unit (1500sqft). When I started I didn’t have an automotive lift (or money for one) so I worked off jack stands on my back for the first year we were at our present location. I eventually bought our first 2 post lift. Shortly after that I hired Edwin my first Employee and lead technician for AHP. After just a few months we rented the unit next to us and knocked out the wall. We added another 2 post lift. We took on a few more employees at that time and started purchasing machine shop equipment (Serdi valve job machine, Resurfacer, Hone, Etc…), shortly after that we rented the unit next to our other 2 units and knocked the other wall out. We were then able to add 2 more 2 post lifts (4 total). Today we are a 4500sqft 9 man shop with 4 2 posts lifts and an arsenal of high performance cylinder head and engine machining equipment. We are still growing, adding employees and equipment to our team. We are very excited about our most recent purchase of a brand new Superflow SF902s engine dyno. The Engine dyno will help with our research and development program for both our customers and our American Heritage Performance racing team. We are now maxed out (space wise) on the current rental space we have and will soon be looking to purchase our own building with double the space.

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
Owning a successful business is about managing challenges. Challenges present opportunities for you to grow. It’s the challenges that forge a successful business owner.

I have a saying and it has served me well over the years: When life hits you hard you can either go to the bar or go to the gym. If you fully understand that statement and the ramifications of actions/choices then you are on your way to understanding one of the keys to success in all of life.

We’d love to hear more about your business.
We are a Corvette and LS engine specialty shop.

We are known nationwide for the modifications we do to Corvette’s and LS engines. In short, we take stock corvettes and turn them into super cars and downright beasts.

We are known worldwide for our American Heritage Package 4 LS7 cylinder heads. We are one of the premier builders of LS7 heads in the entire world. We have customers that send in their heads to us from Florida, Texas, New York, Arizona, Etc… as well as countries like Germany, England, Canada, Australia, Dubai, Saudi Arabia, Spain, etc…

We are a full automotive machine shop with highly specialized equipment such as a cylinder head flow bench and Engine Dyno. We also provide a full labor/install side and do everything from building full on race cars to adding horse power to daily driven Corvettes.

We take great pride in our craft. We offer the highest quality craftsmanship in combination with first class customer service and old fashioned proper business practices.

We are honest and treat all our customers as we would want one of our loved ones to be treated in the same situation.

What were you like growing up?
I had a father that focused on his children either working or playing competitive level sports. It was this that helped me focus on what is important in life. Since a child I have always prided myself on my work ethic and organization of that work (working smart).

I went to school, worked and played Futbol. I was a good player who spent the last 2 years of my high school carrier playing for the Nike Soccer Academy in Florida. I even spent a brief period playing Futbol in Brazil.

Pricing:

  • Package 4 Cylinder heads with AHP PM valve guides $1,358
  • Package 4 Cylinder heads with AHP Moldstar90 valve guides: $1,908
  • We also offer hand porting to increase the power of any cyilnder heads

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