Where Do Automotive Restoration Parts Come From?

In the small town of Lebanon, Ohio lays the largest licensed General Motors restoration parts manufacturer in the world; Restoration Parts Unlimited Inc. or RPUI for short. Typically after a vehicle is around 10 years old automaker's will stop producing most if not all of the parts for that particular model unless it's deemed absolutely necessary to continue production. What happens next is companies like RPUI will buy automaker's old casting molds to continue producing genuine replacement parts for vehicles. In RPUI's case they'll obtain rights to produce certified restoration parts. Anything you can think of from Paint Booths, Casting Molds, Jigs, Lathes, Matching Presses, and Carpet Stamps will be purchased from automakers. Tools such as these are specifically designed to create OEM or better quality replacement parts. If you need a '69 Camaro badge, a '57 Chevy Bel Air carpet, to a '52 Suburban quarter panel companies like RPUI have got the means to produce it and sell thru one of their hundreds of authorized dealers.


About Restoration Parts Unlimited Inc.

The Lebanon, Ohio-based RPUI, is the parent company for a group of restoration specialists consisting of Trim Parts, PUI, First Place Auto, Mr. Mustang, The Right Stuff Detailing and SoffSeal. Each company serves in a specific niche, manufacturing restoration components for classic GM, Mopar and Ford vehicles. Restoration Parts Unlimited, Inc. is owned by Dubin Clark & Company, Inc., which is a private equity firm headquartered in Greenwich, Connecticut. They are a family of market-leading automotive brands including the RPUI family of companies, Flowmaster, Hurst Shifters, Hurst Driveline, B&M Racing, and Dinan Engineering. So they are backed by alot of history and quality companies. So the next time you order a replacement part for your restoration project chances are they it came from RPUI.


Trim Parts, Inc.

Trim Parts manufactures General Motors licensed restoration parts and carpet for Chevrolet and other GM cars and trucks, along with Mopar-licensed restoration products for Dodge, Chrysler and Plymouth vehicles. They're dedicated to manufacturing the highest quality products offered in the restoration industry. Using the original GM tooling under licensing from GM, when tooling is available. Otherwise, Trim Parts engineers and builds in-house tooling to meet the original equipment specifications and quality. Custom molded carpets are cut, molded, sewn and boxed. When you see the “GM Restoration Parts” or the “Mopar Authentic Restoration Product” emblem associated with Trim Part's restoration parts, you can be assured that each part meets the guidelines for quality and authenticity. Visit www.trimparts.com for more information.


Parts Unlimited, Inc.

PUI Interiors was founded in 1977 with a commitment to serve the automotive aftermarket industry. Since then, PUI has proudly continued a tradition of providing the finest quality interior restoration components available at the fairest prices. Backed by experience and extensive in house capabilities, they're able to maintain nearly all of their own quality control at the PUI facilities in Kentucky. Visit www.puiinteriors.com for more information.


The Right Stuff Detailing

For 25 years, The Right Stuff Detailing has been manufacturing and distributing brake and fuel systems for classic cars. Specializing in brake lines, fuel lines and disc brake conversion kits, they cover all makes and models of American muscle cars including General Motors, Ford and Chrysler ranging from model years 1936-2013. Visit www.getdiscbrakes.com for more information.



SoffSeal has tooling capabilities including both sponge and dense extrusions. Also manufacturing custom molded parts. SoffSeal can bond molded parts to extrusions, both sponge and dense. Additionally, making rubber parts such as pedal pads, bushings, grommets, seals and other related items. They're specialty has been in weatherstripping and sealing products for the restoration and Street Rod markets, custom OEM applications, as well as universal-use sealing products. SoffSeal can be of assistance to such industries as custom van builders, sun roof installers, custom coach builders, and any company that requires rubber and weatherstripping products. Visit www.soffseal.com for more information.


First Place Auto Products

First Place Auto Products is a specialty manufacturer of select automobile parts and primarily serves the automotive restoration marketplace. By combining the best of today’s technology with tried and true craft methods of days gone by, they'll recreate and return long discontinued parts to the market. And in some cases, even create unique new parts as well. Many of the parts are manufactured under licensing programs administered by the original manufacturers: Ford Motor Company’s “Official Licensed Products” and Chrysler LLC’s “Mopar Authentic Restoration Products.” Parts so designated are duplicates of originals and your assurance of quality is backed by such parts having been inspected and validated by these original automobile makers through these licensing programs. First Place Auto Products is especially proud to be the license holder in the product categories they choose to serve. You can be assured that such products are positively the premiere products available bar none. Visit www.fpap.com for more information.


Mr. Mustang

Since 1975, the award-winning Mr. Mustang has been offering some of the finest performing Mustang parts on the market to give discriminating collectors what they really want – quality with their car parts. As a classic auto authority, Mr. Mustang manufactures their own brand of over 200 products to exact OEM specifications for complete customer assurance. They are the preferred brand for car parts online by body shops and restorers nationwide which is why whenever possible, always insist on Mr. Mustang parts. Visit www.mrmustangparts.com for more information.


Become A Dealer

If you own a store front, e-commerce store or a restoration shop and want information about becoming a RPUI family of companies dealer then fill out their contact forum here: http://rpui.com/?page_id=19.


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2 thoughts on “Where Do Automotive Restoration Parts Come From?

  • February 22, 2016 at 8:44 am

    I've always wondered who provides the car parts now I feel I know a lot more about their origins. I'm surprised that the larges licensed General Motors restoration parts manufacturer  in the world is in Ohio. One of my truck sides was basically destroyed when my son was backing out of the garage the other day so we need to get a replacement truck panel. Now we will know generally where our new car part comes from so thank you!

  • June 29, 2016 at 11:26 pm

    Aah, now I know. I actually don't know this one yet. Thank you for this information. This is very good.

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