About Us

Big Al’s History

Big Al’s Toybox has been in business since 1989, and has 4 in-house machinists catering to the Hot Rod Enthusiast.

Al started his first Hot Rod project under his father’s guidance when he was 8 years old, a 1931 Ford coupe they bought for $150.00. A real Hot Rodder since he was 16 years old, it has for the most part kept him out of trouble, besides a few speeding tickets here and there. You could always find him in the garage and it has always steered him clear from drugs. Big Al always had the hot rod business in mind. When he was 15 years old he started a speed shop in his family’s garage with his neighbor Richard, who was 14, called R & A Speed Parts. They had mostly thrush mufflers, a pyramid of Indian Head gasket cement and a stack of parts catalogs like Midwest Auto Specialties, Moon Equipment and, of course, J.C. Whitney. They hoped someday to have a real storefront.

Well Big Al got what he wanted. As of 2015, he has sold over 10,000 engines since 1989 and loves the business. Big Al’s most fun is coming out with new parts like the “Beltguard,” he has sold over 5,000 of them since beginning manufacturing in the year 2000. Stuff like the “Remove Before Flight” ribbons started when he wanted one for the parachute for his own racecar and couldn’t find one anywhere. Now Big Al sells hundreds of them.

Al takes great pride in his business and routinely upgrades his equipment to ensure the best results. All of Al’s builders have owned their own shops and have a combined experience in the industry of over 80 years.

We are always looking for ways to tweak our products to meet the changing needs and wants of our customers. We appreciate your feedback to help us refine our future offerings.