The Latest News & Projects

Gary George, who runs Gary's Rods & Restorations in Northern California, has a long history of building outstanding vehicles. He was recently approached by Jason Souza to build a showstopping '56 Ford F-100. This will be a "no-holds-barred" project, but they want the truck to have an elegant and refined character rather than going for shock value. Look for future articles that will include sectioning the cowl and the hood, moving the wheel well openings in the front fenders, and scratch building a new bed that matches the shape of the cab.

#ProjectMiura This beautiful Lamborghini Miura is off to its owner for final assembly. We completed some major work on this frame-off restoration. Including both steel and aluminum metal fabrication, damage corrections, as well as complete body and paint. Our first project completed for 2022. Refreshed and headed back to its owner. 

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This is one of our current projects. It is a 1956 F100 Custom Pickup. We are 3D scanning this project which is slatted for a lot of body modifications which will all be conceived on the computer before we begin cutting this thing up. Stay tuned !

Some of the changes on this vehicle are:

  • We narrowed the wheel opening to have equal gaps between the front and the rear of the tire. The entire wheel opening was moved forward 4 1/2 inches and also moved up an inch.
  • Hydroshox system which adds or subtracts hydraulic fluid between the shock and upper mount, raising or lowering the overall height.
  • 572" Stack Injected Kaase BOSS / 825+ HP Pump Gas Street Engine from Kaase Engine Development

Here is a recap of all of our customers cars that we were fortunate to be a part of fulfilling their dreams. I want to thank the team @garysrodsandrestorations for all their hard work for allowing me to live my dream of owning one of the better hot rod shops in the area. Truly a dream come true.

This was our greatest day yet at the West Coast Nationals Goodguys show. We met a lot of new customers and all of our cars that were in competition won!!! Lucky enough to be selected for a top 5 America's Most Beautiful Street Rod, 2 Builders Choice Awards, and the truck won the Goodguys Hot Hauler award. Our 69 Z28 won Muscle Cars of the Year finalist. We did the body and paint on this one and the owner meticulously reassembled the car back to perfection. Good luck to Mark in the finals later this year on winning the title. Truly blessed with the crew that makes it possible and the customers that allow us to build their dreams.

34th West Coast Nationals Presented By BASF Awards

2021 America's Most Beautiful Finalist     
Sponsored by BASF    
Marty Bettis - Livermore, CA    
1959 Chevy Impala
2021 Muscle Car of the Year Finalist     
Sponsored by Billet Specialties    
Mark Perez - SanJose, CA    
1969 Camaro Z28
Builder's Choice Awards     
By Dominator Street Rods    
Richard Burgess - Alameda, CA    
1971 Datsun
Builder's Choice Awards     
By Dominator Street Rods    
Mike Dwight - Angels Camp, CA    
1932 Ford Roadster
Hot Hauler          
Ron Fort - Manteca, CA    
1953 Chevy Pickup

Photo credits by FuelCurve

A Clear-Cut Case of "How Do You Like Me Now?"

There are a lot of things a guy can forget about as the years go by. His first girlfriend, the street he grew up on, or what he did at his first job, but when it comes to what his first car was that isn’t one of those things. Hardcore car guys like John Prentice of Aptos, California don’t forget about what their first car was, and in particular they don’t forget what they didn’t like about the car.

For John Prentice and the 1968 Camaro he bought as a 16 year-old high school student it was the car’s “underperforming inline 6 with a 3-speed manual transmission.” John said his six-banger ’68 Camaro looked fast with wide Rally wheels and factory spoiler, but when he fired it up his high school buddies said it sounded more like a Datsun 210 than a muscle car. John kept his ’68 Camaro for three years after high school and then regretfully sold it.

Today we took our first step into the future, our first experience using 3D technology. 3D scanning our 56 F100 project which is slatted for a lot of body modifications which will all be conceived on the computer before we begin cutting this thing up.  Can't wait to start moving this sheet metal around in the computer so we can start cutting!

Stay tuned !

1953 Chevy project. This was the customers grandfather’s truck that was completely stock and untouched before this journey began. Now it rides on a @roadstershop chassis with a LT4 for power. This was a packaging nightmare but the guys in the shop got it all to work out. We spotted in some of the patina followed with a satin clear coat to help preserve the original paint.