A Family Run Business


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Matthew Means, President

Matthew Means is an extremely passionate artist, visionary and businessman. He has grown Anaheim Rod and Custom from a single stall shop that he rented from his friend Doyle in Fullerton California in 1998 to what it is today.  After a couple years at Doyle's, Matt rented a small shop of his own in Anaheim, California. With this first shop, Matt began establishing his place in the Southern California car culture and building his legacy. Most of the first projects were simple repairs or small restorations. After the first eight years of owning his own business, Matt decided to work for some other shops for a few years. It was during this time that Matt met and became friends with the well known painter, Tom Prewitt. Driven by creativity and a love for anything automotive, Tom and Matt worked together for the next six years by opening Department of Customz, in Anaheim CA. Determined and hard working, even during the difficult economy, they prospered.  Together they grew the Department of Customz to two full-size shops. Here they compiled many high-quality and award winning projects, like the Platinum Bomb and Nelly's Ford Flex featured at the 2011 SEMA Show. At the pinnacle of their growth together they completed a restoration of Tucker # 41, now considered the nicest in the world! Wanting to continue to build his own brand and style, Matt decided to branch out on his own again in 2014, opening Anaheim Rod and Custom with his wife (Becky Sue Means) and son (Atom Ford Means) by his side.


 Photo Credit:  Mitya Ku

Photo Credit: Mitya Ku

Becky Sue Means, Vice President

This hot rod mamma joined the A.R.C. team in 2015. She has 17+ years work experience in a variety of customer service rolls, including retail management, food service industry, and most recently property management. Rather than return to her office job after maternity leave, Becky was thrilled at the opportunity to join forces with her husband in the automotive industry! Becky Sue graduated with honors from California State University Fullerton, with a Bachelors Degree in Photo Communications. She is a freelance writer with articles published in numerous automotive magazines. In addition to writing and photography, Becky Sue has modeling experience also. Her photos have been featured in catalogs and advertisements for Lucky 13 Clothing Company, Hot Topic, Steady Clothing and Chicago Pneumatic Tools as well as on the covers of Ol' Skool Rodz Magazine, issue #65 and Blacktop Magazine. Becky is a car crazy gal, in addition to modeling with, photographing and writing about cars, she enjoys racing and wrenching on her 1961 Mercury Comet. She even founded a hands-on all-girls car club, the Gasoline Girls, in 2010. Like Becky, these ladies have a thirst for knowledge and the desire to do the job themselves… or at least try! To contact Becky please email: Beckysue@anaheimrodandcustom.com


 Look at that car!!

Look at that car!!

Atom Ford Means, Shop Helper

Our motivation, our inspiration, our bundle of joy, Atom Ford Means.  Atom came into our lives August 27th, 2014 and spent nearly every day of the first two years of his life at the shop.  It was when we found out that we were expecting our baby boy that we decided to rebrand, restructure and remodel our company.  From young age, it was apparent that Atom loved cars just about as much as mommy and daddy do! He especially loves firetrucks, and construction vehicles and has a fascination with cowboys and pirates. When we go for family cruises or to attend car shows, Atom can not stop telling strangers about his daddy's Lincoln or his mommy's race car. Its pretty adorable! Atom is an outgoing, well spoken, skilled builder, with a keen eye for detail--Just like his father.  It is apparent that this little boy loves his family and the family business very much.


 I'm ready to goooo

I'm ready to goooo


Presley Mae Means, Heiress

The youngest and fairest of them all, this little princess was born on July 18th, 2017.  She can be seen at the shop keeping us company and keeping us smiling. Presley likes to pretend she is talking on the telephone and she has already begun playing cars with her big brother and making vroom vroom sounds.  She adores the shop dog, Hudson, and any dog for that matter. Yes, she is distracting, but so full of spirit and joy. Having Presley around not only keeps the Mean's family close, but it also reinforces the positive work energy that we strive to create at Anaheim Rod and Custom.

 

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Hudson Means, Shop Dog

Our furry security officer. Upon entering our shop you will be greeted by this little tough guy. Don't let his bark alarm you he is a sweet little beast. Hudson is part Min-Pin/Chihuahua part Boston Terrier and 100% loving. Hudson has been coming to the shop with Matt his entire life.