New Additions to the Family: New Babies, New Cars, New Equipment, Oh My!

We are happy to share with you some new additions to the Anaheim Rod and Custom family which include: new babies, family four doors and four post lifts! As Benjamin Franklin once said, " Without continual growth and progress, such words as improvement, achievement, and success have no meaning," and we couldn't agree more! Transitions can be a struggle at times but they are so worth it!

Since our annual open house this past June business has been bussier than ever and on the morning of July 18th Becky Sue was busy gaving birth to our beautiful baby girl, Presley Mae Means. During the same time frame that Becky was out we were preparing Tonya's Buick Riviera for her Pinup Pole Show Buick Reveal Party (see the YouTude video here) along with preparing Brian & Deanna's Cadillac complete build for the SEMA Show's AirLift Performance Suspension booth. We are happy to announce that Becky is now back from maternity leave and would  like to thank all of our clients: current, past and potential for your patience with us during this time of transition and adjustment. Now with Presley by our side, we will be focusing on following up and scheduling new projects.

With the addition of one more child to our family we decided to add a new family four door  to our fleet, a 1960 Lincoln Continental Mark V. Matt has dreamed of owning one of these babies for a long time and he took a pilgrimage to Nebraska for this special all-original car. The Lincoln and Presley's debut car show was the Cruisin' for a Cure show at the Orange County Fair Grounds.  We have since enjoyed taking the kids out in our new family car to local cruise nights, cars and coffee events and parading them down the streets of Anaheim in the annual Anaheim Halloween Parade. Our two new babies have added a lot of joy to our lives! 

The recent installation of some new Bendpak 4 post lifts in the shop has given us the opportunity to make way to welcome a few more cars to join the Anaheim Rod and Custom family!  We look forward to finishing up existing client's cars so that they can take them home to drive and enjoy for the holidays because that's what it's all about! We anticipate taking in some additional new builds at the beginning of the year. Becky hopes to blog about the projects and share more photos on our social media with you all on a regular basis.

Now in the month of November, we are presently counting down the days until one of our techs, Jon Van Hesteren's, wife gives birth to their first son! With Thanksgiving right around the corner we are counting our blessings and have so much to be thankful for.  Foremost we would like to give thanks for all of our clients and supporters for without you none of this would be possible. Wishing you all many blessings as we approach the holiday season!



The Grape Space Coaster

Many of you may recognize the unforgettable Grape Space Coaster, a fixture at local car shows and the North Holywood car scene or from its appearance on Episode one of My Ride Rules. The famed '65 Buick Riviera was originally bought and owned by Beverly Hills Buick dealership owner, Harold Wyatt. As with many cars, they rarely stay with one owner and Chris Dursa of Ohio was lucky enough to acquire the Riviera in 1993. Chris had plans of drag racing, so he not only did a frame off restoration, but he also did some engine upgrades to unleash the previously untapped power potential. In 2009 this hopped up Buick and its eye-grabbing purple color change was ready for a new home - Enter Tonya Kay, who fell head over heals for the car on first sight.

Tonya, who not only LOVES purple, is also a well-known professional dancer and actress. Best known for her roles on TV shows such as ABC's Criminal Minds and Fox's House MD also tours the world as creator and producer of her very own Tonya Kay's Pinup Pole Show. Dubbed, " The Most Dangerous Woman in Hollywood" Tonya Kay and her Pinup Pole Show troupe puts on performances locally around Hollywood and Long Beach often incorporating the custom car culture scene at her shows.

This multi-talented babe is no stranger to getting her hands dirty either; when Tonya isn't performing or producing she can be found making bio-diesel from vegetable oil for three of her six-vehicle fleet. After several years of cruising the boulevards, Tonya has decided to give, "The Grape Space Coaster," (this is her name for her beloved Riviera) some much needed TLC. We are thrilled that Tonya chose Anaheim Rod and Custom to preform a list of upgrades to this famed Buick which include: engine, electrical, wheels, tires, a custom grill, paint and body repairs and interior upgrades to name a few. The Grape Space Coaster will soon be back on the streets cruising So Cal and turning heads as it has done since 1965.  Keep an eye on our social media feed for updates on the progression of this cool car!

To learn more about Tonya Kay visit her website or the Grape Space Coaster's Website:

A match made in Heaven

2017 is in full swing, and there is a lot in store for ARC, including a full frame off restoration on a 1963 Cadillac, which is scheduled to be in the Airlift Performance booth at the 2017 SEMA Show. The owner, Brian Henderson, has been a car enthusiast most of his life and owned over thirty classics in the last ten years.  Nothing seems to get in the way of his passion for cars, not even women. There is only one woman, who comes first, and that's his wife, Deanna. Brian found out quickly that Deanna shares the same passion as he does. 

Brian randomly found a listing for a Cadillac for sale, and the two ended up buying it together 50/50 after only dating for one week.  It was a match made in heaven!  Deanna's dad thought she was crazy for buying a car with a guy she just met but was excited they'd be joining the family tradition of participating at local car shows.  Deanna's parents have a '63 TBird, her brother has a '66 Nova and her sister has a '63 Nova convertible.  Car shows have become a big event for their family over the years from the Seal Beach Car Show to Viva Las Vegas.  Brian and Deanna have put a lot of love into the '63 and enjoyed driving it for many years. Since then, it's been sitting among the other cars in his collection, and they have decided that it is time to put some love back into it. 

The Hendersons came to Anaheim Rod and Custom just to discuss getting the '63 running again. Before the discussion was over, a complete overhaul was the car's destiny. The Cadillac had spent no time in the bone yard and was stripped down to the chassis before it made it through the bay door of the shop. We are on it! A new Chevy Performance LS3 with velocity stacks, 4L60e trans, new suspension upgrades, and all around six-piston Baer brakes and of course a top of the line Airlift self-leveling suspension will be installed in the car. Lots of subtle changes will be taking place in the interior, Currie Enterprises rear end, Borla Exhaust, Choppin Block chassis kit, and a deep House of Kolor Burple Kandy paint job with various colors of blending meta jewels will adorn the exterior. It's going to be cosmic! The best part is... you'll get to see it in person at the SEMA show this year! Keep checking back for updates and be sure to stop by the Air Lift Performance Suspension booth at the 2017 SEMA Show in Las Vegas, NV. 



2016: A Year in Review

It is hard to believe that the year is already over. Time flys when you are having fun! At first thought it seemed short, but the thought quickly flees our minds as we begin to look back at all that was accomplished during the past twelve months.  Since we have not been posting blog articles throughout the year about what we had been working on there is A WHOLE LOT to update you on! 

A couple notable projects that we completed at the end of 2015 that have been touring around the states and gaining attention are the Ducati Scrambler and the Ford Focus Rally car.  The Ducati Scrambler's custom pattern, disassembly, paint and reassembly all occured in house at hte end of 2016/beginning of 2016.  This unique bike belongs to a motorcycle race driver and has been seen on race tracks all over the place and is to be featured in a couple major magazines. More news to follow on this!   The Ford Focus Gundam Style body kit and paint was apartnership with Rally Innovations for the SEMA Show at the end of 2015 and it continues to travel all over the country being displayed at Ford booths and creating interests in more products like this.

    Nothing makes us happier than to see a classic or custom hitting the streets and this year we put quite a few beauties, both the two and four- wheeled varieties out there for all to enjoy!  The year started off with getting some repeat business and finished and delivered the 1938 Buick Special restoration project that we had begun last year.  Shannon who owns the 55’ Bel Air that you might have read about in our blog decided that she wanted to have us make another one of her father’s old cars, a 1963.5 Ford Falcon Sprint roadworthy.  This project was to be completed in time to give the car to her daughter Makayla for her sweet 16 as her first car.  (Here is a link to the delivery party and Shannon and Makayla’s testimonial).  While ‘sprinting” through the Falcon build we simultaneously completed the paint, wiring, and mechanical system upgrades to Larry’s 1938 Buick Special that we started on last year and hosted our first delivery party of the year dubbed “Larry’s Luau”.  This was a just as much a celebration for the vehicle owner as it was our team of technicians that worked on the project.  Clients both past and present and friends and family were in attendance dawning leis and enjoying mai tais and island dogs.

    The second piece of repeat business that we started the year out with was the 1968 Dodge A100 Sportsman.  The proud owner, Rob, enjoyed spending a good part of 2015 cruising all over in this van and when a fuel delivery problem left him stranded at the Mooneyes Christmas Party, it was motivation enough for him to bring the van back our way to have us do more cosmetic and performance upgrades to it before the next wave of car shows were to begin.  A few of the upgrades included installing a custom painted gold metal flake short block with all the trimmings, exhaust, new interior including a color matched floor treatment, new wiring the list goes on and on(click here to see a full list ofthe van’s build details on our gallery page) Rob has been enjoying his new and improved “Mystery Machine”, taking it to numerous SoCal events all year!  Check back on our blog for a feature on this cool client of ours and his unique vehicles.

    After completing Makayla’s Falcon and before finishing Rob’s van a 1947 Chevrolet firetruck “squeezed” into the shop. Pun intended. Not only was this LARGE vehicle physically squeezed in, we had to be flexible and work with our client’s time constraint. For a premium this expedited project was completed in a just a matter of weeks. We turned this historical vehicle into something cool, modern and functional by removing the old water tank and creating a conference center in the back fully equipped with charging ports, USB connections and switches to operate both the siren and lights.  That about covers the first quarter of the year!

    June is the month of weddings and we happen to have the pleasure of completing some work on a 1968 Lincoln Continental for a good friend ( another repeat client) just in time for him and his new bride to ride off into the sunset in style. Matt literally stayed late and finished the work on this vehicle so that he and Becky Sue could deliver it to the Navy golf course in Cypress on the couple’s special day!  Matt parked the Lincoln in a way that the groom was able to see both loves of his life as he walked down the isle.  
    By July we were ready to host our official Grand Opening Celebration.  We were just about finished with our 2 year long shop restoration which includes some items like: office and restroom remodels, completely repainting the interior, exterior and gates on the shop, installing all energy efficient LED lighting and other electrical upgrades, complete spray booth renovations, new cabinetry and electronics, a new candy painted front door and much much more!  The shop was not the only complete renovation that was finished and ready to show off in July.  The Oldsmobile Cutlass was complete and what better stage to debut the car that started it all than at Anaheim Rod and Custom’s grand opening! (click here for video footage about the Oldsmobile and how we got our start)  A big thank you to everyone who came out to our party to see and support the shop.  We had a great time and a great turn out! For those of you that weren’t there, you sure did miss out, but don’t worry, we plan to host an annual open house similar to this at the shop every year.
    In the month of August we celebrated the second birthday of our pride and joy, our baby boy Atom Ford Means with a choo choo Atom’s two themed party, fully equipped with a trackless train to drive him and his buddies around in!  We had the pleasure of doing work on a 1937 B12 Cord this summer too.  We did mechanical repairs and adjustments along with some final finishing to help a widow prepare this beautiful vehicle to be sold.  The 1960 DeSoto Fireflight aka The Island Girl’s painstaking bodywork,  multi candy pearl blended paint, and color sanding and buffing was compete in the month of August.  Te owner, Duane Barbee has been turning heads in the town of Mentone where he lives ever since.  Both these two door hardtops, the Island Girl and the Oldsmobile Cutlass have been killing it at car shows this season.  The Cutlass has won 3 or 4 trophies already and the DeSoto has been photographed for a feature in a nationally distributed automotive publication.

    A second expedited project successfully completed this year was the overhauling/project completion of a 1956 Mercury.  The owner wanted us to do numerous upgrades to improve the comfort, performance and styling of his car that he had just purchased one week prior.  We got this extensive project completed in just about 2 months, another cause for celebration.  This delivery party being in the month of October and the Merc being a copper color, we chose to tie in a pumpkin carving contest to this party.  A taco guy served up tasty plates of food to the crowd which consisted of the owner of the car, his friends and family our friends and family and past, present and potential clients.  Keep an eye out for a feature article to hit the newsstands about this ultra cool Merc and its owner in 2017.  Since we enjoy throwing a good party we also hosted the gang from Coast Airbrush and it’s annual Rendezvous attendees at our shop for a drive-in movie experience with Italian food, open bar, popcorn and candy!  It was great getting the opportunity to socialize with this group of both up and coming and prestigious artists.   

    Other artists that we had the pleasure of collaborating on projects with this year included both Deus Ex Machina's motorcycle design director Woolie and British Customs-who specialize in modified Triumphs.  We have completed paint projects on six of Dues’ motorcyclesover the past two years and 6 British Customs bikes this year alone!  Other notable vehicles that rolled or were towed in and drove away from Anaheim Rod and Custom this year were: A 1960Cadillac Coupe De Ville which belongs to the founder of Black Flys Eyewear; a 1929 Model A owned by Steve “Carpy” Carpenterof Carpy’s Cafe Racers and another cool Caddy driven around Anaheim by a local firefighter.
    We rounded out the year by installing some traction bars on Becky Sue’s ’61 Comet to get her ready to drag race at the Mooneyes Christmas party during her birthday weekend and finished up a number of upgrades and modifications to 1965 Cadillac- details and photos soon to be seen on our website.  2016 was truly the year of the Cadillac!  In addition to the three Cads already mentioned in this article, we have two full frame off mid-sixties Caddies and a 1949 Cadillac Limousine dubbed “the countess” that we are doing some paint restoration on.
    The 1934 Ford pickup complete custom build involving numerous hours of metal fabrication is almost ready to go into the paint and interior phase.  Other projects that we continue to progress on are a Ferrari Dino Kit Car and a ’79 Trans Am.  We are excited to continue to transform our 1933 Franklin into a one-of-a-kind roadster and the Duster into a hellacious 70s-style dragster!  

    A big thank you to everyone who made 2016 so great especially those who have taken the time to post such tremendous reviews on Yelp and to the others who have spread the word about our family run business.  We wish you all a healthy and prosperous2017.  We have had a blast working on all of these cool cars and putting them out there for all to enjoy and are geared up to tackle the new projects that will be put in front of us in 2017.  Remember, in your travels you may come across some bumps along the road but we at Anaheim Rod and Custom are here to help keep your ride rolling on!