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American Restoration is a reality show that airs on the History Channel. It features the daily operations of a restoration business called Rick's Restorations, owned by Rick Dale. The shop is located in Las Vegas, Nevada and each episode features him taking on restorations of Americana items like old vending machines, vehicles, and different rare pieces. The show not only allows the viewer to learn about the restoration process, but also the history of the items.

Rick's business has been around for over 30 years and was first introduced on the popular show Pawn Stars when he was asked about the value of an item, and then later was asked to restore items purchased by the pawn shop. The show became a spin off shortly after it was featured.

There are many surprise appearances on the show from famous people. In the past guests Lance Burton, who is a famous magician and Greg Biffle, a NASCAR driver have brought items in. Other characters on the show that make regular appearances add to the fun. Rick's son, Tyler who is learning the ropes so he can take over the family business is a handful for his dad. There are many father-son moments involving Tyler, who is the typical teenager and Rick's frustration with him. Ron Dale is Rick's brother, and he is in charge of picking, which is finding items for restoration. Other employees that tend to provide comic relief are Kowboy, Brettly, Ted, Kyle, and Kelly who is Rick's wife. American Restoration has aired for four seasons and sixty-one episodes.

Friday 9:00 PM et/pt on History Channel
8 Seasons, 138 Episodes - Currently Airing
October 25, 2010
Reality
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  • Bodie restores a 1967 Ford "Eleanor" Mustang, for Imagine Dragons lead singer Dan Reynolds. Meanwhile, Dale is busy trying to get a rare 1936 Crocker motorcycle to run and Steve restores a 1924 Isotta Fraschini Type 8A for a long time friend and customer.

  • Steve transforms a rusted-out 1956 Willys truck into a BBQ kitchen-on-wheels. Meanwhile, Bodie and his son makeover a mini-Divco "milk truck" kiddie car from the 1960s, and Bob restores a 1952 Bally's coin operated horse ride.

  • Dale discovers the engine from a1940 Harley-Davidson WLD in a box of seemingly random parts.

  • Steve transforms a worn-out but very unique Roller Skate Car from the 70s, for the owner of a local rink. Meanwhile, Dale helps the owner of American Iron magazine.

  • Bodie is tasked to restore a very rare 1970 GTO Judge in 30 days for the SEMA car show; Andy modernizes a spark plug cleaner into a stereo; Steve makes a plan to transform a beat up 64 Ford Falcon into a work of art.

  • Bodie must restore a very rare 1970 GTO Judge in one month's time for the SEMA car show; Andy converts a spark plug cleaner into a stereo; Steve plans to transform a beat up 64 Ford Falcon into a work of art.

  • Bodie is charged with restoring a very rare 1948 Davis Divan for the grand reopening of the Petersen Automotive Museum; Monkey Business tries to turn a '50s carnival tank into a go-cart for a motorcycle group.

  • Dale races against the clock to revive a 90-year-old Indian motorcycle to perform on the infamous traveling motorcycle stunt show, the Wall of Death; Bodie tries to transform a 1950's cola dispenser into a modernized beer keg refrigerator.

  • Bodie fixes up a 1959 Ford F100; Andy restores a 1940s JC Higgins bike; and Bob's Garage resurrects a buried 1930s gas pump.

  • Steve's Restorations takes on the challenge of restoring a client's rust bucket 1978 Gran Torino; in Georgia, Bob's Garage brings back a family's cherished 1959 hi-fi stereo.

  • The guys restore a century-old motorcycle, a rare vintage arm-wrestling arcade game from the 1980s and a 1950s gas pump.

  • The pressure is on for Bodie when the biggest restoration of his career flames out. Meanwhile, Dale's routine tune-up on a 1946 Harley turns into a full blown over-haul.

  • Rick and the team restore a table hockey game from the 1950s and an antique 1910 slot machine which once paid out cigars instead of cash.

  • Rick and the team restore a 1932 Hudson car.

  • Champion driver Kyle Bush and Charlotte Motor Speedway's Marcus Smith call on Rick to create a trophy inspired by NASCAR's past for the History 300 race.

  • The guys restore a 1960s bicycle and a carnival car.

  • Rick and the guys restore a vintage arcade Punch-Out Game.

  • Rick wants a rare 1963 Simplex Sportsman Shriner's Bike. Meanwhile, Ron restores a bar's 1913 Mercantile Scale.

  • The team restores some of magician David Copperfield's museum collection pieces.

  • The team restores a 1976 Evel Knievel Junior Roadmaster bicycle for a BMX stunt rider.

  • The team restores an authentic James Bond Lotus Esprit Submarine Car featured in the film "The Spy Who Loved Me."

  • The team restores a Califone portable record player from 1950 and a bit of a McDonald's playground from the 1970s.

  • The team restores an old British Ariel Square Four motorcycle from the 1950s.

  • Returning customer Mark Bassett is back with a late 1800s Velocipede, sometimes called a railroad hand-car, for restoration.

  • The guys restore an old piano for George Clinton.

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