American Restoration

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  • TV-PG
  • 2010
  • 8 Seasons
  • 6.6  (3,099)

American Restoration was a popular television show that aired on the History Channel from 2010 to 2016. The series featured the expert restoration work of Rick Dale, who owns and operates an antique restoration and customization shop in Las Vegas. Throughout the show's 7-year run, Rick and his team of skilled craftsmen worked tirelessly to restore and transform an impressive variety of vintage items. Each episode focused on a different restoration project, ranging from classic cars and vintage motorcycles to antique jukeboxes and rare Coca-Cola vending machines.

Rick, who is widely considered one of the best restoration experts in the business, had a special knack for bringing old, tired items back to their former glory. He was always up for a challenge, and some of his most impressive restorations included a 1950s gas pump, a 1930s slot machine, and a 1940s soda fountain. His meticulous attention to detail and unwavering commitment to authenticity made him a favorite among fans of the show.

Rick wasn't alone in his efforts, of course. His team of restoration experts included his son Tyler Dale, who was a gifted metalworker and an integral part of the shop's operations. Tyler's expertise in customizing and fabricating parts was key to many of the show's more intricate restorations, and he proved time and again that he was a skilled and creative craftsman in his own right.

Another member of Rick's team was Brettly Otterman, who served as the shop's manager and was responsible for coordinating much of the day-to-day operations. Brettly was known for his organizational skills and his uncanny ability to keep track of all the moving parts of the business. He also had a great eye for detail and was often the first to spot potential issues or areas of concern on a restoration project.

Together, Rick, Tyler, and Brettly made a formidable team. They tackled each restoration project with passion and enthusiasm, and their love for antique items and the restoration process shone through in every episode.

Throughout its run, American Restoration was beloved by fans for its engaging storytelling, fascinating restoration projects, and the dynamic personalities of its cast of characters. The show boasted impressive ratings and was a hit with viewers of all ages, thanks in large part to its infectious enthusiasm for all things vintage and its unwavering dedication to quality craftsmanship.

While American Restoration may have come to an end in 2016, its legacy lives on in the countless restorations that Rick and his team completed over the years. Their work was a testament to the enduring value of antique items, and their passion for restoration inspired a whole new generation of enthusiasts to explore the world of vintage and antique preservation.

In short, American Restoration was a true masterpiece of television, combining fascinating restoration work with engaging storytelling and a cast of unforgettable characters. It will always hold a special place in the hearts of fans who watched Rick, Tyler, and Brettly work their magic week after week, restoring classic items to their former glory and reminding us all of the joy of preserving our past for future generations.

American Restoration is a series that is currently running and has 8 seasons (140 episodes). The series first aired on October 25, 2010.

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Pony Up
13. Pony Up
April 1, 2016
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.
Taking the Reins
12. Taking the Reins
March 25, 2016
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.
Order Up
11. Order Up
March 18, 2016
Bodie restores a 1941 Plymouth Special Deluxe for the CEO of Carl's Jr. Meanwhile, Dale races against the clock to build a bike in time for his museum's annual motorcycle raffle and Andy restores a 1952 Shuffle Bowler game that may or may not have ties to the mafia.
Basket Case
10. Basket Case
March 11, 2016
Dale discovers the engine from a1940 Harley-Davidson WLD in a box of seemingly random parts.
Let the Good Times Roll
9. Let the Good Times Roll
March 4, 2016
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.
Here Comes The Judge
8. Here Comes The Judge
February 26, 2016
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.
Mr. Lucky
7. Mr. Lucky
February 19, 2016
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.
Three Wheeled Thunder
6. Three Wheeled Thunder
February 12, 2016
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.
Up Against the Wall
5. Up Against the Wall
February 5, 2016
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.
Pickup the Pieces
4. Pickup the Pieces
January 29, 2016
Bodie fixes up a 1959 Ford F100; Andy restores a 1940s JC Higgins bike; and Bob's Garage resurrects a buried 1930s gas pump.
3. Rust-o-mod
January 15, 2016
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.
Wrestling With the Past
2. Wrestling With the Past
January 8, 2016
The guys restore a century-old motorcycle, a rare vintage arm-wrestling arcade game from the 1980s and a 1950s gas pump.
Under Fire
1. Under Fire
January 1, 2016
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.
Where to Watch American Restoration
American Restoration is available for streaming on the History website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch American Restoration on demand at Apple TV Channels, Amazon Prime, Philo, Amazon, Hulu, History, Vudu, History Vault, Microsoft Movies & TV, Google Play, Hoopla and Apple TV.
  • Premiere Date
    October 25, 2010
  • IMDB Rating
    6.6  (3,099)