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American Restoration

Season 2 2011

  • 2011-05-14T02:00:00Z on History
  • 23 mins
  • 7 hours, 57 mins
  • United States
  • English
  • Reality

AMERICAN RESTORATION features Rick Dale and his crew of loose screws at Rick's Restorations in Las Vegas, Nevada, as they take rusty, beat-up items and restore them to their original glory. Whether it's a giant gas pump from the 1940s or a Hopalong Cassidy bicycle from the 1950s, every restoration is a high-stakes business project where worthless rust is transformed into a valuable collectible. However, these restorations aren't easy. Every project presents unique challenges for Rick and his team, who develop inventive processes to finish each job flawlessly and on time. From old gas carts to timeless slot machines, the items Rick restores are part of the fabric that makes up American culture. Things just aren't made like they used to be, but at Rick's Restorations, old becomes new again.

23 episodes

2x01 Suck Up

  • Season Premiere

    2011-05-14T02:00:00Z — 20 mins

An antique railroad vacuum; a client's childhood red wagon.

2x02 Rev'd Up

  • 2011-05-21T02:00:00Z — 21 mins

A 1950s British motorcycle; and a 1940s penny scale.

2x03 Apples and X-Rays

  • 2011-05-28T02:00:00Z — 21 mins

An apple corer and peeler from the 1880s; and a department-store X-ray machine from the 1940s used to fit shoes.

2x04 Hot & Cold

  • 2011-06-11T02:00:00Z — 21 mins

A coffee vending machine from the 1950s; and a 1930s Montgomery Ward refrigerator.

2x05 Secret Fan

  • 2011-06-18T02:00:00Z — 21 mins

A 1960s go-kart; and a 1950s fan.

2x06 Grippin' Mad

  • 2011-06-25T02:00:00Z — 21 mins

A 1940s penny-arcade strength tester; and a 1930s gum-and-cigarette vending machine.

When a prominent Vegas Pawn Star hauls in a crumbling 1957 Chevy 150, Rick and his team accelerate at breakneck speed to overhaul this classic clunker. Can they restore this retro rust-bucket, or will this project stall-out before they reach the finish line? And later, a couple of American Pickers show up hoping to sell some of their varied vintage valuables. Will Rick pluck a premium prize from a collection of rusty relics, or will these sizable scraps be nothing but junk?

2x08 Anchors Away

  • 2011-07-16T02:00:00Z — 21 mins

Rick and his crew get their feet wet when a 1952 powerboat ride splashes into the shop. Will this wave rider be an easy-breezy endeavor, or will it be man overboard in rough restoration waters? And later, Rick rolls up his sleeves to tackle a 1940s child's tricycle for a Las Vegas museum. Can he pedal merrily along on this tattered three-wheeler, or will this ankle-biter bike get a flat tire?

2x09 Special Delivery

  • 2011-07-23T02:00:00Z — 20 mins

Rick shifts into high gear when a 1967 Harley motors in for a surprise overhaul. Can he comfortably cruise on this road hog refurbishment, or will this retro joy ride skid out of control? And later, a 1940s U.S. mailbox arrives at the shop. Can the crew swiftly sort through a postal patch up, or will this bulky box be a correspondence catastrophe?

2x10 Rusted and Busted

  • 2011-07-30T02:00:00Z — 21 mins

Rick and his crew drive full speed ahead when a 1960s coin-operated motorcycle roars into the shop. Can they burn restoration rubber with this kiddie contraption, or will this rapid refurbishment suddenly hit the skids? And later, a client brings in a crumbling 1950s bumper car. Will Rick decide to buckle up and steer this challenging overhaul, or will this retro amusement park ride be more trouble than its worth?

2x11 Batter Up

  • 2011-08-27T02:00:00Z — 21 mins

It's batter up when a 1940's baseball batting game flies into the shop. Can Rick hit this American pastime out of the park, or will a curve-ball send him back to the bench? And later, the crew is put to the test when they tackle a tarnished 1920s tire changer. Can they overpower this aged apparatus, or will this rusty restoration grind to a halt?

2x12 Suds and Duds

  • 2011-09-03T02:00:00Z — 21 mins

Rick and his crew change gears when a 1967 Honda Scrambler motorcycle swerves into the shop. Can they win the race on this dirt road restoration, or will they run out of gas before the finish line?

2x13 American Hero

  • 2011-09-17T02:00:00Z — 21 mins

When a client flies in with a helicopter gunner helmet from the Vietnam war, Rick and his crew have to suit up for some restoration recon. Can they get clearance to polish up this American heroes heli-hat, or will they have to call in some air-support? And later, it's bottoms up for the guys when they pop the tab on a classic 1948 Coca-Cola vending machine makeover. Can the guys quickly quench their thirst on this fizzy fix-up, or will this carbonated contraption explode in their faces?

2x14 Close Shave

  • 2011-09-24T02:00:00Z — 21 mins

Rick gets his hair blown back when he finds a beat-up WWII era Koken barber chair among a picker's plunder. Can he cut a decent deal on this scruffy seat, or will this transaction trim a hole in his pocket? And later, a client brings in an extremely rare 1950s Coca-Cola cooler. Can the guys stay cool, calm, and collected on this refreshing restoration, or will this soda pop salvage go flat?

2x15 Missile Impossible

  • 2011-10-15T02:00:00Z — 20 mins

Rick and his crew must launch a rapid refurbishment when the Pawn Stars steer a 1950s Atomic Missile pedal car to the shop. Can they follow the tough trajectory of this hazardous heat-seeker, or will this mission miss its mark? And later, a client brings in a 1930s fare box, once used on public transportation. Can the crew keep this transformation on track, or will this ride-on restoration go off the rails?

2x16 Wheel & Deal

  • 2011-10-15T02:00:00Z — 21 mins

Rick takes the restoration reins after a turn-of-the-century, horse-drawn fuel delivery wagon from the early 1900s trots into the shop. Will it be safe travels on this galloping gas tank, or will this petrol project take a spill? And later, Kelly convinces the manliest crew in Las Vegas to restore a 1940s Kotex Dispenser for a charity auction. Can the guys man up and conquer this girly gadget?

2x17 Cold War Cruisin'

  • 2011-10-22T02:00:00Z — 21 mins

Rick and his crew try to obey the speed limit when a 1962 Czechoslovakia scooter zooms into the shop. Can they get this Cold War clunker on the fix-up fast track, or will it get deported? Later, a miniature 1930s oil tanker trucks into the shop. Will this tiny toy transformation be nothing but child's play, or will the guys hit a rough and rocky road to restoration?

2x18 Tractors & Trucks

  • 2011-10-22T02:00:00Z — 21 mins

When a client brings in his father's 1954 Bantam tractor, Rick must mend this latent lawn wrangling machine. Can he successful salvage this project piece by piece, or will this farming fix up ultimately fail? Later, the guys have a mechanical mystery on their hands when a client brings in an early 1900s air brake tester for trains. Can the crew puzzle out this choo-choo contraption, or will this railroad relic get derailed?

2x19 Surfing the Strip

  • 2011-10-29T02:00:00Z — 21 mins

Limited by a tight budget, Rick must light a fire under his team to overhaul a 1900s chemical cart. Can they calmly control this risky restoration, or will this unpredictable undertaking go up in flames? And later, it's surfs up for Rick's brother Ron and son Tyler when they find a 1940s motorized surfboard in a client's garage. Can they safely paddle through a stormy sale, or will this boogie board bargain hit the rocks?

2x20 Smoking Hot

  • 2011-10-29T02:00:00Z — 20 mins

Rick turns up the heat when an 1881 potbelly stove whips into the shop. Can he cook this project to perfection, or will this old oven come out burnt to a crisp? And later, the guys are unexpectedly challenged to restore a 1940s children's Irish Mail cart by hand. Can they successfully conquer this manual mission, or will this rug rat ride put them in the corner?

2x21 Milking It

  • 2011-11-05T02:00:00Z — 20 mins

When Rick's brother Ron and son Tyler encounter a 1950s milk vending machine for sale, they attempt to squeeze out a good deal. Can they churn something out of this dairy discovery or will one false moo-ve have them headed home empty-handed? And later, the guys restore two kiddie handcar trains from the 1950s. Can they make a perfect pair out of these rusted railroad rides, or will this amusing assignment run out of steam?

2x22 Keep on Trucking

  • 2011-11-12T03:00:00Z — 21 mins

Brettly takes the wheel when he decides to restore a beat-up 1965 Chevrolet truck. Can he keep on trucking with this tricky transformation or will this clunker wind up running on empty. And later, Rick's brother Ron and son Tyler get a sneak peek at a 1940s coin-operated peep show machine for sale. Will this naughty negotiation play nice or will the guys have to bare all to get their hands on this kinky contraption?

2x23 Bikes & Barbecues

  • 2011-11-19T03:00:00Z — 21 mins

When a 1940s Japanese Maruishi bicycle pedals into the shop, Rick and his crew strap on their helmets for an uphill ride. Can they swiftly cycle through this ten-speed transformation, or will they take a wrong turn on this rare racer? And later, the crew restores a compact Chiclet vending machine from the 1940s. Can the guys sweeten up this gummy gadget, or did they bite off more than they can chew?