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American Restoration

Season 3 2012 - 2013

  • 2012-01-11T19:00:00-08:00 on History
  • 23 mins
  • 17 hours, 7 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.

47 episodes

3x01 Pain in the Gas

  • Season Premiere

    2012-01-11T19:00:00-08:00 — 23 mins

When a client petitions for a pair of 1920s visible gas pumps, Rick recruits Ron and Tyler to search far and wide on this petrol pursuit. Will they stumble upon a gasoline goldmine or will they end up empty-handed on their fuel field trip? And later, the shop goes all in on a 1930s horse gambling wheel. Can the guys play the ponies for a perfect patch up or will this game of chance spin out of control?

3x02 Ridin' Route 66

  • 2012-01-11T19:00:00-08:00 — 23 mins

While cruisin' down historic Route 66, Rick and his brother Ron stumble across a 1950s Wurlizter jukebox in need of some fine-tuning. Can the guys help this musical machine soar to the top of the charts or will they end up bopping their heads along to a broken record? And later, Tyler is challenged to restore a 1940s chocolate bar vending machine for a local picker. Will this candy contraption satisfy this choosy customer's sweet tooth or will this delicious deal go sour? chine.

3x03 Double Trouble

  • 2012-01-18T19:00:00-08:00 — 23 mins

Rick and his guys get an eye full when a 100-year-old mutoscope comes into the shop. Can they comfortably crank out a motion picture masterpiece, or will this restoration be a flippin' formula for a major flop? And later, it's double the fun when Rick's brother Ron and son Tyler spot a tarnished tandem bike at a client's house. Is two better than one when trying to make a deal on this retro racer or will the guys crash and burn on this ten-speed transaction?

3x04 Slick Pick

  • 2012-01-18T19:00:00-08:00 — 23 mins

It's time for rusty rehab after Rick and his brother Ron pick up two 1950s service station showpieces. Can they successfully salvage these auto antiques or will one minor mistake turn this retro refurbishment into a first-rate fiasco? And later, a client carries in a turn-of-the-century Edison film projector. Can the guys capture movie magic on this complex contraption, or will this reel-to-reel restoration hit a snag?

3x05 Buck Wild

  • 2012-01-25T19:00:00-08:00 — 23 mins

Rick and Ron take restoration by the horns when they agree to revive a vintage mechanical bull. Can they stay steadily astride this rough ride or will they be bucked off? And later, a client drops in with a 1940s Pepsi "Gullwing" cooler. Can they swiftly swallow this ice-cold challenge or will they need to put this soda service on ice?

3x06 The Big Move

  • 2012-01-25T19:00:00-08:00 — 23 mins

When a client hefts in a 1900s penny scale from the Santa Cruz boardwalk, Rick and his crew tighten their belts. Can they successfully slim down this massive mechanism or will their weighty workload tip the scales? And later, a picker strolls in with a 1930s Taylor Tot walker. Can Ron and Brettly properly push this baby buggy bargain along or will this toddler transaction need a time out?

3x07 Bumper Balls

  • 2012-02-01T19:00:00-08:00 — 23 mins

After Rick agrees to restore a vintage Italian bumper car from a local antique shop,the shop braces for immediate impact. Can they effectively electrify this dented delight or will this entertaining endeavor give them whiplash? And later, the shop pedals away on a 1970s kiddie tractor. Can they sow the seeds of success with this rusty ride, or will this plowing plaything buy the farm?

3x08 Cold Cuts

  • 2012-02-01T19:00:00-08:00 — 23 mins

Rick and his crew sharpen their service skills when a client ships in a 1900s Berkel meat slicer. Can they carefully carve out a mechanical masterpiece, or will they lose a few fingers on this slice and dice device? And later, a 1950s stamp vending machine arrives at the shop. Can they refurbish this snail mail mechanism or will this correspondence contraption be postmarked return to sender?

3x09 The Big Bang

  • 2012-02-08T19:00:00-08:00 — 23 mins

Rick and the guys aim to please when an 1800s cannon rolls into the shop. Can they hit their transformation target or will this banged up blaster backfire? And later, a client brings in a 1960s slot machine from the old Silver Slipper Hotel & Casino. Can the shop hit the jackpot on this 10-cent contraption, or will they lose big on this gaming gamble?

3x10 Top Dog

  • 2012-02-08T19:00:00-08:00 — 23 mins

Rick prepares for battle when a 1940s dog tag maker comes into the shop. Can he successful stamp out this embossing endeavor or will this military mechanism have a major malfunction? And later, the shop reins in the restoration of a 1950s toy horse. Can they gallop through this tin toy transformation or will they need to put this pony plaything out to pasture?

3x11 Pump & Gun

  • 2012-02-15T19:00:00-08:00 — 23 mins

Rick and his crew take a shot in the dark when a 1943 trap machine lands in the shop. Can they get off to a flying start on this target practice project or will they end up missing the mark? And later, Ron and Tyler find a rare rusty pump while on the road. Can they crank out a successful sale or will this fuel find fail?

3x12 Tall Order

  • 2012-02-15T19:00:00-08:00 — 23 mins

Rick faces a larger than life restoration when a client lugs in a 1930s Pep Boys marquee to the shop. Can he tackle this towering task or will these famous figures turn into a colossal catastrophe? And later, the crew takes on Mother Nature with the overhaul of a 1948 Coca Cola machine destroyed by Hurricane Irene. Can they weather this soda storm or will this windy work blow them away?

3x13 Tyler's Promotion

  • 2012-02-22T19:00:00-08:00 — 23 mins

Rick and his crew face a sticky situation when a cement gun from 1915 rolls into the shop. Can they safely seal up this concrete hurtling contraption or will the guys crack under the pressure? And later, the shop faces the music when a client brings in a 1920s Alba gramophone. Can the guys fine-tune this retro record player or will this rotating restoration spin out of control?

3x14 Blast Off!

  • 2012-04-11T19:00:00-07:00 — 23 mins

Rick and his crew take on two very large and challenging projects: a 1960s rocket slide and a Wayne gas pump conversion. Later, another meticulous toy restoration comes in. With the business' reputation on the line, the crew is pushed to capacity in order fill customers' orders.

3x15 King of Signs

  • 2012-04-18T19:00:00-07:00 — 23 mins

While Rick is away from the shop, his brother Ron takes matters into his own hands when a client brings in a 1900s love tester. Is this a match made in overhaul heaven or will this romantic restoration break his heart? And later, the guys put their work on display when a weather worn 1950s casino billboard arrives at the shop. Can they preserve this aging desert advertisement, or will this shabby sign be better left to rot roadside?

3x16 Hot & Salty

  • 2012-04-18T19:00:00-07:00 — 23 mins

The heat is on for Rick and his crew when they restore a salty 1960s popcorn machine. Can they freshen up this corny contraption or will this snack server get too hot to handle? And later, a client brings in an antique Michelin Man air compressor. Can the guys fill up this pressure pump or will they accidentally blow a hole in this aged apparatus?

3x17 Restoration Rivalry

  • 2012-04-25T19:00:00-07:00 — 23 mins

Rick and his son Tyler kick off a restoration race after a pair of vintage scooters wheel into the shop. Can Tyler show up his dear ol' dad or will Rick prove father always knows best? And later, the shop makes cents of a 1940s candy vending machine. Can they sweeten up this nickel-and-dime device or will this sugary service leave a bad taste in their mouths?

3x18 Treats & Feet

  • 2012-04-25T19:00:00-07:00 — 23 mins

Rick battles a brain freeze when a 1940s Good Humor bicycle pedals into the shop. Can he deliver a sweet solution to this sticky situation or will this cold cart be forever frozen in time? And later, a client brings in a 1920s Atwater Kent art-deco radio. Can the shop fine-tune this airwave apparatus, or will it be nothing but dead air for this rundown receiver?

3x19 Cannonball Safe

  • 2012-05-02T19:00:00-07:00 — 23 mins

Rick and his guys get keyed up to restore a colossal 1920s cannonball safe. Can they lock up this protected project or will this massive mission be too heavy to handle? And later, the shop freshens up some vintage farm tools. Can the guys carefully crack these compact contraptions or will one rotten egg spoil this scramble?

3x20 Motor Mayhem

  • 2012-05-09T19:00:00-07:00 — 23 mins

Rick roasts up a pipin' hot coffee grinder overhaul after a client spies a recently picked 1800's coffee grinder sitting in the shop's boneyard. Can Rick and the boys brew up a perfectly caffeinated contraption or will a little decaf spoil the fun? And later, the shop revs up a collectible 1930's fishing boat motor. Can the guys go full throttle on this nautical tune up or will this high seas speeder sputter out?

3x21 Sticky Fingers

  • 2012-05-16T19:00:00-07:00 — 23 mins

The clock is running for Rick and his crew when they hail in a 1950s taximeter. Can they successfully speed to a detailed destination or will they get stuck in troublesome transformation traffic? And later, it is Brettly's big break when he oversees the restoration of a 1800s Zeno gum vending machine. Can he pop any bubbled blunder that comes this chewing contraption's way or will his best effort turn into a super sticky situation?

3x22 Dirt Bike Duels

  • 2012-06-06T19:00:00-07:00 — 23 mins

Rick puts the pedal to the metal when NASCAR driver Greg Biffle asks him to restore his 1970s Montesa motorcycle. Can Rick steer this speed demon dirt bike to the finish line or will this muddy motorbike wipe out before the checkered flag? And later, the shop drives forward on a 1950s Kidillac. Can they keep this classic kiddie car cruising or will they need to swiftly step on the baby brakes?

3x23 Train Trouble

  • 2012-06-06T19:00:00-07:00 — 23 mins

It's time for some soon-to-be stepbrothers bonding when Tyler and Brettly volunteer to tow in a 1947 railroad speeder. Can the shop hop aboard this rapid restoration express or will a low estimate from Tyler cause the job to jump the tracks? And later sirens sound when a client brings in a NYC police call box. Can the shop get away scot-free with this cop calling configuration or will this end up a cuffing mess?

3x24 Feel the Heat

  • 2012-06-13T19:00:00-07:00 — 21 mins

A couple bring in what they believe to be an Irish mail cart. They ask that, if the cart is rare, that it should be restored to its original condition. If the cart is not rare, it should be made flashy. After Rick takes it to an expert, it is revealed that the cart is actually a motorized wheelchair, and is very rare. Meanwhile, another customer brings in a giant gas powered stove. Rick has an expert check for leaks in the piping, as the customer wishes to use it himself. The stove had been sitting next to the customer's father's church for decades. Meanwhile, Tyler uses Google Maps to find a picking site. They purchase rusty car parts for $100 and two ice boxes, including a rare two door box, for $300.

3x25 Down & Dirty

  • 2012-06-13T19:00:00-07:00 — 21 mins

A customer brings in a 1972 Honda ATC. The front tire is missing, so Tyler has to search for one online. Meanwhile, another customer wants his grandfather's rifle restored. After Rick hires an expert to analyze the gun, it is determined to be a Revolutionary War musket, and that restoration would dramatically devaluate the gun. Also, Ron and Tyler plan a bachelor party for Rick. The party has to be "PG", so Ron and Tyler rent ATVs for them all to ride. Meanwhile, another customer wants an Edison phonograph restored. The phonograph had been his grandfather's.

3x26 Saddle Up!

  • 2012-06-20T19:00:00-07:00 — 20 mins

Rick auditions a new employee when a 1950s Cushman scooter with sidecar swerves into the shop. Will this specialized staffer ace this tricky trial or will another one bite the dust? And later, the shop gets a-rockin' on a 1948 homemade wooden horse. Can they saddle up this swaying steed or will this trotting toy buck them off?

3x27 Big Boom

  • 2012-06-20T19:00:00-07:00 — 21 mins

After a 1900s signal cannon bursts into the shop, Rick prepares for the big boom. Can he gather his troops to launch this field firearm or will this restoration offensive backfire? Then, the shop attempts to hold their first auction. Will they profit on this pet project or will they end up footing a big bill? And later, the shop says ciao to a 1950s Italian folding bicycle. Can they zoom through this bendy bike or will they get stuck on a steep slope?

3x28 Strong Arm

  • 2012-09-12T19:00:00-07:00 — 20 mins

Rick braces himself for a tussle when a client brings in a 1950 s arm wrestling game. Can he pin the golden gripper or will he be the one down for the count? And later, Kelly decides to take on a bigger role at the shop as the crew works to restore a washing machine from the 1930's.

3x29 Phony Baloney

  • 2012-09-19T19:00:00-07:00 — 20 mins

Rick and the crew work to restore a miniature Model T when a customer picks it out of the boneyard. A fire fighter brings in a vintage 1930 s forest field service phone for transformation. Kowboy is enraged when he discovers that someone has been stealing his lunch out of the shop s refrigerator.

3x30 Right Here, Rum Now

  • 2012-09-26T19:00:00-07:00 — 21 mins

Sammy Hagar hires Rick to restore a vintage refrigerator into a rum dispenser. Will Rick's re-invention turn out to be a huge hit or will this fridge flop? And later, the shop sets to work on a horse-themed slot machine that has been dropped and no longer works.

3x31 Soda Jerks

  • 2012-10-03T19:00:00-07:00 — 21 mins

A client has high expectations of Rick and the crew when he agrees to a $10,000 restoration of his 1950 s soda fountain. A repeat customer challenges the guys to revive his vintage phone booth. Kelly thinks Rick works too much and challenges him to spend some time away from the shop.

3x32 Prank War

  • 2012-10-10T19:00:00-07:00 — 21 mins

Rick suits up to restore a basketball arcade game from the 1950's but problems with its electronics force him to enter into a unique business agreement. At the shop, a simple disagreement between Tyler and Ron escalates into an all-out prank war. Later, Rick and the team are challenged by a client to make an antique barber chair resemble his Shelby Cobra.

3x33 Pimp Chum's Ride

  • 2012-10-17T19:00:00-07:00 — 20 mins

Pawn Star Chumley rolls into the shop with a 1950's Murray pedal car and a specific vision for how he wants it restored. Will Rick agree with his request for a tricked-out ride or can he persuade him to go for a more classic restoration? Later, the crew works to fix-up a 1965 Honda Superhawk that hasn't run since the 1980s and is missing one key part.

3x34 Hammered

  • 2012-10-24T19:00:00-07:00 — 21 mins

The shop's super strength is tested when a 1940's Hi-Striker carnival game is dropped off for restoration. Can Rick and his guys ring the bell or will the crew strike out? Later, the guys hammer away at fixing up a rare, handmade nail gun from the 1800's.

3x35 Busted Beemer

  • 2012-10-31T19:00:00-07:00 — 21 mins

A customer brings by a disassembled 59 BMW motorcycle with a side car for Rick to restore. Will he be able to return the bike to its glory days or will missing parts force him to abandon the project? Later, the guys work on an antique pencil dispenser that will be auctioned off for a special cause and Rick is visited by a Picker who has some unique items for sale.

3x36 Planes and Flames

  • 2012-11-28T19:00:00-08:00 — 21 mins

Rick is contacted by Nellis Air Force Base to restore their replica of an F-105 fighter jet. Will the crew be able to execute their plan of attack to restore the fighter, or will they miss the mark and abort the mission? Later, Tyler's skills are challenged when a unique Buffalo Forge Grill rolls into the shop requiring a much needed tune up.

3x37 Nut Job

  • 2012-11-28T19:00:00-08:00 — 21 mins

A client s expectations are sky high when he agrees to a $10,000 restoration of his early 1900 s peanut roaster. Later, Ron and Tyler go digging for gold in a California picker s backyard that is loaded with antique gas pumps and signs. Ron buys a vintage English taxi and sets out to prove to Rick that it was worth the investment.

3x38 Harrison's Vendorlator

  • 2012-12-05T19:00:00-08:00 — 20 mins

Pawn Star Rick Harrison stops by the shop to get his vintage Pepsi dispenser restored and Rick is left stunned when he discovers it s one-of-a-kind. Will the crew ace this unique restoration or will they miss the mark with the classic machine? Later, Rick feels the pressure when a group of people in Kansas pool their money and hire him to fix up a neon sign that has huge historical significance to their town.

3x39 Call the Count

  • 2012-12-05T19:00:00-08:00 — 21 mins

When a 1960 s Pak Trak hunting scooter lands at the shop, Rick calls Danny "The Count" to check out the unique dirt mobile. Later, Kelly purchases a classic Mosrite guitar for Brettly s birthday and asks Rick to restore it even though he s never done one before. Will Rick be able to figure it out in time for Brettly s big day or will he leave Kelly disappointed?

3x40 Break In

  • 2012-12-12T19:00:00-08:00 — 21 mins

When a 1930 s Custer Car ride from an amusement park arrives, the crew puts it on the fast track. Later, a heavily damaged, 8000 pound safe is dropped at the shop. Since it hasn t been opened in years, its contents are a mystery. Can Rick crack the vault and pull off a miracle restoration?

3x41 Bombshell

  • 2012-12-12T19:00:00-08:00 — 21 mins

A unique electric wheelchair made from parts of a 1940's B-17 bomber lands at the shop. Will the crew hit the target with this one of a kind job or will they bomb the restoration? Later, Kelly makes Tyler and Brettly super uncomfortable by doing a risqu photo shoot as an anniversary surprise for Rick.

3x42 One Horse Open Sleigh

  • 2012-12-19T19:00:00-08:00 — 21 mins

An antique horse drawn sleigh arrives at the shop needing a complete transformation for the holidays. Rick gets a "knock out" of a gift at Rick Harrison's Christmas party and it gets him in the spirit. Later, Big Mike comes by with a 1930's Dixie Cup dispenser that's missing a key part.

3x43 Clueless

  • 2012-12-19T19:00:00-08:00 — 21 mins

A vintage scooter is shipped to the shop for a complete restoration. Rick is stumped on the make and model, so he calls on Danny "the Count" to take a look at it. Will Danny be able to shed some light on the mystery or will the job turn cold? A dentist stops by with his 1920's x-ray machine and Rick is concerned that the machine could be dangerous to restore.

3x44 Employee of the Month

  • 2013-01-02T19:00:00-08:00 — 21 mins

The team is challenged when a late 1800's Penny Farthing bicycle is delivered to the shop needing a major restoration. Rick tries to motivate some of the crew to work harder at the shop by implementing an Employee of the Month award. And later, the guys work on a 1930's parlour stove that hasn t been functional in decades.

3x45 Stolen Memories

  • 2013-01-02T19:00:00-08:00 — 21 mins

A customer has huge expectations of Rick s work when she agrees to pay $9500 to restore a 1959 coin operated Western Express amusement ride. A client steals his wife s treasured 1960 s Murray tricycle and brings it to Rick so he can surprise her with a restoration. Later, a rare apple vending machine from the 1930 s arrives at the shop in the mail.

3x46 Escorter Service

  • 2013-01-09T19:00:00-08:00 — 21 mins

A rare "Escorter" from the 1964 World s Fair scoots into the shop for a restoration. Will Rick and the crew give this vintage vehicle a restoration that out of this world or will it be a world-class flop? Later the guys work on an antique tool sharpener that a client picks out of the Boneyard.

3x47 Bear Down

  • 2013-01-09T19:00:00-08:00 — 20 mins

A rare "Shoot The Bear" arcade game arrives at the shop needing so much work that Rick is forced to call in an electronics expert to assist with the restoration. Later, Kowboy clashes with Rick about the shop s uniforms and tries to persuade him to change the color of their work shirts.