We do it all & We do it right!

What more can we say? Our company motto pretty much says it all, but just what does it mean? It means that if you have a classic (i.e. pre-smog control) vehicle, we are the solution to all of your problems. But that doesn't mean we can't work on your newer truck or vehicle, it just means that we don't do engine work on vehicles covered under California smog laws. Everything else, though, is fair game. Below is a summary of the services we offer here at Hot Rods & Custom Stuff.

HR&CS has been doing business in Escondido since 1989. Randy Clark, the owner, has been addicted to old cars all his life and will treat yours like it was one of his own.

Restoration, Customization & Turn-key Cars

Need a complete, stock restoration of your classic vehicle? We can do that! Want to turn grandpa's old Chevy or Ford into a head-turning street rod? We can do that, too! Would you like us to build you a car from scratch? Not a problem! Does your Muscle car get sand kicked in it's face? We can pump-it-up for you! That's what we mean when we say "We Do It All."

If we build it, you'll be able to drive it! We don't just build them for show...

Engine Service

We perform all levels of engine service from tune-ups to build-ups (smog-controlled vehicles being the exception). From simple servicing of that old flat-head or straight-six, to turning your little 'ol V-8 into a fire breathing dragon, no job is too big or too small. We can do engine swaps, too, for those who need newer or bigger motors to keep them cruisin in style. We can even work on or install fuel-injected motors in your street rod.

Need better fuel economy? Hot Rods may be able to help with a simple tune-up! Carb-jetting, fuel injection installations, gear-ratio changes, and over-drive swaps and installations are a few of the things we can do to increase your mileage! There's no better time than now to make your Hot Rod more affordable to drive. Disregarding routine maintenance makes for an expensive driving habit--so call us now and schedule an appointment!

Engine Dynamometer Testing (coming soon!)

Ever wonder just how much horsepower and torque your motor really puts down on the pavement? Hot Rods can help you find out with its new Mustang chassis dynamometer.

Body Work & Collision Repair

Whether you need custom body work on your street rod or collision repair on your late-model daily driver, we can handle all your body work and repair needs (metal or fiberglass). From chopping and channeling to frenched headlights and hood scoops, we can do it all.


Need a frame boxed? Want a custom-built steel-tube frame? Been told they don't make headers for that make and model? Time to get a roll-bar installed? Our fabrication shop can make just about anything out of steel or aluminum to meet your needs.


Need louvers punched to keep things cool or to add that final accent ? We can punch louvers in a variety of patterns and sizes on most metal surfaces.

Plastic-Media Blasting

Need the paint removed from your project? Plastic-media is the best way to strip the paint from metal, plastic, fiberglass and most other surfaces. It is also the best way to start prepping surfaces for that award-winning paint job. Click HERE to find out why.

Painting & Pinstriping

If you want high quality paint work then you've come to the right place. From the simple to the sublime, our paint shop will make your car or truck a real head-turner. We also do flames, pinstriping and other custom graphics - whatever you want us to paint, however you want us to paint it (take a peek).

Installations & Retro-Fits

The only problem with old cars is old technology. Don't like to sweat? Let us install an AC system. Want to stop easier? We can swap your old drums for disc brakes. Need to handle better? IFS and air-bags will help. Windows a pain? Roll them up or down with the flick of a switch. We can make your old classic ride and drive like a new car with the help of the right aftermarket up-grade kit, so stop by and see what we can do for you.


Hot Rods now has its own "in-house" upholstery shop. Seats, carpets, headliners, and more. If it needs to be covered, we can cover for you.


Need parts? We sell those, too. In fact, if we can't get it for you, it probably doesn't exist. We stock a large selection of widely used parts and can special order anything you might need. Call or stop by our parts counter, tell us what you're looking for, and we will try to find it for you. We accept most major credit cards and will ship anywhere.

Appraisals & Safety Inspections

Need an appraisal for insurance purposes or to convince a potential buyer of your car's value? We perform complete inspection-based appraisals that evaluate what we think your car is worth. Planning to buy a Hot Rod? Let us check it over and make sure you aren't getting stuck with someone else's nightmare. Call to make an appointment to bring your car by the shop. Most appraisals take one to two hours to complete.

Many of the cars we inspect have serious safety issues related to the modifications that have been made to them. We can perform a pre- or post-purchase safety inspection of your vehicle and let you know if it is safe to drive. If you'd like to know if your classic or custom is safe to drive, make an appointment and bring it by for a safety inspection. Make sure that great deal you just found is truly safe to drive.

Vehicle Storage

Need to store your car, RV, boat or heavy equipment? We have secure outdoor space available near the Auto Park in Escondido. Contact us for price and availability.

Contact us now for more information.

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Hot Rods & Custom Stuff, 2324 Auto Park Way, Escondido, CA., 1-800-HOT-ROD-5.
(Note: "Vineyard Ave." has been changed to "Auto Park Way." Our address has changed, but not our physical location.)

Hot Rods & Custom Stuff - builds, restores, paints, services and sells parts for classic autos, cars, trucks and street rods.