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Our Story

Eddie's Rod and Custom is a family-owned hot rod and custom shop located in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. We provide our customers with the highest quality work in automotive restoration and customization. With two generations of the Pettus family, we've built a reputation one bolt and weld at a time by committing ourselves to honest advice, dependable work, and unsurpassed craftsmanship. From disassembly to delivery and beyond, you can be confident you and your car will be treated like family.

Our Staff
Eddie's Rod and Custom Eddie Pettus
EDDIE PETTUS
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Owner and Metal Fab Specialst
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A car guy since birth, Eddie’s first project car was a 1948 Crosley he purchased at 10 years old. After working with cars all his life and earning an Applied Science degree at Wyotech, Eddie founded ERC with his father and mentor in 2002.

Eddie's Rod and Custom Ed Pettus
ED PETTUS
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General Manager, Mechanic, Sales
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An auto mechanic and business owner for over 35 years, Ed has built a reputation based on honesty and integrity. Along with his automotive knowledge, Ed champions the day-to-day operations and long-term direction for the shop.

Eddie's Rod and Custom Michael Pettus
MICHAEL PETTUS
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Assembly, Electronics, Public Relations
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The youngest of the Pettus family, Michael helps out around the shop keeping customers happy, invoices paid, and parts ordered. Of course you can still catch Michael out in the shop getting his hands dirty when time permits.

Kathy Pettus Eddie's Rod and Custom
Kathy Pettus
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Co-Owner, Front Office
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Perhaps the most unsung hero in “Team Pettus”, Kathy is the backbone of Eddie’s Rod and Custom. Her capabilites range from event planning to customer service and office management while always being counted on for a smile.

Eddie's Rod and Custom Mike Ernster
MIKE ERNSTER
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Technician, Metal Fabricator
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Don’t let Big Mike’s easy-going additude fool you, he’s as serious a craftsman as you’ll find anywhere. With a natural interest in learning new techniques, Mike’s commitment to detail is what sets him apart from other fabricators.

McClain Phelan Eddie's Rod and Custom
McClain Phelan
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Metal Fabricator
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With an artists’ appreciation for form and a growing knowledge of fabrication and mechanical techniques, McClain brings a unique perspective to custom jobs. His commitment to functional beauty drives everything he does.

Joe Santolin Eddie's Rod & Custom
Joe Santolin
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Paint Specialist
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Lead painter Joe has a unique talent to transform even the rustiest beater into what one industry rival called an “a liquid glass finish”. Walking the line between a fabricator and a sculptor, Joe turns metal into a true pieces of art.

Ben Greif
Ben Greif
Job Title
Metal Fabricator, Body Specialist
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After graduating from Kirkwwod Community College with a focus in auto body, Ben has been working for Eddie’s Rod & Custom since 2009 as a body specialist and metal fabricator. He helps round out our world-class exterior team.

Chris Lint Eddie's Rod and Custom
Chris Lint
Job Title
Body Specialist
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Chris is no spring chicken. His education at Kirkwood and his 30 years of experience are a huge asset to any project, and we're proud to call him one of us.

Joel Rupe Eddies Rod and Custom
Joel Rupe
Job Title
Body & Paint Specialist
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Recently added Joel Rupe to Team ERC, a very talented body man, painter, fabricator an all around great car guy and couldn't be happier to have him on our team! 

AJ Lucas Eddies Rod and Custom
Aj Lucas
Job Title
Body Specialist
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Happy to have added AJ Lucas, a young talented body man, that has a passion for all types of vehicles and is a great new asset to Team ERC!

Our Partners
Eddie's Rod and Custom Art Morrison
ART MORRISON
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Chassis & Suspension
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BASF
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A Chemical Company
ACC
Advanced Custom Chrome
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High Quality Chroming
Master Tool & MFG
Master Tool & Mfg
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Custom Machining
Hot Rods By Boyd
Hot Rods By Boyd
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Custom Wheels
Billet Specialties
Billet Specialties
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Automotive Accessories
First Class Finish
Glasurit
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90 Line Paints a First Class Finish
Livin' Loud
Kicker Audio
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Premium Audio Equipment "Livin' Loud"