It takes more than a fresh coat of paint to bring a rusty relic back to life...
AMERICAN RESTORATION Series Premieres Friday, April 15 at 10 p.m. on HISTORY(R)
New York, March 14, 2011 - Think you can't turn back the hands of time? At Rick's Restorations in Las Vegas, Nevada, they do it every day. Customers bring in their own pieces of history; dusty, oddball artifacts beyond repair - perhaps a 1940's Pepsi dispenser or a Prohibition-era slot machine - and come away with a restored collectible that looks and performs like new. What's more, the treasure is often worth a lot more than before.
But as everyone knows, they don't make things like they used to. On AMERICAN RESTORATION, a half-hour series premiering on Friday, April 15 at 10 p.m. with back-to-back episodes on HISTORY, business owner Rick Dale sees every new project as a unique challenge. It might be a rusty safe with no combination, a vintage candy machine missing hundreds of moving parts, or a company's iconic paint color kept strictly under wraps. It takes equal parts of craftsmanship and improvisation to transform run-down old eyesores into works of art with their own unique history.
Every item that comes into the shop is filled with history. AMERICAN RESTORATION tells the story behind things you just don't see any more: an early vending machine...a 1950's air raid siren...a 1940's U.S. mail box...a 1920's Conoco gas pump...and dozens more. These treasures make up the tapestry of American culture; for every piece that gets refurbished, a bit of history comes back to life.
Back in the shop, Rick has his hands full running the family business while keeping his crew of outsized personalities in line. The pressure's on to finish the job flawlessly and on time. But as Rick says, �There's no owner's manual for what we do, but there's no job we can't handle.�
AMERICAN RESTORATION is produced for HISTORY by Leftfield Pictures. Brent Montgomery and Colby Gaines are Executive Producers for Leftfield Pictures and Matthew Braley is Co-Executive Producer. David McKillop and John Verhoff are Executive Producers for HISTORY.
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