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Welcome to the Hot Rod Factory


Minnesota hot Rod shop

Where We're driven to Build Your Dream Car

The Hot Rod Factory is Minnesota's premier hot rod shop and muscle car restoration facility. With over 17,000 square feet we are also Minnesota's largest!


Nobody builds muscle cars the way we do.

Our attention to detail will simply amaze you. You decide on the desired level of restoration for your car – or we find the car for you and build to your specifications.

We do everything in-house – from beginning to end – including:

  • award winning bodywork and paint
  • custom upholstery
  • chassis restoration
  • chassis fabrication
  • pro-touring
  • sheet metal repairs
  • airbags
  • big brakes

The Hot Rod Factory's ultimate goal is to build your dream ride to your satisfaction.

At the Hot Rod Factory, we believe in honesty and integrity. This is evident in our workmanship, policies, billing and our desire to listen to our customers. We recommend options and carry out your decisions.

We pride ourselves on establishing a relationship with our customers. A good line of communication is key to a successful restoration.

Classic Hot Rods


The Hot Rod Factory's personal policy is to work in an organized and efficient manner. Our approach to each task is well thought out as to the best method, materials and equipment to use on your classic hot rod.


Each employee's goal is to give our customers the ultimate labor hour for every hour charged. At the Hot Rod Factory we give weekly updates on how your vehicle is progressing including parts list, billing invoices, labor records, and photos covering before and after repairs.

The condition of the vehicle you begin with and the level of restoration you desire will determine the cost to you. We are here to build your dream ride YOUR way!


Completed Cars

Current Projects


The Hot ROd Factory Story


Hot Rod Factory Owner Rich Wait

Meet Owner Rich Wait


Rich Wait started building cars in a small garage for his own use.

Now, after 20 years doing business as the Hot Rod Factory, Wait is an widely sought expert. 

The Hot Rod Factory has primarily done regional work, but has expanded to meet the demands of national and international clients.

His customers rave about his team's ability to fulfill complete builds including bodywork, metal work and all aspects of vehicle construction.

The Hot Rod Factory will even hunt down the right car for customers and restore it to it's full one-of-a-kind potential.

Meet Rich in person when you visit at Minnesota's Hot Rod Factory.