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Hot Rod Business Rumbles Into Lakewood

Rex’s Rods and Customs opens at 14041 Madison Avenue.

Vintage car and hot rod restoration has arrived on Madison Avenue.

Rex Napier opened Rex’s Rods and Customs at 14041 Madison Avenue, in the space where Gasbox motorcycle shop was most-recently located.

The chopper outfit outgrew the space and moved to a larger location in North Olmsted.

But the 3,000-square-foot space is perfect for Napier, who’s looking to trade the rigidities of his 9-to-5 day job for his passion of restoring vintage cars and customizing hot rods. 

“When the money starts rolling in — and I hope it does — I will quit my day job to do this full-time,” he said.

“This is my passion.”

Napier who’s owned more than 100 cars, has been working on vintage cars since he was 16 years old.

Right now, Napier, 40, is the only employee, but as the president of the car club The Resurrectors, he said he has some help.

A refabricated hot rod ranges from about $4,000 for a “rat rod,” to $35,000 for a premium hot rod, “depending on what you want.”

Most of the cars Napier works on were made before 1964. His customers come from all over the country.

“The guy who owns the building told me that the last three people who were in this building all left to buy their own buildings because it wasn’t enough room,” said Napier.

“So I am hoping that this building still has a lot of luck left in it.”

Jim Houston October 11, 2012 at 02:09 PM
Congrats to Rex for following his dream.. Good luck, I'm sure you will do well.
Hol October 11, 2012 at 03:30 PM
It is really great to see so many new businesses picking Lakewood for their home! I just hope the community realizes that for businesses to thrive, the community needs to support local businesses first!
Terry October 11, 2012 at 08:35 PM
Best of luck to you, Rex!! Lakewood is a great place to be.
Susan Napier October 11, 2012 at 08:52 PM
Good luck................hope all your hard work pays off! Dreams can become reality! xoxo
Ron Freed October 11, 2012 at 10:55 PM
I always new it was just a matter of time! Congrats on opening your own place. I wish nothing but the best for you and your family, I know you will be succesfull in this endeavor.
clay creel October 12, 2012 at 03:46 PM
hey ron, i never thought i'd see you and rex's name in the same spot again, bet you didn't think you'd see mine either. clay creel
Rex's Rods October 24, 2012 at 03:46 PM
Just want to say thanks for the comments and support ! -Rex Rex's Rods & Customs (216) 835-RODS

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