American Restoration – Collection 1
“Remember back in the day when things were made by hand, and people took pride in their work? My name’s Rick Dale, and I bring these things back to life. Every restoration has its own set of challenges. There’s no owner’s manual for what we do, but there’s no job we can’t handle.”
That’s how Rick Dale describes his job slash reality TV show, American Restoration. And it’s a fair – if somewhat sedate – description of the show. The show essentially begins where shows like American Pickers finish. People from all walks of life, with very different reasons and budgets, bring their old antiques in so that Dale and his crew can bring them back to life, as if they had just come off the production line.
They deal with primarily metal based objects and have a penchant for using only original parts – if they are still obtainable – taking the object apart totally, cleaning it up, doing whatever needs to be done, and putting it all back together in working order.
On time and in budget.
Of course, as with any reality TV show, American Restoration has it’s share of characters and personal dramas. Dale is mentoring his own son, and has a crew of crazy guys, most of whom enjoy a little bit of hi-jinks.
All in all, American Restoration is not only an enjoyment to watch, it’s also a fascinating look at what a bit of hard work and determination can do to restore found items back to their majestic glory.
PG Low level offensive language.
Reviewed by: Jonathan Read