Rowland Brothers Cedar Creek Rod Shop restoration

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This 1955 Chevy 210 Sedan with a modern fuel-injected Chevy LS3 525-horsepower engine and custom leather interior showcases the custom work performed by Cedar Creek Rod Shop. The owner of the vehicle is Shawn Wallace of Grande Prairie, Alberta, Canada. (Photo submitted)

By Caroline Rosacker

Located on a gravel road amidst a dense population of sturdy trees, complete with wild turkeys yelping in the background and deer tip-toeing their way through the woods, is the home of Cedar Creek Rod Shop, making its location and business objective quite a dichotomy. 

Shannon and Jared Rowland, brothers and proprietors of the Rod Shop, grew up in a family deeply rooted and hard-wired in the traditions of fast cars and souped-up automobiles. 

The brothers have officially been in business since 2016 but have worked on cars for over 30 years. 

Shannon told The Press, "We filled out the LLC papers in 2016, but my brother and I have been at my father's side working on cars since we were young. We learned about automobile fabrication and working on drag cars at our father's side, in the 'school of hard knocks.'" 

Steve Rowland, the brothers' father, was educated in welding and fabrication. In the mid-eighties Steve's success took him to the Indianapolis Speedway as Shop Fabricator for Lee Kunzman's Indianapolis race team. 

Their father, in the backyard of their childhood home, mentored the young brothers. 

They commented, "Our father did it all! Airplanes, cars, boats — the only thing he didn't fabricate or work on was a train!"

The Rod Shop specializes in Resto-Mod and Pro-Touring restoration. 

Resto-Mod

Resto-Mod is a relatively new phenomenon among the car-collector world. The restoration style mixes old and new technologies to create a classic automobile with modern comfort, performance and reliability. Its approach involves restoring a classic car so most or all of its aesthetics remains intact, but significant high-performance upgrades have been made to the engine, transmission and other parts and systems. 

Pro-Touring

Pro-Touring is a style of classic muscle car restoration that enhances suspension components, brake system, drivetrain, and aesthetics. Essentially the improvements are about performance, taking an old car and turning it into a high performance automobile that can keep up with its new high-performance competitors on the road.  

The Rowland brothers are highly skilled in their vocation and can turn any automobile into a custom piece of art. 

Jared shared with The Press, "We can take a vehicle and rebuild the chassis, exhaust system, suspension, brakes and upgrade other vehicle systems, making your classic car operate as smooth and finely-tuned as any new high performance vehicle on the road."

"We are not focusing on auto repair. Our part in the restoration process is the performance end of the restoration. We do fabrication work on the interior to stabilize the vehicle but any interior upholstery work and exterior body work is out-sourced locally," Shannon commented. 

The Rod Shop's unique location is slightly off the map but the Rowland brothers assure potential customers their location is not a problem. They offer transportation free of charge within a 50-mile radius. 

Jared said, "No worries concerning the gravel road. We have an enclosed trailer to transport your vehicle to and from our facility."

The Rowland brothers' work speaks for itself. The pair has established a reputation of high quality work among classic car enthusiasts throughout the United States. The duo attends many national car shows displaying their finished product, and have established an excellent rapport with repeat customers in Canada.

Shannon shared, "We make the rounds at the car show circuits in Chicago, Bowling Green, Ky., and Kalamazoo, Mich., to name a few. We are able to share our customers' work at these shows and recruit additional work." 

"If you have a classic restoration or old muscle car that needs updating, give us a call. We specialize in suspension modification, engine and transmission swaps, disc brake conversions and exhaust system overhauls," said Shannon. 

For additional information about the Cedar Creek Rod Shop, you can contact Shannon at 563-880-1074 or Jared at 563-580-7544 or e-mail Shannon at shanccrods@gmail.com or find them on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter.

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