About Us

If you can dream it
we can build it
Eddie's Rod and Custom is a family-owned hot rod and custom shop located in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. We provide our customers with the highest quality work in automotive restoration and customization. With two generations of the Pettus family, we've built a reputation one bolt and weld at a time by committing ourselves to honest advice, dependable work, and unsurpassed craftsmanship. From disassembly to delivery and beyond, you can be confident you and your car will be treated like family.

Special thanks to Master Tool and Manufacturing in Hiawatha.

Staff

EDDIE PETTUS
Owner and Metal Fab Specialst
A car guy since birth, Eddie’s first project car was a 1948 Crosley he purchased at 10 years old. After working with cars all his life and earning an Applied Science degree at Wyotech, Eddie founded ERC with his father and mentor in 2002.
ED PETTUS
General Manager, Mechanic, Sales
An auto mechanic and business owner for over 35 years, Ed has built a reputation based on honesty and integrity. Along with his automotive knowledge, Ed champions the day-to-day operations and long-term direction for the shop.
MICHAEL PETTUS
Detailing, Electronics, Marketing
The youngest of the Pettus family, Michael helps out around the shop keeping customers happy, invoices paid, and parts ordered. Of course you can still catch Michael out in the shop getting his hands dirty when time permits.
MIKE ERNSTER
Technician, Metal Fabricator
Don’t let Big Mike’s easy-going additude fool you, he’s as serious a craftsman as you’ll find anywhere. With a natural interest in learning new techniques, Mike’s commitment to detail is what sets him apart from other fabricators.
JOE SANTOLIN
Body & Paint Specialist
A body and paint specialist, Joe has a unique talent to transform even the rustiest beater into what one industry rival called an “a liquid glass finish”. Walking the line between a fabricator and a sculptor, Joe turns metal into a true pieces of art.
BEN GREIF
Body & Paint Specialist
After graduating from Kirkwwod Community College with a focus in auto body, Ben has been working for Eddie’s Rod & Custom since 2009 as a body and paint specialist. He helps round out our world-class exterior team.
MCCLAIN PHELAN
Technician, Metal Fabricator
With an artists’ appreciation for form and a growing knowledge of fabrication and mechanical techniques, McClain brings a unique perspective to custom jobs. His commitment to functional beauty drives everything he does.
KATHY PETTUS
Co-Owner, Front Office
Perhaps the most unsung hero in “Team Pettus”, Kathy is the backbone of Eddie’s Rod and Custom. Her capabilites range from event planning to customer service and offiec management while always being counted on for a smile.
Chris Lint
Body & Paint Specialist
Even though he's the newest addition to our dedicated body and paint team, Chris is no spring chicken. His education at Kirkwood and his 30 years of experience are a huge asset to any project, and we're proud to call him one of us.