Steve Darnell and his team of rat rod specialists are master automotive fabricators. They work out of a sprawling garage, Welder Up, on the outskirts of the Las Vegas Strip, re-building one-of-a-kind Mad Max-style "rat rod" cars out of hidden treasure for quirky customers.From a shotgun gearshift and mason jar tail lights, to death row electric chair car seats and horseshoe gas peddles, each rat rod featured on VEGAS RAT RODS is equal parts discarded treasure, high-tech performance parts and wild imagination from Darnell and his entire team.
The Welderup crew transforms a ’57 Chevy Wagon from a grocery grabber into one nasty ride. This Jekyll and Hyde creation aims to be badass to the eye, but comfortable enough for a weekend adventure.
A father and son team gets a badass hauler for their construction company. Steve's sons help with the build, making this rebuild of a classic '31 International Truck a family affair in more ways than one in Welderup's new shop.
The Welderup crew turn a Chevy C10 into a true monster with rivets, scars and a wicked-cool Cummins diesel engine.
Steve transforms a beloved 1932 Model B for an old-school client, turning this classic beauty into a roadworthy beast under the suspicious glare of a hotrod clan.
The Welderup crew pay tribute to the railroad that put the West on the map by building a rat rod with a train theme for a client from Telluride. It's all about locomotives, rivets, and even a train whistle for this road warrior.
The crew transform a Speedster into a tribute to Las Vegas for a flashy client keen on cruising the Strip. Steve hunts down rare casino memorabilia to incorporate into the vehicle, including slot machine parts and poker chips.
Steve transforms a 1955 Chevy truck into an apocalyptic vision of fire. Built for a demolitions expert, Steve wanted this pickup to reflect his client's profession. So it looks like it just emerged from hell, burned out and definitely badass.
Take one beat up sandrail, add a 1920's body, mix it up with Steve's creativity, and you get a road warrior sprung from the desert.Then, for the first time in the shop, the crew installs an alcohol-fueled engine.
The famous D-Rod is reborn as The Destroyer when Steve and crew give their iconic rat rod a badly needed badass makeover. Steve gets nostalgic as he rebuilds his D-Rod with even more torque and turbo just in time for the race.
An enthusiastic cowboy is looking for a rat rod to lift the spirits of his small town; Steve gets the idea of making a death-defying carnival ride on wheels.
A trucking company owner comes to Darnell looking for a vintage ride that celebrates the roots of his business; Darnell faces an uphill battle meeting his demands for a 1930s era cab.
Darnell and the Welder Up crew have their work cut out for them when a couple commissions a build to celebrate their impending wedding anniversary; a pair of body guards are looking for a rat rod that truly reflects their rebellious streak.
An electrical lineman from Texas tasks Steve and the Welderup crew with customizing his company's first work truck, a trusty old early 1970s Ford pickup.
To appease a demanding new client, Steve aims to make a big rig rat rod out of a 1979 Peterbilt that he once drove for his father's steel company.
A family man with a need for speed brings a battered 50's era pickup to Steve looking for a bad ass rat rod the whole family can enjoy. To meet their client's demands the crew need to find a way to add glitz and gloss to a smoke belching monster.