12207 S. Avenue 4E •Yuma, AZ. 85365



Tim Painter
Sep 8th 2022 6:32 PM
Jim and his crew have been working on our classics since 2009. The quality of their work is top notch as evidenced by numerous complimentary comments of spectators. Be sure to see them first.
Kyle Lovelly
Jun 27th 2022 4:14 PM
Jim’s Rod Shop is the real deal! I was referred to Jim’s by San Simala (Yuma Transmission). When I asked San if he could repair my transmission in my 1934 Ford along with some other improvements I had in the mill. NO was the answer. I don’t have the time. I then asked who could. Stan didn’t hesitate, Jim’s Rod Shop. I called Jim the next day, and after a lengthy conversation make an appointment. Jim explained his operation in detail, then gave me the grand tour. The next day Jim picked up my car for a ride to the shop. I later got a call from Kevin asking to come down and discuss the restoration of my 1934 project. I explained my vision of what the car should have, Kevin listened and then, made excellent suggestions. This continued until we were both on the same page. Then the Whitener magic began. Each project has a name, mine is “Lovely Cruiser”. All projects are photographed and posted on the internet so you can follow the progress. Needless to say, all came out as planned and I’m a happy Hot Rodder. I highly recommend you do yourself a favor, stop by and witness the Whitener magic in person.
Gern Blanstein
Jun 21st 2022 1:54 PM
The "Awesome" crew at Jim's Rod Shop have worked on so many of my projects I have lost count! Kevin always makes sure I leave with the ability to do a proper burn out with a smile on my face! It's nice to meet other customers and listen to the memories of the love for Hotrods! I enjoy spending time watching the projects from start to finish whenever I get a chance to stop in. I have made several friendships over the years at Jim's and am always greeted with a smile when I walk in the door. One of my favorite places to stop and enjoy some quality time. Thanks for all you do for so many.
May 19th 2022 8:52 AM
SERVICE, SERVICE, SERVICE !!! Sincere, honest workmanship. Our expectations of a project well done on our 1956 Willys jeep, was accomplished. JIM and I are looking forward to moving ahead on the next project. Owner's as well as employees were top knotched with their representation in all they do at Jim's Rod Shop LLC. We highly recommend this very user friendly business. Respectfully Jim, Eva Clayton.
Levi Gomez
Apr 11th 2022 4:29 PM
Kevin, Jim and their crew are great. I’ve taken 2 vehicles to them and the work has been perfect. Amazing quality at a fair price and a great attention to detail. We’re slowly finishing our 1966 c10 and look forward to bringing them more projects in future even though we live 8 hour’s away.
Crystal Gomez
Apr 11th 2022 4:28 PM
Superb service! Everyone at Jim’s provides superior customer service and work. We took our daughters 2017 Toyota Tacoma in for a lift, upgraded the suspension, and changed out the grill. They worked on it with care and paid attention to the details. Not only does Kevin go the extra mile professionally he and Jim have become like family.
Cheri A Bromberger
May 24th 2021 7:01 PM
My husband left me his "57" Vet. I contacted Jim's Rod Shop. I asked them to put in power steering, power brakes and to go through the mechanics. I wanted the car to be dependable. I was so pleased with the work. The shop transformed the car from my husbands ride to mine. The vet drives like a dream. The price was fair and the service was outstanding. Thank you
paul wotton
Jan 1st 2021 9:06 AM

Jim's rod shop did a great job on my 1950 Studebaker pickup.  My pickup had a different steering column put in and went through the drivetrain.  Truck runs like new now and I just wish I went there long ago!!  Highly recommend these guys, prices are very competitive but we'll worth it!

Christie Fernandez
Nov 16th 2020 7:09 PM
Jim and team rescued my 78 Camaro and brought it back to life. They took great care with my car and the outcome was exactly what I envisioned. Thanks to everyone in the shop including the ladies in the office for the quality service!
Randy Silva
Sep 28th 2020 9:29 AM
Where do I start these people are great they worked their butts off for me and brought my baby to life. Hands down the best choice I made was bringing my 1970 El Camino to Jim and Kevin Them and their crew do outstanding work and work with you along the way. I wouldn't expect nothing less from a Christian ran hot rod shop... It has been a blessing To do business with them & I will be back...😎👍 Thanks again guys to you and your crew & the ladies in the office....
Robert Walk
Sep 4th 2020 5:00 PM
I would highly recommend anyone to take their vehicle to Jim's Rod Shop. Jim & Kevin are great people to work with. They installed a super-charged 6.2 liter LSA engine in my 69 GTO. They replaced the automatic transmission with a 6-speed TR-60-60 standard transmission. It takes a lot of knowledge to convert a new engine & transmission into a 50 year old car let me tell you. They did it & Kevin kept me informed all the way.
Bill and Linda Haney
Aug 26th 2020 12:46 PM
Jim and his team has done high quality work on our 1929 Ford pickup, from under the hood to a super paint job. From the shop to the office everyone is friendly and so very helpful. They are all great people. Would highly recommend them.
Dan Gogerty
Aug 26th 2020 11:51 AM
Hi all, Dan here. Just leaving a note about Jim, Kevin, and the guys at the shop. Jim's Rod Shop has worked on my three cars over the last year or so. Very happy with all of the work completed so far and more work to do. These cars are two 1964 Impala SS and a 72 Corvette. Excellent shop, spotless, and great communication while work is being done. Kevin and I have become good friends and Jim and I have become quit good friends, we have had numerous good lunches and a couple of great outtings. I expect to be having future work done on the cars. Keep up the good work guys, see you when we get back in town.
Chris Cain
Aug 22nd 2020 12:01 PM
The guys at Jim's Rod Shop did an excellent job on my Mustang. My car was well outside their normal work, but they handled it in stride. They helped me start my frame up restoration by reinforcing the frame and removing any thought of rust. They also sealed everything permanently with a mix of Raptor Liner and Lizard Skin. They also did what Ford couldn't and made my engine bay show worthy by cleaning up all of the factory holes and seams. Lastly, they installed a full track suspension from Maximum Motorsports. Again I couldn't be happier. Thanks to Jim, Kevin, Dylan, Ryan, and the rest of the team for their hard work!
steve Gillette
Aug 22nd 2020 11:41 AM
Jim's Rod Shop is a fantastic business that has done plenty of quality work on my 70' Chevelle SS. Their work is of the highest quality, and the team Jim has built are friendly, honest, and very talented. If you have a ride that you need to have work done to it, I highly recommend you give Jim or Kevin a call - you won't be disappointed.
Joel Cruz
Aug 20th 2020 3:38 PM
Jim's shop did an engine swap on my 65 Mustang that is going to be a gift to my father. They did a great job! Kevin kept in constant contact and discussed everything before they did it. We discussed my budget and they kept everything within range. Jim also gave me a tour of the shop and showed me the other projects they had going, as a classic car fan that was very cool!
James and Susan Green
Aug 20th 2020 2:44 PM
I will forever be grateful to the gentleman who told me about Jim's Rod Shop. We had been looking for years to find a shop of experts that specialize in restoring old cars like our 1964 Dodge Town and Country Van. Everyone there really knows exactly what is needed. Every time we visit, they are super friendly and explain in detail what has been done. Now that it is running, we are so excited that it is almost time for them to paint it.
John Gay
Aug 19th 2020 6:12 AM
My wife and I look forward each time we visit the shop to see the radical change in our 67' mustang. Jim/ Kevin and their crews are truly one of a kind when it comes to restoration of classic cars. Their wide array of knowledge, skill at their trade craft, and professionalism are reasons why we will continue to come back.....(hopefully when we find that 68' cougar). Their business has truly been blessed from Heaven above. Hat's off to the team and can't wait till we can jump in the resurrected 'stang and eat the road again.
Kyle A. Taylor
Aug 19th 2020 5:29 AM
Kevin, Jim and all the men and women who make up Jim's Rod Shop have done a first rate job on my 'Ol Hell Camino. I liked it so much I let them start on my '68 Camaro LSA build.
Bryce Umphress
Aug 18th 2020 8:29 PM
Kevin and the team provide the best customer service experience ever .The work They do is absolutely amazing the way the get down to every detail. This Shop provides the best custom paint and fabrication in Arizona thank you for all you’re amazing work.
John Gay
Aug 18th 2020 6:23 PM
Kevin and his dad are top notch professionals, true artists and craftsmen of their trade...and as my wife says "in a class of their own" when it comes to resurrecting classic cars. I have had the honor of watching Jim/Kevin and his crew take a 53 year car that sat for 15 years in the elements and raise it from the ashes. The 67' Mustang Fastback is set to become a daily driver (with a little kick in the pants) when it is ready to launch. While we are awed by Jim Rod's Shop quality and care of work...we are most impressed with the employees at the shop. They are kind and always willing to take time out of their busy schedules to answer questions and show us around. Kev and his dad are one of a kind....they have been blessed by Heaven above and it shows in their character as well as their work.
Donnie Nalley
Aug 18th 2020 4:58 PM
Jim’s built my 1939 ford coupe. This car has been in the family since my great grandfather bought it off the showroom. Kevin knows how important this car is to my family and has been amazing every step of the way and has taken care of whatever I needed and then some! He has definitely earned plenty of future business from me and I highly recommend Jim’s rod shop!! Thank you guys for everything!
Robert Melendez
Aug 18th 2020 4:09 PM
Melendez Ride ,I have a 1972 nova that Jim's rod shop has help me have my dream car built with very professional work , above and beyond my expectations, I would never take my car anywhere else . i could not be happier with my Ride the team is very good at what they Do , A special thanks to Kevin he has been so awesome by keeping me updated with pictures and videos and his great ideas for my ride i couldn't have done it without his suggestion's and expertise.. thank you Jim's rod shop !!
Cindy Wingate
Aug 18th 2020 1:31 PM
My journey with Jim's Rod Shop started about three years ago when I was looking for a place to have my 1970 Mach 1 Mustang painted. I spoke with Jim on the phone ( super great guy!), and the rest is history. Whether it's engine, transmission, body, paint, or interior these guys really know their stuff and take great pride in doing the job right. I've had 3 of my vehicles worked on at Jim's... my '70 Mach1, '66 Mustang, and the '56 Chevy and they have done beautiful work! It's safe to say I'll be a customer for life. :-) If you are looking for a place to update that classic car sitting in your garage, bring it over and let Jim, Kevin, and the Guys get you excited about the possibilities!!! To everyone who works at Jim's, many thanks and much love...you guys ARE THE BEST!!!
Aug 18th 2020 12:42 PM
Have a 1956 Chevy that they are working on. I am very happy with the work that has been done to the car thus far. Kevin has been very communicative in informing me with updates, photos and videos of the project. I am glad that they are working on the car as I trust their experience and willingness to make it how the customer wants it done.
Dana Malone and Wendell Wright
May 29th 2020 9:42 AM
We are so happy that we were turned on to Jim’s Rod Shop. Jim and his awesome team have worked on 3 of our cars; a 69 Bronco, 71 Bronco, and a 2008 Corvette. The work they have completed is outstanding, completely top-of-the-line. Jim and Kevin are so good to communicate with their customers and let them know what they have learned about the project they are working on. All of them, from the girls in the office to the guys in the shop, are welcoming. The shop facilities are immaculate with up-to-date equipment and tools. We are now lifetime customers and happy to callJim and the crew, “friends “.
Andy Arreola
Mar 26th 2020 4:14 PM
Jim, I had a wonderful experience in dealing with you and your business. I brought you my 57 Chevy 210 for a transmission change and start up, and throughout the entire evolution you helped save me money, but never at the cost of safety or lower quality products. Thank you and all your personnel for taking the time to show me the progress and parts used in my build. Every time I see that manual shifter coming out of the floorboard of my 57, brings back immeasurably joyful memories of my childhood with my dad. To you, Kevin, and the all of the great people that work at Jim's Rod Shop, Thank you.
Ken May
Sep 27th 2019 3:49 PM
Jim's Rod Shop put an independent front suspension on my 57 Chevy pickup, now called "grampyjojo's truck". They did a great job and the truck rides and tracks so much better than with the old straight axle, even though it already had up graded hubs with disc brakes. They also installed a Vintage Air air conditioning system. Now it can be driven in comfort year around here. No doubt I will ask them to do any future work on the truck and will recommend them to others.
Tyrone Anub
Jul 15th 2019 1:45 PM
I could not be happier with the work Jim and his team put in on my ‘69 Pontiac LeMans. I inherited the car from my Grandfather who was the original owner. They treated the vehicle with the same care and respect I would have. I won’t take the car to anyone else. Lots of work remains to be done and the team at Jim’s Rod shop are the only ones I trust to do it.
Robert Skorupa
Jul 10th 2019 7:13 AM
Put on your sun glasses when you go in! Because the chrome on those cool cars will blind you! Because it's not cool if your chrome don't shine! The pride that Jim and his crew take to make sure your ride stands out, is what keeps me coming back! Watching these cars come to life is keeping the history of Hotrods alive!
Jims Rod Shop
May 9th 2019 10:34 AM
Jims Rod Shop would like to thank Matt Molenar and his staff at MGM Design for creating a great new website for Jims Rod Shop. Good Job Guys.
Larry Rotrock "Ol Sol" Yellow 57
Jan 3rd 2019 6:15 AM

You guys are the best! Love the fact that you allow /encourage customers to come in and look around and even let me do some things on "Ol Sol". Us car enthusiasts love cars and many of us want to be involved and get our hands dirty and learn more about our cars. What makes them tick and what makes them better. In my case ,there are so many things customized and changed from original ,I was not comfortable digging in like I usually do, without some expertise to guide me. Kevin is especially helpful and a great guy as is everyone else.

Andy & Machelle Busutil
Mar 17th 2016 7:09 PM
We brought our corvette(Jessica)in to get road worthy,and we were very impressed how detailed Jim and his crew are with the inspection and documentation process from beginning to the completion of the project. Good people, Quality work, Best experience ever.
Rick Rabb
Jun 27th 2015 4:06 AM
Jim and his staff always welcome me and friends of mine who come to town, it's my favorite tourist attraction stop. Jim always makes people welcome and they never forget him. Jim has helped me for the last 10 years as I have rebuilt my 1962 Pontiac Bonneville. It's nice to have such a high quality Rod Shop here in Yuma and such a great friend like Jim.
Tim Painter
Feb 25th 2015 12:04 PM

Our Studebaker continues to be recognized by spectators and judges as a unique and beautifully restored custom. Thanks to Jim and his guys for their dedicated work on it. Check out project under last name see the quality of his work. 

May 21st 2014 10:36 AM
Really enjoyed stopping by and speaking with Jim for the first time. He took the time to show me his operation and what he's got going on and discuss my 67' Stang. Very insightfull and no pressure. See you soon.
May 19th 2014 9:13 PM
I really enjoy stopping and saying "Hello" to Jim and his crew! It's nice to see the progress on the vehicles too! The shop is filled with pride and you can see it in every ride! Keep up the great work my friend!!
Jan 30th 2014 5:01 PM
Very impressive shop Jim, I will definitely be in touch.
Sep 10th 2013 12:00 AM
Great shop!
Philip Schrier
Jul 10th 2013 12:00 AM

You have the best of the best of all the cars I have seen, I used to have a 1970 Buick Wildcat with a 455 4 barrel, I should have kept it but I just got lazy and sold it. It is still in Yuma but I do not know who has it.Now that I am 80 1/2 years old I just enjoy looking at all the other cars. I started ut with a 1937 Dodge many years ago and only paid $50.00 I just can not keep up with the times. I now enjoy my retirement and still going strong, you and your team are the best of the best. Phil Schrier

Earles McCaul
Jul 8th 2013 12:00 AM
Howdy, saw your Studebaker conversion. I graduated Kofa in '62 and later taught electronic ignition systems courses out at AWC.
May 19th 2013 12:00 AM
To think my El Camino was this close to making it..oh well, will have to settle for Queen of Gila St.
edgar ulloa
Mar 8th 2013 12:00 AM
Hey Mr Jim i just found out about your shop by words of Claud & Betty Hrycaiko. They said your are the "Men" for pontiac on the area. I own an 79 and 86 tras am. I like to know how much will be for rebuild (estimated price) and 455 engine an leave it as strong as Claude's? ...... without EFI By the way nice job with te Gold Bird
Tim Painter
Jan 1st 2013 12:00 AM
Jim-As you near the end of the rebuild on our Studebaker I feel safe in saying we will have possibly the hottest 232 cu. in. Studebaker engine in the country. Those Challengers, Camaros, and Mustangs better watch out!
Dec 16th 2012 12:00 AM
I have seen some nice shops in my travels since retirement, however none as nice and clean as this shop. Your shop is the Epitome of a beautiful Rod Shop. How you have 8-10 Techs working in the main shop and the Body shop and maintain such a clean working Atmosphere is surely a testament to your perfection. I just wanted to congratulate you and tell you I have never seen 30 some odd projects all going at once and the attention to detail. It is mindboggling. Keep up the wonderful work Jim. Your crew were the most professional and courteous I have ever seen. Big Thumbs up to you.
larry houchin
Jun 28th 2012 12:00 AM
maybe iwill start my tim woody pontiac it is also a 52
Jun 22nd 2012 12:00 AM
dont know you but it looks like your shop has done some very beautiful work, love the bronco and the classic chevy trucks! keep up the good work
Claude Hrycaiko
Jun 15th 2012 12:00 AM
I can't find enough good words to say about Jim but he is a gem, always willing to take time to help me understand more about my new found hobby as well as doing outstanding work on my 67 Firebird.
James Gerber
Mar 26th 2012 12:00 AM
Looks great looks like you are putting out some top notch work. Keep up the good work.
Mar 10th 2012 12:00 AM
Thanks for your awesome comments about your customer Nathan. Rest in Pease Nathan USMC
Mar 8th 2012 12:00 AM
Angela Williams
Dec 24th 2011 12:00 AM
Hey Uncle Jimmy showed grandma the site its really cool. love you and miss you!! Have a Merry Christmas!!Angela
Jack Van Vleck
Dec 10th 2011 12:00 AM
Hi Jim ! This Is Carol, Jack's Wife.His Modle A Is Looking GREAT !!! Thank You.
Samuel Colton
Oct 18th 2011 12:00 AM
Jim, thank you for taking time out of your busy day to share your passion with our college welding students. You will never know the impact you made but the students always will. Su amigo Samuel
Tim Painter
Mar 21st 2011 12:00 AM
Jim and Crew-After showing our Studebaker for the first time recently and seeing people absolutely swarm the car all day, it is obvious that the quality of your work is second to none. I would put the restoration done on our car up against any other shop in the country. Not only are we proud of our car, but we also are proud of it being the first restored 50's custom you have done. Thanks again for your magnificent work!-Joen and Tim Painter
Debi Heath
Feb 9th 2011 12:00 AM
Jim Wonderful work!! there are a few I could see myself in. would love the opportunity to see these in person.
Patrick Comfort
Feb 5th 2011 12:00 AM
Hello Jim, Patrick from Classic Industries... Great shop! Enjoyed talking to you and seeing your site! Roll on.
Tim and Joen Painter
Jan 7th 2011 12:00 AM
Jim and Gang-Now that the Stude is almost finished we are more appreciative than ever for the high quality of work you have put into our car. Thanks for the all the time, thought, and labor. We hope that people who see the quality of your work in our car will pass the word about Jim's Rod Shop.
Andy Ricker
Jan 1st 2011 12:00 AM
The 54 is looking great!
Bob Feaganes
Nov 24th 2010 12:00 AM
Really enjoyed the pics of the Studebaker custom restoration. I stayed around to view other cool projects, too. Nice work!
greg bowman
Oct 12th 2010 12:00 AM
Thank you so much Jim for doing all the work you did on my 72ss El Camino. God Bless You and your Wife. In His Grace. greg and micki bowman
kevin dale
Sep 29th 2010 12:00 AM
I know you are working your dream, keep up the great work. thanks for using my shop for your exhaust work, very impressed with the BAJA bronco you brought to me today, waaay cool!!!
Steven & Ronda Henne
Jul 21st 2010 12:00 AM
Great looking shop, excellent web site.
Lisa from Marriott
Jun 12th 2010 12:00 AM
HI Jim My husband and I think your shop and your website are great.My husband at "55" wants you to adopt him.After making your reservation today it's nice to see the face behind the voice.
Joseph C. Britain
May 24th 2010 12:00 AM
MR. Jim: Outstanding efforts at your shop and on the website. Nice seeing "TinkerBelle" on the web sight as good advertisement for Naval Academy admissions! She re-earned her old name "TinkerBelle" as that car flies now, since you got her back up to battle-trim. Like ships, these cars are referred to as "her or she" as it costs so much to keep them in paint & powder. Smokin' Joe El Comandante
Ed & Phyliss Foland
Mar 11th 2010 12:00 AM
Your people in the shop were right on the ball had the Merc settin in the shop door ready to rock and roll... Tell em thanks we sure appreciated it .. WE LOVE THE MERC.. THANKS AGAIN Ed & Phyliss Foland
Bobby Gordon
Dec 10th 2009 12:00 AM
I was great to see you guys again. I am glad you are working on the car. Thinking about the big block still. I will let you know soon. Thanks for lunch had a great time. Bobby
Bill & Betty De Nise
Oct 13th 2009 12:00 AM
Jim, Tell your detail guy, "Good Job" on the Shelby. We took 1st. Place in the Mustang Class and there were a lot of Mustangs there, including about a half dozen Shelbys. In addition to the Plaque, they let the first place cars do a parade lap around the race track during the opening ceremonies. That was Cool! Thanks Again Bill
Lauren Seibel
Sep 13th 2009 12:00 AM
Hi Jim, I like your site! Tre looks especially cool!
Jordan Stockham
Jul 21st 2009 12:00 AM
Hello I love your story and love the cars. I might apply for you opening some day. Your story makes me want to move there and chang my life. Jordan
Tim Painter
May 26th 2009 12:00 AM
After 5 1/2 years of frustration Joen and I are so pleased to have you working on our Studebaker. You are the best, Jim!
Jan 30th 2009 12:00 AM
Oct 10th 2008 12:00 AM
Another special Hello to Eric from Massachusetts..Cars/Trucks look awesome, Quintin will be so jealous..Take care and visit when your home...Congrats!
Oct 10th 2008 12:00 AM
Great Web Site and beautiful shop. A special hello to Eric Desilets !!! We miss you here in Massachusetts, but wish you the best. YA YA Rose
Clint Priest
Sep 12th 2008 12:00 AM
Great work, Jim! You've got a very skilled team with some top-notch cars!
From the Owner
May 12th 2008 12:00 AM
I want to take this moment and thank everyone who has been apart of "Jims Rod Shop"! I couldn't have made this happen without you, thank you very much. You have made this mans dream come true! Jimmy Whitener
Shari Mehlhose
Apr 29th 2008 12:00 AM
Hi Jimmy : ) I LOVE the website !!! I'll be sure to show Mom next time she comes over. Take Care... Shari
Jerry & Sue Janney
Apr 28th 2008 12:00 AM
From the old to the new. WOW, what a change. Keep up the good work friend.
Linda Darlene Lee
Apr 25th 2008 12:00 AM
I love your website and I am blessed to be your sister. You've worked so hard for your dream and now you can enjoy. I know dad is looking down and smiling with pride.... Luv ya!!
Jerry & Cindy
Apr 2nd 2008 12:00 AM
Your shop is very nice. Your web page is well done and easy to follow. Jerry & Cindy
john peterson
Apr 2nd 2008 12:00 AM
Great shop, will definetly come down and see you.
Don Schulz
Apr 1st 2008 12:00 AM
ya done good. Hope nothing but the best and success for you.

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