About Me

Let me introduce myself.  My name is Todd Meikle.  This is my blog and website howtobuildhotrods.com.  If you are a hot rod enthusiast, and especially if you are building a hot rod at home in your garage, then this website is for you.  My goal is to provide information and advice to all of you hot rodders out there that want to have the car of your dreams and not spend your retirement savings doing it.  As time goes by, I hope to fill this website with detailed how-to information covering all aspects of hot rod building.  All the while I intend to absorb feedback and allow hot rod enthusiasts from all over the world to share their ideas, successes, failures, and maybe even trade the odd part or two.  Howtobuildhotrods.com is about sharing information and enjoying our hobby without breaking the bank.

So how did I learn about Hot Rods?  From my father of course.  I started taking things apart as soon as I could hold a wrench. And before there were any real cars around to work on, I used to build plastic model cars.  But by the time I was 10 years old, my father and I started working on a 1965 Rambler Convertible.  After that, it was a steady stream of antique cars and trucks in various states of disrepair.  My dad was never a mechanic and did not have a detailed knowledge of how cars functioned mechanically, or how to restore them.  But perhaps this was our greatest advantage.  Because we had to learn everything the hard way.  And we didn’t have an unlimited budget either.  We had to make due with what we had, and scrounge and trade for what we didn’t.  Not long after I graduated from high school , I obtained my Journeyman Auto Body Mechanic certificate.  In 2004 I graduated from the University of Alberta with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering.  From the time I was in high school till this day I have worked in and around body shops.  In 2005 I opened an auto body shop in Edmonton, Alberta.  And using what I have learned along the way, I have rebuilt all sorts of cars and trucks from the ground up.

If you are building a hot rod or restoring a car at home in your garage, then hopefully I can pass some wisdom on to you.  At the very least, I bet I can save you some money or aggravation somewhere along the way.  So read on and tell your friends.  Or leave a comment or ask a question if you like.  After all, we’re all in this together.

Good Luck

Todd Meikle