- Birthday1st Jan, 70
- Birth PlaceUnited States
- Marital statusMarried
- When it comes to whether or not it’s worth it, the price usually speaks for itself.
- We’re focusing on the look of a piece. First we try to find an original part. If that’s not working, we try to buy another one we can use for parts. Finally, if we can’t get an original, we make it in the fabrication room.
- Wood is not forgiving. If you make a mistake, it’s over. And if you have to change things too much, the value is totally going down.
- When I’d ride that bike around the neighborhood I was the happiest guy alive.
- I mainly did Coke machines and gas pumps in the beginning – stuff people weren't buying in America. Most of them were going to Japan. I just couldn't understand why people here didn't want this stuff back then! Now they do!
- In the past, people would bring in items that might need minimal work beyond a good cleaning. That’s no longer the case. “I think all the good stuff is gone. The stuff people bring in now is testing me.
- Only two pieces have come in that were totally like that. Basically I was going to have to rebuild a replica because what was there wasn’t usable and too many parts were missing.
- After 30 years in this business, I learn something new every day. It’s labor intensive, but it’s a labor of love. I absolutely love what I do.
- Most of the restorations I do have nothing to do with what they’re worth. I’m restoring memories. It’s total emotion.
- My dream is to restore a 1940s main street that has gone under from one end to the other.
Did you know?
- Rick Dale first restoration project was the coke vending machine.
- His show debuted on October 25, 2010 and is currently in its third season.
- Rick Dale has restored a 1930s Slot Machines .
Family & relationships
- Kelly Mayer Dale
- Tyler Dale Son
- Kelly Mayer Dale