About Us

Mission Statement

Our mission is to create a partnership of mutual respect and integrity with you, the customer, while in pursuit of a dream: to establish a successful and profitable business building one-of-a-kind street rods, classics, customs, and muscle cars.

Rutter's Rod Shop

Squid's Rod Shop has been a professional builder of street rods, classics, customs, and muscle cars since 1998 (Originally operated as Rutter's Rod Shop). Our experience and knowledge of specialty parts qualifies us to advise the interested car builder regarding the best options for his car.


We sell and recommend parts from all major manufacturers in the industry. We have used many of the parts we sell for various builds in our own shop. Our personal relationship to many experts in the industry gives us an edge when it comes to helping you choose the best parts for your application.

Patt in the Showroom 

Our Own Line

Our desire for quality products has even prompted us to design and offer our own line of laser-cut products too! Made in the USA, you can be assured that these simple yet useful products are stamped with our approval.

Our History

Rutter's Rod Shop began as a part time business in 1998. We incorporated and became a full time enterprise in the year 2000. This business grew steadily, operating out of a 2000 square foot building in Kalamazoo, Michigan. After three and a half years, we were prompted to move from our backyard to a 4000 square foot building in a commercial location.

Then in 2008 we decided to relocate to Hickory, North Carolina. At the end of 2013 we moved to a larger building of 7000 square feet where we can offer every aspect of partial builds as well as complete builds involving disassembly, frame building, design, installation and repair, plus body and paint. We employ a small team of talented hot-rod-savvy individuals who all bring desirable talents to our operation.

Our Future

In 2023 Rutter's Rod Shop was purchased by Matt "Squid" Swiderski and rebranded as Squid's Rod Shop. Matt set forth to leverage his engineering background (Kettering University - BSME & Purdue University - MSME) along with 20+ years of professional motorsports experience, to build a team and facility capable of building the highest quality and innovative hot rods, street rods, customs, and muscle cars in the country.

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