We Are RJ Cars

“The biggest thing is picking a shop with people that are good to work with. Russell and his crew are some of the nicest people you'll ever meet. The work they do is flawless; there's never any doubt in your mind. It wasn't inexpensive, but when everything was done, it was done the way it should have been."—Art (R/T) Handzlik / Customer

Since the age of 14, Russell Jacobs has pursued and explored his passion for restoring and rebuilding the great classic cars of the 60's and 70's. He opened his own shop, RJ CARS, Inc. in 1989. Starting out specializing in Mopar cars and trucks has grown into other makes and models along with specialty projects.

Over the years, he and his staff have restored well over 100 cars and repaired, cleaned, and improved countless others.

Whatever a project has needed, RJ CARS has always found a way to meet that need with expert results. From Dodge restoration and Dodge truck restoration to classic and muscle car restorations RJ CARS always provides a professional service.

Today RJ CARS enjoys a nationwide reputation for friendly, expert, and knowledgeable service coupled with attention to detail and his staff's approach to each car and truck as if it were their own. They're experts at classic car and truck restoration, Mopar restoration and auto body collision repair. 

Read our newsletters, download our brochure, review our photo gallery and get to know us. Review the logos at the bottom of this page to see the high-quality service providers and vendors we partner with. Watch our News & Events page for upcoming coming events to which we bring our favorite projects, or stop by the shop to talk with Russ or any of his capable staff about your dreams for your Plymouth, Dodge, Chevy, or other classic vehicle. 


RJ Cars Services

Auto Restoration

RJ CARS offers the full range of classic, vintage car and truck restoration services, including street show, show, and Concours levels. Our photo gallery shows dozens of auto restoration projects on Chevys, Dodges, Plymouths, and many more.

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Auto Repairs

Whether you have a broken engine, drive-train, brakes, suspension, or damaged interiors, RJ CARS offers a full line of auto repair and rebuilding services for current model vehicles, classic cars, and trucks (driver and show) as well as vintage vehicle repair.

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Collision Work

RJ CARS has repaired and repainted body damage due to collision or neglect on current model vehicles, classic cars, and trucks, as well as horse carriages, dragsters, and even antique gas pumps. As an established automotive paint shop in NY.

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Parts & Components

RJ CARS restores the proper finish, paint colors, function, and usability of original and old parts and components. We handle the smallest of parts to large sub-assemblies on muscle, classic cars, antique vehicles, as well as modern makes and models.

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The biggest thing is picking a shop with people that are good to work with. Russell and his crew are some of the nicest people you'll ever meet. The work they do is flawless; there's never any doubt in your mind. It wasn't inexpensive, but when everything was done, it was done the way it should have been.

Art Handzlik - 1969 Dodge Charger R/T


Thank you again for selecting our Daytona Shelby to be part of the Shelby Reunion. We are proud of this achievement and have to extend our sincerest appreciation to the team at RJ Cars for restoring the Shelby to the level worthy of a spot in Building T. Then to discover that the car was pictured on the event guide, shirts, sweatshirts, etc..... it just left me speechless! The Drolet's

Alan, Michelle, Zachary and Nathan - 1989 Dodge Daytona Shelby


You have become one of the premier restorers in our hobby and I'm sure everyone knows it.

Alex Futter - 1969 Dodge Hemi Super Bee


Spent probably an hour running around the back roads. Oh what fun! Even got to punch it a few times on a few straight-a-ways – yeah, it’s got some power. Can’t wait to see if I can spin the tires…. I’m very pleased with my ‘new’ car. Really looking forward to using it! I most certainly made the right choice.

Dan Knapp - 1971 Dodge Demon


The '72 'Cuda that you brought has to be one of the finest restored '72s in existence so accepting it in the Barracuda display was a no-brainer. If I haven't told you this before, your shop is one of a handful that when you apply for Invitational, I know the car will be done and the quality will be without question.

Ed Buczeskie

Carlisle Events Manager

Communications were frequent and clear. The shop was always immaculate. Personnel were exceptional and everyone called you by name. I highly recommend RJ Cars for your car restoration projects. You will be pleased!

Ed Jackson


My search for a quality restoration shop led me to Russell Jacobs, of RJ CARS, INC. After many emails and phone calls, I decided to put the project into his hands. When the car arrived at his shop, he told me that most of the cars that come to him for a full rotisserie restoration didn't look this good. I said wait til you get under it". "When I decided to do this, I told Russ that this was my first car when I turned 16 and started driving, I want to save it. We got a little carried away with some of the drive train, but that's the kid in all of us showing. I plan on owning this car forever with the job RJ CARS did, I believe it will outlast me know

Jeff Shook - 1971 Dodge Super Bee


RJ Cars performed bodywork and painted our 1933 Dodge hot rod to a show quality standard. The body was stripped, straightened, and prepped with meticulous attention to detail resulting in a true mirror black finish; no ripples, no waves, no dirt. Personnel are skilled. They exhibit initiative, enthusiasm, and welcome the customer's involvement and visits. The facility is clean, well lighted , well organized and has up to date equipment. I think RJ Cars can meet any standard or expectation with no disappointments.

Joe Pierson - 1933 Dodge


WOW - Looks AMAZING.... Now that’s the car I remember

John Dunworth - 1970 Dodge Challenger R/T


During my search for a professional restoration shop to which I could In trust my '17 Loco, I was looking for a shop where all the staff adhered to a singular discipline of performance. A shop that presented itself as organized, clean & well managed. A staff that was permitted to talk to the client with full transparency. My opinion is that for a business to be successful, it cannot present a "split personality" of quality of output. I found what I was looking for during my first visit, and am pleased that I made the decision to entrust a vehicle of great historical significance (world's' oldest remaining dual cowl/dual windshield) into your hands.

John McAlpin - 1917 Locomobile


RJ Cars is a top of the line shop. Their attention to detail and quality of work are outstanding. When important decisions needed to be made they were discussed with us first so there were no surprises. We were always welcome to visit the shop to check on the progress being made. A great shop plus a great crew equal a happy customer.

Marilyn Pierson


Russell and team, thanks for doing the V24 hood option and details exactly as we discussed. It's just like I had hoped! Pleasure to do business with your first class operation you've got there. Knowledge, High standards, Integrity, attention to detail, communication.... it was a very good experience overall. Thanks Russell, Jason and all!

Mike Leary - 1971 Plymouth Duster 340


Russell - Got the 66 Hemi Charger back last night around 8 pm. The car looks and runs great. Feel free to use me as a reference any time. The quality of your work is great and more importantly, you kept in constant communication with me as to the progress being made on my car. Again thanks and be sure if I need any other work done on this car or my other car, your shop would be where I will send it.

Myron Plotkin - 66 Hemi Charger



Whether you are located near us in upstate New York or across the country, RJ CARS is your full-service classic car restoration shop. We offer attention to detail, full project documentation, and quality service from inquiry to the return of the car of your dreams.

A 1789 County Road 50
Arkport, NY 14807
Directions PDF
T 607-324-8325
T 888-324-8325
F 607-281-1902

Opening Hours

8:30am - 5:00pm Monday-Friday
Saturday by Appointment
Closed Sunday