Blue Collar Garage Culture Shop: Highwood Rod & Custom

Blue Collar Garage Culture Shop: Highwood Rod & Custom

A very special thanks goes out to Blue Collar Garage for working with us to put this series together and another thank you to Highwood Rod & Custom out of Calgary Alberta for giving us a tour and showing us what they have to offer.

Justin Halarewich and his team, Kane Watson (Head Fabricator and all around great builder) and Dylan Witinger specialize in cool classic trucks. The shop has a history with traditional style hotrods and has built some cool rods through out the years.

The team very much appreciates the average car guy and will gladly work hard to get the young guy or gal’s classic truck on the road rather than crunch the high dollar build for the next big show.

Although the team isn’t shy to big builds and collaborating with other incredible local shops. The shop had a cool atmosphere with a bar style front room complete with cool wall graphics, hand pinstriped memorabilia, and even a functional classic juke box. The front area opens directly into the back shop where you can catch the whole crew working away on the many projects they have going.

While we were there, they were working on a ’52 GMC that they built 5 years ago that was in for some service and maintenance. A classic Metro service truck getting a S10 Frame swap with all the custom air ride goodies. Justin’s own ’76 Squarebody with sentimental value because it was his first truck, getting it roadworthy for his daughter to drive. A ’69 GMC that came in for a full build, with a big block, to haul a classic trailer. A ’56 Chevy that was a bit of collaboration between Highwood Rod and Customs, and Epic Customs. He also brought in his ’32 Ford to show us and take me for a drive. Catch the full episode on Cruise Culture Magazine’s YouTube Channel to get the rundown on all these projects as well as see the cruise in the ’32.

Have a cool shop or garage with a collection of memorbila, parts, or rides that you want to show us, message us on Instagram or email us at  and you could be in an episode of Blue Collar Garage Culture Shop.


Article By Brian Holzli

Photos By Randi Holzli (Pine and Pearl Creations)

Sponsored by Blue Collar Garage

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