Mark Oja was born in Sault Ste Marie, Ontario Canada. After watching his late father Alvin working in the garage, Mark became obsessed with cars. By the age of 13, Mark had painted his first car and never looked back.
When other kids had summer jobs, Mark was painting cars in the family garage. A licensed collision repair and refinisher, Marks work has been featured in Hot Rod Magazine, Muscle Car Power, and Street Rodder magazine.
After a 12 year stint at a GM dealership as Director of Fixed Operations, Mark decided it was time to move to Southern California and open a hot rod shop. A friendship with the late Boyd Coddington led Mark and his wife Pattie to Huntington Beach where Custom Rod Garage was created.
Custom Rod garage is a clean, friendly, upscale facility catering to the hot rod and custom car enthusiast. From a simple repair to a ground up, custom painted show car, Custom Rod Garage will exceed your every expectation.
Mark is also currently the build manager for the hit Discovery / Velocity channel television show ‘Overhaulin’. The Overhaulin projects feature deserving individuals ranging from returning veterans to those negatively impacted by the tough economy. Each altered auto becomes a life-changing surprise for its unknowing owner.