Murpho's Rods and Customs in Buda takes automotive restorations to a new level

Edward "Murpho" Murphy and wife Charlie also operate two magazines that focus on vintage and custom cars. (Warren Brown/Community Impact Newspaper)
Edward "Murpho" Murphy and wife Charlie also operate two magazines that focus on vintage and custom cars. (Warren Brown/Community Impact Newspaper)

Edward "Murpho" Murphy and wife Charlie also operate two magazines that focus on vintage and custom cars. (Warren Brown/Community Impact Newspaper)

Vintage muscle cars, hot rods and classic automobiles fill most of the floor space at Murpho's Rods and Customs in Buda, where they receive new life through expert restorations and modifications.

Owner Edward "Murpho" Murphy has designed and rebuilt custom and vintage cars for the majority of his life, cutting his teeth in California before moving to Texas a decade ago.

His business specializes in cars from the 1920s to the early 1970s, often building unique customs and "restomods"—restorations with modern or modified components.

Murphy and his wife, Charlie, also own and operate two magazines focused on custom cars and lifestyle—Ol' Skool Rodz and Car Kulture Deluxe. Both magazines run six issues per year.

Some of the future show cars at Murpho's include a custom Lincoln Continental, a Plymouth Roadrunner and several classics from the 1940s in various stages of customization.

To Murphy, the cars parked in his shop—some a century old, deconstructed or rusted—represent the pinnacle of vehicular design.

"There's so much more to be said for cars of yesteryear when they're all trying to actually be different," Murphy said. "Each manufacturer, each car they were doing is very unique."

That statement is doubly true once the cars roll out of Murpho's garage.

Murphy said his team of craftsmen have the skill and tools to bring just about any vision to life. Whether that vision involves a showroom quality paint job, engine swap or custom suspension is up to the client.

"I have some guys that are just so so talented," he said. "Our cars go out into the world, and they make a statement without having to be driven by ego."

Murpho's also provides restorations, rust repair and numerous other services.

In addition to customization, Murph's services any vehicles built before 1972. However, the spirit of shop is focused on building something special with each project.

"There's a point where you kind of—to me—get the sense that the cars have their own kind of rebirth, like they have a soul again," Murpho said.

Murpho's Rods & Customs

1134 S. Loop 4, Bldg. 1, Buda

512-912-1300

www.murphos.com

Hours: Mon.-Fri. 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
By Warren Brown
Warren joined Community Impact at the beginning of 2020 as the editor of its New Braunfels paper and now reports the news in San Marcos, Buda and Kyle. Warren previously wrote for the Dallas Observer and Fort Worth Weekly and he brings a passion for truth and equality to his reporting.