You could say Cameron Miller has had an obsession with cars his entire life.
A West Texas boy at birth, Cameron grew up in Odessa where he was taught a strong work ethic while learning the appreciation of things others referred to as, "vintage."
"I had grand-fathers on both sides of the family who were car enthusiast," Cameron said. "My first car was a ‘69 GTO."
Cameron said he remembered, even as a child, his dad purchasing several old bicycles at an auction. The idea was to cannibalize parts from them to make two good bicycles for him and his brother.
"My dad taught me most of the skills I have," Cameron said. "The passion I have for what I do came from him and all the men in my family."
That skill and passion served the once offshore driller well when he opened a new business in Weatherford a little more than a year ago - Weatherford Restoration.
"You can't beat a classic car, they have a heart and soul," Cameron said. "When you get into a vintage car you can feel it. That's what we do at Weatherford Restoration. We help people reconnect with their classic/vintage car."
Cameron said today's automobiles are almost impossible to work on because of the technology built into them suggesting that may be the problem.
"There's no relationship with the car," he said. "It's just a tool."
While the company's primary business model is restoring vintage/classic cars, Cameron said he has a soft spot in his heart for people needing other items renewed and restored.
"Right now we're restoring an old lamp post from the 1920's," Cameron said. "Next week we have an old gas pump coming in we plan to restore. We want to help anyone who has a sentimental connection with something. These items are worth saving."
As for vehicles, Weatherford Restoration is working on a 1957 Dodge Powerwagon that is not only a restoration project but and customization effort as well.
"Talk about an old soul," said customer Steve Whitworth. "This guy knows more about hot rods than most people twice his age."
Whitworth said what impressed him most about Cameron was his "West Texas integrity."
"He always does what he says he's going to do and more," Whitworth added. "To have found a hot rod shop with a great crew right here in Weatherford, I think it's fantastic. I know he has some big plans and I'm looking forward to seeing what he accomplishes in the future."
Dr. William Lowe had similar remarks.
"Weatherford restoration is ‘Texas integrity, American quality,' Lowe said.
A father of three, Cameron has a son who's five-years-old and already interested in what dad is doing under the hood.
"He's very interested, but I don't want to push him into it," Cameron said. "I want him to explore this and do his own thing and learn on his own...but to teach him, too."