Ryan is the founder and president of West Coast Customs, a world-famous car remodeling company he launched in 1993 on a loan from his grandfather. West Coast Customs began with a modest customization shop in Orange County, California and quickly grew to a larger shop in Los Angeles near the LAX airport. In 2004 WCC rapidly gained celebrity status when the MTV show Pimp my Ride hosted by Xzibit aired. WCC was the exclusive builder of all the vehicles for the original Pimp my Ride episodes season 1- 4.
After Friedlinghaus successful reality TV show concluded with WCC as exclusive build shop for Pimp my Ride, he decided to put his focus back into his shop West Coast Customs and expand globally. Friendlinghaus began franchising West Coast Customs and opened locations in Dubai, Mexico, Germany, Malaysia, Russia and Japan.
Following this aggressive global expansion endeavor Friedlinghaus went on produce Street Customs and Street Customs Berlin, TV shows that truly captured the capabilities of WCC and showed consumers that WCC was not just a custom car shop but creators of automotive art. After rising in ratings to the top of the TLC network, Friedlinghaus determined that it was time to take his TV career to the next level. He pitched his concepts and ideas to the Discovery channel and Inside West Coast Customs was born. With several successful seasons on Discovery’s HD Theater the network in 2011 decided to move the show as a headliner to a new network Velocity.
Today, West Coast Customs on Fox Sports (learn about the show here) is a wildly popular car buff reality show that highlights state-of-the-art tradecraft in welding, bodywork, upholstery and design.
Friendlinghaus has truly captured the essence of the tattoo across his fingers “self made”. With several successful TV shows and countless numbers of lucrative vehicle builds Friendlinghaus is living proof that with ambition, drive and heart you can still capture the American dream.William Galvery
Bill graduated from California State University, Long Beach with a Bachelor of Vocational Education. Professor Galvery has more than 30 years of industrial welding experience. He is an American Welding Society (AWS) Certified Welding Inspector and a Certified Welding Educator.
In 2003 the AWS presented him with the Howard E. Adkins Memorial Instructor Award, its prestigious national teaching recognition award. And for the second time he was chosen AWS District 21 Educator of the Year. Also in 2003, Bill was also presented with an Excellence in Education Award by the University of Texas, Austin. Bill has served as an officer for the AWS Long Beach/Orange County Section and recently retired as Professor of Welding Technology and Welding Department coordinator at Orange Coast College in Costa Mesa, California.