The Crew

Steve Darnell

Steve is the Welder Up creative genius. Fueled by the desire to prove the naysayers wrong, Steve has always been determined to exceed everyone's expectations. He has a passion for building bad ass rat rods and the rest is soon to be history. Just tell Steve he can't do something, and it's on!

Justin Kramer

At age 13 Justin found his Grandmothers stick welder in the barn. After 2 miles of welding and burning down the barn, he knew he was destined to be a welder. He can weld every type of metal and can design and build the suspension and chassis for any vehicle on the planet. Justin's motto is "Don't talk about it, be about it!"

Merlon Johnson

At a very young age of 7 Merlon successfully installed a 175cc engine in a go cart. That was the beginning of a very competitive personality. Merlon has more than 40 years of turbo diesel experience specializing in 12valve cummins. Having a lot of knowledge and experience with a love and passion for extreme performance. After meeting Steve Darnell at a car show and taking a ride in the D-Rod it "changed my life" Says Merlon.

Travis Deeter

Travis spent much of his childhood at the Vegas drag strip. "I started messing around with drag bikes and cars at a very young age. I am a Welder Fabricator and an Artist, I was able to mix the two together from the start." Travis roll is working with Steve Darnell to bring the detail and creativeness of the Vehicles to life.

Barber Dave

Barber Dave is a Las Vegas native. He was raised by good parents and a healthy dose of punk rock. Dave is a barber and artisan by trade. When not at Welder Up, you will find Dave working at his barber shop in Utah.

Chase Darnell

Chase Darnell are the future fabricators of the Welder Up team. To continue the family legacy, they work alongside of the rest of the crew and are becoming masters at welding and mechanics.

Kash Darnell

Kash Darnell are the future fabricators of the Welder Up team. To continue the family legacy, they work alongside of the rest of the crew and are becoming masters at welding and mechanics.