American Giants

joel-texaco-big-friendThanks for visiting American Giants. My Muffler Man interest was born in early 2011, and what started out as a bit of fun grew into a real passion for tracking down and finding muffler men and sharing their stories. American Giants was launched in January of 2013, first the website and then in June the first episode came out on youtube.  In 2015 American Giants started doing restorations and in 2016 we opened a shop and now restore Muffler Men and other fiberglass giants. Future aspirations include an online store and podcasts. The most active part of American Giants is our Instagram feed, be sure to follow us for almost daily updates.

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Contact us: info@usagiants.co




The Crew

Screen Shot 2013-06-25 at 11.19.39 PMJoel Baker is the founder of American Giants. In addition to his full time job, he keeps the website running  and does all the research for future articles and episodes. He also produces and edits each episode . He has been working with muffler men since January of 2011 and currently has visited 150 of the giants. Joel also owns and manages American Giants Restoration

thumb_IMG_8885_1024Michael Younkin is in charge of our restoration shop and keeps the restorations top notch and moving along.  His skills in restoration and fiberglass have been invaluable and are featured in many of our restoration updates. Not only does Michael do all our fiberglass repair work but he also helps build the internal structures that support these giants. Michael also travels with Joel to pick up Muffler Men for restoration.



Will Worf is our welder and painter. He welds all the internal support structures we make and also does all the priming and base coat painting for us. He also is a big help in the early stages of restoration with the hours of sanding that are needed get back down to the gel coat. Will wears many hats and is a huge help in the shop.



IMG_0114Ademar Neto has worked with Joel since 2006, and also works now with American Giants. He helps plan the trips and also has done some field work on his own during his business travels. He is often a camera man and is seen during many of the episodes. He is a driver when the crew goes on road trips and also handles lighting, set design and most of the graphics for the show. Neto has also designed American Giants post cards as well as many of the graphics we use. He also travels with Joel to pick up Muffler Men and Texaco Big Friends for restoration and helps as a driver for the long trips.




Bo Carnaghi adds allot of the flavor to each episode of American Giants and his casual and sometimes indifferent attitude towards muffler men add a nice contrast to Joel’s intense interest and curiosity in them. Bo has worked in television for two years and helps the crew with still photography and running camera but spends most of the time in front of the camera. Bo is also a regular on the youtube episodes and podcasts.

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Along with Neto, Nicole Warren is one of our graphic designers and she came up and built the main logo for the American Giants series. She doesn’t get out to see muffler men very often but her work has helped the show and website come along ways since it first came out. She also is an artist and photographer and more of work appears on her website.


American Giants is produced by Stone Baker a video production company.

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  3. I have driven past the “BP” muffler man in Elmsford NY and wondered about it’s back story…I am a big fan of road trips and vintage americana, perhaps I will go check out some more! I think I have seen some muffler men up in Lake George and in California now that I think about it. What a nice distraction to my humdrum work day, now I can think about open roads, pit stops, and ice cream cones!

  4. I am on a journey, from ca Detroit.
    Stopping at some of the giants. I have some pictures , I don’t use Instagram where can I send them to you where do I post them
    Thanks hot rod ed

  5. HI! My name is Bobbi and I am currently the new curator at Carnegie Art Center. We are working on a project to make story boards for our two muffler men we acquired as a gift from Dennis Hopper Art Trust. I have info for La Salsa Man but not much on Mobile Man. If you could give me more info on Mobile Man, I would appreciate it. You can send to: dodgecityarts@outlook.com.
    Thank you!

  6. Hi The Howard Giant from Maine was my father’s! We just ran across your video on you tube. The giant was part of a Chevron ad campaign, my Dad was A Chevron sales rep for a lot of years. Chevron had 2 of them. When the giant became dated they told him to destroy it. He stood him up in our back field when we were kids!

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  8. Who do I talk to about who has all of these figures?
    My daughter is heartbroken. She is 10 this year and has been attending every year for 7 years. She only goes for the figures, animals, and great old buildings. We were unaware that it was being sold and we were in shock when we found out. This week while we are in lake George 😦
    Please contact me with what figures you have left.

  9. I currently have a cheif indian for sale completely restored 2020. If anyone is looking for a original muffler man completely restored. Please contact me 3134777636. I can make arrangements to deliver. Asking price 40k. Thanks Pat

  10. Hello, Regarding the “Halfwit” statue you just received from Lake Ozark Mo. My gosh,
    I was surprised to hear him called the ‘Halfwit”. I was his one time owner – before Joe Page
    and after his original purchaser, Walt Tietmeyer of Dogpatch. We just called him the hillbilly.
    In these times “halfwit” is such a “bad” word to use – is there any way you could just call
    him the “hillbilly” which doesn’t carry the bad connotations halfwit does. Loved, loved the
    work you did on Chief Bagnell and am looking forward to seeing the hillbilly back in Lake

    Thanks for your consideration of this matter. Linda Berchem, Old Time Photos, Lake Ozark.

  11. You wrecked it. As shown on your twatter page. The ORIGINAL giant had RED HAIR AND A RED MUSTACHE AND BEARD BEFORE YOU TOUCHED IT.. Way to go to “change’ the coloring.. shame on you. Black hair? Why? You Woke history eraser.

  12. The Paul Bunyan you had on video o found on fb…https://fb.watch/hjNWiq7v74/
    Originally was Danbury Fair in Connecticut (fair ran from 1869 to 1981) my older friend remember Paul Bunyan in the 1950..
    The fair was sold so the land could be used for now the Danbury Fair Mall on same spot as the fair..
    Thank you for bringing back one of my fondness memory of the fair for me in 1970 till it closed Paul was sold like many artifacts some had said a person from WI one the bid to buy him it nice to see the lumberjack of 72 yrs looking so good

  13. The Lake Ozark Chief Osage is part of the mobile game Pokémon Go as a place for people to stop and play. The description mentions your show. You might add a brief written description or history of “Muffler Men” on your About page. My mistake if I just didn’t spot it. Thank you for your work on Chief Osage! That whole area was getting a bit run down, it’s nice to see it getting a cleaner image, and the Chief is a big part of that!

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