5 amazing facts about Overhaulin’ that you might not have known
If you are a car enthusiast and have watched multiple car restoration TV shows, you might be familiar with ‘Overhaulin.’
The show features a team of distinguished mechanics and designers who transform mundane cars into exciting machines under the watchful eye of auto design legend, Chip Foose.
The show initially aired on TLC from 2004 to 2008 and was relaunched on Velocity in 2012 until its end in 2015.
Here are 5 facts about Overhaulin that you might have known
One of the charity projects was sold for $1 million
Chip and the Overhaulin producers worked on a famous hummer known as Warrior One which was used by CNN in Iraq.
After the team gave the hummer a full revamp treatment, it toured multiple military bases and hospitals around the country.
It was up for auction at Barrett-Jackson and was bought for $1.25 million. The money was given to ‘The Fisher House Foundation.’
The show changed its tactics
The show initially staged fake thefts and tricked the car owners into believing their treasure was towed for no apparent reason.
Except for the car owner himself, the family, the business owners and even the authorities were in on the gag.
Most of the owners were less than happy, and the show dropped its gimmick because of money issues and negative feedback.
A deep attachment is needed for your car to Overhaul
Because ‘Overhaulin’ was a popular show and Chip Foose is one of the biggest names in the auto business, the show received a huge number of submissions.
But there is room for only one selection per episode, so producers always try to find if the owner has a good camera presence with which the audience can relate to.
One customer was not at happy with the building process
In episode 442, one car owner reported multiple mistakes that happened before and during the car’s restoration.
From the car overheating on the highway, to an inefficient nitrous system, someone who is investing thousands of dollars can hardly be blamed for being angry.
Chip Foose stopped working for Boyd Coddington
Foose worked for the famous designer and star of American Hot Rod, Boyd Coddington from 1990 to 1998.
After Coddington filed for bankruptcy, Chip was forced to leave and start his own design company.
Because of Chip’s charisma and likable personality, several of Coddington’s employees followed suit.