The closest thing to a restoration show that I have seen is "Dream Car Garage" .It is pretty funny sometimes but a little short on content. Why doesn't someone do a show like the "American Choppers" show on discovery for us guys that are into restoration or modification? Hey if they want I'll let them use my car for the 1st season! They have to do good work though!
About 12 years ago there were 2 guys on PBS doing a paint and body job on a 66 vert. Those guys were good. They went from disasembly to paint. I forget the name of the show, But it was informitive and the guys didn't get overly technical and explained everything. I think I still have the episodes on tape somewhere.
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I like trucks or dream car garage... DCG is a little short on content like was mentioned before. In trucks, he tells you how hard everything really is going to be... and it seams like he knows what he is doing more than the other shows.
im sorry, but two guys garage sucks. when thoes two did shade tree mechanics, they were good because it was a straight up, no frills get messy kinda show. now they are in a spotless shop (insted of their garage) and they really don't do much of anything execpt for pre packaged kits and things like that.
Personally, I don't like any of the resto-shows on tv currently. Dream Car Garage is nothing but advertisements, and any project they do takes 5 minutes where all they do is show them unbolting a few components. Same goes for all the rest of them. Are there any shows where they actually say "this is really expensive to do" instead of "this blah blah blah is a high quality kit from blah blah blah, and blah blah blah blah blah." I look up some of the items they use on their shows and see that they are way more than what I have to pay. What is really needed is a show that has interchangeable parts for different car mods (i.e. Granada Disc swap on a Mustang, Versailles Rearend swap, etc.) so a budget minded gearhead can actually afford to do what those guys do on the show. If there is a show like this, I would really like to know
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I used to really enjoy Dream Car Garage, but now it is one big commercial. If you miss the first ten minutes, you have missed the restoration tips. The rest is babble about products or ultra expensive sports cars. Like a previous poster said, DCG was good two years ago.
My wife now refers to DCG as 'the infomercial you watch.'
Dream Car Garage is still pretty good, but like others have said, it is a little more commercial than it used to be. DIY has "A Car is Reborn," a British show that is pretty nuts and bolts. Has a different perspective. Plus, they usually have road test of some classic British car conducted by a Welsh(?) race driver whose dialect is almost unintelligible on this side of the Atlantic. I think it is a riot. They also have a US version with a guy restoring a Brand X car, I think they call it a 67 Camaro.
69 M-Code Mach 1
93 F150 4x4 daily warrior (gone but not forgotten)
2005 F150 FX4 Flareside
I've been catching a british show on DH&L (Direct TV channel 285 I think). Its called 'A Car is Reborn'. Its on Saturday nights. Some goofy guy is doing a 1965 Jaguar XKE Roadster. No commercialization, being a british show, but they spend half the show looking a other European cars.
"If I can't fix it, I'll fix it so no one can !"
1969 Mustang LE600 Sportsroof - Groovy Green
1969 Mustang LE600 Coupe - Flower Power Red
1969 Mustang Sportsroof - Dark Jade
1969 Firebird 350 Conv - Mayfair Maze
1968 Cougar Hertz XR7-G (project)
1959 Oldsmobile Super 88
1963 Jaguar XKE Coupe (project)
Where can I find "A Car is Reborn"? I looked on Direct TV and can't find it. Most programming on DTV is about as interesting as watching paint dry!
Maybe we can put together a listing of programs of interest. Speed used to show old factory films from England and a number of old Can Am race films. Now it's all NASCAR, left; left; left; left........yawn.................
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Ok, I'll keep it going. Google "an mg is born" and you'll get all of those episodes on Youtube and can probably link to others. Mark Evans is a great host and I found any of those "A (name your car(British)) is Born" the best resto show out there.
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