TLC's OVERHAULIN' Turns Old Heaps Into Cool Rides, Secretly Turning Real People's ...

07-13-2003, 01:53 AM
Vehicular Makeover Series Premieres in 1stQ 04

SILVER SPRING, Md., July 9 -- OVERHAULIN' revs the makeover-
genre engine with an automotive twist. In this new series on TLC, auto
designing legend Chip Foose leads a team of crack mechanics in transforming an
unsuspecting owner's bland or junky auto into a unique custom car. To
surprise the owner and get the job done in a week, OVERHAULIN' must resort to
some pretty tricky tactics to lure him or her to turn in the keys. Family
insiders join the scheme. A seven-part series, OVERHAULIN' is scheduled for
its world premiere on TLC in 1st Quarter 2004.
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In each episode, Chip Foose and his team watch the videotape of the car's
owner as he or she talks about the car and his or her dreams for it.
OVERHAULIN' finds a way to separate the owner from the car for up to a week --
whether via fake impound, a vacation away, buying the car, using the car for a
'photo shoot,' and more.
The car becomes the star when the OVERHAULIN' begins, as a knowledgeable
parts expert notes what's needed and viewers get to watch what the various
crews are doing: engine, body and metal, interior and more. With family
insiders' help, the host learns ways to personalize each car -- for example,
with a two-way radio, fire-engine-like design elements, etc. -- anything to
fulfill the driver's fantasies.
After the car gets its makeover, it is revealed and returned to its owner
in a fun and surprising way, whether at a car show, parked under a tarp in the
garage, on the street where they're taking that sudden vacation, etc. All
they have left is to get behind the wheel and zoom off into the sunset!
OVERHAULIN' is produced by Twilight Works for TLC; Bud Brutsman is
executive producer. For TLC, Sandra Gregory is executive producer.
TLC is the only television network that uses real-life storytelling to
connect over 91 million viewers in North America to the breadth of the human
experience. Discovery Networks, U.S., a unit of Discovery Communications,
Inc., operates and manages the Discovery Channel, TLC, Animal Planet, the
Travel Channel, Discovery Health Channel, Discovery HD Theater, Discovery Kids
Channel, Discovery Times Channel, The Science Channel, Discovery Home &
Leisure Channel, Discovery Wings Channel, Discovery en Espanol and The Health
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04-15-2004, 01:29 PM
wanna see a grown man cry ?..........please have Overhaulin' come and steal this 58 ford ranchero custom before my hubby puts that horrible blue paint on it........i've got the chrome off for you so it won't be too hard to paint it right......i have never seen one of these cars before and he is so "motherly" with it ........i'd love to see the look on his face when tlc overhauled it right out from under his nose........p.s.( red and white baby and white)!!!!!!!

04-27-2004, 05:33 PM
My girlfriend has a 30 chrysler sitting in her garage and I keep telling her as soon as I finish my 36 ford 3 window i will get around to hot rodding her coupe. I would like you guys to act as a buyer to trick her into thinking i got rid of it as junk. Her chin would hit the floor if she were to get her car finished before mine. She just got a boob job and I keep telling her how great she will look driving around in my 3 window coupe when its done..Only it could be her 3 window Chrysler done and not mine...Bummer, but she deserves it big time. Tom

06-19-2004, 03:42 PM
Well to start off my dad bought a car when he turned 16 and it was this exact 1971 Cougar. He sold it to start his own Air Conditioning Business about 25 years ago. He bought it back from the guy he sold it to about 19 years ago. Ever since then he has wanted to take it to his high school reunion. But he has been working 12-14 hour days with his business as it still grows. He has no time to work on his car that he has been wanting to drive for nearly 2 decades. Please help me get this car going for him. His high School reunion is coming up and I want him to finally be able to acheive his dream in driving his car to impress his old friends.
He always loved racing in his youth, he told me stories of beating those old 68 Camaros and t-birds. The Cougar was one mean machine, now it is just rotting away in our yard.
Some of the things he was able to do was get a free paint job for doing this guys Air Conditioning. The Paint is ugly and the guy didnt tape off anything. The engine did run when he parked it about 5 years ago so it might need a little love...PLEASE HELP!!

06-21-2004, 04:01 AM
That show is pretty cool. Kinda like a Pimp My Ride wannabe to me though.

06-21-2004, 05:24 AM
the work they do is awesome, but the fake story lines of it getting stolen are just horrible.

07-09-2004, 11:42 PM

Automotiveforums is a forum dedicated to automotive interests. WE have no connection with TLC or the show Overhaulin' beyond posting a news article. To the newbies who want to be on the show, the application link is above. Good luck. :)

08-22-2004, 08:31 PM
I think the girl that hosts the show is HOT

10-22-2004, 06:32 AM
My husband has 2 vehicles that have been his dream to restore for a couple of years. He has always wanted a '69 Camaro and last year we have been able to locate and buy one. He also has around a '70 Lemans. They both need a lot of work and have been unable to financially afford it. We have 6 kids between us and one is in college. My husband has started his own business so money is very tight. Please help. We are avid watchers of Overhaulin' so he will be a very hard sell.

10-22-2004, 10:36 AM
My husband has 2 vehicles that have been his dream to restore for a couple of years. He has always wanted a '69 Camaro and last year we have been able to locate and buy one. He also has around a '70 Lemans. They both need a lot of work and have been unable to financially afford it. We have 6 kids between us and one is in college. My husband has started his own business so money is very tight. Please help. We are avid watchers of Overhaulin' so he will be a very hard sell.

Did you not read the thread? We are TALKING about the show, WE ARE NOT AFFILIATED! Not at all! You will have to contact TLC if you want to be on the show! Jeez.

12-03-2004, 02:56 AM
help i would like to find out how to get on show :lol2:

Jaguar D-Type
10-09-2005, 05:05 PM
Overhaulin' is a cool show, except for the episode where the overhauled a Honda Civic.

I really liked this 1964 Corvette that they overhauled. The owner said she would go from party to party with six or seven girls in it back in college. It used to be her dad's car.

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12-19-2005, 05:06 AM
Nice car. How much does it is going to cost you?

Overhaulin' is a cool show, except for the episode where the overhauled a Honda Civic.

I really liked this 1964 Corvette that they overhauled. The owner said she would go from party to party with six or seven girls in it back in college. It used to be her dad's car.

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manuel mojica
02-25-2006, 06:16 PM
hi i dont have much words i wamt my dads ride like new please help me

03-16-2006, 09:54 PM
please help me trick my ride I can do it I cant send no money on it because i four kids to take care of pluse have a health promble that dont want to talk about i have 1968 roderunner And all my friends tell me they going to help but they wont I have to work every day 7 days to pay bills my wife dont think i well ever get the car done and so does a lot of people i try to save moeny ever time a bill come up or the kids need shoe or ect Iwould love to see done and it is my dream car i need help Ipray ever night to god for someone to help me so please be the one I watch ever show thinking wish that was me please help me I want drive it before i die and let everone see it can be done

jay's lady
05-12-2006, 12:56 PM
My fiancee watches your show whenever he is not working. My fiancee has a 1992 Mercury Grand Marquis which he wants to fix but can't because he is the only one working in our house to support us and our daughter. The driver side window is being held up with electrical tape, the back passanger window does not go down. His car also has no ac and the paint is fading. I would love to surprise him and have his car fixed nwithout him knowing. He is extremely hard working and a great father. I hope you can help me out!!! Thank you.

05-21-2006, 01:13 PM
Please help. My husband bought a 65 Ford Fairlane. His dream car. He spends every spare moment working on it. And I mean every spare moment. We don't have a lot of money to put into it, with three kids, so he takes old engine parts and tries to make them work. I feel bad for him, because he loves this, refridgorator white, car so much, but cannot afford to make this into the car he dreams of. He's a great man and fantastic husband, who deserves the car of his dreams.

08-08-2006, 08:57 PM
hi my dad has M.S and cant go out to work on his dream car he wanted to get done his whole life and I think you guys would really make his dream come true if you could help my dad please im begging you he watches your show all the time and just seeing him geting all exited on the cars just makes me wanna do something about it.
thanks so much

08-21-2006, 12:19 PM
I am interested in wanting to know how do you sign up or apply for a vehicle to be submitted to be overhauled?:uhoh:

Thanks for your information and help

J. Bagwell

10-25-2006, 12:19 AM
I love that show. Hot babe and hot cars, what more could you ask for? :iceslolan

brian w
05-04-2007, 02:29 AM
my name is brian and im wrighting you to ask you at over hauling if you will fix and over haul my fiencas car.see she recently got a devorce and her exhusband messed her car up i mean it just looks like crap and it just dont run right anymore and her car was real nice and ran good when she got it and her car is her life well besides me i guess im second the car is first no big deal i would just like to surprise her with her car redone and i just cant afford to do it so if you could help me out that would be excelentand it would make her so happy and it would make my relationship a whole lot better lol.

05-15-2007, 02:04 PM
That show is pretty cool. Kinda like a Pimp My Ride wannabe to me though.

its actually the other way around "PIMP MY RIDE" is an OVERHAULIN wannabe
cause pmr doesnt do anything to the engine and puts nasty @$$ wheels on that actually destroys the car over time
yet overhaulin rebuilds it frame off!!!:sunglasse :sunglasse :sunglasse

10-11-2007, 06:25 PM
My boyfriend Jonn has a 1990 Chevy Camaro. We have bought all kinds of parts for the car, like loovers, fins, bodykits, and many extras. However wiht 4 kids between us we have not had the time to finish working on it or the money for paint and body work. Can you please help us this is our dream

David Gallardo
01-27-2008, 08:03 PM
How's it going fella's.I'm A real big fan of the show you guy's do an excellent job,better than new.I hate being or sounding selfish,because I love to see other's get blessed to me that's my joy.Ya'll really have a Big heart to bring such joy and excitement to many,plus the restoration of old school car's etc... that some would like to see off the street's,but they need to be seen.And your show need's to be reconized and appreciated .Anyhow this is my story...I'm 52 YEAR'S YOUNG a husband of 34 yr's to an awesome woman..we have been blessed with 3 children..all out of the house now,so we're home alone.We also have 4 grand-children the joy of our live's and God's favor on us.We have a modest income,just enough to get by,but we're very grateful.I drive a 1971 G.M.C. 1500 seirra my grand-children put it [a tuff truck] It's my only mean's of transportation [ when it's running ] and at this time it's not.I've struggled with this problem for several year's,but I believe I'm responsible for myself so I do what I have to do.At time's it's taking the bus ...2 hr's coming and 2 hr's going ,the bummer is that if I were driving it would take only 20 min's each way,.At other time's I'll ride my bicycle ,I don't mind the exercise,but I've almost been hit several time's,I don't wish this on anyone.I have just as much right to come back home to my family safely as anyone else.So if ..and if not I'll understand and still be a big fan of the show....PLEASE HELP ME WITH MY TUFF TRUCK.....May God continue to bless and prosper you....Dave in Austn Texas

04-14-2008, 01:05 PM
Hi my name is Brian and i am from Ridgeley W.Va my brother is a exmarine and is disabled.He has a 1967 mercury cugar and can not fix.Because he lives on a fixed income. I would like to see something good happen to him. HE has fallen on hard times.:grinyes:

05-16-2008, 12:58 AM
Ok here's the not sure how to get on overhaulin' but im in desperate need to find out. My grandpa owns a 1967 chevelle and he has been wanting to fix it up since he was young. The color was a canary yellow and sounded sweet! He tried fixing it one day and he poked a hole in the block..ever since then it sits in the back yard rusted, with flat tires and torn interior. This car is in desperate need of LOTS of work and i know this is his dream to have it working before he passes. I believe and so does the rest of my family that my grandpa deserves this very much! He has always put everyone's needs before his own. My grandmother recieved her new kitchen because my grandfather used the money he saved up for the car to make her happy.And in this family money is VERY tight and i can't enfasize VERY anymore! He has also being like a father figure to me and my little sister. I am 18 now and i can honestly say he has raised me since i was small because my parents did not want to. He has the biggest most kindest heart anyone could have and i just want to see him happy and having something for himself for once. Please consider my grandpa and his chevelle for overhaulin'!!! thank you

09-04-2008, 10:45 PM
My brother got in a real bad car accident 9 yrs ago, and he's at our house where my mom takes care of him. My dad has givin everyone everything he could and then some. I would just like something good to happen once in his life and get the car bought 40yrs ago overhauled. It's been sitting in our garage for 25yrs. It's a 59 cadilac, Please make my dad's dream come true

10-20-2008, 03:08 PM

I have Dale Earnhartt's 1964 impala in my front yard. When i found it it had been sitting in a feild rusting away for 5 or 6 years. I drive it every now and then, i was wanting to know if you would be interested in fixing it up i already have most of the parts go to my myspace to check out photos of the car and the registration signed by dale himself or call 864 505 9543 my myspace is

Hope to hear from you. Thanks'

11-13-2008, 01:57 PM
My wife owns a 1973 Dodge Charger, it would be nice to see it go under operation and come out looking and running brand new, I think it would be a great late wedding gift to get her charger totally restored and running like a champ.... we just got married in October on the 25th and we share 7 children together... I would do the work myself, but I don't have the money or the time to do it.... please help me out here, in getting her smurfette restored!!!

11-23-2008, 09:16 PM
I would really like to see what chip would do to a 1965 Belvedere II body I have in my friends lot. He's very good, but , can he keep the integrity of this car and still make an awesome ride out of it?

04-30-2009, 12:10 PM
I bought my wife a 73 javelin back in 1994 for her 35th birthday. Over the years I have put alot of money in it to referbish it. It still needs alot of body work and I can't find anyone to paint the costom perrire cardone strip that matches the seats and the rest of the interior.

I would like to have it done by her 5oth birthday. Nothing too wild, just regular stock, with an 8 track stereo. She is really into retro, and listens to 8 tracks and records. No modern electronics for her.

I think my project would be unique in the fact that I watch your program whenever I can, and have yet to see an AMC Javelin refurbished.

If this is possible, my wife would freakout. I own lots of other AMC's However this one belongs to my wife and is the only one she is crazy about. Even her e-mail address shows the love she has for this car. This is her baby, anything else is just a car.

Thankyou Overhauling, I love your show

Willie Gabrich
7801 Riverside Rd
Fredonia WI 53021

06-21-2009, 01:38 PM
my husband just bought a 69 vw beetle. the guy who sold it to us hid a lot of problems with this car. we dont really have the money to fix it and i so really want his bug to look great. he can really no longer work with his hands since he's had several operations in the past 3 years and can no longer work on cars. Please overhaulin' help me out. this would be a great surprise for him. we first met 20 years ago and he had a bug that was beautiful but got stollen..

thanks overhaulin you rock!

08-06-2009, 11:06 PM
please over haul my boyfriend travis :: he has a 1973 buick apollo hatchback and he has had it since 2004 and has done nothing in his spare time but work on it and spend every dime he has got on it, he sent it to a shop to get it sanded down and primed and paid $1000 and got screwed over it got sent back to us and looked like the ocean had attacked it and he worked on it alot more and got it back to the way he had it worked and worked and more money and more money into it. and then sent it to be sanded down and wet sanded and painted and paid a guy $400 and told him hed give him the rest after it got painted well we picked it up today and the guy had not done $100 worth or work to his car and used $300 worth of my boyfriend materials on other cars hes been working on, needless to say he has been getting screw over this car is his baby he got it for his 14th bday and he loves it so much and he wants it down and money is tight PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE OVER HAUL MY BOYFRIEND. ILL DO ANYTHING WE NEED YOU. PLEASE OVER HAUL HIM!

katie kat
09-23-2009, 03:52 PM
My boyfriend has an 89 Poniac Firebird, he loves the car but it is a litlle beat up. His dream for a long time now has been to have it overhauled; although he doesnt think it will ever happen, so I need the overhaulin crews' help to make his dream come true. Please OVERHAUL his firebird!

09-30-2009, 02:28 PM
Hi my name is Denise and I have recently bought an older school bus that I had wanted to turn into a Mardi Gras float for my grandson who was badly burned in 2006 he has had many surgeries since December 2006 (when he was burned while in his biological father's care) and he still has many more to go he has just recently been diaginosed with "post tramatic Stress" and he is only 8 years old.I was wondering if you could come and overhaul my bus for my grandson so he and other children can ride in the 2010 Mardi gras parades..we would be so blessed to have you do this......Thank you so much for your time and please can you let me know one way or the other

09-30-2009, 05:49 PM
overhaulin is the best show. we watch it all the time. my wife has a 69 firebird that would be perfect for the show...she has had this car for 17 was the first car she bought. she has kept that car around her all the time. it is in storage now due to medical conditions she suffers from and is unable to finish restoring the car that she calls her baby...if there was anything in the world i would give her it would be for overhaulin to restore her baby...i think that what overhaulin does for people is great, keep up the good work.

10-15-2009, 05:02 PM
Hi my name is debbie and my husband live in a small town called brownwood.i bought him a 81 chevy truck and he has become very proud of it. He had it for roughly 2 months an replaced the motor because the original over heated. We have fallen on hard times he worked in the oil field for two years but do to the economy he was laid off an has not been very lucky since. He has a big heart he stepped into the picture an picked up my family when he didn't have to. We live with my parents who are ready for us to leave but its hard considerining im jus a waitress. By the way my dad has a 74 cuda he also would like to have overhauled its been a project of his for years but not finshed.

10-20-2009, 01:36 PM
hi my name is Jennifer my friend Kelly has an old 91 chevy blazer s10 that she cant afford to fix she is a single mom and takes care of 4 people she just got her RN and she could use the help and she deserves it she is a good mother and a good friend she has already spent alot of money on the blazer and needs to fix the hub bearing its the only transportation she has to and from work, and I would love for this to be accepted and it to get worked on so that she will not have to worry about it anymore. Thank you in advance jennifer

12-08-2009, 02:43 PM
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12-16-2009, 01:13 PM
I definitely enjoy watching Overhaulin. Would've nominated my old 97 Volvo V70 XC for repair. I bet they could've done some pretty cool things with it but I recently sold it. Look forward to watching future episodes.

06-15-2010, 05:22 PM
Grant me the Serenity to Accept the Things I cannot change, the Courage to Change the Things I can and the Wisdom to Know the Difference...

There's a saying in a group of Friends, that in order to keep what's been given to you, you've gotta give it to someone else and that's what I'm trying to do...

My husband, Jim Bailey, is a former college student from Century College graduating with dual diplomas in the fields of Prosthetics and Orthotics. In the process of going back and forth to school (5 hours away) visiting me and daughter, Megan, his Mazda truck died. We assumed the loan of a 92 Jimmy from a friend to which I drove up to get him back and forth ready for the junk yard, nickel-diming us to death and falling apart. In the meantime, his heart and soul for a Blue Chevy Pick-Up Truck just sits as it's been one thing after another in the way of getting her fixed up. While he finished school, bumps in the road almost pulled us apart. As I was coming off of being an IV user of Cocaine/Heroin & Meth, he stayed with me & daughter, Megan, through thick and thin, and married me in 2001. I can truly say, "I married MY Best Friend"!!!
Long story short, this man has sacrificed everything from continually working on projects around home (we were finally able to get out of the house-rent-rut through a friend) to helping friends & family, to selling his tools & tool box & motorcycle to keep us afloat, take care of my/our daughter in the 90's while I was in jail (I had her when I was 20, so he's been like her Father since she was 11), and to this day, still drive the 92 falling apart Jimmy without blinking an eye! He's the kind of guy who drops everything to go help ya, give his shirt off his back or give you his last dollar or coin. We've been pluggin' away since!

Today, we are proud Grandparents of two beautiful boys, in our later 40's, Recovering Alcoholics/Addicts...and so much more<!--graemlin::)-->
My husband has 15 years of Sobriety in and me, almost 12! Choices in Sobriety, Freedom in Recovery!!! WhoooooHooooo!!! We dated as kids, went our separate ways, and were brought back together in `95 in a miracle!!!

Although we've been at the same jobs for years now, and know there is a light at the end of the tunnel, through our Recovery, it would mean the world to me to give back to a man who has given so much and see the look on his face when we surprise him with his 1971 Chevy Pick-Up truck Custom Camper Special fixed up Chip FOOSE Style!!!!!!!!!!!!!

That orange/black color scheme looks the bomb (in an episode I saw once) as we are also Motorcycle Enthusiasts teaching people how to ride Motorcycles Safer. Rider Coaching is also what we do come Summer time as Jim is the Site Admin. for our area, so you see? Busy, busy, busy....Sirs & M'ams; I don't care the color...Red/Black what you want! Just, please, please help me surprise the best thing that's ever happened for us and that's having the most wonderful man in our lives surprised to beat the band!!!!!!!
Please help me, help him and show back the love and sacrifice he's done for Megan, me, and our Grandkids!
Please. Please pick me and have us on your OverHaulin' Show giving Jim his fixed up/blow your mind Dream Ride!!!

Thank You from Grand Forks, North Dakota and Thanks for Your Time!

Jan Bailey :smile:
Hope to see ya!!!!

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