Wait, nobody is a fan of "faster with finnegan"? The show where they show you how to ruin a car and make it worse all while spending money.
Hahaha, ya, not really a fan. I mean, I like the humor and the stupid ideas, but that's one of those shows that seems like they build in failures so that they can have something to deal with later, "forgetting" to deal with something that ends up breaking later. And I don't like it when they butcher real cars, nice cars, even if the specific cars are rusty or in bad shape. If you want to screw around on race tracks or creating new abominations, limit the horror to worthless cars like Chrysler K cars or something else nobody wants.
Tony is probably my least favorite host besides mike, i do like his offshoot stuff more but he is a bit too hacky. Was definitely cringing when i seen what they were doing with the exhaust and cutting the hole in the floor. I like tf outta lucky, freiburger and dulcich. I think roadkill garage is easily the more realistic show with a good insight into doing it in the real world. That is until david starts working on his own stuff with the water cooled credit cards lol. Still trying to get a line on the hotrod garage chick, at first i thought she was a spoiled "car girl with assets" but she definitely seems to at least be able to out weld all of them.
What I don't like about Roadkill is that everything is left incomplete. I understand and sort of agree with the philosophy of just get the car moving, don't let it sit for years and years because you're trying to get it perfect, get it running first. Ok, but then they almost never do a "part 2" where they deal with everything else wrong with the car, like the interior (or lack thereof) or bodywork/paint. Ya, it's nice to get it running, but finish the job. And it's obvious what the difference is because something like Lucky's Chevelle looks great but is still, apparently, "almost" finished? Ya, it takes a while to nail down everything
, not just getting it running.
As most of you guys have touched on, the hard part is making things better without compromising too much. Problem with that is it takes way too much time and research to make it work with a tv show, though we do see it some with freiburger in roadkill garage with the more invest cars like the front LCA's on disgustang. Also, there is the "builders" own ideology to contend with.
Agreed. I prefer seeing "what if" cars, like what if Ford/Chevy whatever had sold this
version of car X? Sort of like a hand-built COPO car or something. That's what I (and I think many others here) am trying to do with my Thunderbird, make the "GT" version with Mustang brakes/hubs and J-Mod transmission and better suspension and (eventually) ported heads, make the muscle car version of the Thunderbird like it should have been from the beginning. Instead of the SC because I'm not a fan of turbo V6s. Some car TV shows do that, make "sleepers" or focus on the 1 or 2 limitations of a specific model and right those wrongs. I think Detroit Muscle used to be good at that though sometimes they go too far.
And for the sake of fuuuck, if I see another LS swap into an older car I'm going to stab something. I just watched an episode of Iron Resurrection (great show, like the people on the show and most of the mods done) and they're working on a '65 Buick Riviera. Buick
, dammit. So of course, get a new custom frame and... LS Chevy motor + overdrive automatic. If I worked at that shop I'd threaten to quit if they did another LS, I would beg to be put in charge of the engine so I could hop it up with modern parts, aluminum heads, MSD DIS ignition, fuel injection, etc. but keep it a Buick. It's not a dragster, anyway, so it was never going to be the fastest anything, just needed to be faster
than before to go along with the body and interior mods.
Some things about it irritate me, but on the whole i like wheeler dealers, the older ones were a lot more authentic, as far as not leaving stuff out. They do a lot more to them than what they show and what they list on the "costs" sheet.
Yes, apparently when the show got bought up by Motortrend or whatever the company before that was, they cut the budget. So, less time to do cool stuff and show it. It's still pretty decent in terms of getting older cars back to correct. Flipping Bangers is the cheapshit version of that, lots of unfinished business left to be done but the cars are
complete and worth the 1,000-2,500 pounds price, just still tired and in need of eventual fixing because they didn't address anything that wasn't critical or dangerous.