Overhaulin' (2004–2008) is an automotive reality TV show that
ran for five seasons on TLC. The show remains available via re-runs
The show's hosts were automobile designer Chip Foose and co-host
Chris Jacobs; the creator and producer is Bud Brutsman. Former co-host
Courtney Hansen decided not to return for Season 3 and was replaced
by Adrienne Janic.
The show's premise is that an unknowing "victim"
(the mark, in the show's language) is nominated to be "Overhauled"
by their family or friends (the Insiders). Their car, usually an old
and tired antique car is obtained through some ruse. Such ruses
include, but are not limited to:
* Stolen (the most common way Overhaulin' separates the car from
* Impounded or towed away
* "Misplaced" at a dealership or mechanics shop
While the two co-hosts play games with the unsuspecting mark
(sometimes acting in roles of insurance adjusters or law enforcement
agents, other times helping the Insider), Chip Foose and a team of top
mechanics (dubbed "The A-Team") have a week to remake the car into a
custom masterpiece. Each show ends with the surprise reuniting of
owner and newly made-over car.