Of course, the ending is the best part of the whole show as it is unveiled. Many times, the owner of the vehicle will have some sort of breakdown because they have just unsuspectedly had their vehicle completely redone and remodeled in high fashion. On this episode, which is called "Doublehaulin'," Dayrline first came back to find her work truck with a full-blown 454 big-block V-8 Chevy engine. Then, she was diverted outside of the shop, and when she returned, to her surprise, she found that her own personal El Camino had been transformed into a show-worthy vehicle. She was undoubtedly shocked and overjoyed with happiness.
The S-10 was one crazy transformation to witness. It came in as a clapped-out 'Dime that had seen some hard miles and left a pro-street monster stuffed full of blown big-block muscle. When the truck was brought in, it couldn't have been more stock still wearing the big yellow NAPA hat on the roof. The crew started by stripping the truck down to a bare frame, while Chip was working on his rendering. They all knew the truck would be badass, but when Chip showed them a fat-tired concept with the motor sticking way out of the hood, their feelings were solidified. When the complete tube frame and the force-fed mill showed up, everyone was on the same page and the work began to meld the new parts to the old sheetmetal. Once all the tabs and motor mounts were on the frame, it was shipped off to the powedercoater. When it came back, everything was attached, including the four-link rear suspension and the 22-inch wide meats. The hard parts on the truck were shipped off to have the kick-ass paintjob sprayed on the freshly straightened sheetmetal. NAPA still had big logos on the side, but this time some realistic flames give the truck some motion and style. After it was all said and done, the overhaulee not only got tricked, but her ride got tricked out.
Besides the glamour of TV and the drama of finishing the project, the behind-the-scenes action remains the same. During an average show, there are between 165 to 175 hours of video that need to be gone through editing just for a single one-hour show. And there are three times the number of builders that help out behind the scenes on the build of each vehicle. Every single person has a specific job, and when all those people are working together, it makes for a smooth process during the time given.
Another interesting aspect of the show is the responsibility of picking out a unaware person to be the next victim of the show. Of the 13,000 weekly submissions sent for possible builds, 95 percent of them are worthy of getting overhauled. What gets picked is based on the story behind the person and the availability of parts for the possible vehicle. So, if you have some vehicle that the parts are just too hard to come by, then that vehicle may not cut it. Once the person is picked, Veronica Torres the sub-producer goes through and makes sure the stories are true and that they are not made up.
Part of the mystery of the show is that the production does not have a set place to work out of. You would think that they would want to have a building where they could film all their shows, but it takes away from the show being different every time. Most of the times, the show will take place at the warehouse of the biggest parts supplier to ensure that all those parts are readily available to the crew. Plus, if you are the one being overhauled, then the different location is less conspicuous.
When the whole production comes to an end, there is an overwhelming joy on everyone's face. They just completed a build in seven days and made one lucky person very happy. With the long hours and extensive work put in, it is good to know that it was all worth it to see the outcome of the vehicle and the reaction from the owner. After all the hard work and orchestration, both the crew and the owner are satisfied with the outcome, as well as those of us who have watched every step.