Search and Restore - Military Mustang Part I

Military Mustang Part I


Build 4 begins in Colorado, when Tim surprises veteran Paul Kahler with a makeover. He earned a Purple Heart in Iraq, is a Sgt. with Colorado National Guard, and studies at night for degree in counseling. We take Paul's '67 coupe for a hot rod build up.

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American Autowire


  • Classic Update Series complete wiring kit



  • Complete engine bolt kit

Auto Body Color & Supply Co.


  • Body primer, sanding supplies, tape etc.

Be Cool, Inc.


  • Direct fit aluminum radiator for 67-69 Mustang

  • Super duty antifreeze

bonspeed Wheels


  • 18" Big Block billet aluminum wheels

Bowler Performance Transmissions


  • Automatic overdrive transmission and torque converter

Canton Racing Products


  • 7qt oil pan and pick up screen



  • Blueray, mp3 player head unit

Classic Auto Air Manufacturing


  • Perfect Fit Elite air conditioning system for 67-68 Mustang

Classic Instruments


  • Custom painted replacement gauge cluster

Clayton Machine Works


  • Billet door handles, window cranks, gas and brake pedals

Currie Enterprises


  • Mustang Direct Fit 9-Plus rear end with 31-spline axles and nodular iron center section with 4.11 gears

Denny's Driveshaft


  • Custom made driveshaft

Design Engineering, Inc. (DEI)


  • Boom Mat acoustical / sound deadening products

DuPont Custom Finishes


  • Automotive refinishing product / paint



  • E-205 aluminum small block Ford cylinder heads

  • Performer 750 cfm 4 barrel carburetor

  • Victor Jr. Aluminum Intake

Falken Tires

  • 255/35/18 front and 285/35/18 rear FK452 series

Farber Sales


  • Interior fabric, foam, supplies



  • AmericanThunder complete exhaust system for 67-70 Mustang

Ford Performance Parts


  • Ford Racing 363 crate engine

Hand Made Seat Company

  • Aluminum center console

Hooker Headers


  • Super Comp Full Length Headers

Hudson's Rod & Customs


  • Custom designed / upholstered interior

ididit Inc.


  • Replacement paintable tilit steering column

Jones Machine Racing Products, Inc.


  • Front accessory drive / pulley system



  • XI Amp, 2 10 Solo Baric L3 Subwoofers, QS Series matched mids and tweeters



  • Shifter and cables

National Parts Depot


  • Body panels, interior trim, carpet, headliner, window assemblies, weatherstrip, bumpers, grill surround, and misc. accessories



  • Satin black high temperature exhaust coating



  • Powder coating supplies

Powertrain Control Solutions


  • Paddle Shifter assembly and control module

Rick's Hot Rod Shop


  • Stainless gas tank



  • Complete coil-over conversion kit with upper and lower front control arms and 4-link rear system, and front sway bar assembly

Ring Brothers


  • Billet hood hinge kit, exterior door handles

Royal Purple


  • Engine oil, transmission fluid, gear oil

Speedway Motors


  • Stainless steel brake line kit

Studio PCK


  • Automotive Rendering

The Industrial Depot


  • Miscellaneous hardware/fasteners

Unisteer Performance Products


  • Rack and pinion power steering complete conversion kit

Wilwood Engineering


  • 6-piston front 14" big brake kit, 4 piston rear 13" big brake kit , black anodized master cylinder, brake proportioning valve , and brake fluid.

2012 | EPISODE 01

'55 Chevy Handyman Wagon Pt. I

Part one of our '55 Chevy Hot Rod Wagon, where builder Tim Strange and dozens of volunteers make a dream come true for a gearhead viewer.

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2012 | EPISODE 02

'55 Chevy Handyman Wagon Part II

Sheet metal, high tech chassis, and an LS3 with overdrive trans, are just a few of the goodies that get bolted into Chad Terhar's '55 Chevy Handyman.

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2012 | EPISODE 03

'55 Chevy Handyman Wagon Part III

Quickly surpassing two-thousand man-hours in the car so far, the '55 Chevy gets full paint treatment then heads to final assembly.

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2012 | EPISODE 04

'55 Chevy Handyman Wagon Finale

The Terhar family from Tacoma, Washington comes to the Tech Center, along with 4 dozen volunteers who returned to see the keys handed over to our worthy viewer.

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2012 | EPISODE 05

4-Gen '48 Ford Truck Part I

Shane promised his father on his death bed that he would finish restoring the family truck. Tim and the volunteers lend a hand by honoring a Pennsylvania family.

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2012 | EPISODE 06

4-Gen '48 Ford Truck Part II

Volunteers gather for detailed metal fabrication on the second stage of this transformation of a 3/4 ton classic Ford, into a 1/4 ton street rod truck!

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2012 | EPISODE 07

4-Gen '48 Ford Truck Part III

Tim and the team head to week 3 with paint and buff a priority as the '48 Ford keeps its traditional look with modern components.

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2012 | EPISODE 08

4-Gen '48 Ford Truck Part Finale

Shane's family, including aunts uncles and cousins arrive to see their 4-generation Ford for the first time after the final week of the build.

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2012 | EPISODE 09

'51 Hudson Hornet Pt. I

Tom Moore's Hudson Hornet was in the process of being restored, when the project stalled for family priorities. Tim and the team rescue a classic.

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2012 | EPISODE 10

'51 Hudson Hornet Part II

Unique, ahead of its time, built like a tank - all phrases indicative of the 50's era Hudson automobile. Tim Strange and the team call on the aftermarket to make it even better.

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2012 | EPISODE 11

'51 Hudson Hornet Part III

Tom & Lisa Moore join us from their living room to see all the metal Tim and the team cut out of the roof of his '51 Hudson Hornet. Can you say chop?

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2012 | EPISODE 12

'51 Hudson Hornet Part Finale

The Moore family heads to the Tech Center for the unveiling of Tom's classic ride. See how Tim Strange and his team of volunteers came through for this Michigan family.

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2012 | EPISODE 13

'74 Challenger Part I

We help a veteran and St. Louis area firefighter finish what he started: A 1974 Dodge Challenger, by transforming it into a modern pro touring machine.

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2012 | EPISODE 14

'74 Challenger Part II

The original engine was a weak 318ci small block. But HorsPower's Mike and John build a powerful 392 hemi - then dyno the beast with unbelievable results!

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2012 | EPISODE 15

'74 Challenger Part III

Tim Strange uses his skills as a world-class custom painter to create a unique skin on Ty Cardona's classic '74 Dodge Challenger.

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2012 | EPISODE 16

'74 Challenger Part Finale

The Cardona family and friends head to the Tech Center to see and drive Ty's classic Mopar Muscle in what can best be described as a modern pro-touring machine.

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2011 | EPISODE 01

'67 Casper Nova Part I

Meet the build team, the classic musclecar, and the recipient of our first Search & Restore project vehicle, a '67 Chevy II Nova.

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2011 | EPISODE 02

'67 Casper Nova Part II

Blasting reveals patch panels and a rotted floor, as the restoration on Andy's Chevy II goes into high gear!

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2011 | EPISODE 03

'67 Casper Nova Part III

Volunteers come together with donated parts to make the build up of this '67 Nova a reality for the owner and his kids.

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2011 | EPISODE 04

'67 Casper Nova Finale

Final assembly of our '67 Nova includes wiring, new upholstery, dash, gauges, headliner and everything else to bring this classic muscle back to life. Tim takes it on a shakedown run, and family takes delivery of their pride and joy.

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2011 | EPISODE 05

'94 GMC Part I

Search & Restore goes to Pomeroy, OH to rescue a worn out 4x4 driven by a husband and wife who've dedicated their lives to fostering and feeding hungry children.

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2011 | EPISODE 06

'94 GMC Part II

The restoration of Anthony's pickup is in full gear on this episode of Search & Restore, with the install of a lift kit, brakes, fresh frame and the start of body work.

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2011 | EPISODE 07

'94 GMC Part III

Body work on Anthony's GMC resumes as this '94 GM 1500 4x4 is treated to a custom paint job with graphics, wheels tires and more.

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2011 | EPISODE 08

'94 GMC Finale

The grand finale of build two, when the Rowe family travels 9 hours to our shop to pick up Anthony's daily driver pick up. He might not recognize it!

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2011 | EPISODE 09

Jeep TJ on Steroids Part I

We grab a tired TJ from a West Monroe, LA resident who loves 4-wheeling so much, he and his buddies give rides to disabled kids. We'll trick out his Jeep so he can take his family on trips again.

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2011 | EPISODE 10

Jeep TJ on Steroids Part II

Volunteers pile into the Tech Center in effort to give Jason Smelser the Jeep he's always dreamed of in part two of our TJ on steroids!

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2011 | EPISODE 11

Jeep TJ on Steroids Part III

Good guy Jason Smelser won't recognize his TJ when we're done with it. Part III sees the Jeep coming together, with a completely freshened up and rebuilt straight six, transmission rebuild, heavy duty transfer case, body protection and paint and more.

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2011 | EPISODE 12

Jeep TJ Reveal & Trail Ride

One month, all donated parts. Jason and his family arrive at the Tech Center for our reveal. But it doesn't end there! What is a hardcore Jeep build without seeing exactly what it can do on the trail. So we load everyone up and head into the woods.

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2011 | EPISODE 13

Military Mustang Part I

We take a worn out '67 Mustang coupe and give it the full treatment, all for an American veteran who enlisted after 9-11, and was injured in Iraq.

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2011 | EPISODE 14

Military Mustang Part II

Engine build how-to on a Ford Racing short block, and onto the dyno room to build some power! Plus Strange gives the Mustang his full-on hot rod paint treatment.

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2011 | EPISODE 15

Military Mustang Part III

Exhaust, suspension, Interior... it all comes together as we near the end of our Mustang build we're doing for US Army veteran Paul Kahler and his family.

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2011 | EPISODE 16

Military Mustang Finale

Four weeks of intense labor and the Mustang will be ready to give back to a deserving veteran, when Paul Kahler and his family arrive at the Tech Center.

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'74 Challenger Part I


Ty Cardona sold his Barracuda as a teen to start a family. 26 years later his kids are grown, and a replacement Mopar sits in his driveway undone. Ty's a firefighter who spends his free time helping others. So we decided to help finish his dream.

'74 Challenger Part II


More metal mods happen this week when our team of volunteers tackle our firefighter's '74 Challenger. Custom rear spoiler and front and rear valances are hand crafted in efforts to create a one-of-a-kind modern muscle car. Plus Mike & John build a hemi.

'74 Challenger Part III


With over 1500 hours into the build, Tim and the volunteers spray color, wet sand, buff and polish Ty's Challenger. All this is being done for a PowerBlock viewer who works as a firefighter, and spends all his free time helping others. Good deed done!

'74 Challenger Part Finale


5 days to go, Tim Strange & the team ready the Challenger by firing up the hemi, and taking it for a shakedown run. Then Ty Cardona, his wife, kids, and grandchildren enter the Tech Center for their big day - the unveiling of his unique "dream Mopar".

'51 Hudson Hornet Pt. I


The Fabulous Hudson Hornet is legend, in NASCAR racing, in animated film, and now on PowerBlock, when Tim Strange rescues a stalled project from a Michigan viewer. Volunteers gently transform history into a show-stopping lead sled!

'51 Hudson Hornet Part II


The transformation of Tom Moore's Hudson from an undone resto-mod to an award-winning lead sled continues when scores of volunteers arrive at the Tech Center for mock up week. Great body work tech highlights week 2 as the '51 Hornet gets ready for paint.

'51 Hudson Hornet Part III


Week 3 means paint/polish and a final fit of dozens of components that will go into Tom's '51 Hornet. We'll look at the history of this amazing car, from NASCAR domination to defining affordable luxury. Plus the owner gets a sneak peek via a live feed.

'51 Hudson Hornet Part Finale


The final week is frantic in efforts to get the Hudson test driven before the entire Moore Family heads down from Michigan to see Tim's take on the owner's project. Fears are put to rest when they see the final result - a chopped and bagged masterpiece!

4-Gen '48 Ford Truck Part I


Shane inherited a classic truck that has been in his family for decades. Honoring his father and grandfather who have since passed, he asked Tim Strange and our volunteer team for a little help.

4-Gen '48 Ford Truck Part II


With over 600 man hours into the truck during the teardown and metal work stage, work continues as more rust and patch panels are found under the fresh paint. Tim and volunteers provide how-to metal fab tips, as this classic truck gets ready for paint.

4-Gen '48 Ford Truck Part III


Owner Shane gets a peak at the progress as week 3 brings some of the top paint, body and airbrush/graphics talent from US & Canada. Watch Tim Strange and our volunteers pick up the pace when 1K more man hours are added to this cool yet traditional build.

4-Gen '48 Ford Truck Part Finale


Five days left to finish the F2 before the Skennonto family arrives from Pennsylvania to see our take on Shane's dad's classic truck. Guitar legend Billy Gibbons of ZZ Top stops by to lend his support when the truck is test driven before the big reveal.

'55 Chevy Handyman Wagon Pt. I


Chad's a gearhead through and through. And a tragic motorcycle accident in his youth never stood in the way of fulfilling his dream of owning a '55 Chevy. Tim and the team surprises this Tacoma, WA family with a full blown makeover of his Handyman Wagon.

'55 Chevy Handyman Wagon Part II


Body work continues on the '55 Chevy Handyman when just about every piece of original sheet metal is replaced, even the chassis! Tim Strange and Tommy Boshers bring in some characters to help, while our owner checks in live via video feed for a looksee.

'55 Chevy Handyman Wagon Part III


More volunteers and mucho gallons of primer paint and clear are part of week 3 as the car progresses to better than new condition. Build leader Tim Strange provides step-by-step how to on the car painting process, plus how to get that million dollar shine!

'55 Chevy Handyman Wagon Finale


Final assembly in our last half hour of Chad's '55 Handyman Wagon, including some last minute engine troubleshooting, a "slot car-like" road test with Tim and Tommy, then the family arrives at the Tech Center for what is a very emotional give back.

Military Mustang Part I


Build 4 begins in Colorado, when Tim surprises veteran Paul Kahler with a makeover. He earned a Purple Heart in Iraq, is a Sgt. with Colorado National Guard, and studies at night for degree in counseling. We take Paul's '67 coupe for a hot rod build up.

Military Mustang Part III


Lots of volunteers this week including 2 Wyotech grads, suspension and air conditioning experts, and Tim and our build team who turn our Mustang build into a roller with new front suspension, 9" rear, and all the goodies to turn Paul's into a show winner!

Military Mustang Part II


With all of the metal work done, the coupe heads for some serious body prep followed by Tim Strange's custom paint. While at the same time, the HorsePower guys take the Ford Racing short block, build power with performance headers, intake and carburetor.

Military Mustang Finale


Tim Strange & our Wyotech Build Team wrap up week 4 with the completion of Paul Kahler's '67 Mustang Coupe. This veteran and his family pick up their ride, and many of the volunteers are on hand to show their appreciation for his service to our country.

Jeep TJ on Steroids Part I


Down in Louisiana is a dedicated father, and wheeler whose near stock TJ is too puny to hang with his buddies. With the help from the Xtreme 4x4 and Horsepower TV, and big group of volunteers, Jason's baby Jeep grows into a hardcore wheeler on steroids!

Jeep TJ on Steroids Part II


The stripped TJ is treated to custom width 9" housings, heavy duty knuckles, and a one-off roll cage that will be the envy of Jason's 4-wheeling buddies. Plus hot rodder Tim Strange earns crawling credentials when he & Xtreme's Ian Johnson hit the trail.

Jeep TJ on Steroids Part III


The kids at MedCamps of Louisiana will get a kick out of rides in this TJ, one that takes a page out of "Mad Max!" 40" tires, and heavy duty everything transform a stocker into a rocker!

Jeep TJ Reveal & Trail Ride


Will Jason be surprised at our hardcore Jeep transformation? Find out in the conclusion of our fourth build, this time for a good guy who donates his summers to help disabled kids.

'94 GMC Part I


In the second build of Search & Restore, we travel to Pomeroy, OH, to meet Anthony, who commutes to his job at the penitentiary in a worn-out '94 GMC Sierra. Rusted through, it's his daily driver. But fixing up the 4x4 is a distant second to raising his two biological, and five adopted, children. Search & Restore to the rescue!

'94 GMC Part II


In the second part of the Sierra build on Search & Restore, the Royal Purple Build Team gets seriously busy building one rusted-through 4x4. The salty Southern Ohio roads haven?t been good to Anthony?s GMC, so it?s getting a new crate motor, junkyard frame, lift kit, suspension, and more!

'94 GMC Part III


She works to feed needy kids. He works the 12 hr night shift. Together the Rowe's have fostered some 30 children, adopting 5 of them. We found this couple in Pomeroy, OH asking for help fixing his daily driver. Watch this '94 GMC 1500 turn to gold!

'94 GMC Finale


Cindy, Anthony, and their 7 kids, five of them adopted, travel to the Search & Restore garage to get their rusted out 4x4, now sporting new everything! Engine, suspension, brakes, interior, restored bed and frame, plus one of Strange's custom paint jobs.

'67 Casper Nova Part I


Andy's '67 Chevy II had been sitting for 2 years, no motor, trans, after cancer took the life of his 30 year old wife. Raising 3 kids solo, left no time or money to rebuild the car the kids call 'Casper'. Our Loctite Team hopes to make a dream come true.

'67 Casper Nova Part II


The Chevy II returns from media blasting with some very bad news, and at least another 300 man hours of body repair added to this restoration. See metal work, body panels and the build up of a new 383 stroker as our Loctite Build Team goes full throttle.

'67 Casper Nova Part III


Part 3 in our Nova build includes delays in parts that have the Loctite Build Team nervous as body finishing is completed. The owner sees his 383 stroker fired up via web cam, and the Nova comes out of the paint booth with new paint with an old theme.

'67 Casper Nova Finale


Final episode of our '67 Nova as the family gets back their dream car and then some in an unbelievable reveal!

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