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Issue Sixteen
February 25, 2005
Chip Foose & The OverHaulin' Crew
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Chip Foose:
Modern Day Metal Magician (continued)

The Overhaulin crew is hard at work on this 1950's GMC truck

Plenty of action on the Overhaulin' set

The Overhaulin' crew does get to take an occasional break - just not now

Chip Foose talks paint with the Overhaulin cameras

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Overhaulin' on TLC
Jumping in to help is the name of the game over at the OverHaulin' build. For this particular episode, the OverHaulin' crew finds themselves at another local shop, Stitchcraft, and the vehicle du jour is a vintage 1950's GMC pick-up truck. The owner has no idea (yet) what's happening with his truck, because the magicians at OverHaulin' have him fooled into thinking his truck has been stolen. Unlike traditional magicians, the OverHaulin' folks will share the trick at the end of the show, and the owners' reactions are priceless.

"For me, seeing the look on the owner's face is the most rewarding part of the show. It's almost overwhelming to see their response, and it's the whole reason I do it. We worked hard to make their dream come true," says Foose.

For those unfamiliar with The Learning Channel's show, OverHaulin', the basic premise is simple. Take an unsuspecting vehicle owner and with the help of an insider (usually a close friend of the victim), "steal" their vehicle, dupe them into thinking something terrible has happened to it, then work like crazy for seven days (and nights) to completely overhaul the vehicle into their dream car. The show is a pure rush, as the cameras capture both sides of the story, and give the viewer a real behind-the-scenes look into how an ordinary junker is magically transformed into a show quality work of art.

"Bud [Brutsman] and I came up with the idea to do a show where we'd transform a car in seven days," says Foose. "And here we are, a year later, making people's dreams come true."

The OverHaulin' crew consists of Chip Foose (lead designer), Courtney Hansen (host) and Chris Jacobsen (host). Courtney and Chris usually have roles in each show that require them to assist with deceiving the owner. Chris usually plays the bad guy, a police officer, or an insurance adjuster, while Courtney has played roles as the tow truck driver, shop owner, and so on. The show is produced by BCCI for TLC, and at any one time, there are as many as sixty people involved with the show's production.

Jim Holloway, Associate Producer for OverHaulin' said they assemble a group of seven or eight "A-Team" builders about four to five days before the taping starts. The builders are all volunteers, and are usually masters of their craft. They realize they have to work hard and that they have to work together to accomplish the build in the short seven days. "They work together," he says. "There's a sense of camaraderie amongst them." In the past, builders have left the build, at which point Chip Foose will usually call on a friend or cohort to help finish the build.

"We couldn't do the show without the builders or our sponsors," says Holloway. "We bring on six or seven sponsors, and they provide us with incredible support - something that we're extremely grateful for." The set is covered with the names and logos of various sponsors, many of whom often assist with the build.

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