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Wheeler Dealers Returns To Discovery For Brand New Series

Mon Oct 29, 2018 1:39 pm

From a press release...

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Wheeler Dealers Returns To Discovery For Brand New Series

The hit motoring show will return to the Discovery Channel in the New Year
Mike Brewer and Ant Anstead are back to find, restore and sell iconic cars for a profit

LONDON, 29TH OCTOBER: Next year, petrolheads Mike Brewer and Ant Anstead will roar back onto Discovery for a brand-new series of WHEELER DEALERS.

Due to premiere on the Discovery Channel on Monday 7th January 2019 at 9pm, the new series will see experienced car dealer Mike and talented mechanic Ant team up and embark on another monumental motoring mission: to find and restore iconic cars to later sell for a profit at their LA-based shop.

In the series, Mike has the challenging job of finding vehicles that have money-making potential. He then hands them over to Ant, who tackles everything from bare metal re-sprays to gearbox swaps to bring them back to their former glory. From the sunny beaches of southern California to the coldest edges of Maine, the series scours the US from coast-to-coast for the best vehicles to buy, restore, test and sell for a tidy profit. What treasures will the guys find and revamp on their epic adventures?

As the new series kicks off, Mike finds a rare beast: a 1976 Mercury Capri MK2 with the classic 2.8 litre V6. However, it's not without its problems, which means a lot of work for Ant. Throughout the series, Mike and Ant will discover and restore a host of iconic cars, including:

1976 Mercury Capri MK2
1995 Volvo 850 T-5R Wagon
1991 Toyota MR2 Turbo
2002 Corvette C5 Z06
1991 Alfa Romeo 164L
1983 Volkswagen Rabbit GTI
2004 Dodge Ram SRT-10
1991 Lotus Elan M100

Wheeler Dealers premieres on Monday 7th January 2019 at 9pm exclusively on the Discovery Channel.

Re: Wheeler Dealers Returns To Discovery For Brand New Series

Mon Oct 29, 2018 4:46 pm

They're still showing "new" Edd China episodes on Quest, new to Quest anyway. :smile:

Re: Wheeler Dealers Returns To Discovery For Brand New Series

Sat Jun 08, 2019 5:28 pm

Watching Season 13 on Quest and it's clear the series has already 'Jumped the Shark' even before Edd China has left. Nothing in the show is remotely believable any more.

"Flipping Bangers" on Blaze is now what Wheeler Dealers used to be although they've committed the usual sin of picking the most obscure models they can find and adding a totally artifical deadline to each build.

Re: Wheeler Dealers Returns To Discovery For Brand New Series

Sat Jun 08, 2019 6:57 pm

I think the biggest mistake they made was moving the show to the US.

Re: Wheeler Dealers Returns To Discovery For Brand New Series

Sun Jun 09, 2019 4:01 am

From my point-of-view that's the least-objectionable part of the show.

I just watched the Sunbeam Alpine edition and not once did they mention where it was made! :fuming:

Re: Wheeler Dealers Returns To Discovery For Brand New Series

Wed Jun 26, 2019 4:24 am

The Surprising Truth About The Wheeler Dealers Scout Restoration Revealed

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Wheeler Dealers, a weekly TV show on Velocity is a series that follows the purchase, restoration and flipping of interesting classic cars. Hosted by Mike Brewer and Ant Anstead, the show is now on its fifteenth series since debuting in 2003. But just how accurate are the claimed profits and costs? A recent post by an owner of a Wheeler Dealers vehicle may provide some insight.

The recent episode (series 15 episode 5) finds the duo working to bring new life to a 1970 International Harvester Scout. Here at TFL, we’ve had our fair share of experience with broken Scouts after we yanked one from a barn last year. Naturally we were excited to see the transformation of another early Scout.

Mike purchased this 1970 example from the owner in Tucson Arizona. Painted bright yellow, this late first generation Scout was originally an ex-military model. Mike allegedly bought the truck for $8,000. Mechanic Ant Anstead then went through the vehicle extensively. After rebuilding the transfer case ($175), re-working a bodged steering setup ($2,000), Ant installed electric wipers to replace the factory vacuum system ($450). The truck received a new coat of paint ($3,100), brand new interior ($1,070), and a set of new wheels and tires ($1,000).

After all was set and done, the truck apparently cost the duo a total of $15,800 and 64 man hours (not accounted for in the price totals). The new owner allegedly then purchased the vehicle for $22,500. From the perspective of the viewer, that appears to be a substantial profit for the team of nearly $7,000. However, there may be more to the deal than meets the eye.

The new owner, Matt Richey posted about the experience on the International Harvester Scout 80 & 800 Appreciation Society Facebook page. In the post he describes how “[Wheeler Dealers] did so much more to this rig than the show actually had time to air”. Diving deeper into the comment section Matt elaborates by describing how the rig received “all new suspension and lift, tranny rebuilt, master cylinder, pads and drums, carb, driveshaft, rear end rebuilt and lots more.”

After taking all this additional work into consideration the actual total investment into the vehicle may be much higher than what was shown on TV. In the program, Mike and Ant are seen cruising around off-road, an action that apparently resulted in yet more fixing.

“They actually had to put in an entirely new transfer case.” Matt says. “After they took it off-roading, supposedly the gears in the one they rebuilt started coming apart. That also led to a rebuilt transmission / clutch, hubs, rear end, and suspension and lift.”

The show didn’t include any of these additions in the cost breakdown of the episode, nor did the hosts mention them in the aired program.

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Re: Wheeler Dealers Returns To Discovery For Brand New Series

Wed Jul 31, 2019 7:19 pm

dutchman wrote:"Flipping Bangers" on Blaze is now what Wheeler Dealers used to be although they've committed the usual sin of picking the most obscure models they can find and adding a totally artifical deadline to each build.


I was watching a repeat of the infamous Alfa Romeo episode of "Flipping Bangers" last night. They spent £140 refurbishing the wheels plus another £260 on variuous bits and pieces before abandoning the project then sent it to the scrapyard with the newly refurbished wheels still on it! Alfa fans were screaming at their TV sets "The wheels! The wheels!"

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At least they didn't try to pretend they had found a 'mystery buyer' for the failed enterprise like a certain other show often does. :driver:
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