Friday, April 20, 2018

Was Edd China right? Have Wheeler Dealers reduced workshop time?

The deepest wounds often take years to heal, and such is the case with one of the world's most popular car shows Wheeler Dealers. After 13 years and some 135 cars, Edd China parted ways with the show almost a year ago with suggestions that Velocity planned to reduce the workshop aspect for Series 14. Edd clearly wasn't happy,...

Life after Wheeler Dealers: What has Edd China been up to?

It has been quite a year for everyone's favourite mechanic Edd China, after announcing in March that he was leaving Wheeler Dealers. But that was almost 8 months ago, so what has he been up to since then? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QqxQhDTiGfY Well, for a start he has used his newfound downtime to catch up on some chores around the house. The two bikers...

Wheeler Dealers: S14 E8 – 1965 Austin-Healey 3000 Mark III BJ8 Convertible

Budget: $40,000 Purchase Price: $35,000 Final Cost: $44,535 Selling Price: $71,000 Profit/Loss: +$26,465 Work Completed: Engine oil leak sorted by installing new cork gasket. Radiator recored and repainted. Custom stainless steel exhaust manifold fabricated to replace the factory cast iron ones. Exhaust system replaced with custom fabricated stainless steel side exit units with two mufflers instead of four. Dual SU carburettors replaced with triple...

Wheeler Dealers: S14 E7 – 1994 Mitsubishi 3000GT VR-4

Budget: $7,000 Purchase Price: $6,500 Final Cost: $8,900 Selling Price: $12,000 Profit/Loss: +$3,100 Work Completed: Lifter tick addressed by installing new lifters from later model 3000GT. Cylinder head gaskets and seals replaced. Passenger side hydraulic leak fixed with second-hand line to address the faulty active steering. Front seats refreshed by cleaning and dyeing to original creme colour. Faulty active exhaust fixed by lubricating the...

Wheeler Dealers: S14 E6 – 1964 Ford Falcon Ranchero

Budget: $6,000 Purchase Price: $4,500 Final Cost: $18,100 Selling Price: $20,000 Profit/Loss: +$1,900 Work Completed: New coilover springs, shock absorbers, upper and lower control arms. Front drum brakes replaced with GM disc brakes. New rear leaf springs with proper shackles. Brightwork restored from matte black to chrome. Full body respray from matte black to period-correct turquoise and cream. Engine rebuilt and repainted from yellow...

Wheeler Dealers: S14 E5 – 1965 Dodge A100 Sportsman

Budget: $2,500 Purchase Price: $2,000 Final Cost: $16,375 Selling Price: $19,000 Profit/Loss: +$2,265 Work Completed: Stock suspensions replaced with air ride suspension system, stock bumper replaced with customized Chevrolet Camaro bumpers, wheels and tires replaced with low-profile tires and larger-sized alloy wheels, stock slant-6 engine swapped to a V8 unit, stock manual transmission replaced with automatic transmission, roof rack installed, light bar installed, warm...

Wheeler Dealers: S14 E4 – 1973 Saab 96

Budget: $3,500 Purchase Price: $2,800 Final Cost: $10,630 Selling Price: $11,750 Profit/Loss: +$1,120 Work Completed: Clutch replaced, door hinges re-adjusted, rusted panels cut and patched with new metal, new badges, trim, and accessories installed, damaged windscreen replaced, body resprayed in original Brilliant Yellow, ignition uprated to electronic ignition, head gasket replaced to fix exhaust leak, new interior installed. Notes: Clutch replacement was done at the...

Wheeler Dealers: S14 E3 – 1973 Ford Mustang Mach 1

Budget: $19,000 Purchase Price: $18,000 Final Cost: $25,200 Selling Price: $26,000 Profit/Loss: +$800 Work Completed: New anti-roll bar, strut rods, upper and lower control arms, lowering springs, polyurethane suspension bushings, and brakes. New ceramic coated exhaust system, electronic distributor, HT leads, spark plugs, ram air kit, and carburettor jets; power restored from 186 bhp to 224 bhp. Interior refurbished with black/red leather and alcantara...

Wheeler Dealers: S14 E2 – 1982 Toyota Celica Supra

Budget: - Purchase Price: $6,500 Final Cost: $10,865 Selling Price: $12,000 Profit/Loss: +$1,135 Work Completed: Cracked exhaust manifold repaired and new exhaust system fitted. Cylinder head skimmed and head gasket replaced with modern units made from graphite. Interior upholstery and trim refurbished. Wheels refinished with diamond-cut finish. Pop-up headlamps realigned. Notes: Single-owner car since 1984. Mike couldn't find any replacement velour for restoring the interior,...

Wheeler Dealers: Mike Brewer’s side of the story

Would you believe that Wheeler Dealers has graced our screens for just over 14 years now? The show first aired on October 7th, 2003, which saw host Mike Brewer purchase an old Porsche 924 for just £700. His new co-presenter, Edd China, then spent an additional £310 fixing the car's problems before the duo made a profit of just £490...

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