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Monster Garage

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A former television show featuring Jesse James reconstructing old vehicles to do other tasks: converting a wagon into a wood chipper, or a NASCAR race car into a trash collector.


The following section is an excerpt from Wikipedia's Monster Garage page on 24 September 2018, text available via the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.

Monster Garage is an American television series aired on the Discovery Channel and hosted by Jesse James. Each episode was an hour in length and was conceived and produced (along with James) by Thom Beers.

The show premiered on June 23, 2002 and concluded on June 12, 2006.

A team of five people with mechanical, fabricating, or modifying expertise was assembled to modify a vehicle into a "monster machine." On the show this generally meant making one vehicle that could transform into another such as a PT Cruiser which could change into a wood chipper, or a school bus which transformed into a pontoon boat. Occasionally vehicles were modified so as to hide non-vehicular functions, such as a police car which doubled as a donut shop (built by a team of cops), or a Toyota Tundra which was modified so as to allow it to discharge a motorcycle at high speeds. Build teams who successfully completed their assignment were rewarded with expensive tool kits.


Type & Item #NameDetails
Die Cast - Muscle Machines 81111Skool Bus Pontoon Boat1:64 scale, Monster Garage, modified yellow school bus
Die Cast - Muscle Machines 81111Trash Truck1:64 scale, Monster Garage, Modified 1st Generation Ford Explorer, white w/silver flames

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