Automotive extraordinaire Mike Brewer and mechanical guru Ant Anstead will return exclusively to Discovery for another helping of the Wheeler Dealers series this summer as the boys tackle even more iconic classics desperately in need of some TLC.
The multi-talented mechanic, Ant Anstead will endeavour to save a few more classic motoring specialities from the metaphorical scrapyard in the clouds by stretching their frugal budget to its extreme once again.
As ever, Mike is in charge of locating the cars that could potentially earn the boys some well-earned cash, while Ant in the Wheeler Dealers workshop tackles the odd engine, gearbox replacement and even a bare metal respray for the classics that need more than just ‘elbow grease’ if perfection is to be achieved.
From the sunny beaches of Southern California to the coldest edges of Maine, this season dives headfirst into the diverse and eclectic used car market of the United States, as the search for the best vehicles to buy, restore, test and hopefully sell on to enthusiastic new owners continues.
Episode 1 (31 August 2020 – 9:00pm)
1969 Datsun Sports 2000
Predating Datsun’s popular Z-car line, the classic Datsun Sports roadster was arguably Japan’s first blue-collar export market sports car, and its sporting prowess was underlined by an enviable race record.
Tasks: Overhaul front suspension, rebuild idler box, Volvo front brake upgrade, rear drum cylinder repair, convertible frame repair, repair and ceramic-coat cracked exhaust manifold, adjust pedal spacing.
Episode 2 (7 September 2020 – 9:00pm)
2001 Audi S4 Avant Quattro
Everybody loves a fast estate, and with its bi-turbo, V6 and trademark Quattro all-wheel-drive system, the Type 8D generation S4 Avant is widely regarded as one of the most potent and capable of them all.
Tasks: Strip front of the car, repair leaking valve cover, replace timing belt and a serpentine belt, remove dashboard cluster to access and repair LCD screen, repair cup holder and ashtray, repair dent on the rear panel.
Episode 3 (14 September 2020 – 9:00pm)
2001 Saab 9-3 ‘Viggen’
Inspired by the Saab 37 Viggen fighter jet, the 9-3 Viggen was the sporting flagship of Saab’s 9-3 line and represented the Swedish manufacturer’s first real attempt to launch an in-house performance division.
Tasks: Remove damaged body panels and seats for repair, trace coolant leak and repair head gasket, repair exhaust studs, rebuild convertible top rams, replace suspension top mounts, refit body panels and seats
Episode 4 (21 September 2020 – 9:00pm)
2006 Porsche Cayenne Turbo S
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Episode 5 (28 September 2020 – 9:00pm)
2004 Mazdaspeed MX-5
Available for a brief two-year period, this particular Mazdaspeed car has the distinction of being the only factory-built version in the history of the MX-5 to be equipped with a performance-enhancing turbocharger conversion.
Tasks: Remove gearbox and repair seals, refit with clutch and lightweight flywheel, fabricate blow-off valve baffle box, relocate intake, install electronic boost control and gauge, replace A-pillar trim, remove rear light surrounds.
Episode 6 (5 October 2020 – 9:00pm)
1979 Jeep CJ-7 Levi Edition
It comes as no surprise to discover that Jeep’s partnership with Levi transformed this CJ’s upholstery and soft-top, yet it became one of the most popular options of this now highly sought-after off-roader.
Tasks: Remove the seats, drill body to access corroded fixings, disconnect engine, carefully separate body from the chassis, bodywork repairs, re-upholster interior, repair valve seals, repair viscous fan clutch.
Episode 7 (12 October 2020 – 9:00pm)
1991 Nissan 300ZX
Launched at the height of Japan’s bubble economy, when optimism was sky-high and Nissan’s engineers chased their dreams, the second-gen 300ZX was a technical marvel… and an engine plumbing nightmare.
Tasks: Drop engine to improve access, overhaul emissions components, re-install engine, source and fit new wheels and exhaust from Steve Millen, diagnose faulty HICAS system, replace the speed sensor.
Episode 8 (19 October 2020 – 9:00pm)
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Wheeler Dealers returns exclusively to Discovery Channel on 31 August 2020 at 9:00 pm