History Channel's American Restoration returns January 1 with Bodie Stroud

The History Channel show American Restoration returns on January 1, 2016, but with a different premise and a different cast. The reboot stars car and truck designer and restorer Bodie Stroud marshaling five teams from five shops across the country, all of which are challenged to return vintage items to new or create new items out of vintage pieces.

Over the course of 13 episodes some of the nostalgic seed material will include a vintage fire truck, a numbers-matching 1970 Pontiac GTO Judge, and the three-wheeled Davis Divan refitted for the Petersen Museum. Among the non-vehicle trinkets are antique signs and "one-of-a-kind bikes."

History Channel considers this upcoming show season seven of American Restoration, but no one from the previous show is in this new one, and the premise is changed completely. An offshoot of the show Pawn Stars, the former series focused on Rick Dale and his restoration shop in Las Vegas as they fixed up everything from barber shop chairs to gas station bowsers to three-wheeled cars. The reboot takes an old school reality challenge format, with unrelated shops vying for top honors. You can check out the first trailer in the video above.

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