Matteson Resident Featured on Velocity’s “Garage Squad” TV Show
Matteson resident Rodney Gibson was recently featured on Velocity’s “Garage Squad” Television show this past September.
On the show, Garage Squad’s team of gear heads and mechanics assist car enthusiasts who have tried and failed in attempts to restore their dream cars. The team “crashes their garage” for a few days and lends a helping hand in bringing their vehicles back to life.
Gibson’s 1993 GMC Typhoon is restored by the squad after sitting in storage and undriven for almost 20 years. Once a prized possession for Gibson, the truck that he humorously labeled “the other woman” hadn’t run since he took it to a shop two decades ago for some upgrades.
“Being a gear head, you always want to go faster, so you buy extra parts,” he said. However, the shop went out of business before the modifications were complete, and left his Typhoon in disarray.
As the Garage Squad crew inspected the vehicle, some of the problems discovered included loose wiring, bent wheels, a torn off front grill, a cracked frame and ignition system issues.
Gibson could not contain his excitement as the repairs began. “I was really ecstatic. Finally this thing is going to get rolling,” he said. The Garage Squad team executed a long list of improvements including a bigger cooling radiator, new suspension and a 70mm turbo that the crew called “the heart of the beast.”
Once Gibson’s new ride was complete, it was unveiled amongst family and friends. Then, he and his wife Jeanine finally took it out for a much anticipated spin. “To see the look on his face; the smile,” Jeanine said.
Gibson joked that his wife might have been even more thrilled than himself. “I think she’s happier than me,” Gibson said. “She’s happy to see that it’s done, happy to get the other woman out of the way.”
The episode re-airs on Sunday, November 20th at 6pm CT on Velocity TV channel.