New MONSTER GARAGE REBOOT 2021 Episode Guide.
On February 24, 2020, it was announced that Jesse Jame's Monster Garage series would be re-booted and premiere in 2020 on TLC. This was delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. It eventually premiered on Discovery, Inc.'s new streaming service Discovery+ on January 4, 2021.
I signed up with Discovery+ on 1/6/21 for $6.99 per month without any ads. You can watch the first three episodes on this app before they air on Discovery channel. I figure I'll cancel the subscription after watching all of the episodes. Unless I find another show that interests me, but I want to support Jesse.
NEW MONSTER GARAGE REBOOT Episodes & Vehicles.
S1 E1, Pulsating Power 1/02/2021
This is episode one of the new season reboot of Monster Garage. The show opens with the return of announcer Schwag's voice! Then we see little person, Body Drop dressed like a chauffeur. He opens the door on rusty a Jaguar with Jesse sitting in the back seat. "Everyone asked when I'm bringing the show back?" Body Drop welcomes Jesse back with a fist bump. I assume Body Drop will be fulltime as comedic relief for this season.
In this premiere Jesse gathers a crew of five skilled people to install a 12ft pulsating rocket engine in a 1965 Jaguar. "I can't believe it's been 14 years" Jesse says as he forgot how grueling these builds can be.
If you're hardcore Monster Garage fan like me, the format is exactly the same. There's a good mixture of people and drama over finishing the car on time. Jesse remarks this crew might get a small Cresent wrench from Walmart instead of the Snap-on tool boxes. It's cool to see the same format return flawlessly, but I do hope Jesse implements some new things to surprise us. I give premiere episode of Monster Garage 10 out of 10 stars for feeling like it never left us.
S1 E2, Shuckin' Dragster 1/02/2021
This is the 2nd episode of the new season of Monster Garage. Jesse tells this crew he wants to transform an International Harvester machine into a Hot Wheels style dragster. Everyone is excited for this challenge and ready to work!
Tearing apart the Combine / Corn Chucker takes two days. This is the longest vehicle tear-down in the history of Monster Garage.
Monster Garage crew member, HOGBEAR Terry creates some good drama in this episode. His antics in breaking or losing crucial parts are hurting the momentum of the build. We're introduced to him using a garbage can lid to protect his head from sparks during tear-down of the International Harvester.
HOGBEAR's goof-ups are pushing Jesse's patience to the limit. Jesse learns the sheet metal backing for the Harvester's steering column is missing. Jesse asks HOGBEAR if the part was thrown in the dumpster? HOGBEAR says he didn't throw anything in the dumpster. Jesse walks out to dumpster and tells him "I'll look while you go back to fiddle fuckin whatever you're doing." HOGBEAR responds with "You go fiddle fuck too then." Jesse finds the missing part in the dumpster which escalates to a bigger confrontation in the garage.
After the Drag-bine is finished, Jesse brings it to a local farm to race a stock International Harvester in a corn field. There's a hot headed farmer taunting Jesse that he would lose a race between them! I think this angry farmer was inspired by HOGBEAR. "Shuckin' Dragster" is a great Monster Garage episode. It has a good mixture of edutainment and drama. I learned a lot about diesel engines and heavy duty farm equipment. Watching Jesse get annoyed by HOGBEAR added some drama. The final result of the build is awesome. It does look like a Hot Wheels car! I give the 2nd episode of the new Monster Garage 10 out of 10 stars. It has every element that makes the series great.
S1 E3, The Sailboat Sleeper 1/02/2021
In episode 3 of the new Monster Garage series Jesse James wants to create a "Sleeper Sailboat" with a hidden V8 engine and enter it a sailing regatta race. Everyone expect "Sailor Grant" from New Zealand on the build team is disappointed. They anticipated seeing a car to modify instead of a sailboat.
A sailboat in the garage?! In this episode of the new Monster Garage we really see the team pushed against the deadline.
Another episode of somebody digging in the trash for a missing part. There's always one team member on Monster Garage who annoys everyone. Sailor Grant holds up progress by losing part and getting in everyone's way.
Jesse notices there's foot prints on the chrome engine injector blower hat. "I might of done that" responds Sailor Grant, wearing an Aquatic Ed shirt. "I'm gonna fuckin smack someone if I see them do that" Jesse grumbles at Grant.
Jesse James tells audience "Unfortunately this was Monster garage failure number 8" as we see the sailboat in the middle of the Arizona desert. Episode 3 of the new Monster Garage ends with the best destruction of a failed build in Monster Garage history. Two military grade helicopters spray the sailboat with red hot 3,000 rounds of ammunition per minute. Jesse is co-piloting a MD 530G Scout Attack Helicopter and backed up by BELL 407 Multipurpose Utility Helicopter. I give the 3rd episode of the new Monster Garage 7 out of 10 stars. You learn some interesting elements about propulsion, but you could tell the team wasn't thrilled about doing the build.
S1 E4, Fire-Breathing Corvette 1/11/2021
Jesse tells the team that they will be building a "wood powered corvette"
Shwag gives the audience a lesson on how a gasification and gasifier fuel system works. It was a popular modification to large vehicles like buses and ships during the fuel shortages in World War II.
Jasmine feels frustrated that she's not being guided by the twin brothers (wood nerds) on specific tasks she should be handling. Jesse explains to the audience that some build teams need management. In this project, the two brothers are holding all the cards on what needs to be done. They should be guiding their team members, but they're used to working alone. You've only got two days left, and nobody fully understands their roles and how a wood burning fuel system works.
Final five hours the brothers struggle to get the right one-to-one air and fuel mixture to make engine run. Jesse watches in frustration "They don't have a clue what they're doing."
Jesse James notices the starter starts smoking. Jasmine jumps under the car to replace the starter. Luckily the brothers get it to run with 11 minutes to spare on the clock! Jesse says "damn, I was looking forward to blowing it up!"
Jesse pushes the gasification wood powered Corvette into a BBQ Rib contest and asks for spare wood. After enjoying and judging one of the BBQ contest entries, Jesse wants to see how fast this Corvette can go? We see one of the brothers armed with a radar gun alongside a long country road. The wood burning Corvette clocks in 71 mph! That's pretty damn impressive for wood fueled car. I give the 4th episode of the new Monster Garage 10 out of 10 stars. You learn about wood fueling a combustion engine and good drama right down to the wire.
S1 E5, Jesses' Shiner 1/18/2021
In episode 5 of the new Monster Garage, Jesse pays tribute to the era of Moonshine runners and outlaws. Prohibition in the United States was a nationwide constitutional ban on the production, importation, transportation, and sale of any alcoholic beverages from 1920 to 1933.
The challenge is to transform this derelict 1947 Ford coupe into an outlaw speak easy on wheels. Complete with a fully functioning whiskey still. The ford's flat head engine will also run on the alcohol produced by the still. The Monster Garage team can only spend $5,500 on parts and has five days to build the car.
Jesse tells the team they're going to make a Moonshine still, but disguise it as a "Fat Fendered" 1947 Ford. This thing should drive out on it's own power and make whiskey. We will distill our own booze and car fuel. The 1947 Ford sat outside "Rusty The Mule" bar for 10 years before Jesse rescued it.
Arthur Werchan is eager to please Jesse after being scolded for hammering a part on Jesses' "machined" top work table. On day 4, Arthur stresses out about revising his retractable drawer for the distiller. Jesse says it won't extend out far enough. It needs a turnbuckle system to increase the travel from 22" to 50".
Jesse James' Shotgun Whiskey mobile distillery utilizes a two stage heating system. It draws heat from the Ford's radiator and exhaust to warm the mash in the copper pot. The large copper pot is heated to 180F and drains the alcohol into the copper condenser or "hooch".
The 1947 Ford was given a custom paint job, "Jesse James Shotgun Whiskey" airbrushed by West Coast Choppers. This was another good episode with the right combination of education and drama to keep you watching.