Tim Allen Reveals What His Hot Rod Builds Taught Him About Major Car Companies

by Kayla Zadel

Tim Allen isn’t just “Tim the Tool Man Taylor.” He’s also a car guy, but it’s hard to expect anything less from the man that grew up in Motor City.

In a Youtube series called “The Vik” on Allen’s channel, he talks about building hot rods and what he’s learned along the way.

“When GM builds it, boom. They plop that thing… I think we had that thing done in almost 11 months,” Allen starts by saying. He’s referencing the fact that General Motors aka GM has a quick turnaround time on building cars. It’s something that major car companies have perfected over time, unlike Allen the hot rod collector and builder.

Allen continues sarcastically, “This is what I’ve learned by hot rodders, there are things called car companies and give them a lot of credit because that’s what they build is cars.”

The Last Man Standing” star goes onto address how car companies start the build of a car. They build a prototype that they test for about a year to work out all the kinks. Then they mass produce the final product for consumers to buy. Allen has a sort of respect for the major manufacturers.

“When I worked at the GM Tech Center, I watched a lot of that stuff going on,” Tim Allen states.

However, when it comes to building a hot rod, things are done differently. Car enthusiasts start with building everything from the ground up, then test drive the final product.

“We build it and then see if it runs and it causes a very particular sort of challenges,” explains the actor.

Tim Allen and ‘The Vik’

This is Tim Allen content that we never knew we needed. The actor hired a crew to document the building of his 1934 Ford Victoria. The series started in 2018 and it looks like they’re still at it today.

However, it is a custom hot rod that he’s building and in a way, car enthusiasts or mechanics are never done tinkering with their toys.

Take a look at the first video that gives an overview of how Allen came across “The Vik” and the brains behind the operation.

This series is currently up to 143-parts, and if that doesn’t speak to what Allen says about hot rod build’s taking years, then maybe start watching the series to learn where the rubber meets the road.