Aaron Kaufman Returns to TV With a Ford F-100

Former Gas Monkey Garage master mechanic Aaron Kaufman, brings his bearded talents back to TV with the anti-Fast N’ Loud.
Any current (or past) fan of Discovery’s hit show Fast N’ Loud undoubtedly knows the name Aaron Kaufman. The master mechanic worked alongside brash businessman Richard Rawlings for 16 years, churning out countless custom rides at Gas Monkey Garage. Ultimately, the Bearded Wonder grew tired of the shenanigans — namely the silly time constraints virtually every automotive TV show pushes on viewers to manufacture excitement. So he moved on.
A lot of folks (including ourselves) miss seeing Kaufman on TV. After all, his persona was quite refreshing on F&L, and quite the opposite of Rawlings’ over-the-top personality. For those fans who’ve spent the last several months clamoring for Aaron Kaufman’s small screen return, we’ve got good news!

The master fabricator returns to Discovery with his very own TV show, dubbed Shifting Gears, in February. And even better, the show focuses on how Kaufman’s life changes as he transitions from the hectic life at Gas Monkey Garage to a more laid back living at Arclight Fabrication. So you can bet we’ll see plenty of incredible Ford truck builds without stupid, fake “deadlines.”

Shifting Gears started filming at Arclight’s location in Dallas, Texas in September. And from the sounds of Kaufman’s comments to Guideline, it won’t be some kind of F&L clone, thankfully. “The purchase of the vehicle bears little importance [to the show] at all,” he said. “[With] every vehicle, we’re trying to use it as a catalyst to explore a different automotive subculture.” Sounds like music to our Ford truck-lovin’ ears.

Kaufman originally left the madness of reality TV behind to open his own shop, Arclight Fabrication. Much to the delight of Ford fans, the venture focuses solely on manufacturing parts for 1957-1979 F-Series trucks. Considering Kaufman’s well-publicized love for the Blue Oval, this didn’t come as a shock at all.

“One day I looked around, everything I owned was Ford,” Kaufman told Guideline. “While several of us here are Ford people, Ford’s got a big history in racing, which is always compelling for us. But the real deal is we’re truck guys and we’re Ford guys. And [with] the F-100, there seems to be a hole in the market. With the ’57, through the fourth-generation, they don’t really have parts for them. It’s an under-serviced area of the market.”

Will you be tuning in?