Watch as Aaron Kaufman gets the SHOCK of his Life

Every once in a while you’re faced with two choices and you’re forced to choose the lesser of two very bad options (or maybe that happens to you all the time, I don’t know your life.) But that’s exactly what happened to the Bearded Wonder late one night while he was adjusting the timing on the ’49 Chevy 3100.

He was in the shop, all alone, timing light in hand while he advanced and retarded the spark to get it to run just right when he lost his footing. Normally that wouldn’t be that big of a deal, but when your hands are full and you’re vaulted head-first into the engine compartment the stakes get a little higher. And then they get a lot higher when the two places your free hand can fall are the serpentine belt or the distributor cap. Aaron chose the option that wouldn’t shear the skin off his hand and chose the distributor. What happened next was a short in the cap that sent more voltage than you might want coursing through your body arcing from the cap to his hand, up his arm and eventually out of his back to the underside of the hood.

Well, here… Just watch, it’s more entertaining to see than to read about.

Huge shoutout to Costar Video Systems for capturing this shocking footage.


After the short, and subsequent scorpioning off the fender, Aaron goes right back to work after checking to make sure he didn’t mar the paint.

Always the consummate professional!


  1. Just did that on our 79′ ford f100 @ Griffen Fab Works in Byron Center MI, setting timing reached around the fan to turn the distributor and BANG! got nailed by the cap and screamed like a little girl lol!

  2. 79′ ford f100 baby pre-runner that is not to be confused with the 79′ trophyF250 that was at sema in the king shock booth lol

  3. Piss on covering the fender what the hell Richard goin to do now batman is w/o Robin ain’t no beer assistant gonna help this one

  4. I Feel for you, had a 40 second shock on a pole while doing work for a NY cable company 30 years ago.

    Glad it released me…
    I hope Arron is ok!!
    And hope Richard can salvage the show…


  5. Love the show hate to see the bearded wonder gone but all good things must come to an end. Especially when it comes to TV shows. One question I have is watching all the shows and the cars that were sold are still in the back ground how does that work I would love to be able to sell something but still keep it. I know its all in the TV guys editing and using clips from different shows I have noticed that many times. but how can I get a car from the Monkey Man but I could not afford even the gas cap of one of these awesome rides. God bless you all at the Gas Monkey Garage a loyal fan watch reruns all the time I live in eastern Montana this is Gods Country

    • Yea I noticed that as well! Cars from other seasons still in shop. Their editing is not the best for the amount of staging that is going on. I know we only see bits and pieces of what is really going on. Still love the show AK leaving the show won’t change it much other they will continue the progression of restoring more now than one off custom hot rods.

  6. Well, who knows wtf happened. Maybe just wanted to get back to his own thing with out cameras and politics! He might just have enough bread to open his own smaller shop, I’m guessing he got tired of all the flashy stuff and wanted more creative freedom, I would!
    RR seems like a good $$ man & finder of tarnished gold. All the guys are great except that lazy painter!! LOL! Just kiddin’!
    As Seeger says, turn the page! Best of life AA and enjoy life, goes by like an 1/8th mile. God Bless ya all & keep on creating dreams! See around someday!
    My turn; ’47 Willis, ’58 Ford Truck, ’59 Corvette, 5- ’65 ‘Stangs, 1 Freak-factory balance?), for 351w Mach 1 that turned 12.85 1/4 miles and topped out about 152 mph, to name some! Yea I Luv Hot Rods too! Good luck, peace and keep those talents coming!
    Lucky J of Clovis, Ca…… Thanks to you all & esp. Aron!

  7. Hi, I’m from the uk, I’ve never written anything before!, I love the show I’d just like to say gutted you guys are splitting up, I hope your still friends as life still short and everyone has there own direction in life.
    You prob get millions of people writing in but I feel I need to say when you build or modify a car you buying someone’s unique style when you buy gas monkey your buying Aaron’s unique style, Aron Character, mixed with the life of Richard if arons going I feel gas monkey won’t be what it was it won’t be the same, maybe gas monkey need to change and get a new style!. All the other guys work there are great builders but I feel they don’t have what Aron have that gas monkey style. Hope that’s not to harsh and I don’t mean to be rude, I want gas monkey to stay above all the other builders but I also want the best for Aron.
    Please guys don’t be just standard builders/modifier!.
    That’s why fireup garage and other garages are not as good and never will be!, they have drama amongst them selve as people which makes for good watching but there builds or just standard and have no character no uniqueness there can never be another Aron but there’s can be another style.
    I hope what ever happens I wish the best for everyone, I hope it all works out for the better.

  8. That is high dope for an experienced mechanic! Advancing or retarding timing with the engine running is like rolling the dice. Sometimes you win, other times you jump like a grasshopper that sets on a hot iron!

  9. Hi monkeys, my name is Nilza and my crazy boyfriend Keith and I are planning on a road trip to Dallas from Salem Ma., for the soul purpose of trying to take a picture of his truck near the gas monkey garage sign, mind you he has a 2001 Dodge Ram with its fair share of rust but he couldn’t be more proud of his baby and I couldn’t be more proud of him.
    I’m reaching out in hopes that I hear back and maybe just maybe have him be able to take a peek inside, it’s his birthday on the 26th of April and I couldn’t think of a better present .
    We plan on arriving Sunday April 23rd and staying just a couple days .
    Please help me in fulfilling this Dream .
    Thank you in advance
    Nilza Pereira

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