Several car programs emerged after the success of Pimp My Ride. One of the shows that graced our screens was Counting Cars. The program was a spin-off of Pawn Stars and chronicled the daily activities of Count's Kustoms, an automobile and restoration customization company that Danny Koker owns.
Producers of Pawn Stars noticed Koker's evaluation ability and extensive car knowledge when he appeared on Pawn Stars. His appearance on the show spawned Counting Cars, featuring appearances by rock stars such as Vince Neil, Rob Zombie, and Ziggy Marley.
During the eight seasons of Counting Cars, the series followed Koker and his staff while they restored and modified classic automobiles, as well as motorcycles. Apart from filming the casts restorations, the producers also documented the conflict between the cast. Although the restoration process and the end product are fun to watch, nothing makes reality television more exciting than drama.
Besides the conflict amongst the cast, most of the drama occurred when the cast produces a subpar product. The point of the show was to convert a jalopy into a majestic vehicle, but that didn't always happen. The Count's Kustoms staff are fallible like the rest of us, but the difference is that their mistakes aired to millions of viewers. We wanted to find out the mistakes that Count's Kustoms made, so we gleaned photos from all the restorations the cast messed up.
25 Mini Flaw
Koker has a unique choice in car models and the colors that he applies to the vehicles. While he enjoys working on classic vehicles, he also dabbles in work with small vehicles. What Koker's intention with the pictured small car was is difficult to ascertain, but I'm certain that he could've chosen a better modification to display in the showroom.
Besides the size of the car, what's surprising is that Koker didn't choose the usual bright colors. We can't deny that the vehicle has a unique design.
24 House Of Kolor
It seems that Count's Kustoms is infatuated with using as many colors on a vehicle as possible. When the team from House of Kolor wanted to spice up their vehicles for the 2017 SEMA show, they consulted the guys at Count's Kustoms to help bring the concept to life, according to LSX Mag.
What started as a Divco delivery truck turned into a spectacle at the SEMA show. The team at House of Kolor have accomplished their objective of getting the patron's attention, but driving the car will be difficult due to the lowered suspension.
23 Flag Car
Using too many colors on a vehicle can make it look eccentric. If the modifier uses the right patterns, several colors can work. When the colors aren't aligned, then it can lower the car's aesthetics.
Had Koker stuck to painting the upper half of the car in red and the lower in blue, the car might've looked good. When he introduced the white color to the rear of the vehicle, that's when things went pear-shaped. The car looks like a flag, as opposed to a well-thought modification.
22 Flame Buggy
This Dune Buggy is in excellent condition. Infusing the orange and purple on the exterior of the buggy was the right decision. That was the good thing that the modification spawned. The problem lies with the seats. Koker and the team shouldn't have matched the interior's color with the exterior. That seldom works, especially when you're using two colors on the seats.
The rear bar shouldn't have been purple. If the seats were black, the car would look cool, but not purple and orange. The car's interior makes the ride look like something that Barney the Dinosaur would drive.
21 Gold Van
I'm not certain that the gold color was the best choice for the van, but what I do know is that the patterns that Koker chose for the vehicle don't work. It seems that he didn't work on the positions of the patterns and decided to decorate the vehicle at any spot that contained enough space.
The other problem is the tinted windows. I can understand the tinting of side windows but tinting the windshield makes the driver's road view less visible. The project wasn't a bad effort, but Koker could've done better.
20 Rob Zombie
Danny Koker is a singer for a band and good friends with many popular rock stars, who made guest appearances on Counting Cars. One of those friends is Rob Zombie. When Koker and the team saw Rob Zombie's 1967 Ford F-100, they thought that it was plain and needed scary pictures.
If the owner of the F-100 was anybody but Rob Zombie, the custom job might have petrified them. The team decided to decorate the bonnet with pictures of characters that belong in a horror movie and painted the car brown.
Modifying a hearse can be a challenge considering the vehicles are supposed to transport caskets. That is the main purpose of a hearse, so trying to convert it into a muscle car won't work. When the Count's Kustoms guys saw this hearse, they wanted to make it look like a powerful machine.
One of the techniques they deployed was to have exhausts sticking out of the bonnet, as well as the engine. While that might work on classic muscle cars, it doesn't work on a hearse. Some modifications don't fit certain vehicle types.
18 Horn SmartCar
Regardless of what you do to modify the Smart car, you'll struggle to improve its aesthetics or performance. When you modify the Smart car, the only thing that you can expect is to make it look worse.
That is what Mike proved when he thought of painting his little car green. To make matters worse, he fitted horns on the front of the car and wrapped the vehicle with a picture of a demon. Although the car depicts Mike's personality and matches his looks, it doesn't mean that the job deserves praise.
If you've watched Counting Cars, you would've noticed Koker's affinity with covering cars with a flame pattern. Although that can work on muscle cars and other performance vehicles, it doesn't work on a bulky classic that trudges along the road, especially when the pattern is in light lime.
I think that the car would look better without the patterns, but if Koker insisted on it, then he should've limited the number of patterns on the vehicle. He shouldn't have covered the entire vehicle with patterns. Sometimes, less is more.
16 Retro Lowrider
When Koker and the guys got their hands on the 1958 Chevrolet Bel Air Impala, most people anticipated that they could restore the classic look of the vehicle and make it more alluring.
Nobody expected the car to look like a pimp-mobile after they finished. Koker and his team used a vast array of colors on the vehicle. Apart from making the car look like a rainbow, Count's Kustoms also lowered the suspension. With big cars such as the Impala, it's not always the best idea.
15 Horn Bike
I'll give you one guess as to who owns this bike. Regardless of what vehicle Mike modifies, he has to fit horns onto it; it's his trademark.
The modification makes sense since Mike is obsessed with horns, but you can go overboard with the modification by fitting too many horns. That is what Mike did with this motorbike. Besides the numerous horns on the front of the bike, Mike also fitted a horn at the back, as well as painting the bike green with skull pictures. I don't doubt that the bike will attract attention.
One of Koker's favorite paint jobs is to cover the car with flames. That might work on certain cars, but using that as inspiration on this 1935 Chevrolet wasn't the best idea. If Koker was after attention from onlookers, then he achieved his objective.
The only problem is that attention might not be the kind he was aiming to get. The blue car makes it look aqua and worthy of being a mascot car at an aquarium. The blue color might have worked had Koker not decorated the car with the white patterns.
13 Horn Bus
Mike was on a mission to fit every mode of transport with horns. Since fitting cars and motorbikes with horns weren't enough to please Mike, he thought that he would feel better after fitting horns onto a bus.
Staying true to his roots, Mike painted the bus green and covered it with eccentric patterns. Although the bus has two big horns on the front, Mike wanted to optimize the space on the bus, so he fitted horns along the entire roof. Something tells me that Mike didn't modify the bus for school kids...
When Hummer began producing civilian cars, the market was excited. The prospect of driving a big, muscular car would make the driver feel superior and grant him perks otherwise not available in a sedan.
When drivers got onto the road with the Hummer, they saw that it was too big for the lane, finding parking was a nightmare and fuel costs were exorbitant. That is the same thing that Koker did to this 1959 Cadillac Coupe Deville. The car is enormous and will provide more pain than pleasure.
11 Green Octopus Bike
Only one person from Koker's team could've been responsible for this design, Mike. The design has his name written all over it. The green color combined with the horns, as well as the low seat, indicate that the man was trying to plague the roads with his eccentric vehicles.
Fans who want to see the bike that I best describe as a green octopus can view it at Count's Kustoms showroom. The pictured drift trike is one of the oddest vehicles that I've seen, but that's the image Mike wanted to portray.
10 Mascot Van
Businesses have used vehicles to promote their products and services. The strategy works well, as the business name gets a lot of exposure to other road users. For the Count's Kustom business vehicle, Koker and the team decided to use green and purple colors, as well as green patterns across the vehicle.
The business van is a good representation of what customers can expect from their vehicle once Koker and the team completed the job. The car looks like a hearse, and Koker's choice in colors will light up the road.
9 Pink Chevrolet
Many car owners have wrapped their vehicles in pink, hoping that the car would look better. Even Paris Hilton, who wrapped her Bentley Continental pink, degraded the aesthetics of the car by choosing that color.
When Koker chose pink for this 1960 Chevrolet, he could've selected a better color. Considering the car is a classic, the pink color doesn't suit the vehicle nor any other car that I have seen that possesses the color. Maybe, pink shirts are acceptable but not cars.
8 Purple Rain
A car that suits almost any color is a Lamborghini. You can paint a Lamborghini green, and it will look lavish. Koker chose purple on white with this vehicle. The two colors could've made the vehicle look good had Count's Kustoms not chosen the patterns on the car. That was the deal breaker.
The white outlining on the wheels match the interior and the shiny bumper. Although Koker loves those patterns on a car, he should limit it to vehicles that it suits. This vehicle would've looked better without the patterns.
6 Purple Skeletons
The broad frame of the car makes it look like a luxury car from the 40s. I can picture this car looking great with a white or cream exterior. Perhaps, Count's Kustoms thought that those colors were too plain and wanted to make the vehicle stand out from the rest on the road.
They chose purple. To accentuate the vehicle's color further, they covered the bonnet with skeleton heads and patterns on the fender. This car looks elegant on the inside, as it provides comfort and space, but hardcore on the outside.
5 The Patriot
This project was well-intended but not executed well. The guys at Count's Kustoms wanted to produce a vehicle that conveyed the heritage of the country by joining halves of two cars. The result was a car called The Patriot.
Although the effort required a tremendous amount of skill and effort, the result was a car that looked different from both sides. Koker and guys used the car in the showroom to show patrons of what they're capable of achieving. The car is more for show than go.
4 Von Ryan Express
This ride has a resemblance to Mike's drift trike. Count's Customs wanted to showcase Ryan Evans' capabilities, so they let him design the drift trike. Evans thought that a great name for the drift trike would be Von Ryan Express, after the movie.
The design is original, but the ride might not be so comfortable considering the skeleton behind the low seat. The dark yellow was a good choice in colors, but the design can accommodate only a small rider.
3 Vampire Van
Koker and the team are adamant about decorating a vehicle with patterns to make it come alive. They chose to paint this van red and selected eccentric patterns across the body. The color choice wasn't bad, but the patterns leave a lot to the imagination. Several exhausts are sticking out from the side of the van, as well.
If the van belongs to a rock band, then the design might work, but if it's a regular Joe using it for business, then it might not be suitable. The team chose a great set of rims for the van.
2 Woodn't Work
The color and the design of this 1969 Cadillac that Koker chose made the car look as though the manufacturer used wood during production. The exterior of the body looks great, as the bright wood color makes the car look dashing. That was the part that they got right.
Why they wanted to lower the car all the way to the ground and fit exhausts on the side is beyond me. That is the only part of the car that doesn't make sense. Had they not dropped the car so much, it would've been impeccable.
1 Ford Galaxie
One of the Ford models that impressed the market was the Galaxie. The car was in production for sixteen years and competition to the high-volume, full-sized Chevrolet Impala. When Koker and his team got their hands on the 1963 classic, they chose to paint the color in maroon. That was a great choice.
The white wheels match the lavish exterior. The only mistake that Koker made with this car was lowering the suspension. By choosing that modification, he tried to make the Galaxie look like a performance car, as opposed to preserving its classic style.
Sources - LSX Magazine & Pinterest