Tank Overhaul invites you into a world where military enthusiasts, collectors, and restorers combine their know-how with 21st Century technology to restore the greatest battle tanks of all time. From the original salvage, to the rebuilding process, to the history behind the innovations that made each machine great, watch as tanks worldwide are rebuilt to their former glory.
The Centurion - Fast, smart, and deadly, the British-designed Centurion is one of the greatest tanks of all time. A champion in Korea against the Chinese Red Army, virtually every army in NATO wanted one, and armies in South Africa and Israel are still using it. Even today, Centurion innovations live on modern tanks. Here you will meet two crews working on Centurions. The first crew volunteers at the vast Imperial War Museum Duxford in England. They have all the time, spare parts, and manpower they need. The second crew toils in a small museum in Oshawa, Canada. Relying on volunteer energy and minuscule budgets, they are aiming to get their Centurion finished in ten years.
The BMP - Unveiled in the mid-1960s, the Soviet BMP was the world's very first infantry fighting vehicle - a brand new concept for the modern nuclear battlefield. The BMP was designed to protect soldiers from radioactive fallout, and allow them to fight from within the vehicle. But, the BMP never fought a nuclear war. Instead, it fought conventional wars in the Middle East where it was outclassed by its vastly superior American counterpart, the M2 Bradley. Greg Taylor is one of the world's most experienced tank restoration experts. He has spent years attempting to get a BMP brought into his backyard in the Nevada desert. But, he has got an impossible mission on his hands - rebuild a Cold War vehicle without enough money or time, and with only part-time help from his friends on weekends. The brutal mission pushes Greg to his breaking point.