Tom Smith is not your typical mechanic. He is also a comedian, and a TV personality who has been obsessed with cars since he was a child. He has worked on various projects and challenges throughout his life, from television towers to hot rods. However, his biggest challenge came when he was fired from Gas Monkey Garage, the custom car shop featured on the Discovery Channel show Fast N’ Loud. Instead of giving up, he decided to start his own business with three other master mechanics who had also done business with Gas Monkey Garage. Together, they formed Misfit Garage, a garage full of misfits who share a passion for cars and a sense of humor. In this article, we will explore Tom’s journey, his achievements, his struggles, and his personality.
The Car Guy
Date of birth
Place of birth
Two from a previous marriage
High school graduate
Mechanic, comedian, TV personality
A 1957 Chevy Bel Air that he bought for $25 when he was 10 years old
Inventing a kill switch for the television towers, including Tower 2 of the World Trade Center
Being fired from Gas Monkey Garage and starting his own business with his former co-workers
Crashing into a police car when he was driving without a license as a kid
To own a garage named F&U, which stands for Fired Up or something else depending on his mood
The 64 Thunderbolt and the 65 Shelby Cobra
His grandmother, who raised him when he was 12 years old and taught him how to be responsible and respectful
Tom Smith was born in Ohio but later moved to Georgia, where he spent much of his early days. As a young kid, Tom loved tearing things apart and putting them back together. While he often failed at putting things back together, he was not the one to be discouraged. Even at a young age, Tom was a man of many talents. He attended a local high school in Georgia and was placed third at the state spelling bee championship.
Making trouble from a young age
As you would have probably guessed by now, Tom was not an obedient kid. He liked to have his ways and would often land himself into trouble. As a young kid, Tom worked with his uncle at the family garage. When he was around 10 years of age, Tom decided to go for a ride 74 Pontiac Grandville. And as you would expect, Tom was pulled over by the cops for a case of joyriding. But instead of stopping the car and pulling over, Tom crashed into the cop’s car. And while nothing serious happened, Tom did receive some old fashioned spanking when he got home.
Finding his ways
When Tom was 12 years of age, he moved with his grandmother and helped her with the chores. After graduating high school, he returned to Ohio and started an auto shop in a shady part of town. By the time, Tom was already married and had a kid. His ex-wife was going to nursing school and the child was sent to daycare.
After moving for a few years working on television towers, Tom arrived at Texas and started working on hot rods for four years for Driver’s Edge. Over the years, Tom developed his skills as a mechanic and is known for his drivability. He is constantly looking to up the game with each work. While Tom has worked on all kinds of cars throughout his life, his dream cars the 64 Thunderbolt and the 65 Shelby Cobra.
Tom Smith’s Misfit Garage is a reality show that follows the adventures and challenges of a group of mechanics who run their own custom car shop in Texas. The show is a spin-off of Fast N’ Loud, another reality show that features Gas Monkey Garage, a rival car shop owned by Richard Rawlings. Tom Smith used to work for Gas Monkey Garage, but he was fired along with Jordan Butler for unknown reasons. They decided to team up with Thomas Weeks and Scot McMillan, who had also done business with Gas Monkey Garage, and start their own company, Fired Up Garage. Together, they formed Misfit Garage.
The show premiered on October 13, 2014 on the Discovery Channel. It has aired six seasons so far, with the last episode airing on May 30, 2018. The show features the misfits working on various projects, such as restoring classic cars, building custom vehicles, and participating in car auctions and races. The show also showcases the misfits’ personal lives, their relationships with each other, and their interactions with other car enthusiasts and celebrities. The show is known for its drama, comedy, and action, as well as its educational and inspirational aspects.
Life Beyond Cars
As Tom likes to put it, he drives Junk because if he were to drive a Ferrari, he would want to see how fast it goes. When he is not in the hood of a car, Tom is hunting in the wild. He is also a fan of Pro Bass Fishing and has also done some amateur stand-ups on the side. Even though Tom is now single, he was once married to Deanna Whetsell. The pair have shared little information about themselves and details on their children are a complete mystery.
About 6 feet tall
About 200 pounds
Brown with some gray streaks
Short and spiky, sometimes with a bandana or a hat
A goatee or a stubble
Fair with some freckles
A few on his arms and chest, including a skull, a cross, and a car
Sometimes wears sunglasses or reading glasses
Casual and comfortable, usually wears jeans, t-shirts, jackets, and boots
Often wears a watch, a necklace, a ring, and a belt buckle
Tom Smith FAQs
Does Tom Smith have children?
Yes, he has two children from a previous marriage.
Is Tom Smith from Ohio?
Did Tom Smith work at Gas Monkey Garage?
Was Tom Smith fired from Gas Monkey Garage?
Yes, he was fired from Gas Monkey Garage along with Jordan Butler for unknown reasons.
Did Tom Smith start Misfit Garage?
Yes, he started Misfit Garage with Jordan Butler, Thomas Weeks, and Scot McMillan.
Is Tom Smith still on Misfit Garage?
No, he left Misfit Garage after season 6 in 2018.
Is Tom Smith a comedian?
Yes, he is known for his humor and his one-liners on the show.
What is Tom Smith’s net worth?
His net worth is estimated at $500,000 as of 2023.
What is Tom Smith’s role model?
His role model is Carl Parsons, a master mechanic who taught him how to get the most out of an engine.
What is Tom Smith’s biggest pet peeve?
His biggest pet peeve is people who don’t appreciate cars or music.
What is Tom Smith’s biggest strength?
His biggest strength is his humor and his one-liners that make people laugh and lighten up the mood.
What is Tom Smith’s biggest weakness?
His biggest weakness is his impulsiveness and his tendency to get into trouble sometimes.