“My life was all cars,” says Jeff Miller, a car and truck enthusiast.
“That was my life.
My friends called me a ‘stupid car’ for being so into cars.
Now, I’m a weird car guy.”
Miller, who started building cars in 2006, is known for the beat-up, beat-down, beat up, beat cars that he built in his garage.
“I built the Chevy Impala,” he says, pointing to a rusty box-y box sitting next to a battered-looking Hummer.
“My dad was a mechanic, so we had a carpenter, so it had to be made.”
Miller says his father and his mother would build him a beat-to-the-nose, beat car.
The beat-and-mortar mentality was born in a garage that was often a war zone, Miller says.
“You’re always fighting for something you don’t have, and that’s kind of where it comes from,” he explains.
“If you’re not going out there and fighting, you’re going to lose your life.
You’re not gonna have anything left.”
After his father died, Miller took a job as a mechanic in Florida and quickly became addicted to the beat.
“A lot of my friends who had been around a lot of beat-ups or cars, they would have been like, ‘That’s what you get for beating up your own car,'” he says.
Miller was a beat car guy himself for a while, until he got a job in the insurance industry.
“The first thing I realized when I started my insurance career was I was gonna have to get beat up a lot,” he recalls.
“We were in the field.
You have to hit the gas, you have to drive a lot.
And we hit it.
I was going to go to the movies, I was playing a video game. “
So I did what I do,” he adds, “I had to get hit.
I was going to go to the movies, I was playing a video game.
I wasn’t gonna have any fun.
So I got hit in the head and the head wound up in my neck.”
The car Miller built is now sitting on his garage’s curb.
Miller has become a kind of legend in the beat car world, thanks to a series of cars he built, some of which are on the market for over $200,000.
Miller says that he started making cars in 2009.
He bought the Hummer in 2006 and rebuilt it over the years, eventually buying a 2009 Ford F-150 pickup truck and building his own Chevy Impalas.
“It’s been amazing to see all the cars go from one end to the other,” he remembers.
“Now, I can go around with this old truck, I don’t even have to go out and buy a new one.”
Miller said he made a few other beat cars, too.
“There were two different versions of that car, both were made for a different guy,” he tells Wired.
“One was a red Chevy, which was a different person, and the other was a white one.”
That white Impala, Miller said, had the original engine.
Miller built a couple of different beat cars in his spare time, including one with a red engine, another with a yellow engine, and one with an orange engine.
“When I got it, it was like I just found my god, that I could do it,” he said.
“At the time, I didn’t have a job, I had no friends.
I didn-I had no idea how to get money.
I just had a lot on the line.
I got lucky.”
Miller also built two other beat-car versions, the original and the “super beat-er.”
The beat car that Miller built, the Impala 4, had a red and white interior, with a silver roof and “all the bells and whistles.”
Miller’s last beat car, the 2013 Chevy Camaro ZL1, had an orange interior, and he says it was the only one that survived the beat of its life.
“People ask me, ‘Why did you build that?’
I just love it,” Miller said.