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The types of vehicles Stacey works on range from off-road four wheel drives to hot rod street trucks to around the woods all-terrain vehicles -- or just about anything else that has an engine and some way to steer it. There are rumors that he's pretty good on the guitar as well. At one point, Stacey even played professionally so that he could finance his projects.
Stacey David was born and raised in Boise, Idaho. He earned his reputation in the hot rod club driving a 1930 5 Window Coupe to school every day. David has had a fascination for motor vehicles for as long as he can remember.
By installing 440cc snowmobile engines, he was able to make his go-karts lightning fast even before he was a teenager. At the age of twelve, he did his first restore on his sister's 1963 Volkswagen Beetle. However, it was his father's flat fender Willys Jeep that became the precursor to his passion for Four Wheel Drive and off-roading.
During his college days at Boise State University, he spent the time that would have otherwise been spent in a "boring" Biology class learning how to race at the local tracks. While there, he absorbed everything he could about racing legends such as Richard Petty, Don Garlits, and Carroll Shelby. Stacey's desire to own and drive a completely unique vehicle led him to the best way (in his opinion) to achieve this goal - to build it yourself. In order to fulfill that goal, he became a student of legendary hot-rodders (custom car builders) George Barris, John Buttera and Darryl Starbird.
With those skills now in hand, Stacey went to Nashville and opened up his own custom car shop named "Rattletrap." He continued to build his reputation by working on whatever happened to be pushed, pulled, or dragged into his shop. The services the "Rattletrap" offered included engine building, custom paint, fabrication, and more.
Stacey's career took a turn to TV land when, in the late 1990s, he was offered a position to host the TV series Trucks!. Eager to seize the opportunity, Stacey joined Mel Fair to host the show beginning in its 1999 season. In 2000, however, Fair left the show and Stacey remained the only host.
During the eight years he was the host of Trucks!, the show became one of the highest rated shows on Spike TV's weekend lineup partially because Stacey both designed and built his own projects, unlike many other shows during the same time frame. The show maintained the highest viewership of any automotive how-to television show throughout the years Stacey hosted Trucks!.
Stacey continued to host and produce the show until the end of the 2005 season, when he chose to pursue, in his own words, "other opportunities". On March 31, 2007—and a bit before that for his loyal fan base—the meaning of "other opportunities" was revealed as a new show called “Stacey David’s GearZ”, airing on ESPN2.
Stacey got in a car accident and got hit so hard it blew his ears off. When the Dr's removed the bandages after surgery they gasped and stepped back. Immediately the head surgeon wrote him a prescription for a special medical hair cut. Stacy went out and got the prescription filled and the rest is history. Stacey attributes much of his success to this incident and and the wonderful surgeon that prescribed such an awesome hair cut. To this day Stacey still goes in every 12 days to get his medical hair doo touched up.