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Steve Darnell is an American mechanical engineer turned television star known for his popular reality television series titled Vegas Rat Rods. The show which features the Welder Up Crew headed by Darnell aired on the Discovery channel. The crew is known for customizing old vehicles for their customers as well as other types of equipment. This article seeks to explore the life and other fascinating facts about the TV celebrity.
Biography Of Steve Darnell
Steve Darnell was born in Billings, Montana in the United States of America. He was raised alongside his sister, Madison King, by his parents. He had his basic education at Castle Rock Middle School and Skyview High School. While in high school, he was a member of the school’s wrestling team but later on, Darnell found what he was really good at and that was operating machines. He decided to venture into a Welder Up business following his talent and love for anything mechanics. He started up at first with fixing and repairing of heavy machinery as well as agricultural implements for ranchers.
It is interesting to know that Darnell is credited with developing a twin-turbocharged rod using non-traditional means by replacing the engine of a Dodge Sedan with a diesel engine from a Pickup truck of the same brand. His accomplishments in designing the hot rod got him wide fame and popularity. It also gave birth to a new hot rod building venture. Moreso, Steve Darnell officially set up The Welder Up crew in Las Vegas, California and its members include Darnell, Justin Kramer, Merlon Johnson, Travis Deeter, Grant, Dan, Barber Dave, and Cheyenne. The job description of the crew is to fulfill whatever demands their customers require of them such as hot rod building and various machines refurbishment. They also fixed cars, bicycles and other equipment that needs fixing.
The machine expert started out without the prospects of becoming a TV personality but as fate would have it, he, alongside a production company based in Canada, birthed the idea which became what we now know as Vegas Rat Rods. Darnell’s show began airing on Discovery Channel in Canada and then kick-started broadcasting in America shortly after that. The TV show began as an instant hit in 2014 and ran for four seasons with the latest coming out in November 2018.
Steve Darnell is now a highly sought after mechanical engineer having gained multiple skills and experience over time. He has ventured from fixing of vehicles into vehicle customization, charging large rates for his services. The TV star has also done other commercial gigs including designing the prop for the music video of House of the Rising Sun by Five Finger Death Punch which came out in 2013.
6 Facts To Know About The Reality TV Star, Steve Darnell
1. Steve Darnell’s Birthdate is 1st of December
The reality TV star celebrates his birthdays on the first day of December every year. However, the precise year Steve Darnell was born remains unknown as he is yet to share the information.
2. Darnell’s Ethnicity
It is known that Steve Darnell is an American national but when it comes to his ethnicity, there are widespread speculations that he is of multiple ethnicities. However, the celebrity figure has not shed light on the issue which leaves us to make do with the speculations about his background.
3. His Sexuality Has Been Questioned
The sexuality of the American born engineer is always a topic for discussion across many fronts. The question of whether he is gay or straight has risen on countless occasions mainly due to the fact that identity of whoever he has earlier been in a relationship with and that of his wife has remained under wraps. Nevertheless, despite the rumors, it is assumed that Steve Darnell is not a gay man.
4. Darnell Has Two Sons
The TV star is a father of two kids, sons named Chase and Kash. However, we are yet to unravel the identity of the said spouse as Darnell has kept that information out of the reach of the public.
5. He Has An Impressive Net Worth
Following a successful career in the vehicle customization and rod business, Steve Darnell has amassed quite a considerable amount of fortune from it. He is known to charge between $80k and $100k for car customization and building. Although his total net worth is not currently known as he has not made it public, some sources have, however, gone on to still place his wealth at an estimate of $13 million.
6. Body Measurements
The body measurements of the TV star are largely unknown but from his appearance, Darnell is likely 6 feet tall. He also possesses a good body build and physique.