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Boomerjinks
Jan 31, 2007


Long story. Bear with me.

Back in 2005 at a midnight showing of Ghostbusters, I started joking to my friend Will about how funny it would be to run out of a place like the Stanley Hotel or some large building in ghostbuster uniforms, carrying smoking ghost traps, handing the manager a bill for $5000, and running away. Of course, we'd record the whole thing and put it on the internet. Will laughed and said he knew how to build proton packs. I owned a white Subaru Outback at the time and I told him that if he built the packs, I'd convert my car.

Flash forward nearly a year.

My friends Austin and Will and I are talking about doing something spectacular for Halloween. We decide to go with the Ghostbusters idea. In June I start researching lightbar laws, construction costs, and ways to convert my car temporarily, with nothing permanent.

By September 22 I have completed the first iteration of my Ectomobile. We roll it out and people start going crazy. It's on the cover of the local newspaper, radio djs are trying to find out who we are, and the general public thinks we're real ghostbusters. I decide to keep the car, as it's ridiculously popular and enjoyed wherever it goes.

Flash forward to this spring. My buddy Ben is driving around his uncles 1970s Land Rover, and I suddenly realize I have a strong desire for and open-top, 4-wheel drive car. It occurs to me that if I buy a jeep, I could easily repaint it as one of the Jurassic Park jeeps, thus restarting the cycle and creating a new movie car for the masses to drool over. Not only that, but I could sell this car at a later date and make bank.

And so the story begins.

In June I started searching ebay, craigslist, cars.com, and many other sites for 1990s-era jeep Wrangler. I find a white 1990 for about $4000.


All I had to do was swap out the rollcage for the right shape, bolt on the correct side steps, replace the wheels, seats, and repaint it.

In early July we start stripping the paint, pulling the car apart, and prepping it to be repainted.


We eventually took it all the way down to bare metal. I am guessing that one of the previous owners had rolled the jeep because there was extensive body damage to both sides, both rear corners, and the original color of the drivers door was actually red. We had to pull out all the bad body work and re-bondo everything.




Masking for the stripes...


Striped!

Replaced the windshield, pulled out all the carpet and rhino-coated the entire interior, that way I can just hose it out whenever I want.



Refinished the front bumper and attached the corner horns.


Restored and painted the side mirrors.


Replaced every light, lense, hinge, bolt, grill, and rubber seal on the car.



Found a rollcage at a Denver junkyard that would fit.


Found sidesteps at the same junkyard


Sold off the old tires and rims, and replaced them with stock wheels and brand-new BF Goodrich tires.




Mounted spare tire and restored rear bumper and undercarriage.


Ordered graphics... lots of graphics!


Replaced the old interior speakers... good lord they were gross.



Applied graphics. The side 18s were originally reflective, I have since had them replaced with decals that are a flat gray.


With the Ecto at night.


Installed foglights, and took an ironic picture!


Got seats from a 1992 Sahara and installed them.




Internet meme, anyone?


Mounted rollcage and cb antenna.




I am currently scrambling to have both cars show-ready for an anime/sci-fi convention tomorrow. I still have to attach the fender flares, and finish building my props. The props that go with the car include some yellow pelican cargo cases with JP and InGen logos on them, my Park Ranger shirt, and my weapons case.


I still need to put the smoke grenades in there, and put the giant InGen logo on the outside of the case.

I'll also have a small one of these in the corner of the windshield.


I am hoping to have the license plates ready by tomorrow, which look like this.


Bits that I'll have to take car of at a later date include the windshield lightbar, the sidesteps (those are gonna be a pain in the rear end), the winch, and the softtop mounts.



Thoughts?

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Nyght
Dec 6, 2004

"I'm about to infect you with the back of my hand."

This is glorious. I'd like to see pictures of the Ghostbusters set up if you still have any to post.

edit. Clarification. Not just the car. But everyone in their costumes freaking people out.

dev null
Sep 3, 2003

ctOS actual


That is totally random and totally awesome.

NWO
Oct 2, 2005

Press butan for porn

That is fantastic.

Anosmoman
Jun 15, 2006



This is incredible. I hope you stage some amazing happenings in these vehicles.

Also:

Flynn Taggart
Jan 20, 2006



I think I would pretty much have a non stop boner driving that thing.

Three-Phase
Aug 5, 2006

Turbine trip
Reactor trip

Ultra, ultra awesome. That is so drat cool.

Rusty Box
Jul 5, 2007


That is loving awesome.

Vintersorg
Mar 3, 2004



I thought this was going to be the green/yellow ones but this is just as good.

Nice work!

Pen Expers
May 3, 2006

Nice Legs... for a human


Both of those vehicles are awesome. You're awesome.

chinchirra
Feb 27, 2004

With the steel to make you feel like chinchilla in the heat

Hi again FCGBs!!

Wingnut Ninja
Jan 11, 2003

Mostly Harmless


Holy poo poo. The Jurassic Park theme music started playing in my head halfway through those photos. It looks fantastic.

Straws
May 16, 2004



Wow. That is loving awesome. I dont even know what to say other than nice work.

Hotdog Farmer
Sep 12, 2005

But seriously, grow some balls.

I swear I saw that ghostbusters car in Ft. Collins when I lived there.. did I?

Ravyn
May 8, 2002

A journey never truly has an end...


Wow, that is fantastically done! Bravo on this and the Ectomobile. You've got a real knack for reproduction.

Boomerjinks
Jan 31, 2007


Vintersorg posted:

I thought this was going to be the green/yellow ones but this is just as good.

Yeah, those are the Ford Explorers. Don't get me wrong, a 15-year old SUV was mighty appealing, but I opted for the open-top, kick rear end, pure FUN of a jeep.

The Fords would be cool, and I've seen some people make them before. Sometimes not using an explorer.

Like this


May be a lame car, but the work and talent needed to make it look like THAT win my vote!

Thanks, guys!

Boomerjinks fucked around with this message at Sep 14, 2007 around 00:55

El Bandito
Jan 28, 2003

E Monkey Porkchop McMutz!

Haha, my roommate and I saw you guys driving around the fort a few weeks ago. We yelled and you guys waved. I had no idea you guys were goons.

Great Job!

Wingnut Ninja
Jan 11, 2003

Mostly Harmless


The best part is reading halfway down, thinking "yeah, it looks okay, but it really needs the logo on it". And then you bust out the logos.

RaRRRR
Oct 23, 2003



Thats pretty good dude. You need a winch tho.

Toothy
Jan 30, 2006

There's treasure everywhere!

YES! Fantastic job recreating an icon from my favorite movie of all time!

Your next project:


beaten by the op :P

lo-rez
Aug 15, 2000
Arm yourself when the Frog God smiles.

You spared no expense.

Pretty awesome.

Luigi Thirty
Apr 30, 2006

Emergency confection port.


I wish I had a car like that. Nice job on the Jeep and Ectomobile.

Boomerjinks
Jan 31, 2007


RaRRRR posted:

You need a winch tho.

Actually, the plan was originally to create some sort of sound system and disguise it as the winch on the front bumper. With this we would blast different dinosaur roars out in front of the car, akin to how the sound system in the Ecto's roofrack play the siren and music.

jacktsu
Mar 4, 2007
no way?

I want a jeep now

utahsaint
Jan 17, 2004

DMX Near... DMX Far...



This is goddamned awesome. Seconding series of Ectomobile pics.

Herr Corrector
Jun 7, 2004

In the long run we're all dead.

It's been said many times before, but that's awesome.

RaRRRR
Oct 23, 2003



Boomerjinks posted:

Actually, the plan was originally to create some sort of sound system and disguise it as the winch on the front bumper. With this we would blast different dinosaur roars out in front of the car, akin to how the sound system in the Ecto's roofrack play the siren and music.

You are a goddamn genius.

Anyway, when fun meets its end of life in that thing, you need to lift the gently caress out of it and go mudding or rock climbing in it. Then youll NEED the winch.

Wingnut Ninja
Jan 11, 2003

Mostly Harmless


Boomerjinks posted:

the sound system in the Ecto's roofrack play the siren and music.

Have you ever gotten pulled over for being too loving awesome?

SyHopeful
Jun 24, 2007
May an IDF soldier mistakenly gun down my own parents and face no repercussions i'd totally be cool with it cuz accidents are unavoidable in a low-intensity conflict, man

Very nice. I have a Jurassic Park shotgun to complete the look

Boomerjinks
Jan 31, 2007


Toothy posted:

Your next project:

I'd actually like to make this:



That's a photoshop I made of a 1985 Nissan 300ZX. They go for around $1500 these days. The cool thing about the nissan is that it's a t-top, so if you have a friend who can weld, gull-wing doors are only a $400 kit away. And lots and lots of labor, of course.

Xenomrph
Dec 9, 2005

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Holy god. When I have lots of surplus time and money, I'm going to do that.

Edit-- as for a Time Machine, I remember your thread about the Ghostbusters car where you'd brought up the idea of doing a Nissan. I said it then, and I'll say it again: if you're not building it out of a 1981 DeLorean, you're not actually building a Time Machine.

Corridor
Oct 19, 2006



I don't remember the JP jeeps looking like this. Seriously, this is awesome, I'm grinning like an idiot, but are they from a specific part of the film that I've totally forgotten?

Verloc
Feb 15, 2001

Note to self: Posting 'lulz' is not a good idea.

Hotdog Farmer posted:

I swear I saw that ghostbusters car in Ft. Collins when I lived there.. did I?
You're not the only one. I was like 'oh hay, cool' over the jeep, then he posted pics with the ectomobile and I was all ' it's the same guy who's got the ecto-1!' (PS if you look close, there's a shot of the JP jeep in front of foothills mall's edit: south entrance, and the nightshot of the JP jeep and the ectomobile look like they were taken in the Moby parking lot)

Verloc fucked around with this message at Sep 14, 2007 around 01:10

Stage Beans
May 15, 2007
Mountebank

Boomerjinks of the FC Ghostbusters. I should have thought you were a goon!

You guys think the pictures of these things are rad, you should try hanging out downtown and watching the Ectomobile cruise by you with no warning. It blew my mind.

Xenomrph
Dec 9, 2005

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Corridor posted:

I don't remember the JP jeeps looking like this. Seriously, this is awesome, I'm grinning like an idiot, but are they from a specific part of the film that I've totally forgotten?
2 specific scenes, really - when everyone first sees the Brachiosaurs, and then later when the T-rex chases one through the jungle at night, and it loses a windshield to a low tree branch.

Nocheez
Sep 5, 2000
Because your old avatar was way too big and sucked pretty hard
:I


Corridor posted:

I don't remember the JP jeeps looking like this. Seriously, this is awesome, I'm grinning like an idiot, but are they from a specific part of the film that I've totally forgotten?

You're thinking of the Explorers, which were electrical and tied to a track that ran around the park. The Jeeps were the gas-powered vehicles, used at the beginning (READ THE ENTIRE OP!) and to escape from the T-Rex after Malcolm was injured.

completely deck
Jun 6, 2004

by Fragmaster


Boomerjinks posted:

I'd actually like to make this:



That's a photoshop I made of a 1985 Nissan 300ZX. They go for around $1500 these days. The cool thing about the nissan is that it's a t-top, so if you have a friend who can weld, gull-wing doors are only a $400 kit away. And lots and lots of labor, of course.

Dear God this would be amazing.

Fantastic work on the Jurassic Park car.

Thunderchops
May 27, 2005
Both how I'm livin' and my nose is large.

This is the best new thread I've seen in a while. Great stuff OP.

Ru
Mar 25, 2005


This is loving great!

More pics of the Ectomobile please.

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Kyle Hyde
Jul 6, 2005

"It's a good gang, isn't it?"



Simply amazing. nthing a request for more pictures of the ecto1 as well

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