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    Apr 28, 2010, 9:30 PM - Jurassic Park Jeep #1

    Been lurking here forever and I figured I'd finally share the story of my Jurassic Park Jeep....

    After three years of painting and slowly changing/adding parts to make it match the 1993 Sahara, here it is!











    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.

    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.

    I needed to turn this:


    into this:



    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.



    I painted it using screenshots from the Jurassic Park DVD, but since then there have been a number of Jeep builds from all over that used HD rips of the movie for better brand accuracy and color correction. When I built mine, I had to decide if the main color should be gray or a sort of champagne color. I opted for gray, eventually proving to be inaccurate, but which I became comfortable with in the end.

    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!


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


    Installed foglights, and took an ironic picture!


    Got seats from a 1992 Sahara and installed them.



    Mounted rollcage and cb antenna.



    Around this time I started scrambling to have the car ready to be on display at the Nan Desu Kan convention in Denver. I was working on making a set of props to go with the car, a makeshift pelican case and a weapons/survival kit like the one used in the movie. I bought an $8 gun case from wal-mart and filled it with deactivated grenades, signal flares, and a flashlight.



    I had a large InGen logo made and stuck on the gun case, and I also had a set of these made up, one of which ended up on the windshield as sort of an easter egg.


    On the day of the con, Shauna and Ben helped me mount the fender flares. I replaced the sun visors as well, now featuring InGen embelms. The jeep was finally 'complete'! Granted, I still have to attach the side steps, the windshield lightbar, and the front winch.



    On the way to the con I picked up my license plates from ActionSigns and a set of windshield wiper arms from Mike at NAPA. Upon arriving in Denver, I talked to the executive director of the convention and the head of security for the DTC Marriott. They gave me permission to put the jeep up on the grass and let me park the Ecto in front of the main entrance. Both cars were incredibly popular!



    My crown jewel of the con, getting the cars in a picture with this guy!


    Since then there have been many many more little adventures with this car...








    In Spring of 2009, I one again picked up the sander and drill to finish the work I began. I bought one lightbar for use with off-road lights, and made one to be accurate to how Jeep 18 looked. I also got around to getting the side steps painted.


    I decided to use the second lightbar for convention and wheeling season. I've slowly found that I dislike the height of the lightbar off the windshield, and I REALLY don't care for the awful whistling sound that comes from the bar and lights while driving over 50mph. I'll be painting and mounting the light-less bar this summer. Finally got around to installing the winch. I bought it before the HD version of the movie was created, and before the correct model was found by Cyrix. I opted to keep it, regarding it as one of those little details that no one but us builders and fanatics could ever grip about not being exactly correct.


























    With CKline's incredible JP employee costume!


    I pulled the interior a couple of weeks back and gave it a good long cleaning and scuffed it up for it's bi-annual application of herculiner. I try to make sure everything is clean and pretty on the cars every year, but last summer was spent building the new Ecto, and I completely neglected the Jeep. Once I had the liner on I touched up the paint on the ends of the rollcage, painted my center console forest green (the blue has just gotten too nasty and faded), and retouched the bumpers. Man what a difference a little touch-up work on the dings and scratches make for my perception of this Jeep!



    But I've created a dilemma in pulling everything out of the jeep. When I first got it, I drove it around town all summer long sans rollcage, with the windshield folded down. I fell in love with that go-kart, zero-blind spot sensation, and I felt I lost a little bit of it every time I added something to the jeep. Initially it was just the roll cage that bummed me out. Then the black soft top hardware, and the lightbar, followed by the lights. I felt like I was getting boxed in, and that my gloriously-simple topless vehicle was becoming just another ordinary car. Now that I have everything pulled, I DON'T WANT TO PUT IT BACK TOGETHER! lol



    The girls and I cruised downtown tonight, wearing WWII aviator goggles for a little experiment onto the highway (safety not guaranteed), but managing to drive slow enough the rest of the time to prevent discomfort from the wind.
    We rolled through the streets of downtown Denver with the cage gone, and the windshield folded down. Everyone lost their ******* minds. Maybe because the Jeep stood out more tonight. I don't know. All I know is that we got several hop-ons, a ton of pictures, people running out into traffic to risk giving the girls high-fives, and even a cop coming on the PA to tell us "there are no dinosaurs in the mall" as we crossed 16th Street. Jesus christ. Now I am debating risking life and limb to drive a wildly unsafe, and amazingly awesome, Jeep around town, putting off replacing all the rollcage parts as long as I can.... oh jesus.



    Yes,, I know I could add some tool boxes and a bloodied Jeff Goldblum for a decent #10 jeep

    Last weekend was StarFest, the big Colorado science fiction con. Despite a little rain, it was a great weekend!












    Clean interior is... pretty clean!






    Snapped by a member of the SomethingAwful forums and sent to me. Hilarious.


    I also found some time to get up to Boulder and drive into the mountains a bit.


    You can get super high-resolution pictures of my Jeep here - http://www.flickr.com/photos/7245611...7618143299472/
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    Apr 28, 2010, 9:36 PM - Re: Jurassic Park Jeep Wrangler #2

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    Apr 28, 2010, 9:40 PM - Re: Jurassic Park Jeep Wrangler #3

    That is pretty freaking cool!
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    Apr 28, 2010, 9:43 PM - Re: Jurassic Park Jeep Wrangler #4

    That is awesome. fantastic work!
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    Apr 28, 2010, 9:43 PM - Re: Jurassic Park Jeep Wrangler #5

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    Apr 28, 2010, 9:44 PM - Re: Jurassic Park Jeep Wrangler #6

    Hopefully this one doesn't break down in Ohio... It could... disappear.
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    Apr 28, 2010, 9:49 PM - Re: Jurassic Park Jeep Wrangler #7

    Kenobius said: View Post
    Hopefully this one doesn't break down in Ohio... It could... disappear.
    Definitely.
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    Apr 28, 2010, 9:54 PM - Re: Jurassic Park Jeep Wrangler #8


    Like MacArthur, we shall return!

    Nah, the only direction I'd ever take the jeep in for a road trip would be west. I would LOVE to take it up the PCH, but I haven't yet decided if the 30 hours spent driving through Nevada and Utah round trip would be worth it, blegh!
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    Apr 28, 2010, 9:58 PM - Re: Jurassic Park Jeep Wrangler #9

    You sure know how to make an entrance
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    Apr 28, 2010, 9:59 PM - Re: Jurassic Park Jeep Wrangler #10

    Boomerjinks said: View Post

    Like MacArthur, we shall return!

    Nah, the only direction I'd ever take the jeep in for a road trip would be west. I would LOVE to take it up the PCH, but I haven't yet decided if the 30 hours spent driving through Nevada and Utah round trip would be worth it, blegh!
    We took a Wrangler on a 15 hour road trip down south, was so worth it.
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    Apr 28, 2010, 10:00 PM - Re: Jurassic Park Jeep Wrangler #11

    That is freaking awesome!

    I love Jeeps to begin with, but you did a great job with that!
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    Apr 28, 2010, 10:09 PM - Re: Jurassic Park Jeep Wrangler #12

    There are no words to how awesome this thread is.

    I loved reading your history of building the car as well as the showcase of events that you listed. The work you put into this is amazing and a great entrance to the RPF.
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    Apr 28, 2010, 10:16 PM - Re: Jurassic Park Jeep Wrangler #13

    Being a Jeep owner myself I have to say that your JP Jeep is AWESOME!!! Great job on it!
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    Apr 28, 2010, 10:16 PM - Re: Jurassic Park Jeep Wrangler #14

    Really funny story about the color. It's sort of been the consensus of Jeep builders that the actual paint was closer to champagne or grey/gold. It was comforting to know that I wasn't the first person to make this mistake, as I soon found a slightly older build with a similar, albeit glossier, gray body.

    This thing lives in Arizona, I believe. The builder died some time ago and it's been passing between hands from time to time. What's hilarious (in an awful way that I feel smug/guilty about) is that, since pictures of my jeep are so wide-spread across the interwebs, almost every jeep builder since has used it for reference... and painted theirs grey, too!

    Cool rock climber idea!


    Teenager from Texas who used my SA thread for reference.


    This guy in Oregon did something similar, with an even lighter shade of gray.


    Here is one of the few Wranglers with a tan color scheme. One is in New York and is currently for sale on craigslist for $1500 (forgive me, I do not have the link).


    And then there is this guy in Florida, who has really gone the extra mile with his build.

    This guy has probably the closest color scheme to the original, visiting Universal Studios Islands of Adventure for measurements and references on the old screen-used No.10 Jeep. He bought real GoLights and made resin bumpers for them from scratch! He's also replicated the original winch decals from the IoA Jeep perfectly.

    This guy also managed to snap a shot of the dashboard for his reference pictures, which showed the VIN quite clearly. I just had to run a carfax on it...


    There are also guys out there who got the colors way off, like this guy in Oklahoma (who also owns a K.I.T.T. and a semi-accurate Ecto-1)


    And this thing from Ontario


    And still others from North Carolina...


    I *think* Rhode Island...


    and British Columbia....
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    Apr 28, 2010, 10:17 PM - Re: Jurassic Park Jeep Wrangler #15

    How much did it cost altogether and how the hell do you afford all those cars?
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    Apr 28, 2010, 10:20 PM - Re: Jurassic Park Jeep Wrangler #16

    I'd say from start to finish I've spent about $3000 on the Jeep. The only other movie car that's mine is the modernized "touring" Ecto. The others belong to some friends that live in the Denver area.
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    Apr 28, 2010, 10:26 PM - Re: Jurassic Park Jeep Wrangler #17

    Boomerjinks said: View Post
    Eyebrows.
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    Apr 28, 2010, 10:28 PM - Re: Jurassic Park Jeep Wrangler #18

    Metallijosh said: View Post
    Eyebrows.
    The car is so fast they flew right off!
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    Apr 28, 2010, 10:34 PM - Re: Jurassic Park Jeep Wrangler #19

    Boomerjinks said: View Post
    The car is so fast they flew right off!
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    Apr 28, 2010, 10:34 PM - Re: Jurassic Park Jeep Wrangler #20

    It's beautiful! Amazing work!!!
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    Apr 28, 2010, 10:39 PM - Re: Jurassic Park Jeep Wrangler #21

    Awesome!
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    Apr 28, 2010, 10:47 PM - Re: Jurassic Park Jeep Wrangler #22

    As kid...I begged my parents to buy a jeep and do this.

    They told me there were copyright laws to prevent that.

    They lied to me!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!




    (That's a true story. )
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    Apr 28, 2010, 10:54 PM - Re: Jurassic Park Jeep Wrangler #23

    Very impressive!

    What sort of awesome keyring does one use for such an awesome car's keys?
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    Apr 28, 2010, 10:57 PM - Re: Jurassic Park Jeep Wrangler #24

    Thoroughly awesome. Movie car threads are a blast!

    Thanks for sharing!
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    Apr 28, 2010, 11:14 PM - Re: Jurassic Park Jeep Wrangler #25

    always loved your jp jeep boomer, everytime I see it , it makes me want one

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