Terminator 2 T1000 police car build FINISHED

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t1000

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Very impressive recreation of that patrol car!- when I saw the thread title I figured it would be a model kit with perhaps some action damage. Seeing a full sized prop I can only imagine the effort and expense it took to do it so well.

Thanks so much for the comment Richard Baker. Yes, it nearly killed me. It was so much work, it was ridiculous. I love the car though.
 

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The Terminator

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You're welcome :)
I swapped the aftermarket muffler that was on mine when I bought it, and kept them on until I found the correct mufflers.
Photo of mine:
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It's my first and last bike. Unless I buy an identical one lol
Note the wrong handle grips on mine. I have since purchased the black oem ones. Not the easiest thing to try and find the correct parts when A: research. B: I don't know much about bikes and "bike terminology" in general. C: Quite difficult to find parts online. D: English being my second language, so there is that too.

Pics of the correct bag with the correct buckles:
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I didn't imply *you* needed to remove your indicators, only that they were removed for the film :p
We have the same law here in Sweden so, my bike also has them.
It's still a fantastic bike AND car! ;)


Hi The Terminator. Thanks for your reply...

Well, mine aren't stock mufflers. I've owned several Harleys over 25 years, and I know that stock factory Harley pipes sounded like a Vespa scooter! They were visibly thicker in the circumference of the muffler too, and heavier than aftermarket ones. Mine are not stock that's for sure. Sure, there's no writing on mine, but they are straight through pipes, no baffles. Not stock! Nobody keeps stock mufflers on Harleys. Nobody I know anyway, and I actually haven't seen genuine original factory pipes on a 90s Fatboy for many years. Not since my old one anyway. My very first Fatboy I ever owned (I've owned a few) still had stock pipes on it when I picked it up, and I'm not kidding you, it was VERY quite. They were original Harley Davidson factory pipes, just so they complied with noise and road rules when sold around the world. I removed them and put aftermarket ones on, then sold it a few years later. There were 5 bikes used in total in T2, with one being slightly worked to make it a little faster for the truck canal scene (carburetor work, aftermarket pipes, etc), otherwise the other 4 Fatboys were standard. I know this, as I have had direct discussions with the stunt people from the set about the most trivial details. I even know the VIN number of the last one sold at auction in 2018 for $480,000 USD!

Yes I know that Fatboy in 1990 only came in one colour. They were not grey though as you stated. They were silver. Silver and orange markings to be precise. Rare and collectable today. I wasn't really referring to colour availability however, I was just simply stating that the Fatboy remained basically unchanged during the 1990s. That's all I meant.

Regarding the saddlebags. Forget the buckles for a moment, Willie G released TWO VERY VERY similar bags back in the day (I'm STILL talking about the bags here, not the buckles on them). They were called Willie G slant bags (slanted, so they cleared the high pipe. ONE version was for Fatboys. A SECOND version were for Heritage Softails. These were chrome studded, and didn't have the perforated leather insert in the lid like the Fatboy ones. Essentially though, they were the same bag. The buckles ap appear to have been slimmed down, but they were the only changes. That's all I can tell you.

Indicators. Yes, I need those to get my bike registered. I have left my original Harley Davidson ones on there. Its law here. To be technical, they also disconnected the tail light (or just took the bulb out) during filming. Not ONCE do you see the rear brake light come on when he's hitting the brakes. So should we disconnect ours too, to make it movie correct? Not wise.

That small oil pipe near the air cleaner? Yeah early models had a re-breather going into the air cleaner from memory. They've obviously rectified the oiling issue after 92.

Anyways...I really only posted up my full story of my T1000 cop car project for all to see and enjoy, I didn't want RPF to turn into a motorcycle forum. The cop car was my main thread post here. It was only my bike however that must have caught your eye huh? I only threw the bike pics up just in addition to the car. Kinda didn't expect chat about buckles and a chrome tube.....but I guess to be fair, thats RPF, and thats what we are all here for.

Lastly, please let us know when your own bike is ready, and you are prepared to post up photos of it so we can all see it. I mean absoulutely no sarcasm here whatsoever, but I have a very sharp eye for motorcycles and movies, so I look forward to seeing your efforts with your Fatboy.

Cheers and thanks for the message

T1000
 

t1000

New Member
That's a beautiful Fatboy you've got there!!! Look after her! I love the Terminator skull sitting on the seat. Nice touch. I see the bag buckles. They must have produced 2 different styles through 2 different suppliers.

Keep the Terminator passion alive. Stay tuned on more Terminator projects underway!

T1000
 

The Terminator

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That's a beautiful Fatboy you've got there!!! Look after her! I love the Terminator skull sitting on the seat. Nice touch. I see the bag buckles. They must have produced 2 different styles through 2 different suppliers.

Keep the Terminator passion alive. Stay tuned on more Terminator projects underway!

T1000

I got lucky, I'm the third owner.
I'm in my thirties and have no plans of selling it. So, I will definitely be taking care of it.

Regarding the bags, no idea honestly. I just know that after I bought mine I realized the buckles were different in the film. Purchased buckles from a guy on ebay. Turns out they don't fit my bags. Been looking for the different bag now for about two years. :(

Staying tuned! :)
 

Banzai88

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It's a sight to behold, that's for sure!! Everyone does the whole mouth open, WTF look on their face

Is it legal to drive a police car in OZ? Even if it's from another country? And what about all the MFP Pursuit and Interceptors?
 

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Riceball

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What I find interesting about the car is the lack of a divider between the front and rear seats. At first, I thought that it was something that you might have missed but once I looked through the screen caps you posted I could tell that the screen used version didn't have it either. Interesting little detail that the filmmakers missed and something, if I were to try to replicate this car, I'd debate on whether or not to include it since it would be correct for an LAPD cruiser to have but not accurate to the film though. But that's ok since I have neither the inclination, money, or wherewithal to attempt such a project. Not to mention that since I live in LA (not LA proper but in LA county) I might get in trouble for driving a replica LAPD cruiser around, even an older model based on a movie.
 

t1000

New Member
Hi Riceball.

Well spotted! Yes, I have noticed in a LOT of 80s and 90s movies, there is no prisoner divider cage between the seats. I believe it was a case of LAPD didn't fit them to every car back then, as I have viewed many, many archived photos of LAPD cars in late 80s early 90s, and yep....no dividers. The LA riots for example. So much footage of LAPD cars. No dividers in them! It's a different story today however where EVERY car has them.

Here's an LAPD car during the LA Riots. No divider! Many didn't
 

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ZeroSum

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Possibly also the divided would've been in the way if they had one. I think there was a bit of movement between the front and back seats in the movie? So not there for practical reasons much like how they often remove headrests from cars in movies.
 

The Searcher

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First time on the forum in months and I find this.
WOW! Truly insane!
I can tell years of work have gone in to it, and it’s a sight to behold.
Building replica cars is hard, especially for one that haven’t been done before. But you went the extra mile.
Thanks so much for sharing.
 

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kruleworld

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I might get in trouble for driving a replica LAPD cruiser around (LA)
There are plenty of vintage police cars in private hands around LA. they even have a club. So long as you're not pulling people over, you should be fine. i'm more amazed he got this registered in Australia.
 

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