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    Interesting conversation I had this morning

    A group of older gentlemen from a car club in Oroville Ca. wanted to come here and look around, which I generally allow. After looking around at the yard, they met me at the office here, and the one man mentioned "There's Christine's air cleaners" pointing at a pair of chrome ovals I have setting there.

    These men were in their 70's, not the typical age for people to be aware of details from the movie. I got to talking to him, and he seemed to know quite a bit about the movie cars. It turned out that he worked at Bill and Ed's wrecking yard when the movie cars and parts were brought in. He said that he had set one of the cars aside for himself, it had the trunk floor cut out and the radiator mounted in the rear, but he said the rest of the car was in good condition. Unfortunately, he did not let his boss know, and while at lunch, the car was picked up by the roof with a forklift and set on top of a car pile. It ruined the roof, and was not pursued by this man for that reason.

    He did remember a few teenagers scrounging through the parts, and remembers one of the cars being hauled out from the yard, which was probably Martin's future Christine.

    I did get his telephone number, and he said it would be OK if Martin or Bill was interested in calling him, but he was on a limited phone program [minutes] and couldn't talk a long time.

    ---John

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    Movie wrecks...

    That's too cool, too bad he couldn't save the car.
    Maybe he remembers some more interesting stories?

    Maybe you should show him these photos:

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    AWESOME !

    ugh

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    Cool John. I'll bet Martin and Bill both would like to talk to him.

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    Cool happening around the yard up there!
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    Wow, awesome, ya see, mine wasn't the only one with the radiator in the trunk!! Thanks for posting, I would love to talk to him. Hmmmm, I wonder where that trunk floor went Oh, wow, just realized, John's post was from 2010, lol, see what I miss for not popping on here once in a while...




    That car sounds familiar
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    cool story John.........would be great to have these old guys say hi here,
    Build it yourself, then at least you know it will be right.

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    That is cool John but watch what you sayh about 70 year old men I am 72 LMAO

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    On some of the movie cars was the sport tone painted on?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Nord View Post
    On some of the movie cars was the sport tone painted on?
    I'm not sure if any was painted on, as there were rolls pf aluminum they used to create inserts for the movie cars.

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    Quote Originally Posted by big m View Post
    I'm not sure if any was painted on, as there were rolls pf aluminum they used to create inserts for the movie cars.

    ---John
    ok, so the insert on the movie cars was without any pattern maybe?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Nord View Post
    ok, so the insert on the movie cars was without the any pattern maybe?
    I seem to recall it mentioned that there was a roller press that would emboss a pattern onto the aluminum sheets which they used in the movie. I'll have to see if I can remember where I heard it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 57belv View Post
    I seem to recall it mentioned that there was a roller press that would emboss a pattern onto the aluminum sheets which they used in the movie. I'll have to see if I can remember where I heard it.
    Ok,just asking beacuse i think look’s so white in some scenes.

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    These photos were taken on-set by Malcolm (Moochie Welch) Danare, which appear to show the stripe painted on, at least on this tow vehicle...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ghostsoldier View Post
    These photos were taken on-set by Malcolm (Moochie Welch) Danare, which appear to show the stripe painted on, at least on this tow vehicle...

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    Rob
    I agree. Those look like they are painted on. At least without any pattern.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ghostsoldier View Post
    These photos were taken on-set by Malcolm (Moochie Welch) Danare, which appear to show the stripe painted on, at least on this tow vehicle...

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    That's a pretty grainy old photo though. With as bright as new aluminum would be, I can see the detail being lost in the image of that low quality.

    Even looking at modern day pics of cars that I know have inserts, I can't see a pattern unless it's an image that was taken extremely close.

    Now maybe they really are painted on. I'm just saying I think one would be hard pressed to tell without a real close look.

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    Good points made here. Nice to trade thoughts and observations.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 57belv View Post
    That's a pretty grainy old photo though. With as bright as new aluminum would be, I can see the detail being lost in the image of that low quality.

    Even looking at modern day pics of cars that I know have inserts, I can't see a pattern unless it's an image that was taken extremely close.

    Now maybe they really are painted on. I'm just saying I think one would be hard pressed to tell without a real close look.

    That's true. Good point :)

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    The aluminum they used had a diamond embossing, rather than the squares the factory used.

    A fellow in Canada, Marcel, used to sell this for use in movie clone cars. I haven't seen his ads on E-bay for some time, so not sure if he has any left.

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    Quote Originally Posted by big m View Post
    The aluminum they used had a diamond embossing, rather than the squares the factory used.

    A fellow in Canada, Marcel, used to sell this for use in movie clone cars. I haven't seen his ads on E-bay for some time, so not sure if he has any left.

    ---John
    I've seen Marcel's inserts in the past on eBay, too, but not recently.

    Rob

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