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Potential Project Car – 1965 Chrysler Imperial – Green Hornet – Black Beauty

I received an interesting email over the weekend from one of our readers. Our friend Doc has a 1965 Chrysler Imperial for sale. You may remember our article about Black Beauty from The Green Hornet. After looking at the pictures I think it would be a great base for anyone looking to build a Black Beauty replica. I thought I would pass long Doc’s pictures and contact information. The pictures have been altered to protect the seller. On Screen Cars does not warrant or endorse this car or transaction. We’re looking to just help out one of our readers. Doc I hope this helps. If you have a project car to pass long let us know. We’d be happy to feature it. We look forward to growing the movie/tv car community anyway we can.

Doc Mobley:
Phone: (650) 360-3610
Email: oil.oiltrader@gmail.com

Comments: 1965 Chrysler Imperial – Runs Very Good – $8200 OBO

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1981 DeLorean DMC-12 – Irish Roots

Everyone knows and loves the DeLorean in Back to the Future. But people rarely know much about the DeLorean itself. Today I’m not going to go into details. But I wanted to celebrate St. Patrick’s day by talking about the DeLorean’s Irish roots. Only about 9000 DeLoreans are said to have been built. All of which were built in Northern Ireland. Where?

Dunmurry, Northern Ireland to be exact. Dunmurry is located between Belfast and Dublin (closer to Belfast). The town is known for industry and also residential. It is considered a neighborhood of Belfast. Gotta love Wikipedia right? When considering possible locations for the factory DeLorean had debated between Northern Ireland and Puerto Rico. However Northern Ireland’s Industrial Development Agency (NIDA) made DeLorean an offer at the last minute. This offer was intended to help bring jobs to Northern Ireland.

In October of 1978 DeLorean broke ground to what would become a 6-building complex over 660,000 square feet in area. The factory opened later in 1981 with over 2,500 employees. Of which many were new to the work force. Due to some issues with new workers, quality control was a major issue. There were reports of ill-fitting body panels being the most common. However several training standards were used to help aid these new workers. Included special black “mule” cars without the stainless steal panels (just fiberglass). These cars were used only for training and were never marketed.

Just as the plant workforce was becoming experienced things took a turn for the worst. Costs of producing the new car were exceeding sales and profit was little or none. The company filed for bankruptcy protection in late 1982. This would be the end of the Northern Ireland plant. An end to the DeLorean production. At least until recent light of the company making a come back. More on that later. Till then stay green my friends may luck be with ya!

References: DeLorean Museum, How Stuff Works

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Fan Created Art – Dave Smolski’s 1/18 Scale 1955 Chevrolet Model – Two-Lane Blacktop

It’s been said that “Life imitates art far more than art imitates Life” (Oscar Wilde). But what happens when art imitates’ life more? I think that’s where Two-Lane Blacktop fan Dave Smolski comes in. The other day I was browsing the Model Car group on Facebook and came across the model above. I had to stand back a moment and ask myself “Is that a real car or just a model?” Scary realism right? I contacted Dave on Facebook to ask if I could post this up for our readers to see. I was met with great enthusiastic. Not only did Dave share his great model. But he gave me some create photos of the build, a video (below) and some of the reference pictures. Dave says it started out as a diecast by Ertl that was completely disassembled, re-engineered and detailed. There are scratch built parts, like the headers made from Romex wire. There are also lots of parts that were modified from other sources, like the seats, tires, wheels, floor jack, etc. Let’s check them out.


I really like the level of detail Dave went to on the trunk. Just like in the movie the trunk lid simply lifts off. It’s common for race car builders to have the trunk lift off to save weight (less hinges etc). I can say I’ve personally have lifted (with help) the trunk lid off a stock tri-five. They an’t light. I would hope in the movie it was fiberglass. Dave mentions that in his video above that it’s possible it was made of fiberglass. But notice the properly branded battery mounted in the trunk along with tools, car jack and slicks. Firestone tires. The tool box is custom built to match the one in the movie. Even down to the brand. Slightly rusted bumper. Just like in the movie.

Now we’re looking above from over the engine compartment with the hood-flipped forward. You can see the power-house 454 Chevy Big Block front and center. Dual quads on the top with a tunnel ram intake. I like the detail of the headers flowing under the firewall. The plug-wires are poring out over the engine and all neatly routed to the plugs.

Close shot from the passenger side. You can see the working doors and door jams. I really like the weathering work on the primer like paint coat. Not to mention the sweet sliding windows. Just like in the movie.

Another shot from the side looking into the interior of the model car. Dave spent a lot of time on the seat belts. Note the realistic carpet covering floor-boards. You can also see the header collector in this view as well.

Here’s a build shot. Doesn’t it remind you of someone working in their garage on the real thing? Almost forgot. Be sure to watch the video above for the full experience with diorama! Amazing detail and realism. I would like to thank Dave for sharing. You can see more photos on his Photo Bucket. If you have an On Screen Car related project you would like to share. Shoot us email via our contact page! Color Me Gone!

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New Car Movies On Netflix – March 2014

Car Movie Fans! Got some great stuff added over on Netflix this month. I don’t have time to go into details. But I thought you might be interested in the list. I picked out some of the noteworthy ones for us car fans. By the way here’s the complete list of all new movies. Have a great friday!

Turbo
Easy Rider
Ghostbusters II
Over the Top
Taxi Driver

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Old School – Frank the Tank – 1977 Pontiac Trans AM – The Red Dragon

I’m sure everyone has had a nickname for their car at one point or another. I know my cousin has nicknamed nearly every car he’s ever own (little shout out to CJ). But who could forget Frank the Tank and The Red Dragon from the hit comedy movie Old School. So with that. On Screen Cars presents: The Red Dragon.

There isn’t a lot to be said for the car in the movie. It’s red 1977 Pontiac Trans AM, 2nd generation car. Black interior. Flat roof. Under the hood, it looks like a small block Chevrolet possibility a 350. It’s possible someone changed out the factory Oldsmobile plant out or “faked” a Trans Am. But let’s not forget to mention it’s the same model year as the original Smokey and the Bandit Trans Am. However it’s not painted black with gold accents, no t-tops or any of the other traits of a Special Edition (SE) Trans Am. But I felt it deserved mention. Heck Greenlight Collectibles thought it deserved a 1/64 replica (you can find it here). But what is special about Frank’s car?

Well I believe Franks’ car represents his life as a single man. Frank in the movie is newly married. He’s having a hard time adjusting to married life. They’re getting settled in and they have a house. Which by the way is a real house. I found a interesting site that has the filming location info. But anyways that’s where the car kinda comes in. He’s got it out in the drive way working on it. Then here comes the BS! I love it though!
His wife comes out to see what he’s doing. The car is smoking and making some rough noises.

He says “I took the restrictor plate off to give the red dragon a little more juice, but keep that on the down low, she’s not exactly street legal.” Hold on. Restrictor plate? Isn’t that something they used in NASCAR? Yep you bet ya. Restrictor plates were installed on carburetors on NASCAR race cars to help hold the car back from achieving unsafe speeds thus reducing crashes. Frank I’m sorry I don’t think your car has a restrictor plate.

But it makes a great line for car guys to laugh about. You can watch the whole scene in the clip above. Gotta love hearing Whitesnake in the background. But outside of all that Frank’s car is just another F-Body. By the way. Frank isn’t the only guy to call his Trans Am a Red Dragon. The Red Dragon BS makes for a great story. It makes it feel real. If you haven’t seen Old School I would advise to pick it up on Amazon. Old School [Blu-ray] It is hilarious! So next time you’re out with your buddies in the shop tell’m “Hey I’m gonna take the restrictor plate off, you with me?” Till then. Drive safe and sober! Bye!


References: IMCDB

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Car Collector Honors Paul Walker’s Memory With Mitsubishi Evo Purchase

It’s only been a few months since Paul Walker’s death. Thankfully things are starting to settle a little bit for the family. I can’t imagine what they must be going through. I know Paul in-addition to being a great actor he was a dedicated father and community figure. He left a huge spot to fill in his charity organizations. But I came across an article today that made me think about Paul. The article talks about a car collector in Bucks County Pennsylvania who decided to honor Pual’s life with a recent purchase of a certain Mitsubishi Evo from 2 Fast 2 Furious.

“I didn’t even know the Evo was on the sale list. It was Wednesday night about dinner time. I saw the car and knowing my sons very much admired Paul Walker and that we could give back to the community, just like Paul did, I bid on it and got the car.”

“Paul Walker is a hero to many kids today. He drove fast and hard in his movies. The kids today are into these types of cars. He is their hero like Ronnie Sox and Bill Jenkins are mine. Paul’s movies are really popular and I figured we could give back to the community like Paul did, if I bought the car.”

Above is a quote from Rob Leipziger, car collector from Bucks County. He said saw the car had went up for sales just before dinner one night recently. Rob remembered how much his own son admired the car and Walker. He wanted to purchase the car to honor his memory. As you remember the car was used in the second installment of the film in 2003. At the time of production the car wasn’t available in the states. It had been imported from Japan. This car is one of four cars used in the film. This car was also featured on the cover a book entitled How To Build the Cars of The Fast and the Furious (Motorbooks Workshop) by Eddie Paul.

As time goes on I have to say this car will be an example of the golden era of tuner cars. It’s got the big wing, low profile tires and big brake package. Not to mention that 305 horse beast of 4 banger feed by a turbo. I know the Fast and Furious films were met with a lot of criticism when it comes to technical accuracy. There were some things that were just flat out wrong. Especially when it comes to discussions about nitrous, fuel management systems, manifold issues, etc. But let’s keep in mind. They’re just movies. Hollywood screws up all the time. We’ll have to just see what it will look like in years to come. Will we scratch our heads and wonder “What were we thinking?” Who knows. We’ll see ya next time!

http://www.inquisitr.com/1145832/paul-walkers-movie-car-purchased-by-local-collector/#AiIz0IS78IlwC2Xc.99

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RIP – Ghostbusters – Harold Ramis – Dr. Egon Spengler

Just found out moments ago. That Harold Ramis has passed away at age 69. I’m sure you may remember Ramis as Ghostbuster Dr. Egon Spengler. Ramis was known for his writing, directing and acting in countless films. According to ABC News Ramis died at his Chicago home surrounded by family. Please keep the family of Ramis in your thoughts prayers during their time of loss. Harold we’ll never forget you!

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Movie Posters – Bullitt

It’s amazing how many different movie posters for a single movie are created. Between multiple taglines, releases, and languages. It’s no wonder there are so many posters. The ionic 1968 cult-classic Bullitt starting legendary Steve McQueen is no exception.

The poster featured above is the most popular poster for the film. The current DVD release (Amazon) uses the poster for the cover. This work of art was created by famous french artist Michel Landi. Landi was known in France and abroad for his work on movie posters. He was known to work in with thick oil in long strokes of color. This poster however varies a lot from his regular work. Notice the white background with little color. However this poster is considered the high-point of his career. The 1960′s were a point of change in the movie poster industry. Photography and offset printing would soon replace lithograph artist like Landi. Which is such a shame. The posters of the time were timeless. Take a moment to see the difference between all of these posters. Very interesting stuff! Below are some of the other great posters of the film. We’ll catch ya next time on On Screen Cars!


Japanese Poster for Bullitt
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Alan Jackson – Drive (For Daddy Gene) – Music Video – 1964 Ford F-100

It’s been a while since we’ve posted a music video. I thought I would share one of my favorite country videos of all time. Drive by Alan Jackson talks about sharing memories of growing up. I believe Alan wrote this song in dedication for this father Gene who passed way in 2000 and his three daughters. But why are we talking about this on On Screen Cars? Well there are some on screen cars of course! Mid-way through the video you’ll see Alan talk about driving his dad’s 1964 Ford F-100.

In the song Alan describes the pickup as being a handy-down from his uncle. As the story goes. Alan’s uncle bought it new in 1964. It’s unclear when his dad acquired the truck. But never the less it needed some work (burnt valves, dent in the door). Just as in the song the video shows a young boy and his dad driving down a dirt road called Thigpen Rd(Google Maps). The song talks about it being a three-speed on a column model. Which wasn’t uncommon for the time. From my research I would say the truck had a straight six engine (223 or 262). The 292 V8 was avaliable for 64′ but I couldn’t imagine the 3-speed being super popular with a V8.


Just an old half ton short bed ford
My Uncle bought new in 64
Daddy got it right cause the engine was smoking
A couple of burnt valves and he had it going
He’d let me drive her when we haul off a load
Down a dirt strip where we’d dump trash off of Thigpen Road
I’d sit up in the seat and stretch my feet out to the pedels
Smiling like a hero who just received his medal

Gotta love the last line of that verse! Pretty much the way I felt the first time my dad let me drive is 1987 Ford Bronco. Speaking of Broncos. There’s also a 1977 Ford Bronco in this video. The song makes reference to him and his daughters riding around in a “Jeep.” I believe the term was meant to be used loosely. Jeep of course is a brand name. But like anything else the name gets thrown around for everything with a removeable top and four-wheel drive.

I believe this first-generation Bronco is part of Allen Jackson’s personal collection. Which wouldn’t surprise me. Allen Jackson was a former mechanic and long-time gearhead. Just another reason to like Allen Jackson! If u notice in the video he’s got it decked out pretty good. The top is off, roll bar installed. The doors are off. The windshield folded down. Just all kinds of win! Well that’s all for now. Watch the video and let us know what you think in the comments! We’ll be back with more On Screen Cars! Sorry for the absence!

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Gift Ideas – Knight Rider Scanner Bar

Remember watching Knight Rider as a kid and being in awe of the red flashing scanner on KITT? Now you or your favorite On Screen Car fan can have a Knight Rider Scanner Bar. Today’s Gift Idea is a kit to add the functionality to your car. The kit comes with a 22 inch bar with 48 RGB LEDs. The advantage of the RGB LEDs is the fact they can produce seven different colors. So say you wanted your car too look more like KARR? All you would have to do is set the color using the included remote. What’s interesting is this has several light patterns including the classic scanner. You could even make this your third brake light. Imagine how cool that would be? The possibilities are endless. Now for the disclaimer. Please keep in mind that lights like these are not legal everywhere. Some states would only allow this product off-road, show environments or not at all. Be sure to check with your local government for restrictions. Is kit is not sold by OnScreenCars.com and we are not responsible for it. Check out some of our other Knight Rider goodies. See ya next time.

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