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Folks Of Interest Absent Minded Professor - Model T -

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by D_Lazaris, Mar 5, 2011.

  1. modelAsteve
    Joined: Jan 9, 2009
    Posts: 357


    The real T they drove around in is alive and well and lives in Grass Valley, Ca.
  2. hmm
    i know its historical but ya gotta hot rod it somehow ....
    maybe some other wheels and tires ... filled with helium of coarse ..
  3. 62rebel
    Joined: Sep 1, 2008
    Posts: 2,803


    my guess about the era and the building of a papier mache T is that the production company was watching out for the safety of the actors and crew... i wouldn't want to have signed off on hauling an actual T several yards skyward and having a chain come loose! it IS amazing that a paper model survived 50 years of display in as good a condition as that. i am certifiably absolutely jealous now.
  4. scrapmetalart
    Joined: Mar 29, 2004
    Posts: 161

    from DAYTON

    This made me smile. Thank you!
  5. doubletubtrouble
    Joined: Feb 8, 2007
    Posts: 129


    I can't wait to show this to my dad! This so cool you guys saved and are going to hang it in your house.
  6. The37Kid
    Joined: Apr 30, 2004
    Posts: 27,534


    Is that the one that was light metalic green on the Vintage Ford cover back in the 1960's? Got to dig that issue out.
  7. selohssa
    Joined: Jun 16, 2009
    Posts: 451


    WOW! That is so cool!
  8. Good for you for saving that tidbit of history-don't think I would want Fred or the car hanging in my house-to each his own
  9. D_Lazaris
    Joined: Apr 19, 2010
    Posts: 848

    from So. Cal

    Not just yet. Still planning out the supports we have to add in the ceiling, so the house won't cave in!

    So hopefully soon...
  10. Bruce Lancaster
    Joined: Oct 9, 2001
    Posts: 21,682

    Bruce Lancaster
    Member Emeritus

    Movie prop labor cost in the old days actually didn't matter much...they had every sort of craftsman on salary anyway, whether they were building cool stuff or not.
    I remember a circa early '60's R&C article on movie cars that showed some late 1950's Ford Police cars that were wrecked in a movie scene...they removed the front sheetmetal, hand made aluminum replacements, wrecked the cars, then replaced the original tin and washed off the police paint to sell them!!
    I think even in 1960 the cost of making fenders would have been radically higher than new steel ones, but in this setting it didn't matter.
  11. iammarvin
    Joined: Oct 7, 2009
    Posts: 1,197

    from Tulare, Ca

    Maybe the Flubber (?) got hard? BTTT
  12. D_Lazaris
    Joined: Apr 19, 2010
    Posts: 848

    from So. Cal

    Where here is an update finally!

    We wont have time to hang the car before the end of the year, but we ended up getting some more done on the car.
    - We rebuilt the front pulley motor to turn the front wheels.
    - Updated the headlamps from 12v to 120v
    - Made the soundtrack, the flubber sound, and the witty lines Fred says to his dog Charlie.

    The next step is to build the facade of the house that the car will fly in front of. But one step at a time.

    Here is a little teaser video of what we got done so far. Enjoy!

    <iframe width="640" height="360" src="" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>
  13. 49ratfink
    Joined: Feb 8, 2004
    Posts: 17,936

    from California

    that is the coolest thing I have ever seen on the HAMB.

    what will people be buying like that in the future?

    "hey look what I got at the Pixar rummage sale, this is the computer keyboard the guy used to make Tow-Mater, I even got the mouse"
  14. Wow, thanks for showing this, its made my day. Awesome.
  15. x2!
  16. outlaw256
    Joined: Jun 26, 2008
    Posts: 2,023


    well my little lady doesnt say a word about all the cars in the yard parts in the closets and me spending a small fortune but she would have me commited if i but a paper car in the house.and a really big paper car i might add!but i like it!!!!!
  17. onekoolkat1950
    Joined: Mar 23, 2008
    Posts: 1,864


    I want you need the shaggy dogs roadster.
  18. You WIN !!!
  19. Von Franco
    Joined: Nov 26, 2001
    Posts: 1,285

    Von Franco

    Made my sunday... Thanks ......
  20. D_Lazaris
    Joined: Apr 19, 2010
    Posts: 848

    from So. Cal

    Thanks everyone! I'll need to put up a new video because the dog is animatronic but the motor keeps freezing on us.

    Later today I'll post some detail shots of the banjo rear end they made for it.
  21. D_Lazaris
    Joined: Apr 19, 2010
    Posts: 848

    from So. Cal

    Here is the banjo rear end

  22. Chrisbcritter
    Joined: Sep 11, 2011
    Posts: 1,867


    That was in North By Northwest; looks like the idea was to avoid damaging that expensive Mercedes it rear-ended:

    D_Lazaris, check out National Geographic magazines from that era - there's an article on L.A. that shows the miniature car they used for the movie being set up for a shot.
  23. captainjunk#2
    Joined: Mar 13, 2008
    Posts: 4,382


    thats one of the coolest pieces of movie memorabilia ive ever seen lol , made my day great job
  24. D_Lazaris
    Joined: Apr 19, 2010
    Posts: 848

    from So. Cal

    We got the dog working again. The little motor seized up on it. Got the secondary lights lit and the ahooga horn bolted on, the horn is not original to the piece but from the pictures we have of the car in the early 60's it indeed had one but most of got taken off during the years. So we put a new one on.

    Here is a new video for your enjoyment!

    <iframe width="640" height="360" src="" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>

    Next on the list our the rear wheels turning and the rear brake light that needs rewiring.
  25. D_Lazaris
    Joined: Apr 19, 2010
    Posts: 848

    from So. Cal

    Got the rear light working!

  26. Retrorod
    Joined: Jan 25, 2006
    Posts: 2,026


    I'm impressed!!

    My wife?....not impressed. I always wanted to put a 1930's sprint car or midget race car in our living room and after seeing yours...she said "I could go for the race car, not a Model T."
  27. tfeverfred
    Joined: Nov 11, 2006
    Posts: 15,793


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