Iconic Movie Cars – Transformers – 2006 Chevrolet Camaro Concept (Bumblebee)

June 27th, 2014 by Ed Pol

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Robots in disguise…  You got it right! This weeks iconic movie car is Bumblebee from the movie Transformers! We will be talking about the 2006 Chevy Camaro. I know that Bumblebee has had a few adaptations from the comics to the animated movies, however the ones I grew up loving was the Volkswagen Beetle Bumblebee! In the movie Bumblebee first appears as a 1977 Camaro, which has rust and primer spots all over, obviously a work in progress but after Bumblebee hears a comment about his looks he scans another Camaro driving down the road and comes back as the hot looking 2006 Chevy Camaro Concept car.2010-chevrolet-bumblebee-camaro-hd-wallpaper-for-desktop

Chevy had to make a one-off concept for the movie because the car did not come out until 2007. The body panels were used from the same molds that were on the 2006 concept car and the body was fit to a chassis of a Holden Monaro to make it capable of performing in the movie.

The fifth-generation Chevy Camaro is a Canadian manufactured muscle car produced by General Motors and marketed in the USA under the Chevrolet name. Production of Camaros started in 1967 and ended in 2002, after a long hiatus production started on the Camaro in March 16th, 2009. It went on sale in April 2009 for the 2010 model year. The Camaro was made available in five different trim levels: LS, 1LT, 2LT, 1SS AND 2SS. Each trim level powered by different motors. The cars also came with a couple of different transmissions, 6 Speed auto or a 6 speed manual. The LS and LT trim levels are powered by the 3.6 L (3,564 cc or 217 cu in) GM LLT V6 producing 312 hp (233 kW) at 6,400 rpm and 273 lbf·ft (370 N·m) at 5,200 rpm. The SS with manual transmission is powered by the 6.2 L (6,162 cc or 376 cu in) GM LS3 V8 producing 426 hp (318 kW) at 5,900 rpm and 420 lbf·ft (570 N·m) at 4,600 rpm while the SS with automatic transmission is powered by a new variant of the LS3 called the GM L99 which produces 400 hp (300 kW) at 5,900 rpm and 410 lbf·ft (560 N·m) at 4,300 rpm.

6299217843_3f1b363bfa_zOn July 22nd, 2009 GM Announced a Transformers Special Edition appearance package for the 2010 Camaro. The $995 appearance package can be applied to LT and SS Camaros with or without optional RS Package and could only be applied to order made in the Rally Yellow exterior scheme. The package includes an Autobot shield badge on the driver and passenger side panels underneath the camaro nameplate, the shield was on each center wheel cap, and embroidered on the interior center console. The transformer logo also was on the sill plates replacing the “Camaro” labeled plates, and high-gloss black center rally stripes with the transformers ghost logo embedded, resembling the Bumblebee Camaro. 1,916 units were produced with this package.

The movie really made this Camaro pop out to me and at the time I really wanted one of these! Especially with the transformers package! One problem was that recently I went to the auto show in Hartford, Connecticut and I sat in one. I have to say it was honestly horrible, the roof was cut so low and your visibility was horrible! Not what I expected for such a nice car. If you don’t have to sit in it the car is really nice but once you get in the car it does nothing for me and it wasn’t comfortable at all. But hey every car is not for everyone! See you next week for another Iconic movie car!

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Iconic Movie Cars – Dumb and Dumber – 1984 Ford Econoline

June 20th, 2014 by Ed Pol

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Want to hear the most annoying sound in the world? No? I didn’t think so; neither did Mike Starr who played Joe Mentalino in the movie Dumb and Dumber. Harry and Lloyd had one hell of an adventure cross-country in the customized 1984 Ford Econoline van known with a sign on the side called Mutt Cutts. The set up for the movie 968full-dumb-&-dumber-screenshotstarted when Lloyd was driving Mary Swanson (Holly) to the airport and she leaves behind a brief case. Lloyd realizes the plane has left already so then Lloyd is hell bent on returning the briefcase to her and maybe catch a date in the process! Harry Dunne is Lloyd’s childhood friend and they jump in his Mutt Cutts van and start their trek and thus so begins a movie that inspired an animated cartoon, a 2003 prequel and a sequel to be released in November 2014.

The 16 year span of the Econoline style started from 1975 – 1991. For the new generation the Econoline was given a ground-up redesign using a new platform. The engine was moved forward and the hood was lengthened and flattened to give the driver and passenger a bit more room up front. The van was sold with two wheel bases and three different body lengths. The standard Econolinemutt-cutts-sheepdog-truck1 had a 138-inch wheelbase, the longest until 1990. The van stayed mostly unchanged except, in 1979 a minor facelift was performed adding a new grille. Square headlights replaced the round ones in 1983. The Econoline was sold with a few different engines: 300 CID I6, 302 CID Windsor V8, 351 CID Windsor V8, 460 CID 385 V8, 6.9 L Navistar diesel V8, and 7.3 L Navistar diesel V8. With 4 transmission types offered: 3-speed manual, 4-speed manual, 3-speed automatic, 4-speed automatic.

Dumb and Dumber came out in 1994 and I still remember going to the movies and laughing so hard at some of the jokes Lloyd and Harry came up with. Once thing I can remember and will most likely never forget is when the two of them finally make it to Aspen on a scooter with frozen snot all over their faces and of course being stuck together because of another disgusting thing that I care not to mention here! I haven’t seen the movie in years but I did watch the new trailer for Dumb and Dumber Two and it looks like it will hold up to the hype but of course only time will tell! Let’s hope it turns into another cult classic like the first one! See you next week for our next Iconic movie car.

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Iconic Movie Cars – The Fast and the Furious – 1994 Toyota Supra

June 13th, 2014 by Ed Pol

 

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“I live my life a quarter mile at a time” and if I was driving the 1994 Toyota Supra from The Fast and the Furious it would be one hell of a quarter mile. The Fast and the Furious was released in 2001 and was loosely based on a magazine article titled “Racer X”. Street racer Dominic Toretto and his crew are under suspicion  for hijacking tractor trailers and stealing expensive electronic equipment. Brian O’Conner is an undercover cop trying to figure out who is stealing the equipment. During the course ofi002671 the movie Brian races for pink slips and owes Dom a 10 second car, later on Brian shows up with a run down and beat up Supra in which the team rebuilds into a 10 second car. One great scene is when Brian and Dom are driving around testing the car on its maiden voyage and running diagnostics, they pull up to a guy in a Ferrari and start an impromptu race and of course the Supra smokes the Ferrari.

In the movie Jesse refers to spending $15,000 -$20,000 to get the car to the 10 second car Brian promised. In reality there was over $80,000 put into the car in the movie. The Supra in the movie featured a twin-turbo 2,997 xx Toyota 2JZ-GTE I6 capable of producing 544 bhp after heavy modification. Performance statistics on the car: Max engine speed fast_furious_5007,770 rpm’s, 0-60 mph 3.3 sec, 0-100 7.2 sec, ¼ mile time 9.2 sec at 185 mph, Top speed 210 mph, Slalom Time 65 mph, and the curb weight 1200KG. The engine performance and work done to it is as follows: Turbonetics T-66 ball bearing turbo, F-trim compressor built by Performance Factory, Turbonetics Delta II Wastegate, RPS Stainless steel/HTC coated custom header, 100 HP Nitrous Oxide System by NOS, AEBS TurbDownpipe, GReddy front mount intercooler, GReddy Power Extreme exhaust system, GReddy Pro-Fec B Boost Controller, GReddy Power Pulleys, GReddy Oil Cooler Kit, GReddy TurbTimer, GReddy Boost, EGT, Oil Pressure and Water Temp gauges, GReddy Airinx Intake, GReddy steering wheel-mounted boost remote control device, GReddy Cam Gears, APEXi Blowoff valve, HKS Vein Pressure Converter, HKS Graphic Control Computer, HKS Injector Pulse Mo11 lb. Billet Flywheel, Powerhouse Racing ported/polished throttle body (traction d, fuse cover, relay cover, cruise control cover, ignition module cover and all brackets).

1993-2002 Supra is the last of its generation and as of this writing Toyota has not started making any more. With this version of Supra, Toyota took a big leap in the direction of a more serious high-performance car, using parts from its higher end Lexus models. It came stock with two different engines, the Toyota 2JZ-GE naturally aspirated 220 HP motor and it also came with a Twin Turbo 2JZ-GE motor that produced 276 HP stock.  This generation received a new 6-speed Getrag/Toyota V160 gearbox on the turbo models. The naturally aspirated motors came with a 4-speed auto or 5-speed manual. Toyota also took measures to reduce weight of the car, Aluminum was used for the hood, targa top (when fitted), front cross member, oil and transmission pans, and the suspension upper A-arms.

supra_ff_w308When this movie was released it was a great movie, I think I watched it a few times. There was nothing better than watching all of the street racing and hot cars racing. I remember that after this movie everyone in my area started buying eclipses and doing work to them to make them look like the one in the movie. The movie is as cheesy as it gets now and the series is still running but I will still watch any of the movies any time I catch them on T.V. just because. We are waiting for the next one to come out but after the terrible accident which was Paul Walkers unexpected death the movie was put on hold. But take the movies as a grain of salt and go into watching them for the pure enjoyment of seeing awesome cars then you will have a good time!

 

When this movie was released it was a great movie, I think I watched it a few times. There was nothing better than watching all of the street racing and hot cars racing. I remember that after this movie everyone in my area started buying eclipses and doing work to them to make them look like the one in the movie. The movie is as cheesy as it gets now and the series is still running but I will still watch any of the movies any time I catch them on T.V. just because. We are waiting for the next one to come out but after the terrible accident which was Paul Walkers unexpected death the movie was put on hold. But take the movies as a grain of salt and go into watching them for the pure enjoyment of seeing awesome cars then you will have a good time!

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Iconic Movie Cars – Ghostbusters – 1959 Cadillac Miller-Meteor Hearse

June 5th, 2014 by Ed Pol

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Who are you going to call? Ghostbusters! Yeah that is right, this week’s iconic movie car is the 1959 Cadillac Miller-Meteor Hearse that was featured in the movie and the Ghostbusters main mode of transportation it was also known as Ecto-1. The car would hold their proton packs, Ecto Goggles, P.K.E. Meters and a bunch of traps to capture ghosts. The car went through quite a journey between the two movies. There were a total of 3 cars, 2 for the first movie and a 3rd for the second movie. The first ecto-1one was modified to make it look as it did in the movie, a second was brought in incase of problems but was left un-modified and used for early shots when the movie was going through the transformation of the car. In the second movie the car was named Echo-1a and added a Super Slammer Muon Trap on the roof that would enable to Ghostbusters to capture smaller ghosts much quicker than the portable versions, it also added the possibility of capturing much larger ghosts.

In previous drafts of the movie Ecto-1 was supposed to be a 1975 Cadillac Ambulance, but by the time the final script was written, the price had escalated to $1400 for an even older 1959 model. During filming, inflation increased the cost to $4800. In the second movie Ecto-1 was backfiring and spewing smoke, this was not done by special effects as the Cadillac was in a poor state of repair. The car died on the Brooklyn Bridge and the NYPD fined the filmmakers because there are no breakdown lanes on the bridge. Ecto_02

In 1954, Wayne Works of Richmond, Indiana – a large school bus producer – purchased the Meteor Motor Car Co of Piqua. On March 19, 1956 Wayne announced the acquisition of another Ohio professional car builder, the A.J. Miller Company of Bellefontaine, Ohio. Under this new conglomerate, the company would not be called Miller-Meteor. From day one Miller-Meteor built on the Cadillac commercial chassis and the first coaches debuted in 1957. In 1958 there was a record breaking single order for 40 funeral cars, In 1962 the company was the largest manufacturer of funeral cars and ambulances on the Cadillac chasses; sales broke all records. The car originally retailed for around $11,000 and it was equipped with an 8 Cylinder cast iron block, V8 with 310HP.

After reading all about this car I have kind of grown fond of its unique look.  This is no compact car that much I can tell you. This thing is a “Boat” and very bubbly, it had that normal 1959 look that we are used to, the “bubble” look. But as I read about it and looked into it the car grew on me and I sit here and think about what it would be like to drive one of these things around town? It would be a blast to just cruise around. I grew up with the movie Ghostbusters and watched it every time it was on T.V. I loved hearing the siren going off and the guys jumping into Ecto-1 screeching around corners to make it to their next ghost busting gig. The music was catchy and the movie was great! But of course Ecto-1 was what it was all about, it was their chariot and it was awesome!

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Iconic Movie Cars – Knight Rider – 1982 Pontiac Trans Am

May 30th, 2014 by Ed Pol

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Welcome back to another week of Iconic movie cars! This week we are going back to 1982 and talking about the 1982 Pontiac Trans Am know as Kitt from Knight Rider. The premise of the TV show is that self-made billionaire Wilton Knight rescues police Detective Lieutenant Michael Arthur Long after a near fatal shooting to the face, giving him a new identity via plastic surgery and of course a new name know as Michael Knight. Wilton selects Michael to be the primary field agent in the pilot program Knight-Rider (1)of his public justice organisation, the Foundation for Law and Government also known as FLAG. The other half of the program in the knight Industries Two Thousand know as Kitt a heavily modified 1982 Pontiac Trans Am with numerous features including a durable shell and frame, controlled by a computer with artificial intelligence.  Michael and Kitt are brought in when direct action is the only solution.

Kitt was the car that all of our younger selves wanted, with his red hood light that went back to forth scanning the surroundings and talking to Michael how could any of us not have wanted this car? Kitt could drive himself, he had a Molecular Bonded Shell that would protect him from small arms fire and heavy artillery would only seem to destroy inner components of the car and not the body panels. Kitt had more options on him than a 2014 car that we can buy now, Just to list a few, he had the greatly used Turbo Boost, voice projection, micro scanners, oil jets, and much much more! Kitt was awesome and I wanted one! A total of 23 cars were made for the series. 5 of the remaining 23 cars were destroyed at the end of filming; of 5 that escaped that fate, 1 of them was shipped to an Australian theme park but is rumored to be back in the U.S.

The 1982 Pontiac Trans Am is the third generation of Pontiac Firebird/Trans Am models it featured all new sheet metal. The front end sported hidden headlights and sleek styling. The total production of Trans Am this year was 52,962 it had a 5.0L V8 with 145 bhp. The Trans Am model also offered a “Cross-Fire Injection” version of knight-rider-kitt-hi-resthe engine which used Throttle Body Injection to crank out 165 bhp.

Knight Rider ran for 4 seasons spanning 4 years and it gave a lot of people joy to watch Kitt and Michael run around and get the bad guys! Kitt was snarky, witty, and always loved to have the last word. He would try to protect Michael as best as he could but Michael had a mind of his own and didn’t always like to listen to him, growing up I dreamed of a car like Kitt. Being able to auto drive me around, turbo boost over anything I wanted and being able to drive an almost indestructible car was a little boys dream! See you again next week for another Iconic Movie car!

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Iconic Movie Cars – The A-Team – 1983 GMC G-Series Van

May 22nd, 2014 by Ed Pol

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If you have a problem, if no one else can help, and if you can find them, maybe you can hire The A-Team. That’s right, this week’s movie car is 1983 G-Series van from The A-Team. I grew up watching this show and what a great show it was! As the opening narration starts:

In 1972, a crack commando unit was sent to prison by a military court for a crime they didn’t commit. These men promptly escaped from a maximum security stockade to the Los Angeles underground. Today, still wanted by the government, they survive as soldiers of fortune. If you have a problem, if no one else can help, and if you can find them, maybe you can hire the A-Team.

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There you have it, four commando’s helping people with their 220px-DeadlyManeuvers problems based out of LA. The 4 commandos all had a code name and their own little niche. The leader of the group Lieutenant Colonel was John “Hannibal” Smith whose plans tend to be unorthodox but effective. Lieutenant Templeton Peck know as “Face” or “Faceman” is a smooth talking con man who serves as the team’s appropriator of vehicles and other useful items, as well as the second in command. The team’s pilot is Captain H.M. “Howling Mad” Murdock, who has been declared insane and lives in a Veterans Administration mental institution. Last but not least is the guy in my opinion who made the show, Sergeant First Class Bosco Albert “B.A.” or “Bad Attitude” Baracus, he was the strong man of the group.

During their adventures The A-team were constantly met by opposition from the Military Police. I think The A-Team wrecked more than they needed to but hey that makes for great television. The show had great ratings for the first 4 seasons but in season 5 the ratings dropped by 50% and that was it for our beloved A-Team. However that didn’t stop one vehicle in this show becoming iconic and that was the 1983 GMC Vendura a G-Series van. The Van was painted black on the bottom and on top of the red stripe it was a gray metallic which caused confusion with toy manufacturers painting the van wrongly. All of the GMC logos were on the van until the second season where they were all blacked out but GMC still received credit in the closing credits of the show. A few devices were in the back of the van like a Mini Printing press, and audio surveillance recording device and Hannibal’s disguise kits, not shown in all episodes.

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Some versions of the van had a sunroof but it other shots of the show it didn’t. Also when there were stunts to be had with the van the crew used other makes like a black Ford Econoline with red hubcaps to simulate the original red turbine mag wheels.

1988_GMC_VanduraThe GMC G-series van had a production run from 1964 – 1996 each year a better improvement over the last as usual. The van came standard with a 4.1 Liter L6 motor that produced 135HP. It also came with 2 different V8 motors a 5.7 Liter 190HP and 7.4 Liter 230HP. Transmission choices were a Four Speed auto or a four speed manual. Also in 1982 – 1995 the 6.2 liter diesel was an option and a later engine was the 6.5 liter V8. The Van had a good run and was a work horse for many years!

I know every week I keep saying I want one of these iconic cars but this van is something I obviously wouldn’t mind having but the only thing it would do for me is to drive it around and hum the theme music to The A-team. One thing I will say is that if I saw this baby coming down the road I would have fun looking at it and remembering all of the action The A-team had with that van.