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How to turn your Jeep into an official Jurassic Park vehicle

Jun. 6, 2011by: Mike Sampson

I've been reflecting a lot on JURASSIC PARK in my head a lot this past week as I've tried to make sense of SUPER 8 in my own head (hint: I didn't love it as much as JimmyO did). While a lot of the talk surrounding SUPER 8 and Spielberg naturally turns to CLOSE ENCOUNTERS, E.T. or GOONIES, there's actually quite a bit of JURASSIC in the film. The film's action sequences, well-executed despite the film's other flaws, owe quite a bit to JP in how their lit, staged and shot and it got me thinking about how perfect a piece of blockbuster entertainment JURASSIC PARK was.

I'm not the only one who's been thinking about JURASSIC PARK a lot lately. A Colorado man spent three years converting an old busted Jeep into an exact replica of one of the JURASSIC PARK jeeps. He had already worked on a Ecto-1 replica and this would be his next project:

The original Jeep cost only $4000 and he spent the next three years working it into a replica of Car #18. It took a lot of junkyard diving, ordering parts and paint jobs, but it's now road ready:

I'm not a big "movie memorabilia" guy but there's something about this Jeep that I really dig. Maybe it's that, unlike most memorabilia/replica stuff that just sits on a desk, you can actually drive this around and mess with people.

Click here to see a ton of pictures from the making of the Jeep and how exactly it was made.

Source: The RPF

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9:47AM on 06/06/2011

Jealous!!!!!

That is absolutely incredible. I must have one.
That is absolutely incredible. I must have one.
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10:47AM on 06/06/2011
That is fuc*ing cool!!! I want one.
That is fuc*ing cool!!! I want one.
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11:43AM on 06/06/2011

I think it would seem cool

for about a week, and then you'd be painting it back. Also - it doesn't seem cool if you've ever actually had to paint a car yourself. It's in my top ten of least favorite things I've done.
for about a week, and then you'd be painting it back. Also - it doesn't seem cool if you've ever actually had to paint a car yourself. It's in my top ten of least favorite things I've done.
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11:46AM on 06/06/2011

That's pretty rad

Not quite iconic enough to make a scene every time you drive, but I'd be tickled to catch it in a parking lot or something.

Also, I hope the owner has a matching JP uniform.
Not quite iconic enough to make a scene every time you drive, but I'd be tickled to catch it in a parking lot or something.

Also, I hope the owner has a matching JP uniform.
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12:05PM on 06/06/2011

Boomerjinks is the man.

When I saw the article title I was crossing my fingers that it would be about him.
When I saw the article title I was crossing my fingers that it would be about him.
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12:59PM on 06/06/2011
If I saw this speeding down the street with people freaking out inside it, I would take Goldblum's advice and "Go faster"
If I saw this speeding down the street with people freaking out inside it, I would take Goldblum's advice and "Go faster"
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1:48PM on 06/06/2011
If I owned a Wrangler I would at least try and get the Jurassic Park paint job. That's amazing.
If I owned a Wrangler I would at least try and get the Jurassic Park paint job. That's amazing.
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2:44PM on 06/06/2011
I live in Colorado and totally got a pic of a JP jeep on the highway a couple months ago!! I freaked! Upon review, it is not '18,' but I actually think I've met this guy when he drove up that Ghostbuster Replica to a midnight screening downtown last year I was at, (for my bday :). What a fantastic way to spend one's dough!
I live in Colorado and totally got a pic of a JP jeep on the highway a couple months ago!! I freaked! Upon review, it is not '18,' but I actually think I've met this guy when he drove up that Ghostbuster Replica to a midnight screening downtown last year I was at, (for my bday :). What a fantastic way to spend one's dough!
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5:07PM on 06/06/2011

WOOOOWWWWW....

that's fuckin legit.
that's fuckin legit.
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5:32PM on 06/06/2011

Awesome!

Nice job, that Jeep looks totally screen accurate for sure.

Just a heads up, one of the original JP Jeeps is still on display at Universal Studios' Islands of Adventure in Florida. Keep an eye out for a Ford Explorer and a Mercedes off-road vehicle (Lost World) too.
Nice job, that Jeep looks totally screen accurate for sure.

Just a heads up, one of the original JP Jeeps is still on display at Universal Studios' Islands of Adventure in Florida. Keep an eye out for a Ford Explorer and a Mercedes off-road vehicle (Lost World) too.
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7:20PM on 06/06/2011
mike: WHY ARE YOU TALKING ABOUT SUPER 8. please stop, haha. Trying to avoid everything about the movie.
mike: WHY ARE YOU TALKING ABOUT SUPER 8. please stop, haha. Trying to avoid everything about the movie.
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7:21PM on 06/06/2011
also, this jeep is full of win
also, this jeep is full of win
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9:01PM on 06/06/2011

This guy "spared no expense"

I saw someone with this jeep (not the exact one, it was #12), in my apartment complex one night and freaked out. I don't know who it belonged too, but I snapped a few pictures.
I saw someone with this jeep (not the exact one, it was #12), in my apartment complex one night and freaked out. I don't know who it belonged too, but I snapped a few pictures.
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