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(YouTube)   The original, screen used Delorean from "Back to the Future" has been restored. Farker concotelli (me) worked on the team. Here's our video showing off the finished car for the very first time. (more pictures in thread)   (youtube.com) divider line 46
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2013-02-19 12:58:38 PM
Just to clarify, we restored what is referred to as the "A" Car or Hero car.  This was one of 3 Deloreans used in the first film.  The "B" Car was the stunt car and was destroyed by the train at the end of Part 3.  The "C" Car was cut in half to allow the crew to film inside.  So, the car we restored is the only surviving vehicle from the first movie -- and considered to be the 'original'.

Here is a link to our facebook page:  http://www.facebook.com/timemachinerestoration

And here are some pictures!
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2013-02-19 01:10:17 PM

concotelli: Just to clarify, we restored what is referred to as the "A" Car or Hero car.  This was one of 3 Deloreans used in the first film.  The "B" Car was the stunt car and was destroyed by the train at the end of Part 3.  The "C" Car was cut in half to allow the crew to film inside.  So, the car we restored is the only surviving vehicle from the first movie -- and considered to be the 'original'.

Here is a link to our facebook page:  http://www.facebook.com/timemachinerestoration

And here are some pictures!
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Nice work there Farker, 3 thumbs-up
 
2013-02-19 01:11:58 PM
Whats the story on the Toyota? Is this the same group that is restoring it or is it even being restored?
 
2013-02-19 01:14:29 PM
jim32rr,

Sorry if the pictures didn't show.  Let's try that again:

www.bttf.com
 
2013-02-19 01:16:03 PM
This is so cool!  I remember going on a Universal lot tour with my kids about five years ago and we saw this car just sitting there among a group of other cars.  It looked like it had been sitting there for years gathering dust and dirt--appeared to be in terrible condition.  I assume that's the same car?
 
2013-02-19 01:18:56 PM

jonjr215: This is so cool!  I remember going on a Universal lot tour with my kids about five years ago and we saw this car just sitting there among a group of other cars.  I assume that's the same car?


Yes, it is most likely the same car.

DrHST: Whats the story on the Toyota? Is this the same group that is restoring it or is it even being restored?


Yes, the Toyota is going to be restored.  But I don't have any specifics for you.
 
2013-02-19 01:22:07 PM
Nice work! It looks awesome.
 
2013-02-19 01:23:08 PM

concotelli: Just to clarify, we restored what is referred to as the "A" Car or Hero car.  This was one of 3 Deloreans used in the first film.  The "B" Car was the stunt car and was destroyed by the train at the end of Part 3.  The "C" Car was cut in half to allow the crew to film inside.  So, the car we restored is the only surviving vehicle from the first movie -- and considered to be the 'original'.


What specifically required restoration?  Was there damage or missing parts, or was this a general disassemble, clean up, reassemble mission?  I see that this is also pre-Mr. Fusion.  Was there any conversation around including that?  It was essentially the state of the vehicle at the end of the first movie.
 
2013-02-19 01:27:26 PM
Very cool concotelli!  thank you!
 
2013-02-19 01:33:52 PM
What specifically required restoration?  Was there damage or missing parts, or was this a general disassemble, clean up, reassemble mission?

The restoration was a complete, ground up restoration.  We took the car down to the frame.  Every screen used part that could be salvaged was cleaned & fixed.  Many parts were missing, so they had to be re-created (we did our best to find replacement parts that were exactly the same - not easy to do 30 years after the fact).

If you want to see a bit more of the restoration, check out THIS VIDEO we released in November.  It shows a lot more of our work in progress.

I see that this is also pre-Mr. Fusion.  Was there any conversation around including that?  It was essentially the state of the vehicle at the end of the first movie.

Our team made the decision to re-create the car just as it rolled off of Doc Brown's truck.  So no Mr. Fusion, no lightning rod attachment, no antique alarm clock on the dashboard.  But there were a lot of other details we had extensive discussions about that you'd never realize.
 
2013-02-19 01:48:14 PM
Uh...the video...yeah...it shows nothing. Why not just claim advertising?
 
2013-02-19 01:49:37 PM
Saw the other video last year and have been looking forward to seeing it. I live right up the street from Universal, so it will be cool to see it there.

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2013-02-19 02:17:11 PM
*Applause*
 
2013-02-19 02:17:49 PM
Ok, now that it's done shoot ahead a couple of years and tell us what's going to happen.
 
2013-02-19 02:49:10 PM
Really cool subby, The Back to the future movies are one of my favorite trilogies and are movies that I can watch over and over.

It would be awesome to be able to work on the original car like that.
 
2013-02-19 02:54:31 PM
Also, does this mean there is a car from parts 2-3 around too? With the white wall tires and older electronic components on it?
 
2013-02-19 03:18:37 PM
If anybody else is working on a Delorean, Delorean.com might be worth a look...
 
2013-02-19 03:21:40 PM
Hmmm.. I remember taking the tour with my Mom after I got out of boot camp in 1986. I assume it was the same car on display as we entered the park.

/Short CSB: My Mom approached the guy playing Frankenstein, who was playing statue until she got close. It was a very memorable freak out - especially since I tried to warn her.
 
2013-02-19 03:29:27 PM
That's some serious shiat.
 
2013-02-19 03:39:58 PM

Farkenhostile: Also, does this mean there is a car from parts 2-3 around too? With the white wall tires and older electronic components on it?


There are several cars from Parts 2 and 3.  Here's a complete LIST of all the cars used in the trilogy (scroll down to the bottom).

One of the Part 3 off-road vehicles was sold and restored privately.  The website www.bttf3delorean.com gives more details about that particular car.
 
2013-02-19 03:47:33 PM
So I'm curious..

Much like air-cooled VWs of days gone by, does that car have a distinctive "Time Machine Delorean" smell inside?
 
2013-02-19 04:06:40 PM

LesserEvil: Hmmm.. I remember taking the tour with my Mom after I got out of boot camp in 1986. I assume it was the same car on display as we entered the park.

/Short CSB: My Mom approached the guy playing Frankenstein, who was playing statue until she got close. It was a very memorable freak out - especially since I tried to warn her.


Why would your mom be freaked out by some guy playing a doctor?
 
2013-02-19 04:32:22 PM

mrlewish: LesserEvil: Hmmm.. I remember taking the tour with my Mom after I got out of boot camp in 1986. I assume it was the same car on display as we entered the park.

/Short CSB: My Mom approached the guy playing Frankenstein, who was playing statue until she got close. It was a very memorable freak out - especially since I tried to warn her.

Why would your mom be freaked out by some guy playing a doctor?


OK, "Frankenstein's Monster".
 
2013-02-19 04:42:18 PM

markie_farkie: Much like air-cooled VWs of days gone by, does that car have a distinctive "Time Machine Delorean" smell inside?


I love the smell of old VW's.
 
2013-02-19 05:46:28 PM
Beautiful job on the restoration. I hope to see it IRL one day.
 
2013-02-19 06:08:18 PM

concotelli: Our team made the decision to re-create the car just as it rolled off of Doc Brown's truck.  So no Mr. Fusion, no lightning rod attachment, no antique alarm clock on the dashboard.  But there were a lot of other details we had extensive discussions about that you'd never realize.


Very cool.  The video you linked lays out the scope of the project pretty well.  Last question- Have you personally donned your Eiderdown vest, set the time circuits, fired up the flux capacitor, and piloted it to 88mph?
 
2013-02-19 06:31:19 PM

unyon: Very cool. The video you linked lays out the scope of the project pretty well. Last question- Have you personally donned your Eiderdown vest, set the time circuits, fired up the flux capacitor, and piloted it to 88mph?


Don't own the vest.  But sitting in THE car, closing the door, and punching a date into the time circuits makes you feel like Marty McFly himself.
 
2013-02-19 06:58:13 PM
Cool!  Great job.  I'm sure it was a fun time.  Lots of work, but still interesting.
 
2013-02-19 07:41:20 PM
Subby, I hope you choke to death on commas.
 
2013-02-19 07:46:51 PM
Holy shiat, that's awesome! Good work, man!
 
2013-02-19 08:16:42 PM
Nice!
 
2013-02-19 08:17:06 PM
Cool, it is just too bad those cars are so damn underpowered. I was looking into buying one several years ago but while they look cool they suck to drive.
 
2013-02-19 09:11:59 PM

concotelli: Just to clarify, we restored what is referred to as the "A" Car or Hero car.  This was one of 3 Deloreans used in the first film.  The "B" Car was the stunt car and was destroyed by the train at the end of Part 3.  The "C" Car was cut in half to allow the crew to film inside.  So, the car we restored is the only surviving vehicle from the first movie -- and considered to be the 'original'.

Here is a link to our facebook page:  http://www.facebook.com/timemachinerestoration

And here are some pictures!
[sphotos-b.xx.fbcdn.net image 425x283]
[sphotos-a.xx.fbcdn.net image 425x293]
[sphotos-a.xx.fbcdn.net image 425x293]



Nicely done.  You sir deserve an internet of your choice, or a night out drinking with Joe Biden.
 
2013-02-19 10:08:00 PM
That is an unbelievably cool project to have been a part of. Are you a car restorer guy or a prop maker type?

I have a few questions if you don't mind:

How many of the parts were sculpted/ cast etc vs. found object?

Were the found objects limited to the kind of thing anyone could have bought in 1985 or is there a bunch of special stuff in there only a guy like Dr. B could have located considering his unorthodox but scientific access? Military, NASA etc.

Are there any found parts that were disguised in any way? Since it was supposedly made from existing parts I imagine everything used was in its raw state.

How much paint work was done? Any scenic art done anywhere? It was theoretically a brand new DMC. Was everything he put into it brand new as well?

Was there evidence either Dr. BROWN or the actual prop builders changed their minds about anything during construction? Holes drilled for no purpose, harnesses moved, that kind of thing. If so did you "fix" it?

Did the builders leave anything fun behind? Do anything that would not be seen on camera to amuse themselves?

How much damage did the film crew do over the course of the shoot? (Holes to mount grip equipment, snake cable etc.)

If there was film shoot damage did you repair it?

I was just wondering. You had an astonishing opportunity to get to know one of the most famous movie props in history. Thanks.
 
2013-02-19 10:54:51 PM
did you have Biff put 2 coats of wax on it? Looks great!
 
2013-02-19 10:57:25 PM
I just hope you don't come face to face with yourself thirty years older and create a time paradox, the result of which would cause a chain reaction that would unravel the very fabric of the space-time continuum and destroy the entire universe!
Granted, that's a worst-case scenario. The destruction might in fact be very localized, limited to merely our own galaxy.
 
2013-02-19 11:16:29 PM
This brought a tear to my eye. Love it!
 
2013-02-19 11:17:07 PM
Thanks!

Can you come and pick me up in it? I need to fix some mistakes in my timeline.
 
2013-02-19 11:20:01 PM
I hope they have Michael J Fox at the unveiling to shake things up.
 
2013-02-20 01:00:22 AM

T.M.S.: That is an unbelievably cool project to have been a part of. Are you a car restorer guy or a prop maker type?


I'm neither, I'm a video guy.  But our Team has several people from the film industry who create incredible props.  We also have several Delorean experts, electricians, painters, and other specialists.

How many of the parts were sculpted/ cast etc vs. found object?

On the original car, I think most of the pieces were found.  The famous pieces (Flux Capacitor, Time circuits, rear vents) were custom built.

Were the found objects limited to the kind of thing anyone could have bought in 1985 or is there a bunch of special stuff in there only a guy like Dr. B could have located considering his unorthodox but scientific access? Military, NASA etc.

There are quite a bit of military surplus pieces on the car.  There's a Janitrol pre-heater, a turbine nozzle, and others.  Back in the 80s, the prop guys picked up most of these pieces from a famous military surplus store here in LA.  The store is still in business -- and we scoured their inventory, occasionally finding the same parts they used in the films.  Other parts are more common.  For example:  the top of the fusion reactor is a Dodge Polara hubcap.

Are there any found parts that were disguised in any way?

Sure.  Pieces were stripped down, painted, and changed as needed.  It's not on this car, but Mr. Fusion is a Krups coffee grinder that was disguised.

How much paint work was done? Any scenic art done anywhere?

Some pieces were painted.  Most notably the rear vents.  We had a painter do them the way they appeared on film, by giving them a burned metal look, with oil streaks coming from the hose connections.  Apparently Doc Brown isn't too careful about how he puts things together!

Was there evidence either Dr. BROWN or the actual prop builders changed their minds about anything during construction? Holes drilled for no purpose, harnesses moved, that kind of thing. If so did you "fix" it?

During initial construction, no.  But as the trilogy went along, the film crew had to constantly fix things on the cars.  So holes got re-drilled, pieces got removed and replaced.  That continued after the films.  So our team had to go through thousands of photos to figure out exactly which holes, wires & pieces were original.  We then had to "undo" the fixes that were done to the car after the first film.  It was a long and tedious process I can't even begin to describe.

Did the builders leave anything fun behind? Do anything that would not be seen on camera to amuse themselves?

One thing comes to mind.  On the passenger side of the Time Circuits Drive Switch (the black handle), one of the toggle switches has the label "XMAS TREE".  Pretty sure that was original.

How much damage did the film crew do over the course of the shoot? (Holes to mount grip equipment, snake cable etc.)

That, I really can't answer.  I just don't know.  But over the years, a lot of changes / fixes have been made.

If there was film shoot damage did you repair it?

I don't think there was a lot of shoot damage on the "A" car.  The "B" car was the stunt car, so maybe that vehicle got the brunt of the action.
 
2013-02-20 06:53:29 AM
We're a delorean house now!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yhm2V3DdEGU

You built a time machine, out of a gremlin?
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZgDMaPM27ps

Scream awards reunion
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6xlb0lG3PkQ

no other trilogy I love more!
 
2013-02-20 09:15:50 AM
Scream awards reunion
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6xlb0lG3PkQ

no other trilogy I love more!


Actually, the Delorean from the Scream Awards was built by one of our Team Members.  He also built the Proton Pack Bill Murray wore on stage that year.
 
2013-02-20 04:26:48 PM
Thanks for the clear answers. Is the Facebook page the best link to your work? I would like to make it available to some people if that's cool.

I always figured the "Mr Fusion" was supposed to look like it was made by Krupps. A household appliance of the future so to speak. So that makes sense.

Thanks again.
 
2013-02-20 04:45:01 PM

T.M.S.: Thanks for the clear answers. Is the Facebook page the best link to your work? I would like to make it available to some people if that's cool.


The facebook page is our main web page.  They are the best pictures, yes.

Who did you want to make it available to?
 
2013-02-21 01:06:06 AM

concotelli: T.M.S.: Thanks for the clear answers. Is the Facebook page the best link to your work? I would like to make it available to some people if that's cool.

The facebook page is our main web page.  They are the best pictures, yes.

Who did you want to make it available to?




Just on my Facebook page. I like sharing cool moments of design.
 
2013-02-22 10:48:46 PM
 
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