Putting it all back together again! After tearing the truck down to the frame, the bed came off, and WAY too much in “ding” repair was done. Then finally the paint job. As this was an old truck and had to look brand new most of the cost was repairing 30 years of small dings and imperfections. Now it was back in my yard, and time to put it all back together again, but with new reupholstered seats, new carpets, new headliner etc.
I had custom Statler Toyota Licence plate frames made, and of course, McFly personalized plates! it was the 80’s after all!
I did have to rush the job as the mechanical and paint work took much longer than I had figured, and I had an appointment to drive down Las Vegas blvd. with the cast of Back to the Future, and almost 30 Deloreans and many other movie and TV star cars!
After my trailer was hit by a fan trying to take a photo of the truck, I got back on the road with miraculously no damage to my truck, just tore off a fender of the trailer! (I had bought rental insurance, so no worries on that!)
Once we all got to Vegas, it was filled with panels with the stars, the big parade and lots of photos! We had a great time, and I got to interview Bob Gale the writer of Back to the Future along with the cast members and fans.
The truck worked great, and during the parade I heard several people shout out “Is that you Mike?” That was funny! Claudia Wells who played Marty’s Girlfriend finally got a ride in that truck she was promised, but we didn’t go up to the lake with sleeping bags! Sorry!
Michael Scheffe, who helped design the Delorean Time machine, as well as KITT from Knight Rider is a friend, and I had the pleasure of delivering him up to the podium for the big event in Vegas!
In the back of this cast photo with Paul Casey, the Organizer of the event, you can see Bob Gale and I taking questions from the audience that was gathered to see the stars. Lea loved my truck, and we ended up providing a KITT for her episode of “The Goldbergs” Hollywood is a small world, sometimes!
One of the few times they shut down the main strip! In the parade out front was a pair of Blues Brother’s cars, then two Starsky and Hutch Torinos. Next I’m in my McFly Truck followed by the cast in two convertibles and rows of Deloreans with their “wings” up!
After all that excitement a few weeks later, I was invited to come see the Hollywood Bowl screening and also stayed afterwards and partied with the cast and crew that came out. My truck was on display for the crowds of fans, some even came as their favorite characters!
Now the big year is over, and it’s time for the amazing truck to go make a BTTF (aka Back to the Future) fan happy! It’s for sale to make room for my next project, the 1940’s Batmobile!