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Thread: DeLorean Monster Truck - the D Rex

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    Custom DeLorean Builder Rich W's Avatar
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    DeLorean Monster Truck - the D Rex

    Since this was my first Custom DeLorean Creation, it is fitting that I re-start
    my DeLorean Projects section with a thread for this amazing vehicle.

    A little intro on the DeLorean Monster Truck which is known as the D Rex.

    Back in the 1990's, a wrecked DeLorean was installed on a Chevy 4x4 chassis
    and the DeLorean 4x4 was born. It was not pretty, but it was interesting.

    So interesting, it was a featured photo in the back of Car and Driver as it sat
    on a used car lot in Texas. Attaching a photo of "Before" and "After".

    More detailed posts will follow, including plenty of photos, as it transformed.

    c&d-delorean-4x4.jpg

    DeLoreanMonsterTruck-D-Rex.jpg

    The photo of the D Rex above, with dusty tire treads and "on the rocks" is
    still one of my favorite photos. I wish this photo was used more often on the
    numerous websites and blogs that continue to post a 3/4 rear view of the
    vehicle parked in the Heartbreak Hotel parking lot at DCS 2002.

    This "Bad Lands" photo is a much better photo, in my opinion.

    Later,
    Rich W.
    Last edited by Rich W; 06-21-2011 at 07:42 PM. Reason: Fix type-o

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    Custom DeLorean Builder Rich W's Avatar
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    D Rex with some Monster Truck size tires installed (2003)

    After the amazing transformation of the DeLorean 4x4 into the D Rex
    in only 1 month (Yes ... from January 1, 2002 until January 31, 2002),
    how do you top that? Well, you go even bigger, of course.

    Since D Rex debut was at Chicago World of Wheels, February 1, 2002,
    the D Rex had to be even bigger at Chicago World of Wheels in 2003,
    so I had custom wheels fabricated to fit a set of 48" Goodyear Terras.

    Ironically, that was the one and only show I displayed the D Rex with
    the huge Terra Tires, since with these tires installed, D Rex was over
    11ft wide and could not be transported without an oversize load permit.

    Attaching a photo below, just after the last test fit was done with the
    "new" fabricated wheels (from a used set), with the used tires installed.
    With 1ft of snow outside, I dubbed this progress photo "Snow Patrol".

    Snow-Patrol-DMC-2003.jpg

    Later,
    Rich W.
    Last edited by Rich W; 06-30-2011 at 03:00 PM. Reason: type-o

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    Custom DeLorean Builder Rich W's Avatar
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    GT40 Rock Crawler and the D Rex at Volo Auto Museum (2006)

    The D Rex was on continuous public display for a few years with my GT40 RC
    at the Volo Auto Museum. This photo was taken back in 2006, just before the
    DCS 2006 event at Pheasant Run Resort in St. Charles, IL. This was also just
    after Chris Nicholson did some repairs and refinishing on a few SS panels too.

    RockCrawlers.jpg

    Later,
    Rich W.

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    Custom DeLorean Builder Rich W's Avatar
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    D Rex in High Security Lot in Hollywood, CA (2012)

    D Rex taking it easy after a long day of filming at the Speedway near Hollywood, CA.

    D Rex was placed in a high security parking area, for the weekend, to keep it safe
    and sound, prior to its second day of filming on Monday, April 2, 2012 at the studio.

    D-Rex-in-Secure-Lot-for-Weekend.jpg

    Later,
    Rich W.

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    Mini D Rex

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    If this is going to be an extensive thread, can you avoid manually word-wrapping your posts?

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    Cool thread Rich!

    If it hadn't been for you the D-REX would be in a field somewhere with weeds growing through it.

    Can't wait to see it at DCS!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chris Burns View Post
    If it hadn't been for you the D-REX would be in a field somewhere with weeds growing through it.

    !
    pretty damn tall weeds
    Dermot
    VIN 2743, B/A, Frame 2227, engine 2320

    I don't always drive cars, but when I do, I prefer DeLoreans

    http://www.will-to-live.org

    No-one is to stone anyone, even, and I want to make this absolutely clear, even if they do say "carburetor"

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    Custom DeLorean Builder Rich W's Avatar
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    Not exactly tall weeds, but there were weeds in this auction lot in TX, back in the 90's.

    4wd-dmc-on-tx-auction-lot-1.jpg

    4wd-dmc-on-tx-auction-lot-2.jpg

    These photos above may be cross-posted in the pre-Historic (pre D Rex) section, when
    the DeLorean 4x4 was still changing ownership, in the 1990's, before it was UP-Graded.

    Later,
    Rich W.

    Quote Originally Posted by Dangermouse View Post
    pretty damn tall weeds

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    Custom DeLorean Builder Rich W's Avatar
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    Club(s):   (DMWC) (DCUK)

    Planning to add a few more photos, but I thought I would start with the last photo taken of the D Rex at DCS 2012,
    just prior to heading back home behind my Diesel RV. As you might expect, having the D Rex on an open flat bed
    trailer draws a whole lot of attention, with countless gawkers with cell phone cameras sitting in my blind spot on
    the interstates, causing traffic backups heading to and from FL. Yes, it was quite an adventure.

    D-Rex-departing.jpg

    Later,
    Rich W.

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