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    About a man named Jed..
    This is a custom made from the Hot Wheels Hooligan casting several years ago. I am looking to do a more accurate custom with the right wheels and more like the 1920-1922 Oldsmobile used in the TV show. Any suggestions on what casting I could find and use???


  • #2
    That is just the neatest thing Steve, just need to have some more fun and create yourself some figures of all the characters in the family to ride in it.


    Beverly Hillbillies opening theme
    Doug

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    • #3
      the one you already have looks good to me.

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      • #4
        I have always enjoyed your custom of the Hillbillies truck. A bit surprised with all the Hollywood models that GL has offered that this one hasn't been considered and done by them.

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        • #5
          Anybody remember the real that sold at auction? ....... https://www.barrett-jackson.com/Even...M-TRUCK-178575
          Scotty "Mustang Mad Man!"

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          • #6
            Any suggestions on what casting I could find and use???
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            Here's a still shot (borrowed) of the basic truck without people and assorted stuff hanging off of it. If I recall, the 3 models built by Barris were made on old Oakland automobiles - could still find them back then, now almost impossible. Oakland became Pontiac 1929 or thereabout as I recall.

            The tell for me is the rounded top of the radiator - which extends the length of the hood.

            High Speed / Readers Digest made an Oakland, 1909...I think the BH truck was early '20s.

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            The pointy top of the radiator just isn't accurate to what you want to do.

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            • #7
              You are a VERY talented modeler, so I'm going to offer some suggestions but every one of them will require a great deal of modification. In a perfect world, if you could keep what you have already built and fit the radiator and hood from one of the models I'm getting ready to show, I think you can build a home run for this model.

              In the same series as the Oakland shown above, High Speed issued a number of models, some with rounded hoods but the headlights will likely need some adjustment to make them work, and the car bodies themselves would be challenging to make into a truck. The wheels have to go, that goes without saying.

              First is the 1910 Hudson, this was only in a 3 pack, but the radiator / hood combo looks pretty close

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              The roadster body just isn't well suited to the cause. But if it were possible to graft this front onto what you already have I think you would be really close to accurate.


              Another contender is the 1911 Mercer Raceabout, but we're back at the same problems as the Hudson, plus the need for headlights. On the plus side the Mercer is a little easier to find.

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              Last edited by jt3; 01-14-2020, 11:14 PM.

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              • #8
                Since we're on roadsters, here's the Peerless

                This one has selling points, since the BH truck is essentially a "Roadster Pickup" albeit heavily modified, this one might actually make a suitable base. It would still be a challenge.

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                The rumble seat would have to go, and might have to stretch the chassis (plastic so that might not be a really big challenge) to fit the flatbed. Front fenders are close but a bit too "long" to be accurate but generally in the ballpark.

                This one is called the Town Coupe, a little hard to find, but the shape of the radiator / hood is pretty darn close, but you need headlights
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                As an old style limosuine the wheelbase is good, front fenders are good, but it would require some serious work on the back half. These wheels might even do the trick with some "wood" paint. So this one could be a pretty strong contender for a platform to build from scratch.

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                • #9
                  The last two I have to show are long shots, more like checking the measurements to see if the others don't fit these might be last ditch donors to fix what you have.

                  Thomas Flyer

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                  Maybe this is better raw material than I thought, even has straps across the hood already...just a touch of "leather" paint...

                  And the 1912 Simplex, very easy to find, but probably the farthest from accurate to what you are trying to do

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                  I don't think I have an extra Hudson Roadster, but I do have extras of all the others. Let me know if any of these would help you, and PM your address and I'll send the ones you want.

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                  • #10
                    I had always read it was based on a 1921 Oldsmobile

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                    • #11
                      Weeeelll doggies...Oakland, Oldsmobile...I was close.

                      Seems some say 1921, some say 1922, this Barrett-Jackson write up probably provides a clue as to why:
                      Lot #2005 - Here is a rare opportunity to own a piece of the Beverly Hillbillies history. This vehicle was built, signed and purchased from none other than George Barris of Barris Kustom Industries. Barris Kustom Industries has been in business since 1944 and are well-known for their movie vehicles such as the "General Lee," the "Munster Mobile" and the "Batmobile." Documented by Mr. Barris as one of five vehicles built, it was filmed in the TV series as well as the Beverly Hillbillies movie. It is world famous for its unprecedented 12-year run on the original TV series with such stars as Buddy Ebsen, Irene Ryan, Max Baer Jr., Donna Douglas and Nancy Kulp. This was constructed using a 1922 Oldsmobile base and a vintage truck chassis. The truck runs and drives. It was once used as a parade vehicle and certainly draws attention. The mannequins will go with the car as well. This amazing, impressive Hillbilly Truck known as the "Jalopy" has been used at the Autorama, World of Wheels and Rod and Custom Car Shows. This truck was also used to transport the Grand Marshall Ken Squier of CBS Motorsports. This is a true piece of Hollywood history and would complete anyone's collection. **SOLD ON BILL OF SALE ONLY**

                      https://www.barrett-jackson.com/Even...M-TRUCK-178575

                      I found a few others insisting the original was given to a museum near Branson Mo by the show's creator Paul Henning, and likely that too is correct if more than one was built...which tended to be the norm for shows back then (Batmobile, Monkeemobile, Black Beauty, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Herbie the Love Bug...all have multiple copies originally). So the one sold at Barrett-Jackson was, I'm guessing, probably from the newish movie remake.

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