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Old 12-10-2019, 06:49 PM   #1
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Default Never rent your car to the studios

In the late 70's I rented a car to the studios. They said they would be gentle. It was a 29 Roadster Pickup. B engine with a Cook four port and two downdraft Winfields. Was partially done when I rented it to them. They said it had too much power so they disconnected one of the carbs. Late in the movie they had a chase scene where they drove the car through a gate.

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Maybe this should be in Model A forum
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Old 12-10-2019, 06:56 PM   #2
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What damage when they drove it through a gate ?!
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Looks like the Mustang fared rather worse...
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Old 12-10-2019, 07:08 PM   #4
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They took off the front bumper and put on a 2x12. The gate and other stuff that they ran over was put together with toothpicks. I was sitting in a Motel when I watched it for the first time. Man I could not sleep
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Old 12-10-2019, 07:10 PM   #5
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I saw a movie where they completely destroyed a 49-50 Ford woody. So I never go to a movie that has old cars in them....because you know that the only reason they are in the movie is to show them as something rare and valuable that has to be damaged for the theme of the movie.
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If my '32 truck turns out like that A.....shazam. Andy slammed the door way to hard.
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Old 12-10-2019, 07:15 PM   #7
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The cars in the 1970's movie Bonny and Clyde, look like they were painted with a paint brush. They look like beat up 30;s cars from the 70;s and not like new cars in the 30's.
I had to laugh. One car even had a 1950's style radio in it.
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Old 12-10-2019, 07:38 PM   #8
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In 1941, when Tobacco Road was produced, they "wrecked" a brand new 1941 Ford. That "wrecked" Ford was purchased from the studio by one of the stuntmen, who rebuilt the car.

I have heard mostly horror stories about lending cars for movies. This was discussed at length over at the AACA page.
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Old 12-10-2019, 08:30 PM   #9
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When you rent a car to the to make a movie you drive the car. Make sure they have insurance to cover the car. You cover the shots.
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Old 12-10-2019, 08:38 PM   #10
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Rent your car to a studio and it becomes an expendable "prop".
The damage done takes away the fun.
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Old 12-10-2019, 09:48 PM   #11
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1970s?

1970s Chips episode...
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lImZkr60_UE


Best car pyleup on film. Great film.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LMagP52BWG8


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Old 12-11-2019, 07:42 AM   #12
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We rented our 37 Station Wagon to the movies several years back and like the post says.....NO WAY. They didn't take care of it AT ALL. They kept short running the car for "takes" and ran the battery down, then jump started it with 12V batteries and burnt the coil up, left it out in the rain when not filming or using it, made promises of giving us car covers, having it "professionally" detailed and cleaned and never delivered on ANY of it, THEN left town a few days early and left the car sitting in the parking lot for a day and a half before they called to say they were done!!!! NEVER EVER again.
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Old 12-11-2019, 08:07 AM   #13
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People seem to think that by having their car in a movie will make it the next "Bullet Mustang" and be worth millions. The reality is that it will probably incur some type of damage and it will be up to you to have it fixed. If you can find it, look for the Lincoln car that was used in something to do with a Lincoln High School or Lincoln advertisement of some sort. The photographer placed something like 20 cheerleaders all over the car. The roof was crushed and the hood and trunk were destroyed. I don't remember what exactly happened but I think his insurance company even refused to have the car fixed. I will never do it.
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Did you see the Hawaii 5.0 episode where they went back to 1941 Pearl Harbor?, they were driving 47 or 48 Fords when they parked the car McGarret slid the shifter into park. I guess nobody on the island would lend them period correct cars.
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The prevailing attitude is "It's just a vehicle!" and were told such TWICE!!!
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The prevailing attitude is "It's just a vehicle!" and were told such TWICE!!!
Tell them it's just money any their insurance company should cover it. When you rent a car thay make sure you return it in the same condition or else you pay. You need to get stuff in writing.
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Old 12-11-2019, 07:20 PM   #17
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I was in a filming last spring. I drove my car. We were up all night. Lots of reshooting. My car got a workout. Both the car and I got paid, but I had a good time participating.


Good cars make for good movies. The Irishman and Once Upon a Time in Hollywood did a pretty good job with their old vehicles and it makes the movie more enjoyable. One is under no obligation to rent, but I would make sure that I was there and driving the car. They do get used a lot and can develop problems. The attrition in our group of cars was significant.
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Old 12-12-2019, 12:47 AM   #18
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I was on a movie set once there was a 1930's Dodge dog catcher wagon. Behind him
was a prop start airplane. They started the plane and forgot to chock the wheels.
The plane moved forward and started cutting up the dog catcher wagon.
The movie company paid to it have professionally back together.
The movie company paid him the daily rate on his car until he got it back.
I would do that.....
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My 1939 Ford Fordor was in the Hawaii 5.0 episode shoot that flashbacked to 1941. However, it made the cutting room floor and not the final episode. On shoot day in Manoa, the cars were all Model As except for one 1932 Model B sedan and my '39. I was able to drive the car when it needed to be moved and no one mistreated it when I wasn't in/around it. So I didn't have a bad experience.



There were very few original V-8s on Oahu so the filming company took what it could get. Hawaii 5.0 isn't a period piece so a lack of age-correct cars is probably forgivable. It was a bit disappointing that my car was closest in year to 1941 and didn't feature in the final version.
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Good cars make for good movies. The Irishman and Once Upon a Time in Hollywood did a pretty good job with their old vehicles and it makes the movie more enjoyable.

I agree good cars do make the movie. I tend to look at the cars a lot in period movies. I also love old movies on tcm (just started showing the orginal oceans eleven currently).

Every once in a while you'll see cars with radials, or 60s cragars in a 40-50s period movie made today. Oh well.

The Irishman was a good movie, I thought. There was a 36 coupe that kept being used. Parked in a few shots, driving by in others. The scene with joe pesci giving advice to robert under the hood of the truck was interesting . Good movie if you have 3.5 hrs to spend, or do it in shifts.


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