Wednesday, May 21, 2008

The restoration of the Back to the Future 2 Police Hover Bike.

Via: codeoneauto

"This vehicle, which was once together as a whole and was last seen gliding across the screen in the film "Back to the Future Part 2", was now in at least three locations at once, more that 50 miles apart. If you include the cracked windshield, which was still at Ohrberg Star Cars in Los Angeles, then it would be 4 locations and 3000 miles. A weekend flight to LA returned the windshield to the East Coast. Having prepared for this trip, I brought along a large duffel bag that was capable of successfully containing the windshield yet still qualified as "carry on" luggage. It was quite amusing to see security X-ray an obviously heavy and quite full bag that appeared to carry nothing inside. After a brief explanation to airline security, we were on our way back home.

While we were diligently coming up with many ideas on how this windshield, made of plexiglass and now broken into several large pieces, some of them missing, could best be re-engineered to serve as a model for a reproduction. We were fortunate enough to acquire a large assortment of original molds for a great deal of Hollywood Star Cars. Among these molds was a set from the Back to the Future production, which included the windshield mold for the Police Hoverbike. My "carry on cargo" was rendered scrap plastic. Within a few hours, we had a replacement.

Anything that could not be straightened was removed. One of the dual exhausts, with its custom shroud, was so badly crushed that it had to be removed and discarded, the other, we managed to save. The gauges were so badly damaged as to be almost unrecognizable.

Once we had removed all that need be removed, it was time to start putting some necessary items back on. A trip to our nearby Kawasaki dealer, who was happy to once again be supplying parts to such a strange project, took care of that problem.

After a few days, the replacement parts arrived and this moviecar was once again standing on its own. Interestingly enough, we found that Ohrberg Star Cars had opted to modify the center stand for this vehicle to make room for the custom exhaust system. Their modifications would have rendered the center stand non-functional. Only a stretch of highway in California knows for sure. We decided to modify the exhaust system instead of the new center stand as quite often, a young visitor to an exhibit will find some way to slip under the ropes and seat himself upon our cycles. A functional center stand is a priority for us. It did amuse me to once again view the original footage of the Police officers arriving on our bikes and using the side stands, knowing full well that at the time, they really didn’t have a choice.

The bikes were sold to a moviecar musuem in the fall of 2000"

1 comment:

Paul E. Smith said...

Would LOVE to see some pics of the final bike!