Jurassic Park Fan Builds Movie-Correct Ford Explorer
Replica Includes Period-Correct CRT Screens, Rare Brushguard
Most of us probably don’t consider the sci-fi adventure movie Jurassic Park to be a classic, but the fact is, it's been more than 20 years since the movie's original theatrical release, definitely putting it more in the category of "classic" than "contemporary." Consequently, if you're building a replica vehicle from that time period, finding the right parts for it might be a little trickier than something built within the last five years.
Christopher Orgeron of Houston, Texas, decided he was going to build as exact a replica as he could of the Ford Explorer featured in the movie. After finding a period-correct first-generation Ford Explorer for just $500 on Craigslist, Orgeron went on an expedition (no pun intended) to track down the most precise parts possible to build a movie replica. The Craigslist "bargain" ended up needing a new engine, but Orgeron took the experience in stride, undaunted in his quest to build his movie-mobile.
Some fans would be content to do a custom paintjob that approximately replicates the movie car and call it a day, but Orgeron went much further, tearing apart the Explorer's interior to install not one, but two period-correct cathode ray tube (CRT) screens. Yes kids, there were TVs and computer monitors before flat screens. Another surprisingly hard-to-find component of the build was the brushguard, which Orgeron finally found. You can check out a full photo gallery of the Ford Explorer buildup and the vehicle over at Orgeron's Reddit page and Imgur photo gallery.
Source: Reddit, Imgur
2015 Ford Explorer SpecificationsVIEW ALL
|Fair Market Price||$28,764|
|Editors' Overall Rating|
|Mileage||17 City / 24 Highway|
|Horse Power||290 hp @ 6,500 rpm|
|Torque||255 ft lb of torque @ 4,000 rpm|