Cop Car Ford Crown Vic Transformed Into a General Lee Dodge Charger and Jumped
Check out this video feature on how Hollywood stunt man James "Ski Car Stunt" Smith built a General Lee Dodge Charger out of an ex-cop car Ford Crown Victoria in just 12 days... and then jumped it at a live stunt show!
James is used to dealing with tight deadlines and limited budgets when it comes to certain productions and has a unique gift of making the impossible happen, on time.
When tasked to be the stunt coordinator for the 2017 "Dukes of Hazzard" Fan Festival at an event called Cooter's Last Stand in Virginia, Smith had to come up with yet another (and increasingly harder to find) 1969 Dodge Charger to be turned into a General Lee hero car for the stunt show.
To make this an even bigger challenge, the car would have to survive a big jump at the end of the show on both days of the event.
So James came up with a plan for a vehicle that would look the part, survive the jump and be easily repairable if something were to get broken.
Plus the vehicle he had in mind as a donor was readily available and no one would care if it got wrecked.
He sourced a 1999 Ford Crown Victoria
Police car retired from the Portland Police department.
With a little help from his brother and partner at Smith Bros. Restorations, they attacked the Crown Vic with a few tools and a Sawzall... reducing the car to a basic drive-able tub in about three hours.
Then the task of hanging a mixture of newly ordered 69 Charger body panels and salvaged parts out of the extensive Smith Bros. Restorations
own stash onto the late model Ford chassis.
James integrated the roll cage into the structure of the newly formed Charger and in about 12 days had the car finished and painted flat black for a quick video shoot in which he drove the car on two wheels... called a car ski because of the narrow tire tracks left behind.
James then painted the car to look like the General Lee from the "Dukes of Hazzard" television show and got it ready for the Cooter's Last Stand event.
The car performed flawlessly and flew great on both days of the show.
When asked if he would consider making more of these nearly indestructible flying General Lees
Smith says ... "Maybe"
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