1966 Dodge A-100; Batmobile Parachute Pickup Service Van

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Completed last night, Sept. 24,2011...7th finished model of 2011 for me! I was inspired to build this after seeing the van in at least one episode of Batman on TV.

Added the rear roof and sides from a MPC Dodge Tradesvan to the Lindberg Little Red Wagon kit.

Added the phone from AMT 63 Galaxie kit to the dash on a shelf, photo-reduced newspaper on the engine cover, and tissue and thread 'parachutes' in the rear. Rearview mirrors from AMT Peterbilt and some piano wire. Also posted in The Batcave CBP. Enjoy. More pictures here.

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Van Looks great.

Nice work on the Conversion.

Now if somebody wants to find The Batman, just follow the van :lol:

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Nice job Tony!!! B)

Someone out there casts one of these in stock and chopped versions (Flintstone?), you did it the hard way, but it really looks good!

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Looks great, very nice build

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Thanks, Rodney - Loved the show for it's campiness!

Thanks, Jeff...Yeah, I know...at the time, this was on hand, more work but le$$!!

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Thanks, Tim.

Jacen - Best get at them before you can't find the LRW kit either!! :)

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Now that's one KOOL looking van!!! Great work converting it, very clean work...

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I have one of those resin van bodies I am going to use to make a stock van... the bodies are pretty nice.

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Looks like a Homerun to me.

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Hi Tony,

your van is crazy! I love it! That gives me pull, to finish mine as fast as i can :)

may i tell you...

I have one of those resin van bodies I am going to use to make a stock van... the bodies are pretty nice.

...on this van i am just working on.

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very nice

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Very nice van!

Great job!

Daniel

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Ahhh...but by the time the Van arrives at the pickup site where the chutes are, the Batmobile is long gone! :lol: I still can't get over this one. I've looked at the Jimmy Flintstone site and seen the van body...i'm getting closer and closer to picking one up before it's out of issue. Or maybe two...or three... B):D

That is IF they don't trace the number on the Batmobiles licence plate first! :lol:

Loved seeing this one go together, love the end result. B)

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Really cool A100. This is great looking body, and it's like a dream with big engine with lots of HP. Your build is great, I like the color, and paintjob looks good too. Wheels and tires are really looking good also. Thanks for sharing this one.

We have one in Finland too:

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I have seen three of the 1:1 vans that were really "healthy"! The first was a guy worked at a station I did. He had wrecked his 64 Plymouth so pulled the 413 out and installed it and the push button automatic into an A100 window van!

The second had a 440 Six Pack and the third had a 426 Hemi moved back into the same position as the LRW!

The guy with the 440 6 Pack was trying to work out a shifter for the 4 speed! Don't know if he ever did!

I had the Ford version with a HP 289 out of a 64 Fairlane 500XL. The car had almost rusted in half.

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Concept, execution, wow factor, it's got it all. Love the phone and the chutes in the back. Are those tissue?

Maybe for a future version, use a Fed Ex or UPS van if they are out there.

Good Job Tony !!

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Thanks, guys, for the comments and stories! Love the flat front vans of the 60s!

Neat van Niko-Thanks for the picture!

Johhny - I haven't seen many around these parts...just one Ford a few years ago, but haven't seen it in a while-it was tu-tone and had a raised rear end and Cragars...very much a 60s mild custom!

Joe, the chutes are tissues...I actually cut two into a circle and did a quick bat with a sharpie marker on them...folded them up, added the thread and got the white glue and water out. Came out pretty good to me! Maybe the newer Batmobiles don't need chutes, what with the advances in brake technology and materials...or reverse thrusters...:)

This was a long time coming, but glad to have it done! Onto the Snap kit Batmobile before my glue kit arrives!

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What a COOL build!

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Tony, what did you do to correct the extreme Camber angle and wayyyyyyyyy kewll on doing such a unique van ! Ed Shaver

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Pretty cool!! B)

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Excellent job!

How did you reproduce the 'Parachute Pickup Service' lettering?

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Thank you for the comments!

Ed-Just built the chassis out of the box...nothing special.

Tony-Found the lettering online (there is a Yuku forum for 66 Batmobile)-printed on my printer, cut out each word and applied with white glue-I cut the words where the van doors open and stuck them all on...covered with Future.

Here's the screen cap that got me started...

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Here's the artwork - I can't recall who made this...wasn't me!

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Nice build & conversion work. Cool original idea.

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Thanks for that link Tony!

On that site, also discovered a nice side shot of Chief O'Hara's squad car with 'Gotham City Police' on the door, I'll print that out and build a period police car to go with the batmobile.

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