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By venkman69
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Hey all!

Thought I'd start posting pictures of my journey to create an Ecto.

I built a pack a couple of years back and really enjoyed documenting the process. Since then I've built a Jurassic Park Jeep, but Ghostbusters has always been my favourite film since I first saw it all that time ago.

As mentioned in my previous builds, I'm a teacher, a husband and a father, so don't have loads of time on my hands. But thought it would be nice to plot as I go on this mamouth journey!

The first port of call is to accumulate everything to go on the car, including fabricating everything for the roof rack.
No car yet, but a lot of odds and ends picked up along the way since the start and a whole lot of spirit! I do love a good treasure hunt! Once everything has been acquired, I will fund a purchase by selling the Jeep.

Hope this is interesting and maybe even helpful towards your own builds.

Aus
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By venkman69
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For context - Here is the pack, Jeep and my current feeling...ImageImageImage
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By venkman69
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The first part I thought I'd tackle was to make the fan box.

I'm very lucky in that my cousin's husband works in the metal industry, so can either make or get stuff made. I shot him over some dims that I found from a post on a Facebook group called Ecto 1 builders taken by videobob

He was able to make the box up for me.

We are making up some separate louvre plates for the 2 sides.

Next I found a great donar fan on eBay for £3. I stripped it and cut the fan blades to match. It came with a good size condenser motor, that although it's not 100%, it's close enough with a few modifications!

Here's some pics of where I'm at with it. ImageImageImage
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By NotSabbat
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Awesome to see an Ecto-1 build and I look forward to seeing it develop. I will bring up that videobob is basically though of as a crook and a stain on the GB community around here. There are plenty of threads about why on the forum. It does make me question the accuracy of his Ecto-1 info, but I have no experience with vehicle builds, so I dont know.

Also; I LOVE the JP Jeep!
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By venkman69
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Awesome to see an Ecto-1 build and I look forward to seeing it develop. I will bring up that videobob is basically though of as a crook and a stain on the GB community around here. There are plenty of threads about why on the forum. It does make me question the accuracy of his Ecto-1 info, but I have no experience with vehicle builds, so I dont know.

Also; I LOVE the JP Jeep!
Hey dude!

Yep, I've heard that about him from quite a few of people, but I always like to give my sources regardless of where they come from. The post was a load of photo measurements that he took when he went over the Sony car, so it's quite handy for those 'rough' estimates!! Lol

This will be a long process like any Ecto build, but I'm passionate about it!

Thanks for the the kind comment about the jeep! Like to give a bit of a back story!!

Aus
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By venkman69
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Finished fan. Love the trim and snap method! Soooo good. Then a little sanding here and there and a pretty good likeness I believe.Image
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By Macktacular
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Good luck on the project, I'm looking forward to seeing more pictures as you progress.
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By venkman69
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Been busy collecting bits and bobs recently which I'll post up soon. With self-isolating going on, I've been able to get into a few project for the rack. I've tackled the side tube. Getting a square cut was really tricky. I tried a few different methods, but ended up with putting some paper around it to get a straight line, then using a hand saw. Much better than any of the other ways. I cut the plugs out of wood and made up some handles from some sheet I had kicking about. Made a template first to check it all looked right. Ready for painting now!ImageImageImageImageImageImage
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By venkman69
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Also started work in the rear dish. Got an arrow made up by my cousin's husband Mark. He is an absolute legend on this project!! He's working on the fan box louvres also! Image
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By venkman69
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Pretty much finished the rear dish apart from the checkered tape. Tried some but it was too thick. So I'm back to the drawing board. Think I'll leave that until later in the build. Accurate spindle also!ImageImageImage
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By venkman69
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What did you use for the dish dome?
I got it made up from a plastics company up country. Sent them the dims of what I needed then they customs made it.
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By 69428scj
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What did you use for the dish dome?
www.eztopsworldwide.com is where I've gotten my domes.
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By ccv66
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Thanks guys, that's a piece figure I couldn't find at the hard ware store
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By venkman69
#4933318
That place looks like the same kind of place I got mine. I'm in the UK, so would be really expensive to ship. This place might even halve it for you like the place over here did.
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By venkman69
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Been working on the radome over the last month. This was a 3d print file that I found online and got Mark to print for me. I sanded it then added some filler. After this, I went up through the grades of sand paper to get it nice and smooth. Added a couple of brackets underneath to attach it to the plate. Screws in the side I know aren't there on the original, but it was welded we can't do with the 3d print. Then used some plastikote gloss white spray. Have it loads of coats to make it nice and strong. Drew on some guide lines using the same method as the long side tube. Wrap a large piece of paper round it to give you a nice straight line. I then used 1inch red electric tape. First attempt didn't work when I pealed it off and had to resand it and respray. But came up good in the end. Going to lacquer it to give it a nice polished finished. Really happy with how it turned out! ImageImageImageImageImageImageImage
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By roopjm
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For context - Here is the pack, Jeep and my current feeling...ImageImageImage
Hey that's my groups ecto! Love that meme!
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By venkman69
#4934321
For context - Here is the pack, Jeep and my current feeling...ImageImageImage
Hey that's my groups ecto! Love that meme!
Dude, saw it and I thought - yep! That sums everything up!!
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