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KIFT in Dallas - Who wants to help me restore it?

Posted: Fri Apr 20, 2012 10:23 am
by VIDEOBOB
Hi, my name is Bob and I have a shop in south Dallas called "Bob's Prop Shop".
Check out http://www.bobspropshop.com
I have the screen used KIFT car in my possession and I am currently restoring it.

Here is how it looks as of today:
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When I got it, it was black and white from being used on "Scare Tactics". The police lights are in the back seat.
I was also told that "Power Rangers" used in before but I have yet to confirm this or see it.
I also found it on "Black Scorpion" to.

I know that there were two of these built along with a boat car and a "half" car.
I was told that the bill for all of these cars was $300,000, that's what Jay O. charged the studio at least.

Anyway, the engine is apparently blown in it.
The interior is pretty bad.
There is a smash on the nose from some sort of crash....
I want to completely restore the car and also add in the "dash" as seen on screen.

I am looking for fans to send me what ever photos or information they might have, also, if you live near Dallas
and would like to help me on the project and would like the honor of laying your hands on the screen used Hollywood artifact please contact me through my website and I will be happy to have you to the shop to see it and put you to work!!!
Thanks,
- Bob

Re: KIFT in Dallas - Who wants to help me restore it?

Posted: Fri Apr 20, 2012 7:05 pm
by Lost Knight
Here are some screen shots for you that I snapped a few years ago:

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I could have sworn I had one of the complete dash, but that must have been on an old harddrive.

Re: KIFT in Dallas - Who wants to help me restore it?

Posted: Sat Apr 21, 2012 6:25 am
by TONY1977
Hello Videobob, congratulations on your acquisition. I'll try to put what I can in helping you as possible, so you guys feel free to correct me when necessary.
As far as I know 2 complete cars were made using a Dodge Stealth, plus 2 more made out of the mold, the boat car and the process car, the latter was just a shell with a working dash in It.
The 2 main cars could be identifyed by the interiors, 1 had cloth seats and the other had vynil/leather ones.
Your must be the one with cloth seats because the other one was restored a couple of years ago and sold at an auction. This same car received the original working dash that was used in the process car.
One of those had a small single backseat, but don't remember which one. It was for the blind driving scenes at the end of KR2000.
After KR2000, both cars were reused in other movies. I'm 99.9% sure your car wasn't used in Chips '99, that was the leather seats car, no reason to used both , It was just seen in 4 or 5 closeup/beauty shots and wasn't driven that much.
Both cars were prolly needed for Black Scorpions, the closeup shots of the chick with glasses driving reveals that could be your car.
Both cars were returned to J.Ohrberg, repainted black and white and reused in power Rangers and Scare Tactics. The other car was still two tone when It was restored.
This is what I believe your car was during the buiding process, cloth seats.
http://kr2k.com/images/inprogress.jpg
here you could take more infos and pictures of the building, even though the site is not updated.
http://kr2k.com/bts.html
Trivia note, a 5th car was required at first for a jump sequence that never happened. Jay O. had the stunt car from Hardcastle & Mccormick that he started modifying for that purpose, the Universal staff changed their minds and Jay kept the car for him. That car became his Taz-mobile and a coupla years ago was sold to a private.

All my best wishes for you and KIFT, hope my chit chat helped a bit.
Tony

Re: KIFT in Dallas - Who wants to help me restore it?

Posted: Sat Apr 21, 2012 6:37 am
by VIDEOBOB
Thanks for the info.
This car is the cloth seats car.
I will post more photos of it soon.

Re: KIFT in Dallas - Who wants to help me restore it?

Posted: Sat Apr 21, 2012 7:08 am
by Joe Huth
Hi Videobob,

Are you the same Videobob whose involved in the "Back to the Future" community?

Anyways, I run a website, http://www.knightriderhistorians.com with fellow KR historian, AJ Palmgren. AJ owns the original Knight 4000 insert car (that had the working dash). I'd love to get you in contact with him, as he would be interested in traveling to your location to see the car in person. Combined, we have over 30 years of experience in documenting original KR props.

Speak with you soon,
Joe

Re: KIFT in Dallas - Who wants to help me restore it?

Posted: Sat Apr 21, 2012 8:32 am
by VIDEOBOB
Yes, I'm the same Videobob!
Check out http://www.bobspropshop.com to see some of my stuff.
I have built 9 Delorean Time Machines, 2 Knight Riders, 2 Bluesmobiles and I am working on 4 ECTO-1 cars.
Please, forward his info to me and vice versa...

Re: KIFT in Dallas - Who wants to help me restore it?

Posted: Sat Apr 21, 2012 10:35 am
by VIDEOBOB
Here are some pics I took when I first got it.

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Re: KIFT in Dallas - Who wants to help me restore it?

Posted: Sat Apr 21, 2012 11:31 am
by knightfever
VIDEOBOB wrote:There is a smash on the nose from some sort of crash....
- Bob


I believe that happened on "Scare Tactics." In the sequence, they put the subject(person to be scared) in the car and start doing all sorts of crazy maneuvers with the car. The final thing they did was drive the car towards a garage with door down and crashed, nose first, through the door in true Knight Rider style. And with the way they were driving the car, that's probably what caused the engine to be blown. I've searched Youtube for the sequence but I can't find it as of yet.

Re: KIFT in Dallas - Who wants to help me restore it?

Posted: Sun Apr 22, 2012 8:48 am
by Joe Huth
Videobob....PM sent :)

Joe

Re: KIFT in Dallas - Who wants to help me restore it?

Posted: Sun Apr 22, 2012 6:17 pm
by VIDEOBOB
Here is the VIN:
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I have gottena lot of PM's and inquiries, let me just say that if anyone wants to come see the car in Dallas just ask.
I am looking for people to help me work on it.

My official facebook page is: https://www.facebook.com/bobspropshop
and the album is at: [url]https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.211541728949620.31220.125714114199049&type=3
My official website is http://www.bobspropshop.com/[/url]
I was thinking about making a fan page for KIFT on facebook, not sure... I would rather just have people follow my page so they can see all the projects we are doing. I will consider it.

I will try to document as much of the restoration as possible and let you know if I "find" anything anywhere.
I have talked to Jay on the phone about the car and he filled me in about it as much as possible.

Re: KIFT in Dallas - Who wants to help me restore it?

Posted: Sun May 13, 2012 11:30 pm
by taoworm2323
Bob, I make the electronics to the Knight 4000. PM me. I am one state over in Louisiana.
The parts I make are functional and look exactly like on the show.
I can send you a video of my parts if you would like.

Re: KIFT in Dallas - Who wants to help me restore it?

Posted: Mon May 14, 2012 4:38 pm
by Taichi
Hey Bob!

Very cool! I however can confirm that this was used in Power Rangers Time Force in the first episode "Force From the Future Part 1". Alex drove it only less than a minute and it was used in a couple of other shots. Not sure if it showed up again later in the series. I'm a huge Ranger fan and KR fan, so when this car showed up, I knew it was immediately KIFT.

Hope that clears up the Ranger issue.

Re: KIFT in Dallas - Who wants to help me restore it?

Posted: Tue May 15, 2012 10:11 am
by taoworm2323
Heres a taste of what I can do: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_PcSBFqx ... e=youtu.be

The voice is Carmen Argenziano's. (Russell Maddock / Voice of K.I.F.T.)

I can also program it to do KITTs voice as well. (William Daniels)

The A.I. can hear you and talk back. It has voice recognition and is fully functional prop.

I can also do all of the dashboard electronics for your car and buttons with appropriate labels.
Also the center screen and two smaller passenger side screens, as well as the fax machine built into the dash. :good:

Just let me know if you want to move forward with your K4000 project and we can work out the details to get your car working & looking better than it did in the TV movie.

Joshua Fuller
Knight Functional Props

Re: KIFT in Dallas - Who wants to help me restore it?

Posted: Tue May 15, 2012 10:20 pm
by nee716
Wow guys. This looks like it is going to be an awesome build.

Re: KIFT in Dallas - Who wants to help me restore it?

Posted: Sun May 20, 2012 1:50 pm
by taoworm2323
Hey Bob.
Calling you today to talk about your 4000 project. :good:

Re: KIFT in Dallas - Who wants to help me restore it?

Posted: Sun May 20, 2012 1:57 pm
by VIDEOBOB
I am happy to talk to any of you about the project and would like to involve the community in this restoration.
This is for the fans!

My number is (817) 905-4262
My direct email is videobob@hotmail.com
My website is http://www.bobspropshop.com with a live webcam.

Re: KIFT in Dallas - Who wants to help me restore it?

Posted: Sun May 20, 2012 8:32 pm
by taoworm2323
This Knight 4000 is gonna impress the hell out of everyone when were done with it. :good:

Re: KIFT in Dallas - Who wants to help me restore it?

Posted: Mon May 21, 2012 8:09 pm
by knightdriver
Can't wait to see how your resto comes out. Glad to see the two cars are still around.

Here is my Knight4000 that I picked up a quite a few years ago. This was an extra body made from the mold
before they modified the nose to be solid.

I have it down at a friends house at the moment. Still debating on what to do with it. Now that my 82 KITT
replica is finished, I may begin to tackle this one. here is a few pictures when we shipped it down to my
friends house.

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Re: KIFT in Dallas - Who wants to help me restore it?

Posted: Fri May 25, 2012 3:42 pm
by KITT Conversion
Can't wait to see what it will look like when it's completely restored! :good:

KC

Re: KIFT in Dallas - Who wants to help me restore it?

Posted: Sun May 27, 2012 7:11 am
by dayneknight
Do you know which episode of scare tactics and black scorpion kift was used in.

Re: KIFT in Dallas - Who wants to help me restore it?

Posted: Sun May 27, 2012 1:15 pm
by taoworm2323
dayneknight wrote:Do you know which episode of scare tactics and black scorpion kift was used in.


Scare tactics: http://www.metacafe.com/watch/288508/sc ... hell_ride/ ("Hell ride" episode)

Black scorpion: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cXwzZpI1eIE ("Lifes a gas" episode)

Re: KIFT in Dallas - Who wants to help me restore it?

Posted: Sun May 27, 2012 9:33 pm
by dayneknight
Thank for the video links, how is you k3000 coming? How about Power rangers,do you have a like for the episode that k400 was used in?

Re: KIFT in Dallas - Who wants to help me restore it?

Posted: Mon May 28, 2012 9:37 am
by knightfever
taoworm2323 wrote:
dayneknight wrote:Do you know which episode of scare tactics and black scorpion kift was used in.


Scare tactics: http://www.metacafe.com/watch/288508/sc ... hell_ride/ ("Hell ride" episode)

Black scorpion: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cXwzZpI1eIE ("Lifes a gas" episode)


I was wrong. But then, it's been a while since I saw that episode. I had forgotten that it was a faux brick wall they crashed into. For some reason, I had remembered that it was a garage door. Either way, thanks for posting the link. I had the same feeling about it that I did when I first saw the Scare Tactics episode air. If they'd done some driving like that in Knight Rider 2000, that would have added a lot to the movie.

Re: KIFT in Dallas - Who wants to help me restore it?

Posted: Mon May 28, 2012 12:26 pm
by taoworm2323
dayneknight wrote:Thank for the video links, how is you k3000 coming?


It's going REALLY well.
I'm going to film the Knight 3000 install starting today. I should have it up on my youtube channel sometime later this week.
I will post my 3000 progress later this week.:good:

Re: KIFT in Dallas - Who wants to help me restore it?

Posted: Sun Mar 10, 2013 7:28 pm
by wheresmurphy
Hi, I was wondering if there is any updates on this? I love a good restore thread!!