Someplace in or round Hollywood, there is a scriptwriter whipping up an organized crime flick that requires a period-correct armored automotive for the gangsters to knock over. No unusual truck with a plywood prop physique will do; no, this must be the actual factor, thick steel physique, gunports and all. Sadly, the right candidate’s nonetheless in a state of disrepair and disassembly, as we see from this 1950 White armored car listed on the market on Hemmings.com. There isn’t any doubt about this truck’s function, provided that the vendor stories the inside physique panels are a quarter-inch thick whereas the door and windshield glass are two inches thick. If it seems like little greater than a financial institution vault on wheels, that is as a result of it’s.
Thankfully, the restoration has already been began, with a rebuilt and refinished chassis, a working flathead six-cylinder engine, and tires with Atlas’s shoulders. Sadly, these are the straightforward elements of the restoration (they usually in all probability weren’t a cakewalk, both). Just about every little thing aft of the cowl essential to complete the truck should be fabricated, in all probability from supplies simply as thick and heavy as what’s left of the physique. So not solely can little of this truck be sourced from swap meets and White consultants, it will take one thing greater than an off-the-shelf rotisserie and a MIG welder from a big-box retailer to deal with, maneuver, and resurrect the physique.
That mentioned, we have seen related accomplishments accomplished with far much less. All it takes is dedication and motivation and doubtless a very good infusion of money from a Hollywood producer who wants that good truck.