: For what it's worth, my father, Jim
: Stephenson, was the builder of the
: "Stunt and Crash Car". I'm not
: positive, but I think the "Wheelie
: Car" was built by a guy named Darryl
: Starbird, who was another car builder in LA,
: CA at the time. Both cars were built at the
: same time and were to be used in Evel's
: "Stunt Show" that he planned to
: take on a nationwide tour.
: We bought a used AMC Gremlin to build the
: Crash car, and compressed gas and pneumatic
: cylinders to "Blow" the hood off
: the car. The hood was made in two pieces so
: it looked like more was blowing up
: I can't imagine how that hood has lasted all
: these years. As I recall we made a flimsy
: aluminum tube or angle frame and attached
: the glass hood to it. Those pneumatic
: cylinders could send the hood 20 ft in the
: air with no problem, and they tweaked that
: framework every time we tested them.
: We did not "Blow the Doors" off
: the car as requested by Ideal Toy and Evel.
: We explained that they might have issues
: with people getting hurt if they did that
: inside crowded venues as they were planning.
: Ideal Toy, who paid to have both cars built,
: actually asked us to pay for the liability
: insurance for that out of the money we were
: charging to build the car (as I recall we
: charged 25k). We declined, explaining that
: we would build them a car that they could
: explode over and over again, but we couldn't
: insure they would not hurt someone with it.
: We basically customized the steel body of
: the Gremlin and then made a fiberglass mold
: and part, tossed the steel body and used the
: floor pan from the Gremlin to put the glass
: body on. Underneath, it was basically a
: stock Gremlin.
: I did most of the metal work on the body and
: floor pan. A guy named George Price did most
: of the bondo work on the body, I can't
: remember who made the fiberglass body for
: us. It was probably Elmer Pecka, he was the
: best in the business back then, and most all
: the car builders farmed out their glass work
: to him if he could squeeze it into his
: schedule. I'm pretty sure a guy named Bob
: Moore painted it.
: If there is anything else I can help with
: about the history of the car, just let me
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