Mad Max Fan Recreates Original Interceptor Car

Mad Max Fan Recreates Original Interceptor Car


DALE: You can shut the gate on that one Maxie,
it’s the ducks guts. COMM: Over 3 decades ago, 50-year-old Dale Walter from Michigan, set his heart on recreating
one of cinemas most iconic cars. DALE: Mad Max is one of my very top favourite movies of all time and when I was sitting
there in the theatre and they rolled out that car in the scene in the garage where they first
show it to him, I turned to my friend and I said “Someday I’ll own that car” and he said “yeah right”.
Well, 30 years later I sent him a picture of me next to the car! It’s just so bad, I mean
it’s just such a bad car! COMM: But to build the replica of the police interceptor which is so far featured in three films
from the Mad Max franchise, Dean first had to get hold on an Australian Ford Falcon. DALE: I flew out to Washington to take a look at it. And when I first saw it I remember saying “I have never paid more money in my life for a bigger
piece of junk”. COMM: Undeterred, Dean paid over $120,000 dollars to convert the 1972 Falcon into a convincing
Mad Max Interceptor. DALE: And this is the heart of the car. That is a 351 Cleveland, its 450 horse power is built
by proformance engineering. We spent $12,000 on the engine alone. DALE: My favourite thing about the car is probably the engine sound. I considered putting a stereo in it, but that engine note off that 351/390 is
just so choice that I just like listening to it. DALE: The steering wheel is the Maxrob steering wheel that was used in the movie and you can
see in the shifter it has the lever to turn on and off the blower. One of the
interesting things about the car that I get asked all the time is, is the blower real? And no
it’s not, because if you remember in the movie he would turn on the blower which is the big
scoopy thing to get more power to the car. A real blower can’t work like that. The way a blower works is its forced air induction and if you turn it on and off you would probably
blow the bottom out of your engine. So the way this one works is it’s on a magnetic clutch, when I pull the lever it spins up the blower just like in the movie. DALE: If you notice here it has the RVS radio just like the one in the movie had. And what Mad Max car would be complete without your handy dandy double barrel shot gun? So we have
a replica of that here because these are really illegal even in the United States. DALE: One of the other features of the car is it does have a movie accurate siren. It also has a movie accurate horn and like the car in the movie we have a PA system as a police car would. “Hey you stop, hey you know you’re a turkey?” like Goose says in the movie. DALE: When I first saw the car after it was rebuilt I was absolutely stunned, absolutely
stunned. It took them five years to do this but the wait was worth it. DALE: Well you’ve seen it, you’ve heard it, how about we go for a ride? COMM: The interceptor always turns heads, even on the highway. MAN: Sweet car! DALE: You get all kinds of odd looks, you get either “that car looks familiar” or people
whose eyes light up and they go “that’s the Mad Max car!” CARL: I think it’s great, it’s a great movie, it’s a great tribute to the car. I didn’t see
it first, I heard it first! TIM: The car’s pretty cool, I think the car is awesome actually. It brings me back
to when I was a little kid watching the movie for the first time. COMM: And the car has also attracted the attention of some other Mad Max buffs who are keen to
get their hands on the wheel. DALE: I get asked a lot of times would I sell the car? The car is pretty much priceless
to me at this point. Of course there’s always a price. If somebody walked through the door
with $25 million dollars I would pretty much hand him the car. DALE: You know this was such a dream for so long. 30 years. To now be sitting here
in my own Mad Max Interceptor is pretty cool. COMM: But for all its big screen bling, Dean’s interceptor does have its downsides. DEAN: I often wonder how it would fair in a post apocalyptic wasteland and I think not so well. Simply because it gets about 6 miles to the gallon and, you know, you could tell in the second movie
Max added those huge tanks. There’s a reason for that. This thing sucks gas like it’s going
out of style. So for that reason not so well.

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100 Comments

  1. I like your intro. When I was a kid in the 70's, I went to see American Graffiti with my friend Rick Figarri and his mom (she drove a cherry 66 red Barracuda BTW). After the movie all Rick could talk about was John Milner's 32 Ford. Rick became a total gear head owning at times a 73 Camaro, a hot rod 68 El Camino and numerous other dirt bikes. He was building his own 32 Ford hot rod when he found out the guy who bought the movie car from Universal Studios was selling it. He bought the John Milner car and finished his original deuce into a roadster. He still owns the Milner car and takes it to shows occasionally.

  2. I'm a little confused on "does the supercharger work" when he said engaging the clutch would blow out the engine. Totally wrong, as there are quite a few systems (going back to the 60's carbureted engines, up to modern systems) that work EXACTLY that way. Given HIS engine choice, it wouldn't survive, but engine-supercharger combinations can be made to correctly interface over a switchable clutch.

  3. THE BLOWER IS TRICK BECAUSE IT'S AUTHENTIC TO THE MOVIE. NOT TO MENTION ONE OF THE COOLEST PARTS OF THE MOVIE. AND MY PERSONAL FAVORITE. MILLIONS OF TEENAGERS ARGUED OVER IT BEING REAL OR IMPOSSIBLE ! BRINGS BACK GREAT MEMORIES

  4. See THATS my idea of a custom car. The biggest baddest Blower sticking out of the hood as high as can be.

  5. Badass id would of had one of the head lights cracked like in the movie and not really wash it to give it that wasteland feel 👍

  6. Missing the green plastic Namco chair screwed to the Passenger door the cattle dog sits on. By the way the Yellow XA looked better.

  7. Yes, gas consumption equals fantasy as car for the 'Post-Apocalyptic wasteland' ..
    But, as in most movies , even the greatest, some suspension of disbelief is required …
    And, Mad Max … the original, is still one the greatest movies ever …..

  8. That is a ridiculous amount of money for such a LOW amount of power…. build it with a real supercharger dude…..the supercharger was never intended to be fake

  9. As dedicated as he is to make it real.should look up his gun laws in his state.sawed off shotguns aren't highly illegal in the USA. And Michigan is a state that respects the 2nd amendment. Get your tax stamp and get yourself a real sawed off

  10. I'm not trying to be an Internet troll the car is absolutely amazing but you got robbed on the motor work 12 Grand dude me and my dad can build you a Cleveland 351 that puts off 640 horsepower just a regular carburetor and that's just tinkering with a cam in the valve in the injector into the carb. If you really want to play with it I got a 351 Windsor over here with Cleveland heads and Cleveland intake with an 1100 cmf carburetor and it's pushing out almost 642 horsepower to the rear wheels I haven't even messed with a cam or the valve seats or the cylinder walls or nothing yet I planned on boring it out 30 over giving me 396 altogether when it stroked with the cam I'm still going to end up with 722 horsepower you got a blower on that thing man that she should have 600 plus horsepower 700 horsepower with that blower time to go back to work homeboy

  11. oh and by the way they also redid a Ford bronco I believe it was or it was a Chevy Blazer either or it was in the Chuck Norris movie where the blower he can flip the switch and have it come on or off however he wanted to go you just have to be over 2800 RPM to flip the blower on by the way

  12. Well I really Hope you Bump into Mel' & get a Photo & Enlarge it to Adorn your Living room Wall ". . 🌏

  13. For the rest of you U.S. citizens who want to own this kind of car but you're not as wealthy as Mr. Walter, I recommend visiting your nearest car junkyard to find a FoxBody Mustang with a decent front end and a Datsun 140Y with a decent rear end, then glue weld 'em together

  14. Fucken yanks!! it's not a 1972 Falcon that would be an XA it's clearly an XC Falcon which were built from 76 to 79

  15. Beautiful build man! Follow your dreams! If you got the cash to lay down go for it! I always loved the original number one Mad Max. Those that followed were like others, The Godfather for instance, when two wasn't bad and so on.

  16. 2:19 lolwhat. You can turn superchargers on and off. both toyota (1989 AW11SC) and Mercedees (entire CLK range) both have electric clutch superchargers. they use an electric clutch pulley from an aircon pump that is operated by the ECU.

  17. In the movie, didn't the goose say the interceptor had 600 horsepower? Wish this guy had been able to get the horsepower at least that high.

  18. Badass brother! When I first saw the movie, I watched it on VHS, it was around 1985, and I was 11 years old at the time, I said that very same thing, that someday I will own THAT car! How someone could not love the Interceptor is beyond me! That car in my opinion, is the epitomy of hot rods! You really did an amazing job on yours, and I'm with you on that car being priceless! I'd be the same way, if someone would offer me 25 million, I'd never sell that car! I love it brother! Take good care of her!

  19. Sawn off shotguns are not illegal in this US if you pay a $200 tax stamp.

    And there has been guys that have gotten the supercharger system to work via a free floating pulley and clutch.

    Cool car though.

  20. PUTA QUE PARIU CONVERSA FIADA MÚSICA ALTA E QUANDO ABRE O CAPO AGENTE ACHA QUE VAI OUVIR O MOTOR RONCAR, NADA ACONTECE. PROCUREM INTERCEPTOR ENGINE NO YOU TUBE E VOCÊS VÃO ME DAR RAZÃO.

  21. Go see your gun dealer, that plastic replica is an eyesore. You may be surprised what you can own with some red tape.

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