Part 8 - Completion
If there's one place to have a Jurassic Park Jeep, Hawaii would be that place. I didn't know, when I started this project, that I would be moving there. Surprise! I didn't have my lights finished, but that would have to wait. I first had to find a way to ship the vehicle from the Gulf Coast to Honolulu. It didn't take long, as there's only three cargo companies who have ships for the islands. Any other company subcontract one of those three. I chose one that would arrange to pick up in town, and soon my Jeep was being loaded.
I had timed things so that the Jeep would arrive on island before me, letting me pick it up as soon as I landed. A couple of days later, after my family and I settled into our hotel, I went exploring and found my way into Manoa Valley. With the morning rain, the large leafy trees looked truely Jurassic. Stumbling onto a small "No Tresspassing" sign mounted to a wire fence, the scene looked perfect for a photo opportunity.
Events would only improve as I found that I was not the only Jurassic Jeep owner on the island. I had gotten in contact with another owner who managed to get me into Kualoa Ranch, one of the main filming locations for the movie, as part of a 5K supporting a local school. I couldn't turn it down.
Over the months since arriving, I had enjoyed the exploring the island. I still needed to finish my lamps. They had been stripped down, and I had new parts 3D printed. I just needed to assemble and rewire them. So I did.
My Jeep was complete. I know that's been said before but with everything painted, the lights mounted and wired, and real Jurassic Park dirt on my tires, my Jeep couldn't get any more complete.
It had been over a year since I first bought the vehicle and, at the time, I couldn't have imagined the process or experiences. There was definitely some learning that occurred, and were I to ever do a project like this again, it would be that much more detailed, accurate, and professional looking. And yes, I would definitely do a project like this again.