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    Quote Originally Posted by piginajeep View Post
    One of the shows on velocity restored this. Very cool!
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    What is ironic is that I was watching a hot rod show just this last week and they were in the process of restoring this exact Dreamliner. There is a lot of steel, blood, sweat and time infested. I think their time line for start to finish was 18 months for a crew of 4 working on it. Everything is original down to the copper brake lines and the rebuilt motor with exact parts.

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    Dave Kindig and his guys at Bitchin Rides did the restoration. Took them like three years to complete. Pretty amazing. Would love to see it in person.
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    Just watched that episode of bitchin rides last week. That thing is awesome.

    So I just caught the episode of Bitchin Rides that all you guys were talking about. I guess that means that the photos I posted up of the Futureliner from Ron Pratt's private collection is of a completely separate vehicle than this one displayed at SEMA. I was totally not tracking that there were two of these things restored and in existence. My apologies for mistaking the two builds as the same one. The episode that covered the Futureliner on Bitchin Rides was pretty cool!
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    Quote Originally Posted by GCM 2 View Post
    So I just caught the episode of Bitchin Rides that all you guys were talking about. I guess that means that the photos I posted up of the Futureliner from Ron Pratt's private collection is of a completely separate vehicle than this one displayed at SEMA. I was totally not tracking that there were two of these things restored and in existence. My apologies for mistaking the two builds as the same one. The episode that covered the Futureliner on Bitchin Rides was pretty cool!
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    Did you see what the drivers area looked like?


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    Quote Originally Posted by piginajeep View Post
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    On the Ron Pratt vehicle, no I did not. I was scared to get too close to anything in that garage.
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    GCM2, Did you say the Pratt collection is being sold? I hope if it is it isn't due to anything due to health reasons, he seemed on tv to be a very generous man.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JKbrick View Post
    GCM2, Did you say the Pratt collection is being sold? I hope if it is it isn't due to anything due to health reasons, he seemed on tv to be a very generous man.
    Yes, it was in the news a few weeks ago. I am pretty certain it has nothing to do with health or financial issues. When I had the opportunity to view his collection of cars back in 2007, I was also fed some relatively private information all those years ago about plans he had in the future for a new different collection, with new and larger garage space. I think selling the current car collection is all part of a master plan by Mr. Pratt, who is a genuinely nice, philanthropic person.
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    It is a thing of beauty.
    Looks like it would be a bitch to get your toll ticket though.

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    I just watched the final 2 episodes of Bitchin Rides this weekend on this build. Insane. 560+ days. I would love to know the final price tag for the restoration. I mean there was what 20 people on this thing for 1 1/2 years in a shop. But is pretty cool that this is only #3 I think totally restored out of the remaining 9. And trying to steer that thing looked crazy. Was really cool to watch it after seeing the photos here a few days earlier.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rubicon91 View Post
    I just watched the final 2 episodes of Bitchin Rides this weekend on this build. Insane. 560+ days. I would love to know the final price tag for the restoration. I mean there was what 20 people on this thing for 1 1/2 years in a shop. But is pretty cool that this is only #3 I think totally restored out of the remaining 9. And trying to steer that thing looked crazy. Was really cool to watch it after seeing the photos here a few days earlier.
    Just to give you an idea, the photos I posted of the other Futurliner (from Ron Pratt's collection) sold at auction in 2006 for $4,100,000. I would think that this Kindigit "Bitchin Rides" resto shown at SEMA probably had a huge price tag too, but maybe not 4.1 million.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JKbrick View Post
    ......he seemed on tv to be a very generous man.
    Also, I just read this from Barrett Jackson's website on the Ron Pratt Futureliner. This guys is just absolutely awesome.

    .....Nine years after buying a 1950 GM Futurliner bus at Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale, Ron Pratt will donate all the proceeds from its sale in 2015 to the Armed Forces Foundation.
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    Quote Originally Posted by GCM 2 View Post
    Just to give you an idea, the photos I posted of the other Futurliner (from Ron Pratt's collection) sold at auction in 2006 for $4,100,000. I would think that this Kindigit "Bitchin Rides" resto shown at SEMA probably had a huge price tag too, but maybe not 4.1 million.
    Yeah that would be somewhere in the vicinity of what I was thinking. I said 2-3 mil to restore approx in my head thinking 20+ workers 1 1/2 years of salary + shop expenses etc. Must be nice to have such a nice amount of play money. I am currently working on restoring a sandwich bag I used yesterday to its original state so I can use it again today!!

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