After Jurassic World came out and interest in Jurassic Park took off, [Voicey] decided he just had to make his very own Jurassic Park tour vehicle. Only problem? He lives in the UK and Ford Explorers aren’t exactly common there.
Wanting to keep it as movie-accurate as possible, he knew he had to get a first generation Explorer, and luckily, he managed to find one on an American car Facebook page. He bought it and got to work.
The first step was building custom bumper and brush guards, which he re-purposed from a Land Rover. Then he had a lot of painting to do. A lot.
Once everything was all painted, he got to work on the dashboard, integrating some ancient CRT monitors to play the tour program!
All in all, the vehicle looks fantastic — he even threw together some props to go in the trunk, including a home-made Maxabeam flashlight, and of course, some night vision goggles.
You might be wondering why they used Ford Explorers in the Jurassic Park movie anyway? In the book, they were Toyota Land Cruisers (the FJ62 to be precise). According to [Spielberg], he owned an Explorer at the time and thought it was a good truck — but it certainly doesn’t hurt that when they ordered three from Ford, they got seven.