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50s Fords Haul Moonshine To Quench The Devil's Thirst: Thunder Road [Movie Cars]

There are 45 comments on the Jalopnik story from Aug 1, 2008, titled 50s Fords Haul Moonshine To Quench The Devil's Thirst: Thunder Road [Movie Cars]. In it, Jalopnik reports that:

Robert Mitchum outrunnin' revenoors in a triple-carbed '50 Ford sedan full of white liquor- now that's what we call a car movie! Thunder Road still holds up well after 50 years; thanks to this YouTuber , we can ...

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gearhead bumpkin

Sheridan, WY

#26 Oct 1, 2012
Oh come on men! You can see that the engine wasn`t a flathead v-8, because there is no generator sitting on the top/front part of the engine. It was a 390 cadillac engine, with the three 2 barrell carbs. Look closely, and you can see the chrome rocker arm covers in the engine photo. I gotta learn you guys everything!
jproffitt

Gainesboro, TN

#27 Feb 12, 2013
dave wrote:
Just where was the movie chase scenes filmed. I have talked to several people who say different areas. One lady who was a young teenager, told me it was done on the "old harlen road" in Harlen Ky. Any info. Thanks much, and God bless.
I don't know where they were all filmed but, most of the scenes were in and around Ashville,NC.
Liz

United States

#28 Mar 23, 2013
Denny from Tulsa wrote:
<quoted text>
I've heard two different answers: a T-Bird 312 w/ 3x2s, or
an oldsmobile Rocket w/ J-2 option (3x2s)
My grandfather built and owned this car. It was 51 Ford with the motor of a modified oldsmobile rocket, triple deuce carburetor conversion. All of the engine and body modifications were all made by hand.

Its mentioned in the book "Return to Thunder Road: The Story Behind the Legend", second edition, author Alex Gabber.
The Thunder Road car film

Lawrenceburg, TN

#29 Mar 27, 2013
The 50 Ford was actually a 51 Ford with a 50 front fenders, & grill with a 49 For hood. The motor was a a 1957 312 Highway interceptor with (3) 2 barrel carb`s. The 57 Ford had the same engine with a 4 barrel carb.
The film was made in Harlan Ky, Knoxville Tn. Bristol Tn. parts of Rye Cove & Chillhowie Virginia, & North Carolina

Since: Jun 09

Matthews, NC

#30 Jun 5, 2013
Liz wrote:
<quoted text>
My grandfather built and owned this car. It was 51 Ford with the motor of a modified oldsmobile rocket, triple deuce carburetor conversion. All of the engine and body modifications were all made by hand.
Its mentioned in the book "Return to Thunder Road: The Story Behind the Legend", second edition, author Alex Gabber.
Liz, can you provide more info on the '51? The car originated from the Asheville area before filming of Thunder Road.

Since: Jun 09

Matthews, NC

#31 Jun 5, 2013
The majority of Thunder Road was filmed in Asheville. Other parts were over in the Reems Creek area of Weaverville and also at Toxaway Falls. The movie was made entirely in North Carolina. Also, the engine in the '51 Ford was in fact a 312 Ford. The Mitchum's took this car back to California with them after the movie was completed.
darrell

Kensington, Canada

#32 Feb 21, 2014
i knew the car ended up in calif,back in the 70s i read abouit it in hot rod or one of those mags,and the fellow writing had a friend who owned it for awile and it was y powered.i have the film on vhs and you can see the y block for about 2 seconds as for those guys who try to say its an olds or cad get real no olds or cad ever sounded that good.it was filmed in asheville nc.if you chech on the net their is a 15 minute film some gut shot of most of the places you see in the film.even the farm is just outside the city.the car that was blow up was just a mock up.did anyone notice the car going over the falls was a cheap custom when the car doing the chasing was a fairlane.you save a buck where you can.
Dan

Kingsport, TN

#33 Mar 1, 2014
I have pictures of the Ford,
It was a 51 Ford But with a 50 Ford front end & grill on it, And t had a 49 Ford hood
The motor looks like a Thunderbird Big block Ford , maybe a 312, 0r 390
w1th three dunces
Dan

Kingsport, TN

#34 Mar 1, 2014
Since the Movie was made The Car was repainted to a shinny Black, They did Change th hood to a 50 hood back in Calif.

Since: Jun 09

Matthews, NC

#35 Mar 2, 2014
Dan, what can you tell me about the '51? Are you willing to share those pics? I recently was given an email addy of the guy who supposedly has the car now in Cali but have not tried to contact him yet. I've done a lot of research on this movie and the car. Many stories floating around about the fate of the car and most prove false.
hole in the wall

Baltimore, MD

#36 Mar 14, 2014
Great movie....any more news on the car. I have been around hotrods my whole life.....l build my own hotrods....makes me feel young ......lol...
Sheila

North Webster, IN

#37 May 17, 2014
Hello, I am asking for help from anyone that may be able to shed some light on this car mystery. My 75 yr old neighbor has a 1950 or 1951 Ford. He brought over a letter today claiming to have been written by Robert Mitchum--??-- We are trying to figure out if it is authentic or not. After looking on the internet, it is too hard to tell if it is his writing or not, and I am by no means an expert on Robert Mitchum nor this movie. To be honest, I hadn't heard of either until today. The letter was apparently with the car in the glove box when he purchased it about 20 years ago. The letter reads:

"This 1950 Ford was driven by me, Robert Mitchum, in the 1958 Alied Artis relese Thunder Road. The suped up Ford with the three carbs was never driven in that movie. Serial No.- H.O.D.A.115112 R.M."

Thoughts??
Sheila

North Webster, IN

#38 May 17, 2014
benman3 wrote:
Dan, what can you tell me about the '51? Are you willing to share those pics? I recently was given an email addy of the guy who supposedly has the car now in Cali but have not tried to contact him yet. I've done a lot of research on this movie and the car. Many stories floating around about the fate of the car and most prove false.
Hello, I am asking for help from anyone that may be able to shed some light on this car mystery. My 75 yr old neighbor has a 1950 or 1951 Ford. He brought over a letter today claiming to have been written by Robert Mitchum--??-- We are trying to figure out if it is authentic or not. After looking on the internet, it is too hard to tell if it is his writing or not, and I am by no means an expert on Robert Mitchum nor this movie. To be honest, I hadn't heard of either until today. The letter was apparently with the car in the glove box when he purchased it about 20 years ago. The letter reads:

"This 1950 Ford was driven by me, Robert Mitchum, in the 1958 Alied Artis relese Thunder Road. The suped up Ford with the three carbs was never driven in that movie. Serial No.- H.O.D.A.115112 R.M."

Thoughts??
barry deforest

Cottonwood, CA

#40 Sep 9, 2014
Sheila wrote:
Hello, I am asking for help from anyone that may be able to shed some light on this car mystery. My 75 yr old neighbor has a 1950 or 1951 Ford. He brought over a letter today claiming to have been written by Robert Mitchum--??-- We are trying to figure out if it is authentic or not. After looking on the internet, it is too hard to tell if it is his writing or not, and I am by no means an expert on Robert Mitchum nor this movie. To be honest, I hadn't heard of either until today. The letter was apparently with the car in the glove box when he purchased it about 20 years ago. The letter reads:
"This 1950 Ford was driven by me, Robert Mitchum, in the 1958 Alied Artis relese Thunder Road. The suped up Ford with the three carbs was never driven in that movie. Serial No.- H.O.D.A.115112 R.M."
Thoughts??
hi my name is barry i bought the car in 1960,in culver city i was in high school.the car had a ford 312 with try power, the inside had roll bar system,3 speed on the floor ,i cut the fender wells out put bucket seats in it.i found robert mitchums sons work permit under the seat.i had the car for 3 years.know way was there a letter in the car by mitchum.it was 1951 with a 1950 grill in it, i put the 1951 grill back in it.in closing no way does any one have the car if the fender wells have not been cut out.thank you barry
barry deforest

Cottonwood, CA

#41 Sep 9, 2014
Dan wrote:
I have pictures of the Ford,
It was a 51 Ford But with a 50 Ford front end & grill on it, And t had a 49 Ford hood
The motor looks like a Thunderbird Big block Ford , maybe a 312, 0r 390
w1th three dunces
barry here i owned the car i bought it in 1960 .if any body says they have the car check the fender wells , i cut them out to put slicks on it,it all so had a complete roll bar system in it.i found mitchums sons work permit under the front seat.thank you barry.
fageol44s

Toronto, Canada

#42 Jan 20, 2015
the 50 ford on thuder road opening of the film rolled over by accident, stuntman hit object under dirt on side of road. hence new paint job. you see overspray on back wheel when he is outside cogans office
fageol44s

Toronto, Canada

#43 Apr 24, 2015
hi. there must have been 3 0r 4 ford 50s in the movie.The grey 51 went to California. A guy in Tennessee has one.There is a red one picture under resto. and one rusting at some old garage,There was also a cut away one in the studio.A mystery.
barbara

Weaverville, NC

#44 May 13, 2015
dave wrote:
Just where was the movie chase scenes filmed. I have talked to several people who say different areas. One lady who was a young teenager, told me it was done on the "old harlen road" in Harlen Ky. Any info. Thanks much, and God bless.
Most of the filming was done in the Asheville and Weaverville North Car
a. Not sure where the chase was done but have heard the Tail of the Dragon. Robert Mitchum and his son visited with my dad after he took them to buy white liquor from a neighbor.
fageol44s

Toronto, Canada

#45 Jun 3, 2015
BARRY wrote:
HI I BOUGHT THE CAR AFTER IT WAS USED IN THE MOVIE.IT WAS A 1951 MADE TO LOOK LIKE A 1950 0R 1949 IT HAD A FORD 312 CI THUNDERBIRD WITH TRI POWER 3 SPEED TRANC.THE CAR HAD A FULL SET OF ROLLBARS IN IT.YOU COULD SEE WHERE THE OIL SPRAY WAS HOOKED UP.I WAS IN HIGH SCHOOL WHEN I SAW IT FOR SALE IN THE L.A. TIMES. AFTER I GOT IT I CUT THE FENDER WELLS OUT AND PUT SLICKS ON .I ALSO PUT A SUPERCHARGER ON IT.I HAD IT FOR A FEW YEARS.THIS WAS ABOUT 1960 OR 1961 WHEN I GOT IT.I FOUND ROBERT MITCHUMS SONS WORK PERMIT UNDER THE FRONT SEAT.THE CAR WAS LAST IN L.A.I'AM GOING TO LOOK AT SOME OF OLD PICTURES AND FIND THE PLATE NUM. AND RUN IT TO FIND THE CAR.
hi barry. italked to james mitchum. he want to know where the 51 ford is .Did you get the serial number.o plate . thanks
Bill brendle

Indian Trail, NC

#46 Jun 15, 2015
this engine was built in this 1950 ford movie people turned it over in first part of movie on riverroad then they made it a 1951the car was blown up on Lester hwy at a gas front I have picture of car with me and bob and dad at our house in west Asheville.

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