Halo Fan Builds A Real Life Warthog | RIDICULOUS RIDES

BRYANT HAVERCAMP: Most people when they see this thing, they are just absolutely floored with how realistic it looks. BRYANT HAVERCAMP: I’m the owner and builder of the replica of the Warthog from Halo. BRYANT HAVERCAMP: I have built this thing from the ground up, completely solo on my own. Five and a half years of labour, thousands of man hours, thousands of dollars and the few times I have nearly killed myself in the process of building it. BRYANT HAVERCAMP: I’m a big Halo fan, I have been ever since I first played it. This was back in like 2003. I’m trying to build this thing as close to the actual Warthog as possible. BRYANT HAVERCAMP: So the Warthog started off as this stripped down 1984 Chevy K10; just an old school 80’s pickup truck. The engine is based off a 1984 Chevy 350, but I rebuilt it. BRYANT HAVERCAMP: It’s really exhilarating because it’s like one of the most badass things you could drive. BRYANT HAVERCAMP:  If I had to put a top speed on this thing, I would say 85 miles an hour, redlining it. CHERYL HAVERCAMP: Yeah, I was surprised when he first decided to do it and bought the truck and totally stripped it down to just about nothing and started over with it. I found it interesting. ROBERT HAVERCAMP: I didn’t know if it would ever run. But it sure did. BRYANT HAVERCAMP: So structurally, first I started with the roll cage, built the roll cage, got it all centred and everything where it needed to be. And then I built everything else with structural angle iron. The hood actually opens up like a snowmobile hood which reveals a 350 Chevy that I built, carburetted with a Quick Fuel Carburettor, Long Tube Headers, Vortec Heads, built a completely hydraulic steering setup so that the power steering pump feeds a hydraulic orbital which powers these hydraulic cylinders on the front. I had to put custom-made tusks on the front, those things you can’t just buy in a store. So I had to build those things out of metal from scratch and it took me about two weeks of welding, grinding and fabricating but I came out with two fully realistic tusks that I welded in the front to give it that authentic Warthog look. I had to put blinkers on it. So that’s what these little guys are: LED Blinkers. BRYANT HAVERCAMP: And these are projection high beams because you have to have high beams for it to be street legal, your normal headlights, the off-road lights. I used a 3D printer to construct some of the tricky bits like the rear view camera cover, different odds and ends like the covers for the front headlights. There’s different things that are just hard to craft. So a 3D printer is actually the best way to go about it. So a lot of measurements went into every little angle, every, every piece of it to make everything fit together. I would say the hardest part about building this thing is probably the things I didn’t expect. I have had to rebuild the engine three different times for different reasons. BRYANT HAVERCAMP: Dashboard is completely functional. There’s a speedometer, there’s a fuel gauge, there’s button switches for all your lights and airbags, the heater, and these seats are actually racing seats bought off of eBay. They are fitted with a 4-point safety harness to keep you strapped in. Thus far, I have spent at least $10/11,000 on material costs. As for the value, it is hard to say how much it would actually sell for. But ballpark figure, if it’s sold to a die-hard Halo fan, I could probably get upwards of a $100,000 I think. BRYANT HAVERCAMP: Everywhere I seem to drive this thing, it turns heads. Pulling into a gas station, people are stopping to take pictures, asking questions about it you know. People may not recognise that it’s a Warthog but they just think it looks cool so they want to take pictures. CHRISTIAN MORRIS: We were just pulling off the highway to use the gas station and I saw and I knew exactly what it was. Told my wife, I was like, ‘Oh, it’s like there is a Warthog over there. We got to go check it out.’ I grew up playing the first Halo. BRYANT HAVERCAMP: When I had it up and running and for the first time ever I was able to actually take it out on the road, take it for a test drive and just the feeling of driving this unique, you know, beastly looking machine down the road that looks like nothing else, just puts a warm, fuzzy feeling in your heart.

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