Friday, September 30, 2011
So, I have owned this PANP board for almost two years, but I never bothered to try and light it up. The wiring appeared to be a mess and I didn't want to damage anything.
I was looking at it yesterday and decided to see what would happen. I figured out the positive and negatives and applied a 9V battery to it...the result is seen above! Surprisingly, with no repairs from me, about 75% of the board still lights! When I get some time, I will probably repair the circuit so the other LEDs light. Cool, eh?
Sunday, September 25, 2011
As we all know, K.I.T.T. was placed in a portable TV in the episode "Soul Survivor". That prop was reused in a smaller capacity in season three's "Junkyard Dog" and season four's "Knight of the Juggernaut". Many people believe this prop to have been built from a Sony FX-414 portable radio/television. However, if you compare the layout of the controls on the top, they vary slightly. I do believe the correct model is a Sony, just not this one. Does anyone know the correct model number for this TV? If so, let us know!
Thursday, September 22, 2011
Earlier this year, AJ and I made a really cool discovery - we found one of the last remaining Comtron trailers! As you know, the Pilot episode featured these uniquely painted trailers heavily. In reality, they were part of Universal's transportation fleet, but to know that one still exists today is a really cool feeling! This trailer was built in 1981, making it quite new when first seen on the show!
Monday, September 19, 2011
I found this picture in my archives, taken at (I believe) one of the Knight Rider conventions in Germany. In the clear boxes are supposedly original pieces of KITT. You can spot some season 3/4 pod buttons and a voicebox, among other things. Was anyone at this event, or does anyone know who owns these? Anyone have any better pics? If so, let me know!
Saturday, September 17, 2011
While many of you may have seen this photo before, I wanted to post it so you can take a closer look at something. Look at the passenger side seat - it's set up as an ejection seat! This picture provides one of the best views of the ejection seat and how the production team made it work. Note the lack of a center console and round steering wheel, too!
Thursday, September 15, 2011
Jim Suva at the Rockford Files blog sent me this photo. It was taken years ago and shows a gold painted K.I.T.T. in the front window of Barris' shop in North Hollywood. Parked beside it is the "Dagger DX" from "Knights of the Fast Lane".
Do you have any information on this car, or additional photos? If so, let us know!
Tuesday, September 13, 2011
From the very start of the series, viewers witnessed K.I.T.T. driving by himself. In reality, stunt man Jack Gill would hide in a specially constructed seat so as to hide his appearance. Originally, there was only one blind drive car - one driven from the driver's seat. It wasn't until the beginning of season three that the passenger side blind drive car made an appearance.
The first picture you see is a behind the scenes shot of the blind drive car. The other pictures show the blind drive car in action on the series. Note that even though K.I.T.T. switched to a 1 TV dash in season 3, you can still spot a 2 TV dash throughout the last 2 years of the show - this is the blind drive car. Any time you see K.I.T.T. driving by himself during seasons 3 and 4 - look for the 2 TV dash. If you can see it, it's the driver's side blind drive car. If you can't - it's the passenger side blind drive car.
Monday, September 12, 2011
Description: This compass panel was once a part of the dashboard found in the first Universal Studios display car. Note how the textured overlay is missing, revealing the directional arrows as block LEDs. Either this piece was built specifically for the display car and it was done inaccurately, or this is a piece that was used in the series but at some point had the overlay removed. While not easy to see, if you look at the picture of the dash when it was still on display, you can see the block LED compass arrows as well as the red "North" bar graph array.
So, with this piece, I now know where the complete dash electronics for this car are currently. I own the Tach, PANP, monitor frame, voicebox and steering wheel - the other private party owns the rest. Hopefully, we can join our parts back together again and rebuild this dash.
Sunday, September 11, 2011
A number of years ago, these photos, along with a few others, were posted on one of the Knight Rider message boards. They appeared to be pictures of pictures and the quality wasn't the greatest. They were taken on the set of "The Nineteenth Hole". Do you know the owner of these photos? We would like to speak with that person! Please let us know.
Friday, September 9, 2011
Description: This season 3/4 switchpod panel was housed in the first Universal Studios display car from the late 80's until approximately 1999. Notice how the center buttons are absent - this was most likely due to the fact that the car received so many visitors and more buttons to press meant more opportunities for breakage. The picture above on the right shows this switchpod installed on the display car. Chances are good that prior to be installed in the display car, these were used in some capacity on the series (just not for close-up shots).
Thursday, September 8, 2011
The infamous rubber shell. Used throughout all four seasons of the series, this shell was designed to slip over the top of the cars during stunt scenes. Other cars could hit KITT and you wouldn't see any damage. Once the scene was done, the shell could be lifted off to reveal the damage to the car. Unfortunately, the only pictures I have of the shell off the car are the two seen here. Its current whereabouts are unknown. Do you have additional pictures of this shell or any information on its whereabouts? If so, let us know!
Wednesday, September 7, 2011
These dash pieces claiming to be from an original K.I.T.T. car have been a staple on Ebay for the last couple of years. Here's a link to the latest auction:
So, are they legit?
Yes and No. The title you see is from screen used K.I.T.T. #1177 and is genuine. The rest of the pieces offered in this auction, to my knowledge, were NEVER on the car when it was used in the series. I believe these pieces were installed on #1177 AFTER the series ended. Carl Casper purchased the remaining cars and put them on tour - these panels were part of the modifications done to the car subsequent to filming. So there you have it!
Owner: Private (from Greece)
Description: This is one of several miniature models of K.I.T.T. built by the late Jack Sessums of Sessums and Slagle Productions. These cars first made their appearance in the season two premiere "Goliath" and were seen from time to time throughout the rest of the series. The owner purchased this piece from the Volo Auto Museum in 2007.
Being the only mini K.I.T.T. with an opening t-top, it's easy to spot in such episodes as "Return to Cadiz" and "Knight of the Drones".
You can see a video of this car by clicking this link.
Tuesday, September 6, 2011
Profiles in History offered an original KNIGHT license plate and hubcap during their Hollywood Auction #26 on December 14 and 15, 2006. They were estimated to sell for between $2,500 and $3,500. Final selling price: $2,500
Sunday, September 4, 2011
Owner: Unknown; private invidual in England
Description: This is original screen used car #1177. This car was first used in the series in the mid-first season until the end of the series. At one point, it was believed to be the hero car with the working dash in it. After the series ended, the car went on tour with the Budweiser World of Wheels show. The car was outfitted with a brake line lock, rear hatch popper cable and more. The car originally came with the tan vinyl PMD interior - which can be seen in a few first season episodes ("A Nice, Indecent Little Town" and "The Topaz Connection").
In 2001, the car was updated with new electronics by Mark's Custom Kits. You can learn more about it here. The original dashboard was removed and sold to a private individual. The car still sports its original, green-lighted gullwing steering wheel, however.
In 2004, this car was sold on Ebay for $54,625 and exported to England, where it remains today.
Do you know the current owner of this car? If so, let us know - we would be interested in talking with them!
Saturday, September 3, 2011
Jim Suva from The Rockford Files blog provided this picture depicting some Knight Rider cars on their transport truck - a very cool picture indeed. How many K.I.T.T.'s can you spot?
Do you have any other pictures of the K.I.T.T. cars on a transport or a bigger version of this picture? If so, let use know - we'd love to see them!
Location:Hollywood Star Cars Museum, Gatlinberg, TN
Description: This car has been housed in this museum for a number of years. When I visited this museum on June 6, 2010, the curator told me specifically that "all cars in the museum are screen used, no replicas". Going in, I pretty much knew this car wasn't real. A closer inspection reveals a very poorly done replica with all inaccurate conversion parts. None of the Universal Studios ID markings were present and a check of the VIN confirmed its past. The car was originally a 1984 Trans Am and has a label on the rear bumper that says "Code One Auto".
Friday, September 2, 2011
Description: Prop helmet worn by Sammy Phillips in season one's "Slammin' Sammy's Stunt Show Spectacular". I archived this picture years ago from Ebay. Its current location is unknown. Do you know where this is? If so, leave a comment!
Thursday, September 1, 2011
Owner: Joe Huth
Description: This voicebox bezel was acquired in early 2011 and was installed on the Universal Studios Display Car #1. Prior to that, it was most likely used in the hero car during the last two seasons of the series. It's made out of aluminum. Note how one of the LEDs is missing; in its place is a small microphone. If you'll notice, the same missing LED can be seen in the picture of the dash when it was still on display at Universal. Amazingly, power was supplied to the bezel and all LEDs lit up beautifully. Unfortunately, the NORMAL, AUTO and PURSUIT LEDs were gone, as was the bar graph arrays that made up K.I.T.T.'s "voice".
In Late 1983/early 1984, Universal Studios debuted the now famous "K.I.T.T. over water" attraction. From that time until the late 90's, thousands of fans had the opportunity to sit in K.I.T.T. and have a conversation with him (in reality, a Universal employee would sit nearby and answer questions). Due to the abuse the car received from all the visitors, the studio wisely had a back-up K.I.T.T. to replace the original car while it was being repaired.
Once the water display was closed, this car ended up being parked along a walkway with its doors sealed and windows painted black. It was rumored to have been sold around 2000/2001 and hasn't been seen since.
The dashboard is most likely gone from this car as the gullwing steering wheel, monitor frame, Tachometer board, voicebox and PANP board are all privately owned and confirmed parts from this car.
This car is NOT the same one that had the ground effects under the front nose and ended up in a salvage yard in 2008. This car always sported a season 2/3 front nose, front ground effects, a rear defrost hatch and white letter "Goodyear Eagle ST" tires. The last known picture of the car can be seen above.
Do you know where this car is? If so, let us know!