By Samantha Grillo @_samanthagrillo

A FANATIC has painstakingly created a fully working replica of the Ghostbusters' car

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Videographer / Director: David Joshua Ford
Producer: Samantha Grillo, Nick Johnson
Editor: Kyle Waters

It took Loren Baldwin more than eight years to find the perfect body for the Ecto-1

Loren Baldwin spent two years searching for parts and six months piecing together his very own Ecto-1.

He started with a bare 1959 Miller-Meteor chassis and built the Ecto-1 from scratch

He recently visited New York City - taking the car back to its beloved headquarters at Hook and Ladder 8. 

Ghostbusters crew: Loren's friend pose with his Ecto-1 replica

The replica was built from a 1959 Miller-Meteor chassis - both an ambulance and a hearse - that was also used for the original car. 

Attention grabber: People stop to take pictures whenever Loren takes the car out for a spin

And finding the body for the Ecto-1 was no easy feat for Loren. 

Loren, 32, said: “I actually had been searching eight years to find the car.

The car features blue lights and decals straight from the original movie car

“I had given up and six months later I found it by accident looking for another car.  

“I immediately called the owner and said ‘here’s the money right now, take it’

It took Loren two and a half years to find the parts and complete the car
He recently took his Ecto-1 to Hook and Ladder 8 where the original movie was filmed

“It was just a bare body that had been disassembled by the previous owner.”

The car itself cost Loren $2,500, but the conversion process was a true labor of love.

Loren spent an entire day with the original car to get all the details right on his replica

Loren, from Cincinnati, Ohio said: “It took two years to collect all the parts and about six months to put it all together. 

Loren's Ecto-1 even features a captured ghost "storage tank" found on the original

“It was like a jigsaw puzzle with no instructions.”

Determined to get every detail just right, Loren spent one full day with the original car from the movie in Los Angeles - writing down measurements.

Loren sought the help of fabricators to help him build the car

The car features recreations of the “storage tank” for captured ghosts and working blue lights.

Loren spent $20,000 in conversions

It is more than 8ft tall, weighs nearly four tons, and has a 390 cubic inch V8 engine. 

He spent about $20,000 on the conversion - but estimates it would have been more than $100,000 without the help of local businesses.

He estimates conversions would have been more than $100,000 without the help of local businesses

Loren worked with fabrication shops and had them make parts for him in return for promotion when he shows the car in public. 

Loren poses proudly in front of his fully functioning Ghostbusters Ecto-1 replica

Loren said: “All the lights and sirens work - I have the same exact siren that appeared in the movie. 

“I have a five panel mirror in the car because there are a lot of blind spots because it is 21ft long.

Straight from the movie: The Ecto-1 parked in front of Hook and Ladder 8 where the movie was filmed

“It doesn’t go more than 65 miles per hour - it’s not very aerodynamic.” 

When he’s not driving the Ecto-1 around for fun Loren takes the car to charity and celebrity events. 

Recently Loren took his Ecto-1 to New York City where the original movie was filmed

“The reactions I get are pretty humorous because no one sees the car often on the streets - people wig out and say it’s the coolest thing ever.” 

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