Cop Car Ford Crown Vic Transformed Into a General Lee Dodge Charger and Jumped

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Check out this video feature on how Hollywood stunt man James "Ski Car Stunt" Smith built a General Lee Dodge Charger out of an ex-cop car Ford Crown Victoria in just 12 days... and then jumped it at a live stunt show!
James is used to dealing with tight deadlines and limited budgets when it comes to certain productions and has a unique gift of making the impossible happen, on time.
When tasked to be the stunt coordinator for the 2017 "Dukes of Hazzard" Fan Festival at an event called Cooter's Last Stand in Virginia, Smith had to come up with yet another (and increasingly harder to find) 1969 Dodge Charger to be turned into a General Lee hero car for the stunt show. To make this an even bigger challenge, the car would have to survive a big jump at the end of the show on both days of the event.
So James came up with a plan for a vehicle that would look the part, survive the jump and be easily repairable if something were to get broken. Plus the vehicle he had in mind as a donor was readily available and no one would care if it got wrecked. He sourced a 1999 Ford Crown Victoria Police car retired from the Portland Police department. With a little help from his brother and partner at Smith Bros. Restorations, they attacked the Crown Vic with a few tools and a Sawzall... reducing the car to a basic drive-able tub in about three hours.
Then the task of hanging a mixture of newly ordered 69 Charger body panels and salvaged parts out of the extensive Smith Bros. Restorations own stash onto the late model Ford chassis. James integrated the roll cage into the structure of the newly formed Charger and in about 12 days had the car finished and painted flat black for a quick video shoot in which he drove the car on two wheels... called a car ski because of the narrow tire tracks left behind.
James then painted the car to look like the General Lee from the "Dukes of Hazzard" television show and got it ready for the Cooter's Last Stand event. The car performed flawlessly and flew great on both days of the show. When asked if he would consider making more of these nearly indestructible flying General Lees Smith says ... "Maybe"
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  • That's talent! Kind of friend I'd like to have.

    Thomas KobeThomas KobeՕր առաջ
  • I wonder how hard this is to do?

    Wayne WilliamsWayne Williams3 օր առաջ
  • I wonder how much he would charge for a complete driver.

    Ron 2021Ron 20219 օր առաջ
  • Ole Bo would not be happy

    Thomas WilsonThomas Wilson26 օր առաջ
  • Was there a car like that in a movie?

    ShortStumpYTPShortStumpYTPԱմիս առաջ
  • Orange on the outside, blue on the inside :)

    Muad'dibMuad'dibԱմիս առաջ
  • Just two good ol' boys, Never meaning no harm Beats all you never saw, Been in trouble with the law

    juan garciajuan garciaԱմիս առաջ
  • If I bring you a Crown Vic can you build me something similar? Let me know thank you

    Home InspectorHome InspectorԱմիս առաջ
  • You sir are an artist❤️

    Annie WilkesAnnie WilkesԱմիս առաջ
  • Time to buy a crown vic.

    Timothy BlackburnTimothy BlackburnԱմիս առաջ
  • So I’m quite curious about how much it costs to buy ALL of the body panels needed to make this car, just for all the body panels alone how much would that cost to make a full charger shell?

    Daniel’s Nitro RC ChannelDaniel’s Nitro RC ChannelԱմիս առաջ
  • I lost intrest when i seen the PORTLAND on the car

    Massa Nigga 1%erMassa Nigga 1%erԱմիս առաջ
    • why?

      AutoEditsAutoEditsԱմիս առաջ
  • I daily drive a 99 P71 and I can say, they're definitely up to the task of catching air and just about anything else you could throw at it

    171apples171171apples1712 ամիս առաջ
  • I saw a video with a general Lee stunt car going around the track on 2 wheels. I swore up and down that it sounded just like a Triton 4.6 hahahaha wow

    171apples171171apples1712 ամիս առաջ
  • That's amazing!! Since it's not a Real Charger, why not just let the car land on the ground like in the TV shows?

    RayfieldARayfieldA2 ամիս առաջ
  • I want one

    Mark WilsonMark Wilson2 ամիս առաջ
  • We cant trust charger owners, they might be an impostor hahahahahhaha

    Lil' Blicky BoyzLil' Blicky Boyz2 ամիս առաջ
  • Damn. Gotta say you're a helluva fabricator to pull that off in a few days and have all the mounting points dialed in. Looks good

    big countrybig country2 ամիս առաջ
  • How much would it cost me for you to build me a General Lee from a charger

    Don KibblerDon Kibbler2 ամիս առաջ
    • Go to the website and leave James a direct email or call

      AutoEditsAutoEdits2 ամիս առաջ
  • In 50 years someone’s gonna tear apart their Tesla to recreate the classic crown Victoria lol

    Wyatt NyfelerWyatt Nyfeler3 ամիս առաջ
  • .. From Italy..good job...but inside..😑

    nerk23nerk233 ամիս առաջ
  • The perfect generally, just like he said you don't have to worry about it

    Kevin GuthrieKevin Guthrie3 ամիս առաջ
  • Finally a dependable charger

    Floyd AmyFloyd Amy3 ամիս առաջ
  • And that's how you turn a ford into a dodge. I had a chevy s10 that sounded like a ford diesel. The engine was going out and blew a rod

    Devan CrossleyDevan Crossley3 ամիս առաջ
  • You r my new hero u make dodge chargers your awesome idc if it is a Ford or not that's awesome a charger is a charger we r kinda running out of um so doing what u do is hands down most important an I want it so bad

    MacKenzie MooreMacKenzie Moore3 ամիս առաջ
  • Sooner than later this model charger is going to become extinct and no one will be able to enjoy it. Chrysler fanatics cursed the day the dukes became a household name! Glad to see this fella is using his brains! It kills me when l see these iconic cars destroyed......all for what? I’m not entertained when l see them flying in the air then come down on their front suspension crippling the car in a right angle. Then the car is swapped over for a straight one!!!! !!!!!!! I see that Hollywood !!!!!! I saw it on the first jump !!!!!!!! Who do you think your fooling !!!!!!! Get a real job and learn to value!!!!!!!

    Peter VossosPeter Vossos3 ամիս առաջ
  • I wonder how many chargers the dukes of hazard has ruined haha

    Kyle HackerKyle Hacker3 ամիս առաջ
  • Thanks for the video and all the info and thanks for not using a authentic dodge charger with vin number still available for someone to restore no matter how far gone they are

    peter diamantakioupeter diamantakiou3 ամիս առաջ
  • Man I wish I was skilled anuf to do this I’d love a general lee

    Justin GrantJustin Grant3 ամիս առաջ
  • i want one!

    Jibb JohanJibb Johan3 ամիս առաջ
  • Can you build one out of a newer charger?

    Diesel GrandpaDiesel Grandpa3 ամիս առաջ
  • Thats an amazing amount of work, he's so humble!

    NolanNolan3 ամիս առաջ
  • Badooooolaaaaaa!!!!!

    D. BarrosD. Barros3 ամիս առաջ
  • Now someone needs to build a Bullett Mustang, or an Elenore, out of a Chrysler 300.

    Gregory BurdGregory Burd3 ամիս առաջ
  • I want one

    Joseph IacuzioJoseph Iacuzio3 ամիս առաջ
  • I've got a problem with the Dukes of Hazzard, and the fans that just have to have a General Lee. That show is and continues to be the death of the Best Looking Mopar of all Time. This guy is a hero for saving Chargers. I've always wanted a 2ng Gen Charger, and I want mine in black.

    T DalbT Dalb3 ամիս առաջ
  • The welding is absolutely brutal.

    T1971T19713 ամիս առաջ
  • Crown vics are Bo$$

    CoyDog790CoyDog7903 ամիս առաջ
  • I lost at the Box Fan. This is fucking awesome!!!! What a great idea. Talk about undercover clone!

    Karl 3%Karl 3%3 ամիս առաջ
  • Fantastic jump guys!

    Marky MarkMarky Mark3 ամիս առաջ
  • It’s honestly a great idea. If you wanna thrash on a Lee without ruining a Lee, this is the way to do it.

    VinnyMartelloVinnyMartello4 ամիս առաջ
  • This is so cool I had no idea that you guys could do that I I live in Oregon and I’ve got a couple crown VICS from the auction. I just noticed at the end of the video you answered my question but yeah I’d be interested in taking a crown Vic and switching it over to a Dodge charger or even in our newer Dodge charger and converting it to an old Dodge charger and if something like that could be done I am I’ll even be interested in coming and doing some of the work with you if you offer something like that I am yeah I’ll get back with me and let me know cause I’m I’d be very interested in even if it’s a couple years from now.

    Aramis DeveruexAramis Deveruex4 ամիս առաջ
  • Awesome,it's about time the general Lee was powered by FORD!!! Lol,had to be said, ALL in good humor!!

    Karlos VultureKarlos Vulture4 ամիս առաջ
  • Sweet vid! Pls save that blue 90 Daytona. Sick little cars!

    MikeysModelTrainsMikeysModelTrains4 ամիս առաջ
  • Looks cool and probably a thousand pounds lighter than the original also

    Chuck WhitsonChuck Whitson4 ամիս առաջ
  • Wonder how many chargers are or will be on the road with box fan grills??

    Chuck WhitsonChuck Whitson4 ամիս առաջ
  • This video sponsored by AUTOMETAL DIRECT

    Chuck WhitsonChuck Whitson4 ամիս առաջ
  • Yeah, I agree with the guy below thanks for not killing a "real" charger

    Chuck WhitsonChuck Whitson4 ամիս առաջ
  • I'm 100% making one

    beartrap canadianbeartrap canadian4 ամիս առաջ
  • wow you have inspired me

    Uncle Donny 110Uncle Donny 1104 ամիս առաջ
  • Ok if u was to start building is to road worthy tag able in ga in Atlanta how much would this cost and can it be done with a newer dodge

    Katy NunneryKaty Nunnery4 ամիս առաջ
  • Is it possible to make one of these street legal?

    Redneck SpidermanRedneck Spiderman4 ամիս առաջ
    • Sure can.. Check out Stacie's Country Cooking and Adventures. CVGL#6 videos.

      Doc. TEAM WAX OR '97Doc. TEAM WAX OR '973 ամիս առաջ
  • Thankfully someone who cares for the old girls Too many out there would rather wreck an original charger! Just never understood the mentality! Once they are gone thats it!

    David BoydDavid Boyd4 ամիս առաջ
  • Hmm really interesting!

    TONYTONY4 ամիս առաջ
  • My next daily driver

    Gophuc YorselphGophuc Yorselph4 ամիս առաջ
  • How much money? Ballpark? I'm thinking $25K for parts plus a cop car. COUNT ME IN!!

    Gophuc YorselphGophuc Yorselph4 ամիս առաջ
    • You're all over it..

      Doc. TEAM WAX OR '97Doc. TEAM WAX OR '973 ամիս առաջ
  • How did you get the wheelbase right with the Vic being shorter

    • Its real close... Check out mine at Stacie's Country Cooking and Adventures.

      Doc. TEAM WAX OR '97Doc. TEAM WAX OR '973 ամիս առաջ
  • Send Me That Daytona Shelby.

    rb26 Does Everythingrb26 Does Everything4 ամիս առաջ
  • Merica

    matthew owensmatthew owens4 ամիս առաջ
  • Has a body of a Charger Has a heart of a Crown vic.

  • I want one! You should be making one after another!

    Frank FilipponeFrank Filippone4 ամիս առաջ
  • Nice job

    mJames ConwaymJames Conway4 ամիս առաջ
  • Dodge Charger lives matter. Respect to Jamie.

    beach lifebeach life4 ամիս առաջ
  • That's awesome

    Chris SawlerChris Sawler4 ամիս առաջ
  • Now that is a very good idea. A vintage car is not harmed and there are thousands of crown vics out there. Great job. Hell I might build one. Here in Detroit we have plenty.

    Tom LeeTom Lee4 ամիս առաջ
  • inside color is wrong, it should be tan. otherwise pretty authentic. the question is, what is under the hood?

    • 4.6 vic

      Doc. TEAM WAX OR '97Doc. TEAM WAX OR '973 ամիս առաջ
  • Thanks for not destroying one of the few actual remaining Chargers for this. Amazing work ✌️

    Eric JayEric Jay5 ամիս առաջ
  • i did not know the genrallee was made by a crown vic police

    alicia watsonalicia watson5 ամիս առաջ
    • just this one for jumping stuff... the ones from the show are actual chargers.

      AutoEditsAutoEdits5 ամիս առաջ
  • The generally looks red from searching camera angles pretty much all camera angles

    bigfoot boybigfoot boy5 ամիս առաջ
  • Cool

    dbc105dbc1055 ամիս առաջ
  • You took a queen and turned her into a monster

    John DoeJohn Doe5 ամիս առաջ
  • This car or one built just like it is sitting in front of Cooter's Place in Pigeon Forge Tenn. It had a lot of people scratching their heads and asking why it had a Ford steering wheel and dash in it. I want one of these bad! Drive it like a rental on back/dirt roads without the worry of hurting an original. Very cool!

    mcdonaldm73mcdonaldm735 ամիս առաջ
    • @Doc. TEAM WAX OR '97 not to bad, thanks

      mcdonaldm73mcdonaldm735 ամիս առաջ
    • @mcdonaldm73 Around 25k

      Doc. TEAM WAX OR '97Doc. TEAM WAX OR '975 ամիս առաջ
    • @Doc. TEAM WAX OR '97 Any idea what they start off price wise. Their website doesn't say. Thanks

      mcdonaldm73mcdonaldm735 ամիս առաջ
    • @mcdonaldm73 yes. James and Bob build them.

      Doc. TEAM WAX OR '97Doc. TEAM WAX OR '975 ամիս առաջ
    • @Doc. TEAM WAX OR '97 Sorry just watched the video and heard them say the smith brothers built it. Thanks again.

      mcdonaldm73mcdonaldm735 ամիս առաջ
  • That's my cousin! built that shit at my grandparents old place that he now owns pretty awesome.

    natdog4200natdog42006 ամիս առաջ
  • Roscoe and Enos are still out there waiting on the Dukes to come by. Good tv memories.

    Colonel KurtzColonel Kurtz6 ամիս առաջ
  • Was hoping to see the whole build process.

    Jeffrey ConnerJeffrey Conner6 ամիս առաջ
    • Keep an eye on Stacie's Country Cooking & Adventures youtube for General Lee videos.

      Doc. TEAM WAX OR '97Doc. TEAM WAX OR '975 ամիս առաջ
  • I literally just found out I can build a charger within a charger

    Nick MartinezNick Martinez6 ամիս առաջ
  • Who is the fella that built it.

    Steve SheltonSteve Shelton6 ամիս առաջ
    • Smith Bros Restorations. Check out Stacie's Country Cooking & Adventures. youtube

      Doc. TEAM WAX OR '97Doc. TEAM WAX OR '976 ամիս առաջ
  • That's how u jump, dont ket the car hit the ground and brack up the front end, put something there for it to safely land and roll down on

    car1938car19386 ամիս առաջ
  • If I’m not mistaken that stunt car is at cooters in pigeon forge

    Bubba BassBubba Bass6 ամիս առաջ
    • @Rooster the Redneck. That is CVGL#5 at Cooters in Pigeon Forge. This is #1 in the video.

      Doc. TEAM WAX OR '97Doc. TEAM WAX OR '976 ամիս առաջ
  • How much did this all cost to do??

    Some CowboySome Cowboy6 ամիս առաջ
  • I want one

    Some CowboySome Cowboy6 ամիս առաջ
    • Check out Stacie's Country Cooking and Adventures. CVGL#6 videos

      Doc. TEAM WAX OR '97Doc. TEAM WAX OR '976 ամիս առաջ
    • @Some Cowboy. Contact Smith Bros Restorations.

      Doc. TEAM WAX OR '97Doc. TEAM WAX OR '976 ամիս առաջ
  • wrong color

    JetlagmanJetlagman6 ամիս առաջ
    • @AutoEdits looks like it has too much red though will have to check it out later

      JetlagmanJetlagman6 ամիս առաջ
    • @Jetlagman it is orange

      AutoEditsAutoEdits6 ամիս առաջ
    • @AutoEdits car was orange not bright red

      JetlagmanJetlagman6 ամիս առաջ
    • from what?

      AutoEditsAutoEdits6 ամիս առաջ
  • Please somebody do a how to on this. We can make the Panther platform the new muscle car base bring back all the old school cars.

    Christopher SweetzChristopher Sweetz7 ամիս առաջ
    • Check out Stacie's Country Cooking & Adventures on youtube.

      Doc. TEAM WAX OR '97Doc. TEAM WAX OR '976 ամիս առաջ
  • Willing to produce these yet? I wonder what the cost would be compared to restoring an actual 69

    jeremy suhrjeremy suhr7 ամիս առաջ
    • 1/4 of the cost.

      Doc. TEAM WAX OR '97Doc. TEAM WAX OR '976 ամիս առաջ
  • Could you build one from a modern charger police car? That would be so bad ass to have a 68,69,70 charger body on a modern hemi charger! Thanks for saving and bring back the classics.

    Ronnie LesterRonnie Lester7 ամիս առաջ
  • Got my 1st car in 81 and was a 68, so you can say that Chargers are special to me and have owned two of them. The first one was just a 318 car, but #2 was an RT with built 440 plus added 6 pk and was a badass Mopar. John Schneider (Bo Duke), is a friend and said that they used only 318 cars to jump with and did not smash any of the extra special one's thank God 🙏🏼. So it's awesome that they are using Crown Vics these days, and is really interesting how they do it

    AZ-SRT8AZ-SRT87 ամիս առաջ
  • I want 1

    doomsday _316doomsday _3167 ամիս առաջ
  • I'll send you a C.V., and you can make me one of those, but I want it jet black instead like the Bullitt Charger...

    Random Precision MotorsRandom Precision Motors7 ամիս առաջ
    • Contact Smith Bros Restorations

      Doc. TEAM WAX OR '97Doc. TEAM WAX OR '976 ամիս առաջ
  • Amazing work brother

    Howie GallowayHowie Galloway9 ամիս առաջ
  • Man seeing this i just wanna say: I'm a charger that charges through the night, Like an orange bolt of lightning passing everything in sight. I'm the best pal that you boys ever had, I'm thunder on the highway lookin' bad, bad, bad.

    Mike dMike d9 ամիս առաջ
  • I demand you show us a step by step tutorial so we all can do this!

    KidOuttaCausesKidOuttaCauses9 ամիս առաջ
    • Check out Stacie's Country Cooking & Adventures on youtube.

      Doc. TEAM WAX OR '97Doc. TEAM WAX OR '976 ամիս առաջ
  • Man this is awesome!

    234dilligaf234dilligaf9 ամիս առաջ
  • Yes....but how do they make it SOUND like The General Lee!?

    Sergio GalindoSergio Galindo9 ամիս առաջ
  • Is it registered as. Crown Vic

    Chance ColwellChance Colwell9 ամիս առաջ
    • AutoEdits how did he get it registered

      Chance ColwellChance Colwell9 ամիս առաջ
    • AutoEdits so if you get polld over they won’t ask questions

      Chance ColwellChance Colwell9 ամիս առաջ
    • AutoEdits so if you get polld over you won’t get in trouble and they won’t ask questions

      Chance ColwellChance Colwell9 ամիս առաջ
    • @Chance Colwell It's legal.

      AutoEditsAutoEdits9 ամիս առաջ
    • AutoEdits would you get polled over all the time

      Chance ColwellChance Colwell9 ամիս առաջ
  • If. I had the money for building my own general Lee I would have a few friends to build it too thanks for sharing your thoughts and information

    Mary DuarteMary Duarte10 ամիս առաջ
  • Don't use ford that crazy video

    Terry GrahamTerry Graham10 ամիս առաջ
  • I own 2 was a show survivor,,the other a clone..

    maddog76maddog7610 ամիս առաջ
  • Hell yeah! This is awesome as it keeps the beauty of the design and keeps one more Charger alive to stick around.

    TimetonutTimetonut10 ամիս առաջ
    • I did want to hear the engine.

      TimetonutTimetonut10 ամիս առաջ
  • Like 8 grand just in body panels

    austin campoaustin campo10 ամիս առաջ
  • I’d like to see some one do this with a 1973 charger body and make it look like a 1969 Probably fool a lot of people

    raji chahalraji chahal10 ամիս առաջ
    • I think they had different chassis, would be just as hard as a crown Vic conversion

      Banana ManBanana Man10 ամիս առաջ