A superfan player spent five years and $ 11,000 making a replica of the iconic Warthog truck from the Halo video games of an old 1984 Chevy and using a 3D printer.
Bryant Havercamp, without help from anyone, recreated the detailed and complete street legal version of the famous vehicle.
He used traditional manufacturing methods and a more advanced 3D printing technology, which allowed Bryant to adapt the measurements of the truck to the version of the game.
In the Halo 3 game, the M12 Light Reconnaissance Vehicle is an all-terrain four-wheel drive truck, and Bryant decided to build a real version while playing with a friend in 2003.
Bryant Havercamp built the all-terrain replica of an old 1984 Chevy pick-up truck and used a 3D printer
The Warthog works at full capacity and is legal to drive and has super swamper tires of 35x15x15 inches
Bryant added a custom-made winch to the front bumper, designed to look like Warthog fangs, which took him two weeks of welding, grinding and fabrication to do from scratch
He managed to find a disassembled 1984 Chevy K10 pick-up truck, which he divided into three sections and rebuilt to build a frame that conformed to the shape of the Warthog.
The project was sometimes exhausting for Bryant, as he had to go to the hospital twice after injuring himself in the building: once for burns and once for carbon monoxide poisoning.
Then, the body was built with iron, sheet metal and plastic, which sits on Super Swamper tires 35x15x15 inches, but Bryant said the engine was his greatest triumph.
Telephone technician Bryant of Michigan said: "Most people when they see this are completely impressed with how realistic it looks.
Bryant built the incredibly detailed replica completely alone, using traditional manufacturing methods, a 3D printer
The totally legal recreation of the street is based on a 3D model extracted directly from the game Halo
Bryant was taken to the hospital twice after being injured during the exhausting project: once for burns and once for carbon monoxide poisoning.
& # 39; I'm a big fan of Halo. I've been doing it since I played in 2003. I'm trying to build this as close as possible to the real Warthog.
& # 39; I've built it from scratch, completely alone, alone. This is really the first vehicle that I have built from scratch. I have worked on the body of my Mustang, but I have never worked on the engine. Never frame or structural work.
"The engine is based on a 1984 Chevy 350. But I rebuilt it to have Vortec heads with a 64cc combustion chamber, an approximate compression ratio of 9.3 to 1, long tube heads, common cam shaft, nothing too aggressive.
"I would say that my favorite memory of the whole construction process was probably three months ago, it was the first time I built an engine, I had no idea if it was going to start.
Bryant took five years and spent $ 11,000 on the replica vehicle he plans to sell for up to $ 100,000.
The replica vehicle can reach up to 85 mph, has 350-400 horsepower, and can be driven on public roads
Rebuilt the truck so it has Vortec heads with a 64cc combustion chamber, a compression ratio of around 9.3 to 1, long tube heads and a standard cam shaft
The frame used to form the hood of the replica of Bryant Havercamp Warthog lying on the ground
"But when I turned that key and the engine went on, it brought a smile to my face and the best feeling I've ever had.
Bryant says that his work has resulted in approximately 350-400 horsepower, which means the vehicle can reach up to 85 mph, but the Warthog is more than just performance.
All the extra details make a difference in this particular recreation, with Bryant adding a custom-made winch to the front bumper, designed to look like the Warthog fangs, which took him two weeks of welding, polishing and fabrication to do from scratch.
He said: "It takes a lot of time and effort to build something so complicated. All the little details, add up. Five and a half years and I have not finished yet.
"It has fully functional lights, bright lights, high lights, flashing lights, off-road lights on top to match the actual functional lights of the Warthog.
"The front of the Warthog is actually a functional hood, it opens like a snowmobile hood, in the front, and gives access to the engine in case you have to work on something.
The truck has fully functional lights, bright lights, high lights, flashing lights, off-road lights on top to match the actual functional lights of the Warthog
The telephone technician plans to use the cash raised through the sale of the vehicle to finance a PhD in Physics
Replica features include a fully-functioning, personalized illuminated panel and racing seats that Bryant bought on eBay
For the body, Bryant used galvanized steel and 1/8 inch tubular square steel for the roll cage, using a 3D printer (which, of course, he mounted himself) to print smaller pieces like the top of the vision camera back and the lid of the gas cap
Other features include a fully-functioning personalized illuminated dashboard and racing seats that Bryant bought on eBay and that keep occupants safe during off-road adventures.
With this great attention to detail, it is not surprising that his creation attracts attention. Bryant said: "Everywhere I look like I'm driving this thing that's striking." When entering a service station, people stop to take pictures and ask questions.
& # 39; People may not recognize that it is a Warthog, but they just think it looks good so they want to take pictures. More or less, this spins everything around.
Bryant plans to add four-wheel steering and some additional aesthetic pieces before selling his love job
Some of Chevy's original features remain in the truck drastically altered, but many have changed beyond recognition
Bryant estimates that he has spent about $ 11,000 on materials, and that hospital bills add $ 5,000 to his total expense.
But after he adds four-wheel drive and some additional aesthetic pieces, Bryant hopes to sell the Warthog for between $ 75,000 and $ 100,000, and plans to use that cash to finance a Ph.D. in physics.
But he admitted that he could have difficulties to get rid of a love job with which he worked so hard.
He added: "Some of my favorite memories of creating this thing were actually when I had it working for the first time.
"I was able to take it out on the road, take it as a test, and only the feeling of driving this unique and beastly-looking machine down the road that looks like nothing else, just gives you a warm, fuzzy feeling in your heart."
One of Bryant's original plans for his self-built Warthog that he made during the complex project that also for more than five years