This web site is dedicated to the documentation of the 1941 Chevrolet COE (Cab Over Engine) Truck One, built for the movie Jeepers Creepers by the movie studio. The truck is now owned by Tom and Aimii and is affectionately known as “JC”.
I have placed two pictures here to identify and confirm authenticity. The picture on the left is the truck sitting in the production studio in Orlando, Florida in 2001. The second picture was taken upon delivery in California, October of 2008. There are many identifying features.
It appears, but is yet to be confirmed, that this truck served as a prototype in several different areas of production. It helped serve as a source for color and distress choices. As can be seen in the pictures, this truck was painted factory green and had splotches of red primer, glazing putty and rust on it. These became the recognizable features of the final Creeper Truck design.
It also had the three running lights across the top of the cab originally, which I believe also influenced the final truck design as they had to be added to the second and third trucks.
Finally, this truck has two ‘NMC’ stickers on the drivers door, one large, and one smaller. I originally thought these were filler marks covering mirror holes. They are in fact vintage stickers. These were replicated on the second and third trucks so all of the trucks would match.
I plan to replace the factory motor and transmission with a stroked, supercharged 350 (388 stroked) backed by an overdrive HD automatic. Everything will be restored visually to match the movie and it should easily light up the old 20’s.