Crew Dick Interviews: Sunnyvale Wheels

Ricky using his clearing stick to clear shit off the shitmobile

With Trailer Park Boys Season 12 filming wrapping up, the camera dicks are getting ready to leave Sunnyvale. We can confirm that Ricky is thrilled that they are leaving because he is fucking fed up with them, but we can bet that he will miss the help of Transportation Coordinator Shawn Murphy.  Without constant work on the Shitmobile, it’s FUCKED.

Transportation Co-ordinator Shawn Murphy tests out a Sunnyvale Police Cruiser.

Transportation Co-ordinator Shawn Murphy tests out a Sunnyvale Police Cruiser.

Murphy is the vehicle wrangler on the set of Trailer Park Boys, and while he and the rest of the crew dicks have a love-hate relationship with Ricky’s 1975 New Yorker, there’s no question as to its value.

Generally the Shitmobile is what it is, it’s a piece of shit which requires a lot of bubble gum to keep it running each season,” says Murphy.  “But it’s definitely our prize possession.”

It wasn’t always a big piece of shit, but Ricky doesn’t exactly baby the fucking thing.

“Back in the day, it was a great-running vehicle,” recalls Murphy.  “But as you’ve seen through the seasons, we’ve definitely put her through her paces. She’s incurred some damage, and it basically is now what it’s called, it’s a Shitmobile.”

The steering wheel and dash of the Shitmobile

Murphy says there are a ton of fucking issues with it – gaskets, oil, all kinds of fuckarounds – but the main thing that keeps him busy is the Shitmobile’s extreme lack of fuel efficiency.

“The biggest problem with the Shitmobile has always been the fact that it runs off a marine gas tank in the back,” says Murphy. “That big motor, it takes about 11 minutes at idle before you gotta dump a jerry can in it.  That’s basically the biggest headache with the Shitmobile.”  

But lucky for Ricky, when the crew dicks are around, they make sure the Shitmobile at least meets the safety standards of a film set… even a totally fucked one like Trailer Park Boys.

It starts every time.  It does run, the brakes are good, we gotta have it safe for cast and crew, bystanders and whatnot,” explains Murphy.  “It definitely doesn’t have an actual safety sticker on it.  Even it was in good condition, you couldn’t get that, seeing as how it’s missing a door.

A picture of The Shitmobile's actual bullshit inspection sticker

The Shitmobile’s actual bullshit inspection sticker

From Japan by way of a greasy Nova Scotian junk yard

When it was time for Bubbles to upgrade from his go-kart, they checked in with Murphy to see if he knew of anything that was low-cost, but could still haul around some barrels of Nuclear Bloom (or bull semen).  Enter Bubbles’ fucked little white truck.

“It came from Chester, Nova Scotia,” recalls Murphy.  “A guy down there, an eccentric fellow that owns a scrap yard is sitting on 50 of them, in the woods there, with trees and grass all growing up through them. I met him on a different production.  When the Boys said they wanted a mini truck, I knew where to get one for cheap.”

The Mitsubishi turned out to be perfect for Bubbles.  Well, almost perfect.

“It’s made for Asian men, there’s no seat adjustment,” explains Murphy.  “When us Canadian folk go in, we get pretty jammed up in there. And it’s a right-side drive, it’s a little interesting getting used to that at first.”

While the size of the thing might’ve been a bastard to deal with, it did leave Bubbles and the transportation dicks some room for error while they were getting used to steering on the other side of the vehicle.

“The thing is only about three feet wide, so you have a lot of lane left.”

A favourite from his fan days

Before he was fucking around with vehicles on the set of Sunnyvale, Murphy was a fan of the show and loved the many vehicles that Julian would cruise around in.  When asked for a favourite, it was an easy answer.

I liked Julian’s SVT Cobra Mustang,”  says Murphy.  “It’s a badass pony.

Even though he wasn’t a part of the Trailer Park Boys crew at the time, he still got his greasy fingers on the Mustang.  In a bit of foreshadowing for his future role, the car was brought into Murphy’s former place of business.

“I was working at a Ford dealership at the time, when he was getting the motor rebuilt on it, and I actually got to take it on its first test drive with the new motor myself.”

The verdict?

“It was a pretty wild car.”

A picture of Julian's Mustang Cobra and Randy

Don’t let Randy’s gut ruin the picture of this DECENT car!

Last week we interviewed James Kennedy, one of the set-dressing dicks responsible for the shitty look and feel of Sunnyvale.  If you want to learn more about the crew dicks, last year we interviewed a fuckload of them, click here for part 1 and here for part 2.

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  4 comments for “Crew Dick Interviews: Sunnyvale Wheels

  1. Keshia Latriece Nowden
    July 24, 2017 at 11:56 am

    Wow, Shawn, thank you for all that you do, especially the one thing that will outlast the zombley apocalypse, the always (badly) imitated but never duplicated Shitmobile.

    Thank you guys so much.

  2. RaginCajun
    July 24, 2017 at 12:47 pm

    DECENT!!!! Right on Shawn! We gotta have that fuckin shitmobile!

  3. Darren alway
    July 24, 2017 at 3:06 pm

    Im fucked in the head is this a amfa if so does the shitmobile have power steering

  4. Teresa A Hardy
    September 19, 2017 at 7:53 pm

    Love that Yorker! It’s part of the TPB family.

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