July 23rd, 2005 | researchmaterial
â€œWe were really close to these tornados. It was just after that we thought, â€˜Letâ€™s build a vehicle that can take some abuse.â€™ A vehicle where if you get hit by a tornado, even a violent one, youâ€™re probably going to be okay.â€
So he built the TIV (Tornado Intercept Vehicle), a long-wheelbase 1997 Ford F-450 diesel dually pickup. No one at Ford would recognize it, though. The body has been replaced by inexpertly welded thick steel plates, and incorporates a roof turret housing the large IMAX film camera. Occupants peer out through prison-window Lexan portals.
â€œItâ€™s so ugly! Itâ€™s just a big mobile tripod for the camera…” Casey has collected about 15 minutesâ€™ worth of IMAX footage in seven years, much of it while latched under the turret of the TIV…