View Full Version : It begins: The Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure Phone booth.

04-16-2011, 08:19 AM
It begins: The Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure Phone booth.
I guess I just couldn't stop with making the Ted Theodore Logan costume.. and I have now moved onto making the actual booth. I know the things come premade but they are hard to find and pricey so I'll be building my own booth.

First things first... I had to find a phone for my booth. Needed to be the right style, have the coin slot and change return lever in the right positions.

I managed to buy a payphone on ebay. I got it for 45.00. The shipping would have been 60.00 but I drove about an hour and 45 mins from here and just picked it up myself. I'm sure glad I did. The guy had a bunch of payphones, all old, all needing cleaned up. Instead of just having me get the one in the photo of the auction he let me look around and pick what I needed. That rocked because I ended up getting an even more accurate phone than I would have. It's the correct model, has no volume control, and has the chrome lockbox, with no logo on it. The only thing it didn't have was the little Bell logo on the front. I asked him if he had another faceplate with that on it and managed to get one from him for 10.00.

Everything was a bit rough looking and needed a bit of a cleaning.

I got it home and wiped it all down with some good antibacterial cleaner. Man... that thing was filthy!

Here are some photos of the phone so far. I'm still adjusting the graphics for the phone and still working on getting the 8 and # keys to light up. Probably going to have to cast them in clear resin or something.

After the phone itself is finished work on the booth will begin.


1. All the parts.

2. Phone stripped down with proper panel on it.

3. Phone cleaned, polished and reassembled. Still need to adjust the graphics on the info card a bit. The 20 looks too large.

04-16-2011, 11:13 PM
You're going all out, aren't you? That's amazing.

04-17-2011, 12:58 AM

I've seen plenty of people build a police box to use as a TARDIS, but this has got to be the first time I have seen someone going for the Bill and Ted phonebooth.


04-18-2011, 08:12 PM
Screamed: Yep I guess I am :D Thanks!

Ten: Thank you!

04-18-2011, 10:56 PM
Still need to make some adjustments and add the lights but here is my phone so far.

Also I just made my first phone call from my pay phone to my cell phone. First test was a success except that I could hear everything, including the automated operator voice but the volume was very low. But the volume was real loud when dialing though. Going to see if there's a way to adjust the volume for the handset. Tomorrow when everyone is awake I'll call the house and see if the payphone rings. Right now its disconnected.

04-23-2011, 04:39 PM
Well, finally an update. Noticed that in the film when Rufus presses the buttons before traveling back in time that the two light up buttons are actually shorter than the rest of the buttons on the phone. I also notice that they don't move inward, but that he just places his fingers on them as if hes pushing them.

I currently have light up "buttons" on my phone now but they are constantly on unless I turn them off with the switch that comes from the power supply for them. I noticed that in the film the lights do not come on until he lifts the phone from the hook. This will be easy for me to set up on my phone as well, as it just requires adding more wire and some metal plates to connect when the hookswitch moves. Excellent!!