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(First of all - kudos to WadCheber for inspiring this question)

When the DeLorean is first revealed, we see it exiting from Doc's Truck:

In the image I've given below, you can see there isn't much room to spare in the truck:

DeLorean exiting truck

Bearing in mind the Delorean has gull-wing doors, how did Doc:

  1. Get into the DeLorean in the first place (we later on see him exit out, so he wasn't remote-controlling it), and
  2. Operate the ramp (perhaps by remote control)?
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    I guess Doc could've also invented a transporter and not mentioned it - what's a transporter when you've got a DeLorean time machine anyway :P – Often Right Jun 16 '15 at 2:47
  • If this answer is correct, the DeLorean would be unnecessary if the Doc had a transporter. The only reason the DeLorean has to go 88 miles per hour is that the temporal field created by the flux capacitor only exists for the amount of time required for a DeLorean to travel its own length. With a transporter, you could simply open the temporal field, then transport yourself through the field. – Wad Cheber Jun 16 '15 at 2:52
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    Maybe he drove it in and remote-controlled the truck – Jason Baker Jun 16 '15 at 2:56
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    How did the filmmakers get it in there? I feel like the answer is probably "Doc did it the same way the props crew did it", however that was. – Nerrolken Jun 16 '15 at 16:34
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    @AnthonyX that's an interesting thought. Perhaps even the side of the trick flips open... – Often Right Jun 17 '15 at 0:41
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I'll answer this in the most likely answer there can be. Someone screwed up in the we didn't think this out because it just looked cool department.

While the door/ramp looks to be on a winch(s) (the extra ramp parts have red wheels as seen at 0:18, to allow them to fully extend), unless Doc could remote control the box truck, there is no possible way for him to get in and back out the Delorean.

Movie goofs, they happen.

There is only one explanation for how he could have done it, and it's almost Rube Goldberg in its nonsensical construction, even for Doc. He would have had to move the truck, lowered the ramp, got into the back, closed the ramp, climbed into the Delorean through an open window, allow the Delorean or something else to fill the cabin and the open windowed Delorean with smoke, closed the window, then open the ramp again to pull the Delorean out, all before the smoke dissipates. Even Doc isn't that freaking pointless or convoluted (I hope).

But as @WadCheber has linked to, the Delorean window is about the size of a bread box, making even that convoluted idea impossible without magic.

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  • @N_Soong and cde- that's why I wrote this: Alternative version of BttF: Marty gets a call from Doc, asking him to come to the mall with a video camera. On the way, he decides to stop for a snack at McDonald's. Arriving at the mall 30 minutes late, he sees Einstein sitting outside a truck marked "Doc Brown Enterprises". The Doc himself is nowhere to be seen. Eventually, Marty decides to check inside the truck. There he finds the Doc, dead of smoke inhalation. Marty spends the rest of his life constantly haunted by the day his decision to eat a Big Mac killed his best friend. The End. – Wad Cheber Jun 16 '15 at 2:56
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    @Hypnosifl If both are at atmospheric pressure (14.7 psia), steam and boiling water are both at the temperature of 100C or 212F. If it was steam, Doc would have atleast second degree burns considering the closed space and the amount of screen time in the smoke. At best its fog, or some sort of movie smoke. At worst its actual smoke, but steam would have left him sweating or scolded. – user16696 Jun 16 '15 at 4:40
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    @WadCheber that's the window? HAHA. Edited. – user16696 Jun 16 '15 at 4:41
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    @Wad Cheber - I didn't realize that the whole window didn't roll down, only that little section. But Doc made plenty of modifications, I suppose you could always imagine he altered it so the whole window rolled down, or folded in, or was removable, or something. – Hypnosifl Jun 16 '15 at 17:44
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    @Hypnosifl doc wasn't sweating or moist after stepping out. His clothes atleast would have gotten damp from that much Steam. And for the window, at no point do we see any window modification, so that's pointless speculation. – user16696 Jun 16 '15 at 17:52
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A Delorean is 6'1" across. A Semi Trailer is at least 8' across. The door could've easily been opened enough for him to climb in. You only need about 7" to open it due to the rotation of it. Note the door in its full open position doesn't even go out from the side, because the hinge is inside.

Here's a video further showing this:

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    Myth....Busted :-) – Valorum Feb 12 '17 at 0:23
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My guess is that the Doc loves to put on a show and always goes over and above with his inventions and when he is presenting ideas. Remember the intricate model set he designed in both this movie as well as the 3rd part of the series? He likes to do things with class.

This is the pinnacle invention, something that the Doc has been working on for nearly 30 years and has finally succeeded. Why not unveil it to Marty in a classy and memorable way?

My guess is that he likely used a remote control to control the back of the truck, drove onto the truck, closed the door just before Marty arrived and re-opened it again to roll out with a touch of pizazz. The smoke could have been from the DeLorean, or he could have wanted to add more to the effect with a bit of artificial smoke (such as a smoke machine generates). This would also explain why he wanted Marty to come to the Mall car park at such a specific time.

Either that or he used his other secret invention, the shrink ray, and got in through a window. :)

  • Going through a window wouldn't work. See the photo of a DeLorean window in cde's answer to learn why. – Wad Cheber Jun 16 '15 at 21:34
  • Or just check out this photo. The tiny little section at the lower middle of the window is the only part that opens. – Wad Cheber Jun 16 '15 at 22:39
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    This is my +1. He tells Marty to be there at a very precise time. – Valorum Jun 17 '15 at 21:26
  • If he did it to impress Marty, why was he surprised by Marty when he stepped out of the DeLorean – user16696 Jun 17 '15 at 22:00
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I'd say he got into the car while it was outside the van, then he drove the car inside the van and waited for Marty to arrive (that's why they had an appointment and doc even called him up to remind him..) allowing a few minutes delay he drove out to make Marty a surprise.

before that, doc obviously drove the car into the truck by remote to get it from his lab to the mall and then drove the truck to the mall.

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