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I’d recommend a vignette as well. While working at a living history farm, we did the same with period wagons and carts: we found that if they were full of “what they might have been full of back in the day”, it discouraged patrons from climbing in, or turning a blind eye to their children climbing in. And, a little bit of cheesey factor wouldn’t be misplaced, if I have guessed what kind of car it is, “Doc” wouldn’t mind. You’re on the right track, I think, with the fake plutonium and the sheepdog-if it were me, I would definitely use the film as contextual clues, such as what sorts of things could have been transported in the car, from the times/places it has been? Good luck!