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Custom Hot Wheels VW Beetle Camper

Custom Hot Wheels VW Beetle CamperCustom Hot Wheels VW Beetle CamperCustom Hot Wheels VW Beetle CamperCustom Hot Wheels VW Beetle CamperCustom Hot Wheels VW Beetle CamperCustom Hot Wheels VW Beetle CamperCustom Hot Wheels VW Beetle CamperCustom Hot Wheels VW Beetle CamperCustom Hot Wheels VW Beetle CamperCustom Hot Wheels VW Beetle CamperCustom Hot Wheels VW Beetle CamperCustom Hot Wheels VW Beetle CamperCustom Hot Wheels VW Beetle CamperCustom Hot Wheels VW Beetle CamperCustom Hot Wheels VW Beetle CamperCustom Hot Wheels VW Beetle CamperCustom Hot Wheels VW Beetle CamperCustom Hot Wheels VW Beetle CamperCustom Hot Wheels VW Beetle CamperCustom Hot Wheels VW Beetle CamperCustom Hot Wheels VW Beetle CamperCustom Hot Wheels VW Beetle CamperCustom Hot Wheels VW Beetle CamperCustom Hot Wheels VW Beetle CamperCustom Hot Wheels VW Beetle CamperCustom Hot Wheels VW Beetle CamperThought it’d be fun to do another custom using the VW Beetle truck. Playing around with different mediums to create this custom VW Beetle camper. After it was finished, I wished that I hadn’t included the piping around the edge of the camper, it was very soft metal and it moved on me while painting. I may go back some time and revisit this one and remove the piping. But overall, it was a fun project. Enjoy the video!

Beer Tap Handle Shift Know & Boot

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Radio Flyer Restoration Part IV Finale’

20190823_16412020190823_16471920190823_17480920190823_174817Radio Flyer RestorationRadio Flyer RestorationRadio Flyer RestorationRadio Flyer RestorationRadio Flyer RestorationRadio Flyer RestorationRadio Flyer RestorationRadio Flyer RestorationRadio Flyer RestorationTo complete the restoration of the Radio Flyer, most of the attention was given to the tub. The inside of the tub had some pitting due to years of sitting outside and gathering rain. It had been painted a few times over the years, but unfortunately, paint was applied over top of rust, which made it rust even more. The tub was sanded to the bare metal and the pits were filled with glazing/spot putty. After the putty cured, it was wet sanded smooth, then another layer of putty was applied and the process repeated a total of 4 times. The end result was a smooth inner tub. All of the parts were wet sanded and primed multiple times to achieve the desired results. And to finish, every part was give 3 coats of paint. Everything was given a light coat paint, given ample time to cure, then they were given and medium coat and finished with a heavier coat. I let the paint cure for about a week before everything was put back together. The end result was much better than we could’ve expected. Please enjoy the video, hopefully it will provide you with tips to aide in your next restoration.

Custom Hot Wheels Hudson Hornet

20190818_16451720190818_16464120190818_16465020190818_16474720190818_16522520190818_16524920190818_17030820190818_17053220190820_17375120190821_17304320190821_18232920190823_16550920190823_18444520190823_19081420190823_19110720190823_19111320190823_194551Custom Hot Wheels HudsonCustom Hot Wheels HudsonCustom Hot Wheels HudsonCustom Hot Wheels HudsonCustom Hot Wheels HudsonCustom Hot Wheels HudsonCustom Hot Wheels HudsonCustom Hot Wheels HudsonCustom Hot Wheels HudsonCustom Hot Wheels HudsonCustom Hot Wheels HudsonCustom Hot Wheels HudsonCustom Hot Wheels HudsonCustom Hot Wheels HudsonCustom Hot Wheels HudsonCustom Hot Wheels HudsonI’m supposed to be working on a 1:18 scale VW Beetle, but I saw this car on the pegs and thought it’d be a good candidate for a quick custom. I wanted this car to look like it has been sitting out in the elements for many years and even though many people have offered to buy it from it’s current owner, the owner refuses to sell it. Therefore, it will just sit and rot away. I wanted the display to have a lot of detail and though space is limited in these 1:64 scale displays, I think I was able to add just enough to tell the story.

Vintage Flower Vase Install

Vintage VW Beetle Flower VaseVintage VW Beetle Flower VaseVintage VW Beetle Flower VaseVintage VW Beetle Flower VaseVintage VW Beetle Flower VaseVintage VW Beetle Flower VaseVintage VW Beetle Flower VaseI’ve been wanting to install a vintage flower vase for a long time. However, to find an original is rare and if you do and it’s for sale, expect to pay upwards of 300 dollars. M & T MFg. sells a reproduction that is amazing, not only in detail, but also quality. Best part, it’s only 20 dollars. So I ordered one a week ago or so, it arrived the other day and I was very pleased with it. I knew that I was going to mount it to the right of the speedo, but I hadn’t figured out how. Initially, I was going to take the grill out of the dash, but that would’ve been way too complicated. Instead, I put some double side tape on the mount, pushed it into place, then removed the vase from the mount. The double sided probably would be plenty strong enough to hold it in place, but I decided to add a sheet metal screw just for good measure. I thought about using a pop rivet, but that would be harder to remove if I want to in the future. So now, I just need to find the perfect flowers for it.

Mabel Gets Some Bling

OEM Rock GuardsOEM Rock GuardsOEM Rock GuardsOEM Rock GuardsOEM Rock GuardsOEM Rock GuardsOEM Rock GuardsVintage Flower VaseVintage Flower VaseI’ve had these OEM Rock Guards for a while, just never got around to installing them. So this past weekend, I took some time to finally install them. The install is fairly easy, I was going to do a tutorial on the install, but I think it’s to easy of process, anybody can do it. I will provide a couple of tips. Whatever fender you’re working on in the rear, remove the wheel, remove the bottom two bolts on the fender and remove the bolt that secures the running board to the rear fender, it makes the process much easier. No need to remove the front wheels or fender bolts. I did buy some edge trim off of Amazon just to dress the top of the guards, it blends with the fender gasket as well. I’ve been on the lookout for a vintage flower vase for ages, but never lucked into one. They go for big bucks on eBay and other sites, up to $300. M & T Manufacturing sells replicas that are spot on, real ceramic and mount included for $20.00. Very nice quality. I will do a tutorial on the installation as soon as I get around to it.

Radio Flyer Restoration Part III

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