Archives for November 2017

New Hot Wheels & Diorama Update

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New Door Handle Seals

For Christmas last year, Lenora got me all new seals for the doors, door windows, etc. She ordered the kit from Jbugs.com, all German rubber except for one thing, the door handle seals. I couldn’t be more pleased with everything we received from Jbugs.com. The new door window rubber was spot on, fit perfectly and was fairly easy to install. The only thing I was disappointed in was the door handle seals. The seals that came with the set were a hard plastic instead of a hard rubber. I installed them in March of this year and by September, they were already deteriorated and falling apart. Everything else has held up well. When I decided to install the Aussie trim and removed the defective door handle seals, I ordered new ones. I ordered them from Ebay user scorpion562. They were described as hard rubber, not hard plastic. They were only $4.85 so I decided to take a chance and ordered them. When I received them, I knew they were so much better than the ones that I received for Jbugs.com. They were flexible, fit the door handles so much better and fit perfectly. As you can see from the video above, they were a much better quality than the ones that we received from Jbugs.com. I installed them this evening and couldn’t be happier. They look so much better.

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After the install, I did quick walk around of Mabel. Very pleased with the results.

Aussie Trim

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I’ve been wanting to do this project for a while, just never got around to it. I’ve always been a fan of the Australian trim on the vintage Beetles and I wanted to try and replicate it the best I could with my own spin. The idea was to use reworked metal trim, but after many failed attempts, I decided to go with the more modern ABS trim. It was easy enough to work with. I’m happy with the outcome, not perfect, but I like it. And if I don’t like it in a couple of years, I can always remove it. I won’t do a step by step, the pics pretty much speak for themselves, but if you have any questions, please feel free to ask. You can do this project for less than 20 dollars. I did take this opportunity to order new door handle seals. I just installed these in March of this year and they have already deteriorated. I know it’s a cheap part, but nonetheless, nothing is made like it used to be. I believe I got these from Jbugs.com.

Diorama Coming Along

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Got some time today to work on the diorama. Still coming up with new ideas and ways of doing things, but it’s slowly coming together. The rat rod VW is complete now, I won’t be doing anything else to it. The inside walls are coming together nicely, trim will be next. Since this is going to have an inside area and an outside area, I’ll have consider that when it comes to lighting. So far, so good.