1968 Redline Hot Wheels Custom VW Beetle

1968 Redline Hot Wheels Beetle1968 Redline Hot Wheels Beetle1968 Redline Hot Wheels Beetle1968 Redline Hot Wheels BeetlePulled the trigger and purchased this while it was still available. These move fast and to find one in excellent condition is rare. 1968 Redline Hot Wheels Custom VW Beetle. I’ve been wanting one for a very long time and this one became available for a very nice price. Depending on condition and color, these usually range in price from $80 to $300. It’s a nice find and it’ll be a nice addition to the collection.

3rd Brake Light

Third Brake Light ModThird Brake Light ModThird Brake Light ModPlaying around with the 3rd brake light to make it look more vintage. May keep it this way, may not, still undecided. Click here to see how this project started a couple of years ago. I’d eventually like to find an authentic vintage light, but they’re really hard to find and if you do find one in decent shape, they’re very expensive. I believe I purchased this light from Speedway Motors for around 12 dollars. It was originally clear.

Product Review & Planning Ahead

There are many necessary tools needed for the repair and/or regular maintenance of your vintage VW. I thought it’d be a good idea to share some information on those tools from time to time that may help others out.

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This first is a must have for working on any car. There’s nothing worse than losing nuts and bolts when it’s time to put everything back together. I use this Titan Magnetic Parts Tray that I believe I bought on Amazon for a little over 7 dollars. It has a magnetic base that allows it to hang securely from your toolbox, car hood, etc. They come in various shapes and sizes and they’re a great to keep your parts organized while you work.

 

13mm Half Moon WrenchNext is a Half Moon Wrench, size 13mm and 11mm. If you’ve ever tried to remove your carburetor or generator stand without one, you know exactly what I’m talking about. Yes, it can be done with a regular open face or boxed wrench, but this 6 dollar investment makes things so much easier. I picked this one up on Summit Racing for about $3.50. It’s a must have!

 

Carb Rebuild KitNew Fuel LinesI had planned on doing some regular maintenance on my carburetor before it got too cold outside, but since the Beetle is running fine, I think I’ll wait til spring. I had it apart last fall to replace the float, but I didn’t clean or replace the jets as I had planned. I also think my accelerator pump diaphragm isn’t working as well as it should. Ethanol in today’s fuel is hard on the diaphragm and it’s probably a good idea to change them every couple of years or so. I’m also going to relocate the fuel filter to underneath the car and away from the engine bay. I know that there’s much debate on this, but I still feel that it’s a good idea. I picked up this rebuild kit and new fuel line from the Dune Buggy Warehouse a while back, it has everything I need for the carb rebuild. I believe the rebuild kit was around 12 dollars and 1 meter for fuel line (the good stuff) was around 13 dollars. You can never have too much spare laying around.

New Hot Wheels & Diorama Update

New Hot Wheels & Diorama UpdateNew Hot Wheels & Diorama UpdateNew Hot Wheels & Diorama UpdateMy awesome wife picked up an “almost” complete Camaro series from Hot Wheels. I think we’re only missing one, shouldn’t be too hard to pick up. She always has her eye open for new sets that we don’t have in the collection, especially anything VW related. Also had a few minutes to update the diorama that I’m working on. Hope to have it completed soon with interior lights and outdoor textures.

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.