New Decals, New Die Cast, New Project

New VW Die CastNew VW Die CastPicked up some new die cast while out about this past week. Really cool looking Hot Wheels VW truck, would love to use this in a future custom. Also picked up a Greenlight Classic VW Beetle. I think I may already have this, not sure, I’ll have to do some digging. But it was on sale and too hard to pass up.
HillBilly Hot Dogs DecalHillBilly Hot Dogs DecalHad lunch this past week at HillBilly Hot Dogs right outside of Huntington, WV. This place has been featured in numerous publications and TV shows, including Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives. If you’re ever in the area, you must drop by and have the best hot dogs in the country! While there, I picked up a couple of decals for Mabel.
Building A New VW Garage DioramaBuilding A New VW Garage DioramaBuilding A New VW Garage DioramaBuilding A New VW Garage DioramaBuilding A New VW Garage DioramaBuilding A New VW Garage DioramaBuilding A New VW Garage DioramaBuilding A New VW Garage DioramaI’ve watched numerous videos on Youtube concerning dioramas. I’ve been wanting to make one for a very long time, just never got around to it. With winter approaching, I thought it may be a nice hobby to try, so I started getting my feet a little wet this weekend and began my first attempt at a VW Garage diorama. I’m making this 1:64 scale and I started with an extra VW I had in the collection. You can tell by the pics the general direction I’m going, I think this is a good start.

New Die Cast

Forrest Gump BeetleC-3PO VWA couple new die cast to add to the collection. Lenora picked up a Hot Wheels C-3PO (VW Bus) and Shauna got me a Forrest Gump Classic Beetle. Both are a great addition to the die cast collection. I couldn’t remember seeing this Beetle in Forrest Gump, so I had to cheat and look it up. Sure enough, there it is.

Mabel Oil Change (repost)

Ready For Oil ChangeDirty EngineOil UsedOil Change KitClean EngineToday was the day for Mabel to get her oil changed. There’s always a huge argument about which kind of oil to use in these old cars, but we won’t get into a debate about that, I’ll just let you know what I use and what works for me. I always start with getting the car as level as possible, running the engine long enough to get the old oil nice and warm so it’ll drain easily. I remove the oil drain plate (10mm) and let the oil drain into the oil catcher. I’ll let the oil drain for at least 30 minutes or so. This is also a good opportunity to tidy up the bottom of the engine, removing any oil and dirt from the cooling fins. I also like to give the oil drain plate a fresh coat of paint, just to make it look nice. Oil changing kits are readily available and pretty cheap. Most will come with new copper washers, gaskets and a oil strainer. If you’re re-using your oil strainer, just clean it good with a degreaser and make sure there isn’t any sludge in it. I usually use the strainer twice before replacing it with a new one. When you put your oil drain plate back on, make sure you use the correct washers and have the gaskets in the correct place. Do not over tighten the nuts that hold the plate in place. Just hand tighten them. My engine requires 2.65 quarts of oil, your engine probably requires the same amount. I use 2.15 quarts of Rotella T 15w-40 and .5 of the STP oil additive. I use the oil additive for its zinc content. Your air cooled engine will love this combination!

HEMI Badge Install

Hemi Badge InstallHemi Badge InstallHemi Badge InstallHemi Badge InstallThe Challenger has a lot of real estate up front. We felt that it needed a little something to break it up without going overboard. I believe these HEMI badges do just that. The previous year Challengers were offered a HEMI badge, so I didn’t want to go with the previous year model badges, I thought they were a little too big. These are smaller and show just enough to break up the front fenders.

Camaro DRL Install

New DRL InstallNew DRL InstallNew DRL InstallNew DRL InstallNew DRL InstallFinally got around to installing the new DRL’s that I bought for the Camaro. I’ve been wanting to do this for over a year and now I wish I’d done it sooner. The pics really don’t do it justice. The stock DRL’s looked yellow compared to the white light of the headlights. It’s hard to tell from the above pics, but there was a huge difference. You can also see the difference from the stock bulbs and the replacement bright LED’s.

New DRL InstallThe install was very easy. Six screws to release the fender liner so it can be moved out of the way for easy access to the light assembly. You don’t have to remove the wheels, but I did because I needed more access to install the last rivet that was part of the splitter install. I knew that I’d eventually replace the DRL’s, so I waited install the last 2 rivets so I wouldn’t be doing this twice. I thought it was going to be a lot harder than it really was.

Splitter InstallSplitter InstallAs you can see from the pics, the last 2 rivets were needed to pull the edges of the splitter against the fascia. I really shouldn’t have driven it as long as I did without these rivets. But they installed easily and really gave it a nice, finished look.

New DRL InstallNew DRL InstallIn the pic on the left, the drivers side DRL has been replaced, but not the passenger side. Again, the pics don’t do it justice, but you can tell that there’s a difference. The pic on the right was taken after both DRL’s were replaced. Now they match the white brightness of the headlights and look so much better. Whole project only took an hour or so. Again, you don’t have to remove the front wheels, but I did for easier access to install the last 2 rivets for the splitter. Happy with the results.

Ruby’s Getting Some New Lamps

Ruby’s Getting Some New Lamps

I’ve been disappointed with the fog lamps on the Camaro since we’ve had it. They look yellow compared to the angel eyes and the halos. So, after putting it off for a year and a half, I ordered the bulbs to correct the issue. Alla Lighting High Power 4014 54-SMD Xtremely Super Bright 6000K Xenon White LED. Best part is that I got a really good deal on them with my Amazon Prime. Looks like a new weekend project. You wouldn’t think that changing a bulb would be that big of a deal, however, to get to the fog lamp assembly, you have to remove the fender liners. I’m sure that cussing will be involved, but I’m anxious to get them changed. I’ll post some before and after photos.

Recovering Data From GoDaddy

I’m still in the process of trying to recover data from GoDaddy. What a pain in the ass this has been. I highly recommend that anybody looking for a good web hosting service, STAY AWAY from GoDaddy. In the meantime, I’m working on getting all of the galleries and “how to’s” back online as well. Luckily, I had a local backup of some of these. Keep checking back for updates and please bear with me.