Mabel Maintenance

Mabel MaintenanceMabel MaintenanceMabel MaintenanceMabel MaintenanceThe other day when I updated Mabel’s fuel lines and performed an overall maintenance inspection, I noticed that most of her vacuum plugs were beginning to dry rot a bit. Nothing major, but something that still needed to be addressed. I also noticed that her drivers side low beam head light wasn’t working properly as well. A quick trip to Amazon, I found the necessary caps for all of the vacuum ports and placed the order. 11 dollars and 2 days later, the vacuum ports are fixed. As for the low beam on the drivers side headlight, a quick spray for contact cleaner on the back of the fuse box took care of that. She’s now road worthy and ready to put on some miles.

Updating Mabel’s Fuel Delivery For Safety

Fuel Delivery UpgradeFuel Delivery UpgradeFuel Delivery UpgradeFuel Delivery UpgradeFuel Delivery UpgradeFuel Delivery UpgradeFuel Delivery UpgradeFuel Delivery UpgradeFuel Delivery UpgradeFuel Delivery UpgradeFuel Delivery UpgradeFuel Delivery UpgradeThere seems to have been a rash of engine fires lately that really grabbed my attention. Common causes seem to be bad/wrong fuel lines, fuel inlet to the carb and fuel filter location. I’ve had 9 vintage VW’s over the years and I’ve always placed my fuel filter in between the fuel inlet on the carb and the fuel pump. Considering the amount of loss that I’ve read about recently, I’ve decided to make Mabel a little safer. New and proper fuel lines (hers were just replaced a couple of years ago), relocation of the fuel filter, new clamps and new threaded barb for the fuel inlet on the carb. The video is pretty much self explanatory, though my video skills aren’t the best. I’ve also provided a list and link to everything that I used. Hope you find the video beneficial.


Inlet that I used:

Inlet that I considered, but didn’t use:

Drill bit for tap, size C:

Tap that I used:

Fuel filter that I use:

Clamps for the fuel lines:

Fuel hose:

Custom Hot Wheels ’52 Chevy Pickup Finished

Custom Hot Wheels Chevy TruckCustom Hot Wheels Chevy TruckCustom Hot Wheels Chevy TruckCustom Hot Wheels Chevy TruckCustom Hot Wheels Chevy TruckCustom Hot Wheels Chevy TruckCustom Hot Wheels Chevy TruckCustom Hot Wheels Chevy TruckCustom Hot Wheels Chevy TruckCustom Hot Wheels Chevy TruckCustom Hot Wheels Chevy TruckCustom Hot Wheels Chevy TruckCustom Hot Wheels Chevy TruckCustom Hot Wheels Chevy TruckCustom Hot Wheels Chevy TruckCustom Hot Wheels Chevy TruckCustom Hot Wheels Chevy TruckCustom Hot Wheels Chevy TruckCustom Hot Wheels Chevy TruckCustom Hot Wheels Chevy TruckCustom Hot Wheels Chevy TruckCustom Hot Wheels Chevy TruckI was able to finish the ’52 Chevy truck custom and I’m very happy with the results. My biggest disappoint with this casting was the lack of bumpers, which I was able to make, and the lack of any interior. Overall though, this is probably my favorite custom to date. As soon as I saw it hanging on the pegs, I knew exactly what I wanted to do with it. Watch the video and let me know what you think. More customs coming soon!

Custom Hot Wheels ’52 Chevy Pickup

Custom Hot Wheels '51 Chevy PickupCustom Hot Wheels '51 Chevy PickupCustom Hot Wheels '51 Chevy PickupCustom Hot Wheels '51 Chevy PickupCustom Hot Wheels '51 Chevy PickupCustom Hot Wheels '51 Chevy PickupCustom Hot Wheels '51 Chevy PickupCustom Hot Wheels '51 Chevy PickupCustom Hot Wheels '51 Chevy PickupCustom Hot Wheels '51 Chevy PickupCustom Hot Wheels '51 Chevy PickupYesterday I started on my latest custom, a Hot Wheels ’52 Chevy pickup. I already had a plan for this casting when I saw it on the pegs and I think the end result will be awesome. If I wasn’t in to vintage VW’s, I’d probably be in to vintage pickups. This will be fun! Removing the paint on this casting was challenging. This is the toughest paint that I’ve ever dealt with. It took hours of soaking in industrial paint stripper to finally have the paint ready to remove from the casting. There was a lot of flashing to address in the front of the truck before I could prep it for painting. So far, it’s had 2 coats of white primer, 2 coats of gloss white and 2 coats of landscape green. Initially I hadn’t planned to use the wheels that came with the casting, but I think I can make them work and look really nice. I’ll be using the head of a nail to create center caps for the wheels to give it that vintage look! Stay tuned as this custom starts to take shape, I think you’ll be happy with the end result.

Custom Matchbox VW Fastback Finished

20190319_20594020190319_22421120190320_16574520190320_17293520190320_18281020190320_18530420190320_18531320190321_23001320190321_23005020190322_21020320190322_21021020190322_22260920190322_22332320190322_22421720190322_22493020190322_22493920190322_224947Custom Matchbox VW FastbackCustom Matchbox VW FastbackCustom Matchbox VW FastbackCustom Matchbox VW FastbackCustom Matchbox VW FastbackCustom Matchbox VW FastbackI was able to finish the custom Matchbox VW Fastback this past weekend. Basically it was just a matter of adding my hydrogen peroxide/fine steel wool mixture to areas that I wanted the rust to remain and let it dry in between applications. I finished by adding details to the exterior such as headlights, tail lights and faded chrome to areas that needed it. The display for this one is pretty simple, just some terrain and a little ground coverage. The idea was to make this custom look like my very car that I got when I was 15 and I think it turned out pretty good. Be sure to watch the video for more details. Thanks for visiting.

New Die Cast and Mabel

Getting Mabel Ready For SpringMore Hot Wheels For The CollectionMore Hot Wheels For The CollectionMore Hot Wheels For The CollectionMore Hot Wheels For The CollectionWe picked up a few new Hot Wheels to add to the collection that we didn’t already have. Been looking for the 50th Anniversary Camaro and Mustang for a while, but only recently found them on the pegs at our local Walmart. I really love the detail on these cars. Also picked up a Delorean that I’ve been wanting, but my favorite find is this Matchbox 50th Anniversary VW Bus. The detail on the bus is second to none, it really is a great casting. I was also able to get our own ’68 Beetle “Mabel” out and about for an early spring drive. After sitting for most of the winter, it was great to get her out for a drive. She’s still driving like a top! We’re looking forward to many more miles with her this spring and summer!

Custom Matchbox VW Fastback

20190315_14032420190315_16484520190315_17310220190316_22565820190316_225715Custom Hot Wheels VW FastbackCustom Hot Wheels VW FastbackCustom Hot Wheels VW FastbackCustom Hot Wheels VW FastbackCustom Hot Wheels VW FastbackWhen I was 15 years old, way back in 1983, my brother-in-law gave me my very first car! It was a early VW Fastback. We spent days working on the car to get it to run and it eventually did! However, the body of the car was shot! So much rust that we determined that it wouldn’t be worth trying to fix. I ended up selling for scrap. I’m going to try to replicate that old VW Fastback in 1:64 scale! Unfortunately, I never took any pictures of it, so I can only base the look from memory! Luckily, I have a pretty good memory! We’re going to start with this Matchbox 1965 VW Fastback. It’s a nice casting, but it’ll need some work! You have to take your time when drilling, especially if you’re dealing with a plastic chassis. Keep in the center of the post. Painting the interior black. I use cheap paint for this, no need to use the good stuff. Remember, use what you have. Now it’s time to remove the paint from the body! Apply the paint stripper thoroughly then walk away for about 10 minutes. I use compressed air to remove the paint and stripper. Anything left over, I use a brass brush to clean it up, then give it a good wash in soapy water. Now it’s time to remove the European license plate holder on the front and rear of the body. The Dremel and small sanding roller should do the trick. I’ll refine this with my diamond files and sand paper later. The Dremel removed the bulk of what needed to be sanded away. I won’t be using these wheels, but I’ll hang on to them for a future project. I’ll be painting the chassis black. Again, using the cheap paint for this. Once the paint is dry, I’ll give the chassis and the interior that I painted with the same flat black paint a couple coats of clear matte. Now I’ll use the burr tip on the Dremel to roughen places on the body where I want to indicate rust. This is a different than I used on the Charger custom and the Golf custom. The markings won’t be as prominent. Then I’ll prep the body for a couple coats of red primer. I let the primer dry for at least 24 hours, then coat the body with a mist of water and apply the table salt. Some times I’ll add some larger Kosher salt as well. I’ll let it sit and dry for at least 12 hours before moving on to the next step. The Peekaboo paint is close to the Diamond Blue of the original Fastback.
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