New Dash Fan

Dash Fan InstallDash Fan InstallDash Fan InstallDash Fan InstallDash Fan InstallDash Fan InstallDash Fan InstallDash Fan InstallDash Fan InstallDash Fan InstallDash Fan InstallDash Fan For Our 1968 VW BeetleDash Fan For Our 1968 VW BeetleDash Fan For Our 1968 VW BeetleDash Fan For Our 1968 VW BeetleA week or so ago I took Mabel to a local car show. Unfortunately, it was very hot outside and the temp inside the car was even worse even though it was a short drive. I was looking around for window mounted or dash mounted fans and found many modern, plastic fans and blowers available. I wanted something that at least looked a little vintage but still worked well. I my mind, I was visioning the old school bus fans that were used to help keep the drivers cool. I couldn’t find exactly what I was looking for, but I did find a ALEKO CF02 mini (6″) fan that looked pretty close to the look I wanted. It was advertised as having an adhesive base for mounting, but that part wasn’t true. This fan is pretty heavy, no way any adhesive is going to secure it. Anyhow, I ordered it, it arrived and I was pretty satisfied with the quality. But as I mentioned, for it’s size, it’s pretty heavy. Obviously, there was no way to mount it to the windshield, so I had to come up with a way to mount it to a flat dash without drilling any holes or doing anything to make it permanent. So after kicking around a few ideas, I figured I’d let the weight of the fan work to my advantage. I used a piece of 1/8″ scrap aluminum to make a bracket that would straddle itself between the top of the dash and windshield rubber, then used the screw for the dash pad to keep it from moving. After a few hit and misses, it worked like a charm. Threw on a little paint and it looks like it could’ve been there the whole time. The fan cost $16.99 on Amazon and I’ve got about 3 hours in the whole project. I’ll call this one a success…..

The 12 volt auxiliary had already been added. You can see how I did it by clicking here!

Latest Diecast

New Diecast For The CollectionNew Diecast For The CollectionNew Diecast For The CollectionNew Diecast For The CollectionNew Diecast For The CollectionNew Diecast For The CollectionNew Diecast For The CollectionNew Diecast For The CollectionNew Diecast For The CollectionNew Diecast For The CollectionNew Diecast For The CollectionNew Diecast For The CollectionI haven’t been keeping up on this as well as I should be, so here’s a little catch up note. These have been either gifts or local pickup’s over the past couple of months. Of course, most of these are VW’s since that’s mainly what we concentrate on. My favorite out of the lot is by far the Dharma VW Bus. It’s got great detail and if you’re a fan of Lost, it’s a must have. I promise to make more posts in a timely manner as we continue to pick up our favorite diecast along the way. Hopefully soon, we’ll get some pics of the full collection which by now would be impossible to guess the amount. Soon hopefully…..I have a new custom coming up as soon as I can find it on the pegs….Happy hunting….!

New Bling and Cleaning The Grab Handles

Vintage Skate BoardVintage Skate BoardVintage Skate BoardVintage Skate BoardVintage Skate BoardVintage Skate BoardEarly For A Car Show1968 VW Grab Handles1968 VW Grab HandlesThe NOS vintage skate board that I ordered for Mabel came in the other day. It was really cool to pull out a pristine board out of a tattered box. Thought of different ways to mount it, decided to mount it on the side off the roof rack, keeps the trucks free to move if people want to know if it’s real or not at car shows. I did add a cool VANS decal just to give it a little more authenticity. We had a little get together in town this past Saturday evening, decided to take Mabel down and check out the other cars. It was a last minute decision to clean the rear grab handles that I’ve been meaning to do for over a year now, just kept forgetting about it. These were the OG handles and they were pretty dirty. I cleaned them thoroughly with 409 and a soft brush, then let them soak in bleach water for about 15 minutes. They cleaned up nicely.

Create A Vintage SkateBoard Prop, Then Buy One

Mid To Late 60's Skateboard PropMid To Late 60's Skateboard PropMid To Late 60's Skateboard PropMid To Late 60's Skateboard PropMid To Late 60's Skateboard PropMid To Late 60's Skateboard PropMid To Late 60's Skateboard PropMid To Late 60's Skateboard PropMid To Late 60's Skateboard PropMid To Late 60's Skateboard PropMid To Late 60's Skateboard PropMid To Late 60's Skateboard PropMid To Late 60's Skateboard PropMid To Late 60's Skateboard PropMid To Late 60's Skateboard PropI’ve been wanting to add a vintage skateboard to Mabels roof rack for some time now. Finding one that I like that’s affordable has proven to be a challenge. So, I decided to make my own replica. I chose one that I like and started from there. The pics speak for themselves. The irony is, after spending a few days creating the board that I wanted, once I started looking for vintage trucks, I came across a NOS vintage board from the late 60’s that fits the bill perfectly. I decided to finish my prop board and I’ll add the NOS board once it arrives, but I’m pleased with the way that it turned out. I still may add trucks if I come across some at a reasonable price. The NOS board should be here in a week or so (it’s coming from Canada). Can’t wait to add it to the other side.

Walk Around Mabel

Testing some new video editing software, used the GoPro 6 to do a walk around Mabel.

Some Upgrades For Ruby

Some Challenger UpgradesSome Challenger UpgradesSome Challenger UpgradesSome Challenger UpgradesSome Challenger UpgradesSome Challenger UpgradesSome Challenger UpgradesRuby got some upgrades over the past couple of weeks starting with LED replacement fog lights. I did the same thing to Ruby #1 last year. I can’t stand the yellowish look of the stock fog lights, they just don’t look right with the LED angel eyes. Unfortunately, the light replacement wasn’t as easy as it was on the Camaro. Same process, pull the fender well away from the fender and you can reach in and replace the lights. Chevy was smart enough to use easy removable plastic rivets that could be re-used, but Dodge used permanent plastic rivets that require a tool for removal and installation. You’ll need a plastic rivet removal tool and a rivet gun that can handle the larger plastic rivets. You can pick up the removal tool for about 8 dollars at any automotive store and the automotive rivet gun (not your standard riveter) can be picked up at Harbor Freight for about 12 dollars. Replacement rivets are about 5 dollars for 12. Anyhow, I got them replaced and they look so much better. I also installed Welt piping around the dash, console and door panels just to add a little color. The install around the dash and console was super easy, took about 30 minutes. Around the door panel was a different story. Total pain in the ass and took about 3 hours. I’ve got about 10 dollars in the welt piping. I’m still not 100% sold yet, but it’s growing on me. Best part, if I don’t like it, it can be removed in about 3 minutes. Next project for both the Challenger and Charger is installation of catch cans. Should be here next week.

New Hot Wheels and Roof Wrap

New VW's For The CollectionRoof Rack WrapAdded two more Hot Wheels to the collection. 50th Anniversary redline Beetle and Walt Disney Classics Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs T1 Bus with real riders. Very nice! Both of these were found at Walmart. When I first read about the 50th Anniversary Redlines, it was obvious that people were snatching them up and trying to sell them for a profit. Ebay was flooded with them for a few days. However, a recent visit to our local Walmart proved that these were readily available. Don’t fall for the trap. I also began wrapping Mabel’s roof rack with rope. I’ve always like this look and decided to give it a try (sorry video of the process). Just the top part required 90 feet of rope. Don’t know if I’ll take it any further than this or not, we’ll see.