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.

Mabels Decals

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A couple of people requested better pics of the current decals on Mabel. So, here they are! We try to get new decals at new locations we visit, a couple have been sent to us by other clubs and enthusiasts.

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.
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Just Some Pics

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Clean Wheels The Cheap Way

Dollar General Wheel CleanerDirty WheelClean WheelColby bought another car to hold him over until he can afford a new car. It’s a nice car that needed a little TLC, but it’s a good driver and will serve the purpose for now. The previous owners obviously weren’t in to detailing their car that much, probably a simple drive through the automatic wash from time to time. Giving the car a good wash made a world of difference, but the wheels were baked with brake dust. Prices for wheel cleaners vary, ALOT! Some are as cheap as 7 dollars and some are as expensive as 21 dollars. I thought this would be a good opportunity to try a cheap method just to see if we really needed to spend a lot of money to clean the wheels. A quick trip to the Dollar Store (the yellow ones), $3.50 for the Dollar General brand of wheel cleaner and the test began. It states on the front that you just spray it on, then hose it off. But I knew right away that this wasn’t going to work. I couldn’t even scrape the brake dust off with my fingernail, this stuff was baked on! But for the sake of argument, I did what it said. I applied the cleaner to the wheel, let it sit for about 5 minutes, then hosed it off. Yeah, it took a bunch of the loose stuff off and the wheel did look better, but there was still plenty of baked brake dust left behind. So, I did it again. Soaked the wheel with the cleaner, let it sit for a couple of minutes, but before I hosed it off, I took a small wheel cleaning brush (in the pic) and scrubbed the wheel lightly. That’s when the brake dust melted away. Just needed minimal elbow grease. Repeated the process on the other wheels and now they look so much better. So, how does this compare with the 21 dollar wheel cleaner? I don’t know, I’d never spend 21 dollars for wheel cleaner. But it does prove that you don’t have to spend a lot of money to get good results. The whole process of cleaning all of the wheels took about 15 minutes.

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.