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.

Just Some Pics

Our 1968 VW Beetle MabelOur 1968 VW Beetle MabelOur 1968 VW Beetle MabelOur 1968 VW Beetle MabelOur 1968 VW Beetle MabelOur 1968 VW Beetle MabelOur 1968 VW Beetle MabelOur 1968 VW Beetle MabelOur 1968 VW Beetle MabelOur 1968 VW Beetle MabelJust some pics of Mabel that I took today. Would love to have attended more local car shows this summer, but I just didn’t make it, mainly because I forgot about them. I think she’d do good in her category of all original, slightly modified. She’s a great conversation piece!

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.

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.

Plasti Dipped Bow Tie

Plasti Dipped Bow TiePlasti Dipped Bow TiePlasti Dipped Bow TieWas wanting to do this for a while, finally got around to it. The golden Chevy bow tie just didn’t fit in with the rest of the Camaro. Thought about painting the bow ties front and rear. Still might, but I wanted to see how they’d look first with the same Hot Red that the rest of the car is painted. I’d never used Plasti Dip before, but decided to give it a try. Checked out some good youtube videos first just to see how this stuff works and it looks pretty straight forward. Prep the part as if you were going to paint it. Do a very light first coat, light second coat and a heavier third coat. Tape pulled away fine (hense the light coat first) and the end result was awesome, couldn’t be more pleased.