Pre ’68 Reverse Lights Install

1967 Reverse Lights1967 Reverse Lights1967 Reverse Lights1967 Reverse Lights1967 Reverse Lights1967 Reverse Lights1967 Reverse LightsI’ve always loved the look of the pre-1968 reverse lights on the old Beetles. I believe that the early 1968’s still had the same setup as the 1967’s. I thought I’d try to incorporate the pre-1968 reverse lights into Mabel just to see what they look like. Finding OEM reverse lights is very difficult and if you do find the lights and the brackets in decent shape, they’re way too expensive to be experimenting with. So I opted for the EMPI reproduction lights. I ordered these from Moore Parts Source out of Anaheim, California. For the price, I’m very pleased with the quality. If you didn’t know they weren’t OEM, you’d never guess. Even though the bumpers are different on the ’68 and ’67, the brackets for the lights still fit perfectly. All in all, I’m very pleased with the outcome. They look like they’ve been there for 50 years. Total time spent on the project was about 2 hours.

New Die Cast and a New Redline

More VW Die Cast1968 Redline Hot Heap1968 Redline Hot Heap1968 Redline Hot HeapLenora knows all of my vices! She got me some really nice additions for the collection. For the VW collection, she got me a VW Bus from the TV series LOST which we finally started watching a week or so ago. She also got a VW Beetle from the movie Forrest Gump. These are the Greenlight Hollywood brand. We’ve got a few others from this manufacturer and they’re nice, quality pieces. She also got me an original “Sweet Sixteen” Antifreeze Hot Heap redline. When you look at this car, it’s hard to believe that it’s 50 years old and has survived to be in this kind of condition. It’s a near mint piece that looks like it’s never been played with. Very, very nice! The redlines are finally adding up. Happy Valentines Day!!!!

Diorama More Bits and Pieces

More Bits And PiecesMore Bits And PiecesMore Bits And PiecesMore Bits And PiecesMore Bits And PiecesJust a few more bits and pieces and this project will be done. Lenora has inspired me to do a 1:43 or 1:18 scale diorama in the future. The biggest satisfaction is making most of these pieces from scratch, most of them, you can’t buy at a hobby shop or anywhere else. When I first thought about this many months ago, I was hoping for an aged, neighborhood shop where everybody takes their car to be worked on late at night, over a few beers and some good music. I think I’m pretty close to that.

Diorama Update

Diorama ItemsDiorama ItemsDiorama ItemsDiorama ItemsDiorama ItemsAdded some new items to the diorama that I’ve been working on, mainly the tool chest. I had to build this one from scratch to get the right scale and I think it turned out very nice. It’s made of plexiglass (top) and the drawers are made from wire holders for old DB9 connectors. I also made a couple oil barrels for used oil, they’re made of old diodes. I try to make as much stuff as I can from scratch, makes the process more interesting. I also got the headlights and taillights painted on the flatbed. It’s coming along nicely.

Diorama Lighting

Lighting The DioramaLighting The DioramaLighting The DioramaLighting The DioramaLighting The DioramaLighting The DioramaI finished wiring and management of the lighting system for the diorama. I’m very pleased with the way that it turned out. Best part of the lighting system is that it’s controlled remotely. The LED’s, remote control w/remote and battery pack cost less than 10 dollars. Once I had everything in place, it was just a matter of doing a little wire management and tucking everything out of site. I also finished the detail on the Rat Rod Beetle, but still have to finish the detail on the VW flatbed. Now I can concentrate on the details and button this project up, it’s gone on way too long now. I’m sure I’ll add to it from time to time and switch things up, but so far I’m happy with the direction I’m going with it. Great way to pass time and relieve stress.

Diorama Update 1_9_2018

Test Fitting LightsLighting The DioramaCustom VW TruckHad a little time the past couple of weeks to work on the diorama. I had been searching online and at the hobby stores to find the right lights for the shop, but just couldn’t find what I had in mind. So, I made my own using wire nuts, spray can directional tubes and nut holders. The scale is a little larger than what I was wanting, but I think they’re turning out nice. Tonight I began to wire the LED’s and I think they’re going to be perfect, nice and bright. I also decided to add a flatbed, VW truck. I finished the base and custom wheels a couple of weeks ago and got the body in primer. I think I’m going to leave it this way, but maybe give it a little patina. I have a remote that will control the lights once I do a little wire management. Love the way it’s turning out.

Merry Christmas

Just an opportunity to wish all of our followers a Merry Christmas and the happiest of New Years.