J C Higgins Cooler Update

Corona CoolerCorona CoolerCorona CoolerCorona CoolerCorona CoolerI’ve been wanting to do this for a while and finally found a company in Virginia to reproduce the proper graphics for me. Last year for Fathers Day, Lenora got me a vintage J C Higgins cooler for the Mabel. Of coure, no vintage Beetle would be complete without a Corona cooler (which you can still buy)….I took a short cut on this one and purchase the graphics separately. Very pleased with the turn out. 🙂

Daisy’s Summer Shades

Daisy's Summer ShadesDaisy's Summer ShadesDaisy got her summer shades today thanks to Pro Tint in Huntington, WV. We’ve been using Pro Tint for over 16 years and have never been disappointed. They always do a great job and the quality tint they use is the best! Daisy got 5% and it’s dark!

Ruby, Our 2015 Camaro Hot Wheels RS (repost)

2015 Camaro RS Hot Red2015 Camaro RS Hot Red2015 Camaro RS Hot RedThis past Thursday, we celebrated our 25th wedding anniversary and decided to treat ourselves to a 1:1 Hot Wheels. So we welcome our new 2015 Hot Red Camaro RS to the Boyd family. Weve only been driving it for a few days now, but so far, were very pleased with it. There are a few subtle mods planned for the near future, but overall, shell remain stock. Lenora has named her Ruby.

2015 Splitter Installation2015 Splitter Installation2015 Splitter Installation2015 Splitter Installation2015 Splitter InstallationOne thing I wanted to do to our new Camaro was install the same splitter available on the ZL1. After looking at numerous aftermarket splitters, I decided to go with a stock GM supplied splitter. (part #22997426) I also wanted it painted matte black to match the rear fascia. Unfortunately, I couldnt order it in matte black, but I could order in gloss black. So I ordered the gloss black splitter and 3 days later, it was delivered. Installing this isnt for the faint hearted. The splitter is a functional accessory that changes the aerodynamics of your vehicle. Its not a cheap, snap-on piece of plastic. The mounting hardware is precise and if you dont install it correctly, you can easily screw up your front clip. The splitter has 42 mounts that hold it in place and if you dont install the mounting hardware correctly, it simply will not fit correctly. A very costly mistake. The first evening, I spent many hours sanding the gloss black splitter with 800 grit sandpaper, prepping the surface for the matte black paint and cleaning it thoroughly before painting it. This was the easy part. By the next morning, the paint was dry and turned out perfectly. Next came the hard part. Installing the mounting hardware was very nerve wracking. I was about to drill 25 holes into the front clip of a brand new car. Needless to say, I measured more than 1 time. More like 30 times. Once I was satisfied I had the mounting hardware where it needed to be, I started drilling. A couple of hours later, the mouting hardware was secure and it was time to fit the splitter. It fit perfectly and I was relieved. So, if this is something youd consider doing to save yourself about 300 dollars, I say go for it. Just be patient. Measure more than once, twice or even three times. Im very pleased with the end result.

New TintNew TintNew TintAfter owning Ruby for a few months now, we finally got around to getting her windows tinted. This morning, Lenora took her to Pro Tint to have 15% put on all around. I usually go with 5% all around, but this car is hard enough to see out of without tint, so we decided to go a shade lighter. Still dark, but not too dark. Very pleased with the results.

2017 Dodge Charger Daytona

2017 Dodge Charger Daytona2017 Dodge Charger Daytona2017 Dodge Charger Daytona2017 Dodge Charger DaytonaToday we picked up our 2017 Dodge Charger Daytona. An early Mothers Day gift for Lenora. We were looking at the Challengers as well, but even though the kids are grown, we still felt the need for a family car with some attitude. This thing is a beast and so much fun to drive. Punch the accelerator and she’ll lay you back in your seat in a heartbeat. More fun times ahead!

Some Roof Rack Bling

Case For Roof RackCase For Roof RackCase For Roof RackCase For Roof RackCase For Roof RackCase For Roof RackCase For Roof RackCase For Roof RackLast year for Fathers Day, Lenora bought a vintage cooler and straps for me to add to Mabels roof rack. Love the look and get lots of complements on the set up. I still wanted to add one more item just to offset everything. A couple of weeks ago I came across an old camera case at work that was going to be thrown out. Nice aluminum case with 50 year wear, but still in very good condition. To bad the camera was long gone. I thought it’d compliment the cooler and add the offset that I wanted. I wanted to put some kind of decal, logo or something on it just to spruce it up a bit. I found a picture on the web that I thought would be nice so I printed out a few on the colored laser jet and started kicking around some ideas. I ended up settling for what you see in the pics above. I aged the paper print with some brown and black spray paint. I was just going to glue the paper to the case then clear coat over top of it but I didn’t know what affect this may have on the laser jet ink. So after some quick research, it appeared that Mod Podge was the way to go. Once I had the “sign” looking the way I wanted, I taped off the area on the case, applied some Mod Podge, then laid the paper sign in place. I used a damp sponge to remove any air pockets and to carefully smooth out any wrinkles. I took the heat gun with a low setting to help dry the Mod Podge. Let it sit for a while to finish curing, then did the same thing to the other side of the case. Once both sides of the case were dry, I applied a generous coat of Mod Podge over top of the paper sign and let it dry. Final step was to spray both sides with acrylic flat clear coat and let it dry. Nice little project and I’m pleased with the outcome!

Update:
Roof Rack BlingRoof Rack BlingVW Roof Rack BlingVW Roof Rack BlingVW Roof Rack BlingVW Roof Rack BlingVW Roof Rack BlingSo I decided to add a couple more decals to the case. I remember as a kid, a local VW dealership in my hometown. The owner of the dealership was Bill Niesel. Much controversy surrounded Bill Niesel when his wife was kidnapped in murdered in August, 1974.

New Arm Rests (repost)

The previous owner of Mabel had about 95% of the interior restored when I bought her. One thing that has bugged me was the lack of arm rests on the door panels, my guess is that they ditched the old ones when the door panels were replaced. Have been looking for months for a good deal on OG arm rests and finally came across one the other day while searching the classifieds on TheSamba.com. Got in contact with the seller and he made me a deal that I couldnt resist. 20 bucks for OG arm rests and mounting hardware that are in excellent condition. Couldnt pass up the deal, hopefully theyll be here in a few days. Now I just have to get the door panels off without screwing them up.

New Arm Rests / HandlesNew Arm Rests / HandlesNew Arm Rests / HandlesNew Arm Rests / HandlesThe OG arm rests / handles that I ordered for Mabel came in the mail yesterday, so I got them installed this evening. Now we can shut the doors without rolling down the windows. Had been looking for originals at a decent price for a couple of months and finally came across a set the other day on TheSamba.com. Thanks to Ralph Hopper (user TSVW) for a great deal and extremely fast shipping.

New Turn Signal Switch (repost)

Old Turn Signal SwitchNew Compared To OldSolder All ConnectionsWas going to wait and do this tomorrow, but not really tired, so it got done tonight. The OG turn signal switch had seen better days. The plastic pieces had started to disintegrate years ago. I ordered a replacement from CIP1 last week because their having a huge sale the whole month of March. Pleased with the price, pleased with the quality. As you can see in the first pic above, it was certainly time to replace the switch. The new switch can be used in other VWs besides the Beetle, so not all of the wires will be used. You can cut out the ones you wont use, making it easier to get the wires through the steering column. Then its just a matter of splicing everything together. All of the wires are color coded, so its hard to get them wrong. I soldered all of my connections to ensure good contact. Put everything back together, then tested, works like a charm!