Just Some New Pics

VW Hub Cap ClockVW Hub Cap ClockUpdated BlingUpdated BlingUpdated BlingUpdated BlingJoe's Crab Shack BucketFan UpdateThis past Sunday, we visited the Cincinnati Zoo, then stopped at Joe’s Crab Shack in Bellevue, Ky. on the way home. I immediately noticed the Corona and Miller Lite buckets sitting on all of the tables. I thought the Corona bucket would be a great complement to our J C Higgins cooler so I inquired about purchasing one. Our cool waitress checked with her manager and she told us that it was cool just to take it with us. So, props to the Joe’s Crab Shack in Bellevue, it’s a perfect complement to our J C Higgins cooler. I also replaced the center logo on the fan that I installed last weekend, just to make it look even more VW. I like the little details that we can add to these cars just to make them that much more personal. I also updated our VW hub cap clock. Found new clock workings that fit the look a little better.

“Dash” Fan In Action

A lot of people have emailed and posted on Facebook groups wanting to see the dash fan in action. So, here you go….only caveat to this type of install is that you can only open your glove box about half way. However, if you install it the way that I did, you can easily lift the fan assembly up and out of the way. If you have any questions, please feel free to ask.

New Dash Fan

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

Latest Diecast

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New Bling and Cleaning The Grab Handles

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Create A Vintage SkateBoard Prop, Then Buy One

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Walk Around Mabel

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