New Die Cast and Mabel

Getting Mabel Ready For SpringMore Hot Wheels For The CollectionMore Hot Wheels For The CollectionMore Hot Wheels For The CollectionMore Hot Wheels For The CollectionWe picked up a few new Hot Wheels to add to the collection that we didn’t already have. Been looking for the 50th Anniversary Camaro and Mustang for a while, but only recently found them on the pegs at our local Walmart. I really love the detail on these cars. Also picked up a Delorean that I’ve been wanting, but my favorite find is this Matchbox 50th Anniversary VW Bus. The detail on the bus is second to none, it really is a great casting. I was also able to get our own ’68 Beetle “Mabel” out and about for an early spring drive. After sitting for most of the winter, it was great to get her out for a drive. She’s still driving like a top! We’re looking forward to many more miles with her this spring and summer!

New Hot Wheels For The Collection

New Die Cast For The CollectionNew Die Cast For The CollectionJust a few Hot Wheels that Lenora picked up for the collection while she was out and about the other day. I love the ’49 VW Beetle Pickup! This will be a great casting (if I can find another) to customize in the near future. This is also the first time I’ve seen the Custom VW Beetle with a roof rack. Maybe Mattel seen the one that I did and decided to add it. 🙂

Custom Hot Wheels VW T2 Part I

Hot Wheels Custom VW BusHot Wheels Custom VW BusHot Wheels Custom VW BusHot Wheels Custom VW BusHot Wheels Custom VW BusHot Wheels Custom VW BusHot Wheels Custom VW BusHot Wheels Custom VW BusSince it’s so nasty and dreary outside today, I thought it’d be a good time to start a new custom. I love doing the VW’s, but I was really hoping to try something different this time, I just couldn’t decide which direction to go. So, instead of overthinking it, once I knew that I couldn’t make a quick decision, I picked up VW T2 truck and started giving it some thought. A lot of people use this casting for customs, so I don’t want to do what somebody else has already done. I’m not 100% sure of where I’m going with this one, but I’m going to start heading that way now. First, the basic stuff, removed the body from the chassis by drilling out the mushroom post on the front and back. I used a 2-56 tap and drill to drill the post down to accept the 2-56 x 3/16″ button head screw when the project is finished. It’s easier to do this before you disassemble the vehicle. Once the post is drilled and tapped, I use a 3/16″ drill bit to remove the remaining mushroom on the post. This is where a lot of people make mistakes. You need to drill slowly and straight, only removing enough of the mushroom to pry the body from the chassis. The base of this vehicle is plastic, so patience is mandatory. Once I drill enough of the mushroom away, I use a curved pick to slowly pry the chassis from the body. I really wish the windows on this casting were clear, but we’ll have to work with what we have. So once the vehicle is completely disassembled, I start looking over things that need to be added, changed or removed. This particular casting has those 6 intake holes in the front along with a indention. Once the paint is stripped, I’ll fill this area in with super glue and baking soda, then sand.
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Another Sweet Sixteen Redline and Others Added To The Collection

Hot Wheels SilhouetteNew Hot WheelsNew Hot WheelsM2 1962 VW Double CabIn addition to the two sweet sixteen redlines that Lenora got me for Christmas, Shauna and Jordan (and Jaxon) also got me a mint Redline Hot Wheels Silhouette. I love the color because it matches my redline Custom Beetle. Again, it’s hard to believe that these cars are over 50 years old. I really don’t think they were ever played with. Shauna also got me some various other Hot Wheels to add to the collection along with a M2 1961 Double Cab VW Bus. This is certainly one of my favorites.

New Diecast For The Collection

More VW's For The CollectionMore VW's For The CollectionMore VW's For The CollectionLenora was lucky enough to pick up some more diecast for our collection on her way out of Walmart today. Love the detail on these M2’s. Yeah, they’re a lot more expensive than the regular Hot Wheels, Matchbox and Johnny Lightning, but the level of detail is so impressive. These are a very nice addition to the collection. The wagon actually came from Hobby Lobby.

New Hot Wheels Drag Bus Added To The Collection

Hot Wheels VW Drag BusI’ve been looking for this latest rendition of the Hot Wheels VW Drag Bus for a while now and Lenora was lucky enough to find one the other day while walking the aisles of Walmart. If you’re a beginner collector or not a collector at all, the Drag Bus might not mean anything to you. You have to go all the way back to 1996 to truly understand and appreciate the significance of the Hot Wheels Drag Bus. You can learn everything about it by clicking here! I’ll just give you a quick summary. When the Drag Bus was released as part of the 1996 First Editions series, it was an instant hit. I believe it was the heaviest Hot Wheels ever produced. It didn’t do well on the Hot Wheels track, but it was something different and everybody wanted one. So much so that people started hoarding them and selling them on sites such as Ebay for hundreds of dollars, yes, hundreds. They became impossible to find because most of them never hit the shelves. Even department store employees hoarded them to sell for a profit. I was patient and Lenora (she has much better luck than I do) finally found one at a Walmart and not long after, my niece found one at a Walmart as well. So I have two of the original Drag Buses. This spectacle went on for months and months. Hundreds of other companies recognized the popularity of the Drag Bus and commissioned them as giveaways/purchase with their company logos. Cereal companies, oil companies, automotive part companies, everybody jumped on the bandwagon. There were/are so many variations and paint schemes for the Drag Bus, I don’t think anybody knows exactly how many. Besides the two original First Editions Drag Buses that I have, I probably have 8 or 9 company promo Drag Buses as well. I only collect the ones that appeal to me. The Drag Bus remains as popular today as it did in 1996, prices now are more reasonable. You can even pick up a carded, 1996 First Editions Drag Bus for around 12 to 15 dollars. Earlier this year, Mattel re-released the Drag Bus as part of their 50th Anniversary Favorites series. There are some changes to this release, paint scheme is different, it has Real Riders (rubber tires) and now it sports windows around the roof line, making it a 21 window T1 Drag Bus. The same phenomenon that happened back in 1996 didn’t happen this time even though it sorta started that way with this release. People immediately started hoarding them up and selling them at inflated prices on auction sites. That only lasted a couple of months, then finally died down. Though they aren’t readily available on the toy aisle pegs, if you’re patient, you’ll find one. Lenora found ours last night.

Christmas Vacation Custom Wagon Final Touch

Christmas Vacation Custom Hot WheelsChristmas Vacation Custom Hot WheelsChristmas Vacation Custom Hot WheelsChristmas Vacation Custom Hot WheelsChristmas Vacation Custom Hot WheelsChristmas Vacation Custom Hot WheelsChristmas Vacation Custom Hot WheelsEven though I finished this custom last week, there was still one thing that I wanted to add, the Christmas Trees For Sale sign. I finally found one that I thought would go good with the theme and printed them on the color laser printer on plain paper. I glued the print to thin card stock then cut them out individually. Each sign is less than a half an inch wide. For the post, I distressed a cleaning swab, stained it, then glued the sign to each side. After everything dried, it was just a matter of adding it to the custom. I think it added a nice little touch.

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