Create A Vintage SkateBoard Prop, Then Buy One

Mid To Late 60's Skateboard PropMid To Late 60's Skateboard PropMid To Late 60's Skateboard PropMid To Late 60's Skateboard PropMid To Late 60's Skateboard PropMid To Late 60's Skateboard PropMid To Late 60's Skateboard PropMid To Late 60's Skateboard PropMid To Late 60's Skateboard PropMid To Late 60's Skateboard PropMid To Late 60's Skateboard PropMid To Late 60's Skateboard PropMid To Late 60's Skateboard PropMid To Late 60's Skateboard PropMid To Late 60's Skateboard PropI’ve been wanting to add a vintage skateboard to Mabels roof rack for some time now. Finding one that I like that’s affordable has proven to be a challenge. So, I decided to make my own replica. I chose one that I like and started from there. The pics speak for themselves. The irony is, after spending a few days creating the board that I wanted, once I started looking for vintage trucks, I came across a NOS vintage board from the late 60’s that fits the bill perfectly. I decided to finish my prop board and I’ll add the NOS board once it arrives, but I’m pleased with the way that it turned out. I still may add trucks if I come across some at a reasonable price. The NOS board should be here in a week or so (it’s coming from Canada). Can’t wait to add it to the other side.

Walk Around Mabel

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

New Hot Wheels and Roof Wrap

New VW's For The CollectionRoof Rack WrapAdded two more Hot Wheels to the collection. 50th Anniversary redline Beetle and Walt Disney Classics Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs T1 Bus with real riders. Very nice! Both of these were found at Walmart. When I first read about the 50th Anniversary Redlines, it was obvious that people were snatching them up and trying to sell them for a profit. Ebay was flooded with them for a few days. However, a recent visit to our local Walmart proved that these were readily available. Don’t fall for the trap. I also began wrapping Mabel’s roof rack with rope. I’ve always like this look and decided to give it a try (sorry video of the process). Just the top part required 90 feet of rope. Don’t know if I’ll take it any further than this or not, we’ll see.

New Exhaust Installation Part V

Finished the intake seal and new muffler install today. Took a lot longer than anticipated, but taking my time and doing everything right, I can’t complain. Big change in the carb after a new accelerator pump and cleaning. Couldn’t be more happy with it. Took her for a long drive this evening and there’s such a noticeable difference in the way she runs. So much smoother and more responsive. This is the last video and post for this project, again, very pleased with the outcome.

New Exhaust Installation Part IV
New Exhaust Installation Part III
New Exhaust Installation Part II
New Exhaust Installation Part I

Stay tuned for the next project which will probably be a valve adjustment.

New Exhaust Installation Part IV

Before I put on the new exhaust, I decided to replace the intake seals to the heads that I didn’t replace year before last when I installed the new intake. Just loosing the intake does not give me enough room to install the seals, so I start by removing the fuel pump, distributor cap, generator and generator stand. If you loosen the dog house, lift it up and towards the rear, you can get the generator and fan out fairly easy. Helps to have an extra set of hands. Just be mindful of the oil cooler. Oddly enough, after I got the intake away from the heads, I discovered that there were no seals at all. Not only did I forget to install new seals, the person who installed the last intake forgot as well. I double checked to make sure they weren’t stuck to the intake and looked at the one I replaced. No seals. I can’t believe this car ran so well without a vacuum leak of any kind or maybe there was one, I just didn’t notice it. Anyhow, I’m going to take this opportunity to clean up some other parts, particularly the generator stand and breather tube. This will slow me down a bit, but it’ll be worth it. I’m in no rush. Hope to get everything wrapped up tomorrow or the next day. Enjoy the video!

New Exhaust Installation Part I
New Exhaust Installation Part II
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New Exhaust Installation Part V

VW Badge LED Shadow Box

VW LED Emblem Shadow BoxVW LED Emblem Shadow BoxVW LED Emblem Shadow BoxVW LED Emblem Shadow BoxVW LED Emblem Shadow BoxVW LED Emblem Shadow BoxColby got me a VW LED hood badge that is meant to replace the front badge on new VW Beetles. You can pick these up at Amazon for around 20 dollars. We decided that it’d look really cool if we displayed it in a shadow box. Lenora picked up a shadow box at Hobby Lobby on sale for around 9 dollars. The LED badge had 3m tape on the back, so after I drilled a hole in the back of the shadow box for the power cord, peeled the 3m tape, it stuck nicely to the back of the shadow box. I had an extra 12v DC power supply laying around the garage, so I installed a quick release, secured the wiring to the back of the shadow box and everything was set. The blue LED on the badge perfectly matches my pc LED’s, my backlit keyboard and the LEDs that surround the VW deck lid shelf that I made last year. Nice project for under 30 dollars.

New Exhaust Installation Part III

Cleaning Up Tins For New ExhaustCleaning Up Tins For New ExhaustCleaning Up Tins For New ExhaustCleaning Up Tins For New ExhaustCleaning Up Tins For New ExhaustContinued to prep for the new exhaust installation. Not a whole lot more we can do until the new exhaust arrives. Today, I decided to clean up the rear engine tins to make them look a bit better. I started by stripping the paint off the tins by using Dupli-Color paint stripper. I let them soak in the heat for about ten minutes, then sprayed them off with the water hose. I repeated this process 3 times to get as much paint off as I could. I then dried them and used a wire wheel to remove any paint that was left and then sanded them with 400 grit sandpaper. For a final prep, I used Dupli-Color Paint Prep to remove any grease, oil or other contaminates that might keep the paint from sticking. I then painted the tins with Dupli-Color Matte Black engine paint. I gave all of the tins 3 coats, waiting about 15 minutes in between coats. A little elbow grease, 15 dollars in supplies and the tins look 100% better. I also picked up some anti-seize to use when I install the new exhaust. That’s about all I can do until the new exhaust arrives. Hopefully it’ll be here later this week.

New Exhaust Installation Part I
New Exhaust Installation Part II
New Exhaust Installation Part IV
New Exhaust Installation Part V