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.

Mabel Gets A New Battery

New Battery For MabelNew Battery For MabelNew Battery For MabelNew Battery For MabelNew Battery For MabelNew Battery For MabelNew Battery For MabelNew Battery For MabelI noticed a few months ago that if Mabel sat for a week or so without being started, the starter struggled a bit to turn the motor. I installed a hard start relay to see if this made any difference. The battery I was using was a Autocraft Silver 42-1 which is perfect for these cars, it has the protective cap over the positive terminal to keep from accidentally grounding out the battery if somebody is sitting in the back seat. Anyhow, I’d throw the charger on the battery for an hour or so and it’d be fine for a couple of weeks, then after she sat for a few days, I’d have the same issue. Voltage out of the battery without the car running was 10.8 volts, that’s low. Should be around 12.6. With the car running, I was getting right at 14 volts, so I knew the generator was working properly. That battery just wasn’t holding a charge like it should. I also tested for parasitic battery drain and everything checked out ok. The battery is almost 5 years old, time for a new one. This time, I decided to go with a Interstate MT-47. It got good reviews even though it cost a bit more compared to other batteries. It doesn’t have the protective cap over the positive terminal, but the case is built to prevent any accidental grounding. For added protection, you can always throw a piece of rubber, such as an old floor mat, over top of the battery as well. [Read more…]

New Die Cast and Pops

Die Cast and Pop CultureDie Cast and Pop CultureDie Cast and Pop CultureDie Cast and Pop CultureDie Cast and Pop CultureDie Cast and Pop CultureDie Cast and Pop CultureMy family knows all of my vices. Over the past few months, they’ve flooded me with some of my favorite pop culture goodies. As most of you know, we’ve collected die cast cars for many, many years. Mostly Hot Wheels and mostly VW die cast, but if we see anything else that we like, we’ll try to get it. A couple of years ago, I started collecting Funko Pops. Not all of them of course, but just the ones that I really like. Luckily my kids share a similar taste in pop culture. I’m very easy to shop for. 🙂

“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.

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.

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