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.

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.