New Die Cast

New Die Cast For The CollectionNew Die Cast For The CollectionNew Die Cast For The CollectionNew Die Cast For The CollectionAdded some new die cast to the collection this past week. Some I picked up, some Lenora picked up and some our son-in-law Jordan picked up. I’ve been searching a long time for a couple of these so they’re a great addition to the collection. Love the folk art piece that Lenora picked up, it goes great with a VW Bus that she got me last year.

Mabels Decals

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A couple of people requested better pics of the current decals on Mabel. So, here they are! We try to get new decals at new locations we visit, a couple have been sent to us by other clubs and enthusiasts.

New Decals, New Die Cast, New Project

New VW Die CastNew VW Die CastPicked up some new die cast while out about this past week. Really cool looking Hot Wheels VW truck, would love to use this in a future custom. Also picked up a Greenlight Classic VW Beetle. I think I may already have this, not sure, I’ll have to do some digging. But it was on sale and too hard to pass up.
HillBilly Hot Dogs DecalHillBilly Hot Dogs DecalHad lunch this past week at HillBilly Hot Dogs right outside of Huntington, WV. This place has been featured in numerous publications and TV shows, including Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives. If you’re ever in the area, you must drop by and have the best hot dogs in the country! While there, I picked up a couple of decals for Mabel.
Building A New VW Garage DioramaBuilding A New VW Garage DioramaBuilding A New VW Garage DioramaBuilding A New VW Garage DioramaBuilding A New VW Garage DioramaBuilding A New VW Garage DioramaBuilding A New VW Garage DioramaBuilding A New VW Garage DioramaI’ve watched numerous videos on Youtube concerning dioramas. I’ve been wanting to make one for a very long time, just never got around to it. With winter approaching, I thought it may be a nice hobby to try, so I started getting my feet a little wet this weekend and began my first attempt at a VW Garage diorama. I’m making this 1:64 scale and I started with an extra VW I had in the collection. You can tell by the pics the general direction I’m going, I think this is a good start.

J C Higgins Cooler Update

Corona CoolerCorona CoolerCorona CoolerCorona CoolerCorona CoolerI’ve been wanting to do this for a while and finally found a company in Virginia to reproduce the proper graphics for me. Last year for Fathers Day, Lenora got me a vintage J C Higgins cooler for the Mabel. Of coure, no vintage Beetle would be complete without a Corona cooler (which you can still buy)….I took a short cut on this one and purchase the graphics separately. Very pleased with the turn out. 🙂

Some Roof Rack Bling

Case For Roof RackCase For Roof RackCase For Roof RackCase For Roof RackCase For Roof RackCase For Roof RackCase For Roof RackCase For Roof RackLast year for Fathers Day, Lenora bought a vintage cooler and straps for me to add to Mabels roof rack. Love the look and get lots of complements on the set up. I still wanted to add one more item just to offset everything. A couple of weeks ago I came across an old camera case at work that was going to be thrown out. Nice aluminum case with 50 year wear, but still in very good condition. To bad the camera was long gone. I thought it’d compliment the cooler and add the offset that I wanted. I wanted to put some kind of decal, logo or something on it just to spruce it up a bit. I found a picture on the web that I thought would be nice so I printed out a few on the colored laser jet and started kicking around some ideas. I ended up settling for what you see in the pics above. I aged the paper print with some brown and black spray paint. I was just going to glue the paper to the case then clear coat over top of it but I didn’t know what affect this may have on the laser jet ink. So after some quick research, it appeared that Mod Podge was the way to go. Once I had the “sign” looking the way I wanted, I taped off the area on the case, applied some Mod Podge, then laid the paper sign in place. I used a damp sponge to remove any air pockets and to carefully smooth out any wrinkles. I took the heat gun with a low setting to help dry the Mod Podge. Let it sit for a while to finish curing, then did the same thing to the other side of the case. Once both sides of the case were dry, I applied a generous coat of Mod Podge over top of the paper sign and let it dry. Final step was to spray both sides with acrylic flat clear coat and let it dry. Nice little project and I’m pleased with the outcome!

Update:
Roof Rack BlingRoof Rack BlingVW Roof Rack BlingVW Roof Rack BlingVW Roof Rack BlingVW Roof Rack BlingVW Roof Rack BlingSo I decided to add a couple more decals to the case. I remember as a kid, a local VW dealership in my hometown. The owner of the dealership was Bill Niesel. Much controversy surrounded Bill Niesel when his wife was kidnapped in murdered in August, 1974.

New Arm Rests (repost)

The previous owner of Mabel had about 95% of the interior restored when I bought her. One thing that has bugged me was the lack of arm rests on the door panels, my guess is that they ditched the old ones when the door panels were replaced. Have been looking for months for a good deal on OG arm rests and finally came across one the other day while searching the classifieds on TheSamba.com. Got in contact with the seller and he made me a deal that I couldnt resist. 20 bucks for OG arm rests and mounting hardware that are in excellent condition. Couldnt pass up the deal, hopefully theyll be here in a few days. Now I just have to get the door panels off without screwing them up.

New Arm Rests / HandlesNew Arm Rests / HandlesNew Arm Rests / HandlesNew Arm Rests / HandlesThe OG arm rests / handles that I ordered for Mabel came in the mail yesterday, so I got them installed this evening. Now we can shut the doors without rolling down the windows. Had been looking for originals at a decent price for a couple of months and finally came across a set the other day on TheSamba.com. Thanks to Ralph Hopper (user TSVW) for a great deal and extremely fast shipping.

New Turn Signal Switch (repost)

Old Turn Signal SwitchNew Compared To OldSolder All ConnectionsWas going to wait and do this tomorrow, but not really tired, so it got done tonight. The OG turn signal switch had seen better days. The plastic pieces had started to disintegrate years ago. I ordered a replacement from CIP1 last week because their having a huge sale the whole month of March. Pleased with the price, pleased with the quality. As you can see in the first pic above, it was certainly time to replace the switch. The new switch can be used in other VWs besides the Beetle, so not all of the wires will be used. You can cut out the ones you wont use, making it easier to get the wires through the steering column. Then its just a matter of splicing everything together. All of the wires are color coded, so its hard to get them wrong. I soldered all of my connections to ensure good contact. Put everything back together, then tested, works like a charm!