Custom Built Hotwheels.

Discussion in 'Shiny Things' started by dorkpunch, Apr 20, 2013.

  1. dorkpunch

    dorkpunch Oops...

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    I've got a friend that builds some amazing Hotwheels by hand, and I've been wanting to try it for a while so here goes. Got a few in mind but this one is more of a practice / first attempt to see what goes on. It may or may not turn out. :lol3

    Start with these guys. Almost too cool to chop up. Thats why I bought 3. :norton

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    Drill the rivets out.

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    Get out the die grinder / demel and start hacking.

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    Strip the paint off. Just spray some paint stripper on there,

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    Let it sit for a bit, and wipe or blow it off.

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    Took a few coats but it came out fairly clean.

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    Lotsa fun, eh? Looking at making a single cab. Fellow I know is working on one and its starting to look like a pretty nice rig. Might even paint this one baby blue like his.
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  2. Bandit240

    Bandit240 Been here awhile

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    I did this a few years back with the old school Mini Coopers. They were stupid easy to take apart since they had a little latch to remove the body from the frame. Didn't do much more than some repaints though. I'll look around and see if any have survived the kids.
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  3. a$$hole

    a$$hole Long timer

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    You can order custom wheels and all sorts of shit for those too I believe.
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  4. PorkChopExpress

    PorkChopExpress Been here awhile

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    I just found a couple ford falcons at Walmart that I intend to turn into Mad Max interceptors.
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  5. Carlo Muro

    Carlo Muro SupercĂ zzola

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    i ruined a couple of rare ones back in the day doing this shit:lol3
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  6. Hesaid

    Hesaid Long timer

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    Didn't we all?


    Well, that and making "wrecks" to be by the side of the track.


    MV
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  7. PorkChopExpress

    PorkChopExpress Been here awhile

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    DriveShaft Long timer

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  9. dorkpunch

    dorkpunch Oops...

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    Wow. Guess I'm in the wrong business...

    Made up a bed out of some aluminum scrap.

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    Trimmed it up and fit it to the body.

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    Mixed up some JB Weld and glued it on. Also used it to fill in the extra wheel wells.

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    Glued on the rear panels.

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    Did some quick measuring and printed out a practice frame on the 'ole 3D printer. :deal

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    Trimmed up the windows and interior to fit the smaller cab.

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    Assemble!

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    Not to shabby for a quick off the cuff job. Now I can measure where the rear wheels need to go and start cleaning up the body. Have to make a few tweeks to the frame as well.

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    Whaddya think, worth a couple grand? :lol3
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  10. dorkpunch

    dorkpunch Oops...

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    Today's progress.

    Cleaned up the body some more.

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    Punched a rear window in.

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    Shot some primer.

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    I bought a cheapo Harbor Freight airbrush a couple of years ago but have never had a reason to try it out, so here goes! Dug out my ancient dried up model paint and rehydrated them. Mixed some blue with some silver metalic to get a metalic baby blue.

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    As you can tell, I have no idea what I'm doing... Still fiddling with the airbrush. Think I'm starting to figure it out though.

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    Put some white on the top. Didn't have any masking, but I figured this was a practice anyways and the paint was probably going to come back off so I tried it anyways. Came out okay until I managed to knock it over and schmear the paint. :cry

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    Anyways, its back to base metal now... I'll give it another go tomorrow. :evil
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  11. glynb

    glynb Relentless Underachiever

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    That is seriously cool! I'm anxious to see how it comes out.
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  12. JimVonBaden

    JimVonBaden "Cool" Aid!

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  13. JimVonBaden

    JimVonBaden "Cool" Aid!

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    Knowing DP, we will never see a finished product!:lol3

    Jim :brow
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  14. dorkpunch

    dorkpunch Oops...

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    :lol3

    Hey, they get finished. Eventually. :deal
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  15. Carlo Muro

    Carlo Muro SupercĂ zzola

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    Now you have my attention.

    Which one you got?:ear
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  16. dorkpunch

    dorkpunch Oops...

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  17. dorkpunch

    dorkpunch Oops...

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    Airbrushed some white on after a fresh coat of primer.

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    Let it dry and then taped it off.

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    Mixed up some new blue paint- little darker this time but I like it better than my first attempt.

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    Peeled off the mask. It's... okay. Need to turn my air pressure down a bit I think but good enough for a first (second) attempt. Will try some light buffing when it's cured to smooth it out a little, actually looks a bit better than in the soooper up close pics.

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    Think I'm going to try and make the bed look wood-ish, even though a single cab has a metal bed. :dunno Then time for details like headlights, etc, and still need to make up a new base and toying with maybe building a custom motor to hang out the back.
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  18. RedRocket

    RedRocket Yeah! I want Cheesy Poofs

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    Cool. I repainted a couple a long time ago.
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  19. ADVMindset

    ADVMindset Americana Adventurer

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    Looks like it's coming together pretty good !

    I'd like to give it a try and make a crew cab version...had a real one until it fell off the trailer on the interstate....:cry

    Where are You finding those VWs ? I have searched all of the stores in my area and haven't seen any ! But Ebay is loaded with them !

    Have you got any sources for decals ? I see some guy on Ebay that has all sorts of custom decal versions of different cars !
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  20. dorkpunch

    dorkpunch Oops...

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    I've been looking for several different VW's... found THREE of these "Koombi's" in the Walmart box, and bought all of them. :deal I guess they are sort of hard to find.

    I debated on doing a "supercab" version of the bus, but my next build is going to be a crewcab version of my Old and Simple $200 F150. This ones more of a practice to see what I can screw up.

    Take today, for example. My .50 cal cannon fell on the single cab. :cry

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    Which of course, means experiment time! Tested a few different polishing techniques.

    Wire wheel. Meh.

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    Buffing wheel with buffing compound. TOOO much.

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    Although when you clean it up it gives it a bit of a well used patina.

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    And lastly, buffing wheel with Turtle Wax. Worked out pretty well- smoothed the paint out and gave it a bit of shine. Just have to be real careful you don't rub through the paint.

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    Anyways, going to strip it back down and do repaint #3 this weekend.
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