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I took a few stylized 'before pics this morning of some of the cars I'll be working on in the weeks to come. The shots above are of the Custom Camaro that I'll be starting with.
This car is in the roughest shape of the four initial cars that I bought...and hence, was probably the most played with! Normally, I'd just throw some fte's on it, leave the 'patina' alone, and go racing. But, I've been wanting to put together a set of the first year Hot Wheels for some time. They came out in 1968 and are referred to as the 'Sweet 16'. There are US and Hong Kong versions of these cars and I'll be trying to use all Hong Kong cars.
This Camaro took a pretty hard hit in the left front corner at some point. The hood doesn't close properly, so, I'll have to do some body work as well as the usually repainting and repairing.
Before I go any farther let me give credit where credit is due. If you haven't seen 'Baremetalhw's videos on YouTube, you should really check them out...I will, mostly, be following his techniques. 'Redlineparts' is is a Great source for replacement parts, tools and Spectre-flame paint. And lastly, I've been dealing with the ebay seller 'original_redlines'...his name is Cage...to get my cars. It seems like I always come across great people when I'm working on my projects, and Cage has been great to deal with.
So, I'll go into depth with these builds...I might even post some videos once I get rolling. But, this weekend, I'll probably just be drilling and tapping the rivets and stripping the original paint. I'll be 'electro-polishing' these cars to get the finish ready...I'll explain that process as I go (and, I'll share a link to Baremetalhw video on the process as well)
Stay tuned, this will be a long thread. There's lots to do to these 50-year-old toys to bring them back to original...or, better than original...condition!