Mix and Match
The Custom ’62 Chevy from Hotwheels is a particularly nice casting that comes with a very aggressive low hung stance straight out of the blister. As such it takes little more than a basic wheel swap to make it look amazing.
Then there is the Fast Bed Hauler, a great little Hotwheels creation that I foolishly used to leave on the pegs back when I was just a collector. Damn you hindsight 😉
Both of these castings are awesome in their own right but mash them together and you get something entirely new and even more awesome…er.
Building My Custom 62 Chevy Hauler.
I went all out with the detailing on the Hauler part of this custom build, using paint pens exclusively to add tail lights and paint black over the chrome where I wanted bumper bars and side steps etc. The green paint pen that I used to colour the wheel arches and other areas of the hauler (rear) part was ever so close in colour to the aquamarine(ish) colour of the Custom 62 Chevy so I decided to cheat a little and use the paint pen to go over the entire Chevy as well. The results I think speak for themselves 🙂
Joining Two HotWheels Together
After detailing both ends of the build I needed to actually join the two halves together. Looking at the above pics you will see there is still a noticeable gap between the Cab and the tray/stacks behind it and so I set about remedying this. I used a bench grinder/sandpaper belt to shave the excess plastic from both ends (the entire hauler part is plastic and all the interior bits of the chevy are also obviously plastic) and then cleaned up the remainder with a [metal] file.
Once each end was filed and sanded I had enough flat surface area to be able to simply superglue the two ends together. The metal part of this build (The Chevy front) is simply resting on the interior which is now securely attached to the rear. This custom now rolls true and is not going to come apart anytime soon* (Read: ever)
I will be doing a full write up and How To Guide covering all aspects of gluing, welding, and puttying your diecast cars back together again. All the King’s Horses and all the king’s men may not have a clue but stick with me folks. I promise you won’t end up with egg on your face.
My Custom 62 Chevy Hauler
I Love This Casting!
This really is such a nice casting and I’m surprised I have not customised one earlier! Needless to say I am making up for lost time with another Custom 62 Chevy build almost complete. Here’s a sneak peak 🙂
I’ll be sure to share this build in full detail once she is finished. Now if I could only locate those window inserts amongst the chaos that is my work area!?!
See you next time 😉