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Wheel swapping and repainting makes a true "One of a Kind"
You can also find many other parts and pieces to add from many other brands of diecast cars to create your own custom original.


Hot Wheels 55 Chevy Gasser

This casting was completely stripped down to bare metal and repainted. The 426 Hemi engine was drom another HW casting. A good amoumt of grinding and fileing was involved to make it fit, but it went in.

Rear view
The rubber tires and wheels are also from another HW casting.
Paint Stripper and a glass jar

This is the easiest way of stripping the existing paint from your diecast car after you have drilled the rivets and disasssembled it. 20-30 minutes will do it. Wash with dish soap and a stiff tooth brush or soft wire brush under running water. Don't drop any plastic pieces in there.

Test Fitting

Always do a test fit after the paint is stripped to assure all the pieces will fit back properly and any new pieces you may be adding.

A repaint and wheel swap
Completely stripped of the original paint. Chevrolet Competition Orange was used for this custom
Decal applications

There are several styles, designs, and sizes of decals available for about any kind of custom. They can add an extreme amount of detail to your custom. Johnny Lightning issued some very nice ones with their diecast customizing kits and Rebel Rods.

Stripes applied
Solv-A-Set was needed here to help shrink the stripe decals into any groves in the casting.
Detailing

A little extra painting for detailing the front and rear ends helps a bunch. Tooth picks and straight pins can be used

Rear view
A little silver, red, and white paint bring the tail lights to life. Appling the paint with a pointed tooth pick works well.
Formed decals
The Solv-A-Set really helped the decals form to the raised cowl  hood without wrinkles and cracks.
Clear Cote and the Finished Product

Three cotes of High Gloss Clear Cote was applied for a high gloss finish and also to protect the decals. Now it can be displayed as a true "ONE OF A KIND"

Finding Mod Parts

Take the time to look closely at some of the cars. You would be surprised how many pieces you can use for other customs. The engine block was plastic and the  three deuces were molded in diecast with the body. A Dremel and cut off blade or Jewelers saw can cut them right off. Along with the headers

Another fine custom repaint

This Sporty red convertible was a cool transformation from this Matchbox Mustang police cruiser.

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a variety of customs proudly displayed.