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Swapping the wheels on these little cars can be a world of fun and change the appearance completely
You do not have to be an expert customizer or professional model builder to do this little task. If you can use a hand drill, you can do it. You can change almost any brand of wheels with any brand car or truck. Study the pics below and give it a try !

These cars were all one dollar mainline Hot Wheels. Now they all look like Super Treasure Hunts.

You will need 4 chrome head straight pins, two pieces of aluminum tube, the new tires and wheels. Cut the straight pins to 1/2 the size of the old axles that were removed.

Take a drill bit just a hair larger than the piece of aluminum tube and drill and file the existing axle groove deeper and wider so the tube will lay in nice, even, and level.

Mix a small amount of JB Quick (fast set JB Weld) and pack each end of aluminum tube. Keep all JB Quick cleaned off outside of the tube. Press the axles through each wheel and into the tube and let set to dry.

This is the way your first set of wheels should look like

Repeat this procedure for the 2nd set of wheels

Now you have your new wheels and tires ready to glue into the chassis groves

Mix a small amount of JB Quick and apply a small amount into the center area of each groove. Place the wheel sets into the grooves and apply a small amount of JB Quick over the aluminum tube (do not get any on the wheels) Make sure to align front wheels with rear wheels and level the wheels so the car rolls freely, straight and sets level.

You will have to cut, grind, or file the molded in axle hold down areas either on the body or plastic interior



Chrome headed straight pins look so much better than the discolored steel heads the manufacturers use



Raise the front end by cutting lifts from styrene plastic. Kind of cut to the shape of leaf springs for detail

A piece of aluminum tube is used for a straight axle housing in the next pic

Hot Wheels Falcon Ranchero Gasser front. The styrene spacers and aluminum tube was used under the front end

Hot Wheels Falcon Ranchero Gasser rear

Hot Wheels wheels on this Matchbox Firebird.

This is a full blown custom. Top was removed and a repaint.

Another full blown custom. Total repaint and a wheel swap.

Just a swap on a stock Hot Wheels



I cut these slots in a large screw driver and a small screw driver:



The slot is a little wider on the larger driver than the smaller driver. This is so the larger driver will fit over the huhs of the wheel and the smaller driver fits over the axle. The large driver can be used to hold the wheel face down to remove the axle with a pair of plyers.

Use the large screw driver to fit over the hubs on the back of the wheel and pry easily:

Once the wheel is out far enough, use the small screw driver to fit over the axle and pry the rest of the way off: