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I fixed up close to 100 vintage Dinky Corgi and Matchbox toys in the past year and this group is what’s left.  They are the back lot specials all in need of more work than I want to do. Might consider selling them. 
 

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Terry, it looks like you have a really good base for an ECTO-1 build and I might be able to afford restore that size of Caddy but even at that scale I have too many projects I was just reminded yesterday...

 

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6 hours ago, GregLaR said:

Terry,

                 Does the gold Lincoln limo have the TV that lights up?

Greg

Yes it does!  Really cool replica car, only problem is that the doors on the passenger side are missing😀.

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12 minutes ago, GregLaR said:

Hmmm?

Now I'm curious.

What would you need to part with the Plymouth taxi with the 4 black tires?

Greg, $10 plus shipping, about $14 or thereabouts I would guess to CA.

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Terry,

                 Taxi arrived today and the timing could not have been better.  

I have one car already in the paint shop another just got dropped off there today and and still another went to the glass shop yesterday to spend a few days. 

So I am currently without a project.... until this little gem showed up! :lol:

Time on my hands, a fresh pot of coffee just brewed and this Plymouth is just crying for a restoration.

 

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You asked for it.

(and I needed it!)  :lol:

 

A dremel took care of the chassis rivets.

 

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All disassembled.

 

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Used a heat gun to warm the roof enough to soften the TAXI sign plastic "rivets" and pulled it loose.

 

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Time to strip that 62 year old paint.

 

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Paint stripped.

 

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Front roof line is slightly bent down.  Probably why the windows popped loose.  I will heat it and hammer back into position.  Also sand/dremel some of the ragged flash left from the original casting.

 

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Time for the chassis and suspension.

Bottom plate is dinged and bent along the sides and down at both ends, near the mounting rivets, rendering the suspension spring useless.

 

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Ten minutes with a wooden drift, mallet and a pair of needle nose pliers and all is good again.

Chassis ends are straight and suspension is nice and bouncy.

Wheels and tires are good to go.

 

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Greg, this is wonderful, great photos and documentation.  Remember I have more of them if you still need a challenge.  The cars belonged to my wife’s two cousins. I purchased the collection which had over 100 pieces in it.  They are indeed fun to rehab.  Where else can you have so much fun for so little $$$.

Terry

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Terry, you are right!

As far as I'm concerned cars are cars, big or small!

This one filled a few hours for me last night that otherwise would have been wasted watching some worthless new movie on Netflix and cursing all the historical inaccuracies! 😄

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Yes, I found those as well.  Also the plastic replacement window, unfortunately the window is in the UK.  Shipping is very high for this little part and it take 3 weeks to arrive. :(

I'm torn....

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GregLaR, I love where this is going. I have a few Dinkys, and Matchbox cars, along with Promos. I really like what you are doing. . Could start a who;e new topic on restoring  antique toy cars.

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27 minutes ago, John S. said:

GregLaR, I love where this is going. I have a few Dinkys, and Matchbox cars, along with Promos. I really like what you are doing. . Could start a who;e new topic on restoring  antique toy cars.

This was one project on a Dinky super (large) scale antenna truck in my group.  The antenna boom needed to be restrung to raise / lower it and the antenna was missing.  Using some parts on my workbench I made an antenna from the bottom of a plastic Easter egg. The restringing was with special strong sewing thread.

 

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OK, I had to make a judgement call on this stark, bland, androgynous, white molded interior.

The small hole in the passenger area floor is not rust, like so many Mopars from this era!  Rather it is the word PLAZA molded into the part (as all parts of this car have) but so thin that it has cracked apart a little bit.   Not a structural problem, just cosmetic and will not show when assembled.

Interestingly, this molded interior is not made of the heavier plastic like the Matchbox cars were.  It is made of a very light, very thin, celluloid-like material and, while slightly flexible, feels very fragile.

 

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It was begging for some depth so I decided to dig out the old Testors model paint and two-tone it.  I went with brown/tan as that seemed appropriate for a purpose built service car.  A few spots of silver on the dash board as well.  (all sins will be hidden upon re-installation)

I understand that the purists may now be tugging their hair and gnashing their teeth but I think this "upgrade" is enough in keeping with the original style of the car so as not to be considered a "restomod".  :lol:

 

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13 minutes ago, TerryB said:

This was one project on a Dinky super (large) scale antenna truck in my group.  The antenna boom needed to be restrung to raise / lower it and the antenna was missing.  Using some parts on my workbench I made an antenna from the bottom of a plastic Easter egg. The restringing was with special strong sewing thread.

 

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That is neat! 

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18 hours ago, GregLaR said:

Paint stripped.

 

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Front roof line is slightly bent down.  Probably why the windows popped loose.  I will heat it and hammer back into position.  Also sand/dremel some of the ragged flash left from the original casting.

 

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GregLaR, what do you use to strip the paint?

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I used this spray stripper John.  Available at Lowes, but I'm sure any similar brand would work just as well. 

Sprayed, let it sit 10 min. Scrubbed with a short bristled toothbrush, rinsed off with hot water.  Repeated one more time and it was bare.

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First coat of paint is on.  I chose this gloss "Marigold" by Rust-oleum.   I don't usually care for Rust-oleum for automotive uses, due to it's extended dry time.  But it is a good durable paint for this application and fairly chip resistant (for when I'm huckin' around in the dirt in my backyard with this car next week).  The color is a very good match to taxi-cab or school bus yellow, cap is pretty accurate.

 

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Got the bend out of the front of the roof without difficulty.   Paint is on nice and smooth.  For some reason my phone cam is not transferring this color accurately.  It looks very "canary yellow" in these pics but I can assure you it has quite a bit more orange in it than what's showing here.  Perhaps it's due to  the brown background.

 

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Well, that needs to set up for 24 hours before I can do anymore with it, so I'm out... but I will stay in radio contact.

 

 

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Hmmm?  

OK, I thought I'd try a new picture with the same blue background I was using before (hey, I've got 23 hours to kill here!) and this is a much truer example of the color.

And very much like Terry's original pic up at the top of this thread.

 

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Bumpers and lights painted.

 

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Drilled the rivet towers to accept a couple #2 screws.

 

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Almost time for some reassembly.

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I use Formula One Scratch Out polish to improve the windshield appearance.  Works great as it’s not a strong abrasive.  Actually I use it for a lot of clean up work. 

 

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Reassembled.

The window had a very fine crack.  Replacement was a little over $20 from the UK so I decided I could live with it.

 

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Decals are also in UK (or Canada) with delayed shipping and I'm the impatient sort.  :lol:

I'll have to think on it for a while....

 

 

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