My Friend Joey T.

This past Monday I took a trip down to Astoria to visit my friend Joey T. Joey is a friend of mine from the NY 5Th Gen whom I met even before I joined their club.

In fact, he was one of the guys who turned me on to it in the first place even before I knew that the club existed. And it was only later on after meeting Joey that I realized that he was a Hot Wheels collector too.

It seems that he has been collecting Hot Wheels for over 10 years and had a lot of everything. A lot of everything Camaro that is and besides being one of the nicest people that you could meet, Joey is also one of the most generous.

When Joey heard the story of how I got so into the car that I even got into Hot Wheels and practically everything else that connected with the car he wanted to help me out. And did he ever!

Realizing how many Hot Wheels cars there are to collect and how long it took him to find many of the variations along with knowing that he had many of the same kind multiple times over Joey wanted to help me catch up.

So last Monday he invited me to his garage in Astoria NY to not only see his collection but to give my collection a jump start.

Here is what Joey insisted on giving me. Now that is what I call a friend!!!

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Current Projects – 78 Camaro and 06 Silverado

After spending what seemed like a small fortune on tools, for the last couple of weeks I have been working on two projects. A 78 Chevrolet Camaro and an 07 Silverado.

If you remember back from a previous post when I first began getting into this hobby, I wanted to restore Redlines. Now, although I still want to work with Redlines or to be more specific the Custom Camaro and the Heavy Chevy, the idea of customizing newer diecast’s is becoming very appealing to me.

I like the idea of being able to build anything that I want. I also know that I am very good at figuring out how to make it happen.

So being a fan of Chevrolet and Camaro’s, in particular, that is what I want to build. I always wanted a late model second-gen Camaro but never having had the chance to own one, this is what interests me the most.

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95 Camaro Convertible

Recently I picked this car up at a local market near where I live. I liked it for two reasons. First, it is a Camaro and second I figured that by the looks of it, it would be a good candidate for restoration. Actually, I was really planning on customization which is a form of restoration.

Still being relatively new to restorations and customs I am not sure how a project is going to come out, I don’t think you ever really know, but I had no idea. However, as you can see by the looks of things I am pretty happy with the results. Except for a slight orange peel in the acrylic paint that I used, most of what I tried to do was accomplished.

Although I have gotten really into using the Spectraflame paint used on the original Hot Wheels back in the late ’60s and early ’70s, I think there is a place for other kinds of paints. Spectraflame is translucent, but for this project, I wanted something opaque, and Createx paint worked fine here. I really love the color.

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Hot Wheels Restoration

For the last few weeks, I have been thinking about restoring Hot Wheels. It seems the more that I collect them, the more I to get into them. And the more that I get into them, the more that they connect with my love of tinkering around with stuff.

My friends are into collecting cars and fixing them up. I’m finding myself into collecting Hot Wheels cars and fixing them up.

Especially Redlines, Hot Wheels cars produced between 1968 (the first year) and 1977. The reason that the cars were called Redlines is that back then the cars came with Redline tires – tires with a red line around them.

Redlines are just so cool! They are a part of our culture.

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Hot Wheels – Latest Finds

Grumpy’s Toy

This 67 Camaro, part of the Hall of Fame Milestone Moments Collection was released in 2003 and represents drag racer Bill “Grumpy” Jenkins Pro Stock Camaro. This is a car that I wanted as soon as I saw it. Besides being a Hot Wheels, I love the first gen’s because of all the nostalgia surrounding them.

This one is loaded with decals (tampos) making the car so attractive. It comes with a clear windshield and a black interior, but what is so really cool about the car is the Goodyear Real Rider tires.  Although I don’t plan on ever opening the package, Real Rider tires are rubber and not only do they feel better to the touch, they look better and make the car that much more authentic.

The car which is toy 3B2540 is made in China which includes an opening hood goes for about $15 loose and $25 in the package.