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The shop started out very small and has grown on Back at the Shop. It just seemed time to start a separate thread and hope enough projects get developed to keep it moving along.

Opening on Halloween, may not have been such a good an idea! The boys spent to much time first acquiring & cleaning up these trucks then organizing the display in the back of the shop, NOT to show it!

So HAPPY Belated HALLOWEEN TO ALL HT Members from the One Guy Garage Crew!!!


The ghost, skull & bat all have flashing lights! The Road Reaper & Grave Runner trucks are the Halloween themed Tyco Trucks. At first, one suggestion was to paint a primed VW Beetle like a Pumpkin. Later, we were thinking of borrowing Randy's Pumpkin Willy's!! Luckily the trucks were found at a local show but needed a lot of tender loving care!
Now, it is time to put the decorations away for next year & get the shop back to work. Randy's tow truck created quite a demand by our tow truck operator's to show their trucks. So you know what's coming Next! ..RL
 

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Tow Trucks

Same old shop guys just different location with a few new faces and rear of the shop setup for truck repairs. After Randy's tow truck conversion, our operators wanted to be displayed.

First, Bill's light duty tow vehicle, he just likes his old Chevy pickup. Even though she is old she still does the job!


Next up, Jerry & Dan drop off a car for some mechanicals & paint!


Off again for the next delivery.

Their truck runs very well & handles well with a car aboard.

Big Mike just phoned in & stated that he is coming in with his heavy duty tow vehicle for pictures - next time. ..RL
 

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Discussion Starter · #19 · (Edited)
Heavy Duty Tow

Thanks for the comments guys! Before more details on the trucks, Big Mike has been insisting on a showing. Also, the shop has been hit by temperatures in the 70's & the yard work of cleaning up the neighbours' leaves in our yard has taken priority. Never thought I would be glad for rain in the next few days.

Now, Mike's vintage heavy duty truck.


Introducing Red, in the ball cap, who will be setting up the truck service area in the back half of the shop. Only person, Mike let's wrench on his truck.


Red checking out some of the new equipment for his area of the garage before painting it.


Hope your not being towed but Big Bad John transmitted over the CB that he is bringing his modern heavy duty tow vehicle for photos, next! ..RL
 

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Last HD Tow Plus

Randy, nice fall pic, just too bad we have to rake them. Would like to light the headlights but the very nice interior leaves no room. All the truck are standard clip-on chassis mounts.

Big Bad John's modern HD Tow vehicle.

Shop is a little empty at the back, just Red & his dog.

Must show the front of the shop where auto rebuilds continue.... Photo is bright by design to show off the extensive fender replacement on a vintage race car.
The donor car was Hot Wheel's plastic Batmobile. All four fenders had to be replaced.


Customer on his cell phone explaining how the bodywork is coming and asking Joel his insurance agent does he have coverage. ..RL
 

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Signs, Signs, Everywhere....

Current sign in the one guy garage!



Hands got blisters from raking leaves but only need two fingers to type, so low down on tow vehicles:

Bill's (Fall guy) LD has an Old Viking truck rear hook apparatus modified to fit plus two yellow spotlight hanging from the rear bumper and large rear tires for stance.

Jerry & Dan's tilt bed is the rear of a Boley truck with modified runner & stock pinned rear tilt. The hard part was the bracket to keep the ramp on the rear bed.

Mike's vintage was an Athearn Mack truck which was very narrow, just a lot of trial & error but it looked so good, it need to be motorized.

Big Bad John's modern HD was a dollar store plastic toy which was shorten to fit.

All have standard clip-on chassis mounts & detailed floating rear tires as shown on Snow Plough.

Think all questions were answered. THK..RL
 

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Mr. G & H Man Refresh the Shop Staff

The Man brothers return to the shop occasionally to refesh the garage staff with candies & pop for refurbishing their old ice cream truck.



G. is the guy behind the wheel in his distintive red fedora and H. is in the back serving the staff. The cart has great detail: small clear bottles & glasses
on the counter, pop dispenser, milk shake maker and five ice coolers plus a menu which you can not read on the back wall. They better raise their prices
with malts being only 25 cents.



The original Aurora vehicle was turned into a pickup truck by the staff since the rear box was so badly damage by the pevious owner. Material from
the box was used to make the back of the cab. The catering cart was a Herpa kit with a unique tow hitch & stand setup. ..RL
 

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Off Roading CJ -7

The customer returned to the garage after a day of Off Roading to check that everything was OK.



The CJ has seen a lot of dirty and rolled a few times so it is not a very tidy unit with a few dents but it is a great runner!


It has all the equipment on board for digging out. The boys checked her over and it was time to open the hood!



The crew had previously put in a small block Chevy which was running well. ..RL
 

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Discussion Starter · #49 · (Edited)
Cj-7

This was a long build and just finished when I purchased a Maisto 1969 Corvette which supplied the centre console & stick shift. Hope you can notice them, it is hard on an all black interior - very detailed boot on the shifter. The seats would have looked great too but already had other ones installed. The key to starting this project was the acquisition of the small HO hinges which matched the molded ones on the original CJ.

ScottD961 below you will notice the orginal # 1918 Aurora Magnatraction CJ-7 Jeep! Notice anything different about the middle one?



The short wheel base, shorten body and it is four wheel drive!

tjd241, thanks for noticing the tach, the engine was off for the photo, did not want to carbon monoxide the camera man!

RM, can only tell you that the seats were from a diecast (likely Matchbox), they fit and were used. I browse the diecast pegs for plastic parts:
interiors, wings, etc. then remove them and store in parts box for projects.

The shovel, axe, tool boxs, etc. from HO railroading and military equipment accessories. The motor was choosen for the exhuast manifolds. There is a rad in front of the engine. It is a great deal of work to install an engine - remove headlight, carefully cut hood off, build frame rails, engine supports, firewall & install hood with hinges. The roll bars were intentionally rough to show use & abuse. Off roader's usually paint their vehicle a flat colour so marks from brush & tree limbs can easily be touched up by hand thus the vehicle's rough patina. The tail & marker lights were foiled then painted in the appropriate Tamiya clear.

Greatly appreciate all the comments, Thanks ..RL
 

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Discussion Starter · #53 · (Edited)
CJ-7 Four wheel Drive

Scott, The Off Road CJ only had enough room for this small engine (to small for a HEMI) to keep the hood in original position and hide the fact that the hood opened. On the four wheel driver version, once your add the gearing for the front drive you have no room. Another two wheel version with large scoop on top of a lift off hood could hide a Hemi!

Randy, to answer your interior question completely. Once the roof was removed on the off roader CJ, the rear cargo area was scratch built by boxing the perimeter of the area then using scribed evergreen sheeting as flooring. The seats were attached to the framing. The roll bar was next to give the body support. A jeweller's saw was carefully manipulated to open the hood. ..RM assisted by RL
 

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Discussion Starter · #57 · (Edited)
Front Wheel Drive

So the crew though it was so amazing that their independant conversion of a Turquoise Toronado to FWD was accomplished employing the same chassis technique as rick (ParkRNDL) on his Toronado.



What is that old expression, great minds think a like!! You can see gearing in the windshield but not in the rear window. The body is still stock, the screw posts were not moved and spacers were added for clearance of the AJ tires & rims. It is turquoise, would not damage a collectable original.

After the T-jet FWD conversion, it was not long before an AFX was converted to FWD using the same method with a Bronco body which fit the wheel base so well.



A later Bronco version received a four wheel drive magnatraction chassis to be anatomically correct.

After viewing the excellent examples of Tyco four wheel drive chassis, the boys are eager to produce one. The crew keep watching the video of Bill's Fantastic track cleaner, things might come to a halt until they can produce it. ..RL
 

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Discussion Starter · #63 · (Edited)
Riviera - Toronado ...... Toronado - Riviera

Just testing to see if you guys were awake!! ...Oh yah, sure!! ... Maybe my Letterman Impersonation!! ...They say the hearing goes first!! ...What did you say? ...An edit is in order, thanks for the polite corrections & greatly appreciate the positive comments! I really like the Toronado, one of the best detailed Aurora cars produced. How could I get confused?

Maybe this was the reason! My seasonal photo which was going to be posted later, a Xmas tree Riviera!! This Riviera needs to return to the garage for some repairs.


So, it is a good excuse for another picture of my Bronco. tjd241 hope you noticed I got the RPM's up, this time!! :) :)


It has got to be my bad Letterman Impersonation and that does explain the RM - RL or RL - RM !! :):):) Just keep watch for the next confusion. ..RL
 

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Bronco Underside

Bill,
The Bronco chassis conversion to FWD is the same as the earlier post by ParkRNDL. The body was attched at the rear by a screw through plastic sheet glued to the open rear of the chassis.



The front mount employed a plastic U channel glued to the back of the front grille and clips to the front of the chassis.

RM, Christmas Vacation movie always makes me laugh no matter how many times I view the tape. I have searched for a soundtrack but it was not made. Miracle on 34th Street is another tradition in our house. I had to make and add the trunk to the tree maybe the roots should have been added. :):):) Thanks for the hood ornaments ..RL
 

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Discussion Starter · #73 · (Edited)
Confusion of Toronado & Riviera

Bob & Win43,
Originally, I posted above the picture of my Turquoise Tornonado the name RIVIERA by mistake and a few noticed the error which I later corrected by editing the post. ..RL
 

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Now That's A Tank!!

Red, at the back of the shop, prefers to wrench on the heavy duty equipment - A British Churchill Mk.IV tank! This version with heavier armour, better suspension & larger gun was employed at the end of WW II against the German Tiger Tank. A t-jet chassis powers this 1/72 scale tank at good speed since the 1:1 tank could reach 65 mph.



It's in the priming stage and it is being hurriedly finished in reply to Bob's German VW Thing with large Artillery Gun. The tank is very narrow and long thus only taking up one lane and can easily be passed by another vehicle! The turrent moves from side to side from the vibration of the track joints adding to the realism. The top tank tread covers are just being installed. This was an involved kit especially mounting the t-jet chassis in such a narrow body. The trick is just getting the tank treads to just touch the track, not expose the chassis tires and not hinder movement. ..RL
 

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Just One Tank & T-Rex

Bob, to counter your Godzilla MEET T-Rex!!!!



That should balance the battle. The Churchill tank was inspired by the TV show Tank Overhaul. It will be painted in Kingforce colours: sand with gunship gray camouflage pattern of the El Alamein unit. Now we can get back to vehicles! :) :) ..RL
 

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Shop Christmas Card

Greatly appreciate all the positive comments and it is the time of the year to Wish for Peace on Earth and Goodwill to all men!

So from the One Guy Garage Crew: Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to All!!!


As the right jolly old elf did exclaim, "Happy Christmas to all, and to all a good-night." ...RL
 

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The Original CHEV--Vette!!

Well, after Hilltop's excellent Snap On Tool Chevy and Dash's Newest 55 Chevy releases, the original Chev-Vette reveal did not seem to come at the appropriate time! Red said it should be, OK, it could have been a GM concept car that never made production!

Shop was a little slow, so the guys went outback in the junk yard and brought into the shop the best parts of two cars: 55 Chevy & a Corvette. Before you know it the project was going full steam, Chevy was sectioned and the front & back were added keeping the flared Corvette wheel wells. Next, the Hilltop mounting trick was employed.

Red, as he left the shop in his all red slimline, said why not show the other 55 Chevy project which stop and was forgotten about once the fantastic Dash two-tone Convertibles hit the market and the boss just had to have them.

The salvaged Chevy has windshield, interior, front grille, front and rear bumpers courtesy of the Matchbox Sponge Bob 55 Chevy. Hope the 55 fans, like the projects? ..RL
 

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Questions - Reply

With the Hydro off for a few minutes numerous times for maintenance yesterday, a few questions have accumulated.

No hoist upgrade was made, with tanks you simply hope the floor does not crack and add on to the chassis or have another tank which has a hoist attached – good idea for a build.

The Matchbox Convertible Sponge Bob Version only has all the plastic parts (windshield, grille, bumpers, etc.) to revitalize a ‘55 Chevy or make a convertible. The parts fit as good as original ones. Just constantly search the die cast pegs for plastic parts, the result is a box full of partial die cast shells.

The Chevette was just a little whimsy but the idea of being a missing link concept car to the 1954 Nomad prototype sounds a lot better, maybe we can start the rumor!

The Chevette was first super glued together, to impatience to wait. Then rr, original or small plastic pieces are cut to wedges slightly larger than the opening, liquid testers (JB Weld) applied to the piece and open spot liberally then force the piece into the opening as plastic bulges out and leave overnight, roughly trim with nail clippers and sand. You can also use GEL super glue for small seam or holes, force into area and leave overnight then sand. Hope this explanation was clear enough and helpful.

Kevin keep working on the Regal Chevy, the slopped nose looks great!

Thanks for all the positive remarks and will keep updating on all the vehicles. Happy Holidays & Best Wishes for the New Year ….RL
 

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Cdn. Sand Van II Arrival

It made it all the way from Nebraska in excellent condition, through the snow and cold weather with the driver's only complaint being the lack of a HEATER!



The guys, all had to check on Bob's work! Verdict by all was :thumbsup: :thumbsup:. The boss had great fun running laps around the track all evening. Bob, thanks very much, ..RL
 

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Tank In Progress

Even if you are checking to see that the barrel is clean, one shouldn't get that close to the wrong end!



Tank tracks & covers have been installed then the light desert sand paint applied. This is an Italeri kit which has fine detail and requires some meticulous work. All the upper wheel and tread detail was hidden by the upper track covers. There is a t-jet chassis screw mounted to the tank inner body. Camouflage and detailing next.
The military model reminds us of all the Canadian and American soldiers serving in the East and hope they will be safe & home for next Christmas. ...RL
 
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