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Ebay Grumpys Toy Restore
Posted by mvadrag on Saturday, January 05, 2008 12:10 PM

I won an auction back in Sept. for a partial funny car kit for $43.00 that included an extra built Vega model (shown in the pictures below).

As you can tell, it was an original Grumpy's Toy 1972 Vega that was glued up and decaled by some kid long ago! I always wanted to build a correct version of this kit (to match the box art), so I thought "what the hey, I can experiment and fix up an old body". The thing was really glued up in places, so there was clean up and repairs that had (have) to be made.


What it looks like to date with rear wheel wells filled in and shaped. Have to add fender lips still. Chassis is an old Bruce Larson P/S for mock up only (wrong wheels). I plan a tube chassis like the real car. It was the first P/S that used a tube chassis.

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Posted by 1320wayne on Saturday, January 05, 2008 12:44 PM
Excellent work to restore the body. It looks a 100 times better than what you started with.
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Posted by Anonymous on Saturday, January 05, 2008 1:23 PM
Sign - Ditto
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Posted by mcharles1215 on Saturday, January 05, 2008 2:01 PM
Looking excellent !!! Keep us posted.
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Posted by jeryd on Saturday, January 05, 2008 8:22 PM
wow it looks way better! can't wait to see what else you do to it!
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Posted by thumper83 on Saturday, January 05, 2008 8:44 PM
Great restore on the body ! Cant wait to see more . Great work.
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Posted by MISTERTWISTER on Saturday, January 05, 2008 11:02 PM
Thats a good clean up on the Vega.....You need to get on that Willys van also..LOL! Good work, keep it up!
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Posted by mvadrag on Sunday, January 06, 2008 12:01 PM

LOL for sure! This is my current restoration project for a good friend of mine. He gave me a box with two of these to fix up. One for him and one for me! Not a detailed build up, just out of the box and a good paint job. Candy red with reproduction decals.


It is going to be nice today, so I hope to prime the body to check for flaws. That and help the wife take down the Christmas tree, sweep out the car, etc...

Drag racing and model building/collecting are my hobbies.

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Posted by zgator on Wednesday, January 09, 2008 4:42 PM
WOW!!!! I remember that kit. Had forgot all about it. Help me restore my memory banks. Who made it, was it a real car. I had that kit long long long ago.Like to have another one!!!
QUOTE: Originally posted by mvadrag

LOL for sure! This is my current restoration project for a good friend of mine. He gave me a box with two of these to fix up. One for him and one for me! Not a detailed build up, just out of the box and a good paint job. Candy red with reproduction decals.



It is going to be nice today, so I hope to prime the body to check for flaws. That and help the wife take down the Christmas tree, sweep out the car, etc...
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Posted by mvadrag on Wednesday, January 09, 2008 9:23 PM
The kit is MPC's Mr. Unswitchable 1967 Pontiac GTO driven by Dick Jesse. A real car may have existed because Dick Jesse was real and the Mr. Unswitchable was the name for his Pontiac race cars. The kit was really popular back in the day. It has not been reissued and is pretty rare. The two my friend provided are salvage kits that had been built up. I may show it on it's own post when painted and decaled.

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Posted by Anonymous on Thursday, January 10, 2008 2:11 PM
Here's the box art!
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Posted by mvadrag on Sunday, August 15, 2010 8:21 AM

I found one of my old threads to show that I really do finish a project once in a while.  No, not the Grumpy's Toy restoration, that is still put away somewhere.  I finished the Mr. Unswitchable for my friend and delivered it to him.

 I messed up the paint and used too dark a primer under the Stoplight Red Metallic followed by Candy Red, so the whole paint job ended up dark red rather than bright candy apple red.

No detail work, just restore the kit, paint and add eBay sourced decals.

Enjoy!

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Posted by Snake45 on Sunday, August 15, 2010 9:32 AM

Mr Unswitchable! I have my old one from when I was a kid! It's restorable but I need to figure out the right color, and get new decals. I think decals are available from Gooche. If anyone has used these, is the white very opaque and covers the red paint well, or should I get two sets of the decals and double them up?

Oh, BTW, yes, the car was real.

Nice job on the Jenkins Vega, too. I love seeing old glue bombs brought back to life!

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Posted by mvadrag on Saturday, November 26, 2011 2:55 PM

Getting back to the Grumpy's Toy Vega, here are a couple of other pictures I did not post when I started this thread.  This model is back on the work bench, so you will see some progress on the body and chassis soon.  I have been collecting parts and decals.

Remember, the chassis shown actually belongs on another Vega, these pictures are just for mock up.

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Posted by High octane on Saturday, November 26, 2011 6:12 PM

Your model is lookin' great so far. In fact I just saw Bill "Grumpy" Jenkins last weeekend at the Muscle Car and Corvette Nationals Car Show here in the Chicagoland area and he still looks grumpy!

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Posted by modelcrazy1 on Saturday, November 26, 2011 8:35 PM

I have the same kit I got off ebay and will be watching this build.Hopefully you dont mind if I take your idea of filling in the wheel well .Mine will just be a mild build using the Twister Vega Chassis.looks good!Thumbs Up

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Posted by surfnut on Tuesday, November 29, 2011 10:51 AM

The Vega is coming out great.  That is some awesome restoration work.  Very nice clean building.

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Posted by pboucher on Thursday, December 01, 2011 6:02 PM

I had (and built) this kit when I was a kid. Good luck with this one.  Cool wheels, but I believe Grumpy ran Centerlines on this car. In fact, I can't recall ever seeing Jenkins run Halibrands or anything else other than "stock" steelies, Cragar S/S, and then the Centerlines.  I may be wrong, of course - happens all the time (old, cluttered brain).

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Posted by hesse on Friday, December 02, 2011 5:54 PM

Glad to see the 'Toy' back on the bench.  Hope to see some photos of the finished project.  Nice work so far...keep it up and keep at it.  Yes

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Posted by mvadrag on Sunday, January 06, 2013 12:13 PM

 A long time ago I started this post to show progress on my Grumpy's Toy restoration.  Many side trips later and the passing of Bill Jenkins have caused me to begin again to complete this model.  I intended to make it correct, by adding a small block Chevy engine and also build a tube chassis like the real car.  The MPC kit was not very good for detail or correctness.  And the purchase of a glue bomb gave me the opportunity to build without worry of messing up a valuable kit.

The pictures attached are what I have been collecting out of my stash of various kit to build a good pro stock small block Chevy engine circa 1972.  Jenkins used a four speed tranny for the first two years with a Vega.  I have engines from the AMT 1966 Chevy II and one from the Revell 1969 Camaro Z28 to make work.  The Chevy II front sump oil pan needs to be changed out and the Wieand tunnel ram should really be an Edelbrock.  Also the carbs (Holley 660's)need to be mounted side ways.

Headers from the Chevy II were to long and hung low in the chassis.  The Camaro headers fit but are tight and may be a bit too long for a pro stock small block.  The orange headers are from an MPC Monza kit and seem okay, but need a collector added.  The red ones are from the AMT '34 Ford street rod that have been dechromed.  They work the best.

Drag racing and model building/collecting are my hobbies.

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Posted by mvadrag on Monday, January 07, 2013 11:06 PM

I don't like the existing MPC pro stock Vega kits.  The chassis is the stock floor pan in the original kit (to go with the radiused wheelwells) and in the Bruce Larson kit it has a "narrowed" stock type rear suspension.  Better but not accurate at all.  The Jenkins 1972 Vega used the stock front suspension with a tube frame from the firewall back.  You see here two Twister Vega chassis from a glue bomb I repaired and another better one that also needed repairs.  Truncated A-arm detail on all of the chassis.  The front wheels attach with pins through the wheelwell.  I cut the light blue lower A-arms from an MPC 68 Camaro chassis to add a little bit of detail if I use one of these for a quick build.

I am also working on that tube chassis with a narrowed rear and four link.  More to follow...

Drag racing and model building/collecting are my hobbies.

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Posted by Len Woodruff on Tuesday, January 08, 2013 7:24 AM

Very nice. Looking forward to more progress!

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Posted by GTX6970 on Tuesday, January 08, 2013 10:01 AM

I think I read somewhere / sometime the Jenkins Vega was stock chassis 1st part of the year and tube chassis late in the year ?

Sorry if I am mis-informed .

It's just after meeting the man I've never been to enthused about replicating any of his cars.,,,,so I have not done a huge amount of research as such.

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Posted by mvadrag on Tuesday, January 08, 2013 8:44 PM

The first two Vegas, 1972 and 1973, were stock front end cars.  The 1973 Vega, which was stolen and recovered in St. Louis, was converted to a 1974 with body work changes.  Bangshift.com has pictures of that Vega being restored (although the grille area looks like a 1976).  You can see the stock lightened and reinforced suspension. 

http://bangshift.com/gallery/high-speed-welding-shop-tour.html

A later built 1974 Vega was the first pro stock to use a Macpherson strut (modified from a 240Z by Roger Lamb).  Jenkins ran two cars at once, one for NHRA and the other for AHRA (Ken Dondero driving) and both were also used for match races.  There is a new book out on Grumpy's Toys.

Drag racing and model building/collecting are my hobbies.

http://public.fotki.com/mvadrag/model-cars/

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