Ebay Grumpys Toy Restore

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Ebay Grumpys Toy Restore

  • 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.

    Drag racing and model building/collecting are my hobbies.

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

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  • Excellent work to restore the body. It looks a 100 times better than what you started with.
    "Those who try, get passed up by those who do" "Life comes at you a quarter mile at a time" http://public.fotki.com/1320wayne/
  • Sign - Ditto
  • Looking excellent !!! Keep us posted.
  • wow it looks way better! can't wait to see what else you do to it!
  • Great restore on the body ! Cant wait to see more . Great work.
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  • Thats a good clean up on the Vega.....You need to get on that Willys van also..LOL! Good work, keep it up!
  • 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.

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

  • 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...
    82 Collector Ed Corvette (Fast!!!). Black on black 81 Corvette she's a nasty girl that likes a good spanking. (Quick!!!) I always tell the truth even when I lie
  • 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.

    Drag racing and model building/collecting are my hobbies.

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

  • Here's the box art!
    WF
  • 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!

    Drag racing and model building/collecting are my hobbies.

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

  • 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!

    Recovering aircraft modeler. "I can see me bound and gagged

    Dragged behind the clownmobile...."

    --Warren Zevon, "Hostage-O," Life'll Kill Ya, Artemis Record 2000

  • 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.

    Drag racing and model building/collecting are my hobbies.

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

  • 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!

    High octane