Big things with little cars
Big things with little cars

Alien Probe Customs got a customer - Road Champs GMC High Roller

One of my coworkers figured out that I am some sort of diecast car nutjob that would pounce on the opportunity to fix up his nephews tired old GMC. Bring it!

I remember when a wheel broke off my favorite childhood diecast (a Blue Yatming Plymouth Duster) and I was none too pleased. So, I totally feel this kid’s pain when a wheel busted off his GMC and disappeared into the pit of wherever tiny wheels go.

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This well-loved truck was pretty beat up. Missing wheel, both axles toast, cab crushed in a little. No problem. Alien Probe Customs has got this!

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First step was to drill out the rivets and take a look at the guts here.

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Not too bad! suspension plate was still intact and good old flat metal. Not plastic which is nice.

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I sifted through my donors pile and wanted to find some wheels that were a touch smaller with good quality axles that shouldn’t bend. The original Road Champs wheels are too big and rub against the fenders. No Bueno!

The off road wheels from this Land Rover defender were just the right width and look fantastic. The Land Rover will get it’s own set of nice wheels someday. Don’t worry.

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All the years of rough play and my extra prying at the suspension made the center rivet get up and walk away. a little JB Weld reinforcement was needed to get that happy again.

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While we’re waiting for the JB Weld to cure.... I put a little muscle into flexing the bent roof back to normal and-

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lol Monster GMC!!!!11!!

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Couple days later, JB Weld is happy. Suspension is happy.

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Let’s weld up the frond and back rivets nice and good!

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Final product turned out so good I am going to keep it. Sorry kid.

Haha. Just kidding. Looks great. Plays better. Wheels don’t rub against the fenders and the suspension travel is off the charts. This sucker is orange track ready dare I say.

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I think his nephew will be able to squeeze a few more years out of this fine rig. :)

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Thanks for looking and guess what? He’s already got vehicle #2 lined up for me. A crushed up tractor that’s going to need a roll cage repair. Good times! 

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