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CUSTOMS! The tale of two trucks edition. HW 83' Silverados

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BOOM!! I finished both trucks last night and couldn't be happier with them. I had been dying to build the white truck for some time and since I had to use some parts from the yellow truck, I decided to give it a few custom touches as well.

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The white truck is actually a clone of my friends 81 Silverado which is all kinds of cool. I knew I wanted to clone it as soon as I could find an extra Hot Wheels 83 Silverado version. Here is his truck:

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I used wheels from a Civic EF and the chrome chassis from the yellow truck as this one came from the road trippin' series and had a gold chassis. I also used the clear glass instead of the smoked version. Stripped the brown and sprayed some white. Other than some side mirrors, i'd say it's pretty darn close!

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Rear view of my friends truck. Note the AAR sticker. That is his shop so I wanted to make sure that detail transferred to the clone!

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Overall I couldn't be happier with how this turned out. He will see it today and should love it. Whether or not I let him keep it I don't know haha.

Since I already had the yellow truck apart I decided to keep the paint as-is but give it a more aggressive drag-oriented feel. Below is the before version (not my picture)

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I took the gold colored chassis from the other truck and used some VHT Nightshades tail light paint to turn it black. I love sing this stuff as it goes on thin and works great in intricate areas like the grille. A couple coats later and the look was complete.

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I had some fat rear tires handy and fit them to the truck by filing down the inside of the chassis and body. I also threw on some skinny front runners and painted both wheel sets black to add to the sinster..ness.

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The smoked glass works well on this truck!

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One final detail I wanted to add was...

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ROLL CAGE BABY! I have always love seeing a built truck with tubes extending from the rear glass. One paperclip + some time with a set of pliers and some rear tubes were born!

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I drilled two small holes in the glass and glues on each end. Very easy. I just added paint after.

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Since the rear wheels were bigger than original and the fronts were smaller, it gave the truck the perfect subtle rake....perfect!

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Well that is all, I hope you enjoyed! Any questions please let me know. Also, look for part 1 of a customizing HOW-TO tomorrow!

Original teaser HERE!

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