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There's one thing. I think it would highly benifit Hot Wheels to make screws for their cars. It WOULD be less cheap than rivets, but imagine the attention it would get! They could sell it for a little more money, but what kid dosn't whant to open a Hot Wheels car. Not only that, but there's a massive comunity of modders just WAITING for that. I think it would be very profitable for hot wheels to do that. And, if Hot Wheels is seeing this, please take action. For our sake.
It's up to us very soon. We'll run out of arguments if the Speed Machines reissue fails. If it sells out quickly, it's easier for Mattel to imagine that there might be a niche worth being monetized.
Of course, within reason, I want to race but if it ends up like every other hobby I have gotten into (costing thousands of $$$) then no. Let me counter with a question for you How much did you spend actively racing Die-Cast in your last full season...
I remember a while back coming across a vendor that sold pre-stripped, pre-drilled kits and a selection of wheels. Seems geared more toward customizing than racing, but still in the vein of what we are discussing: munclemikes.com/collections/diy-hot-wheels-matchbox-parts-wheels-decals-and-more-create-your-own-custom-hot-wheels
I have always though if I could find a decent base casting and could created a mold to make low-temp metal chassis for it, I would have a repeatable, go-to setup. Well, that and farming decent wheels for it.
I have managed to create a usuable metal chassis for my entry in the upcoming The DeLeon race, but I still have a long way to go before having a technique worth sharing. We'll, maybe a sneak peak:
(The drilled holes are an attempt to get the weight down and distrubtion right.)
I just subscribed to this page today, and did not even realize that customizing and modding Hot Wheels was a thing until last week. I was very competitive in pinewood derby with a friend of mine. To make a long story short we have decided that we need a new competition. Here we are. I came here specifically looking for wheels and axles and how to make these cars faster. I understand completely how to take them apart how to put them back together, but I cannot find any of the products to purchase. After reading this I'm understanding that they really don't exist? I need to buy older cars and take them apart polish axles, polished wheels Etc?
I'll be on here all day reading how each and every one of you have achieved the goals that I'm trying to, but I am looking for a little direction on where to find parts.