Top 5 Videos From Marty’s Matchbox Makeovers!
Chances are that when you were young, you had Matchbox cars, or some form of little metal cars to zoom around. One person that takes that to the next level, runs the Marty’s Matchbox Makeovers Youtube channel. From Melbourne, Australia Marty loves to collect Matchbox cars. Besides just collecting them, he gives them the works. He repairs them and gives them new paint jobs to revitalize any cars that come into his collection. With help from his “sidekick” (a koala puppet named Kevin), Maty makes some fun videos in the repair of the little Matchbox cars. Here are the Top 5 Videos from Marty’s Matchbox Makeovers.
Marty’s Matchbox Makeovers #5 – 1965 S & S Cadilac Ambulance
The real version of this car was turned into the car from the Ghostbusters franchise and Marty takes his turn into fixing up the toy model. The interior needs washing and the plastic for the windshield has been glued onto the metal fame thanks to a previous owner giving it a bit too much paint.
The red plastic used for the lights is glued on from the paint as well! Trying to strip the paint from the body, it turns out that it just stripped the paint down to the original white from the manufacturer. After finally getting all the old paint off, Marty proceeds to fix up the ambulance and give it a fresh coat of (white) paint and some new decals (medical ones, not Ghostbusters decals) to have an ambulance that looks just like new.
Marty’s Matchbox Makeovers #4 – 1963 Commer Ice Cream Van
This project sees Marty look over an ice cream van from the 1960s. The metal window frames for the windshield and the rear window need some fixing and the interior needs some cleaning up. Marty shows how he repairs metal window frames using his method of a small amount of baking soda along with some superglue to join the metal pieces. After a little grinding work and paint, it looks like new. With new “glass”, interior plastic and a new blue paint job for the body, along with some new stickers for the outside, this van looks amazing!
#3 – 1960 Greyhound Bus
Whoever had owned this Matchbox car before tried painting the car themselves and left all kinds of paint over it adding to the work that needs to be touched up.
The base of the bus is attached differently than most cars so instead of drilling out one pin to separate the body from the base, he has two rivets to deal with. The windshield not only has 3 rivets holding it in, but lots of nasty leftover paint to keep it glued in place. Once the plastic is removed, he then has to use paint strippers and his tools to remove the old paint from the plastic. After a lot of work removing the old paint and replacing it with new paint and stickers, the bus looks much better than when he got it and easily takes years of play and abuse off it to look amazing.
#2 – 1961 Bedford Tipper Truck
A car that needs a LOT of work to get it looking good. Parts of the metal are broken and missing, the bin of the dump truck is bent in all kinds of weird angles and just looking at the truck you know it is going to be a major project.
Marty starts by removing the axels and the wheels. After separating the base and the cab, he strips the paint and gets everything down to bare metal before he proceeds to use his famous Baking Soda/Superglue technique to repair the window frames. He then uses a block of wood and a hammer to bend the rear bin back into place. He ends up getting a new rear tailgate and despite it not being the best of replacements, he gives the rear bin a touch of red paint and the frame some grey and metallic silver to make things look incredible.
The project was not easy to do but this video shows off just how bad some of Marty’s projects start out and what kind of work he puts into these toy cars to get them looking like new again.
#1 – 1979 Skybuster Space Shuttle
A project to coincide with the 50th anniversary of man landing on the moon. To celebrate, Marty takes a whack at something not normal for Matchbox in their version of the Space Shuttle. Weirdly, it was build in 1979, 2 years before the first actual space shuttle launch in 1981.
Marty has some fun with this video before he starts work on the shuttle and is joined by Kevin, who gives the engine a start as Marty is looking things over. Once he takes apart the toy we find that the rivets holding the base and the body together are deeper than the normal cars so there isn’t much fear of drilling all the way through. As with other projects, he gives the whole thing some new paint which is a major improvement as the shuttle looks more like the actual ones that went into space. It also gets new stickers and the base is painted black instead of that awful grey color it was originally.
He also does a wonderful job in painting the body of the shuttle and making it look less like a toy and closer to the actual shuttles. With the shuttle looking better than before, Marty has some more fun as he fuels up and takes the shuttle to space where he is joined by a stowaway who decides to take a spacesuit and enjoy a walk for himself.