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Finally had time to restore one of my Bruisers, and opted for a box art scheme as always for my first car.
This Bruiser is all orginal down to the decals (I was lucky enough to score an uncut decal sheet for both my Bruisers when I bought them locally. Thank you very much for lazy original owners). I have added a Hilux 4x4 driver, as I like a driver figure in my cars. I also took the transmission apart, and had it glass blasted. Then I polished it lightly, without giving it that polished chrome look, and fitted ballbearings. It is now running smooth, but not likely to see any run time.
Oh, yeah, the license plate decals are not original, but rather some personolized plates (yes, I know they have a few letter too many to be legal, but what the hey). I always paint the inside of the cars I restore with as much care as the outside, usually flat black. I think it gives the model a suddle, but more authentic look from most angles.
I made the license plate decals using Adobe Illustrator, and sent them to fellow veteran TC member WillyChang, who printed them for me on proper decal vinyl.
This was an 'easy' restoration, as the original Bruiser I bought cheap locally (paid about $150), was complete and mostly intact. A fresh sheet of decals, and unbroken body. The hardest part was to strip the body of paint, as even break fluid did'nt remove it easily. The window was slighty yellowed, but some (quite a bit) wet sanding and then polishing made is as good as new.
Never one of my favourites when I was a kid, but yet again, after spending much time restoring it, the former memories of this car has grown on me quite a bit, and when looking at it now, I really remember the good old days as a kid, gazing at this model in the catalogues. Which to me, is a huge motivation for restoring these puppies.