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    No gold or silver yet, but I'm pretty jazzed about some Spectraflame!

    Picked up a Compadre last year before a trip to Florida, probably only have about 100 hours on it so far. I've pulled plenty of clad and pull tabs, a few neat relics, but this is my most exciting find so far as a collector of Hot Wheels.

    I was hunting in my own back yard, the house dates to around the 1830s so I'm still hoping to pull some older stuff. I was hunting around very casually for promising signals since I don't have any time constraints on covering the property. This gave a pretty choppy maxed out signal on the compadre and I almost didn't dig it thinking it was just another chunk of rusty iron. Turned over the plug and there it was, just a couple inches down.
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    Worked on it for about an hour, running water and a brush followed by a Waterpik (picked up from a rummage sale with the intent of using it in the shop, this was the first time I put it to the test and it worked great for getting all the dirt out of the body. The decals slipped off (not original anyway so no great loss), the side flaps are missing, and sadly the wheels on one side were only held in place by the mud. The scum on the inside of the windshield came off where I could hit it with the Waterpik, but I couldn't quiiiite reach all of it. Did a final pass with toothpaste and a soft brush to take the last bit of scale off the painted surface and some off the exposed metal, was careful to avoid the windshield. Overall, I'm pretty excited about how it cleaned up!
    (Spectraflame refers to the style of translucent paint over polished metal that was used on early Hot Wheels cars)

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    It isn't my rarest or cleanest car in my collection, but for the time being it is certainly my favorite. Thanks for reading.
    Last edited by Son&Son; Oct 09, 2018 at 09:38 PM.

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    Okay, I think that's one of the coolest Hotwheels cars I've ever seen! And you did a great job cleaning it! (But you are going to cost me money, as there's no way I'm NOT going to get a Waterpick now. For shame, sir, for shame...)
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    Quote Originally Posted by TomW244 View Post
    Okay, I think that's one of the coolest Hotwheels cars I've ever seen! And you did a great job cleaning it! (But you are going to cost me money, as there's no way I'm NOT going to get a Waterpick now. For shame, sir, for shame...)
    If you are patient and keep an eye out, this one only set me back a buck at a church rummage sale. They do seem to be cheap on eBay though. I guess they are not something many people want to buy used... But no problem if you aren't putting it in your mouth! I would look for one with as big of a water reservoir as possible, it goes through it pretty quick and I probably put at least a gallon through mine doing this one car (4 or 5 refills).
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    Cool find how old do you think it is?
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    I would rather see an authentic broken scraper posted than a G-10 Artifake!

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    Nice Hot Wheels!

    Keep digging your yard, you will find the older stuff
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    Wow, I can’t believe the shape that’s in. I remember years ago when I was a kid, I buried some of my redlines on purpose. ( For what rational purpose I can’t conceive) I dug them up years later and the pillars of my model T were almost completely eaten away. Yours is in outstanding shape considering. Luckily I never abused any hotwheels after that and many have survived and are part of my couple thousand car collection.
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    Quote Originally Posted by arrow86 View Post
    Cool find how old do you think it is?
    It is a "Redline" Rocket-Bye-Baby, this color/casting combination was produced in 1971-72. I should post a picture of the decals that came off to see if anyone can figure out what they were borrowed from, might help determine when it went in the ground.

    http://hotwheels.wikia.com/wiki/Rocket-Bye-Baby
    Last edited by Son&Son; Oct 09, 2018 at 09:36 PM.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bearbqd View Post
    Wow, I can’t believe the shape that’s in. I remember years ago when I was a kid, I buried some of my redlines on purpose. ( For what rational purpose I can’t conceive) I dug them up years later and the pillars of my model T were almost completely eaten away. Yours is in outstanding shape considering. Luckily I never abused any hotwheels after that and many have survived and are part of my couple thousand car collection.
    I'm glad you learned your lesson! Haha.

    I know there is some variation in metal quality with the early cars so that could be a factor as well. The condition of the car does makes me hopeful for the condition of other things buried in the yard, though.
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    great find, I love hot wheels at leazt to restore it wont cost what a real car would lol
    This is an addiction!!! There is no cure!!! And it only gets worse!!!!! KEEP PLUGGIN AWAY!!!!!!!!!!

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    Cool find, congrats!
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    Nice hot wheels car save. You did an amazing job cleaning it and it looks great. I love finding them too. Congrats
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    Sweet finds!

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    Pretty cool car. Are you going to restore it

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    Quote Originally Posted by RelicMaster777 View Post
    Pretty cool car. Are you going to restore it
    I'm happy with the way it looks now. Not really a fan of restorations on HW.

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    Looks like the car of the future ! Nice find.

 

 
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