The Matiz Toy Car

Our in-depth illustrated report on how the Matiz Toy Car was created.

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Step By Step ... in 16 weeks

  • Purchased car, delivered and stripped of all interior, glass, doors and roof cut off.
  • Drivers door is marked to act as a datum for dimensions based on drawing.
  • Rear door is cut to align and give finished door dimensions.
  • With door bolted on body line is marked and cut area measured to be 760mm.
  • Fuel tank removed, brake lines clamped and cut and handbrake cables dropped to give clearance for body cut.
  • Body cut in to two sections with a staggered line to retain extra strength during refitting.
  • Two body halfs slid back to join together with sill sides cut back further to allow for extrat bracing.
  • Body line seam welded above and below and inner sill sections reinforced with heavy box section steel.
  • Dashboard mount fabricated and welded onto cross brace.
  • Passenger side door aperture starts to recieve bracing for extra rigidity and support for side skin.
  • Drivers door line top marked out and arch lines ready for shaping.
  • Door top cut and brace fitted in, second brace made to match for passenger side top shape.
  • Steering column slid into it's crash structure to allow closer sitting position and shorter steering column exposed.
  • Gear lever mechanism remounted to the side so as relocation of handbrake to retain standard cable fitment.
  • Rear panel gets started with the use of thin steel and a fibreglass spare wheel cover from another vehicle (Daihatsu Midget 2)
  • Original door skins cut off leaving just the frame support ready for new skin.
  • Start beating out swage lines on wings and cut wings back to allow foor roof base sections.
  • Weld in new roof foot plates with anchor points and cover in sill strengthening plates.
  • Cut down polystyrene block to start carving seat unit.
  • Fibreglass sheet wrapped around rear end to start creating shape.
  • Continuation of passenger side brace fabricated.
  • Rear roof pillars fabricated in steel, blending in rear panel and cut down bumper sides to form wheel arch shapes.
  • Start laminating in dash top section using steel base plate, start laminating seat unit and begin fabricating steel dash.
  • Fabricate recessed bonnet release mount in lower dash, cut out switch mount surrounds for the remaining switches.
  • Front roof pillars made and passenger side cover skin welded into place,
  • Rear light sockets molded and trimmed for new lights, roof side and front sections fabricated.
  • Cut new door skin shape, form curves with English wheel, fold edges and fit onto frame.
  • Finish blending rear panel sections and prepare for molding.
  • Finish filling and blending dash and tunnel cover.
  • Make passenger side footwell cover for access to diagnostics.
  • Start fabricating inner arches and front panel base.
  • Cut and weld front panel shapes to create smile grille section.
  • Take mold of rear panel section.
  • Start filling seat unit.
  • Create intake for radiator and breathing, offset for style.
  • Finish filling bonnet and seat unit.
  • Pull rear panel section from mold.
  • Fit and blend out new rear panel, bond in light receptacles.
  • Finish welding roof section.
  • Prime seat unit, flat and paint.
  • Dry fit light units and drill fog light holes for ultrabright LED strips, mark out reflector location.
  • Fit seat belt straps and bond in seat unit.
  • Fill front panel and prepare for molding.
  • Drill holes for LED indicators in corner trims.
  • Cut panel for passenger side trim and blend in filler neck.
  • Test wheel fitment and adjust inner arches to suit.
  • Blend out all bodywork to get levels.
  • Create door shut lines to maintain uniformity.
  • Create mold of front panel and pull an item out, trim and fit.
  • Finish blending dash board and clock surround.
  • Create mirror support pods as similar to toy shape as feasible.
  • Start filling out roof panel.
  • Prep car and paint for guide coat.
  • Cut out and fit reflectors in bumper, blend seat unit rear to back panel.
  • Fit front arch liners and blend into front panel.
  • Finish blending in rear arches, flat body to remove imperfections.
  • Start blending footwell sections and prepare for resin base.
  • Finish filling roof unit and clean edges for mirror sockets.
  • Back in paintshop for final paintwork.
  • Finish trimming switch block mounts and bond in.
  • Prepare all switches for final paint.
  • Finish inner roof lining.
  • Paint roof unit.
  • Fit roof unit to car.
  • Paint black detail line to lower front section to give elevated front look.
  • Final fit of all trim, fuel tank, brake lines, fuel lines and modify exhaust system.
  • Fit up dash panel, and plug in all assosiated switches.
  • Aluminium foil the mirror pods to match toy style.
  • Bond in mirro units and fit rear view mirror in roof.
  • Finish tax disc holder and fit.
  • Flow out yellow resin for foot plate finishing.
  • Fuel up, tax and MOT the little lady.

The Matiz Toy Car, created by Spike, with photos by kind permission of Spike.

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