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ToyTown Coupé hits the streets! Seen above in a short clip, and now being seen everywhere! as shown on BBC News in second clip.

Popular questions answered:

1) Why?  A) Why Not?

2) What was the donor car?  A) Daewoo Matiz SE 0.8

3) How long did it take to create?  A) Approximately 1000 hours

4) Can you build me one like it?  A) Yes, but wouldn’t you like something a bit more individual? After all, one already exists!

Starting with a bog-standard Matiz, we stripped out all interior leaving just steering wheel and pedals, removed all glass, tailgate and doors. Then we cut the roof off and removed edges from bumpers.

 

Bog standard - perfectly useable Matiz

Bog standard – perfectly useable Matiz

First cuts and mark-up

First cuts and mark-up

The drivers side front and rear door were cut down to suit and welded together.

The door top edge profiled to let in new frame shape. Next fuel tank removed, split brake and fuel lines and exhaust system in preparation for…

 

Tail end

Tail end

Nose end

Nose end

760mm of Daewoos finest steel floorpan chopped out and the sills staggered.

 

Tickle with the Grinder

Tickle with the Grinder

The separate front and rear of car were jigged up for alignment and welded together. Bracing applied to passenger side to support new skin. The de-skinned restructured door and new skin formed and merged across passenger side.

 

Interior seat moulding in polystyrene

Interior seat moulding in polystyrene

Interior seating was formed from hand-carved polystyrene block to accept filler and fibreglass laminate.
New seatbelt mounts

New seatbelt mounts

Seat belt mount points were welded in and new seatbelts fitted.

Next we formed steel roof sections for the rear pillars – judicious use of an English Wheel and plenty of hammers.

Steelwork roof pillars

Steelwork roof pillars

The new rear panel was fabricated from flat fibreglass panels with the inclusion of a fibreglass Daihatsu Midget spare wheel cover. New bowls for round light units moulded and bonded into rear section.

Finished seat form then laminated/filled/sanded/painted.

Freshly painted seatform.

Freshly painted seatform.

Next to get the full hammer treatment was the steel dash surround, new steel front roof pillars, new side roof steel sections and steel front panel, meanwhile the wheels were treated to repair and refurbishment and new tyres.
Brighty lighty.

Brighty lighty.

Finally, the bodywork was drilled to set in LED’s for indicators and rear fog light, and finished ready for paint.
Job done, Drive and smile lots.
On the road.

On the road.

How fast does it go, mister?

How fast does it go, mister?

Time to play!

Time to play!

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