I worked on these two parts today. the Rear wheel assembly and the dashboard.
I still had to rough up the spare tire. In the far future, spares are still going to be worn.
I've circles trying to cut the tire, but it's too obvious. Unnatural.
Instead I use a file (top right) and go to town wearing the tracks down. I've decided to paint the caps and the wheels, and don't want the chrome, so I glue the wheel together after scratching it up some more.
Not much to do here, but I slice off some bolts anyway. The holes are probably stripped.
Since I raised the front of the truck up, I have to do the same at the rear. The rear axle thingy ends up stretched out across these center of these two pieces. Pictured top is the normal one, and below it another creative use of fire from a torch. Apply a little quick heat to either side of the center part (one at a time) then bend it slightly to the desired position. Hold them side by side while doing the second one to make them match.
Below is the finished rear axle construction. Notice the supports aren't fully aligned - this is fine in this sort of project as things are supposed to be old and bent out of shape.
I apply a bunch of Liquitex Blended Fiber gel (available at most art stores or by another brand name) around the wheel, then use one of my dentist picks and tease / pull the gel outward.
This'll take a while to dry, so we move on to other things.
For the glove box, it's a matter of carefully and patiently running my knife along the crease over and over, then using the serrated one to cut up to it. (Leaving the bottom right attached)
This bottom right section I heat up so I can simply open the glove box.
As the final touch, a bolter sticking out of the glove compartment, "Just incase."