Hot Wheels Honda Civic Wagon/Wagovan (EE/EY)

Here's the build for the Hot Wheels EF Civic conversion to the Wagon of the same year:


1. At the beginning, it was 2AM, and I had one of the first EF's I got my hands on, and a dry erase marker all sitting on my desk. I looked up the wheelbases for the hatch and the wagon to find that they are the same...and the rest kind of happened by itself:




2. Finding a suitable roof donor car took a very long time. I needed an SUV that also had body lines matching the boxiness of the wagon, all while being in roughly 1/64 scale and already on hand (because buying a $1 car with $10 shipping is not my style). I eventually settled with a Ford Expedition made by MotorMax shown here:


The roof of this truck was segmented during the cuts because of the width and length differences between the 2 models.



3. Here I test-fitted the roof pieces to see where more material had to be removed.


After that, I cut off the original hatch roof, and made a jig from a popsicle stick. To attach the new roof pieces, I also made the small supports between the pillars and the body and glued them on temporarily.



4. Next step was to fill in that gap made by the supports, and that was the new higher belt line of the wagon.




5. The wagon has a different hood from the hatch - while the hatch casting has a hood bulge in the center, the wagon should have an indent. Part of recreating this feature involved filing down the leading edge of the hood, but it was omitted in the compilation of this build log.


Also, the fender and cowl had to match the new belt line. To do this, there are risers at the back half of the hood, and stacks were added to the tops of the fenders.



6. On top of the basic belt line piece, I had to also add window mouldings.


The 2nd picture here shows the other side's mouldings, as well as the supports holding the entire roof together before I filled in the gap.



7. The far left picture doesn't show that much new additions, except for the missing piece of the A-pillar being filled in.


The other pictures show the rebuilding of the fender lip and panel line of the rear doors.



8. Here the rear fascia is being completely remade. I followed reference pictures and calculated all the proportions, then cut and cemented pieces of styrene onto the extended rear end.


Also shown are the '2-step' OEM mudflaps.



9. A relocated gas filler cap was added before applying putty on and sanding everything down. This process went on for several weeks...it was very discouraging but having it take up space on my desk was enough motivation to pick up the pace.




10. To tie the roof together visually, an OEM air deflector was made from styrene.




11. After I finally was happy with how the body looked, I got some paint on. The color is GM Light Briar Brown by Dupli-Color, and is meant to replicate the factory "Cappuccino Brown" paint.

After the paint, the trim and mouldings were masked off and sprayed with some cheap Walmart flat black.





12. One of the last things to do were the windows. the front windshield was the Expedition's trimmed down on all sides, and the rear window was made from a generic truck windshield.


Side windows took many tries to get them acceptable. Never want to do those ever again.

(Also not shown are scratchbuilt mirrors from plastic toothpicks, and a more realistic exhaust tip.)



And finally, the almost-finished product:


Why 'almost-finished'? In the future, this will receive a tan interior with rear headrests, some more detail painting, and more tinkering with the axles to get it sitting even lower. But for now I'm pretty satisfied with the overall look. Thanks for following and reading!