Dang that looks good! Just one little thing - the low down rub strip on the 'back door' has a cut-out for when the door would have previously opened back. I'd personally be pulling it off and filling the recess so the lines flow. To the uneducated, it really looks like a factory build vehicle. Cap doffed!
* Edit - like this one...
** Edit edit! I quite like the way this one has colour coding around the upper half of the front door - seems to blend things together? Yours looks vantastic, regardless!
Dang that looks good! Just one little thing - the low down rub strip on the 'back door' has a cut-out for when the door would have previously opened back. I'd personally be pulling it off and filling the recess so the lines flow.
Yes this is on the list to do. I need to find a pair of front ones then use them to mod the rears. Well spotted - it'll finish things off nicely on the sides.
I dunno about that, but thanks (Dream. Build. Drive!) - I had some help from a talented friend and with careful planning, patience and a very good idea of how to tackle the project it come out the way I had hoped!
I wanted to try something different on the wheels side. I had a set of wheels laying around from another project car that I had refurbed in chrome powder coat that I tried but the offsets just didn't work out with the adapters - I think they call this 'uber poke' - whatever it is it wasn't going to work...
Would've been a bit different tho! Five Porsche Cookie Cutters now for sale...
Headliner turned out great - the old Nacho Libre mexican blanket on the roof puts a smile on my face!
First hot day and the lining sagged in some places so I pulled it down from the rear and reapplied spray on contact adhesive in a much more liberal dose!
A few days later and it's holding up nicely.
So far I've managed to use it for the BugJam weekend to haul my Love and Thunder t-shirts & gazebo and the PT panel van conversion worked out just great - super happy as that was one of the main reasons for doing all this.
Must sort the wheels now and then figure out what to do with the interior and floor in the back.
Enjoy your summer - thanks for your interest in my Panelvan!
On sunday past I loaded up the PT with t-shirts and headed up to Billing with a mate to attend Picnic in the Park - weather was appalling but there were some incredible custom PT's on display - those guys deserve a lot more credit for the work they put in to those cars. There's a lot less 'stick on upgrades and tacky chrome' about and a heap more thoroughbred customisation going on with such incredible show quality attention to detail on some of them I could only be inspired to ensure I do this panelvan justice.
They did also award my panelvan Best Unique Modification - and handed me a very niece trophy for the conversion!
Summer settled in and it was vacation time which gave me time to think about where to go to next.
As things would have it I wanted to have some sign writing done - old school style with real paint. It turns out the chap I'd been taking to about doing the sign writing had organised a gathering of international traditional sign painters, letterheads and pinstrippers in Rochester, Kent. After he'd seen the pics of the panel van he suggested we paint it as a feature car at the gathering - he'd organise some of the visiting artists to paint & pinstripe it! I mocked up what I'd like done to the sides & back and it was over to them.
Watching these three custom car enthusiast artists from Amsterdam paint the PT was truly an amazing experience. The meticulous attention to detail and the old school skills involved is something awe inspiring. We discussed colours and actually went with shades I hadn't really considered and it came out brilliant. The 40's sedan delivery look I was after was appearing with every brush stroke.
These pics will give you some idea of the process (please excuse the company name promotion):
And the freshly finished hand painted artwork!
The white powdery stuff is chalk and washed off. I've yet to do a proper photoshoot of the van with the sign writing as I'd like to get the wheels sorted first.
I edited some of the video and uploaded it to our facebook page to show the painstaking process Jasper and Rueben went through painting just the one side. Miranda painted the other side. It was a very cool. Please feel free to check it out.
Rueben, also from Amsterdam owns some very cool old american custom cars including an old Mercury coupe that he's doing up, and his forte is pinstripping - so he freestyled the front and rear along the style of the Chrysler badges which has a hint of art deco in there - they came out rad!
He also painted the logo on the tailgate and then added some neat shadow and highlight effects to finish it off like the sides had been done.
It's über impressive watching guys hand paint stuff like this and for a project of this kind I just couldn't do it in vinyl.
Holy plop, that is stunning artwork. I had a go at pin striping and sign writing once, gave up before the paint had dried. It's a really skilful art and you need dedication and a bloody steady hand, awesome work, love it!