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Paul Humble

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Post Sun Jan 11, 2009 3:00 pm

Signwriting my Classic Mini Pickup

Im looking for some inspiration from you guys. I have decided to sign write the doors of my Mini Pickup (shown below). I have previously opted not to do this but as the car attracts so much attention it seems silly not to do it.

I want it to be just the doors and most importantly it must look period. I was thinking of using a gold lettering in a a half moon shape, possibly with "Sign Writing" on the top of the arc, my phone number on the flat edge at the bottom and my logo in the middle.

Does anyone have any old photos of vintage or classic vehicle sign writing that I can have a look at to get some inspiration? I dont want it to look modern as it will look odd.

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Post Sun Jan 11, 2009 3:20 pm

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Paul Humble

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Post Sun Jan 11, 2009 3:25 pm

Im not sure I want to do anything other than the doors and maybe tailgate but the font in the pic has put me on the right track.
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Post Sun Jan 11, 2009 3:28 pm

you can probs get this done by morning :D

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Post Sun Jan 11, 2009 3:28 pm

Have a look a the design gallery here, may give you some inspiration, nice car.
I've almost finished my Spitfire - dropping the seats up to Coventry tomorrow for re-assembly and recovering, we are painting in cellulose when it gets a bit warmer and then wrapping the whole thing, can't wait.

Jason

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Paul Humble

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Post Sun Jan 11, 2009 3:34 pm

Jason Davies wrote:Have a look a the design gallery here, may give you some inspiration, nice car.
I've almost finished my Spitfire - dropping the seats up to Coventry tomorrow for re-assembly and recovering, we are painting in cellulose when it gets a bit warmer and then wrapping the whole thing, can't wait.

Jason

http://www.letterheadfonts.com/gallery/index.php


Remember to get them docs sorted for the pressed plated Jason.
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Post Sun Jan 11, 2009 3:35 pm

John Hughes wrote:you can probs get this done by morning :D

John


Thats one nasty looking car! lol
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Post Sun Jan 11, 2009 4:44 pm

Firstly, I would definitely go for some purchased fonts from LHF or Sign DNA because I guess your not going to brush letter it.

Here's some I've painted......might give you some ideas.......the Mike Phillips truck is all paint including gold leaf.

I'll try and dig some more photos out for you

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Paul Humble

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Post Sun Jan 11, 2009 4:54 pm

Neil, those look fantastic and the Mike Phillips truck is similar to what I ad in mind.

Ill be buying a script font in of some sort, ill be using gold for the main lettering and not sure on the shadow colour.
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Post Sun Jan 11, 2009 5:07 pm

Sorry...I'm no help for what you want Paul but I was curious about the background in the photo - is that Websters Ropery or near to it?
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Paul Humble

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Post Sun Jan 11, 2009 5:12 pm

Mark Jahn wrote:Sorry...I'm no help for what you want Paul but I was curious about the background in the photo - is that Websters Ropery or near to it?


No mate, The Ropery is under the Queen Alex Bridge. That pic is under the Wearmouth Bridge. Are you from up here? Its a bit tricky to get to the area if you dont know the place though.
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Post Sun Jan 11, 2009 5:20 pm

Yes - we're in Consett Paul, after 12 years in Gateshead. I think I know where you mean now though. For some reason I always confuse the QA with the Wearmouth and vice versa!
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Post Sun Jan 11, 2009 5:21 pm

Scroll about halfway down this page:
http://www.buckssigns.co.uk/Signs.html
There is an example of van lettering, Dave White I think.
Arthur Vanson is one of my absolute favorite designers and you can buy his alphabets via Letterhead fonts.
Talk about traditional, he has been signwriting since the year I was born!
Love....Jill
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Cute little truck!
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Post Sun Jan 11, 2009 5:22 pm

Its a great location for pics (not if your a Mag I suppose though) lol.
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Post Sun Jan 11, 2009 5:24 pm

Thats very much like what I am after Jill.

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Post Sun Jan 11, 2009 8:49 pm

Nice Mini Paul, I am selling mine now as I don't have time to get it back on the road, so if you know anyone interested :D

Look forward to seeing the final result of yours.

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