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Old May 29th, 2012, 09:46 AM
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Purists will hate it, but....

I am not a purist and my car being nothing "special" - except to me of course - I tried my hand at striping (yes STRIPING - not STRIPPING) this weekend. For my first ever stripe job I think it came out amazing.

I know it is not right for the car/hood, but I didn't really like the thin stripes that were put on this hood by Olds, so I went with the full stripe design. I have seen other cars with this hood painted this way, and really liked it so I thought that it would be worth trying these out before I repaint the car for real. I wasn't sure exactly how I would feel about them, and didn't want to spend thousands and then decide that I don't like them - so some tape, 4 hours of masking (Damn those curves at the front of the hood are a B***H to get right) and a quick spray job told me what I needed to know.

What do you all think? The guy who sprayed the stripes for me says I should do the inserts black - I kinda like the way they look now in chrome.
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Old May 29th, 2012, 09:52 AM
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I think they look OK. If you like it go for it.
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Old May 29th, 2012, 09:56 AM
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It's YOUR car, not some Purists!!!
Do what you want - don't feel guilty!
Looks good, to me!!!
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Old May 29th, 2012, 09:57 AM
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Looks good to me as well!
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I had those on my car before I did the ram air hood. I like em'! Good job too. They look really nice.
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Old May 29th, 2012, 10:12 AM
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I think they look good.
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Old May 29th, 2012, 10:24 AM
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I think it looks great. Heck, I thought this was going to be another thread about a Chevy engine in an Olds.
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Old May 29th, 2012, 10:24 AM
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Nice! I like the chome too. Dare to be different.
It works and you feel good about a job well done.
Enjoy!
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Old May 29th, 2012, 02:27 PM
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Looks great and I like the chrome to!
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Old May 29th, 2012, 02:45 PM
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I think it looks great. I also have a "chevy stripe"on my car and I love it. Take a look at my album
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Old May 29th, 2012, 03:23 PM
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I like the pin striping; nice work.
I wonder how it would look if you had made the pin stripe go around the hood inserts, instead of stopping at them. Might have made them look more inclusive to the hood's design. Just my opinion, though.
And I also agree-- I thought this was going to be another thread on placing a Chevy engine in an Olds after I read the title!

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Looks great! Nice job.I think the car looks sporty with the stripes.
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The stripes look good. Nice Job! Just to give you a different perspective, here is a pic of a louver with the insides painted. Honestly I think they look good either way.
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Old May 29th, 2012, 04:25 PM
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Originally Posted by RobS View Post
I like the pin striping; nice work.
I wonder how it would look if you had made the pin stripe go around the hood inserts, instead of stopping at them. Might have made them look more inclusive to the hood's design. Just my opinion, though.
And I also agree-- I thought this was going to be another thread on placing a Chevy engine in an Olds after I read the title!

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I know the stripes that Olds put on this hood went around the louvers and that was our original plan - we really were just running out of time and decided that we would go
Straight through the louvers instead. I like the idea of having them go around and will most likely do that when we repaint the whole car.
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I think it looks just fine the way it is. Unless you show it, most people won't know the difference. Then again, even at most local one's etc. Most people won't know the difference.

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Looks terrific!
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Old May 29th, 2012, 06:07 PM
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X19! ....Those are olds stripes, if you did the same on the decklid, they woud be chevy....or a pacecar....
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How much to come down to MD and do my hood?

I like it

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Definitely Cool..looks better than orig, IMHO
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Old June 8th, 2012, 09:27 AM
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Originally Posted by OldsManNJ View Post
I like the idea of having them go around and will most likely do that when we repaint the whole car.
I think that would give them a tad more OEM look. However they do look good as is. I think the way you did not come all the way forward makes it
less Chebby.

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Thats what I did to my first Cutlass , 30 years ago.
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Old June 8th, 2012, 09:45 AM
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I think it looks better than the W29 appearance package from 72. Filling in the stripe area like a W30 hood was brilliant! I'd leave the faux grills just the way they are. For a first time effort I think you did better than some shops around here.

I tend to like the 'pure' approach most of the time, but what you've done with your car enhances it's looks exponentially. Great work!
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i can imagine the front was tedious. Does give you a "chevy" first impression when looking at it. But isnt the objective to be different than the car next to you. i think the black louvers would look better...jmo... Looks perfect to me...make it yours brother, you have to look at it all the time.
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I know this is an old thread, but I just wanted to add a very brief 2:

The hood is the one part of the car you, as the driver, see all the time, the whole time you are driving. Therefore, it is of prime importance that you paint the hood just the way you like it. If the rest of the car is a rusty, dented POS, but the hood is bright and shiny, with a sporty stripe, you'll feel like you're driving a brand-new Coupe deVille every single day .

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Originally Posted by MDchanic View Post
I know this is an old thread, but I just wanted to add a very brief 2:

The hood is the one part of the car you, as the driver, see all the time, the whole time you are driving. Therefore, it is of prime importance that you paint the hood just the way you like it. If the rest of the car is a rusty, dented POS, but the hood is bright and shiny, with a sporty stripe, you'll feel like you're driving a brand-new Coupe deVille every single day .

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I have to agree.

The hood is a detail that one really doesn't get to appreciate anymore with the majority of most new cars ... they way they slope down in the front.

I miss the days where cars didn't seem to disappear just beyond the windshield wipers.
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Old November 16th, 2012, 03:41 AM
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The hood is a detail that one really doesn't get to appreciate anymore with the majority of most new cars ... they way they slope down in the front.
Very true! I had a "hood latch problem" with my BMW 318, the result of which is a white car with a black hood. I honestly can't tell while I'm driving the car. I thought It'd drive me crazy and I'd paint it right away, but now... maybe next year.

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Old November 16th, 2012, 09:46 AM
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since you asked.

First off it is your car so the only opinion that matters is your's.

That said I dislike it. Adding OAI hood stripes on a non OAI hood looks wrong to my eye.

The 1972 factory stripe is a love it or hate it deal too.

I have often seen the optional single stripe up the middle from the 1971 442 used on 72 cars. To me that is a much better look. I had this stripe on my 1972 442 race car for many years.
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