March 20, 2005
79, 80, 81, 82

I finished counting. I'm at 82 MINIs completed as of 3/19/05.

I've decided to do something special for MINI number 100. I'm not sure what but stay tuned. I should be there in about four to five weeks.

Posted by todd at 07:40 PM
March 16, 2005
Chili Red MINIs

The last three MINIs to which I've applied graphics have been Chili Red MINIs AND they all had black roofs - go figure. So without further ado, here they are...

"S" bonnet stripes on a Cooper.

"S" bonnet stripes on a Cooper S.

And finally,

Custom white Viper stripes.

Here's a close-up.

This was a new style. White with black rule edges and they go all the way to the windscreen.

One of these days I have to get a current count on how many MINIs I've done. Stay tuned.

Posted by todd at 06:34 PM
March 09, 2005
New iPod

Two weeks ago on Feb. 23, Apple introduced new 6GB iPod mini models and a new 30GB iPod photo model while lowering the prices across the board and dropping the 40GB iPod photo from the offerings. I've been keeping watch for a price drop or clearance sale on the discontinued 40 Gig model. I got an e-mail flyer from Micro-Center that the 40 Gig iPod photo was on clearance for $379. Sweet! I'm on my way.

We got to Micro-Center and the computer was showing one remaining 40 Gig in stock but they couldn't locate it. I asked if it could possibly be the display but the manager thought there was another one somewhere. After what seemed like forever, he found it and because the box was opened, he knocked another 10% off the sale price leaving me running to the cash register for the purchase of my new 40 Gig iPod photo wonder at a ridiculously low price of $340. That's $160 off the price it was selling for two weeks ago. I spent an extra 30 clams for a two year extended warranty so if it breaks or dies, not bloody likely but it was an open box item, I get a full replacement. But wait, if it does need to be replaced, the 40 Gig model has been discontinued so I would get what? A 60 Gig iPod photo or the current equivalent. SOLD!

Now wherever I go, you can ask to see my collection of MINI photos on the my new Apple acquisition - really, ask me sometime!

Posted by todd at 10:17 PM
March 05, 2005
Side and Center MINI stripes

A couple of MINIs visited the house this week for some custom stripe work. First was the installation of some side stripes that I didn't make. My customer got these stripes from ebay, I think. I can't guarantee other companies materials but I'm sure they'll be fine.

Next was another first for me. A single center stripe with 1" accent stripes on the bonnet and boot of a Pepper White Cooper. You can't really tell from pictures but the bonnet has this little mountain down the center which dealt me fits installing the vinyl. Compound curves are always more difficult because the vinyl wants to be flat. It's kind of like getting a sheet of paper to lay flat on the surface of a basketball only not as extreme. I've been doing this for more than twelve years so I've learned how to "coax" the vinyl to lay down on compound curves without heat or too much stretching which tends to shorten the life of vinyl. So while a lot of stripes and graphics can be installed by a do-it-yourselfer, I wouldn't recommend attempting this.

The client was very happy with the results and so was I. I'll have to count but I think this is close to the 70th MINI to which I've applied graphics. I'll do something special when I hit 100 later this year!

Posted by todd at 09:54 PM