February 28, 2007
The world as we know it...

The world as we know it may be ending soon because I now have a MySpace page. Like you need another thing to look at on the web. Oh well, friend me up if you’re a closeted MySpacer too.

Posted by todd at 09:34 PM
February 20, 2007
First R56 graphics

Here’s a look at the first R56, aka the 2007 MINI, to which I installed graphics. Simple, yet taxi-cab like.

Posted by todd at 11:24 AM
February 17, 2007
My first car


I ran across some old photos this week and thought I’d share a look at my first car. This was a 1974 Cadillac Sedan DeVille with white leather seats. Yeah, pretty pimp - I know. Check out the whitewalls! The only thing missing is curb feelers.

For gear heads the specs on this car were - V8 with overhead valves; 472 cubic inch cast iron engine block; Rochester 4 barrel Quadrajet carburetor; 205 bhp with 365 ft. lb. of torque.

If I remember right the beast got about 7 or 8 mpg but that’s back when gas was less than $1.00 a gallon. The car was especially fun to drive in the snow. It pretty much would spin a donut just looking at the accelerator.

I think I paid $1,100 for this car from my uncle (puts finger to side of his nose and brushes downward a la Paul Newman in The Sting.) Don’t ask, just enjoy the view.

Posted by todd at 09:33 AM
February 16, 2007
Bad Ass stripe treatment

I’ve never been a big fan of the “U” shaped stripe that was introduced with the Checkmate package but I recently completed this and I think it looks pretty bad ass. The scoop is wrapped in gloss black vinyl and in retrospect I’d rather send the scoop to be painted because it was very time consuming to complete. I am happy with the finished product though.

Posted by todd at 10:17 AM
February 15, 2007
Like a Phoenix from the ashes...

I have returned. I know, I know, it’s been a really long time and certainly most of my readers have already deleted me from their respective RSS feeds but I am still here and have been working furiously. Pictured above is my beloved GP with its winter wheels. The stock GP wheels are safe from the salted streets of Kansas City for at least a few more weeks. Currently there’s about 6 inches of the white stuff on the ground and said GP is at the dealer getting new JCW cross drilled and slotted rotors.

Finally, here’s a couple of the recent MINIs I’ve completed. By the way, I’ve now done graphics on more than 400 MINIs in just over three years. My first project on a new 2007 MINI will be done this weekend. And I promise I won’t be away for so long again.

A monocromatic Union Jack over sunroof.

An interesting checkerboard job because this car has a white roof with a sunroof so the black ckecks on the sunroof are the sunroof glass i.e. you can see out through the black checks from the inside. That job was like putting together an MC Escher puzzle… think about it - the outside is black checks on a white roof and the inside is white checks on black glass.

Posted by todd at 03:26 PM