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Classic Steelie Wheel Stripes

Another set of classic steelie wheels. This time with triple, off white pinstriping. After finishing a four wheels, I can’t stress enough and just how important, a simple look of a pinstripe can dramatically change the look of your project.

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Bitch’N Cragars

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Pinstriped wheels used to be the norm in the early twentieth century. I love seeing artillery style wheels from the 30s or the old wood T wheels with starburst style pinstripe details dressing them out. It seems the big hubcap that took over in the 40′s-50′s killed off the decorative pinstriped wheel. It just wasn’t needed anymore. Now I’ve seen a lot pinstriped wheels, I see pinstriping everywhere I go, but over the years I’ve never seen a set done up like this. The closest set that I saw were set up at a GNRS in a wheel vender’s booth, on a similar if not the same style wheel but it was still a bit different.
This set now belong on an old ford pickup who’s owner came to me while he’d been updating it. It had some older billet wheels that just didn’t work with the truck. So he had sought out something cooler and with these Cragars in hand I was allowed to do what I thought would look good…..perfect situation! I just had to stick with pinstripe colors that already adorned the truck. Here’s what I came up with. Some pictures of the wheels when I had them and a before and after shot of the truck sent to me by the client.

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Changing colors

This 1959 Chevy pickup show up and the customer says he needs to get rid of the blue lettering, “it needs to be a different color”. He hates the blue and wants all the colors to be on the warm side. Oh ya and make sure to match the “aged” lettering technique that the other sign painter used. This truck is from Colorado and that’s were the lettering was done originally, Not by me. But now it’s my responsibility for fixing the issue with the wrong color choice. So I says “sure thing!” Here’s a set of photos to show the steps I took. I was able to removed the blue lettering completely before re-lettering the “custom machining” in brown. Fun job! And quick!

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