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New Interceptor (Taurus) and Caprice (extended G8)

Discussion in 'Portfolio Board' started by SightLine, Jul 17, 2012.

  1. SightLine

    SightLine Very Active Member

    As some on here know, I do a lot of ambulances, I also do a good many police cars as well...

    Doing runs for 2 different departments on some new patrol cars. Did the Interceptors first. Pretty much a rebadged Taurus. They already had a design they wanted to stick with but gave me some leeway to adapt the striping and make the design work well for these new cars. On a whim I went with an idea to bring the stripe around the tail lights incorporating them into the stripe layout itself. Did 8 of these in a row. Nothing spectacular but a nice little job. Interestingly all of the material on these is Avery Ultra Metallic, even the big emblem which we printed (laminated and contour cut) on that as well. It actually looks great. Not my favorite brand of material but their metallics are actually not too bad. The guys tell me the cars handle great but they are just a V6.... For the tail light part of the stripes, I laid up some app tape over them and made a pencil tracing. Scanned that in to create a shape, then just add the 3/4" stroke to the outside, expanded that and chopped the ends off. Easy as pie contour cut shapes ready to apply. The rest was just hand laid up from 50" long 3/4" strips.

    Now the new Caprices.... sweet rides. Essentially these are a stretched Pontiac G8 with a corvette engine. Nice big V8 power. The front fenders on these are freaking massive. Only starting the first of these... I'll post a couple shots of a completed one in the next day or so. Came in this afternoon and only got the stripe on so far. On these, to deal with the gigantic front fender I stopped the stripe short. Then it got in my head to give a try with what I did on the tail lights on the Tauruses for the other dept, I continued the stroke around the fake fender vent. On these the stripe is filled and printed on reflective. Tricky going around the door handles nicely with reflective since you do not want to risk bruising, stretching it much, or pulling it back up.

    Anyhow I thought since these are really new cars to deal with I thought some might like to see them and might like the idea of working with the obstructions as part of the design instead just working against/around them.

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  2. g&eprinting

    g&eprinting Member

    Jul 21, 2011
    Everett MA
    nice job!
    That is a massive fender..
  3. 121a

    121a Member

    Mar 23, 2012
    Cool!!! Love the Interceptor! We had a Caprice in the shop a while ago, very cool car (massive brakes).
  4. rjssigns

    rjssigns Major Contributor

    Jun 4, 2007
    Home Office
    Thanks for the ideas. Nice and clean.:thumb:
  5. jfiscus

    jfiscus Adobe Shinobi

    Apr 2, 2009
    Cincinnati, OH
    Nice work, I'm getting 15 of the Tauruses in today... fun fun fun.
    At least this dept is going with a simpler, no stripes layout now!

    Other departments are gonna be a pain with the big dip in the Taurus doors!

    I have not seen any of the new Caprices here at our shop, ever, not even demos. No idea why.

    Is your company part of an ambulance dealership also?
  6. SightLine

    SightLine Very Active Member

    No relation to any sort of dealership..... Just seems that over the years we have become the ambulance graphics specialist in the state. We have become pretty well known by several ambulance dealerships though and they often send their customers to us. We have had places from as far as 4 hours away bring us ambulances to decal when they really have a dozen other places they could go to much closer. We have literally done hundreds of them and have never had one single design or job denied approval by the state regulatory commission who inspects every single one to be sure they are in federal "Certified Star of Life" and state regulations as far as markings go. The regulations are pretty specific.
  7. SightLine

    SightLine Very Active Member

    Couple of finished shots as well as another shot of the front end which shows the big fenders better. Also if you happen across a new Caprice, those fenders vents are very easy to pop out if you need them out of your way or anything. Just grab the middle bar of the fake vent and sort of pull up and out and it will come right out no problem. :thumb:

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  8. signworldusinc

    signworldusinc Merchant Member

    May 16, 2012
    Rancho Cucamonga, CA
    Great job and tip I really like the look of the interceptor

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