: Evolution in Design

08-04-09, 08:09 PM
In the beginning, the Oldsmobile 307 was black. Black on black with overtones of black; a darkness from which light could not escape.


I got tired looking at the colorless form of the engine, every time I opened the hood. So, one cold day in February, I decided to paint the air cleaner red. When I got to the lid, I was struck with the idea of engraving the engine size and manufacture into the cover.


Recently, while doing research for someone on this forum, I came across Wikipedia's Oldsmobile Engine section. At the top of the page was the passage, "The Rocket V8 was the subject of many first and lasts in the automotive industry. It was the first mass-produced OHV V8 in 1949; and was the last carbureted V8 passenger car engine in 1990." But wait, I thought the Oldsmobile 307 was the last, carbureted V8 engine. That would mean... :bulb: The 307 is an Oldsmobile Rocket. That realization prompted me to change the artwork.


I know it looks a little amateur, but it serves as a nice template, until I can afford a steadier hand.

08-05-09, 12:05 AM
buy some stick on letters paint the coat you want them on the entire thing then place the letters down after it dries paint the second color and after it dries carefully pull off the stick on letters

08-05-09, 12:13 AM
Yeah, +1 to CaddyShack. That's what I'd do. :)

At least it spruces up your engine bay a bit.

08-05-09, 12:59 AM
Thats sort of what I did. The "OLDSMOBILE" logo I made from letters I printed off :word:ord. As for the "Rocket" script, I couldn't find any logos that just said "Rocket," especially in the font used on the '60's air cleaner covers, so I had to make a template by hand, from looking at a picture. I couldn't duplicate the script nor could I weed out the imperfections in my handwriting, but I got it as close as I could.

08-05-09, 05:56 PM
This one any better?


I didn't use a template, I just painted it freehand.