Custom hood letters

Discussion in 'The Bench' started by B-rock, Aug 13, 2019.

  1. B-rock

    B-rock Well-Known Member

    0D30D2BC-FBBF-4C8E-B39B-E3F59A98E327.jpeg This is maybe a dumb thing but it’s always been on my mind. My name is Brock. And I always thought about changing the Buick on the hood to read Brock. I just need 2 letters. R and O. With the tabs in the correct location and the O contoured to match the hood. Maybe a casting of aluminum or a billet piece. I have extra letters if someone wants to play with them. And possibly take a “casting” profile of the hood to get the proper shape for the O.

    What’s everyone thoughts? Keep it a Buick or turn it into a Brock lol
  2. TrunkMonkey

    TrunkMonkey Well-Known Member

    Back in 1979 I wanted to change the B to Q on my '64 Post Special.

    I say, do it.

    You can always change it back. :)
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  3. yachtsmanbill

    yachtsmanbill Well-Known Member

    Search similar vintage GM cars. The general probably used the same format, font, and mfgr. company for all the models. Maybe use new aftermarket jobs??
    chevROlet?? Hit some swap meets. ws
  4. 1973gs

    1973gs Well-Known Member

    Back in the 80's, I changed my Capri into a Crapi.:) Believe me, it really fit the car.
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  5. B-rock

    B-rock Well-Known Member

    That’s a great idea with the Q!
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  6. pbr400

    pbr400 68GS400

    I remember seeing a photo of a first generation Firebird where the owner had rearranged PONTIAC so that it said ANTICOP.
  7. WQ59B

    WQ59B Well-Known Member

    Not in the '60s (or the surrounding decades) they didn't.
  8. Premier 350

    Premier 350 Chris (aka Webby)

    I saw a magazine photo ( Road & Track?) where a Rover 3500 owner had changed it to Lover.
  9. yachtsmanbill

    yachtsmanbill Well-Known Member

    So just WHO was the vendor? Maybe not identical on the brands of course, but maybe not TOO far apart? ws

    JESUPERCAT No Slow Boat

    3D printer .......
    Have someone do up the design. Test fit your letters in plastic. If good have them done in a metal format
  11. B-rock

    B-rock Well-Known Member

    Im looking for anyone that can make these. I cannot find the same font, identical mounting points, color, material, and contour to fit the hood. Im sure there is a way to get them made Im just not sure how to find those people??
  12. 1972Mach1

    1972Mach1 Just some guy.....

  13. Gallagher

    Gallagher Founders Club Member

    Find a student attending Clark college that wants to make a few extra bucks. If the school doesn’t have a 3d printer, I’d bet one of the students does.
  14. Duane

    Duane Member

    In today's world you can probably make them in plastic and then have the chrome "painted" on. Even if they only last a few years in the weather, you could probably get a half dozen made and replace them from time to time.
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  15. dynaflow

    dynaflow shiftless...

    ...hardest part will be font. I photoshopped "BUICK" from cover of my '71 shop manual. Make "R" from "B" and "K," and "O" from left half of "C"...
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  16. WQ59B

    WQ59B Well-Known Member

    GM made their badging in-house in this era, but the amount of different sizes/fonts/mounting in a given year of GM is dizzying.
    In '65, Skylark, LeSabre, Wildcat & Riviera all use cursive font scripts, but all 4 are different. Even the '65 Skylark and Special, essentially the same car, use different fonts (the capital 'S').
  17. yachtsmanbill

    yachtsmanbill Well-Known Member

    I agree on the dizzying part for sure! Im big into Chris Craft boats from Algonac, Mich. and even they had Kalamazoo Brass Foundry make all the deck hardware and badging from both cast naval bronze to zinc pot metal. The zinc stuff ws on the lower end models evidently. Too bad our stuff wasnt done in bronze or brass then plated... Would love to do some pouring, like Briz's copper bars, but youd hafta devote a whole shop to that. Then the toxic aspect comes into play.
    Found those CNC billet jobs from Luke interesting, but pretty pricey! 3D printing is another solution.
    I need 3 or 4 pieces made GX-465 probably sticky back faced for the '64 special.... ws
  18. B-rock

    B-rock Well-Known Member

    This brings up another point. Depending if I want to advertise or not. I will be needing some 482 numbers, but I think I saw those in the year one catalog??
  19. yachtsmanbill

    yachtsmanbill Well-Known Member

    Stick on jobs at 5.00 each is for me... ws

  20. John Codman

    John Codman Platinum Level Contributor

    Anotheer possibility is to do lost-wax castings. It can be done in the home, and might be an interesting skill to learn. Some serious model railroaders make their own castings.

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