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Old 11-08-2018, 09:42 PM   #1
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My NCV3 dressed up as T1N Interstate for Halloween

Fresh off the shop pics from minutes ago

My NCV3 dressed up as T1N Interstate for Halloween

2 pics before makeover
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8 pics below after makeover. It is no longer cut-up by those huge vertical pillars and rear windows have been squared-off for a better proportion to door size. The shop guys said it is now the longest-looking NCV3 AI by virtue of the optical illusion, even if not the best
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Like it. We blacked out the C pillars on our '08 Ford T-Rex and it turns heads.
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Old 11-08-2018, 09:58 PM   #3
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Like it. We blacked out the C pillars on our '08 Ford T-Rex and it turns heads.
HEIN - Thank you. Was not really sure how well it would come out. But I figured lots of long cars & trucks come that way from factory, so I photoshopped it, liked it and here I am. I could never figure out which is A, B, or C pillar. I guess A is front by windshield? B is behind driver seat? and C would be back? Is that right or do I have it backwards
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Looks Awesome! Go for it!
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BUGSBUNNY - Thank you. All done, picked her up tonight and she is back home, a bit fingerprint smudged from shop onlookers & dirty. But she gets her sponge bath tomo.
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Old 11-09-2018, 06:24 AM   #6
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Looks great!

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Old 11-09-2018, 06:24 AM   #7
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*Love* it.

Oddly enough, it was only the 2007 MY that had the windows black-masked like that.

AFAIK, that is, because with the T1N, there seemed to be a degree of whimsy on how they finished individual units. Quite often when I generalize and say [this] was only done to [that] model year, someone comes along to prove me wrong. E.g., I used to believe that all 2007 Interstates (2006 Sprinters) were badged as Dodge. I'll be danged if I didn't see one the other day that was a Freightliner. It is possible that the owner swapped the grill himself/herself, but why would someone do that? Typically if they replace at all, they restore the MB insignia.
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Old 11-09-2018, 06:33 AM   #8
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Another comment:

Now that you've cohered the profile with more black, just think of how it would look with additional black accent equipment - Aluminess, for instance. Jewelry to go with the wrap.



When we finished our custom hitch carrier, I was pleased with the appearance of the resulting black that was added to the van as a whole - it looked more balanced to me. If our roof rack had not been stainless to start with, I would have made that black, too.
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Old 11-09-2018, 08:05 AM   #9
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Aside from that Raiders sticker () on the back that looks great. Looks like a custom limo van/bus for celebrities.
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MAGGIE - Thank you. Took this makeover inspiration specifically from you because you are the only one that seems to have a nice pic of both your rig(s) that show very well in the very small avatar space allocated to it. Seing it very often almost everyday helped And then secondarily, when INTERBLOG posted her rig's pic this year by their waterfront property, that gave even more detailed pic, that convinced me to go forward with it. A tribute to those MY style that I think makes the lighter colored units like mine look more streamlined.
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Oddly enough, it was only the 2007 MY that had the windows black-masked like that.
INTERBLOG - Thank you. I thought your rig (and MAGGIE's) were 2006? See previous post to her. Both of your rigs were the inspiration for this.

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Now that you've cohered the profile with more black, just think of how it would look with additional black accent equipment - Aluminess, for instance. Jewelry to go with the wrap.

My Visa may be grounded for awhile with holidays coming. But Aluminess jewelry would be nice, just that my wife's idea of jewelry is the kind that wraps on her wrists, not the wrap that went on the AI.

PS - I had almost gone straight to paint but my good friend (custom auto painter) convinced me at the 11th hr. that he prefers to not do it UNTIL I had a chance to see it in person with a wrap and lived with it awhile. His concern was it may have looked great Photoshopped but if he paints it and I end up not liking it, then it's a major headache repainting again back to silver. Glad I did it this way. The wrap grade they used is warrantied for at least 5yrs from fading. They had used it on roof of a daily driver in LV and it did not fade until after year 4 with minimal care, no waxing. So, this may end up staying for many years before I have to pull it out for the permanent black paint.
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The 2007 T1Ns masked the windshield but left the rear pillars as silver. I like it both ways, one or the other. Something has to remain to break it up a little bit, otherwise it's totally monotonous rather than being totally broken up, if you get my drift. Neither extreme is desirable.

I think on the NCV3, I prefer the front pillars remaining exposed as Alex has done. This because the main aesthetic concern for the NCV3 is to unify the cab passenger window sweep and the body windows, because those windows are totally mis-matched in the build. The angles don't coordinate with each other, the shapes are unrelated... it's just wrong. It's two features stuck on the side of the van that don't talk to each other stylistically. The mask resolves that incongruity.

Someone is going to be tempted to say "picky, picky", but at a buck and a half, people expect this kind of attention to detail.

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View of the 2007 mask for comparison, so that folks who prefer not to read every thread don't have to go fishing for it.

Note a couple of different angles and feature aspect ratios relative to the NCV3. With the T1N configuration of van, it makes sense to include the windshield in the mask. Less so for the NCV3.

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Aside from that Raiders sticker () on the back that looks great. Looks like a custom limo van/bus for celebrities.
HITTENSTIEHL-Thank you. The shop guys and the owner said same thing, they do full-wraps for all the big limos/vans/trucks/Sprinters for the casino & other local businesses. But they have never done a partial <10% wrap (hence much cheaper) that had the impact of a full wrap in how it changed the factory look to "gangsta" (her words).

You noticed the Raiders decal First, I had to have a LVGK decal, they are after all VegasBorn like my grandson and 1st Pro sports team in LV. So that was a no-brainer for going all-out loco on supporting them. Now I was born & raised in Chicago, so I go back to Notre Dame & Bears football. Never been a Raiders fan -but- since they are moving in, I had to eat my words that I tell everybody ("gotta support your local team"), so I could not back out of putting the Raiders decal on But good thing my rig is silver & black

PS - Raiders decal is smaller than LVGK, that tells you they are only 2nd to LVGK But deep down, I have Bears blood.
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