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Looking at this photo, by it's success, I've realized that the painters of flame jobs, when laying out the flame patterns, haven't yet learned to respect the SSR's unique curves, or the airflows that one would envision resulting.

This one seems to work better, the flames on the door flare out from the corner of the fender and hood. The flames running around the back of the front fender, die out quickly, maybe they should drop more, or die before reaching the body. Still whoever painted this has a better eye for flow along the body panels than any I've seen to date.



Congrats dcharlto.
 

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Not to bad from this angle, but how do they look from the front or directly from the side.
I'm a custom painter by love and profession. Painted many a flame sets from tiny to large surfaces of many differant shapes. I understand the directions of flames on obstuctions and lack of them.
I intensely watch flames in the bon fires I have here at the house on occasion(outside ones of course) . The intensely hot flames, the wind blowing side ways flames, and the whirl wind flames are probably the coolest to watch (they look like a tornado). Where else can anyone get an understanding of flames in action without getting in trouble?
 

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I started to have mine done here in California and found the ones that have tried it have not done so well. My painter with 30 years experance said no thanks. I went with Graphics instead. My wifes 2005 PT Convert is an other story however.:cool :cool
 

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Dcharlto!! Very Cool Work on the Flames!! Always A Favorite!!

The Vinyl is a great way to experiment.....
The American Racing Wheels SSR has single color silver vinyl on Black. Done at a SoCal vinyl shop. They can do vinyl that is multicolor looks "life like" just like painted blending. I recently found that they have this template on file and seems quite reasonable in price, for an alternative to paint. Or for the ability to change the theme when ya want.

But it probably would require a local vinyl installer to get it on the body right. Their site is very cool, lots of creative ideas/info and photos of extremely wild vinyl applications. If your interested, the sight is: www.houseoftints.com
 

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Yes the realistic flames look good, but I still say that they will not last. The old stylized flames from 40/50’s are still alive because they are all in different shapes and colour combos. But the realistic if done properly, all have the same colour scheme and general shape. (Work best on black) People will get tired of them in a couple years I think. … PS. takes a lot more time to produce also. The best in this style is …Mike Lavallee as you who paint already know …. http://www.killerpaint.com/flash/killerpaint_flash_index.html
 

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Rides on TLC had a 1 hour show on Mike Lavallee last week, and he was responsible for the flames on a Camaro on Overhaulin - grrreat stuff.

A rod he did won best of show, peoples choice, and best paint at the Beach City cruise last summer - picked out of about 800 cars.

I've also attached a shot of my SSR with a 51 - definitely see the family resemblance from that angle.

Ray
 

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dcharlto,

I think it looks GORGEOUS! There's just enough flames without them overpowering the car. Enjoy it!

Signed,
a VERY JEALOUS SSR Owner!
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Buffy said:
dcharlto,
I think it looks GORGEOUS! There's just enough flames without them overpowering the car. Enjoy it!
Signed,
a VERY JEALOUS SSR Owner!
:lol
My personal favorites are the ghost flames. :thumbs Those that are similar to the Indy Pace SSR and like our member lloger's yellow slingshot SSR! :cool
 

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Boo!

I want to use Pearl to Ghost, some work on the tailgate, hood and top of head lights. Use some flip flop on body side graphics. I agree that subtle is a good thing as not to detract from the body lines, but to give a pleasant surprise as you approach.
 

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I really am not into the flames, I do love the realistic ones better, just me. but I don't want the front painted because I would hate to nick it with rocks I think that would tick me off, I would love to do something on the tonu and the tailgate. I still don't have a theme picked out gotta make it a good one since it will be the one and only.
 

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Gang, Glad there are some fans for the flame job. I will post some additional pics in the next couple of days from other angles. The front of the flames are ghost.

Click on my photos for a couple of additional pics
 

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Boy, taking a second look I thought there was some kind of smoke mottling on the rear fender. Finally figured out from the file size, only 38k, that there must be some heavy jpeg artifacts involved.
 
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