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Benzart
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Posted: 2005-09-14 12:43 pm   Permalink

TeaKEY, that is SCHWEET, What izzit? Man oh Man it is nice

 
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rodeotiki
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From: calgary
Posted: 2005-09-14 12:51 pm   Permalink

Ben , its a honda accord wagon . check out the billet machined wheel stands he had made for car shows .





Sorry Hewey to get your thread off topic , that Tiki will make a great shifter.


 
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Palama Tiki
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Posted: 2005-09-14 6:14 pm   Permalink

nice shifter, hewey... why don't you carve up a tiki to match?

 
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kirby
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Posted: 2005-09-14 6:45 pm   Permalink

Hewey, your wagon is gonna be way sweeter than that junker...

 
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hewey
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From: Sydney, Australia
Posted: 2005-09-15 07:38 am   Permalink

I thought I would post some pics I am using for inspiration. Some sweet island style rides here:

First up, the Prosign (London based sign shop) daily driver. No airbags either, just tubbed.


Even cooler, the roof is done in candy red with hibiscus pattern. Would like to do a similar effect on the wagon roof, maybe in a pearl for a ghost effect.


Genuine Barris (yes, THAT Barris) beach buggy. Restored in a very funky surf theme. Apparently VERY loud.


Another VW bus, this one is actually Hawaii based. Beautiful candy green paint, and all those interior panels are REAL hand woven leaves, done by the whole family.


Last one, a mid 50s Ford Mercury Wagon. Thats real wood down them sides too.

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teaKEY
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Posted: 2005-09-15 08:12 am   Permalink

dand Hewey, if you could do some of that in your ride then what a ride it would be. Actually that roof wouldn't be too hard to do by many painters. And those white walls are better then dubs (20 inch rims)

 
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hewey
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Posted: 2005-09-16 02:11 am   Permalink

Yeh, that roof is very doable. I can do the surface prep myself, along with the flowers. I have a bit of experience in using stencils with a spraycan. For a bit more control, I would probably borrow/hire an airbrush, and spray it myself. As I said, in some pearl for a subtle effect. Then take it to a local spray painter to clear coat and finish it off. Shouldnt cost too much this way either. Probably not gonna happen for a while but.

Ive got a variety of ideas Im kickin around for the interior. We'll see what happens...
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cheekytiki
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Posted: 2005-09-16 03:05 am   Permalink

Hey Hewey, those panels in the VW camper are lauhala matting, not sure where you can get it in OZ but I'm sure you could, otherwise Oceanic Arts have loads.
It's pretty easy to use and looks great, as you can see.


 
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hewey
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Posted: 2005-09-20 6:34 pm   Permalink

The wagon now has a name! Thanks to Tikiwahine, its now:



I hope to get is signwritten up as shown for the Nostalgia Drags in mid October. The text will be in a gold metallic/holographic vinyl, outlined in black. Im gonna do it myself for about $15 (the secret is book covering vinyl, like for schoolbooks for kids. Hand draw the letters and hand cut out. Labour intensive, but I can afford it) It will only be staying for the day, but I promise lotsa pics!
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kirby
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Posted: 2005-09-21 10:10 pm   Permalink

hewey has been workin hard on kahoona wagon...I think finkdaddy gave him some of his left over bamboo...


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hewey
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Posted: 2005-10-16 4:01 pm   Permalink

I missed that pic kirby - cool! Not sure if Finkdaddy wants to give me some bamboo...Finky?

Well, yesterday was the nostalgia drags. A good time was had, thats for sure. The week leading up to it was spent trying to get the wagon running a bit sweeter. We got it better, but it has lost compression in one cylinder, giving me 5.5 cylinders of pure, unadulterated acceleration! Well, not quite.

I didnt know if I was gonna be able to get the signwriting done, but it was completed outside my girls place the night before, using the bonnet as a workbench. I got to bed at midnight, for a 5am start.

The weather looked iffy, but the rain held off in the morning. We got the cars scutineered, and had to make some "race mods". A water bottle was strapped to the firewall for a radiator overflow bottle . Hubcaps were removed too.

We lined up for our first qualifying pass, and both had to run against 11 second cars. Man, they were so noisy we couldnt tell if our cars were running (no tachos). At this stage we were crapping ourselves, as it was our first time at the drags. Why the hell were we doing this?

We both got hosed. My brother ran a 17, and I got a 20.2! Our reaction times sucked as well. Man it was a buzz though.

Second qualifying pass and I was up against the same car! He hosed me again, but I managed to grab a 19.9. My brother got a 18, as he stuffed up a shift.

Now it was time to race! The top qualifiers were pitted against the bottom qualifiers. I was the slowest car! Well not really, there was a car with gearbox problems who didnt run...

Racing was done in a dial your own format. Basically, you nominate what time you are going to run, and faster cars are given a handicap at the start. First to the line wins. But if you go faster than the time you nominated, you get disqualified and the other driver gets the win. Evens out the playing field, and slow cars like mine can winn if they are consistent.

Well, we lined up, and it rained. And rained, and rained. After sitting for 30 minutes, the event was cancelled. Bugger.

The car show show was tops, and we had a great time. We only expected to get knocked out in the first round anyway. Ill be there next year for sure!

Pictures to follow when I get em.
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hewey
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Posted: 2005-10-16 4:05 pm   Permalink

I forgot to say I bumped into TCer Bobby Peru (a fellow Sydney based tiki artist). He said he might be there, but wasnt sure if he could make it. I saw him in the crowd, and thought he looked familiar (his website has a blurry pic which I saw months ago). Anyway, i thought what the hell, Ill go say hi. It was him. Had a good chat to him.

Took over a year but I finally met another tiki head, hell another TCer!
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hewey
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Posted: 2005-10-16 11:23 pm   Permalink

I got some pics for ya!

The signwriting that I did myself. This was taken today in short sunny spell. The sun really brings out the colour of the wagon and the lettering, doesnt it?


Interior view. Note the Finkdaddy pendant at home hanging from the mirror.


My brother and I waiting for a run.


Coming back along the return road (this section is a burnout pad).


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rodeotiki
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Posted: 2005-10-16 11:32 pm   Permalink

Very cool Hewey. You did a kick as job on the lettering.

 
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Kon-Hemsby
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Posted: 2005-10-17 04:12 am   Permalink

come on then, what E.T.?

 
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