Project Ramp Truck: Adding Graphics

Update by Tim Suddard to the Ford F-350 Ramp Truck project car
Dec 12, 2017

The finished product.
Here is the sketch we picked. Our plan was to have Classic Motorsports on one door and Grassroots Motorsports on the other.

With our project ramp truck nearly done, we decided we wanted to add some cool vintage-looking graphics to the doors.

While vinyl letters existed back in the 1970s, there is nothing cooler than a real sign painter applying his lettering—unfortunately it’s kind of a dying art. That is the look we wanted.

While visiting a rat rod show in Ocala, Florida, we stumbled across a vendor who called himself Pinstriping By Mickey. As it turned out, despite the fact that we were at a show some two hours from home, Mickey was from right near our office.

He came down to where we keep the truck, made some drawings and had us choose one. He then painstakingly hand lettered both sides of the truck. This took him about half a day and he charged $400.

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tomtomgt356 GRM+ Memberand Reader
12/12/17 11:56 a.m.

This thread needs more pictures!!!!


ProDarwin PowerDork
12/12/17 12:32 p.m.

You should have had him fix the other text

Keith Tanner
Keith Tanner GRM+ Memberand MegaDork
12/12/17 12:46 p.m.

Or just leave the "not for hire" off the truck in the first place. It's not required by law, nor will it get you out of an inspection  - especially combined with the other signage. I don't know the weight of this thing, but I'll bet that it needs a DOT number and a medical card for the driver, but not an MC number or a CDL. It's pretty clearly involved in interstate commerce anytime it leaves Florida.

The quotes are probably very much on purpose - that's not something that would happen by accident at GRM HQ. They know their "quotes". It's era-appropriate, though.

Marjorie Suddard
Marjorie Suddard General Manager
12/12/17 12:56 p.m.
Keith Tanner said:

They know their "quotes". It's era-appropriate, though.




irish44j UltimaDork
12/12/17 3:28 p.m.

looks good!

Wally GRM+ Memberand MegaDork
12/12/17 8:24 p.m.

Growing up most of the Modified and Late Model guys had ramp trucks like that  and they always had Not For Hire, often in that script, so it’s certainly period correct. I’m so glad that you went with painted lettering and kept the vinyl top.  That really looks perfect. 

914Driver GRM+ Memberand MegaDork
12/13/17 7:49 a.m.

Very period correct, paint or vinyl?

Keith Tanner
Keith Tanner GRM+ Memberand MegaDork
12/13/17 12:34 p.m.

There are words under the picture, your answer lies within!

trucke SuperDork
12/14/17 1:21 p.m.

Very cool project.  It you are not a Ford fan, you can go this route.


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