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post #81 of 111 Old 11-02-2010, 02:57 AM
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Re: Flow: Creating the right look for your car

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Nice retro take on a modern car. Whitewalls, chrome wheels and side mirrors give it 1950's to early 1960's feel. Two tone paint was also popular back then:



I like how cream beige/white continues into the interior upholstery and trim. That's flow
Straight billet grills and rear view mirror have more modern look, more like the 70's, but since they follow the general color scheme of the car, they don't break the overall flow too much. Still, they were probably the best option available. I also like how the window visors are not too dark and blend with the glass nicely.
Ride height is probably not to everyone's liking but that's OK for stock retro car look. Or for a lowrider on hydraulics.
Since it's a Japanese bB, it has a great flow with optics: headlights and fogs have identical look with no amber or yellow to brake the overall smoothness of the car's color palette.
So overall this car is a good example of having a flow. The style may be not for everyone, but things that were done to it don't conflict with each other. I'd call it a Resto-Custom from VW world terminology.

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Re: Flow: Creating the right look for your car

everything in the first post is sooo true, just wish the lil honda ppl in the "done up" civics around here would understand!!!
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IMO the car says it all and the rear window sticker is the only thing wrong it. Other than that it has class. Would have probably look smoother without the window visors, but that's no big deal.

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Re: Flow: Creating the right look for your car

I seem to like different colors for the interior than for the exterior.
I know it doesn't flow well, but my box looks better than any other "import" I've seen in my area, mainly terrible Civics with primered body kits.
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Re: Flow: Creating the right look for your car

For me the problem I see far more than anything else is not a true lack of concern regarding flow. More than anything, it is overenthusiasm. When I got my first vehicle ('89 F150, lifted, dark blue/black two-tone) I knew about flow and style, but I thought I "knew" better than most people... I'll just leave it to your imagination what a 16-year old with an Autozone-only budget can do to a nice vehicle.... More than anything it becomes a learned technique or trade!

This day and age I have a unique challenge: I recently bought a RS 5.0 (gold rush!) xB with chrome rims already on it. Basically: chrome slapped onto a gold/black motif. Depending on what a person wants to go for, it can work, or it is a step in the wrong direction. Overall I am still trying to figure out what I want to do with an already modded xB (RS, remember?) and make it more my own and develop a better sense of flow to the vehicle.

What helps me most is to think about what you envision as the iconic driving situation for you, and let the cars' design unfold itself in your mind! For me, I think of two things, and they both have a common theme: nighttime. I envision myself cruising through a brightly lit downtown at night, and blasting along at 80+ mph on a desert highway. Now, what would work best in these two situations? I have two extremes: a large amount of nighttime lighting and none whatsoever! One area has a ton of lights reflecting off the vehicle, and the other just your interior lights and headlights..

For me, I like to take small steps. I am currently looking at getting a color-matched shark fin antennae, lower the rear 1-2 inches, powdercoat my rims gloss black, and painting the brake calipers gold. I want to move small and let the vehicle respond with each step, and slowly (and with much deliberation) let its' looks come forward.

More than anything: I advise people to HAVE PATIENCE! Money is scarce, and patience and deliberation will result in a car that cost far less than it could have, AND has it's own truly unique look!
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Re: Flow: Creating the right look for your car

you have a helluva challenge. GOld xB's are done one of two ways. ugly chrome wheels or ugly black /chrome mix. you need to track down a wheel that will compliment the bodykit rather than compliment the color. get a wheel and color match to gold.

such as this Rumion. rims are Volk GT-V. were chrome/gold. now look. any color can be cool but they set off the car over all


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GOld xB's are done one of two ways. ugly chrome wheels or ugly black /chrome mix.
It's just that there are so many chrome wheels readily available that it's difficult to separate junk from the real style.
Many people simply want contrast with gold so they choose painted black wheels. But gold is a color of luxury so paint does not really complement that. Chrome wheels do, as long as they have class. Like the one in a video

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Re: Flow: Creating the right look for your car



In truth, I have two things going for me: The first being that the powdercoat shop does both matte and gloss black, giving me more options; and the second being that, all things considered, the wheels that came with my box actually aren't all that bad, as far as style goes. The harder, thinner lines of the body kit in a way works with the thinner lines of the spokes of the wheels (ADR 78 sterling, for those who are curious); the curve of the deep lips works with the smoothness of the rest of the body.. This is why patience can be a virtue: a person should take the time and allow the subtle features to speak for themselves (which only occurs with familiarity, I think) and you can get a better 'sense' of what direction to go.

You guys do have a point about gold as a luxury color, and with the right style of wheels chrome can be an option.. I am still on the fence with that, personally.

Quick P.S.: I want to do all-black wheels, no chrome whatsoever on them, this was my main idea along with gold-painted calipers to help avoid the 'black hole' look.

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Re: Flow: Creating the right look for your car

Those ADR's don't look bad at all. I would leave them the way they are if you are sticking with them. But that's just my personal feel.

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Re: Flow: Creating the right look for your car

Might as well show the flow from different angles lol











The retched front end lol







Inside flow well the rear anyways, i'm gonna have to get more interior pics to show the entire package. This pic was taken at the same show as the one on the front page.


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Jeez Ben, just steal my photos why don't ya? lol

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this thread is a good read. thanks for sharing.


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Were on the roll with flow


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Jeez Ben, just steal my photos why don't ya? lol

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Sorry about that Stenger I normally add compliments with pics I get from you and others. I was soing it at work so I was kinds rushed but props too you, cody, yuto, Al and all the others that make the TB look sooooo goooood.

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Re: Flow: Creating the right look for your car

good post, things just have to look good together.

no one likes a mashup of different junk.
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jesus Ben why dont you just "flow" that box over to my driveway!


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I seem to like different colors for the interior than for the exterior.
I know it doesn't flow well, but my box looks better than any other "import" I've seen in my area, mainly terrible Civics with primered body kits.
I don't think you are wrong what so ever about different style, flow, and color between the inside the car and outside of it. Think about it...

Any person who you doesn't know you and sees you riding on the road may think "If the outside looks that good, I wonder what the inside looks like?", and IF they ever catch the inside and see the exact flow as the same as outside there was really no point for the too see the interior of your car because they have already seen it from the outside. There are two big parts obviously of a car...inside and outside. The fact that they are seen from two different visual view points is advantage! As long as the common "theme" is presented throughout the car as a whole I think you are on a good track.

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Re: Flow: Creating the right look for your car

I would happen to agree. A contrast of interior/exterior colors doesnt necessarily mean poor flow. For instance, think how well a green exterior goes with a beige interior. A white exterior looks really clean with a red interior. I personally went for a purple exterior with a white interior. It is different yes, but the main point is that it can still go well together.

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