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Last Indian

Emblems, Aesthetics & Functional Parts

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Recently I made some car pieces for a friend, which in turn got me thinking about how I might kill two birds with one stone. That being a new emblem design to replace one of the emblems on the deck lid of “The Indian” and a way in which Ringo’s how to forum might peak the interest for some FP folks on how to do this type of work, as they might otherwise never look any further! 
Some of this takes equipment, but sometimes there’s more than one way to skin a cat as they say. So where alternatives can be used I will explain and suggest what alternatives could be used. So here we go!

As I have stated before, having owned a “69” Z for 35 years, I wanted to create that muscle mentality in a modern day FWD. So “The Last Indian” was a concept of mine to be a modern day throwback to the Muscle Car days. It’s coke bottle shape and other attributes lent some credence to this effort, at least to me. So the car not only needed to act the part, but look the part inside and out. So in a effort to tweak things, including aesthetics, I continue to refine things. You can see some of these changes on the progression page, but in these pages modifications or creations, and how that might be done across any style is the goal!

The original deck lid Indian head emblem I made was a little more old style, but the more I looked at it the less I cared for it, as I felt it didn’t really go with the other trunk emblems or have the punch I was looking for. So I made a new one and I liked it, but again as time has gone on I’ve come to feel it has too much of a modern flare. So again I searched for that right look! I feel I may have found it, but time will tell. So to this effort I will use this as the how to subject. Also I will include a build of a functional part I did for the suspension to relay what might be needed for that type of work as well.

1.    Is to conceive your concept whatever it is, emblem, aesthetic, functional etc… If need be make a sketch to give you a visual of your project. Or get a picture that you’ve seen that has inspired your idea. 
2.    Measure out the area where the part is to go to again determine if there’s room and that it will make since for what you want to accomplish. Or in the case of replacing a functional part make sure you have the correct material & very accurate measurements, even if you’re changing the design there will most likely be dimensions and constraints from the existing part to consider.
3.    When you have determined 1&2 are good you now need to gather your materials & tools! Then start to lay a plan as to how to proceed.

So here I’m starting the new design of my Indian Head emblem! The material is 6160 aluminum. The head is 1/2“ thick, but the body, see below in the third picture, is 1/2” thick, then machined down to 7/16 thick.

new design head 1/2 “ 6160 aluminum 

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Below is the original Indian head.

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New design body 7/16” aluminum 6160

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Below is what was the current Indian head.

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Secret's of the master....:bowdown:

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Absolutely amazing what you did. ( i was lucky to see the results first hand ) Words fail me. Well done sir!

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3 hours ago, indymanjoe said:

Absolutely amazing what you did. ( i was lucky to see the results first hand ) Words fail me. Well done sir!

Thanks Joe! Great job you’re doing with the install of the rear axle! Should make a nice improvement for you!

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Wow, just amazing bro!

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9 hours ago, Wrongway said:

Wow, just amazing bro!

Thanks buddy!

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Well back to the head! First I’m going to cut in the 3D face detail that will give the high cheekbone look as well as the eye, nose, mouth & jaw detail. Then I’ll cut in the head side feathers to be inset in copper.

machining in the face/jaw detail

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Adding head feathers

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Next up, finish and polish!

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50 minutes ago, Frosty said:

Amazing work Last Indian. This little thing definitely requires patience and skill. It takes a lot of practice to properly develop both.

I'm sure Alice Cooper is overly tired of people doing this but definitely have to do this if I meet him.

 

At any rate! Fantastic work, Last Indian! 

oh my god wow GIF

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That would be a good question to put to GE. GE use to be a roadie for Alice in his misbegotten youth. Heck I think there is still some YouTube video of GE on stage with Alice a few years back when Alice performed in Charlotte.

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1 hour ago, Frosty said:

That would be a good question to put to GE. GE use to be a roadie for Alice in his misbegotten youth. Heck I think there is still some YouTube video of GE on stage with Alice a few years back when Alice performed in Charlotte.

That's awesome!

Got hooked back on Alice's music again from following his guitarist, Nita (she's amazing in her own right) on Instagram. She's on a lot but when they're on tour it's awesome seeing everything going on. Love to hear more from GE. Should probably start this as a new topic :lol: 

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Go back and review his guitars and amps thread from several years ago. I think he had some stories there.

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On 4/23/2019 at 2:10 PM, Frosty said:

That would be a good question to put to GE. GE use to be a roadie for Alice in his misbegotten youth. Heck I think there is still some YouTube video of GE on stage with Alice a few years back when Alice performed in Charlotte.

I love Alice! I was 18 when he release that album and I was always a metal head! I love Desperado. Detroit turned out a lot of great s- - t & not just cars! 

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