By Phil Hecken, with Daniel Secord
You fine folks may remember that almost exactly a year ago Paul and I were approached by reader Daniel Secord, who approached us with a proposition: would either of us be interested in running a “design an ambulance” contest? I decided to run with it.
What happened first was an announcement of the contest, in which Dan posted photos of an ambulance he and his pals had purchased, and wanted to ‘soup up’ to take to Detroit Lions games for tailgating purposes. For full details and background, please read that article.
After announcing the contest, we had a follow up article in which the proposed designs were shown and Dan selected from among those to design his ambulance.
Dan has now finished the project, and wanted to share the entire DIY with us, from start to finish.
I’ll turn the rest of this portion of today’s post over to Dan who’ll take you through the entire design process. You can click on any of the photos below to enlarge (so as not to completely overload the page, I’ll run most of them as thumbs).
Just as a reminder, my friends and I bought an ambulance from a hospital to fix up and turn into a Tailgate mobile. It looked like this the day we got it.
The first thing we had to do was to take all of the decals off. We did this with fingernails, heat guns, and a large eraser wheel strapped to the end of a drill. After we were done it looked like this…
This is where the real work started. The next step was to sand it so it could be prepped for paint. This took 3 weekends and over 20 pieces of sand paper. I don’t have any pictures of the process but this is what it looked like after one side was sanded…
After sanding came the most tedious part. Taping in preperation of paint. After 4 rolls of tape, a few Sunday edition news papers and the help of my mother in law we had the following…
Now time to paint. I read a convincing article that said I could paint a car with a spray can of rustoleum. (I should have trusted my gut) The first coat down made the Ambulance look more like a tin can than a silver vehicle.
After doing a bit more research, I found that I was using the wrong color silver to paint if I wanted the finish to look similar to how car looks. (At this point I should have cut my loses) I then bought the recommended paint and put around 30 cans on the Ambulance. The pictures don’t do how horrible it looked any justice.
I broke down and bought 300 dollars in automotive paint and a paint sprayer. It was the best move I could have made.
After a weekend work bee my friends and I completed the vinyl striping and the interior with no problems. (Well except for the snake that showed up.)
Now that it was time for decals we had a few smaller ones made with vinyl. I couldn’t find anything large enough for some areas so we decided to get a projector to stencil the outline and hand paint the rest.
The ambulance is suppose to resemble a helmet. The players number is “Since 57” because the Lions haven’t won a championship since 1957. The logo came out nice and I skipped most of the black outline because I prefer the Lions logo without it. The only thing I think I would change is the color blue on the hand painted areas. It doesn’t match 100% to the vinyl decals. I had a blast with this project and there are more things to come. I will keep everyone posted.
Attached is one last picture of the ambulance when we went to tailgate in Indianapolis and a finished picture of the Lions logo.
Great project, Dan! Thanks for sharing the results (a year in the making!) with the readership. Looks great.
OK readers? Whaddya think? Anyone else out there have any ideas for a uni-related DIY they’re interested in having the readership participate in?
MLB Playoff Uni Tracking
A few years back, reader Alex Rocklein tracked the MLB Playoffs by uniform — you guys may recall this. Here’s what his 2010 Uni Tracking looked like.
Well, after a couple year hiatus, Alex is back, with some new tracking (which will run the next couple weekends, until the World Series is complete).
Here’s Alex to describe this year’s endeavor, and then I’ll have a couple of his tracking graphics (click either image to enlarge). [Please note this was sent to me before last night’s ALCS game between the Indians and Blue Jays took place.]
Did this a few years back and wanted to pass along the 2016 version. 2 attachments: Wild Card/Division Series only and a full overview of what the tracker will look like when completed.
All AL games thus far have featured at least 1 softball top and only 1 NL game has. Hats off (with the New Era logo) to the Nats for sticking with their home and road primaries.
I won’t be able to update this until next weekend.
Thanks, Alex. Look forward to running the updated uni tracking until the World Series is over!
College Football Uni Watch
Some looks, via Twitter, at what you’ll (probably) see on the NCAA Gridiron Today
SWEET! Ole Miss Will Be Wearing Powder Blue Helmets Against Arkansas https://t.co/LhACTaItZB
— Phil Hecken (@PhilHecken) October 14, 2016
— Ole Miss Football (@OleMissFB) October 14, 2016
— New Mexico Lobos (@UNMLOBOS) October 14, 2016
— MT Equipment (@MTSU_Equipment) October 14, 2016
— JP K (@JP_Kraft13) October 14, 2016
— Georgetown Hoyas (@GeorgetownHoyas) October 14, 2016
— Clint Richardson ® (@Clintau24) October 14, 2016
— The Advocate (@theadvocatebr) October 14, 2016
— Thomas Dobrez (@tdobrezjr) October 13, 2016
— Illini Football (@IlliniFootball) October 13, 2016
Black Ice â—¼ï¸â„ï¸ pic.twitter.com/SJR9ECbVo1
— Wake Equipment (@WakeEquipment) October 13, 2016
UCF unveils new reflective helmets for their homecoming game https://t.co/jG7dfRcMWd
— Phil Hecken (@PhilHecken) October 13, 2016
— Scott Frost (@coach_frost) October 12, 2016
A chant that sends chills: Rock Chalk, Jayhawk!
— Kansas Football (@KU_Football) October 12, 2016
— Joey Artigue (@Joey_Artigue) October 12, 2016
— Phil Hecken (@PhilHecken) October 12, 2016
Boise State helmet honors 2007 Fiesta Bowl shocker https://t.co/hfOr5httJ2
— Phil Hecken (@PhilHecken) October 12, 2016
— Boise State Recruits (@BSURecruits) October 11, 2016
— MT Equipment (@MTSU_Equipment) October 12, 2016
Oklahoma football to wear ”˜Rough Riders’ alternate uniforms on Saturday https://t.co/r1o2HFsBIW
— Phil Hecken (@PhilHecken) October 12, 2016
— NC State Athletics (@PackAthletics) October 11, 2016
— Michael Moamis (@MyCool_Moamis) October 10, 2016
Saturday's unis are ðŸ‘Œ pic.twitter.com/SzWGFuT3hR
— Clinton Marlatt (@CMarlatt25) October 12, 2016
Bearkat unis for Saturday vs ACU:
— Sam Houston State FB (@BearkatsFB) October 14, 2016
— Karen (@sleepxpert) October 13, 2016
— Mizzou Football (@MizzouFootball) October 13, 2016
— UNLV Football (@unlvfootball) October 13, 2016
— A-State Football (@RedWolvesFBall) October 13, 2016
— TXSTATE Equipment (@TXST_FootballEQ) October 13, 2016
— Colorado Football (@RunRalphieRun) October 10, 2016
— Vanderbilt Football (@VandyFootball) October 11, 2016
— PITT Football Equip (@PITTequipment) October 14, 2016
— Jason Freeman (@UNCEquipment) October 13, 2016
We introduced all-white last weekend.
— SDSU Football (@GoJacksFB) October 14, 2016
UW’s Friday Flashback
With the New Era logo now appearing on MLB caps, my latest Friday Flashback column on ESPN looks at the history of maker’s marks on pro sports uniforms (including the surprisingly large variety of NFL examples that appeared from 1990 through 2000, which you can see here).
In case you’re wondering, those logos are (left to right, top row to bottom): Russell Athletic, MacGregor, Starter, Apex, Logo Athletic, Adidas, Puma, Wilson, and Wilson Staff. Nike and Champion also appeared during the ’90s. Teams were still cutting their own deals, so it was a free-for-all out there.
Uni Watch News Ticker
Baseball News: “Long sleeved jerseys,” writes In God’s Country, “why don’t we see those anymore when the weather turns cold in Oct and Nov?” Good question! … Hey, remember when the Chicago Cubs won the World Series? Of course not, because you’d need to be like 120 years old for that — but they did win back-to-back Series’ in 1907 and 1908 — that’s the 1908 squad (thanks to Bruce Menard). … Alanna Rizzo, beat reporter for the Dodgers, tweeted this after LA clinched their tix to the NLCS: “HUGE props to our hotel for extremely tight turnaround, laundering my champagne/beer soaked clothes before we fly to Chicago! @RitzCarlton.” From Allen who asks, “No dodger logo? Fell off during laundry service?” … Jimmer Vilk plans to turn this blank red ‘helmet’ into a vintage Twins helmet. … With the NLCS and ALCS teams now set, Conrad Burry has updated his playoff bracket. … Good uni-tidbit from Paul who notes 28 of the 30 MLB teams use a conventional flat decal for their batting helmet logos. The other two teams are facing off in the NLCS. … Today is the 30th anniversary of the Mets amazing 16-inning triumph in Game 6 of the 1986 NLCS, so “Naturally, we are releasing a new fully animated short that tells the story of the pennant celebration that almost destroyed the world,” says Christopher Isenberg. “Best Last Plane Ride Ever” stars the voices of Darryl Strawberry, Dwight Gooden, Lenny Dykstra, and Kevin Mitchell, and features the illustration and animation of James Blagden. … Check out the awesome jerseys found in a time capsule, from Phil Rerat. … There’s a Cleveland Indians mural being painted in Cleveland Public Square — avid eyed Robert Hayes thinks the unfinished image in the top right hand side is going to become a “Caveman” uni. … Is Tim Tebow’s foray into baseball just a stunt designed to sell books and merch? Not according to Tim Tebow. … Last night was the first game of the ALCS, so of course both teams wore softball tops (h/t Tom Gelehrter). … Last night Francisco Lindor of the Indians had some interesting shoes and awful sanis (h/t Paul).
NFL News: Reader Daniel Wiles found these semi-vintage NFL team pennants at a local antique shops on Thursday. He adds, “The whole set wasn’t there, but at least the L.A. Rams one is relevant again.” … Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown, who’s been in the news quite a bit for his footwear choices (some of which he was fined for, others he was told to remove), will now pay tribute to Jose Fernandez and Kimbo Slice on his next pair. … Here’s an anachronistic shirt: T.HC says, “look closely at the logo on this guy’ shirt. ’94 NFL75 logo with post-2008 shield.”
College/other Football News: So, you thought the Alabama Crimson Tide might get a uniform “update”? Not so fast, my friend. Coach Nick Saban is “not quite ready” for that. … Speaking of ‘bama, Curtis Herd would love to see Tennessee and Alabama go color-vs-color again, but apparently Saban has “said no” to that idea in the past. … Tweeter Brett Baker “Fell into a Google images wormhole & found this beauty. AFA great Beau Morgan’s nameplate hanging by a thread looking like a cape.” … What happens when you combine military AND breast cancer tributes (plus a spray-painted helmet logo it looks like)? Yeah, it’s not good (from Ryan Rudman).
Hockey News: On Thursday night, Justin Williams of the Caps was missing his helmet numbers in the Caps’ opening game vs. Penguins (from MIKE!). … Check out this Minnesota North Stars concept for a 50th Anniversary logo (from DoublesAtWildXtra). … While of interest is this color vs. color game in Helsinki Thursday, check out the ref’s jerseys! (from Gary Abbott). … Here’s a look at the program for the Hamilton Steelhawks Senior A home opener, which is today (from Ross Taylor). … Here’s a look at the brand new Utah Grizz jerseys, which were worn during last evening’s home opener (from Brian Prutch). … Expecting to see the St. Louis Blues Winter Classic jersey leaked? Don’t. according to this, they won’t be unveiled until November and may have some powder blue (h/t Ethan May via Paul). … The Trenton Golden Hawks of the OJHL will wear Harambe warmup jerseys. … Here’s a look at the Ed Snyder patch the Flyers will wear this year (from Claude Girboo). … The Calgary Flames have released their home jersey schedule (from Kenny Saidah).
NBA/ABA News: Whoa — check this out: The Pacers wore blank mismatched uniforms for a 1967 ABA preseason game vs. the Pipers (from our own Mike Chamernik). … A New NBA ad shows an artistic depiction of every team’s 2015-16 record (from Mike Chamernik) — and here’s the full set. … Anthony Davis was asked to name his favorite uniforms other than the New Orleans Pelicans and favorite road arena. Davis responded with the Golden State Warriors for both. … Per Cleveland Cavs head honcho Dan Gilbert (h/t John Sabol), the Cavs will be making some changes to their court before they debut it.
College Hoops News: Here’s something we don’t see everyday: new court chairs for Johns Hopkins (from Patrick Meyer). … This autographed basketball (from @nikebasketball) is using an old version of interlocking ‘NC’ logo (h/t James Gilbert). … Also from James, here’s an exclusive look inside the newly rebooted locker room complex featuring @Jumpman23 shoe wall w/ every Air Jordan ever. And here’s even more on that. And still more (all these from James). … New Hoops unis for Boston College (from Seth Andrew).
Grab Bag: Radford University (a co-educational, business, liberal arts, and sciences public university located in Radford, Virginia), has a new logo/identity (from Jaylen Clark). … We’ve featured this type of thing before on there (“Football as Football”), but here’s another look at soccer kit logos on American football helmets (from Josh Hinton). … “At a store in Kent, OH. In with the Kent State souvenirs they have Kansas State pennants,” says Jimmer Vilk, who adds, “Oops.” … “The University of Cincinnati Department of Athletics will be ArmouRED throughout the 2016 season.” … Just a reminder that Pinktober is everywhere: the Univeristy of Louisville Drumline sported the pink affects yesterday (via James Gilbert).
And that’s it for today. Big thanks to Dan for sharing his ambulance DIY, and Alex for the MLB uni tracking!
Back tomorrow with the full Sunday Morning Uni Watch cast and crew, but until then…
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