Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Chopping the Chop

Looking at my Seville chop from early September, I really didn't like the way I had rendered the highlight on the side window. I decided to "fix" it and in the process I slightly changed the shape of the quarter window in the rear door, sloping it forward, making the window more of a parallelogram rather than a triangle. I think it works much better now. 

The way I created the Seville in September.

The beautifully sleek, but oddly proportioned XTS concept car Cadillac showed earlier this year which I used as the base for my Seville. I lengthened the hood and wheelbase, and gave it a more seventies notchback roofline. I think it gives it a more "American" look that is dignified while still completely up-to-date and relevant to other modern Cadillacs it would share showroom space with. I think the short hood on the XTS is its worst attribute.

19 comments:

  1. I like curves better than angles, is that a female thing??? I wonder if people look like their cars like they look like their dogs??? If so, I might have to trade in my little Beetle. lol

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  2. There's a lot I like about the XTS but that short hood makes it look kind of goofy. I think when Nash gave the 52-56 Statesman the short hood they looked kind of unbalanced when compared to the long-hood Ambassador. And look at how different the 58-61 Ambassadors looked with their longer hoods -- they looked lower and sleeker then the regular Ramblers, although because they came first, the Ramblers didn't look unbalanced -- but they did look shorter (they were) and taller (they weren't).

    I like your "freshening" of the Seville chop. One of the things that was most noticeable to me about the the Seville that followed the severely downsized ones that were introduced in 1986, was the shape of the (non-operational) vent window in the rear door. I think you've captured this well in your latest version.

    Paul, NYC

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  3. WOULD YOU BELIEVE THE LICENSE OFFICE WOULDN'T LET ME CHANGE MY ADDRESS BECAUSE I COULDN'T PROVE I WAS MARRIED. NOW I HAVE TOO WRITE MY HOMETOWN AND PAY TEN DOLLARS FOR THEM TO SEND ME A MARRIAGE LICENSE. 53 YEARS COME MAY. WHAT A JOKE. I TOOK BIRTH CERTIFICATE, ADDRESS ON A LETTER I GOT,AND MY MINISTERS' CERTIFICATE SAYING HE MARRIED US, PLUS MY MAID OF HONOR AND BEST MANS SIGNED THE CERTIFICATE. AND A VOTER'S CARD. STILL WOULDN'T BELIEVE ME. SO SAD TO KNOW OUR LIVES HAVE CHANGED SO MUCH. I FEEL LIKE I WAS BEING TREATED LIKE A CRIMMINAL.JUST TO CHANGE MY MAILING ADDRESS.

    TOMORROW, TOMORROW, TOMORROW WILL THINGS GET BETTER?

    LOVE YOU GUYS.

    GRANNY

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  4. Paul: The longer hoods on the Nashes and later Rambler Ambassadors made all the difference! There was a mint condition 51 Nash for sale on eBay, gorgeous in every single way, but it was the shorter hood model, the Statesman I think, and it looked mighty odd.

    Granny: I don't understand why the state cares if you're married or not for your driver's license address. You are who you are. Single people drive too!

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  5. I don't get that either. Here in Missouri you sometimes need proof you live where you say, like a utility bill. Geezer Granny just tell them you are living in sin. Or waiting to see if it works out. lol

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  6. Well THAT didn't exactly come out right Granny. Sorry it was suppose to say geeze..............thanks to spell check it added an 'r' and I ok'd it. Oh well... my face is red.

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  7. Pretty awesome work, my friend. This does fit the shoes of a production model. The only thing missing is your signature "side by side" door handles. but I'm wondering if they will actually come with them. The all new CTS has some sort of integrated one, but I have wondered how the fire fighters would open that heaven forbid an accident.

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  8. I WISH I'D HAD THOUGHT THAT UP WHEN I WAS THERE. LIVING IN SIN. LOVE IT. I SHOULD HAVE ASKED TO SPEAK TO THE SUPER.I COULD HAVE TOLD HIM THAT EVEN AFTER SEVEN YEARS OF LIVING WITH SOMEONE IT'S CONSIDERED A COMMON LAW MARRIAGE. A MAN CAN GO IN AND GET A LICENSE AND YET A WOMEN CAN'T WITHOUT PROOF. I JUST DON'T GET IT. OH WELL IT'LL WORK OUT IF NOT I'LL JUST DRIVE WITHOUT AN ADDRESS CHANGE I STILL HAVE MY OTHER HOUSE. I'LL PUT A BED IN ONE OF THE BEDROOM AND SLEEP THERE ONCE A WEEK AND LIVE IN SIN THE REST OF THE WEEK. LOL, ALSO IT'S GOING TO COST ME I THINK SHE SAID $65.00 TO RENEW MY LICENSE AND THE ADDRESS CHANGE. PLUS $10.00 TO GET THE CERTIFICATE FROM N.Y. THAT'S $75.00[CROOKS.] JUST BECAUSE OF AN ADDRESS CHANGE. MY DRIVING LICENSE IS STILL GOOD FOR A YEAR BUT I FIGURE I MIGHT JUST AS WELL GET BOTH AND NOT WORRY ABOUT IT FOR A FEW YEARS. I MAY TAKE IN A PINT OF BLOOD AND GIVE IT TO THEM.THEY TAKE EVERYTHING FROM YOUR POCKETBOOK THEY MIGHT JUST AS WELL HAVE MY BLOOD TOO.

    STILL LAUGHING.

    GRANNY

    GRANNY

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  9. Wow, I thought Florida was suppose to be senior friendly. If you need an extra pint of blood let me know, I'll donate to the cause. lol

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  10. speaking of donating blood, does everyone know that gay people CANNOT donate blood? ever. at all. I have fairly rare B- blood, but because i'm gay I cannot donate. One of the worst laws in our country.

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  11. You, are kidding!!!! I did not know that. Is that a national law? I'm going to research this, unbelievable. Thanks for letting me know this.

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  12. Not kidding. it's a national banned-for-life law. if you're a gay man and have had sex just ONCE since 1977, you are banned for life from donating blood.

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  13. I just published The Washington Times article from June 10,2010. Hopefully it will get the word out to the straight world I inhabit. Thanks Casey, there is so much we don't know.

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  14. thanks. it's a horrible rule, especially when there is a call for a certain type of blood for a sick child or a large emergency like Katrina.

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  15. Please, let me lighten this conversation a bit.
    Annie, isn't blood "donation" merely a technicality for a person in your line of work?

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  16. X, is the key under the mat or do I just "appear"? lol

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  17. The lock is just another technicality. Just appear like you always do.
    I have the "entry" marks to prove it !

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