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05-18-2014 02:03 AM
Elizabeth MY yellow Focus i would like polka dots for a stripe...
Arranged so big ones in the middle of the stripe, and as closer to edge they get smaller.. Same stripe pattern as cars shown, just the actual stripes would be black and titanium grey metallic bubbles... Patterned as I suggested. (random like, not 'in a row')
05-15-2014 02:23 PM
Originally Posted by Burns098356GX View Post

Thats mine.
I have been looking at a number of options for stripes. I have PB and will be doing white. I have seen a few 'kits' that have pre-cut vinyl with backing paper, like the one from They list the width of each stripe as 8 inches. How wide are yours? I like the 'factory' ones at the top of the post, they are a little bit wider, almost touching the washer nozzles on each side. The kit mentioned above is $219.00, which seems pricey compared to buying the vinyl in rolls and cutting it yourself.

06-23-2013 11:13 AM
Originally Posted by Burns098356GX View Post
Thats mine.
This looks great ! ... how about sharing a pic from the rear ?

A few observations:

Stripes: In the 30's each country was assigned national racing colors. Britain:Green, Italy:Red, France:Blue, Germany:Silver, etc. Since they quickly ran out of colors, some countries were assigned a body color and a stripe: USA: white w/blue stripe, (sometimes blue w/white) Canada: Green w/white, Scotland: blue w/white, etc. After WW II, Germany changed from silver to white.
The practice generally carried through to the early 1970's, when sponsors began to dictate color schemes.

Steering wheels: You don't mount a 3 spoke wheel upside down because the top spoke would block your view of the tach and other gauges.
06-18-2013 01:06 PM
Originally Posted by TheGlassMaker View Post
The directional stripe does exist, but not on the exterior. It's on the steering wheel that way they know which ways is forward.
Thanks. That stripe does seem more useful. I had thought that was the motivation for the three-spoke steering wheel -- you always know which way is down. "Front" is of course opposite that spoke, but it'd be easier to see if it were marked on top.

(You could mount the steering wheel upside down, but I imagine that might be less desirable in a crash.)
06-18-2013 11:26 AM
Originally Posted by FordManSVT View Post
Am I the only one that is curious about how to get into the assembly plant too?
Friends in low places LOL

06-14-2013 08:32 PM
150mphzetec the stripes really do add a nice touch to the appearance
06-14-2013 05:48 PM
FordManSVT That's cool you get into the plants. I'm a ford senior master tech and I don't get to do that stuff.
06-14-2013 04:12 PM
TheGlassMaker There might be a little truth to the first claim. But the stripes they need to be refurring to are the FIA fender stripes that was used in the 60s by carrol shelby and other to help identify the cars which was painted the same color from the pits as the cars went by.

The directional stripe does exist, but not on the exterior. It's on the steering wheel that way they know which ways is forward. Most "racing" cars come with it. The raptor comes with it too.

06-14-2013 01:30 PM
lddavis Wikipedia says:

Racing stripes, also called Le Mans stripes, were applied to racecars to help identify them in the field during races, and to help a driver realign a spun out-car with the track.
I have a hard time believing the second claim. I've never spun out a car, or done any racing. But even with dust from rallying (which I've also seen cited as a reason), I find it hard to believe that the driver can't figure out which way the car is pointed without a stripe saying "this way to the front end". If you're that disoriented, you need to say off the throttle until you do know which way the car is going.

I'll buy the bit about distinguishing marks on otherwise identical cars, and just the "because racecar" association for looking cool. But maintaining the direction of your vehicle? Seriously?
06-13-2013 04:26 PM
TheGlassMaker Probably either works for ford, or one of their suppliers. I work for the company that makes glass for most car company's, I've been in both the michigan focus plant and the east liberty honda plant. Just taking tours and seeing how things work and how the parts fit.

Talk about two completely different worlds fords a union plant everyone is wearing street close and lounging around on lounge chairs and chilling. At the non-union honda plant it's strickly buisness only.
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