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- Several ways to make look "retro," depending on year.

What is your color and "style" of hot rod?
-Olde-School
-Rat
-Street
-Billet Bomber
-Von Dutch-gone-bananas (serious pinstriping)
-Other?

Each has potential

The biggest "give-away" on xB2s are the headlamps. They just look modern. I presently have a simple chrome-strip outline around mine, which helps.
 

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As for mirrors, you will need to remove the inside panel (where tweeters are), access the bolts for the panel the stock mirrors, then make adapter plates that fit the stock area that you can bolt the swans on. It can and has been done, but not by me.
 

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As for mirrors, you will need to remove the inside panel (where tweeters are), access the bolts for the panel the stock mirrors, then make adapter plates that fit the stock area that you can bolt the swans on. It can and has been done, but not by me.
You seem like the right fella' to talk to!

I'm thinking some more 'street', I drive a 2009 Red Scion XB so I think it'd be a bit hard to achieve that Rustic 'Rat' look with out some actual rusting. So I'm favoring Smoothies over Steelies at the moment.

I'd love some Paint/Decal work, but I also don't want to break my bank. So I'm thinking something along the lines of some Hot-Rod flames, or even incorporaing some Day of The Dead art, like Sugar Skulls and all that jazz. I could use what ever advice/opinions though, I know it's very well possible, that box has some much potential.

In the long run I think I'm going for a cross between



and

http://fiftieswedding.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2011/07/1957-Bel-Air-Chevrolet-500x375.jpg
 

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That is just auto-store stick-on chrome.
There are a number of retro-obsessed and actual old-school hotrodders on here.

By "street," to you mean modern-style street rods (ala Foose) or 1950s/60s? Creativity is your guide here.

My door handles are off a red 09 RS8 that someone shaved the handles on. I liked how it gives a nice accent hue to the silver.
 

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Why am I thinking a "fire ant" themed retro-rod . . . ?
 

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Yep, the nasty little red ant from **** (have them in my yard).
It could be a fun and neat "latch-on" for an old-school rod xB. It would also be a great reason for flames too. A small (outlined) flaming ant graphic could be cool.
Orange on red could be interesting, though yellow on red is a "classic" color scheme.

That is exactly what both my wide-winged bar grill and the more recent split-slat grill I am currently using are- stick-on chrome on a black vinyl covered bumper. I am thinking of redoing it again with the central vertical bar gone, as that would allow easier switching of grill emblems (I now have a dozen or so).
My upper grill is the one sold by SparksTRD (and others) as a Scion-endorsed aftermarket replacement. I like it as the face is a similar slant to the bumper face.

I actually just won a late 40s Studebaker Champion nose badge (on ebay). Assuming the shape isn't too "V-ed," I will be adapting it into a SCION one, with a large Scottish flag replacing (covering) the original heraldic stuff, as the S shape on it is similar to the one in the SCION logo. I am excited, but wonder if it will work. I got a good deal on it, either way.


The key to adapting isn't looking at stuff as it is, but what it could be and adapting it all to work together (which is EXACTLY what the old hot rodders did "back in the day").
 

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On that thought . . .
Where are you located? May play into a fire ant theme and if people know what it is.
By the name "Rebel Box," part of me wonders if it's in the American South. If so, it's a great link-theme, as the heart of "Fire Ant" country is the "Deep South"

How well known are fire ants in other parts of the US, like Minnesota or Washington State?
 

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Correct me here if im wrong all. But aint a 09 in red a RS6.0?

Good luck on the retro roddin.
Your right, I mis-typed.

08 RS 5 (gold)
09 RS 6 (red)
10 RS 7 (purple)
11 RS 8 (blue)
12 RS 9 (orange)
13 RS 10 (silver)
 

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I went ahead and picked up some of that silver trimming, though on account that it's cold, and wet at the moment. I won't be able to mess with it until sometime tomorrow morning.

I like the whole fire ant idea, but I'm actually a New Yorker but who now lives in Florida, so the presence of Southern Pride is present here, though I don't plan on waving any confederate flag around anytime soon. :p

I'm more for the opposite side of the spectrum with the whole Mexican 'Day Of The Dead' thing, but what I'm really latching on too is taking inspiration from Chris Cooper's (Coop) art, which is inspired by barely clothed Bettie Page-style, 1950s soft pornography and/or B-movie monsters.

I won this on some online bid.



I think it'll look nice hung up on the rear-view mirror, along with this little fella' dancing around on my dash.



Now I just need to do some actual exterior modifications, also look into getting dual orders for those decals/emblems made for me! I also had the same idea of making a retro themed 'Scion' and 'XB' badge for the back of my box.
 

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Oh and is Vinyl wrapping that bit of bumper hard? Does it take a professional or is it something a complete novice could pull off? I'd probably go for the same look as yours but like you mentioned, minus the middle split.
 

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Your B, your look. You have to live with it.
The "She devil" Coop-Art look works good too.

If you've done vinyl before, with stretching and shrinking, it's doable by yourself,
But, it is more complex curves for a complete novice to do themselves with vinyl. A professional might be the best idea then, as it IS such a visible piece. You could also use plasti-dip or just flat-out paint it black, permanently.
That said, IF it is really just a background for chrome, then doing it in pieces (MUCH easier than a large stretched piece) is doable by yourself. The seems won't be noticeable with all the other stuff going on when he chrome is in-place. If you have a friend with vinyl experience, that will be helpful.

A sign guy did mine, but wouldn't do it again- at least not for a LOT more money. Now, I COULD do it myself, but couldn't back then.
It has more complex curves than it looks.

On Fire Ants
A New Yorker in Florida, esp. certain parts, would be IDEAL for those invasive little beasties. hehehehehehe

Back to the bumper . . .
If I every redo it, I would leave the upper and lower grills metal finished (as is), but have a Scottish saltire in the middle- to match the roof. But, I'm not sure the best way to lay the vinyl to have the lines straight with the negative-space, body-color silver X.

Idea: Huge winged EYE in the middle grill, with a chrome circle around a large vinyl eyeball in the middle, and large wings down the sides (like I used to have, but a somewhat different shape) and small (1/8") slats making up the rest of the grill-> like the flying eyeball has been grafted INTO a large slat grill. A center bar (like mine now) might look interesting with that set up (and NO other bumper logo).
A retro-SCION emblem on the hood front edge, either magnetic (fairly flat) or emblem-taped on (more complex), would look nice with that set-up.
 

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Larger circle for the eye . . .

My idea came from the 49/50 Ford.
 

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Yep!!!
 
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