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Pinstriping by EZ-VZ by Brian Saylor

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I know that I need therapy for many mental issues, probably for my Texaco fetish too. My current project, a 1965 Econoline PU, will also be a Texaco service truck. I needed some Texaco designs painted on it and didn’t know who or how. I asked around for some input. A local friend, Nate Briggs from the Sparkplugs Car Club in South Lyon, told me about EZ-VZ. “EZ”….., what kind of a name is that?

With some hesitation for hiring my first pinstriper, I called. I sent him a picture of the truck with some of my Texaco ideas. We agreed on a price and a time to get started. I had a vision of what I wanted but not clear ideas. When EZ came over, I explained some of the details and gave him some photos of example vehicles. I also told him that HE was the professional and I needed his help on this. He told me it would take a couple days to do it all. I cannot tell you how nervous I was for someone to be putting a contrasting paint on my fresh color.

EZ started out with the block letters of TEXACO on the rear panels of the truck. He makes it look as easy as breathing. I am a talker so I cannot be quiet during this so, I was asking him all kinds of questions during the process. No effect, his hands just kept moving.

First the block letters, then the script on the doors, then the fireman’s helmet. I didn’t know what to expect on that one. I gave him an original porcelain sign to use as a template. Just like everything else, he had a trick up his sleeve to make it look just right. Maybe that is why HE is the professional and I am the novice. The only thing I know about Pinstriping is the Beugler tools that you can buy at Autorama. A tool that I haven’t used. EZ ‘s best tool was the golf club shaft. It had a very old rubber ball on the end where the club head would have been. He used it to steady his hand and also to keep straight and smooth motion in all of his lines. Necessity is the mother of invention.

He painted all of the door script and then came back with “drop shadows”. The process was interesting to watch. Sometimes he would use tape for setting up lines, other times he used a ruler with a soap pencil. The helmet was copied from the original with just a sketch. He filled in the details purely by eye. It looked pretty darn close. It looks OFFICIAL!!!

Well, two days into the project, he was done. EZ finished all the details, outlines, reflections, and shadows. It came out wonderful. Now I have to clearcoat over it. I have to admit that I was grinning from ear to ear with the outcome. No question about it, I will be calling him again.

I still don’t know his real name…just “EZ”….but it fits.