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Old October 6th, 2015, 01:38 AM
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Good specs for "LR" early bonnet lettering?

I'm experimenting with lettering for my early style Defender "bonnet" to read "LAND ROVER" rather than "Defender". Right or wrong, I removed the sticker from the top of the radiator grill frame. And so far I've come to the conclusion that the letters will work best @ 1-3/16" tall or slightly less & that going with the width of the center section of the early bonnet is way to compact to look right. Does anyone have any specs for what has worked in the past or especially for what the total width of any factory versions that exist out there in the world (including lettering on later bonnets such as the Pumas)? Fwiw, I'm thinking of shooting for a total width of ~24" for my next batch of letters. Anyone?
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Old October 6th, 2015, 02:27 AM
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I'm experimenting with lettering for my early style Defender "bonnet" to read "LAND ROVER" rather than "Defender". Right or wrong, I removed the sticker from the top of the radiator grill frame. And so far I've come to the conclusion that the letters will work best @ 1-3/16" tall or slightly less & that going with the width of the center section of the early bonnet is way to compact to look right. Does anyone have any specs for what has worked in the past or especially for what the total width of any factory versions that exist out there in the world (including lettering on later bonnets such as the Pumas)? Fwiw, I'm thinking of shooting for a total width of ~24" for my next batch of letters. Anyone?
My advice...skip the bonnet lettering and go old school (there are also 110 & 127 decals of similar design out there depending on your flavor):
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Old October 14th, 2015, 03:00 PM
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Ordered the shorter batch of letters @ ~24" total width & ended up installing the shortest of the batch @ 1" tall & a total width of 23-13/16" (baseline of letters is 11/16" up vertically from bottom edge of "bonnet"):
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Old October 14th, 2015, 03:04 PM
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Old October 28th, 2015, 12:51 PM
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Noticed the rig on the right with bonnet lettering on an early style hood & thought that I would post it here for reference. Definitely not as wide overall & apparently taller letters mounted slightly lower. Also has a D sticker on his radiator grill panel which looks to be painted black? Nice.
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If that is your truck is it parked on San Fernando Blvd by chance?
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Old October 28th, 2015, 01:46 PM
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You can get solid 3D letters.

"LAND ROVER" GLOSS BLACK 3D BONNET LETTERING (FOR DEFENDER BONNET)
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Old October 28th, 2015, 02:06 PM
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If that is your truck is it parked on San Fernando Blvd by chance?
My truck, but no on San Fernando Blvd...
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Old October 28th, 2015, 02:21 PM
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I did try some solid curved ones, but they were very tall letters & the total width was very wide. I would also be skeptical about any one set of lettering for "84-present". Not that I have put a tape measure to any of them, but "present" hoods seem to be wider overall + taller across the front?

A possible resulting look on an early style hood:

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I don't understand the width concern. You can space the letters any way you want.
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Old October 28th, 2015, 02:55 PM
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I don't understand the width concern. You can space the letters any way you want.
Yes, width is really a matter of personal preference, but the letter sets typically come pre-spaced for ease of application, which means that you only have to get ONE long rectangle centered & leveled as opposed to 9 separate letters. I went for a width that was more comparable to the proportion of the width that the factory used on the newer style hood with the "LAND ROVER" lettering (b4 they switched to "DEFENDER"). Factory lettering is taller than mine, but to my knowledge the factory never put lettering on an early style hood.
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