E46 BMW Social Directory E46 FAQ 3-Series Discussion Forums BMW Photo Gallery BMW 3-Series Technical Information E46 Fanatics - The Ultimate BMW Resource BMW Vendors General E46 Forum The Tire Rack's Tire Wheel Forum Forced Induction Forum The Off-Topic The E46 BMW Showroom For Sale, For Trade or Wanting to Buy

Welcome to the E46Fanatics forums. E46Fanatics is the premiere website for BMW 3 series owners around the world with interactive forums, a geographical enthusiast directory, photo galleries, and technical information for BMW enthusiasts.

You are currently viewing our boards as a guest which gives you limited access to view most discussions and access our other features. By joining our free community you will have access to post topics, communicate privately with other members (PM), respond to polls, upload content and access many other special features. Registration is fast, simple and absolutely free so please, join our community today!

If you have any problems with the registration process or your account login, please contact contact us.

Go Back   E46Fanatics > BMW News from around the Web

BMW News from around the Web
Submit the latest BMW news from around the world for other E46Fanatics members to check out.

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Rating: Thread Rating: 15 votes, 5.00 average. Display Modes
Old 05-06-2009, 06:06 PM   #1
tim330i
Owner/Admin
 
tim330i's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 1969
Location: Boston
Posts: 11,109
My Ride: 03 Ti Silver M3
E46Fanatics Member Creates BMW Art Car

E46Fanatics.com is home to some of the the most unique and rare BMW E46s and the their owners. Spdu4ia decided to take his E46 to a new level, not in terms of simply bolting on modification but creating a one of a kind ride out of his own artistic and creative genius! This is his story -

My name is Travis Todd and I live in South Louisiana. I could not be farther away from the custom car scene of California or the East coast. I am a Phlebotomist at my local hospital were I met my wife who works there as a Registered Nurse. So to answer the question, yes, I stab people for a living and my wife and I modify cars in our spare time.

I've always been an artist and enjoy working with several different types of abnormal media. I've done paintings, drawings, metal sculpture, old school pinstriping, and I've even been known to turn trash into art. Luckily I have a very understanding and supportive wife who not only allows, but requests that I display all of my art prominently in our home. For just as long as I've been into art I've also been into cars. I've owned and modified everything from domestic muscle cars, lowrider trucks, and sport bikes to imports, and now euros. Recently my wife had the idea to morph my two passions of art and cars into one, and the "Artcar" was the culmination of the two.

I purchased my 2001 BMW 330ci in September 2008 from a local individual after much searching for what I believe to be the perfect car. Being the picky one that I am, I had a list of things that were required: Black leather, coupe, 330, alumnium trim, and 5-speed were at the top of the list and were all non-negotiable. I drove the immaculate, but bone stock coupe straight home and immediately pulled the kidney grills, reflectors, and window trim off to be "blacked out" on the dining room table. I never had plans to daily drive the car and only would be bringing it out in nice weather on weekends. One day I decided to break my own rule and drove it to work. On the way home from a long day thinking about my car in the parking lot, disaster struck. In an unavoidable accident, I struck a concrete cinder block with rebar sticking out of it that had been thrown from a truck in front of me on a bridge at 70mph. The aftermath led to the beginning of the more serious modifications. First off, an M3 front bumper, M3 mirrors, smoked corners, and m3 spoiler were purchased. After a failed vinyl wrapping attempt of the roof that involved my wife, me, a lot of four letter words, a squeegee, spray bottle, and a hairdryer, we decided to have the roof sprayed jet black while the car was at the shop getting the other pieces painted. This "incident" also allowed the purchase of 18" CSL wheels and Tein S-tech springs.

Once the car was back on the road and would never see the parking lot at work again, I made various smaller modifications to include: 30 LED angel eyes, upgraded HID bulbs, HID foglight conversion, LED license plate lights, DIY intake, DIY front lip, UUC shift knob, Aluminum pedal set, and various stock exhaust configurations. Against the norm, I decided to DE-tint my car for a cleaner look. I also got a set of //M floor mats from my beautiful wife for Christmas after she went through ten kinds of hell to get them (Love you honey). I pride myself of doing everything I can by myself , and if I can't, I will break everything trying.

The BMW art cars have always made an impact on me, and my wife would give a kidney for the Sharpie Lamborghini. Since you cannot go out and buy an artcar , and my wife really needs to hang on to both kidneys just in case, it was only natural for me to create something beautiful to call my own. It all began on a Saturday afternoon after pulling the hood off of the car and propping it up in the living room. After prepping the paint with denatured alcohol, I used an oil-based Sharpie brand paint marker and just started drawing. I had no plan , no stencil , or predrawing of any kind. Believe it or not, I only went through one and a half markers for the entire project. My wife was working an overnight shift and I had to keep her updated on my progress via cell phone pics. Being my greatest fan and also greatest critic, her support kept me going through the 12 hour project. I simply drew until there was no more metal to draw on.

The art is being protected via five-or-so layers of wax. I have contacted Sharpie and the paint is oil-based and UV resistant already so the art can be washed with mild detergent. Since I do not daily drive the car, she spends most of her time under a cover in a carport so I am not too worried about sun fading. I do carry a Sharpie in the glove box for quick emergency touch-ups.

After the artwork was finished and the car was put back together, we stood back to take it all in, and we discovered that the wheels stood out like sore thumbs. The bright silver competed with the artwork for the spotlight. I sold the wheels and tires with 400 miles on them to fund the purchase of the current set of 19" staggered Forte Phatty F23 wheels in black chrome finish. These not only look amazing alone, but flow perfectly with the overall theme of the car.

I hope you enjoy these pictures because less than an hour after shooting them, my wife and I went to dinner to celebrate. After making it home from dinner, I noticed what would bring most men to their knees. Some lowlife decided to see if anything interesting was residing in my trunk for him to take. He did this by making peepholes the size of my thumb with a claw hammer or similar object in the top of my trunk. When he could not see through said holes, he proceed to remove my emblem, m3 lip spoiler, and trunk handle with his "tool". In the process of creating his window into my trunk, he drug his "tool" across my art, destroying it. Police reports have been filed and insurance claims have been made and life as we know it will move on. Now three days later I am able to say that things happen for a reason, and I will take this chance to further my ideas and vision of what I want my car to be.

I would like to take this time to thank E46fanatics.com for the opportunity to share my artcar with the world. I'm greatly appreciative of the overwhelming amount of positive feedback I have received already. Above all I would like to thank my wife. Without her I would not have attempted this project. Through every step she is there giving opinions, criticism, and even helping out with a wrench. I hope this will inspire others to step outside of the box and create something beautiful for themselves.

Travis Todd

Enjoy the beautiful shots of Travis's E46 BMW 330ci Art Car-
Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	E46Fanatics-Travis-Todd-E46-BMW-Art-Car.jpg
Views:	746834
Size:	206.5 KB
ID:	313940   Click image for larger version

Name:	E46Fanatics-Travis-Todd-E46-BMW-Art-Car-front.jpg
Views:	3182
Size:	168.0 KB
ID:	313941   Click image for larger version

Name:	E46Fanatics-Travis-Todd-E46-BMW-Art-Car-front-2.jpg
Views:	1644
Size:	128.6 KB
ID:	313942   Click image for larger version

Name:	E46Fanatics-Travis-Todd-E46-BMW-Art-Car-rear.jpg
Views:	1419
Size:	111.5 KB
ID:	313943  

Click image for larger version

Name:	E46Fanatics-Travis-Todd-E46-BMW-Art-Car-rear-quarter.jpg
Views:	1046
Size:	107.4 KB
ID:	313944   Click image for larger version

Name:	E46Fanatics-Travis-Todd-E46-BMW-Art-Car-side.jpg
Views:	1675
Size:	108.2 KB
ID:	313945   Click image for larger version

Name:	E46Fanatics-Travis-Todd-E46-BMW-Art-Car-top-shot.jpg
Views:	22686
Size:	211.1 KB
ID:	313946   Click image for larger version

Name:	Enthusiast Creates his own BMW Art Car-1.jpg
Views:	4041
Size:	216.5 KB
ID:	313954  

Click image for larger version

Name:	Enthusiast Creates his own BMW Art Car-2.jpg
Views:	2044
Size:	208.8 KB
ID:	313955   Click image for larger version

Name:	Enthusiast Creates his own BMW Art Car-3.jpg
Views:	1355
Size:	167.9 KB
ID:	313956   Click image for larger version

Name:	Enthusiast Creates his own BMW Art Car-4.jpg
Views:	2111
Size:	209.9 KB
ID:	313957   Click image for larger version

Name:	Enthusiast Creates his own BMW Art Car-hood.jpg
Views:	91324
Size:	239.7 KB
ID:	313958  

Click image for larger version

Name:	Enthusiast Creates his own BMW Art Car-trunk.jpg
Views:	3289
Size:	180.4 KB
ID:	313959   Click image for larger version

Name:	Enthusiast Creates his own BMW Art Car-Travis-at-work.jpg
Views:	110881
Size:	114.2 KB
ID:	313960  
tim330i is online now   Reply With Quote
Ads by Google

Guests, get your FREE E46Fanatics.com membership to remove this ad.
Old 05-06-2009, 06:07 PM   #2
JJR4884
Registered User
 
Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: Nowhere
Posts: 18,171
My Ride: BMW
incredible
__________________
JJR4884 is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 05-06-2009, 06:08 PM   #3
TKC
Registered User
 
Join Date: Nov 2005
Location: San Jose, CA & Dallas, TX
Posts: 20,231
My Ride: 330cic & R6
Send a message via AIM to TKC
Awesome work! I was watching all your threads about the creation of the car, the art, and even the horrific thread about the vandalizm.

Your creativity is awesome and very gutsy to do it on the car! Great work of art!
__________________
EUROPROJEKTZ - Director, NorCal Chapter
TKC is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-06-2009, 06:10 PM   #4
00bmw323
Registered User
 
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: Killa4nia
Posts: 4,062
My Ride: 00 323/91 integra RS
amazing!
__________________

-Jorge
All low no go
00bmw323 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-06-2009, 06:13 PM   #5
syl3ntforce
Registered User
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: Stamford CT
Posts: 1,210
My Ride: E46 M3
Send a message via AIM to syl3ntforce
now that is art, great details with the artwork on the hood and trunk +10000000000
__________________
-Paul

318i>328i>328i>EK Civic SI>328ci>328xi>E46 M3

syl3ntforce is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-06-2009, 06:19 PM   #6
dfjaws
Registered User
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: MN & VA
Posts: 1,458
My Ride: '08 E90 M3 / '02 Z3
That car is amazing.
__________________
dfjaws is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-06-2009, 06:47 PM   #7
Spdu4ia
Registered User
 
Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: Colo Sprgs, CO
Posts: 1,577
My Ride: changes too much
BIG HUGE thanks to Tim for contacting me to do this. I am beyond honored to be featured on the home page of the website that started it all for me. Thank you to all of you for the continuing possitive comments that you have "flooded" my threads with. I hope that everyone likes the next phase/stage of the *artcar*.

Travis

PS. I hope you all like the new pics!
__________________
-Travis




Last edited by Spdu4ia; 05-06-2009 at 06:55 PM.
Spdu4ia is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-06-2009, 06:53 PM   #8
cyberkaa
Registered User
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: Sunnyvale, CA <-- Ithaca, NY <-- dirty jerz (201) Useful Posts: 25
Posts: 136,482
My Ride: E46 332i,M3;E30 325i
Send a message via ICQ to cyberkaa Send a message via AIM to cyberkaa Send a message via MSN to cyberkaa Send a message via Yahoo to cyberkaa
Awesome!
__________________
-Kalim
(klx photo studio)

M3 drive train conversion (S54 Swap, LSD, 6MT, suspension linkage) | UUC Stg 2 Organic Clutch | OEM M-Tech II Kit
KW V2 | BBS GT4 RE | Falken FK452 | Alcon 6-pot 365mm BBK | M3 steering wheel | Powerflex bushings

Quote:
Originally Posted by koven View Post
i'd rather be gapless with no bulge
cyberkaa is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-06-2009, 07:13 PM   #9
dippin330
Registered User
 
Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: on the Enterprise
Posts: 76
My Ride: 330ci
That my friend is pimp
dippin330 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-06-2009, 07:34 PM   #10
Owtlaw333
Registered User
 
Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: HB, CA
Posts: 7,609
My Ride: 2009 Mazdaspeed 3 GT
Congrats man! Can't wait to see what comes of it next
__________________
Bringing it back for the new people...

productionof1.com
|||_Buy my photos?_|||
Owtlaw333 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-06-2009, 07:54 PM   #11
rede46bimmer
Registered User
 
Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: Wilmington/Winston-Salem NC
Posts: 819
My Ride: Low and Slow
No words to describe... But amazingly perfect comes pretty close
__________________
-Brandon-
Quote:
Originally Posted by Tazlord View Post
It's Frankenbimmer!
rede46bimmer is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-06-2009, 08:00 PM   #12
AMG-ETR
///AMG ETR
 
AMG-ETR's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: Toronto
Posts: 2,257
My Ride: S54B32 On Boost
Send a message via MSN to AMG-ETR
__________________


AMG-ETR is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-06-2009, 08:01 PM   #13
bimmerfan08
Registered User
 
Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Hampton Roads, VA
Posts: 4,890
My Ride: Phoenix Yellow M3
nice, I never saw these shots of the car
__________________
"Economics cannot answer such normative or prescriptive questions about how much of our market incomes, if any, should be transferred to poor families. This is a political question that can only be answered at the ballot box, or in some countries, at the point of a gun."
bimmerfan08 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-06-2009, 08:02 PM   #14
xJustin
Registered User
 
Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: killa cali
Posts: 3,533
My Ride: '04 330ci
Send a message via AIM to xJustin
great art work!
__________________

xJustin is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-06-2009, 08:02 PM   #15
Spdu4ia
Registered User
 
Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: Colo Sprgs, CO
Posts: 1,577
My Ride: changes too much
Quote:
Originally Posted by bimmerfan08 View Post
nice, I never saw these shots of the car
I was saving them for the feature haha
__________________
-Travis



Spdu4ia is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-06-2009, 08:16 PM   #16
scott0482
Registered User
 
Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: Arlington, VA
Posts: 674
My Ride: 2001 530i
Send a message via AIM to scott0482
it came out great. were these pics before or after the rear trunk incident?
__________________
scott0482 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-06-2009, 08:18 PM   #17
driftizio
Registered User
 
Join Date: Jul 2005
Location: dallas.Tx
Posts: 956
My Ride: '01 325ci
Send a message via AIM to driftizio
Amazing work, cant wait to see whats next!
__________________
Photobucket

wnaBM3
Quote:
i wanna put a e46 in my 325ci how much is it gona cost me and what els do i gota do
driftizio is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-06-2009, 08:19 PM   #18
Spdu4ia
Registered User
 
Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: Colo Sprgs, CO
Posts: 1,577
My Ride: changes too much
Quote:
Originally Posted by scott0482 View Post
it came out great. were these pics before or after the rear trunk incident?
1 hour after taking these pics it happened. don't worry... I got some new toys ...
__________________
-Travis



Spdu4ia is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-06-2009, 08:31 PM   #19
Ferm3
Registered User
 
Join Date: May 2007
Location: South Carolina
Posts: 1,987
My Ride: 2003 Topaz Blue M3
^

__________________
Ferm3 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-06-2009, 08:38 PM   #20
m@rk's99328i
Registered User
 
Join Date: Dec 2007
Location: Orange County
Posts: 120
My Ride: No Longer An E46
awesome pics... and great story behind it... i've always been a fan of your car since i saw it...
m@rk's99328i is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes Rate This Thread
Rate This Thread:

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On
Censor is ON





All times are GMT -5. The time now is 12:21 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
(c) 1999 - 2011 performanceIX Inc - privacy policy - terms of use