Stephen, this is what I did some time back for decals on some vintage style pinewood derby cars I raced for the 100th Anniversary to Scouting!
The pack I was helping at the time wanted to do a vintage style throw back race using the current style wheels and axles.
Some pic's of the cars:
Look at the number 3 on the king car it's
at you! ( this was a special look I was going for on the number 3 decal on this side of the car!)
Some time's you can find pinewood derby decals for Lightning McQueen on the web.. if some one is offering them!
Like whats seen in this link:
Then there are things you can use to make your decals on the web like what is seen in the link below..
however these decals look like they are for cakes and could end up being costly!
And then you may need some re-sizing on the copier or printer to make them fit to the size needed for your car decals.
When you cant find what your looking for in the way decals because of cost for them.. or by chance you cant resize them!
Sometimes you need to look else ware for things you can use to make your own.
What i did for decals on the vintage cars above was to start looking in books about cars.
I got lucky when I found this book because of the all decals and stickers it had inside.
What i did was use my copier to make a colored copy of the decal stickers.
From there i used the water slide decal paper to make them on my copier and let the ink dry.
Then used a clear spray paint to keep the ink from bleeding off of the decal paper when soaked in water.
Here's the thing with this type of copier type decal paper:
The colored ink shows thew better with a white back ground behind them..( so there a clear back ground decal paper!)
And that's why the decals look to be faded on the vintage cars above.
Here's a link to where I got the decal paper from.
For printer decal paper with a white background for when your background paint on the car is dark and a white colored background needed
to bring out the colors in the decals.
Andy & Noah, ah8tk, points out in there( link to the building the King car) that they use a white back ground decal paper!
link to the white on white decal paper:
https://www.micromark.com/White-Decal-P ... et-Printer
Heres a different link to some more of there amazing car builds.. from the movie cars
And check out what Andy said ( about the decals) when his son Noah said he wanted to build the Lightning McQueen car.
http://www.maximum-velocity.com/pinewoo ... 14/02/113/
Thanks for asking about this in a PM Stephen!
For resizing decal versions that are to large or to small for your car.. with a printer that will let you do reproduction sizes.
I like to use a proportional scale because it makes things easy to do and takes the guess work out of it to get the size right that's needed.
Before sending the decal paper sheet threw the printer!
These can be found at hobby lobby store's as well
A video on how there used
If you'ed like send me a PM or an email with your mailing address and I'll send you a copy of the decal sheet.