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Salvaging a vintage motel sign
#608417 Mon Apr 13 2015 08:59 PM
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Hard days work today salvaging what we could of a very classic (and damn cool!) motel sign from the '60s. Full of pink, red, and orange neon. City is getting ready to tear it down unfortunately, got permission to salvage what we can before she goes down.

Cool thing about this sign is, back in the early '70s, my father made a nearly identical sign to this for their first motel - the Town & Country.

This is also a very good cure for fear of heights! This sign is nearly 45 feet tall.

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Paul Bell #608420 Mon Apr 13 2015 09:24 PM
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Wow where's that going up? That will be cool once she is re-assembled and lit up.
Looks like it was on the set of the Jetsons.
Paul way to go on the taking the initiative on this reclamation.

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Gasman84470 #608422 Mon Apr 13 2015 09:50 PM
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Fred, we are just going to rebuild the sections we can reasonably do. Doing the whole sign is too much $$$. We're going to work on the star, the channel letters, the title sign, and the no vacancy sign. Im imaging it being mounted on a wall somewhere? I've only been at this a couple days, and the sign is about to be torn down.

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Paul Bell #608559 Tue Apr 14 2015 10:58 PM
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All done taking down what we can on this sign before the city turns it into a reclamation pond.

Was searching for old images of this sign, and came across this video... Had no idea I should be looking up at the sky, I was more afraid of the ground! We were probably easy pickings for the aliens being 45 feet up in the boom too. The unexpected dangers of our hobby! crazy

https://www.youtube.com/watch/?v=e6igNiVZ2Bs

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Paul Bell #608664 Wed Apr 15 2015 10:16 PM
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Told you straight from the Jetsons!

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Very cool sign and I'm glad your saving it! Thanx for sharing.


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Man-Cave-Shoppe Dave #610171 Fri Apr 24 2015 10:06 PM
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Did get some work done on this sign before I need to take a break from it for a while. Have the VACANCY sign ready, kind of gives us a pattern for everything else, big project for sure.

Worked on the star some too, the star will have four layers of cascading neon built into it, should be really cool to see it operating again!

Glad a lot of this sign is porcelain.

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Paul Bell #610172 Fri Apr 24 2015 10:08 PM
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Cat seems to like turning this sign off and on too!

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Worked on the star a little more, first picture is plotting out the specific location of the neon and which circuit each tube is on (there are four). Neon cascades on a timer.

Second picture star stripped down to the original porcelain and cleaned up. All the insulators removed, cleaned, and rewired too. We put the star into a crate so it can be worked on more easily when time permits. Should make putting the neon, transformers, and timers in a whole lot easier!

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Paul Bell #610421 Mon Apr 27 2015 07:17 AM
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Looking good Paul! Can't wait to see the cascading neon on this guy.


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Can't wait to see them lit up.


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Was this sign at Ladysmith?

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Terry Flannery #610813 Wed Apr 29 2015 08:53 AM
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Originally Posted By: Terry Flannery
Was this sign at Ladysmith?


It's from Green Bay


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There is a group looking to save the rest of the sign...would be cool if it were all put back together again.
http://www.wearegreenbay.com/story/d/sto...ao0upsKlLFElHrA


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Originally Posted By: porcelain-neon
...would be cool if it were all put back together again


...good luck with that now...


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