I posted some 'before and after' pics of my Esso Pole and sign some years ago. Since then my sign blew down (winds can get fierce in this valley). As I contemplate getting some vintage, swinging hangars to properly hang my sign, I noticed considerable rust where the pole sets into the base. I was worried that the pole might break in a strong wind.
It is hard to find anyone who can weld cast iron. While cleaning out the rust between the base and the pole I took a closer look at the issue. Some of the 'rippled' metal rusted away and there appears to be a plain metal pole underneath the rippled skin. Am I right about this? In other words, is the ripple part of the outside skin laminated on top of a regular pole? If so,
I think that part appears to be rust free and I can stop worrying about it and just concentrate on finding some proper hangers for my Esso sign. Thanks!