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#676509 - Thu Jan 12 2017 06:38 PM Latest Project
Steven C. Online   content
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Registered: Fri Jun 01 2012
Loc: MICHIGAN
I've had this sign and project in mind for some time. I would never spend the money on a real one and I don't like how much space they take up. I wish I had the sign with the holes in it!!
I had a fabricator weld up the frame for me. Of course it will be stamped reproduction and dated!! I'm having the remaining panels made and then everything will be likely powder coated. The frame black and the panels to match the yellow in sign. If they cant be exact I'll have paint made and just paint the panels.
The shelves will be blacked out plexiglass or lexan with only clear diameters for the light to shine up through the bottles. I wanted to make it as narrow as possible but had fear of it being to susceptible to falling over. So I made it a little wider. Now it could use a second row of bottles.
I also may look into having the bottle tops re-chromed. Anyone ever done that? It can be done right?


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Edited by Steven C. (Thu Jan 12 2017 06:40 PM)
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#676527 - Thu Jan 12 2017 09:27 PM Re: Latest Project [Re: Steven C.]
Bob Richards Offline
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Registered: Tue Feb 22 2005
Loc: Longview, WA
Steve are you sure you want "Chromed Spouts"? I haven't seen a Magazine ad selling Oil Bottles, spouts and dust caps from the 1920s and 30s that advertised anything but tin spouts/caps or copper colored spouts/caps or heavy steel or "bakelite". (that doesn't mean that a Company did not sell "Chromed" spouts/caps; just that I don't remember seeing such an ad)...

Quite a few early "Oil Bottle Spout/cap" Mfg. advertised that they had as an option; different "colored dust caps" to differentiate the different Grades of Oil. Later (even into the 1950s and early '60s), some more Rural Gas Stations would just paint the spout a certain color for a specific Grade of Oil (we did it mostly for our Customers, who would borrow the bottles to top off their "Off Road Equipment" (tractors, logging graders, donkey engines, towers.. etc.) ... Much easier to keep track than trying to determine which "dust cap" went to which bottle....
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#676545 - Thu Jan 12 2017 11:42 PM Re: Latest Project [Re: Steven C.]
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Registered: Wed Jun 20 2012
Loc: WA, USA
Steve - great idea! The display is coming together nicely. The plating shop I use from time to time for projects offers many different plating options. I would imagine other shops do as well. Over the years I've replated a few spouts and caps using tin plating instead of chrome as I thought that finish looked more original to the era...Have fun!

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#676549 - Fri Jan 13 2017 05:13 AM Re: Latest Project [Re: Steven C.]
Steven C. Online   content
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Registered: Fri Jun 01 2012
Loc: MICHIGAN
Sorry guys. Maybe chrome isn't the correct material. That's what I thought they were. Maybe it's some kind of nickle? Although that sounds expensive for the OEM.
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#676550 - Fri Jan 13 2017 05:59 AM Re: Latest Project [Re: Steven C.]
Tunk-Z28 Online   content
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Registered: Wed Dec 19 2012
Loc: Hancock County Maine
Take a look at Ron Scobies web sight. He has some nice spouts! That is a nice little display looks good. My frame on my rack is painted dark blue from the factory.

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#676556 - Fri Jan 13 2017 08:56 AM Re: Latest Project [Re: Steven C.]
Done4 Online   content
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Registered: Mon May 07 2012
Loc: Michigan, Union Pier
NIce job Steve. Are you sure you want shinny spouts? I think your rack and bottles look great as is and look as they should belong together.
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#676566 - Fri Jan 13 2017 11:38 AM Re: Latest Project [Re: Steven C.]
bennett_646 Offline
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Registered: Thu Nov 08 2012
Loc: Kelso, Washington
Looks great! I've had thoughts of building something very similar myself.
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#676616 - Fri Jan 13 2017 08:14 PM Re: Latest Project [Re: bennett_646]
JimT Online   content
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Registered: Fri Dec 06 2002
Loc: Cleveland,Ohio U.S.A.
Looks good Steve!

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#676641 - Sat Jan 14 2017 08:02 AM Re: Latest Project [Re: Steven C.]
buzzy56 Offline
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Registered: Sat Nov 24 2012
Loc: Michigan
Pretty sure the oil bottle caps that appear to be chrome were actually nickel plated just like the cook and wood stoves of that era were . I have several of the original peeling and not peeling Sunoco bottles with the nickel plated spouts .
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#676705 - Sun Jan 15 2017 10:27 AM Re: Latest Project [Re: Steven C.]
pickurt Offline
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Registered: Sun Mar 10 2013
Loc: Northern California
Great display. I would move forward and finish the project as you feel fit.

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#676723 - Sun Jan 15 2017 01:46 PM Re: Latest Project [Re: Steven C.]
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Registered: Sat May 26 2012
Loc: Hays, Kansas
Looks great!
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#676752 - Sun Jan 15 2017 06:03 PM Re: Latest Project [Re: Steven C.]
Speedracer Offline
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Registered: Sat Feb 08 2014
Loc: Michigan, USA (near Chesterfie...
Looks good Steve. When do I get to come see it?
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#678057 - Mon Jan 30 2017 05:52 AM Re: Latest Project [Re: Steven C.]
redindianguy Offline
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Registered: Sat Jul 28 2012
Loc: Ontario, Canada
looks cool
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#678335 - Thu Feb 02 2017 04:31 PM Re: Latest Project [Re: Steven C.]
Streetrod Offline
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Registered: Wed Feb 01 2017
Loc: Ontario, Canada
All my spouts were original and very almost rusty looking and I buffed them with a buffing wheel and buffing compound and all turned up to an almost chrome finish look. Give it a try. Good luck

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#679189 - Sun Feb 12 2017 05:24 AM Re: Latest Project [Re: Steven C.]
Steven C. Online   content
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Registered: Fri Jun 01 2012
Loc: MICHIGAN
Some progress. Spent a several hours grinding welds and panel corners to clear welds. I should have foreseen this in the design and had the welder either be more careful in those area's or had him grind them. I'm sure he had better tools to get the job done quicker.

Still debating powder coat or paint.


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Edited by Steven C. (Sun Feb 12 2017 05:24 AM)
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