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Discussion in 'The Antiquated' started by pigIRON63, Sep 18, 2021.

  1. pigIRON63
    Joined: Nov 25, 2019
    Posts: 465


    The other day I picked up this sign at one of my favorite gettin' spots. It s an original made by Veribite Chicago. I don't really no the date of manufacture, pre-1959 is all I know.
    Anyway. It's R U F F rough. I walked past it for 2-3 weeks. All the while thinking about what could be done to put a little life back in it. The corner had been torched and was missing, and it had chips everywhere. I bought it and brought it home.
    I decided that I was not gonna restore it (because of the condition, and my skillset is not up to par). Besides if I want a nice one I could buy a porcelain repop for less money. I felt that after the life this thing had lived, it at least needed to be complete.
    Let's just put the missing corner back on and leave the rest be......great idea. Here is how it worked out.
    20210909_164314.jpg This picture is what it looked like when I got it. It's such a shame to see it cut up.
    20210914_201519.jpg I started by grinding the torch slag away. I was real careful not to damage the porcelain any more than it was already.
    20210916_160454.jpg Next, I traced the "crown" sign top on a piece of paper, lined it up to the missing side and finished by tracing where it had been cut. I cut that shape out of paper and transfered it to a piece of sheet metal that was left from an other project. That sheet metal was cut to replace the missing piece.
    20210916_160113.jpg 20210916_161451.jpg Sheet metal butt clamps were used to line up and hold the two pieces together while it was welded. 20210916_183400.jpg After it had been welded, the welds were ground smooth. I had to keep the heat low so the porcelain would not get damaged. 20210918_150150.jpg 20210918_150133.jpg the imperfections were filled using glaze putty and filler primer. I painted the orange first because that is the bottom layer of porcelain. The black was then masked off and painted over the orange. 20210918_180412.jpg 20210918_180324.jpg the colors don't match other than being orange and black......but that's ok. It was some rattle cans that were in the cabinet already. 20210918_183441.jpg 20210918_183449.jpg Like I said, I didn't restore it, but I put a little life back in it and made it more enjoyable to look at. I don't feel sorry for it anymore.
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  2. Chief 64
    Joined: Dec 10, 2010
    Posts: 229

    Chief 64

    Nice job, it looks great!!
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  3. Truck64
    Joined: Oct 18, 2015
    Posts: 5,317

    from Ioway

  4. Pictures really tell the story, nice save.
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  5. Fordors
    Joined: Sep 22, 2016
    Posts: 4,240


    Perfect job, anyone would be proud to display that!
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  6. BuckeyeBuicks
    Joined: Jan 4, 2010
    Posts: 2,517

    from ohio

    :cool:Great save, looks good to me!!
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  7. pigIRON63
    Joined: Nov 25, 2019
    Posts: 465


    Thanks Fellas, I like the way it turned out, even though the colors are off. It was a fun project.
  8. sidewayzz69
    Joined: Aug 9, 2020
    Posts: 344


    Very good work. Looks great
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  9. Solid work my friend.
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  10. You probably at least doubled the value of that sign. I would love to have it hanging in my shop!
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  11. LAROKE
    Joined: Sep 5, 2007
    Posts: 2,024


    "my skillset is not up to par" - five yard penalty for unnecessary fibbing :D
  12. Great save! Nice work. Thanks for posting.
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  13. Lone Star Mopar
    Joined: Nov 2, 2005
    Posts: 3,319

    Lone Star Mopar

    Nice save! I'd bet a couple months in the sun and those colors would blend right in and folks will think it was repaired "back in the day". Thanks for sharing with us.
  14. sololobo
    Joined: Aug 23, 2006
    Posts: 8,287


    most excellent save of one of the most iconic signs ever.
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  15. A Boner
    Joined: Dec 25, 2004
    Posts: 6,537

    A Boner

    Inspirational, to put it mildly!
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    Joined: Jun 6, 2007
    Posts: 4,252


    Nice job!
    I'm guessing the longer it ages the closer the paint will come to matching, what with UV and oxidation.
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  17. Gahrajmahal
    Joined: Oct 14, 2008
    Posts: 457


    Many museums restore/repair exactly the way you did. They believe that a painting/sculpture/piece of pottery looks much better as a representation of what it once was if a visible repair is made making the item whole again. I have viewed pottery where the original Shard is very small, then the rest of the “new” pot, plate whatever is plain material. Or, a statue missing its nose is replaced with a new one, very obviously not made to blend in. The sign Looks great!
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