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Funky old playground toys.

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by teddisnoke, May 7, 2009.

  1. teddisnoke
    Joined: May 24, 2005
    Posts: 1,138

    from So Cal

    Remember those old aluminum spring contraptions on the public playgrounds, that are now gone 'cause we used to launch ourselves to the moon? A customer brought me one, to repair/restore, with a bit extra. His kid is getting it tomorrrow. Hope he appreciates it!!

  2. that's pretty cool,,, they still have them in my hometown park and the park my grandparents used to take me to when i'd visit,,,,
    i think most places took them out cuz people are MORONS nowadays,,,

    miss hootch
  3. bigds54
    Joined: Jun 3, 2008
    Posts: 132

    from Sun Valley

    t minus 10..9..8..7..hehe seriously bro that thing looks killer, great job
  4. temper_mental
    Joined: Oct 22, 2006
    Posts: 2,718

    from Texas

    Lucky little bastard. Great job
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  5. 40 & 61 Fords
    Joined: May 17, 2006
    Posts: 2,000

    40 & 61 Fords

    I still see a few parks around here with them. Also seen a few at swap meets.

    I broke the spring out of the base on one when I was a kid, and smacked the back of my head pretty good. My parents just said "next time don't rock so damn hard".

    To bad parents today would sue anybody and everybody they could if little johnny fell off and got a boo boo
  6. shooter54
    Joined: Apr 25, 2006
    Posts: 5,136


    that's really cool.
  7. That's a nice piece, with a great retro look. Good job on the restoration.
    That would just look cool as yard art.
  8. wvenfield
    Joined: Nov 23, 2006
    Posts: 4,862


    We have a set of the 4 all connected in our park. Last year they were talking about replacing them and I said that if they did, I wanted to be able to bid on them.

    Things are tight and they are keeping them for now.

    Really nice job on that one.
  9. teddisnoke
    Joined: May 24, 2005
    Posts: 1,138

    from So Cal

    This one actually came with the mounts that had it on the swings. I restored that as well, but the owner does not have a tree big enough to make it work. I like the idea of yard art, or in my case, shop art!! I'm going to keep an eye out for one. Brings back alot of cool old memories. Sometimes, its refreshing to get out of the car work, and dig into something off beat!!
  10. old wood 51
    Joined: Aug 26, 2007
    Posts: 368

    old wood 51
    from NAPA CA.

    HEY I have 4 of those same rockets on a merry-go-round in my cool kids have kinda out grown it now... the wife wishes I'd get rid of it.
  11. 61TBird
    Joined: Mar 16, 2008
    Posts: 2,640


    Sorry...I couldn't find a pic of an Astronaut on one....

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  12. barfers
    Joined: Feb 11, 2007
    Posts: 382

    from Florida

    very cool!! I was checkn out a couple on egay latley!
  13. 3windowford
    Joined: Apr 21, 2009
    Posts: 166

    from Edison NJ

  14. dirtbag13
    Joined: Jun 16, 2008
    Posts: 2,540


    very nice work on that !
  15. teddisnoke
    Joined: May 24, 2005
    Posts: 1,138

    from So Cal

    Show here the pic, maybe she'll let you keep it around???!!!
  16. There are a few old motels around here with the playgrounds still up front that have the spring ones. I've got one of the swing type that I need to fix up one day.

  17. doctorZ
    Joined: Apr 10, 2006
    Posts: 1,243


    seriousely!!! what ever happened to darwinism in action?! those toys were just another tool to weed the dumb kids out of the herd. it wasn't playtime, it was a culling!!!
  18. hotrodladycrusr
    Joined: Sep 20, 2002
    Posts: 20,727


    Hopefully after your child grows alittle taller and the huge metal cross bar isn't at teeth level :D
  19. midnight auto parts
    Joined: Feb 1, 2007
    Posts: 59

    midnight auto parts
    from tn

    i would love to find one of those. great job on the rework.
    i fixed this one up for my grand daughter a few months back.
    i believe all us kids love them.

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  20. rc.grimes
    Joined: Aug 14, 2007
    Posts: 698

    from Edmond, OK

    I want it. Wonder what spring I'd have to swap into it to hold me though.
  21. 33Tudor
    Joined: Aug 30, 2007
    Posts: 763


    My buddy found a cool Donald Duck one! I'll ask him if he has any pics to post.
  22. My brother, Ill call him Darwin, "got in the way" of one of those when were were kids. I was pulling it back as far as I could and letting it go...hit him in the face. That was the first of many sets of stitches he acquired growing up.

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