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Art & Inspiration New shop sign

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by Lucky Burton, Nov 19, 2021.

  1. Lucky Burton
    Joined: Dec 31, 2004
    Posts: 1,637

    Lucky Burton

    Yes that was exactly my thought.
  2. Lucky Burton
    Joined: Dec 31, 2004
    Posts: 1,637

    Lucky Burton

    Haha I don’t get to the shop very often after dark but when I get one I’ll post it here
    Last edited: Nov 22, 2021
  3. Fortunateson
    Joined: Apr 30, 2012
    Posts: 4,607


    I thought I hit send when I wrote my reply but apparently not. Anyway, great sign! Thanks for your build details. { I won’t even mention the missing apostrophe!}. LOL. Your are truly “Lucky”!
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  4. jnaki
    Joined: Jan 1, 2015
    Posts: 7,014




    That is a great sign. It should look fine when it is completely lit up with interior lights. If the LUCKYS white lettering portion were made of the same opaque plastic, then the top lettering part could also light up. (if it doesn’t have any inside as of now.) Since the sign looks as if it can be taken apart to get access to the interior, then simple lighting will work with a minimal wiring leading out and within the brackets for a clean installation.

    Back when So Cal's Myers-Manx Company went out of business for whatever reason, the shop and manufacturing warehouse was seen my millions off of the 405 freeway heading toward Long Beach. It was in an Orange County industrial district and right next to the freeway in Southern industrial Fountain Valley. We could see it every day we drove past it.

    At times, that place had tons of cars parked on the side streets and on the driveway/work yard, were tons of Myers-Manx Dune Buggies. It was the place for the construction and distribution. A busy place as far as old cars being converted to new Manx Dune Buggies of all different colors.
    Then, one day a sign with a real estate agent’s company was on the wall, the parking spaces were empty and the lot was barren like a new industrial building. The only remaining thing was a giant Myers/Manx Sign stuck hanging from the top of the concrete roof wall.
    I drove the 65 El Camino around the building and found the door open, so I asked the guy working on cleaning up the building if it was ok to get the sign down. He said that he could not help, but if I could get it down, he would appreciate it for a clean lease or rental look.
    So, I had a lot of nylon straps and together, I had enough length to wrap the sign several times, lift it off of the wall position and gently lower it to the ground. It was not that heavy as most of it was the plastic face plate and thin wall "L" metal for the surround. As I got it to the ground, it fit perfectly in the bed of the El Camino. A few blankets and off it went back to my house.

    Your sign, if the top portion is not lit up can be easily wired with some fluorescent lighting for a nice glow in the evening or dark days. The other types of bulbs are too bright and show up as single light blobs through the opaque plastic. The fluorescent light spreads the light throughout the whole sign and looks quite nicely. Well, it did after I installed the lighting apparatus.


    The only place tall enough was this long hallway downstairs leading out to the car port. It looked nice and when I connected the fluorescent light inside, the whole hallway lit up and it just glowed in the dark. It was a giant night light.

    The large painting replaced the Myers Manx sign as I gave it away to a Porsche/VW repair shop in Dana Point, CA. They were going to get a new opaque plastic sheet and have the local painter put on some lettering advertising their business. It would fit perfectly as their extended roof wall lip had the same thickness as the old Myers Manx Building in Fountain Valley. The last time I saw the sign was of it sitting in their fenced in parts yard behind their building.

    Your new sign is great, but your name should also be the main part that lights up and shows the world where your shop is open for business. YRMV
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  5. Lucky Burton
    Joined: Dec 31, 2004
    Posts: 1,637

    Lucky Burton

    Thank you for the info. I appreciate it. I do not want my sign to light up. This is why I built it this way. I will have some side spot lights that will illuminate it when I desire. I have built many lighted signs like the lower portion of my sign that does light up. Neon or building the main part into a box sign I simply did not want. Thank you for sharing your thoughts
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  6. KJSR
    Joined: Mar 7, 2008
    Posts: 2,488

    from Utah
    1. Utah HAMBers

    Thanks for sharing this! The sign is bad ass and even cooler that you made it!
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  7. Lucky Burton
    Joined: Dec 31, 2004
    Posts: 1,637

    Lucky Burton

    Thank you Kevin!
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  8. connielu
    Joined: Apr 21, 2019
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    1. A-D Truckers

  9. edcodesign
    Joined: Mar 30, 2007
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  10. lippy
    Joined: Sep 27, 2006
    Posts: 6,166

    from Ks

    That's a beautiful sign!! Lippy
  11. corncobcoupe
    Joined: May 26, 2001
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    Staff Member

  12. saltflats
    Joined: Aug 14, 2007
    Posts: 11,308

    from Missouri

  13. Hollywood-East
    Joined: Mar 13, 2008
    Posts: 1,737


    Nailed it Dog, Straight Up!
  14. chevy57dude
    Joined: Dec 10, 2007
    Posts: 6,964


    Super professional job!
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  15. deathrowdave
    Joined: May 27, 2014
    Posts: 2,862

    from NKy

    You went for the fence with this one , Grand Slam . Looks great
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  16. Mitchell Rish
    Joined: Jun 10, 2007
    Posts: 1,443

    Mitchell Rish
    from Houston MS

    Now that is as sharp as a 3 edged razor
  17. Lucky Burton
    Joined: Dec 31, 2004
    Posts: 1,637

    Lucky Burton

    Thank You
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  18. chrisp
    Joined: Jan 27, 2007
    Posts: 888


    Superb, currently looking for inspiration for my own shop sign. What you built is definitely the best I've seen to date.
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  19. Shutter Speed
    Joined: Feb 2, 2017
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    Shutter Speed

    Joined: Oct 13, 2012
    Posts: 272

    NICE You make me want to move to Burbank!
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  21. How fast is it, though ?? :)
  22. 48fordnut
    Joined: Nov 4, 2005
    Posts: 4,140


    Excellent work, and imagination. 65 yrs from now, Pickers will delight in finding this.


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  23. Lucky Burton
    Joined: Dec 31, 2004
    Posts: 1,637

    Lucky Burton

    Thank you!
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