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O/T but most of us like old neon, right?

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by Harrison, Jul 22, 2008.

  1. Not a hot rod but I'm still pretty proud of it.

    I bought this clock at Charlotte back in April & just recently got it done. I think it turned out super. I have a bad weak spot for old neon and clocks. Combine them & I just get beside myself.

    I thought a few here might like it.


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  2. WildWilly68
    Joined: Feb 1, 2002
    Posts: 1,727


    Damn nice work...I like it, but then again I've got some old clocks around here too.
  3. fiat128
    Joined: Jun 26, 2006
    Posts: 1,426

    from El Paso TX

    That's a cool clock, was the neon still working or did you replace it? I have an old Mexican beer neon and the tube that says "Cerveza" is broken. Sure would like to find someone who know how to fix that.
  4. Theres a couple of great vintage neon guys in Austin that could help you - Todd Sanders at Roadhouse Relics

    or Evan Voyles at the Neon Jungle

    both are car guys too - and do top notch neon work...

  5. chopolds
    Joined: Oct 22, 2001
    Posts: 6,227

    from howell, nj
    1. Kustom Painters

    One of the guys here is a neon sign builder....""Curt Six", I think. He might be willing to do the work.
  6. Another small-town guy here in Seabrook, Texas(near Galveston) 281-326-NEON. He used to make the custom neon stuff for us fifteen years ago when I was in the sign business.
  7. evil clown
    Joined: Jan 15, 2006
    Posts: 283

    evil clown
    from Verona, WI

    Nice job on your clock JH!

    I bought an old Aztec neon clock at an auction awhile back for $10! It was still hanging on an old gas station and I think everyone was concerned about how they would get it down. Luckily my inlaws lived in town, so I borrowed the biggest ladder they had and got it down. I restored it and it hangs in my garage now. I think it was on that old gas station since it was new. I've got several others too, they are addicting!
  8. Ramblur
    Joined: Jun 15, 2005
    Posts: 2,101


    Haha,A little neon is good for the soul... at least mine. I trace that back to
    an old movie theater that we converted to a shop in the 70's. An old clock
    with a light blue neon ring would cast such a warm glow through that place.
    I've tried to capture that in my current shop but its just not quite the same
    with the repop clock...

  9. Bob K
    Joined: Mar 3, 2001
    Posts: 5,772

    Bob K
    Member Emeritus
    from Antigo Wi.

    Pictures, Pictures, has anyone ever told you that we like pictures/

    Please Please Please

  10. Curt Six
    Joined: Sep 19, 2002
    Posts: 994

    Curt Six

    I'd be happy to help you out. Drop me a PM and I can let you know what info I need to get you fixed up with a new piece.
  11. The green is original. I had the blue & red rings made. The same guy had an Aztec in pieces that needed a total restoration. He was asking $400 for it. I almost bought it but eventually, wisely, passed.

  12. speedtool
    Joined: Oct 15, 2005
    Posts: 2,540


    Me likey your clock!
  13. fiat128
    Joined: Jun 26, 2006
    Posts: 1,426

    from El Paso TX

    OK guys, someone post a photo of an "Aztec" so I can know what you're talking about about. The only Aztec I know of is Aztec brewing and a neon from there would be killer.

    I like the sign in the garage. I recently bought a 7'X7' "Bertone Pininfarina" dealership sign and plan to put it up at one end of the garage. It has about 6 flourescent tubes in it and should light up the whole garage.

    If I can get all the junk out of my garage, that is.
  14. Django
    Joined: Nov 15, 2002
    Posts: 10,198

    from Chicago

    That turned out really nice!
  15. DE SOTO
    Joined: Jan 20, 2006
    Posts: 3,857


    Neon is Very cool to own, My buddy has MUCHO old neon around his place including many clocks & signs.

    I only have an old SCHLITZ beer sign & an old Dealer Window hanger that says:

    Fire Dome

    I like the Dealership signs myself !!
    Last edited: Jul 24, 2008
  16. I stopped at lunch to check on a neon "OFFICE" sign that is about 20" long & 8" high. The letters are about 4". The neon is red. They are remodeling the roach motel it is hanging on. I'm hoping I can get it.

  17. Nads
    Joined: Mar 5, 2001
    Posts: 11,862

    from Hypocrisy

    I'm a neon clock fanatic too, at one point I had 30+ now I'm down to two, a Travel Time and and Cleveland Bubble, I've got tons of other clocks still, a bunch of George Nelsons and other mid century modern jobs.
  18. evil clown
    Joined: Jan 15, 2006
    Posts: 283

    evil clown
    from Verona, WI


    I'd love to post pictures . . . but I'm a little "technolgy challenged". My wife helped me post some once, but I can't remember how now. I'll have to sit down and figure it out one of these days. But as they say - it won't be today, and tomorrow doesn't look good either!:rolleyes:

  19. Aztec Clock:


    I love 'em. Maybe someday I'll have one.

  20. Nads
    Joined: Mar 5, 2001
    Posts: 11,862

    from Hypocrisy

    I had one, mine was rough, there was a huge rust hole in the bottom, I repaired it with a garden hose holder, you know those metal things you nail to the wall? Perfect contour and the ribs almost match up too. It looked pretty good when I was done with it.
    I had a Coca Cola Cleveland one, I wish I still had it, it's prolly worth $3-4000 now, mine was mint.
    Another favorite I let go was a Cleveland bubble with a bunch of bullet holes in the plastic cover and face, it added to the charm of it.
    Another clock I owned (for a spell) was a tabletop bullet Glo-Dial, I bought it for $120 at an an antique fair and for the rest of the day this dude followed me around and kept offering me more and more for it, $200, $250, $275, finally I gave up and sold it to him for $650, pretty good profit for holding something for a few hours.

    Still I wish I hadn't sold it.

    My fave neon that I still own is a sign that says Dry Good, it clearly said Dry Goods at one time but the S broke off and that's how it was repaired, Dry Good, Wet Bad.

    Harrison,you got good taste, if I find an Aztec for a decent price I'll let you know first.
  21. loco 52 ragtop
    Joined: Apr 13, 2006
    Posts: 389

    loco 52 ragtop

    Badass style of clocks i think i got the neon clock bug.
  22. yruhot
    Joined: Dec 17, 2009
    Posts: 564


    Neon, I grew up in Vegas, you got to love Neon, Heck we even got a neon museum going up with some of the old casino signs repaired and glowing, I love the stuff. yruhot....Doug

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