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Old cars made into signs

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by Hodad, Aug 25, 2009.

  1. Gotgas
    Joined: Jul 22, 2004
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    from DFW USA

  2. junkyardjeff
    Joined: Jul 23, 2005
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    I think there is a VW and something else on a pole in Ft Wayne Indiana at a used car lot.
  3. 1lowbuckrodder
    Joined: Mar 5, 2008
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    up north

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  4. rottenrod
    Joined: Jan 7, 2008
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    the berwyn spindle is gone sadly it sold a year or two ago i believe it went over seas the whole parking lot at that shopping center is weird modern art stuff from like the late 70s or early 80s if no ones beats me to it, in joliet there is a tow truck and an old chevy on top of a shop ill have to take pics i know ive drivin by a lot of these car signs in the chicagoland area but i dont remember where most of it is
  5. OK, it's not a car on a pole but still a cool car sign.
    Located in Tenino WA on state hwy 507

  6. steve53
    Joined: Aug 11, 2009
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    haha yeah its at the intersection with sooner road. i really wanna climb up there and see what the interior looks like after all this time!
  7. aceuh
    Joined: Apr 17, 2008
    Posts: 1,361


    I scanned this out of an old magazine...


    69 Camaro wrapped around a pole on a roof in Chattanooga. Supposedly the shop owners son was killed in it years ago.



    An Alabama auto parts store...

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  8. there's half a VW micro bus at Pier39 in San Francisco that doubles as a window for a take away restaurant!, theres also a counter made form half a 57 chevy in a store there too....down by union sq there is a whole Edsel in a diner!!
  9. lippy
    Joined: Sep 27, 2006
    Posts: 5,563

    from Ks

    How about a sign made into a car? I replaced a quarter panel on a 63 impala conv that had an old yield sign bondo'd in it!:D
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    Thats kind of creepy
  11. FatDave
    Joined: Feb 7, 2009
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    That's not a sign, it's a cock tease.
  12. Frank36
    Joined: Aug 27, 2007
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    Mandan ND, I think it used to be a motorcycle shop and body shop in the back. It looks like it is for sale now.
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  13. Gigantor
    Joined: Jul 12, 2006
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    THere used to be the Lincoln Towing "Toe Truck" parked on a roof in Seattle right when you got off the Mercer Street exit. When I was there last month it was gone. Making way for progress I guess.

    On a side note, some vintage dirt racing buddies have plans to design a sign for the new Unity Dirt track here in Maine utilizing various scrap parts from a 34 ford ex race car. While I have my qualms as a few of the pieces they want to use (front axle for instance) I would like to have in my own garage. But they want my help designing it and it should be pretty cool if I have anything to say about it.
  14. Gotgas
    Joined: Jul 22, 2004
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    from DFW USA

    Hahaha... Pier 39. Good one.
  15. The aforementioned '57 in Midwest City (actually a hardtop sans roof). I was told the floor was cut out when it was placed on the roof.


    And the tow operator we used when I worked in a shop in Del City

  16. Aztec NM (I used to live a block away...spent many nights in the Hiway.

  17. Seeing some of the car sides being used reminds me that The Turning Stone Casino (Verona NY) used to have the side of a '55 Chevy (with the top cut off to convertible-ize it) in one of the restaurants. I never knocked on it to see if it was real steel or a fiberglass knockoff, I suppose it could have been either. It was in a 50s-theme restaurant, they've since changed things around and redecorated.

    For that matter on eBay a while back I was looking at auctions where a theme park in Ohio had used cars as booths for people to eat in, then sold them off to a guy who was trying to sell them on eBay. Most were in okay shape other than tops cut off and usually missing doors on one side and the interior gutted.

    Which reminds me that at least a couple of local McDonalds have hot rods out front; the one in Utica has a T-bucket, with a plexiglass hood over the motor. I think Baldwinsville has something similar. They're both more recent retro-styled builds, designed to look like the old original restaurants on steroids.
  18. leon renaud
    Joined: Nov 12, 2005
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    leon renaud
    from N.E. Ct.

    We had a club here called "Horse Feathers" That had the back half of 2 57 chevys sticking out the side of the building that were restored.The rear seats were seating for parts of booths inside the restaurant the tail lights were always lit both cars were cut right at the back edges of the doors.lots of folks flipped when they saw the 2 cars added to the building but A friend of mine did the "restorations" And both cars were "front end totals "and were used for parts to restore other cars first.A drive in in Mendon Mass. also has a front end of a 57 chevy that appears to be driving out of the projection booth on top of the concession stand which has a 50s era diner theme inside.
  19. Sir Woosh
    Joined: Dec 1, 2008
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    Sir Woosh

    Not a whole car, but the start of one in my rec room.

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  20. Love the comb over. You'd never notice he's losing his hair.

    There is a Bantam coupe on top of the sign at Northridge Auto Wrecking in the SFV/SoCal. Back in the 50s and into the 70s there was an Essex on the roof at a yard on the Sun Valley/Burbank border on San Fernando Road.
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  21. pasadenahotrod
    Joined: Feb 13, 2007
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    from Texas

    In either Cleburne or Hilllsboro TX there is a front end shop that has the front(cowl and complete front sheet metal and suspension) of an American Bantam sticking out of the building.
    Someplace in Arkansas I saw a double ended Crosley on a pole adverstising a junkyard. Have a pic buried someplace.
    In Splendora TX there is a Corvair on apole in front of a service garage.
    On Washington Ave(?) in Houston is a 49-50 Ford than is double sided but only about a foot or so thick, talk about sectioning.
    Embedded in the outside wall of a country bar out on the country roads off 290 NW of Houston going out toward Cat Springs, Fayetteville, etc. is an early 50s Dodge sedan.

    At the corner of Shaver and Spencer in Pasadena there was a 23-25 Ford T Coupe on a pole at a car lot called Minter Motors, now some Spanish language car lot. This same coupe was on a pole when the same people had their lot on Harrisburg in eastside Houston before the move to Pasadena. AND the same coupe was on a pole at their original location, I believe it was, on Washington Ave in Houston when they got into the business back in the 40s!
    The car was painted red during its 60+ years as an advertising icon and had neon surrounding the body contours and on the wheels which turned as well as the speed lines and smoke/dust puff in neon out behind. The neon tubes were still on parts of the car but it hadn't been lit up since the days on Harrisburg.
    Sadly, some months ago the car was taken down and now a line drawing of it it is on the sign.
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  22. publicenemy1925
    Joined: Feb 4, 2007
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    from OKC, OK

    They had a mid 70's corvette for a long time til they switched to the 57.
    Joined: Oct 25, 2008
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    from IL

    This one?


    And there's this one I've seen

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  24. 56sedandelivery
    Joined: Nov 21, 2006
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    Just a FYI, the Lincoln Toe Truck is still around, I've seen it in the last year, but for the life of me, I can't remember where; seems it was in a fenced in lot. It's still "pink" even. Butch/56sedandelivery.
  25. 56sedandelivery
    Joined: Nov 21, 2006
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    DING, DING, DING, DING, we have a winner! Butch/56sedandelivery.
  26. Oldmanolds
    Joined: Jan 16, 2006
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    Saftey Auto glass, Indianapolis, has a 60's front engine Indy car on top of their building but I don't have a picture of it. Someone from Indy has to have one.
  27. rixrex
    Joined: Jun 25, 2006
    Posts: 1,433


    On the little FM that goes between Seguin and LaVernia Tx. near the intersection of Old School Rd. and Scull Crossing there is a VW sittin in an oak tree for the kids treehouse...
  28. papastoyss
    Joined: Apr 9, 2009
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    The Dodge dealer in Henderson Ky. had a Viper on a pole. I always wondered if it was real or some sort of knock-off.
  29. HomeBrewKustoms
    Joined: Jul 8, 2009
    Posts: 39


    MAN you beat me to them I love that ol 57 on the roof of the Autohaus!!!
  30. This poor thing was stuck up on a pole when it was a very nice car,,,now I looks pretty bad,,Local car wash. HRP


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