Cities Service Curb Sign base warning

Posted by: K W FRITH

Cities Service Curb Sign base warning - Mon Sep 10 2012 07:36 PM

I bought this curb sign base on ebay and the ad specifically said "no cracks, breaks or welds". Well, when I received it, the center pipe was welded in place and that wouldn't be so bad but it wasn't welded straight! I asked the seller if he would pay to fix it and he just said to send it back because there was a guy there in Missouri that wanted it!
Fine by me as he was willing to pay return freight too but I just want you Missouri guys to know what you're getting from this seller and I don't think you'll be happy! This is just a heads up so that you know what you're getting! The seller is Michael Hutchison and uses "f12packard" on ebay.
As for me, I'm on the hunt for one again!
Posted by: porcelain-neon

Re: Cities Service Curb Sign base warning - Mon Sep 10 2012 07:49 PM

What would be so tough about cutting the pipe out and cleaning it up with a grinder?
Posted by: K W FRITH

Re: Cities Service Curb Sign base warning - Mon Sep 10 2012 07:54 PM

I'm pretty sure the threads are probably shot and was the reason for welding it and I didn't pay for something that needed work!
Posted by: 57tbirdkid

Re: Cities Service Curb Sign base warning - Mon Sep 10 2012 08:13 PM

You could always put a insert in..,come on kevin your a handy guy wink
Posted by: Dick Bennett

Re: Cities Service Curb Sign base warning - Mon Sep 10 2012 09:30 PM

Looks to me like the farmer wanted a larger pipe to hold his Vise or grinder!
Flip it over & check for threads.
Originally Posted By: 57tbirdkid
You could always put a insert in.

& it would still be crooked & off center!
Posted by: K W FRITH

Re: Cities Service Curb Sign base warning - Mon Sep 10 2012 09:49 PM

Threads don't look good underneath at all. I figure it will take a machine shop to get it right again.
Posted by: advertologist

Re: Cities Service Curb Sign base warning - Mon Sep 10 2012 10:09 PM

that would be a killer base detailed green & black.. cool
Posted by: Dave's Garage

Re: Cities Service Curb Sign base warning - Tue Sep 11 2012 02:21 AM

Kevin, I think a machine shop could mill the pipe down and then cut new threads in it.
Posted by: THERMOMAN

Re: Cities Service Curb Sign base warning - Tue Sep 11 2012 05:21 AM

I just rethreaded the bung on my compressor to run 1" ridgid around my shop. (I know its overkill, the 1" is t-tapped for 3/8 drops). It can be done, not sure if final product would leave evidence of earlier problem. The internal pipe taps or bolt taps are all over the swap meets, as they are used 1000 times less than there counteparts. No one ever thinks that they will have a use for them.
Posted by: 57tbirdkid

Re: Cities Service Curb Sign base warning - Tue Sep 11 2012 06:22 AM

I meant After the pipe was cut an base was drilled out Dick. Some of the signs look wrong with a wide pole:)
Posted by: KZ1000

Re: Cities Service Curb Sign base warning - Tue Sep 11 2012 06:55 AM

I'm with Kevin on this one, It is not what he was led to believe. It is not an easy or cheap fix if you can't do it yourself, when you have to fix something the original price should reflect that.
Posted by: Dick Bennett

Re: Cities Service Curb Sign base warning - Tue Sep 11 2012 03:41 PM

Originally Posted By: KW Firth
I didn't pay for something that needed work!

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Posted by: K W FRITH

Re: Cities Service Curb Sign base warning - Tue Sep 11 2012 06:47 PM

The seller was real nice about it and even said he would refund the return postage, which most will NEVER do, but I thought I was buying an original base with "NO CRACKS, BREAKS, OR WELDS" and thats what I should have gotten.
I have no problem with it but he's passing it on to another buyer in Missouri and if its a member here, I wanted them to know about the problem.
Maybe they won't care and the problem is resolved! LOL
Posted by: Wes Hague

Re: Cities Service Curb Sign base warning - Wed Sep 12 2012 05:54 AM

Kevin, I think your being tough on the seller as he will refund your money and all of it,,,no other guestions asked,, I think you need to give the guy credit not negative feedback... JMO.,
Posted by: Catauladave

Re: Cities Service Curb Sign base warning - Wed Sep 12 2012 08:15 AM

Kevin...
None of my business, but why not repair the item? There doesn't seem to be many around or you would have several by now. Nice looking piece anyhow...
Dave
Posted by: Cold Pizza

Re: Cities Service Curb Sign base warning - Wed Sep 12 2012 08:16 AM

Kevin
I understand completely where you're coming from.
But is there any chance the seller will refund you a few,so you can fix & keep it?
That's a real nice looking piece,that I haven't seen too many of.
I sure would try hard to keep it for my collection.
Posted by: K W FRITH

Re: Cities Service Curb Sign base warning - Wed Sep 12 2012 08:28 AM

UPS picked it up yesterday and its on its way back. In order to get it right, it would have needed to be bored out and new threads installed and probably a bushing of some sort to get the pipe size correct and the whole thing was just going to cost too much. They aren't that rare and I have confidence that I'll find one, its just a matter of when? I've seen 2 on Ebay since IG and I know theres one out there somewhere, just waiting for me! LOL