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48" Sinclair Aircraft sign Story
#570833 Fri Sep 26 2014 06:50 PM
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Had an interesting day with a friend straightening his 48" Sinclair sign out. I never realized how hard these are to get back in shape. Sign had a few holes, cuts, and one heck of a bend in the sign. Got the hammer out and beat the dents back in and folded the edges over where it was cut then went to the bend. Looked like someone dropped it from 12' and it hit hard. A few strikes later on the bend and i knew it was going to take a bigger hammer!
We weren't worried about porcelain loss as it is rough anyways. So we got the old Bowtie (chevy truck for you city people) out and had a plan. Lay it down and RUN IT OVER!!! It worked very very well and took the bend right out after some soft touches. At least now it will lay flat on the barn. I wish i took some photos of the signs' bend before hand. It wasnt pretty and didnt get any prettier but straighter!!
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Re: 48" Sinclair Aircraft sign Story
mcguffeyd1 #570837 Fri Sep 26 2014 07:03 PM
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Done that before. It actually works very well. Man I want one of those...just not that rough.


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Did the porcelain bust at all when you ran it over?


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Re: 48" Sinclair Aircraft sign Story
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Cool even with the "character" it's an awesome sign!!


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Re: 48" Sinclair Aircraft sign Story
Bbburke #570843 Fri Sep 26 2014 07:42 PM
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Originally Posted By: Bbburke
Did the porcelain bust at all when you ran it over?

Nope if was fine as it was popped off before hand anyways


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Re: 48" Sinclair Aircraft sign Story
mcguffeyd1 #570845 Fri Sep 26 2014 07:48 PM
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Hey Dan thanks for your help with the sign today. That was something new to me but it worked well.. sign is rough but I like it and it will do till I find a better one.

Re: 48" Sinclair Aircraft sign Story
Rjhart123 #570846 Fri Sep 26 2014 07:52 PM
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Dan, I was wondering if any additional porcelain ended up coming off or cracking when you ran it over?


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Re: 48" Sinclair Aircraft sign Story
Bbburke #570847 Fri Sep 26 2014 07:56 PM
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Originally Posted By: Bbburke
Dan, I was wondering if any additional porcelain ended up coming off or cracking when you ran it over?

Nothing significant just tiny shards


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Re: 48" Sinclair Aircraft sign Story
mcguffeyd1 #570851 Fri Sep 26 2014 08:09 PM
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I have done the same thing only used a "Blue Oval" Ford instead. Does a great job and not a lot of porcelain damage. I did it on a Standard strip sign.

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keithia #570853 Fri Sep 26 2014 08:16 PM
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I did that on a 6` sign once it worked pretty well.


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Dan, I was wondering if any additional porcelain ended up coming off or cracking when you ran it over?

Nothing significant just tiny shards


The porcelain was missing from the original damage so I guess not much happened bending back to where it once was.

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hri_2008 #570869 Fri Sep 26 2014 11:51 PM
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Beautiful sign just as it is ! Great job on the repair guys.


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Tried the same technique with a 30" Sign that was bent and folded some. Used a Large compact tractor wheel and plywood to flatten the sign. As you can see it worked well. The condition of the sign is -10 as you can see so I wasn't worried about porcelain loss.

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Re: 48" Sinclair Aircraft sign Story
hjnc #571293 Sun Sep 28 2014 09:19 PM
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Nice! At least its straight now.


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