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1959 Caddy mailbox #241767
Sat Mar 19 2011 07:12 PM
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Here is the latest project that my class and I finished. We just got it done on Friday. A member of the community liked the couch that we made so well, they gave me the idea for the mailbox.

I had two fins that were so rusted out along the bottom that I didn't think there was any use for them, but since I couldn't stand getting rid of them I held onto them and sure enough a project presented itself.

The kids have come up with the idea of putting a pressure switch in the bottom of the mailbox. That way when mail is placed inside, the tailights will come on. We are going to custom make a post for it to sit on -- I'm thinking something art-decoish.

As far as the Erie 71 goes -- now that the weather is warming up we can get outside and finish sand blasting the skins and get to straightening them. We only have the two big doors to go. We are still looking for a glass top and an original porcelain totalizer face if anyone happens to have one out there. Thanks.
Chris

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Re: 1959 Caddy mailbox [Re: coopwyo] #241788
Sat Mar 19 2011 07:55 PM
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Sure will make a Nice Target w/ a bat

Re: 1959 Caddy mailbox [Re: Dick Bennett] #241789
Sat Mar 19 2011 07:59 PM
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That looks awesome (to good like someone would steal it). If I had one here the snow plow would hit it LOL. Very Nice Work!!!


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Re: 1959 Caddy mailbox [Re: 57tbirdkid] #241815
Sun Mar 20 2011 12:05 AM
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Nice looking job Chris. I hope that is going in town and not out in the country or there might be a lot of bullet holes put in it. Mitch

Re: 1959 Caddy mailbox [Re: 67Chev4X4] #241848
Sun Mar 20 2011 07:23 AM
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Now that is cool. To nice to be put outside but useless inside.


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Re: 1959 Caddy mailbox [Re: gasoildude] #241906
Sun Mar 20 2011 11:46 AM
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That is creative and beautiful work of art. It wouldn't last long on my road either.


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Re: 1959 Caddy mailbox [Re: Oldgas] #241916
Sun Mar 20 2011 12:30 PM
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Maybe it would work as an indoor mail/message box of some kind. At some fancy office or even like that cool dentists office there was a renewed thread about not long ago...

What a great job they did!

Most of the mail boxes around here become damaged from ice thrown from snow plows...

Have the kids brainstorm on how it could be used at some place like a corporate head quarters then shop around--put together a list of cool companies in your city and have the students set a price and see if the CEO's would be willing for them to make a pitch. It would be kind of like the research your student's might use in the future to get a job, research and find out about the company they are interested in and pitching the merits of what they can do for that company... : )

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Re: 1959 Caddy mailbox [Re: Nicole] #242059
Sun Mar 20 2011 07:38 PM
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I can't believe how concerned you all are that this thing might get destroyed. Do you think people would really try to damage it just for the fun of it? I can definitely see the problem with the snow plows though.

Thanks for the great idea Nicole -- however, there aren't a whole lot of CEO's in Cheyenne, Wyoming. There is one restaurant based off the old "Sanford and Son" tv show that has a bunch of old "junk" displayed throughout the building.

If the person that we made it for thinks it might get damaged sitting out by the road, I think I'll use you idea and have the kids contact that restaurant.

Thanks again for all the support.
Chris

Re: 1959 Caddy mailbox [Re: coopwyo] #242060
Sun Mar 20 2011 07:43 PM
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Re: 1959 Caddy mailbox [Re: coopwyo] #242062
Sun Mar 20 2011 07:44 PM
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I think a lot of people out in the country can say that they've had their mailbox smashed at one point or another. I've heard that some kids think it's great fun to drive down the road and the person in the passenger seat tries to hit them with a baseball bat. Not trying to be discouraging, it would just be a shame to see so much hard work just get destroyed.

Re: 1959 Caddy mailbox [Re: Tara Worsham] #242069
Sun Mar 20 2011 08:32 PM
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That's true. Tara your forgot to mention that right after we moved to the current house, someone totally obliterated our mailbox with a bat one night. They have hit most of the boxes on our road, as well as the next road over. I think it's pretty common.

The mailbox looks great - what a fantastic use for the old scrap sheetmetal!

Wes

Re: 1959 Caddy mailbox [Re: Tara Worsham] #242076
Sun Mar 20 2011 08:53 PM
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Quote:
Do you think people would really try to damage it just for the fun of it?

Yes.

Re: 1959 Caddy mailbox [Re: bppierce] #242078
Sun Mar 20 2011 09:22 PM
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Happens all the time.

You've never wondered why the aisle at Home Depot, ACE and/or Lowe's has so many mailboxes that are re-enforced? And that the manufacturers advertise that fact so predominately?


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Re: 1959 Caddy mailbox [Re: Bob Richards] #242098
Mon Mar 21 2011 05:47 AM
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Back when I was a Young Rebel we never hit them with Baseball Bats, we would always try to hit them with our Beer Bottles as we were driving by. blush

We were all young and Dumb at one time or another!!

Great Looking Mailbox.

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Re: 1959 Caddy mailbox [Re: Esse's Garage] #242099
Mon Mar 21 2011 05:49 AM
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That was one part of "Young & Dumb" that I personally never took the time to consider doing!


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