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#241767 - Sat Mar 19 2011 09:12 PM 1959 Caddy mailbox
coopwyo Offline
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Registered: Wed Apr 09 2008
Loc: Cheyenne, Wyoming
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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#241788 - Sat Mar 19 2011 09:55 PM Re: 1959 Caddy mailbox [Re: coopwyo]
Dick Bennett Offline
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Registered: Wed Oct 25 2000
Loc: Santa Paula, Calif
Sure will make a Nice Target w/ a bat

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#241789 - Sat Mar 19 2011 09:59 PM Re: 1959 Caddy mailbox [Re: Dick Bennett]
57tbirdkid Offline
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Registered: Tue May 04 2010
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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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#241815 - Sun Mar 20 2011 02:05 AM Re: 1959 Caddy mailbox [Re: 57tbirdkid]
67Chev4X4 Offline
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Registered: Thu Aug 14 2008
Loc: Cheyenne, WY
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

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#241848 - Sun Mar 20 2011 09:23 AM Re: 1959 Caddy mailbox [Re: 67Chev4X4]
gasoildude Offline
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Registered: Mon Nov 29 2004
Loc: Oneida IL USA
Now that is cool. To nice to be put outside but useless inside.
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#241906 - Sun Mar 20 2011 01:46 PM Re: 1959 Caddy mailbox [Re: gasoildude]
Oldgas Offline
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Registered: Tue Jul 25 2000
Loc: South of St. Louis, MO USA
That is creative and beautiful work of art. It wouldn't last long on my road either.
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#241916 - Sun Mar 20 2011 02:30 PM Re: 1959 Caddy mailbox [Re: Oldgas]
Nicole Offline
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Registered: Thu Dec 09 2010
Loc: Maryland
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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#242059 - Sun Mar 20 2011 09:38 PM Re: 1959 Caddy mailbox [Re: Nicole]
coopwyo Offline
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Registered: Wed Apr 09 2008
Loc: Cheyenne, Wyoming
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

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#242060 - Sun Mar 20 2011 09:43 PM Re: 1959 Caddy mailbox [Re: coopwyo]
Dick Bennett Offline
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Registered: Wed Oct 25 2000
Loc: Santa Paula, Calif
Did you grow up in a Box or protected home? laugh

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#242062 - Sun Mar 20 2011 09:44 PM Re: 1959 Caddy mailbox [Re: coopwyo]
Tara Worsham Offline
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Registered: Sat Mar 10 2007
Loc: Decatur, IL
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.

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#242069 - Sun Mar 20 2011 10:32 PM Re: 1959 Caddy mailbox [Re: Tara Worsham]
thermactor Offline
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Registered: Wed Apr 27 2005
Loc: Decatur, IL
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

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#242076 - Sun Mar 20 2011 10:53 PM Re: 1959 Caddy mailbox [Re: Tara Worsham]
bppierce Offline
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Registered: Sun Aug 19 2007
Loc: Round Rock, Texas
Quote:
Do you think people would really try to damage it just for the fun of it?

Yes.

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#242078 - Sun Mar 20 2011 11:22 PM Re: 1959 Caddy mailbox [Re: bppierce]
Bob Richards Offline
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Registered: Tue Feb 22 2005
Loc: Longview, WA
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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#242098 - Mon Mar 21 2011 07:47 AM Re: 1959 Caddy mailbox [Re: Bob Richards]
Esse's Garage Offline
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Registered: Wed Nov 28 2007
Loc: Janesville, Mn. 56048
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.


Edited by Esse's Garage (Mon Mar 21 2011 07:47 AM)
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#242099 - Mon Mar 21 2011 07:49 AM Re: 1959 Caddy mailbox [Re: Esse's Garage]
THE AMERICAN GARAGE Offline
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Registered: Wed Jun 02 2004
Loc: PECONIC BAY, L.I., NY, USA
That was one part of "Young & Dumb" that I personally never took the time to consider doing!
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#242101 - Mon Mar 21 2011 07:53 AM Re: 1959 Caddy mailbox [Re: THE AMERICAN GARAGE]
Esse's Garage Offline
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Originally Posted By: THE AMERICAN GARAGE
That was one part of "Young & Dumb" that I personally never took the time to consider doing!



Doc, It was the Booze that was making us do it!! blush
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#242327 - Tue Mar 22 2011 12:56 AM Re: 1959 Caddy mailbox [Re: Tara Worsham]
toychaser2005 Offline
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Registered: Fri Dec 07 2007
Loc: Hibbing,Minn,US
mailbox baseball with ace an eyeball lol
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#242333 - Tue Mar 22 2011 06:03 AM Re: 1959 Caddy mailbox [Re: toychaser2005]
steven Offline
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Registered: Mon Feb 23 2009
Loc: port orange, fl.
growing up we would put M-80,s in the mailbox

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