Buick neon sign

Posted by: Rust and Dust

Buick neon sign - Wed Feb 20 2013 07:48 PM

Hey guys i just pulled the trigger on this sign and am haveing a little stage fright. I was Under the gun and had to get it. All the letters light up except the c and i. What a sign like this worth as it sits and then with all neon lit.
Posted by: Craig Osbeck

Re: Buick neon sign - Wed Feb 20 2013 08:09 PM

Is there any place where the rest of the sign mounted? Letters lighting up is not a big thing, You can test each one by themselves or if the whole thing is hooked up to one transformer then there is a possible break in there.
Posted by: Rust and Dust

Re: Buick neon sign - Thu Feb 21 2013 07:39 AM

No this is all Thats left of the sign
Posted by: Rust and Dust

Re: Buick neon sign - Thu Feb 21 2013 08:10 AM

I paid 600 for it is that crazy.
Posted by: K W FRITH

Re: Buick neon sign - Thu Feb 21 2013 08:28 AM

Want your $600 back? LOL
Posted by: Craig Osbeck

Re: Buick neon sign - Thu Feb 21 2013 08:44 AM

Clean this up and start looking for the rest, surprisingly enough parts to signs show up.
Posted by: Rust and Dust

Re: Buick neon sign - Thu Feb 21 2013 10:29 AM

No im gonna have to hold it am i safe at 1000 the neon repairs gonna run me up
Posted by: Craig Osbeck

Re: Buick neon sign - Thu Feb 21 2013 10:51 AM

Neon repair should not run over $70.00 per unit, and I think you at the most would need two. Take everything off the sign, clean with rubbing compound (light), Check each piece by itself with the transformer and find out which piece is bad. If all light up by themselves, then check your wiring inside, may just have a bad connection.
Posted by: Rust and Dust

Re: Buick neon sign - Thu Feb 21 2013 11:28 AM

10/4 thx craig im a neon virgin always stay away because of the feer factor.
Posted by: Gas stuff.com

Re: Buick neon sign - Thu Feb 21 2013 12:32 PM

"Neon Virgin". I love that name,maybe a good name for a band. LOL
PS at six hundred I would double your money
Posted by: Man-Cave-Shoppe Dave

Re: Buick neon sign - Thu Feb 21 2013 12:51 PM

Heya Jonathan,
Neon Porcelain signs are the top of the top for most sign collectors.
Even as dirty as your is, you can still see very good color and there is not a huge ammount of chips and you said all the tubes are still there with the balasts.
IMO You did Great!

??Any idea of the year and what size is it??

Your no longer a Neon virgin but I am and I can't wait to pop that cherry! Hopefully I will do as good as you.
Now go pop a beer at night, and light it up and sit in a chair and stare at it for a while with a smile on your face.
Posted by: gasoildude

Re: Buick neon sign - Thu Feb 21 2013 07:01 PM

At $600 I think its safe too say you did well smile
Posted by: coheley5

Re: Buick neon sign - Thu Feb 21 2013 07:19 PM

I am glad some one local got that sign ,I looked at it last week and passed but the neon zone in woodstock GA done some repair for me on a large sign and did a great job at a fair price.I took the letters out and carried them by and they remade them. If you take your time they are not that hard to put back into place.Of course they also take whole signs and do all the repair.
Posted by: Rust and Dust

Re: Buick neon sign - Thu Feb 21 2013 09:19 PM

I emailed the guy and waited 4days for a reply figured it was gone. He just hadnt checked his email yet. But i was the fourth email of 50 the first 3 guys didnt answer. And the grammy goes to Rust and Dust. I had no choice but to buy it over the phone which i dont like to do i need to see stuff first to be really comfortable. But when am i gonna have another one of these come up for sale 30 minutes from my house. Bringing it home tommarow morn will post pictures of it lit and in its new home.
Posted by: Dr Dave

Re: Buick neon sign - Fri Feb 22 2013 08:33 AM

Cool sign Jon!
You said you were "under the gun" to buy it. You wife really used a gun and forced you?! lol
I found a picture of the complete sign (likely you have already seen similar.)
Good purchase!
Posted by: Rust and Dust

Re: Buick neon sign - Fri Feb 22 2013 10:11 AM

New info on the sign There are no mounting holes where there was anything attached can anyone lend to my sign being a complete sign or am i for sure missing the rest like daves picture
Posted by: Signs&Neons

Re: Buick neon sign - Fri Feb 22 2013 10:42 AM

In my opinion a sign like this would never be used inside. First, it's too big, and secondly they went to all the expense of making it porcelain so that it would stand the test of time outside. All of the Buick signs like this I have owned had holes in them towards the top where the Valve in Head sign would mount. Could be left side, right side (either side of a double sided sign like Dave pictured above) or even center (single sided wall mounted sign with Valve in Head in center). Look for holes and I would be very surprised if you don't see 2 on the same horizontal line with one or two centered below it. Good looking sign at a great price.
Posted by: Rust and Dust

Re: Buick neon sign - Fri Feb 22 2013 12:06 PM

There are zero holes in the sign on the face of it. I mean zero will post close ups of it later just unloaded it at home and back to work for me. Here is a picture of its temporary home till i grt it fixed.
Posted by: Man-Cave-Shoppe Dave

Re: Buick neon sign - Fri Feb 22 2013 12:21 PM

Once again, congrats on a great buy!
In the above pic, with the neon on, you can see the streaks in the light blue area from weathering.
It was outside.
Someone b4 u must've tried to clean it up some and probably sealed it with some wax so the rust would not come out anymore.
Posted by: coheley5

Re: Buick neon sign - Sat Feb 23 2013 07:12 AM

What led me to believe this is just part of a sign is lack of markings on the sign such as Dave has a name at bottom. If it has no holes for mounting ,clips had to be holding it in place as a piece of a big sign
Posted by: Rust and Dust

Re: Buick neon sign - Sat Feb 23 2013 07:48 AM

I will yeild that this is a the same sign as in daves picture. When i finnaly got around to messing with it last night which was the first time i saw it in person. My dad had to pick it up for me i was at work. There are to tiny holes and a faint color change where the red circle would have hung down on it. Like in daves picture. So the new question is who has the rest of the sign.
Posted by: gasoildude

Re: Buick neon sign - Sat Feb 23 2013 08:59 AM

If you could get the rest of the sign for what you have in this one you would have done extremely well on it. What you gave for this one is a great deal with the neon working the way it is. Just keep your eye out,spread the word on what you are looking for & be patient something will turn up smile
Posted by: Rust and Dust

Re: Buick neon sign - Sat Feb 23 2013 09:26 AM

Im pretty stoked about getting it running right and then hanging it up it makes
Me nervous
Posted by: Craig Osbeck

Re: Buick neon sign - Sat Feb 23 2013 10:41 AM

You got a good one, sometimes its just pieces that wait for the others to follow. Great sign and you will have fun finding the other parts. I have a bull nose for the end by I believe might be wrong color.
Posted by: Rust and Dust

Re: Buick neon sign - Mon Feb 25 2013 07:04 AM

Cool
Just let me know