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Taking Down a Texaco Pole! #102288
Sat Jan 19 2008 01:32 PM
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This morning a good friend of mine and I took down his newly acquired Texaco Banjo Pole. This was our first attempt at taking down any kind of pole. All it took was a little nerves, 2 good ropes and a ladder. I think we did a great job of dismanteling, and lowering this piece of Americana without any damage or incident. I wish we could do this every Sat.! This stuff is still out there and surprisingly this one was on a major highway. My friend Kevin who is a Hot-Rodder is fast becoming a Petroholic as well. If anyone has a nice Texaco sign for sale especially in NC or surrounding states let us know. I hope you enjoy the pics.

Mike

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Removing Light Arms
oving Light Arms

Removing Top Light Bar


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Re: Taking Down a Texaco Pole! #102289
Sat Jan 19 2008 01:36 PM
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Removing Top Lights

Sawing Anchor Studs

Safely Down and headed for a new home!
Kevin

Me


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Thou wilt shew me the path of life:
in thy presence is fulness of joy;
at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore.
Re: Taking Down a Texaco Pole! #102290
Sat Jan 19 2008 03:11 PM
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Couple of pictures missing [of bringing down the pole].

Re: Taking Down a Texaco Pole! #102291
Sat Jan 19 2008 03:28 PM
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Kinda hard to take a pic. of it coming down when your hands are full. We made good use of a near by light pole, drove a J bolt in it, wrapped rope around pole and through the J bolt. We then tied the rope to the top of our pole. We used another rope to pull it over while the other man lowered it safely. Piece of cake!!

Mike


KJV Psalms 16:11

Thou wilt shew me the path of life:
in thy presence is fulness of joy;
at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore.
Re: Taking Down a Texaco Pole! #102292
Sat Jan 19 2008 03:32 PM
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i did that once.had a guy from across the street come over and help us. he told us he was watching and thought it might be funny,then he thought it might get serious and just walked on over.no problems. nice pole!


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Re: Taking Down a Texaco Pole! #102293
Sat Jan 19 2008 03:38 PM
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& the mattress ?

Re: Taking Down a Texaco Pole! #102294
Sat Jan 19 2008 03:52 PM
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Yeah, That would have been funny if the power co.crew was having breakfast across the street.



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Re: Taking Down a Texaco Pole! #102295
Sat Jan 19 2008 04:03 PM
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Mike

Glad you got the pole down without any problems.

May I ask how the other guys can just drop a pole like that down on tires, mattress, etc... without damaging the six foot ring on top? Seems you'd have to be a pretty good lumberjack to do it...

I apologize if I offened you at all, I was just kidding in my posts. Hope you know that.

Doug

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Re: Taking Down a Texaco Pole! #102296
Sat Jan 19 2008 08:45 PM
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Please keep this topic pleasant as Mike is showing us what a great weekend he had.

Nice Job Mike and Kevin!

Re: Taking Down a Texaco Pole! #102297
Sat Jan 19 2008 08:46 PM
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Re: Taking Down a Texaco Pole! #102298
Sun Jan 20 2008 06:02 AM
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We got some advice from some people in our area who have taken down many poles. It seems that the oldest trick in the book was a good old king mattress and or some rows of old tires and pull it over with a rope. The base won't kick back because of what's left of the studs. We could have pulled this one straight over directly on the mattress but found a better way. We got lucky and there was a that near by light pole which had no juice to it anymore. We used another rope tied to the band and wrapped around the light pole and through a J bolt. This acted like a brake when our pole came down, nice and easy.

Mike


KJV Psalms 16:11

Thou wilt shew me the path of life:
in thy presence is fulness of joy;
at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore.
Re: Taking Down a Texaco Pole! #102299
Sun Jan 20 2008 06:08 AM
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Thanks Mike

If I'm ever lucky enough to find one, I'll just borrow the shops boom truck, that's how we put up all our outside lighting poles... We've gone as high as 45 foot on some ball diamonds up here.

Doug

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Re: Taking Down a Texaco Pole! #102300
Sun Jan 20 2008 08:24 AM
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Thanks for sharing Mike. Not everybody has a nice tool belt like that. I am guessing you are no stranger to heights. Very nice pole. Would love to find one for my shop.
Mike

Re: Taking Down a Texaco Pole! #102301
Sun Jan 20 2008 09:33 AM
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Excellent pictures & editorial.
Thank You for sharing that & congrats to you & your friend on saving something special.


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Re: Taking Down a Texaco Pole! #102302
Sun Jan 20 2008 11:35 AM
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Neat way to knock those poles over,I hadn't thought of doing it that way! Would you try it like that with a sign still in?
You guys better get after those poles if you want one,did you see what the restored Standard went for at BJ? 24k + comm. WOW!


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