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#249322 - Thu Apr 21 2011 08:23 AM Mohawk tires sign is on the ground. woo hoo
always lookin Offline
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Registered: Mon Jan 31 2011
Loc: Pa.
It came down easy, with the correct equipment. Its in great condition. Has a 47 stamped on the makers plate. The owner of the tire shop knows for a fact it was hung in 1951. 8 ft long by 5 foot tall. No damage and looks good. I think I will open it and see whats inside.
NEW better, cleaner pics..


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#249323 - Thu Apr 21 2011 08:30 AM Re: Mohawk tires sign is on the ground. woo hoo [Re: always lookin]
Matt_Martin Offline
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Registered: Thu Mar 17 2011
Loc: North Georgia
That's such a killer sign! It would look great lit up in a basement.

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#249326 - Thu Apr 21 2011 08:40 AM Re: Mohawk tires sign is on the ground. woo hoo [Re: Matt_Martin]
THERMOMAN Offline
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Registered: Tue Aug 15 2006
Loc: smyrna, de USA
Great story..... Thanks for sharing all the pictures!
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#249335 - Thu Apr 21 2011 09:22 AM Re: Mohawk tires sign is on the ground. woo hoo [Re: THERMOMAN]
THE AMERICAN GARAGE Offline
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Registered: Wed Jun 02 2004
Loc: PECONIC BAY, L.I., NY, USA
Exciting without a doubt! I love it when a plan comes together and collectors & sellers like us score BIG! wink
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#249345 - Thu Apr 21 2011 10:12 AM Re: Mohawk tires sign is on the ground. woo hoo [Re: THE AMERICAN GARAGE]
advertologist Offline
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Registered: Fri Sep 07 2007
Loc: So. Ca.
a job well done..Congratulations
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#249362 - Thu Apr 21 2011 10:48 AM Re: Mohawk tires sign is on the ground. woo hoo [Re: advertologist]
strnge Offline
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Registered: Mon Oct 23 2006
Loc: Maryland U.S.A.
Awesome!
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#249391 - Thu Apr 21 2011 01:01 PM Re: Mohawk tires sign is on the ground. woo hoo [Re: strnge]
always lookin Offline
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Registered: Mon Jan 31 2011
Loc: Pa.
THANKS!! I love the "new baby" feeling !! Even though I have never had one smile

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#249402 - Thu Apr 21 2011 01:53 PM Re: Mohawk tires sign is on the ground. woo hoo [Re: always lookin]
BIGTOM Offline
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Registered: Fri Feb 04 2011
Loc: Clay Center, KS
Originally Posted By: always lookin
THANKS!! I love the "new baby" feeling !! Even though I have never had one smile


NICE JOB!!!

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#249447 - Thu Apr 21 2011 05:09 PM Re: Mohawk tires sign is on the ground. woo hoo [Re: BIGTOM]
always lookin Offline
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Registered: Mon Jan 31 2011
Loc: Pa.
I got it open


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#249452 - Thu Apr 21 2011 05:29 PM Re: Mohawk tires sign is on the ground. woo hoo [Re: always lookin]
GILMORE Offline
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Registered: Thu Nov 15 2007
Loc: Lake of the Ozarks, MO
Congrats, nice sign.
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#249473 - Thu Apr 21 2011 06:44 PM Re: Mohawk tires sign is on the ground. woo hoo [Re: GILMORE]
bwfergus Offline
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Registered: Tue Oct 26 2010
Loc: Central City, Kentucky
This has to be the NEATEST plastic sign I have ever saw!!!
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#249689 - Fri Apr 22 2011 11:24 AM Re: Mohawk tires sign is on the ground. woo hoo [Re: bwfergus]
BIGTOM Offline
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Registered: Fri Feb 04 2011
Loc: Clay Center, KS
Hows the wiring? I am assuming all the ballasts will need to be replaced and the rest gone through, but it looks great inside - no "residents" in there to evict!

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#249721 - Fri Apr 22 2011 02:58 PM Re: Mohawk tires sign is on the ground. woo hoo [Re: BIGTOM]
always lookin Offline
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Registered: Mon Jan 31 2011
Loc: Pa.
I was suprised too. Never opened since it was hung. Lots of work getting it open. All that was in there was flaking paint. I took the shop vac and sucked it all out. NO bees, or anything in there. The wiring is all incased in tubing, looks pretty good. I am not sure if I should plug it in ??????


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#249722 - Fri Apr 22 2011 03:03 PM Re: Mohawk tires sign is on the ground. woo hoo [Re: always lookin]
DuceCpe Offline
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Registered: Fri Feb 09 2001
Loc: Pueblo Colorado usa
Don't BE Scared! Go for IT!!! Nice sign for sure..
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#249725 - Fri Apr 22 2011 03:11 PM Re: Mohawk tires sign is on the ground. woo hoo [Re: always lookin]
THE AMERICAN GARAGE Offline
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Registered: Wed Jun 02 2004
Loc: PECONIC BAY, L.I., NY, USA
Def a Well made sign! Plug it in and listen (make sure radio is off) in a quiet room where the sign is. Worst that could happen is it'll trip your circuit breaker. If bulbs try to light up that's a good sign. laugh Give the bulbs a 1/4 turn in both directions. Maybe remove them as well and check for corrosion...steel wool any muck. Poke around and see how it's wired and to how many ballasts, etc. Narrow down the problems by figuring out which bulbs, ballasts (starters?) need to be replaced. Most ballasts tell you on a label what it's supposed to be lighting. Wondering if they used HO (high Output) bulbs for this sign for colder weather locations. If 2-prongs at the end of each bulb NOT HO's, If 2 prongs surrounded by a black oblong boot...then they're HO's.
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#249732 - Fri Apr 22 2011 03:25 PM Re: Mohawk tires sign is on the ground. woo hoo [Re: THE AMERICAN GARAGE]
always lookin Offline
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Registered: Mon Jan 31 2011
Loc: Pa.
The bulbs look like this and the one end is spring loaded so you push the bulb toward one side so it pops out.... info ???


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#249740 - Fri Apr 22 2011 04:08 PM Re: Mohawk tires sign is on the ground. woo hoo [Re: always lookin]
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Registered: Tue Feb 22 2005
Loc: Longview, WA
T-12 lamp. Still available at Lowes, Home Depot for a while yet. The ballasts on the lamp will be noisy but that is okay.
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#249745 - Fri Apr 22 2011 04:17 PM Re: Mohawk tires sign is on the ground. woo hoo [Re: Bob Richards]
always lookin Offline
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Registered: Mon Jan 31 2011
Loc: Pa.
I called my electrical buddy. He said put a cord on it and plug it in, I just did, no noise no nothing...

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#249746 - Fri Apr 22 2011 04:20 PM Re: Mohawk tires sign is on the ground. woo hoo [Re: always lookin]
always lookin Offline
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Registered: Mon Jan 31 2011
Loc: Pa.
I took the panel of the ballast s sssss and the wiring looks good, but no noise from them at all.

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#249756 - Fri Apr 22 2011 04:33 PM Re: Mohawk tires sign is on the ground. woo hoo [Re: always lookin]
THE AMERICAN GARAGE Offline
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Registered: Wed Jun 02 2004
Loc: PECONIC BAY, L.I., NY, USA
Hmmmm to me the bulbs look shorter than 4' which means 2 pins on each end. 5, 6 and 8' bulbs have single pins. Didn't think they would be that long. Do the bulbs have a Brand and ordering code on them at one end on the glass? That would tell you what size you need to get as replacements.

Also check the wiring to the ballasts if you can. How long did you leave it plugged in? Did any bulbs light up? or attempt to?
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#249759 - Fri Apr 22 2011 04:42 PM Re: Mohawk tires sign is on the ground. woo hoo [Re: THE AMERICAN GARAGE]
r49th Offline
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Registered: Thu Dec 18 2003
Loc: clio, michigan usa
You'll need to go to a commercial electrical supply for sign ballasts. (or a sign supply place) Take what you have or write the numbers for correct replacements. Looks like there may three. Replace the lamps while your at it. If these are the originals they are probably junk. Are any leaking tar? That is a sure sign of a bad ballast.
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#249766 - Fri Apr 22 2011 05:08 PM Re: Mohawk tires sign is on the ground. woo hoo [Re: r49th]
always lookin Offline
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Registered: Mon Jan 31 2011
Loc: Pa.
NO tar, no cracks in wires, 4 ballastsss, bulbs are 42 inch and smaller, all single pin, I left it in for 5 minutes, no flicker, no noise no nuttin.

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#249767 - Fri Apr 22 2011 05:11 PM Re: Mohawk tires sign is on the ground. woo hoo [Re: always lookin]
THE AMERICAN GARAGE Offline
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Registered: Wed Jun 02 2004
Loc: PECONIC BAY, L.I., NY, USA
Are you sure your wall outlet or extension cord are both good? LOL!

stranger things have happened! smile
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#249768 - Fri Apr 22 2011 05:13 PM Re: Mohawk tires sign is on the ground. woo hoo [Re: THE AMERICAN GARAGE]
always lookin Offline
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Registered: Mon Jan 31 2011
Loc: Pa.
yep, tested both

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#249794 - Fri Apr 22 2011 06:54 PM Re: Mohawk tires sign is on the ground. woo hoo [Re: always lookin]
lordparaffin Offline
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Registered: Tue Mar 23 2004
Loc: Sunbury, PA, USA
C'mon, stay with it! I've been waitin' to see that puppy lit up!! That's one sweet piece and I'll bet looks kick'butt cool in a dark room.
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#249795 - Fri Apr 22 2011 06:58 PM Re: Mohawk tires sign is on the ground. woo hoo [Re: lordparaffin]
Hy-Flash 72 Offline
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Registered: Mon May 24 2004
Loc: Waterville,Ohio
This might sound dumb..Does it have any type of fuses???

Randy
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#249802 - Fri Apr 22 2011 07:17 PM Re: Mohawk tires sign is on the ground. woo hoo [Re: Hy-Flash 72]
porcelain-neon Offline
Petro Enthusiast

Registered: Thu Feb 08 2007
Loc: Minot,ND USA
I have several lighted signs and have never had any luck plugging them in and having them work. I don't think too many shop owners spent any money on maintaining them. Anymore the first thing I do is replace the bulbs and ballasts, if you go that route, replace with t8 stuff, uses less power and is still readily available.
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#249815 - Fri Apr 22 2011 07:46 PM Re: Mohawk tires sign is on the ground. woo hoo [Re: porcelain-neon]
grabber Offline
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Registered: Tue Jun 26 2007
Loc: Lynn, NC USA
Killer sign!!!
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#249817 - Fri Apr 22 2011 07:48 PM Re: Mohawk tires sign is on the ground. woo hoo [Re: GILMORE]
TerryL Offline
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Registered: Sat Jan 11 2003
Loc: West Lafayette, Ohio
Don't get much better than that. What a sweet sign

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#249819 - Fri Apr 22 2011 07:59 PM Re: Mohawk tires sign is on the ground. woo hoo [Re: TerryL]
always lookin Offline
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Registered: Mon Jan 31 2011
Loc: Pa.
The kid that works at the electric/lighting shop, where I take all my signs and clocks, said he would come out and fix it. I think I will have him come out. I think it will add value if its working !!

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#249857 - Fri Apr 22 2011 10:44 PM Re: Mohawk tires sign is on the ground. woo hoo [Re: always lookin]
JimT Offline
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Registered: Fri Dec 06 2002
Loc: Cleveland,Ohio U.S.A.
Are you sure its a 110 volt item?

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#249910 - Sat Apr 23 2011 06:27 AM Re: Mohawk tires sign is on the ground. woo hoo [Re: JimT]
always lookin Offline
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Registered: Mon Jan 31 2011
Loc: Pa.
yes I am! Its on the plate on the outside, It got into the wiring lastnight. Lots of broken connections to the lamp sockets. I think I will have it completely rewired and replace all 4 ballast. Safer that way for whomever ends up with it. I would assume people would want to light it.

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#249924 - Sat Apr 23 2011 07:51 AM Re: Mohawk tires sign is on the ground. woo hoo [Re: always lookin]
THE AMERICAN GARAGE Offline
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Registered: Wed Jun 02 2004
Loc: PECONIC BAY, L.I., NY, USA
Then as porcelain-neon suggested, you should look into replacing the larger diameter T-12 bulbs (1.1/2" diam) with the T-8 size (1" diam) to run the system at a more economic rate of electric.
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#250369 - Sun Apr 24 2011 05:38 PM Re: Mohawk tires sign is on the ground. woo hoo [Re: THE AMERICAN GARAGE]
Vermonter Offline
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Registered: Sat Dec 16 2006
Loc: VT
Awesome sign. I cant believe the condition is so good on the outside when its been hanging since 1951! Kinda odd that the wiring is corroded when it seemed to be tight enough to keep bugs out.
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#250514 - Mon Apr 25 2011 10:11 AM Re: Mohawk tires sign is on the ground. woo hoo [Re: Vermonter]
always lookin Offline
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Registered: Mon Jan 31 2011
Loc: Pa.
Not really corroded, the wires that go to the lamp sockets are just old and the solder is brittle. So 3 wires just feel off.

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#250532 - Mon Apr 25 2011 12:20 PM Re: Mohawk tires sign is on the ground. woo hoo [Re: always lookin]
BIGTOM Offline
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Registered: Fri Feb 04 2011
Loc: Clay Center, KS
any word from the electrician guy? How'd the re-wire go?

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#250537 - Mon Apr 25 2011 12:59 PM Re: Mohawk tires sign is on the ground. woo hoo [Re: BIGTOM]
always lookin Offline
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Registered: Mon Jan 31 2011
Loc: Pa.
Lots of other stuff to sell and buy. I will get him here soon :)I will share more pics after its lit! You know me, lots of pics... must be the retired photographer in me

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