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July '20

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74 THE SHOP JULY 2020 BRINGING THE PAST TO LIFE The restoration of a porcelain sign or a neon dealership sign is a highly special- ized job that most car shops probably can't handle. On the other hand, refinishing a gas pump, lubester, bike or trike, grease cart, pedal car, metal sign, wooden sign, soda vending machine, coaster wagon or windshield wiper display rack should be doable for a professional shop that already performs auto painting or powder-coating. Advertising that you can do such restora- tion work might bring more business into the shop and jobs such as these can be put on the work schedule for times when you're waiting on parts for a car project. Doing this work does require some knowledge of the types of items being restored, and there are plenty of books about automobilia and petroliana avail- able online. New Money for Old Stuff Each spring and fall, Wayne Yoder holds "old-car" auctions at his W. Yoder Auction (www.yodersold.com) facility in Wautoma, Wisconsin. His Fall 2019 auction included 74 cars and trucks and 180 memorabilia items. In other words, the interest in car-related memorabilia was more than twice the interest in vehicles. That's not because the memorabilia items are cheap. As you can see from the following list of prices realized, some of them brought strong bids (more than the prices paid for real cars in some cases.) Memorabilia Item .................................................................... Price Realized Phillips 66 lighted dealer sign ................................................................ $400 Sky-King pedal plane ............................................................................. $275 1955 Chevy pedal car ............................................................................ $225 Hurst Shifters lighted neon sign ............................................................. $500 Plymouth dealer Road Runner clock ........................................................ $300 Sky-King tricycle (restored) ..................................................................... $450 Neptune Shell gas pump (restored)......................................................... $750 310 Bowser clockface gas pump (unrestored) ...................................... $1,850 A&W Root Beer sign ........................................................................... $1,000 Bennett premium gas pump (unrestored) ................................................ $600 Veedol oil and grease cart...................................................................... $350 Goodyear Tires sign ............................................................................ $2,000 Trico Wiper Center windshield wiper display (unrestored) ............................ $90 SSP Barber pole curved sign .................................................................. $350 Railroad Crossing "X" sign ..................................................................... $300 Mobilgas Pegasus flying horse sign (fiberglass) ....................................... $350 Glide Ride "Rocketeer" wagon ................................................................ $200 Bennett 748 gas pump 71" x 16" x 16" (unrestored)............................... $900 10-cent Coca-Cola returnable bottle machine ........................................... $300 Rich-O-Root Beer refrigerated dispenser barrel ......................................... $300 Archer Lubricant cans (10 various containers) ......................................... $650 Note: These items were selected to show the wide variety of things that car people collect and, in some cases, to contrast values of restored items to unrestored items. Dealing in Automobilia Yoder Auction in Wautoma, Wisconsin, never seems to run out of signs for sale. Restoring this type of porcelain sign takes more than new paint. This is a real neon Pontiac dealership sign.

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