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« on: July 15, 2018, 09:08:28 PM »

After just about a year I've finally finished restoring my old Drive-in Theater Mfg Co. Driveway light. When my friend got it he said it had been sitting outside under a bush for about 40-60 years, all the uprights were rusted, and broken off in the base, the lamp socket was shot and the plastic around the bulb was gone. I took it to work and we used the EDM hole popper to burn out the broken screws from the uprights and I machined new uprights out of some stainless steel. Had it powder coated and learned that these castings had quite a few voids in them and that JB Weld actually is a pretty good body filler for parts to be powder coated. Detroit Diecast was kind of enough to get me a light socket that fit and tonight I just cut and sanded the tube around the bulb. Still needs a permanent cord and a stand made for it but the lamp its self is done and I'm very happy with how it turned out.

Before restoration





New light socket installed




Old broken screws burned out with EDM hole popper at work




New Uprights made out of some 303 Stainless






After powder coating and new plastic tube installed





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« Reply #1 on: July 15, 2018, 09:14:50 PM »

Awesome! Great job... and glad you're still around!  happydrinkers
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« Reply #2 on: July 15, 2018, 09:17:54 PM »

Awesome! Great job... and glad you're still around!  happydrinkers

Thanks! I'm still around but just been busy and haven't had much time for projects like this. This light took me over a year to complete kind of doing it in my free time.
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« Reply #3 on: July 16, 2018, 12:13:58 PM »

That’s a fantastic job!
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« Reply #4 on: July 16, 2018, 12:40:13 PM »

Looks brand new...great job!!!
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« Reply #5 on: July 16, 2018, 12:45:17 PM »

Nicely Done ! ! !
Glad to see you back!  Sounds like you may be working a little too hard and missing out on some "me time"...
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« Reply #6 on: July 16, 2018, 05:31:05 PM »

Thanks guys! Was a fun project. The base is pretty much done now just waiting till I have a chance to paint it. Kind of the main thing stopping me from doing more projects is trying to save up my money and put towards getting a house so not as much to spend on projects right now.
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« Reply #7 on: July 17, 2018, 04:54:13 PM »

Very well done Sir!!
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« Reply #8 on: July 28, 2018, 12:25:56 PM »

Very cool. What a great piece to have. nice resto job!
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« Reply #9 on: July 31, 2018, 11:44:55 AM »

Can you elaborate on the "EDM hole popper "?
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