[DML] Re: Restoring a dealer sign
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[DML] Re: Restoring a dealer sign

It's actually designed to be mounted from the bottom on two posts 
with four 1/2" screws on each post. Probably similar to the 4" post 
in your basement that holds the first floor. 

I found the best thing was to screw two 4x4 posts to the wall, 
cantilever a 2x10 out from the two 4x4s, and then set the sign on the 
2x10 with 4 bolts (2 each end) into the bottom. I also clamped it to 
the wall from above. 

It runs on 110V but it's a very strange commercial sign ballast (I 
had to replace one - over $100). Also - if you are moving it 
yourself, open up the top and make sure that the assembly that hangs 
the two bulbs in the center is secure. It tends to weaken/break with 
travel, and if one end lets go you will end up with a sign full of 
broken light bulbs or worse, it will bang around and tear up the 
white plexi on the inside. 

The ballast is all the way at one end so the weight balance is 
strange when you go to lift it. 

I've heard of people gutting the sign and replacing everything with 
standard 48" bulbs and hardware, lots of work. 

You can also hang the sign from above if you leave the top off or put 
holes in it. There is no good way just to screw it to the wall 
without some sort of shelf below. 

Dave S

--- In dmcnews@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx, "Ryan Wright" <ryanpwright@...> wrote:
> Hi folks,
> So, I just scored myself a ~12 foot ~400lb sign from an old DeLorean
> dealership. I plan to hang this beauty in my garage and am looking 
> tips on restoration, etc. Are these typically 240 volt, or what? I'm
> assuming it's a fluorescent system in there - how big are the bulbs 
> what type?
> How can I hang this sucker? It will cross at least 5 studs so I 
> to be fine there, can I just take the face off and put lag bolts
> through the back housing into the studs? I intend to butt it up
> against the ceiling if at all possible. Can't hang it from the
> ceiling, though, ^&*(ing trusses...
> I'll be picking it up this weekend so my questions should be 
> once I see it in person, but I was hoping to get a head start on
> things. :) Any tips on anything sign related would be appreciated!
> -Ryan

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