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  • Original Appleton tear drop spot light question.....

    Hey guys,

    A very dear friend of mine gave me something when I was inquiring about this old spot light laying around in his work area; wanting it for the '52. He in turn gave it to me, instead of selling; and told me what it really is. It is a original 6 volt Appleton tear drop spot light, and when he was growing up (during the '50s, he is a old school hot rodder ) having a twin set of them got you in the "in" crowd. He has had this since he was 14, and he put it on his '37 Chevy 2 door sedan that he hot rodded (His first car, rebuilt 3 times during the 50s, haha). The car is long gone, but he kept this; and he now 69. 55 years of owning this one part, and he passed it on to me. This guy is more like a grandpa really, so it was pretty touching to me.

    Anyhow, the chrome is shot on this unfortunetly. I want to have it rechromed, but that is probably cost prohibitive at the moment. I was thinking though; what about carefully sanding it all down to bare metal, and then polishing the steel itself? Thoughts?
    Dylan Wills
    Everett, Wa.


    1961 Lark 4 door wagon
    1961 Lark 4 door wagon #2 (Wife's car!)
    1955 VW Beetle (Went to the dark side)
    1914 Ford Model T

  • #2
    Pretty cool!

    You could polish it to bare metal and clear it. Otherwise it would rust pretty quick.

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    • #3
      That is what I was thinking. Then, I could always have it rechromed sometime later. Do you think the steel would polish almost like stainless?
      Dylan Wills
      Everett, Wa.


      1961 Lark 4 door wagon
      1961 Lark 4 door wagon #2 (Wife's car!)
      1955 VW Beetle (Went to the dark side)
      1914 Ford Model T

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      • #4
        I think it would. Hit it with the buffing wheel and see what happens. Unless the buffer catches it and slings it across the shop, you won't hurt it

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        • #5
          Haha, thanks for the input Matt!! And yes, if that does take a trip across the shop, I'm going to be going NUTS.......
          Dylan Wills
          Everett, Wa.


          1961 Lark 4 door wagon
          1961 Lark 4 door wagon #2 (Wife's car!)
          1955 VW Beetle (Went to the dark side)
          1914 Ford Model T

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          • #6
            When I first started out with the stainless, I sent more than one piece flying across the room. Hard to make any money that way.

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            • #7
              Hahaha! Well, I'm thinking it's going to be awful hard to throw a big steel globe across the room (I hope anyways.....)
              Dylan Wills
              Everett, Wa.


              1961 Lark 4 door wagon
              1961 Lark 4 door wagon #2 (Wife's car!)
              1955 VW Beetle (Went to the dark side)
              1914 Ford Model T

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