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Old 05-16-12, 12:25 PM
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What is the most unusual things you restored??

I guess the piddling thread started this.

things (other then bicycles) you have completly restored...

1964 chevy nova,
(many cars as a profession in the old days-too many to remember them all)
1959 vespa gs
1993 vespa gl
1958 vespa allstate
1964 vespa GS
1967 vespa SS
coin operated candy dispenser from 70 years ago
my fargan house
70's KLIPPO lawnmower
various furniture and vintage windows
woodenboats
trying to think of some really weird stuff...

my gs 150-all hardware rezinc plated restored in 1997

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An original Johnson X boat.

An original BSA Gold Star 650.

A Triumph TR3a.

A 1956 Chevy Nomad with the Powerpack option.

Current project is a 1976 Melges MC Scow. A fun 16 ' sailboat that my oldest son will undoubtedly sail the dickens out of this summer on Lake Calhoun. Last summer I did a 1999 Melges C Scow that my kids will race this season. These are fun, fast 20' sailboats.

Lots of other neat stuff as well.
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I've restored a few farm implements and tractors to actually use. I don't reckon that's unusual, though. My dad is currently restoring a Rototiller from the 40s which is pretty neat.

Not his:

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I haven't restored anything but I enjoy fixing things. I recently fixed a lawn tractor for the winter to use with the snow blower attachment. Hadn't ran in about 10 years. Put a new engine in it and did a ton of work.

I also have fixed up and got running a bunch of older 3 wheelers, the gas powered kinds from the '80s that were eventually stopped being sold. I also fix other things for fun that have gas engines. Just relaxing.
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anything i can get my hands on i like to restore, just finished a old bicycle pump with a wood handle. this truck is my first attempt at vehicles. i had no ideal what i was doing when i first started. i think i built it 3 times,since i had to keep fixing what i screwed up. i chopped the top 6 inches and cant believe i actually got it back on. the thing was a total wreck when i got it. my wife thought i'd lost my mind
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My dads 1965 Ford F100.


Before

After
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Circa 1906 Gas Cannon Toy - Shoots Wooden Projectile

https://www.toycannons.ray-vin.com/carbide/gascannon.htm

I restore carbide cannons. This is one of the earliest known ones. These were toys for boys. Yikes.

Phil

Click on the link for the toy's original brochure and give it a read.
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I see I'm hardly unique.


77 Triumph Tiger 750
?? Triumph TR4A-not mine
68 Chev Camaro 283 AT column (a.k.a the "woman's" Camaro)
68 Impala 4D 327
Around 1920 Ox collar and yoke
73 Marshall stack (2x4 Celestions, 150w head)
'82 Les Paul cherry sunburst
'70 Rupp snowmobile (single ski front)
'50 Chev pickup
Fire/Water damaged Yamaha grand piano
Springfield '01 military rifle
Mauser 8mm military rifle
some natural cherry furniture

my reputation, more than once, after serious consumption.

and I just remembered, a pre-Onkyo reel-reel deck. Not sure I can "claim" it, because it cost more to resurface the heads than it was worth, or ever will be. it just looks cool, that's all.

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those canons seem interesting-is there a video link?
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Originally Posted by puchfinnland View Post
I guess the piddling thread started this.

things (other then bicycles) you have completly restored...

1964 chevy nova,
(many cars as a profession in the old days-too many to remember them all)
1959 vespa gs
1993 vespa gl
1958 vespa allstate
1964 vespa GS
1967 vespa SS
coin operated candy dispenser from 70 years ago
my fargan house
70's KLIPPO lawnmower
various furniture and vintage windows
woodenboats
trying to think of some really weird stuff...

my gs 150-all hardware rezinc plated restored in 1997

^^I had a 1963 GS that looked a lot like that one. I restored it ~1991 and sold it ~1994. I had a chrome luggage rack and a ton of mirrors Mod style... Miss it
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Originally Posted by silvercreek View Post
My dads 1965 Ford F100.

Cripes. My grail truck. Very nice.
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^ That is a sharp truck.
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Cool thread.

Probably the most unusual was a 1965 Vox AC15 amplifier. Got it on eBay Netherlands as a chassis which had been badly converted to an AC30. I brought it home in my carry-on luggage after a visit to Denmark, built a new cabinet, and had Matt at JMJ amps rewire it to correct AC15 specs. It's now my regular gigging amp:
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This, I suppose
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Seems strange for someone to convert an AC15 into an AC30. It's not like the latter was uncommon. I have a handwired AC30 copy with a half power switch and I rarely ever use it full-bore. That's about as loud as 30w gets!
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Early model RCA Victrola, floorstanding model. Completely disassembled, cleaned, stripped and refinished. Even fabricated new upper doors and faux-painted fake mahogany veneer grain on them to replace missing ones. Sorry I haven't got a pic anymore! I did it and sold it in the days before I had a digital camera...

Lots of 60s and 70s-era audio equipment, but nothing so unusual there.
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All kinds of stuff; tractors, trucks, motorcycles, scooters, Snapper riding lawnmowers, bicycles, houses, etc. Current restoration rehab projects not including bicycles are a 1975 Airstream Sovereign International, 1963 Dodge Sweptline D100 truck and a 1951 Farmall Super A. I have a 1984 Honda Elite CH125 that I am chasing body parts for...maybe.

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i end up doing stupid things when i get bored. i stripped down my lawnmower and repainted it, im the only person in the neighborhood with a pushmower with flames. when i was practicing airbrushing and pinstripping everything in my garage had flames...
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i get a pic of my restored lawnmower tomorrow- i have not cut the grass yet-might scratch it.
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Plenty of bikes
a 1979 Honda GL1000 (Goldwing - this wasn't a restoration, rather I made a Goldwing ratrod)
A 1957 Cushman Roadking
A giant mounted northern pike
A tanker desk
several fountain pens
and currently I'm working on a 1972 Honda SL100
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Originally Posted by Rocket-Sauce View Post
^^I had a 1963 GS that looked a lot like that one. I restored it ~1991 and sold it ~1994. I had a chrome luggage rack and a ton of mirrors Mod style... Miss it
a little Quadrophenia?

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This, I suppose
I'd like to do about a '59 Shopsmith....

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I restored a 1957 Hiliner mahogany speedboat 15 years ago.
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OK you guys. Pics. I want to see that speed boat. And, that Northern Pike.

(you restored a giant northern pike Custermustache? )

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I'd like to do about a '59 Shopsmith....
I don't know if my lathe qualifies as a restoration. All I did was take it totally apart, clean it, and put it back together. Much like a C&V bike. Is that a restoration? Or only an overhaul?
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OK you guys. Pics. I want to see that speed boat. And, that Northern Pike.

(you restored a giant northern pike? )
I'll get some boat pics, but it might take a while, they are on a different computer, and I don't have the boat anymore
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