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Old 02-07-2016, 01:50 PM   #1
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Default Vintage barber pole restoration

First of all, I'm not a barber, never have been, and know of none in the family. I guess you can say I just like things Americana. My British, German, and Japanese cars don't reflect that. I've never thought about that, but when I recently got rid of my Ford diesel pick-up, it's the first time in my life I haven't owned an American made vehicle. Anyway, I'm at the point that I'm getting more of my garage done on the inside and want to start putting some of the stuff I've had stashed in the basement for years. I've had some of the signs up for some time, but I have everything from steam locomotive headlights, to traffic lights, to service station stuff.....................and then there's this barber pole. I bought it in a McDonald's parking lot in Wellston, Ohio 4 years ago from a guy that was selling it on Craigslist. Apparently it was from his wife's side of the family and they were selling the building where it had been attached. I was on a week's vacation during this past Christmas and I needed a break from working on the garage interior. The barber pole was just the ticket because I knew it wouldn't be something that was long and drawn out.


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Old 02-07-2016, 02:23 PM   #2
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Old 02-07-2016, 03:29 PM   #3
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It is a Koken model no. 5162 and was built between 1946 and 1948, nearest I can tell. Koken was known more for their barber chairs. I disassembled and assemble it in the basement workshop and sandblasted and painted it in the garage. I didn't do much to the inside except cleaned it, put new rubber on the motor mounts and completely rewired it. More on the reason later.

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Old 02-07-2016, 04:03 PM   #4
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Old 02-07-2016, 05:19 PM   #5
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Tell us about the stripes on the glass.
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Old 02-07-2016, 05:32 PM   #6
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Now I realize what my house is missing. Great idea.
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Old 02-07-2016, 05:43 PM   #7
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I've always wanted one of these. The few times I've looked they were very pricey even for a very poor condition. Looking forward to watching this restoration.
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Old 02-07-2016, 06:50 PM   #8
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The Marvy company in St. Paul, MN builds most poles these days. They do sell replacement parts for other brands, including Koken. They also have an ID guide that includes Koken poles. http://www.wmmarvyco.com/barber_poles.html
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Old 02-07-2016, 07:33 PM   #9
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The inside cylinder is made of heavy paper, but poles today come with plastic cylinders which probably last longer. Fortunately, you can buy paper or plastic and they are about the same price, around $50-60. Even though the red has faded on the old cylinder this one came with, I think it's cool and will probably use it until it falls apart and I have to get a new one. The top "bearing" for the inner cylinder looks to be made out of a bakelite(plastic) type material and uses the electrical conduit to the light as an inner bearing race. All barber poles turn at 30 rpm's and don't forget this when you want to quote a piece of useless trivia. For the light, I replaced the tubular light with an LED bulb which I'm trying to do with all my lights inside the garage and out. I shot this picture down the glass part of the cylinder where the light bulb would be, to the motor. The inner cylinder just sets on the motor "T" shaft at the bottom.

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Old 02-07-2016, 07:35 PM   #10
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Rburke, I hope the above explanation answers your question.
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Old 02-07-2016, 07:41 PM   #11
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Waiting to see it rebuilt and working
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Old 02-07-2016, 08:01 PM   #12
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My son in law was aching to use my 960 scat blast cabinet, so I turned him loose on the 3 cast iron pieces. My lower back was bothering me and I had other things I could be working on, anyhow. The base that attaches to the wall looked like it had it's original wrinkle paint, so a week or so before we started, I set out to find a spray can of black wrinkle paint. No one in the Mid Ohio valley had any in stock and I'm talking auto paint stores and a couple of old hardwares. Yeah, I know I could of got it on Amazon, but I ordered it cheaper from one of the local auto paint stores. A friend that had wrinkle paint experience told me to use a heat gun after the paint was applied and it turned out great.
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Old 02-07-2016, 08:03 PM   #13
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I've always wanted one of these. The few times I've looked they were very pricey even for a very poor condition. Looking forward to watching this restoration.
Mine was actually in running condition when I bought it, but the wiring was scary. He was asking $200 for it, but I got it for $150.
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Old 02-08-2016, 04:32 AM   #14
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Very cool project! Now you need a cool old barber chair to match!
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Old 02-08-2016, 05:14 AM   #15
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Not a vintage pole but here's mine.
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Old 02-08-2016, 07:29 AM   #16
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Saw an episode of "How its Made" about these. Pretty neat show. I'd love to find one myself one day.

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Old 02-08-2016, 10:13 AM   #17
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Not a vintage pole but here's mine.
That looks great. Tell us about it.
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Old 02-08-2016, 10:14 AM   #18
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Very cool project! Now you need a cool old barber chair to match!
Ha Ha, That is funny you would say that. I've wanted one for years and I think my wife's biggest fear is that I'd want to put it in the family room in front of the TV. From what I've learned, it's best to have one of those in good condition or already restored with none of the parts missing, because they are really expensive to redo.
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Old 02-08-2016, 02:47 PM   #19
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Mine is an ebay pick, they offer them in many different sizes and styles. I think I gave 60 bucks. It's all plastic and made for indoor use, lights up and rotates, looks real from a distance. I've got mine under the carport in front of the garage. Has been a big conversation piece as well.



Wife said no to mounting it inside the house.
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collar, yes.....you did good. Thanks. I learn something new very day here.
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