A gloriously sunny day but we didn’t get out of Pep Boys until around 1pm. I paid the $418.64 bill and fired up Sparkle and picked up shooting. I noticed about an hour later that my headlights (daytime running lights) were not working. I called the Pep Boys that worked on my car but they were not interested in working on that. They said it was related to the wiring harness and that I really needed a new one. Since the dealer no longer sells them (I have a 2003), it would be about $4,000 to fabricate one and would take at least 3 or 4 days to make & get it. OK, well. So, since I wouldn’t have headlights for the rest of the trip, there would be no night driving or lit neon photos. When I got home, my mechanic found out the guy at Pep Boys had put the fuse in the wrong place and that’s why I didn’t have headlights and he doesn’t think I need a new wiring harness at this point. So….. I’m glad I didn’t sit around and spent $4,000 for nuthin!
Moving on then to the pretty pictures. A couple from Fort Worth:
The weird stuff around the edges of the panel and “Century” letters is LED rope (cheap neon “alternative”). Probably looks horrid at night or might even be broken by now:
The “Town West” shopping center letters might have been neon originally.
Yates Brothers Motor Company Used Cars — Fort Worth. This sign probably revolved (different text on the back/front panels):
A-AAA Television Services in Fort Worth:
The sign’s doggie detail:
My custom interior body work consisting of a Starbucks dome lid and duct tape. Ugly as hell but it keeps Dilly from decapitating herself when stepping on the power window buttons. I can slide my fingers under the dome to raise/lower but she can’t press down. One of my biggest fears was that I’d be across the street taking a photo and come back to an asphyxiated dog. Problem solved! Although on this trip, I’ve rarely needed to lower the windows since we’re running the A/C the whole time.
Even gray signs look great in sun! Howell’s Motel in Fort Worth:
In Haltom City. More than likely, the top panel of the panel which is covered up now had a different name and neon:
In Fort Worth:
In Grand Prairie. Don’t overlook the cute “RCA Color TV” sign:
Last one for this post — Stop N Save Liquor. I’ll post the other side of this one in the next post. I assume those spikes had balls or something:
Loads of even prettier photos over at Flickr from today & the rest of the trip here:
Eight more days & posts to go.
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