Someone had painted two signs over this. The sign is dated 1966

Last year around this time. I was able to repourpose and save a painted over Coca Cola sign, and here we are again. A painted over Penzoil sign. I do get how this happens, but whats strange to me is that people think these painted over porclean signs are not savable. They are. And actually its not really that hard. Paint stripper works great and so does a light touch of a heat gun. Or in my case a razor blade and a buffer. Hey, at least I was able to fix something. Ugh. THIS week ahead! We have the Holiday party, and a great Kent O. Smith story so stay tuned!

Photo from the ad on Facebook trading post

Actually I bought it for the stand. Thats a harder to find thing than the sign

Slowly and carefully stripping away the layers of paint. Praying the guy that painted it didnt sand and prime it.

Actually it was protected by that paint! Woohooo

Some polishing compound and pow

Not a boat oil sign, but a fun one day project

In actually great shape with just enough rattyness to make it right

The stand was repaired sanded and painted. BAM

Love the vibe

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15 Responses to “Saving An Original Penzoil Sign”
  1. Murdock

    Reedville Marine Railway: Saving History, One Slice at a Time.
    Love it!!!!!!

  2. Syd Marsden

    Nice job. I have several of the glass jars. Always liked the looks of them. No clue as to how many variations there were but I do have at least two I saw a display stand for them that I believe held at least 24 of the bottles and a good chunk of the spots were full. It was cool but needed a big space to display it and the price was way out of my range

  3. John Rothert

    Yeah Mike, they put the oil in jars back in the day…out of a bigger drum…just oil, glass jar and a neat pointy cap/top on it. Sat in racks outside almost every gas station.
    I had a 49 Jeepster that could NOT pass one of those racks without getting two or more of those quart jars poured down her gullet! Corvair same deal.
    Matt, really nice job and very satisfying one day project…those are the best kinds and soul menders in between the big ones.
    John in Va. Going to the boat…and maybe boating.

  4. matt

    If your Corvair didnt leak oil, it was out of oil. I sear I could tell the dipstick level by the sound of the engine. And needed to change the oil by the smell of it. Soul Mender is the perfect name for what I did by the way. I needed a day of something in my life getting done. HA

    • Murdock

      You forget in addition to “saving lost souls”, you also do daily therapy for the “extended family” of dysfunctional fools.
      And, you come WAY cheaper too!!!!

  5. John Rothert

    digressing: Matt and I as Corvair owners share the oil leak deal but I had a few other Corvairisms: Once approaching a stoplight the rear wheel and one axel passed me…the dreaded axel retainer failure. Go thru a couple of driveway scrape dips and the two bolts suspending the entire rear of the engine would snap and the oil pan would drag….not a big problem as it was soaked with oil. Having a Corvair may explain Matt as we know him…because if you did not block off the heater lines from the manifold heater…the CO would cost you some brain cells or put you to sleep…old gym socks were my fave for stuffing in there. I loved Covairs…they were the Lake and Sea of cars.
    John in Va.

    • Mark in Ohio (sometimes da U P)

      Corvairs. I know your pain guys. When I was working in a garage one crossed a railroad track up the road. Bolts broke , motor dropped down dragging the pavement. A lot of fun picking it up with the tow truck, trying to keep the engine from dropping down more as we raised it up. Chained it in for the tow. a couple of hours later we had thy guy traveling down the road again. The last time I rode in a Corvair was on a beer run in college. I was in the back seat and the exhaust fumes were so bad I almost threw up, and I was used to exhaust fumes. Corvair GMs mistake or marvel? Now that my story. BTW nice sign Matt.

  6. Kelly Wittenauer

    1st car my husband had use of was a Corvair. Says they kept a pan under it when parked – if it looked clean, poured it back in, if not added fresh & considered the oil “self-changing”. Not sure that he ever got over his dad selling it, when they moved from a place with a 3 car garage to a house with only a 2 car. Might have lead to the classic British Minis in our garage now.

  7. matt

    Scott and I with the Corvair. Rymes with repair. Actually I had 3 of them. This one was my favorite. 1964 Monza, painted in Roman Red a corvette color. Did the laquer job. BUFFING.. Those wire hubcaps were 25$ which was a fortune while in school. Scott BTW is the same Scott that has been behind the scenes on Woodyboater since the start. He also had one. Hell, we all had one as pals. Fun cheap cool car you could buy for nuthn.

  8. Clay at Crosslake

    If you ever had to ride in the back seat you had good heat in the winter but, for a week, your clothes smelled like you worked at a refinery.

  9. John Rothert

    Wow, great Corvair stories! And I felt guilty stealing the thread…must have struck a memory cord with many! You know it really was a great concept, the American rear engine experiment. Those aluminum engine blocks and air cooling were revolutionary if flawed. Takeout engines were in demand for homebuilt airplanes back in the day. Another common Corvairism was the pins in the floorshift mechanism , I can recall shifting and having the whole deal flop forward to the floorboard. Those with the automatic were by all reports the worst…recall they had no handbrake you just put it in park or something and hoped it held. The engine sound was as distinctive and the oil slick.
    enough of this hijacking….John in Va

  10. Dick Dow

    I played and sang in a Rock-n-Roll band in high school and college. Our band van was a Corvair Greenbrier… Tons of stories – sneaking folks into the drive-in (no windows) on a regular basis, etc. , but one of the most memorable was a trip to a gig in eastern Washington in winter. We were about halfway there and the engine just slowed down and died. It was so cold, the carbs froze – at least that is what I thought – so we taped over the cooling vents up on he side of the van and after about a half hour got it re-started and made it to the gig – plus, we got some heat in the vehicle to boot. Turns out, somewhere along the line, an earlier owner had removed the flaps that kept heat in the engine, so it was always “full flow” cooling…Whenever I’m in one of the boats under an open grid bridge, I check and hope there are no British cars overhead – I guess I’ll add Corvairs to that list – cleaning oil off the boat is such a pain! 😉

  11. John Rothert

    Dick, That Greenbrier would be a hot item today in decent shape a high dollar car.

    John in Va…..guilty of stealing this thread