Finally found something worth posting here

Discussion in 'Vintage & Collectible' started by bpollard, Sep 12, 2017.

  1. bpollard

    bpollard Member

    It's not terribly unusual or anything. But I have had my eyes on this one for a long time.

    Tell me what you think. After a mild cleaning with soap and water, glass cleaner and an SOS pad on the chrome. Had to hook it up, and walla! She works just fine.

    I have never really restored something like this, but i really want to make it like new. After sitting for years under a layer of dirt and bird shit, i think she deserves it. Don't you?

    Bob Jr beacon Ray.jpg Jr beacon Ray.jpg
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  2. dmathieu

    dmathieu Premium Member

    The Junior was definitely a high quality, and classic beacon light. Yours is a later version as evidenced by the newer style tag.
  3. dmathieu

    dmathieu Premium Member

    0000 steel wool will work wonders on that glass dome without damaging it.
  4. cmb56

    cmb56 Member

    It is made sometime between 1976 and 1978 due to the newer name tag with the address Blue Island, that came after Federal's name change in December 1975 and the move to University Park in 1978.

    I do not see what bulb you have inside but it look to be too small to be the right one.

    The right bulb should be 60 Watt with a large glass globe.
    I do not remember the bulb's number at the moment.

    If it is a normal 50 CP, 1195 bulb, it is about 40 Watt.
    It will be much more powerfull with the right bulb, if it is equipped with the wrong one.

    Last edited: Sep 13, 2017
  5. bpollard

    bpollard Member

    i think it does have the correct bulb. You can't see it in this picture, but it is a big honking globe that barely fits inside the lens cage.

    it's bright

    the globe is actually plastic not glass.

    i've got to study the various posts here to learn the best ways to clean and restore the dome and the chrome base

    thanks for the information. Keep it coming!
  6. shues

    shues Gold Level Member

    You're close, but I think you've made a couple of mistakes:

    Federal Signal moved from Blue Island to Park Forest South in 1982.

    The town changed its name from Park Forest South to University Park in 1984.
    Last edited: Sep 13, 2017
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  7. cmb56

    cmb56 Member

    You are right, I remember it wrong.
    I have lights that was build in 1981 and are marked Blue Island.

    To my excuse, I am at my work and could not check it when I wrote it.

    So, in any case, the light it is made between 1976 and 1982.

  8. StEaLtH2

    StEaLtH2 Enthusiast Silver Level Member

    She's a keeper. Great that you've had an eye on this and then it turned out to be yours. I'd bet a coat of wax would make that dome even purdy err than she is now. Wish I had one of these up on the shelf
  9. dmathieu

    dmathieu Premium Member

    The # of the correct bulb is 1019.
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  10. jph2

    jph2 Senior Member

    Nice snatch and nice job so far. Can't wait to see her after you really go to work. :)
  11. Skulldigger

    Skulldigger Site Veteran

    One light I do not have in my Federal collection I do want some day. Good grab !
  12. coop359

    coop359 Member Silver Level Member

    The JR beacon is one of my favorites also. As a kid in Hinsdale Illinois - we had a PW guy who was also on the FD. His village green Suburban had an Amber Model 14 on the roof. He had a Clear JR beacon he used to respond to fire calls with a flip up mount off the dash Not sure why he did not use a blue lens. Most guys ran FB1s.
  13. bpollard

    bpollard Member

    Ok. I am stupid. I have some videos I want to share. On my brand new iPhone. Can someone help me
  14. dmathieu

    dmathieu Premium Member

    I'd love pics of that!!

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