Here is a New York City Fire Department call box we restored some years back. Not sure, but I would have to guess it was from the 1920’s or 30’s given what the insides looked like. You can still see these poles all over NYC, but the cool front doors and insides have been replaced with modern and efficient communication equipment.
What made this restoration somewhat challenging was its weight of roughly 400 pounds. Also, it was covered with many years of paint that needed to be removed. Once the paint was stripped, hundreds of little pits were revealed in the cast iron. It took hours and hours of filling these holes with Bondo that was applied by fingertip. Sanding before paint was also a very time-consuming process, especially trying to get into all the ornate details.
The lesson here is that it’s easy to underestimate the work involved when you first look at an item for restoration. It may not turn out to be as easy as you think. Sandblasting and throwing a coat of paint on an item can turn into a hundred hours if you want it done right.
This item is not for sale. We show restored items in this blog to encourage discussion, prompt questions and further the hobby of collecting and restoration. We also enjoy sharing the photos of the many items we have restored over the years.