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I love the Winchester '67 Chevy Impala. The running lights (also called cornering lamps) are my favorite part of the car. I wondered if old, real running lamp salvaged off a '67 could by made into desk lamps. Following these steps, turns out they can!

1. Search for them on Ebay
2. Outbid other interested bidders
3. Call a retired metal fabricator you know
4. Have said retired metal fabricator decline to work on the project but he graciously passes your information along to a friend of his; a retired electrical engineer and metal fabricator
5. Have the friend say "yes"
6. Take all parts to said friend
7. Voila; a few weeks later, these appeared:

impala running lamp lamp!

impala lamp on

impala lamps 3

impala running lights lined up

My sincere thanks to Brad who made this idea a reality. He machined the aluminum stems/posts and bases and even did a nice bit of engraving on them! This was tricky to get the balance right since the bottoms of the original lamps have several angles to them. He also re-wired them to work with night light bulbs and househould outlets. I love their deco look! They look great all lined up on the dressers and give off such a lovely soft light at night.




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journalbookbinder thanks Zu 0 Apr 2 2012, 9:31 AM EDT by journalbookbinder
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SUPER-Zu; you crack me up. :) I've seen couches made out of the front or back of an old Cadillac...now, if I could just figure out how to do that with the Impala....but seems a shame to sacrifice an Impala for something like that! :)
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SuperZu Wow ... once again! 0 Mar 17 2012, 5:26 AM EDT by SuperZu
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You are so awesomely talented! From your amazing hand-tooled leather books to your SUPER-natural ideas for home decor, you just seem to have SUPER-powers! :D Magnificent job!
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