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Finally got a Lubester.. Now What?

Posted By: Bloodhound1958

Finally got a Lubester.. Now What? - Sat Sep 22 2018 07:59 PM

Hello everyone. Thanks for having me. Glad I found this forum. I'm a classic car guy at heart and I've decided to "accessorize" as cheaply as I can. Looking to start by buying this vintage lubester. Part of the fun for me with old cars is trying to decipher what something looked like originally and being new to petroliana I am already stumped. I'm looking for help identifying this lubester. The logo is all but unreadable and I'm guessing it's been repainted in the past. Don't suppose anyone might know? Thanks again for having me! smile

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Posted By: Done4

Re: Finally got a Lubester.. Now What? - Sat Sep 22 2018 09:14 PM

Welcome to oldgas, if that was mine I would carefully clean it and then seal to protect it’s history. I’m sure others will chime in with more specific information on your lubster.
Posted By: Bill jr

Re: Finally got a Lubester.. Now What? - Sat Sep 22 2018 09:48 PM

I agree it looks good the way it is
Bill
Posted By: SandPCollector

Re: Finally got a Lubester.. Now What? - Sat Sep 22 2018 09:50 PM

Welcome to Oldgas. Best of luck with your lubester!
Posted By: Thunder II

Re: Finally got a Lubester.. Now What? - Sun Sep 23 2018 01:26 AM

Color me envious... A VERY nice find indeed. As for now, I would suggest that you do NOTHING to it other than a bit of oil, so that you may roll it around a bit, and run the pumps. Please wait ever so patiently, for suggestions, as to where to go from here. I you have a favorite company, please look into their history. You might want to restore it, to their colors. But remember... It is only, original, ONCE...
Posted By: Jack Sim

Re: Finally got a Lubester.. Now What? - Sun Sep 23 2018 04:17 AM

I don't believe I ever purchased anything that was rusty, looking old and used that I didn't intend to restore. If you had a garage filled with unrestored items like this lubster it would look like a pile of junk. I am old school, "It is only, original, ONCE..." in untrue, originally it was painted a nice beautiful red, with a very nice looking decal on it. Every issue of "Check the Oil" magazine features someone's collection, I have yet to see a collection of unrestored items such as yours.

So, it is yours, do with it what you want, you are the one who has to live with it, but when someone comes over and you take him out to your garage and showing him your stuff, and he asked are you going to restore that, what are you going to say?

Jack Sim
Posted By: Tunk-Z28

Re: Finally got a Lubester.. Now What? - Sun Sep 23 2018 10:49 AM

I prefer the aged look better myself thats just me. Picture going in a antique shop where everything is like brand new .Would you feel like you were going back in time, or would you feel like you were in Walmart ? You have a nice start to youre future collection. Welcome to Oldgas
Posted By: ironheadtom

Re: Finally got a Lubester.. Now What? - Sun Sep 23 2018 11:33 AM

Sorry Wayne . Looks like we're derailing your first thread with this all too common difference of opinion. I just can't help myself. I have to say that I love it the way it is. If it was mine I would clean it and probably clear coat it with something not too shiny but enough to take away that dried out junky look. Whatever you do with it, it's a great piece. Tom
Posted By: Loyd Pierce

Re: Finally got a Lubester.. Now What? - Sun Sep 23 2018 07:17 PM

Welcome to OLDGAS you are a member of the best site for petro ever!

Basic -- Its yours to do as you wish. If it was mine Jack Sims said it better than I.
Ever time I walked by it if left as is , I could only think what it could look like.
Several members can make your decals and a little paint nothing more. Nothing like redoing a computer on gas pumps and add glass etc.
You stated your collecting with limited funds, well this is the best item you could of bought for max bang for your buck.
Not saying it will make you rich on resale, but something that is easy,cheap, and will look great in your collection if took to the next level.

Just my opinion and you know what they say about them!
Sorry I can't help with brand of company that made it . Maybe better pics would help others with more knowledge.
Any thing on the fill lids on the holding tanks?
Posted By: Dale Stephens

Re: Finally got a Lubester.. Now What? - Mon Sep 24 2018 12:05 AM

It"s a Bowser. Not sure of model number....
Posted By: Jhaas63

Re: Finally got a Lubester.. Now What? - Mon Sep 24 2018 01:05 AM

The “restore” vs. “leave original” debate can and probably will go on forever. I couldn’t care less what you do with your stuff as it is your stuff and doesn’t affect me.

Your lubester looks cool.
Posted By: Snooker

Re: Finally got a Lubester.. Now What? - Tue Oct 02 2018 04:30 AM

Nice find and welcome - I have had many items that I wish I never touched other than dust off, wipe down. On the other hand, I have restored or purchased restored items that I truly loved.

Your find your call
Posted By: T-way

Re: Finally got a Lubester.. Now What? - Tue Oct 02 2018 05:30 PM

I believe that the decal on the side is from Eldred.

Here is art for one of their lenses.

Note the center graphic.

Later . . .

Jim

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Posted By: Cold Pizza

Re: Finally got a Lubester.. Now What? - Tue Oct 02 2018 06:23 PM

CONGRATS!
I wouldn't touch it.
It speaks volumes the way it sits now.
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