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Homemade pumps
#717948 Fri Oct 12 2018 11:28 AM
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Hi everyone, new guy here.

I have wanted a vintage pump for the last 30 years. I've gone to a few auctions and have kept an eye on CL but all the pumps are out of my price range. I do my share of fab work. I've worked in the auto body industry and have restored a few cars and trucks. I am in the process now of restoring a '37 Buick that was a total rot bucket when I got it. I am currently driving a '49 Ford pickup that I got from my dad 30+ years that was a total rust bucket when I got it. I've also made other items I wanted but couldn't justify spending the money to buy.

My thoughts now is to build a pump from odds and ends I can find at local stores and from scrap I have laying around. Here's the idea I have:

I can get a round fish tank for about $25 at Walmart, a couple of cheap pans, a couple of flush mounted ceiling lights and a used truck rim for the base. I have a supply of scrap 12ga sheet metal for the main body. I can buy a nozzle and hose from the local farm supply store.

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I want to install two under the overhang on my shop:

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I would like to know if anyone else made their own pumps and would really like to see pictures.


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Re: Homemade pumps
bobj49f2 #717953 Fri Oct 12 2018 12:45 PM
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Welcome to Oldgas, knowing these guys I'm sure you'll get some posts. Never really built one but will be interesting to see how they turn out. Good luck with your project.


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I'm sure they would come out pretty good, but would take more time / money than you are probably thinking. With those fab skills you have, think you'd be better off finding a couple of incomplete pumps, maybe missing panels, etc, good to have a frame to work off of. Probably come out better and be worth more when all done.


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bobj49f2 #717982 Fri Oct 12 2018 06:48 PM
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I've seen some really beat up pumps go at auction in the $1000+ range. By the time I bought one of those and then amass the correct parts I'd bet I'd have $2500 plus time into it. I wouldn't jump into a restoration of a genuine real pump without the intentions of doing it correctly with all of the correct parts. If I build one using a few parts I can buy at local stores and the scrap pieces I have around my shop I figure I'll have maybe $400-500 at most. Also, if I did get a genuine pump it would have to made operative, I would think, to make it worth much more than a beat up pump. I don't want an correctly operating pump. The other added thing I want to do to a pump I make is to make it fill the cylinder with gas (orange anti-freeze) from a hidden reservoir, a tank made of PVC, when you pull a side handle and then when you pull the trigger on the nozzle it would drain back down in the reservoir.


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bobj49f2 #717983 Fri Oct 12 2018 06:56 PM
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Another question, were pumps designated red for regular and green for Ethyl? I've seen different color pumps and just wondering if color was brand or quality related.


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bobj49f2 #717984 Fri Oct 12 2018 07:03 PM
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Pump color is brand related. For example, Cities Service pumps were green for regular and red for premium.


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bobj49f2 #717988 Fri Oct 12 2018 07:51 PM
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I guess I'll have premium pumps. I have almost a gallon of industrial red paint I bought to paint a customer's project and have at least 3 quarts left.


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bobj49f2 #717992 Fri Oct 12 2018 08:24 PM
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Bob, To clarify, depending on the brand red could have been either regular or premium, Esso and Texaco regular pumps were red. Cities Service and Shell premium pumps were red. If you are trying to replicate a specific brand you would want to do some research. If you are making generic non brand specific pumps anything goes! Good luck with your project.


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I've made a couple of them over the years - winter time projects out of boredom. Scrap PVC pipe, aluminum light shade modified down flat on top. 1" pipe going up thru center that holds everything together, plus running electric wire thru it, etc. Just keep gathering other folks' throw-aways!

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bobj49f2 #718008 Sat Oct 13 2018 01:04 PM
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Sam, thanks, that's what I'm looking for. I got the same type of pump idea from a Facebook video while back. I have the metal so I want to make it out of metal. I would also like to make it simulate a working pump.

https://www.facebook.com/GreenGoblinCustomsChadHiltz/videos/1782736411740593/


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bobj49f2 #718046 Sun Oct 14 2018 01:18 PM
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Having the pump operational does not add value to the pump, lots of pumps get gutted for weight purposes

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