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ECO alternative
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I've been in this hobby as a "micro" collector for at least 30 years. Lack of $$ & space have always been the monkey on my back.

In the last 5 years I have been able to finally purchase a couple of pumps & cheap signs. (over 60 crowd now) The last 2 years I think everyone wants to retire off of their collections. I've been trying to get a reasonable restorable ECO air meter without any

luck.

This hobby has become a $$ business. I'm hooked, so I decided to do my own thing. Since the "pandemonium", I've been making my own annual projects.

For my birthday last June, my kids got me a reproduction oval Gargoyle globe. (I asked for it) I took 4 months to find a place to display my new globe.

I found a 4' cast iron newel post for sale for $50. Got it for $40. Globe would go great on top. It's got the look!! Started thinking air tower. One thing led to another. The post is about 65lbs.

As a shop rat for the last 45 years, I got to work on a bridgeport mill.

This guy now weighs about 85 lbs.It rolls on heavy duty rollers, passes air, and lights up.

Project price is around $500, but since the globe & cast air sign were birthday & Christmas gifts, I have more like $300 into it.

Thanks to Ron Scobie for lots of great parts support!

Rick S.

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Re: ECO alternative
Rick S. #775420 Fri Feb 25 2022 06:12 PM
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It has a good look to it! Nice job.


Regards, Jim

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and the plastic coin banks made by AVSCO.
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Rick S. #775421 Fri Feb 25 2022 06:12 PM
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Very nice,I like it.
Necessity is the Mother of invention indeed.


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Re: ECO alternative
Rick S. #775423 Fri Feb 25 2022 07:42 PM
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That looks awsome


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Rick S. #775424 Fri Feb 25 2022 07:52 PM
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Nice!

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Rick S. #775425 Fri Feb 25 2022 08:06 PM
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Very cool, nice clean work.

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Rick S. #775432 Sat Feb 26 2022 07:16 AM
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That looks great! You did a really nice job with that.

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Rick S. #775433 Sat Feb 26 2022 07:41 AM
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EXCELLENT! Very well done. There are many ways to enjoy this hobby. Thank you for posting.


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Thanks for your comments guys! I know that this won't appeal to the purists. The way I see it; just like rebranding, repainting, It's all up to you.

I had tons of fun designing & machining this project. Totally functional & if I scratch the paint: get out the Rustoleum!

Next project will be converting a Gulf chrome dome gas pump to a Sunoco blend-o-matic. Need to design a different selector concept. I don't want to have mechanical grade changes on the face plate. I want to make the selector change color

of the lighting as you change grades. (multi color led bulb) Example: Maybe yellow 190, orange 200, green 220, red 240, blue 260. Any ideas on how to do this while turning selector dial is appreciated!

Thanks, Rick S.

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Great job Rick, and really we all shouldn't care if anybody likes it but ourselves, right? I'm a semi-purist, but love it just as much! Love your creativity, and thanks for the photos. As long as it passes air and not gas, get it?? That's why I'm not a comedian!


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Mike, you are an instigator! I'm the practical joker at work & never pondered that thought pattern. Hmmmm!


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