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Restoring Gas Pumps
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Is it normal to tear down the whole pump when restoring, including taking the original frame apart? Thanks Hugh

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Hugh #333645 Fri Jun 15 2012 02:19 PM
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It's your own choice on how you want it done. It's like with a car, do I just fix up the body / interior or do a ground up restoration. I don't always take apart the frame but I do blast it as a whole and paint it so that if someone puts it in there house, there is no issues with grease/oil/gas. and it makes for a nice restoration all the way through. If I do one for a customer, I let them make that decision and of course it makes a difference on what I charge to restore one.

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Mike M. #333646 Fri Jun 15 2012 02:25 PM
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Thanks for your input Mike. The pumps I restore are for my workshop so I am going to leave the frame together and just sandblast it and powdercoat it. Hugh

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Mike M. #333647 Fri Jun 15 2012 02:26 PM
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Mike M. #333648 Fri Jun 15 2012 02:30 PM
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Because I do put mine in the house, I take apart every last nut bolt and frame rail.
I like to make sure where the parts get bolted together those areas are sandblasted and painted.
It's really not that much more work to do it.
Just take lots of pictures, they don't go back together as easy as they come apart.


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Mike M. #333650 Fri Jun 15 2012 02:33 PM
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Thanks I can always use pictures like that to keep me upbeat. I don't have the ability to sandblast of powdercoat myself so I will have to send all my parts out to get done. Wish me luck! Hugh

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Hugh #333651 Fri Jun 15 2012 02:34 PM
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Thanks Lee for your input.

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Mike M. #333652 Fri Jun 15 2012 02:35 PM
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As Mike says, IT'S YOUR CHOICE.
Some will replace the hose & nozzle for display AS IS.
Others will replace all bolts/screws all the way down including frame bolts w/ Stainless Bolts & fasteners that weren't available when pump was made. Then Hot or Rat Rod the paint job.

Not so much w/ a visible but when doing electrics TAKE LOTS OF PIC's during tear down. You'd be surprised how much you forget where/how a part goes back in & in What order!

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Dick Bennett #333657 Fri Jun 15 2012 02:43 PM
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agreed here... Lots of photos! I use my droid cell phone as I tear it down as it's so easy to access the photos when re-assembly comes as It always seems to be weeks and sometime months between teardown and re-assembly!

Good Luck, you will enjoy yourself as with this addiction, it's great stress management for all the other things in life that drive you crazy. And you will enjoy the finished product!


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Dick Bennett #333659 Fri Jun 15 2012 02:44 PM
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Dick this is where the problem is. I am building my 36b from frame only. There never was a complete pump, just the frame. Hugh

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Hugh #333665 Fri Jun 15 2012 03:03 PM
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Personally,I like to see gas pumps,signs & oil cabinets left alone with their heritage & battle scars still showing & say leave them as found if you can.
More then ever,it seems like everyone is stripping them,repainting them shiny BC/CC and putting shiney new bolts,washers and vinyl decals all over them.
If they're going into a Chucky Cheese,I guess that makes sense.

I'll jump over 5 restored pumps,to see the one on the end that's never been restored.
In other words,patina please.

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Cold Pizza #333667 Fri Jun 15 2012 03:07 PM
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Rick I understand where you are coming from, but I have other pumps in my shop that aren't restored that I now need something shiney to brighten the workspace.

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Hugh #333673 Fri Jun 15 2012 03:26 PM
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I hear ya,but can I persuade you to sell the unrestored pumps,and buy ones the have already been restored,to brighten your workspace.
Seems like for every pump that is left alone,10 others are being stripped & sprayed.
At this rate,the day is fast coming when no one will have any nice original examples anymore.

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Cold Pizza #333674 Fri Jun 15 2012 03:32 PM
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boy coldpizza you'd love it at my house!

3 somebody else restored and 34 all original.

I love em all

same with signs. mint are great and so's the rust old 50.00 sign.

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I always took mine completely apart and started the restoration from there. Just my preference.

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