Hey guys, just wanted to take a minute and introduce myself. I just bought a g&b t-176 to restore and put in my game room next to a 1977 Eight ball pinball machine I scored last year. The pump is in pretty sad shape skin wise and will try to resurrect it.I will probably go with the Polly gas logos as i have parrots and think that would be a nice theme. I work at a refinery that was started up in 1908, became the Sid Richardson Oil Company at one point, then Texas City Refinery which own some Rebel Gas Stations back in the day and is now Valero which took over Diamond Shamrock( or maybe it is the other way around). I also worked at the Houston Refinery which at one time was Signal( had the logo in tile on the control room floor) and later became Charter Oil( which i have not seen any thing on the site from those stations and now is a part of Valero also. I just wanted to add that I think this is a really awesome site and have been reading up on a lot of posts and ideas on how and where to get started on my pump. Hope you are having a great Sunday and your football teams are doing well. The Texans got spanked today, but there's always next Sunday!
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Hey guys thanks for the warm welcome. Wes,I didn't get a pic of that tile floor but I'll see if I can contact some old friends and see if the control room is still there. It was in the crude unit and they centralized all the control rooms into one area. Mitch did you help rebuild the Texas City refinery after the 1978 explosion? That was 2 years before I started working but I was driving in front of it at the exact time it went up(we were headed to our high school graduation party at Galveston beach). I will try to post pics of it right when i bought it and through the process of restoring it. What's really funny is i don't even run my truck on diesel, I converted it three years ago to run on veggie oil and some of my friends have suggested that I use the pump for my bean juice, lol, cept that it would take a lot of pumping to fill my 60 gallon take up! Anyway, you guys rock,I enjoy the site and will be asking questions and p.m.ing some of you guys! Let's have an awesome day!
OK,guys here is the old gal. I already have her torn apart and have been working on different things like stripping the skins, tearing apart the pump and getting ready to get my inventory list together. Ohio, I work across the street from the old Marathon Refinery.
I retired from the Shell Deer Park Refinery as a pressure equipment inspector in 2005. I too was bitten by the gas pump resto bug and have done several pumps for friends and for my collection.
I recently sold a G&B 176 long door in need of resto to a friend and I will help him with the resto. It needs patch panels on the bottom skins, so that will probably be the most challenging part of the resto.
I bought one of my Rush mod K's off Craigs List from a guy in Alvin, but I don't recall his name. It was very rough and I had new skins rolled by a shop in Pasadena. Turned out real nice and it is done as a Super Shell.
Good luck with your project and if I can be of help, let me know.
Hey guys thanks again, Wayne my pump probably came from the same guy.His business name was "That guy on 35" which is where he is at in Alvin, on 35. His name is Merrell and I have always thought he was a good guy.I bought a mini globe from him years ago at the Autorama. Hope everyone has a great day. Troy
When you guys suggested posting more pics I hope it is acceptable to show the point of interest of why I wanted the visible pump.I intend to park her in the corner next to this 1977 Eight ball pin. Since I live in the sticks I have to have something to relax me after a hard day at work, in the gym or working the property.My time is pinball. And I think the pump will look fantastic in the corner next to that. Now i do have two other pinballs so the insanity may continue.
The first couple of questions i have is if any one has pic or a drawing of how the arrow(to car to storage) ties into the brass valve and slide indicator that comes out of the top smaller panel? Also is this the area to ask these questions or should I start a new thread. Thanks for any help, Troy
Arrow rod does NOT connect to valve handle. When the arrow is in the up position [to car], the valve handle has to be in the closed position & door will be open. With the arrow down [to storage], the valve handle is in the open position [all the way to right], nozzle inside door & locked shut. With valve open, you can pump handle all night & never get any gasoline to stay in cylinder.
Now Dick that makes sense, thank you so much! And since you were so kind to help me out I will try and get a few pics of some old gas stations this week for you. Seems as though the Mrs. called in her favor. By allowing me to purchase the pump several weeks ago she said I was going to pay big time. Well I have to go to a hummingbird festival in Rockport and oblige her request. But it is an older town and nothing changes much there so I hope to get some interesting pics. I'll just have to tell her it's a hummer I see flying when i take my pics at an old station or of some old signs. Again thanks, you rock and thanks to all you other guys who have offered help and have welcomed me. Awesome community here Troy