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#151905 - Sun Sep 13 2009 04:14 PM intro
zooman Offline
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Registered: Sun Sep 13 2009
Loc: Alvin, Texas
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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#151906 - Sun Sep 13 2009 04:31 PM Re: intro [Re: zooman]
oldnfuelish Offline
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Registered: Wed Nov 02 2005
Loc: Antioch,IL
hey zooman!!welcome to oldgas!!dont be afraid to post pics cause we love em!!
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Looking for gas,oil related clocks,especially neon and spinners .clock repair available. Mick

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#151923 - Sun Sep 13 2009 06:11 PM Re: intro [Re: oldnfuelish]
Thunder II Offline
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Registered: Fri Jan 20 2006
Loc: On the plains of Colorado
Welcome to Oldgas. I hope that you have LOTS of room, because not only do the pumps multiply, but they also have a way of inviting a bunch of friends to visit too...

Like Mick said.... Lots of pics....
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#151924 - Sun Sep 13 2009 06:14 PM Re: intro [Re: Thunder II]
Ryan Underthun Online   content
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Registered: Thu Nov 07 2002
Loc: Duluth, MN U.S.A
Welcome to oldgas. If you need any help, feel free to PM me.
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FREEDOM oil items wanted.


visit my website for original gas pumps and parts

www.thepumpdump.com

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#151930 - Sun Sep 13 2009 06:49 PM Re: intro [Re: Ryan Underthun]
Oldgas Offline
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Registered: Tue Jul 25 2000
Loc: South of St. Louis, MO USA
Welcome to Oldgas.com Shop Talk, zooman.
We'd love to see pictures of your pump as it is.
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Your host and moderator

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#151935 - Sun Sep 13 2009 07:29 PM Re: intro [Re: Oldgas]
THE AMERICAN GARAGE Offline
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Registered: Wed Jun 02 2004
Loc: PECONIC BAY, L.I., NY, USA
WELCOME TO OLDGAS AND THE CRAZY, FUN HOBBY WE ALL ENDURE TOGETHER! wink
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#151954 - Sun Sep 13 2009 08:20 PM Re: intro [Re: THE AMERICAN GARAGE]
philmccauley Offline
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Registered: Thu Jul 26 2001
Loc: Bardstown, KY USA
Welcome aboard.
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Thanks, Phil
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Looking for any old pumps, or nice 5 gallon cans.

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#151964 - Sun Sep 13 2009 09:22 PM Re: intro [Re: philmccauley]
K W FRITH Offline
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Registered: Sun Oct 21 2007
Loc: Devils Lake, ND---USA
Hey there ZOOMAN!! Look straight up to the north!!! Thats me wavin at ya!! Greetings from North Dakota!--KEVIN
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#151965 - Sun Sep 13 2009 09:24 PM Re: intro [Re: philmccauley]
thermactor Offline
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Registered: Wed Apr 27 2005
Loc: Decatur, IL
Welcome to the site! I'm sure you'll enjoy becoming part of this great group of friends.

I'm sure a lot of us would love to see a picture of that tile floor. You don't ahve one, do you?

Wes

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#151980 - Mon Sep 14 2009 02:31 AM Re: intro [Re: thermactor]
67Chev4X4 Offline
Petro Enthusiast

Registered: Thu Aug 14 2008
Loc: Cheyenne, WY
From a old OCAW worker to another welcome. Don't go to sleep in the control room and blow the place up. As a old maintenance man I had to help put the refinery back together. Mitch

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#151987 - Mon Sep 14 2009 06:14 AM Re: intro [Re: 67Chev4X4]
zooman Offline
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Registered: Sun Sep 13 2009
Loc: Alvin, Texas
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!

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#151989 - Mon Sep 14 2009 06:34 AM Re: intro [Re: zooman]
Cold Pizza Online   content
Veteran Member

Registered: Tue May 17 2005
Loc: Illinois
Welcome smirk

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#151995 - Mon Sep 14 2009 08:26 AM Re: intro [Re: Cold Pizza]
signaholic Offline
Petro Enthusiast

Registered: Tue May 31 2005
Loc: St. Joseph, Mo 64503
Welcome to the site!!

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#152047 - Mon Sep 14 2009 06:33 PM Re: intro [Re: signaholic]
Ohio Oil Offline
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Registered: Fri May 23 2003
Loc: Northwest Ohio
zooman...great to have you here, there are a bunch of great guys here.

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#152065 - Mon Sep 14 2009 08:46 PM Re: intro [Re: Ohio Oil]
zooman Offline
Active Member

Registered: Sun Sep 13 2009
Loc: Alvin, Texas

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.

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#152086 - Tue Sep 15 2009 01:18 AM Re: intro [Re: zooman]
bruzer75 Offline
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Registered: Fri Sep 22 2006
Loc: Grants Pass, OR, USA
Looking good. I see the lights work already.
Mike

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#152088 - Tue Sep 15 2009 02:23 AM Re: intro [Re: bruzer75]
67Chev4X4 Offline
Petro Enthusiast

Registered: Thu Aug 14 2008
Loc: Cheyenne, WY
No I only worked in Cheyenne but we blew that refinery up several times while I worked there. That's the cost of making gasoline. Mitch

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#152097 - Tue Sep 15 2009 07:16 AM Re: intro [Re: zooman]
ss540 Offline
Active Member

Registered: Tue Aug 18 2009
Loc: Crosby, Texas
Hi Zooman

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.

Wayne Scott

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#152101 - Tue Sep 15 2009 07:35 AM Re: intro [Re: ss540]
zooman Offline
Active Member

Registered: Sun Sep 13 2009
Loc: Alvin, Texas
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

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#152104 - Tue Sep 15 2009 08:04 AM Re: intro [Re: zooman]
zooman Offline
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Registered: Sun Sep 13 2009
Loc: Alvin, Texas

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.

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#152114 - Tue Sep 15 2009 08:38 AM Re: intro [Re: zooman]
THE AMERICAN GARAGE Offline
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Registered: Wed Jun 02 2004
Loc: PECONIC BAY, L.I., NY, USA
NICE PINBALL! LOOKS LIKE THE FONZ!...AND HE'S MAKING AN EASY SHOT! LOL!
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#152183 - Tue Sep 15 2009 08:37 PM Re: intro [Re: THE AMERICAN GARAGE]
zooman Offline
Active Member

Registered: Sun Sep 13 2009
Loc: Alvin, Texas
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

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#152192 - Tue Sep 15 2009 09:10 PM Re: intro [Re: zooman]
Dick Bennett Offline
Veteran Member

Registered: Wed Oct 25 2000
Loc: Santa Paula, Calif
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.

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#152217 - Wed Sep 16 2009 06:35 AM Re: intro [Re: zooman]
ss540 Offline
Active Member

Registered: Tue Aug 18 2009
Loc: Crosby, Texas
zooman

It's been a couple of years ago, but I don't recall this guy being on 35. I think his shop was near some railroad tracks. Was an old building with some other businesses in it also.

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#152255 - Wed Sep 16 2009 04:46 PM Re: intro [Re: ss540]
zooman Offline
Active Member

Registered: Sun Sep 13 2009
Loc: Alvin, Texas
Dick thanks for the reply, so then what did the lever( which is gone from mine) that sticks through the slot by the upper door go to?

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#152262 - Wed Sep 16 2009 05:40 PM Re: intro [Re: zooman]
Dick Bennett Offline
Veteran Member

Registered: Wed Oct 25 2000
Loc: Santa Paula, Calif
so then what did the lever( which is gone from mine) that sticks through the slot by the upper door go to?

The lever-handle is what controls the Drain Back valve inside.
With the arrow up [to car] the rod attached to it would keep the lever in the closed position & door is open.

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#152304 - Wed Sep 16 2009 09:48 PM Re: intro [Re: Dick Bennett]
zooman Offline
Active Member

Registered: Sun Sep 13 2009
Loc: Alvin, Texas
Dick, would you or anyone have any pictures of it or drawings?
Of course this doesn't make or break the restoration of the pump, just am really curious.
Thanks again for the replies,
Troy

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#152323 - Thu Sep 17 2009 01:42 AM Re: intro [Re: zooman]
Dick Bennett Offline
Veteran Member

Registered: Wed Oct 25 2000
Loc: Santa Paula, Calif
Click to enlarge.

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#152476 - Fri Sep 18 2009 12:45 AM Re: intro [Re: Dick Bennett]
zooman Offline
Active Member

Registered: Sun Sep 13 2009
Loc: Alvin, Texas
Thanks Dick, I can't open this at work, but will when I get up tomorrow!

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#152534 - Fri Sep 18 2009 10:48 AM Re: intro [Re: zooman]
zooman Offline
Active Member

Registered: Sun Sep 13 2009
Loc: Alvin, Texas
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

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