Kris--I've handled about 100 pumps in the last three years and most of the time, I make a few bucks on the ones that I don't touch because I buy them right and don't put a lot into them.
As far as restored pumps go, even doing most of the work myself, I get too much into them to consider them a decent investment. It would be a little different if I could do the bodywork and painting myself! If you're careful, you can buy restored pumps cheaper than you can redo them! Not always the case but it does happen. The reason behind restoring one is that you get to decide on everything including the type of pump, colors, badging and the whole works!!!! Gives you a satisfied feeling when you're done too!
Todays economy has depressed the value of everything but Gas & Oil collectibles seem to be holding their own pretty well! Theres always a market for gas pumps and with todays transportation, they're available rather reasonably! Just be careful when you buy your pumps and you'll be fine as far as retaining your investment. A very wise and wealthy man once told me that you make your money when you buy----not when you sell!! Good advice!
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