I am Harri from Finland. I can't really call myself a gas pump enthusiast yet since I have never restored a gas pump before but looking at your beautiful pumps really started motivating me. Old gas pumps as a hobby is not that common here, which is a pity as most of the older pumps will have been scrapped at some point and in a small country there are not that many in the first place. I found this site when searching for information on my gas pump. I think it is a Gilbarco 1006 made in England, which has been quite common here in Finland in the late 50's and early 60's. You see them for sale every now and then. This one is from the local Esso station here in Punkalaidun and was bought for our farm a few decades ago. It has been pumping red diesel for the farm machines until a few years ago. I would expect it to still work since diesel is a better preservative than gas. I am planning on restoring it and returning it into service. The plan is to build a 50's gas station for the farm. Ideally I would like to have two similar gas pumps so when I find another one for sale, I will try to buy it. I also have a Ljungmans 167 from 1975, but it is too modern for my taste. Perhaps my 4-year old son will appreciate it more than me in the future. It still does not have a single circuit board in it which is an advantage. I have heard the ones from the 80's and onwards with processors and PCBs in them can cost a fair bit if something goes wrong.
I understand that most of the members here are from the US but if anyone has any info on these ones made by Vickers Armstrongs in the UK, please share it. I do have a couple of questions:
- This pump has no reset handle. How does one reset the counter? It was never reset when in use and I have no idea of how it is supposed to be done. There is a hole on the side, below the on/off lever, could that be the place for the reset handle?
- are the parts all different from the US model or are they interchangeable?
A couple of pictures of the pump and a Finnish Esso station from 1958 with these pumps.