This pump will stay unrestored but have not decided if I want to clean the dirt, bird poop and remove the bird nest inside the top. Some of the nest fell in the face area. It also still has the guts and that will be another decision later. What would you guys do? A while back I got this 36B clockface and decided the leave the dirt because the paint is decent and the dirt helps with the patina.
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every summer I'm overrun with Barn Swallows, they ***** all over everything and I don't find it in any way attractive, I say wash it and leave it, then again a Robin got in my shop and built a nest in a globe body on top of my Roman and I left it until the babies were gone, still, wash it.
Great looking I agree ,leave as is but clean the nest and bird droppings, I wipe down my grandfathers old gilbarco every couple of months with a fresh coat of wd -40 and everyone that comes by always likes it over the shiny stuff. Nice pumps Matt !
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Matt, I was wondering the same thing on this farm fresh Wayne 60 I just got. It's got 77 years of dirt, patina, birds nest (some have fallen into the face area), and it also has the guts. My vote is to not clean it, get the lights working, possibly try to free up the pump, and keep them 100% original.
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Bird droppings present several problems. One is their often corrosive nature. This may add "ambiance" and a desirable patina for some, but it can be destructive to the item underneath.Another less known, but one that I have personal knowledge and experience of, is Histoplasmosis. It is a respiratory infection that can cause all types of problems. Dave
Dirt and Patina just don't work in the same sentence! I think the dirt, and especially the bird droppings, really detract from the classy old look of the pump! That old patina is great and hard to find and really adds to a pump display, but dirt and bird droppings just seem to say that the owner doesn't care about the condition presented! I vote---CLEAN IT UP!
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