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#505291 - Tue Jan 14 2014 12:17 PM Checked out my free pump yesterday....
Rabbitman Offline
Petro Enthusiast

Registered: Thu Dec 09 2010
Loc: Missouri,USA
Went out to my friends house yesterday to checkout the gas pump he told me I could have last summer. I think I told the story back then but the deal was that it had been pulled and the inground tank removed twenty years ago when he bought the farm. He told me that the guys who removed the tank had just wrapped a chain around the pump and drug it out behind his corral and that it had a dented door. At the time he offered it to me it wasn't even visible through the ragweed and brush and he said it was full of wasp nests and mud dobbers. So, I thought after all the snow and ice was gone I would go check it out, not really having any idea what to expect.I was expecting to have to dig through a bunch of brush and dig it out of the ground. Well, I pulled in the drive and around the barn and to my surprise there it sat on an old piece of painted plyboard...a nice Neptune 855! It is in really good shape and all there as it was the day it was taken out of service. There was a big grapevine that had grown up the hose and into the pump with shoots growing out every crack and around the ad glass. There was indeed a bunch of wasp nests and the mud dobbers had gone condo inside. But, the dented door is minor in comparison to a lot I have fixed and the only other parts that were gone was the door glass on the dented side and the ad glass was broken on that side too. It was apparently a Phillips pump as the broken glass was readable and was a Flite Fuel glass. The other side had faced the sun so that ad glass was faded out. The faceplates are pretty badly faded as they are the screened aluminum ones and not porcelain but the Red Seal logo is still legible on both. All in all a great old pump and you just can't beat the price! I told my friend that I wanted to pay him something for it but he refused saying it was just junk. I am going to at least take him out to a nice dinner. When I got back home I looked through my ad glass and found a perfect set of Flite Fuel glasses for it so I may restore it back to what it was originally but I don't have a 66 globe so I guess that's another one to start looking for. Hard to believe that there is still so much stuff out there that ends up being right in your back yard. This type of find is what makes this hobby so enjoyable to me......Gary


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#505296 - Tue Jan 14 2014 12:23 PM Re: Checked out my free pump yesterday.... [Re: Rabbitman]
Ryan Underthun Offline
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Registered: Thu Nov 07 2002
Loc: Duluth, MN U.S.A
Cant beat free!
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#505303 - Tue Jan 14 2014 01:03 PM Re: Checked out my free pump yesterday.... [Re: Ryan Underthun]
Let er' Buck Offline
Petro Enthusiast

Registered: Tue Jan 24 2012
Loc: Greeley Colorado
Nice score!!
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Always looking for Frontier and Beeline items.

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#505322 - Tue Jan 14 2014 01:40 PM Re: Checked out my free pump yesterday.... [Re: Rabbitman]
Gargoyle Offline
Petro Enthusiast

Registered: Fri Nov 23 2012
Loc: Up Here, WA.
Originally Posted By: Rabbitman
This type of find is what makes this hobby so enjoyable to me......Gary

The best finds always seem to have the best stories! smile
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TOM

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#505326 - Tue Jan 14 2014 01:52 PM Re: Checked out my free pump yesterday.... [Re: Gargoyle]
K W FRITH Offline
Veteran Member

Registered: Sun Oct 21 2007
Loc: Devils Lake, ND---USA
Wonderful story! Another piece of history saved from oblivion!
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#505341 - Tue Jan 14 2014 02:29 PM Re: Checked out my free pump yesterday.... [Re: K W FRITH]
47reo-travis Offline
Veteran Member

Registered: Sun Dec 18 2011
Loc: Fredericktown Missouri
Gary , I remember when you first told us about it , well glad you were able to get it , nice looking pump !
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I like SINCLAIR and old American made stuff ... No china items.

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#505369 - Tue Jan 14 2014 03:48 PM Re: Checked out my free pump yesterday.... [Re: 47reo-travis]
bsplichal95 Offline
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Registered: Sat May 26 2012
Loc: Hays, Kansas
Free! Good story and what a memory on that pump!
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Braden Splichal


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#505383 - Tue Jan 14 2014 04:45 PM Re: Checked out my free pump yesterday.... [Re: bsplichal95]
Derbygasman Offline
Petro Enthusiast

Registered: Wed Oct 17 2012
Loc: Wichita, KS
Awesome. Look forward to seeing it restored.
Marshall
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#505390 - Tue Jan 14 2014 04:56 PM Re: Checked out my free pump yesterday.... [Re: Derbygasman]
gasoildude Offline
Veteran Member

Registered: Mon Nov 29 2004
Loc: Oneida IL USA
Man cant beet that for free!! Good story too smile
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#505502 - Tue Jan 14 2014 10:51 PM Re: Checked out my free pump yesterday.... [Re: gasoildude]
Dave's Garage Offline
Veteran Member

Registered: Mon Dec 05 2011
Loc: Abbotsford, British Columbia, ...
Nice pump, another one saved!
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Dave GILL,
Dave's Garage & Memorabilia, Inc.

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#505574 - Wed Jan 15 2014 10:05 AM Re: Checked out my free pump yesterday.... [Re: Dave's Garage]
DCpate Offline
Veteran Member

Registered: Wed Nov 08 2000
Loc: Norman, OK
Love it. More evidence of "it's still out there..."

I see comments about the 'good ol days are gone', 'everything is too high' etc. There are plenty of things in the wild still, often cheap or free...
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