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new member question about Bowser 310 #734039
Sat Aug 10 2019 10:12 PM
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Hello all - My name is TC - friends have called me Top Cat since the early 1980s. This is the first forum I have ever posted on & I have a a couple of specific questions for anyone who would like to respond. After a 37 year search, I acquired a reproduction Bowser clock face gas pump today from an auction at a local Fuddruckers restaurant. I know it isn't a real gas pump, but from what I remember from research years ago... I think it is a copy of a Bowser xacto sentry model 310. However, mine has really cool brass parts that I do NOT think were on the 310 (IE: molded side length corner strips, a half-bell shaped light bezel as well as a brass handle rest & nozzle sleeve). SO First: I was just wondering if anyone might happen to know who made these repro Bowser "Time Sentry" pumps the 1980s for Fuddruckers restaurants? Secondly: If I am right (About it being a copy of the model 310) WHEN was the real 310 produced and used by consumers. Third: Is there a chance that 310 repro parts I see online (like the top skins with a display window above the clock face) would fit my purchase if I wanted to add them & repaint it? AND Finally: is or was "Johnson Time Tells Gasolene" a real company? Thanks for your time/replys. TC

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Re: new member question about Bowser 310 [Re: TopCatGas] #734076
Sun Aug 11 2019 04:16 PM
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According to my Gas Pump Identification book, the 310 was made from 1930 to 1934. They were used until as long as they were still usable.

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Re: new member question about Bowser 310 [Re: TopCatGas] #734099
Sun Aug 11 2019 11:02 PM
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If your pump looks like this Gulf time sentry then it is a lot different than a Bowser 310. Here are both.

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Re: new member question about Bowser 310 [Re: MATT ALVAREZ] #734104
Sun Aug 11 2019 11:58 PM
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Thanks - Yes the one I bought looks exactly like the GULF painted one. Does anyone have an idea who made these & if they were just made for fuddruckers restaurants? Or ANY info on a Bowser "Time Sentry"?

I am certainly a novice to gas pump ID, but in almost 40 years of seeing gas pumps at coin-op shows, flea markets, antique shops & the few Petroliana shows I was able to go to, I have not seen the Time Sentry anywhere except at Fuddruckers. To me, it looks more like a Bowser 310 than the xacto sentry but with the brass accents from an Erie of the same era. Thus I assume the Time Sentry was simply created to "Look" like a real (but non-existing) gas pump??? In any case, I think this is a really cool piece of art! AND...it took me 37 years to obtain one. Yesterday was a very exciting day for me!!! THANKS for sharing the photos, TC

Re: new member question about Bowser 310 [Re: Jack Sim] #734105
Mon Aug 12 2019 12:09 AM
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& thanks also to you Jack for the time period reference... I had guessed mine is a reproduction to look like one/s produced in the 1930s, but am still not sure what I have. If you can't tell, I am very excited to finally have a gas pump!

Re: new member question about Bowser 310 [Re: TopCatGas] #734119
Mon Aug 12 2019 08:30 AM
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Re: new member question about Bowser 310 [Re: TopCatGas] #734121
Mon Aug 12 2019 09:36 AM
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Not sure if the one posted by Matt is the same one I have but Vic Raupe out of Guthier OK use to make the one I posted. Don Beaver took over the business from Vic and is now Vic"s 66. For more info you may try contacting him, he is on this site under pump parts. Vic was making these kits in the mid 90's and I think retail was $600.00 for the raw parts. I use to sell them and held this one back to do someday. Hope this helps.

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Re: new member question about Bowser 310 [Re: TopCatGas] #734140
Mon Aug 12 2019 02:22 PM
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Your reproduction pump looks more like an Erie from the 1920s.

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Re: new member question about Bowser 310 [Re: TopCatGas] #734143
Mon Aug 12 2019 02:47 PM
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You’re right Jack, that’s what Vic styled his after.


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Re: new member question about Bowser 310 [Re: TopCatGas] #734156
Mon Aug 12 2019 04:57 PM
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i still have the patterns from when i made skins for vic.charley

Re: new member question about Bowser 310 [Re: TopCatGas] #734160
Mon Aug 12 2019 05:44 PM
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Man Charley, we’er sure going back in time. Didn’t know you built them. Great work and craftsmanship to say the least. That’s why I bought into these they were so well done.


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Re: new member question about Bowser 310 [Re: TopCatGas] #734161
Mon Aug 12 2019 05:45 PM
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Guess I need to put this together.

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Re: new member question about Bowser 310 [Re: TopCatGas] #734174
Mon Aug 12 2019 08:18 PM
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Wow, Thanks for all of info. I have to agree completely about the craftsmanship on this. Speaking as a novice: most people I have encountered over the years WHO simply appreciate the art factor of gas pumps would always tell me they think a Fry 117 "May West" is the quintessential 1930s pump (but I know the 117 was made much earlier). For me, I was drawn to this design by Charley because - TO ME: it looked like the perfect 1930s gas pump. Everybody has their favorite & this is mine. SO THANKS again to all for the great info. SO to clarify: this is a combination of the Bowser exacto senty & an Erie? What was the target year: 1930? Lastly, if I wanted to modify this to include a site "display" glass above the brass bell housing (like on the 310), does anyone have a repro source suggestion other than Doug Pray. I ask, only because I assume Doug may only have parts MADE for this created pump & I am hoping to modify it just a bit more. THANKS TC

Re: new member question about Bowser 310 [Re: TopCatGas] #734177
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