POTM "Pump of the Month" October 2017

Posted by: bsplichal95

POTM "Pump of the Month" October 2017 - Sun Oct 01 2017 10:08 PM

For this months pump of the month I let my brother choose what pump to do. He wanted to go with a Tokheim 34. These pumps seem to be pretty hard to find, but have such a unique design! What a perfectly designed pump! This was Tokheim's first computer pump, and they took the early 8" Veedor Root computer. The pump came with an embossed logo on the bottom of each panel. Only the originals have the embossed logo on the bottom. Reproduction panels will not have the embossing unless they are specially done. Tokheim 34's came with two different face designs, display case pump with two different styles of cases, or even with a flashing lighted advertising panel on the pump.

-Tokheim 34: 1934-1937. Original cost was $225 for the standard pump or $240 for the display case model. (If only a $15 difference was all it took to get a display case one now!!! LOL)

This information above is credited to Jack Sim and his pump book.

Please everyone show your 34's of all kinds and any information you might have on them. As I am always learning something new everyday. Thank you!
Posted by: bsplichal95

Re: POTM "Pump of the Month" October 2017 - Sun Oct 01 2017 10:09 PM

Here is my little brothers awesome Tokheim 34!
Posted by: MATT ALVAREZ

Re: POTM "Pump of the Month" October 2017 - Sun Oct 01 2017 11:13 PM

Here is an ad for the first version of the display case and lighted panel. Also a patent drawing.



Posted by: MATT ALVAREZ

Re: POTM "Pump of the Month" October 2017 - Sun Oct 01 2017 11:22 PM

Here is one of my 34`s. Will post the other one later on.

Posted by: Done4

Re: POTM "Pump of the Month" October 2017 - Mon Oct 02 2017 09:20 AM

One of my favorite pumps, well I guess all my pumps are my favorites.
Posted by: Murphy'sBA

Re: POTM "Pump of the Month" October 2017 - Mon Oct 02 2017 11:51 AM

Here's a few before & after pics of a 34 I just finished restoring for a good friend of mine. Super cool pump for sure, love the Deco style embossed area at the bottom of each panel. My friend chose the Polly branding, I'm really pleased with how it turned out. Working on his Tokheim 850 pump now.

Pretty rough looking pump but fairly complete.


After my restoration handy work in my shop and in it's final new home along side some cool air meters. Just the white hose to add to compete the pump.
Posted by: MATT ALVAREZ

Re: POTM "Pump of the Month" October 2017 - Tue Oct 03 2017 10:33 PM

This is my other one. Some day I will get the bottom half painted. It is in an area in my garage where it is hard to get pictures.





Posted by: LC 336

Re: POTM "Pump of the Month" October 2017 - Sat Oct 07 2017 08:16 PM

Here are a couple of mine, 34's are my favorite
Posted by: Done4

Re: POTM "Pump of the Month" October 2017 - Sun Oct 08 2017 10:08 AM

Very, very nice show case!
Posted by: K W FRITH

Re: POTM "Pump of the Month" October 2017 - Sun Oct 08 2017 04:52 PM

I bought one of the early type showcase pumps several years ago and I was lucky enough to find a pair of the lighted glass display panels and I converted the pump over to that by adding the panels and a flasher unit inside the body of the pump. I recently sold it to Jack Brown out in New York.
Posted by: bsplichal95

Re: POTM "Pump of the Month" October 2017 - Sun Oct 08 2017 09:42 PM

Great pumps so far everyone! Lets keep it up!
Posted by: Hardy's Garage

Re: POTM "Pump of the Month" October 2017 - Mon Oct 09 2017 12:07 PM

Here is my 34. I've owned it for 15 years and it has found a home in the corner of my garage.
Posted by: Gas Pump Rob

Re: POTM "Pump of the Month" October 2017 - Fri Oct 20 2017 11:00 PM

Just want to mention one thing not mentioned here yet. Let's study bases. I own an original display pump and have owned many regular 34s. My display pump has a taller base like Kevin Frith's display pump. Also if you look at Done4 s Esso pump you will notice it has one of these special bases. So was Done4s pump originaly a display pump or did Tokheim run the different casting for let's say one year so they are not common? Also my display pump has a shorter visigage on it. Still the same type but just shorter, maybe only on the display pump ? Never seen that on my regular 34 pumps. Dick Bennett came over once and he also commented that these two traits might have been only on the display version.

Rob
Posted by: Done4

Re: POTM "Pump of the Month" October 2017 - Sat Oct 21 2017 10:44 AM

Rob, thank you. I had often wondered if the base was the correct one. When I got it I didn't realize that the base was different till some time later and did not know it was used on display case pumps. Thanks agin.
Posted by: bsplichal95

Re: POTM "Pump of the Month" October 2017 - Sun Oct 22 2017 10:07 PM

Interesting Rob.... hmm.
Posted by: LC 336

Re: POTM "Pump of the Month" October 2017 - Thu Oct 26 2017 06:17 PM

My display case has the extra tall base as well
None of my other 34's do
Posted by: petropumps

Re: POTM "Pump of the Month" October 2017 - Thu Oct 26 2017 08:48 PM

Every 34 display I’ve ever had or seen has had the extra step in the base. That’s how I’ve always been able to tell the difference between real displays and doctored pumps.
Posted by: MATT ALVAREZ

Re: POTM "Pump of the Month" October 2017 - Sat Oct 28 2017 12:05 PM

Here are some 34s in old photos.









Posted by: Gas Pump Rob

Re: POTM "Pump of the Month" October 2017 - Sat Oct 28 2017 10:43 PM

Great pictures and info guys. Look at the visigauge height of the one on my display pump compared to the one next to it. Another interesting difference.

Rob
Posted by: Gas Pump Rob

Re: POTM "Pump of the Month" October 2017 - Sat Oct 28 2017 10:46 PM

More pictures
Posted by: Gas Pump Rob

Re: POTM "Pump of the Month" October 2017 - Sat Oct 28 2017 10:48 PM

More photos
Posted by: bsplichal95

Re: POTM "Pump of the Month" October 2017 - Sun Oct 29 2017 09:14 PM

Great pumps Rob! Thanks for sharing!