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#697075 - Fri Oct 20 2017 09:29 AM Confirm Bowser 555 Pump Skins
minuteman Offline
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Registered: Sat Apr 05 2003
Loc: Big Sky Country
Looking for a pump for these original doors, just would like confirmation they are for a model 555 before I go looking. thanks mm


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#697077 - Fri Oct 20 2017 09:33 AM Re: Confirm Bowser 555 Pump Skins [Re: minuteman]
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Those are some real nice doors!
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#697088 - Fri Oct 20 2017 01:42 PM Re: Confirm Bowser 555 Pump Skins [Re: minuteman]
Jack Sim Offline
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Registered: Fri Nov 10 2000
Loc: St. Louis, MO, USA
My second book states they are 555 doors, but I have found this is incorrect, I believe they are 557 doors.
But again, the 557 is a display case pump, and I don't know if the same number was used on the pumps without a display case.

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#697090 - Fri Oct 20 2017 01:48 PM Re: Confirm Bowser 555 Pump Skins [Re: minuteman]
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Registered: Sat Aug 07 2004
Loc: Oregon
Yes, they are to a 555...more than likely the version with the Bowser-specific computer.

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#697096 - Fri Oct 20 2017 03:14 PM Re: Confirm Bowser 555 Pump Skins [Re: minuteman]
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Registered: Thu Oct 02 2003
Loc: northern in.
Aren’t those Canadian doors or something like that with the double wide chrome trim? Chris

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#697119 - Sat Oct 21 2017 11:43 AM Re: Confirm Bowser 555 Pump Skins [Re: minuteman]
minuteman Offline
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Registered: Sat Apr 05 2003
Loc: Big Sky Country
Not Canadian
Came out of a shed in Montana.
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#697164 - Sat Oct 21 2017 09:55 PM Re: Confirm Bowser 555 Pump Skins [Re: minuteman]
Jack Sim Offline
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Registered: Fri Nov 10 2000
Loc: St. Louis, MO, USA
Did a little more research. Your pump is the 555, the display version is the 557.

I found this announcement and I also found that I have a parts manual for the 555/557 (the parts manual shows every part for both pumps). Both of these pumps use the special Bowser computer (not made by V/R). For those of you who are new, back when Wayne invented the computer and licensed the patent to V/R to make them, others tried to invent a similar computer. Both Bowser and Milwaukee made similar computers but they were not made by V/R. Wayne just waited until a station in Ft. Wayne purchased one of them, then sued for patent infringement, Wayne won both cases, so these computers were only used by each of the companies for one year. In this case, Bowser used the computer in the 555, 557 & 560 only.

Take a look at the pictures below, you will see where the computer holes are different.



Jack Sim


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#697171 - Sat Oct 21 2017 10:50 PM Re: Confirm Bowser 555 Pump Skins [Re: minuteman]
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Registered: Sat Sep 23 2006
Loc: Cameron Park,Ca.
You should be able to use any 500 series Bowser with lift off doors. The 575 has hinged doors. There is a four ad glass model that I thought was a 557 but Jack says a 557 is a display pump. The one pictured is a 510 that is a non-computing pump. The 565 looks the same as this 510. One of these would be a good candidate for your doors. The doors look like yours but less moldings and a larger window with sight glass in the face.

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