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Re: Restoring my Gilbarco 996C
red_green17 #755314 Tue Sep 29 2020 07:31 AM
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Man, I would really consider wet sanding the green off to get down to the original yellow and leave it as-is. There are so many restored pumps out there and very few originals left. Would be good to preserve all the existing pumps with good original paint and markings. It's your pump so do what you want but if it were me, that's what I'd do.


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Re: Restoring my Gilbarco 996C
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So a bit of progress made recently. I have the computer removed completely from the pump. Its in great shape, save for the dirt and grime. I read on a few older posts that its worth it to haul this to a pay and spray to give it a good pressure washer clean out which I did Saturday. Spent the last day and a half drying and seems in good shape. Still needs a once over with some brushes to really make the numbers pop, but thats an easy project for this winter.

I also got a pair of keys made up for the locks. The originals have been long lost to time (despite how we could find the key chains) and I did not want to go with a generic aftermarket set. For $18.50, it was great value and likely a dollar or two cheaper than the aftermarket ones too!

Up next will be cutting out the rest of the rubber hose and working to remove the piping to the pistons and exchanger. Not looking forward to this too much since I know there is still diesel in here and I am expecting it to be a messy job!

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Re: Restoring my Gilbarco 996C
red_green17 #756956 Tue Nov 10 2020 10:51 AM
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So been awhile since I posted.....but definitely isn't a reflection of the work!
I havent had as much time to work on this as I would have liked. We had a cold snap in mid/late October so I havented been in the garage as much. Having a 6 month old hasn't helped my free time either!
But its been nice over the last 6 or 7 days so I have made some more progress.

I have prepped all of the doors and side panels. I was not able to recover the tax sticker unfortunately. But I was able to remove it. The Shell decal also has proven difficult to remove. I am expecting it is a lost cause to remove it while maintaining it unfortunately. I guess I won't be framing it after all. Same goes for the decals hidden under the paint. I havent been able to scrape the paint layers off to reveal it. I am confident it is identical to the NOS decals I already bought.

During the cold snap, I managed to get enough of the 20 mins here, 30 mins there time strung together to scrape off the old paint from the metal. I am going to work on removing the dents as much as I can. I tried a bit of buffing and was happy enough with the results, but the scrapes are still too noticeable. When it cools down in a week or two, I am going to try wet sanding to fix this and have high hopes I can restore them.

I also removed the old hose completely and tossed it. This includes cutting the nozzle end as well. I have had no luck removing the nozzle from the hose as it is pretty seized. I soaked it in cleaner for 3 weeks which rid the gas smell and removed the excess gas and gunk, so thats a plus. Once I get going disassembling the nozzle (man I hope I can), I still need to figure out how to remove the pitting.

I also removed the backplate and today removed the electrical housing. The electrical oump was giving me a hard time as I needed some help to lift it enough to get the conduit removed, but finally got it free. I'm going to clean it as best I can but will strip the wiring and try to get it rewired. Hoping to use the original sockets and switch. The electric motor, I likely will sell as I have no use for it. I was going to remove that and the pistons and keep the guts but the pistons have been leaking and I probably won't get around to rebuilding it with new seals anytime soon. Hesitant to keep something sitting around leaking fluid.


As for new parts, I have been able to get some replacement machine screws to replace some that were broken from removal. I am also going to try to find new rubber spacers as everything on the pump is toast! If anyone knows where to buy replacements, I would be super greatful as I can't seem to find any!

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Re: Restoring my Gilbarco 996C
red_green17 #756957 Tue Nov 10 2020 10:52 AM
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And the top. Ots spotless inside!

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So now that its getting nice weather wise here in Ottawa, I am slowly getting back at the pump. I was hoping to get a lot of the little things done over the winter, but mostly just accomplished cleaning up the computer a bit.....which ended up sitting on the floor beside my workbench in the basement.
I've been preoccupied helping an elderly family member sell off some stuff (picking and selling has been something I have done as a side hobby for a couple years, so I was happy to help) which has tied me up more than expected this winter. Needless to say, it is exciting to get back at the pump. My goal is to finish the restoration this summer!

To get the gears going, I decided to start with the ad glass. I love the ad glass in my pump. Not only are mine rare but I think they're super fun and unique. They're definitely weathered which I enjoy. I have been on the hunt for replacements as I had concerns these had a crack, but I have only seen them come available twice in the last 6 or 7 years - both auctions that had ended long before I found them. The rubber from the seals was also a problem because there was a clear residue left. Cleaning them up has helped considerably, but left a bit of a stain unfortunately. The glass itself isn't really chipped or beaten up which is very encouraging. There is paint loss but I am going to leave it as is. The shine is still there when I polish them so no complaints!

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Re: Restoring my Gilbarco 996C
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They cleaned up nice. I really like these ad glass. I may have been the one who got one or two of the past auctions you saw.

Looking forward to seeing your pump done.

Here are a couple pumps with these ad glass and a U.S. pump like yours.

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Re: Restoring my Gilbarco 996C
MATT ALVAREZ #762568 Tue Apr 06 2021 07:00 AM
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Thanks! I figured it would have been a big battle to clean them up but for the most part they washed clean relatively easy. Now my only problem is the paint loss, but I think I am going to keep the, as is and not have them touched up.


And thanks for posting those picutres!!!! In the years of looking, I have seen pictures with this ad glass once and it isn't any of these, so its been neat to see them elsewhere. It always surprised me since it wasa popular slogan they had for a few years and you'd expect these would be more prevalent.
It certainly is likely you've beat me to the punch on the auctions for these in the past. I will gave to make sure I even the score up on the next one!

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