Antique Gas Pump

Restoring Antique Gas Pumps

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Written by Administrator Thursday, 21 June 2012 00:00

Antique gas pumps can be bought very easily nowadays, as many people are selling them all around – which is understandable when you consider the recent surge in their popularity as a decorative and collectible item. However, the quality of the antique gas pumps you’ll see for sale will be rather inconsistent from one merchant to another, especially if you’re buying them from regular people and not from dedicated merchants. Sometimes it can be a good idea to buy a pump that’s in a worn out condition and looks unsightly, and take the time to restore it back to its former luster.

This can be done rather easily with the use of various tools and supplies, and of course a bit of handiness with such work as well. The materials you’re going to need would depend mostly on the condition of the antique gas pumps you’re looking to restore, and the type of damage they’ve endured. For example, chipped and worn paint would naturally require you to scrape off the old paint and repaint the whole pump to achieve a consistent look. Replacing the screens and labels shouldn’t be difficult either.

In some cases it can be tricky to find the right replacement parts though – for example, if you need a new hose that was only used on antique gas pumps and hasn’t been in production for years, it can not only be difficult to find one in the first place, but you’ll also face trouble finding one in a good enough condition to use on your pump. In this case, handiness with tools is going to be of great help as well as you may sometimes be able to restore the hose on your own, but once again this depends entirely on its condition and the extent of work you’re able to put in.

 

Taking Care for Your Collection of Antique Gas Pumps

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Written by Administrator Friday, 15 June 2012 00:00

If you’ve recently started collecting antique gas pumps, you should learn some proper maintenance tricks in order to take good care of your pumps in the long run. This will ensure that your collection remains in good condition throughout your ownership of it, and that eventually you’ll have an impressive-looking collection of antique gas pumps which you can proudly show to other people, or perhaps sell it off all at once and score an impressive profit from the whole ordeal.

Cleaning is important, naturally – both on the outside as well as in the antique gas pumps, as they tend to accumulate dust and other buildups pretty quickly, even when they’re closed. If you have some antique gas pumps with partially functional mechanisms – for example, scrolling counters or something along those lines – you should also take good care of those elements as well and check if they’re working properly from time to time.

It’s a good idea to remove any gas-related mechanisms from the antique gas pumps you’re buying as soon as possible to prevent any potential problems later on – even though the pump might be empty, there may still be some residue of gas or other flammable materials left on it, which can potentially cause some issues and pose a hazard. Experts on antique gas pumps can give you good guidance regarding how to do that, and it’s not rare that you’ll be able to buy your pumps in a “stripped down” condition to begin with. Just remember that you shouldn’t have to pay too much for this type of service, so if the seller is asking you a ridiculous fee for “gutting” the antique gas pumps they’re selling to you, you’re probably better off doing that on your own instead of paying the extra money. The work isn’t that hard and you’ll just need some guides and some free time (and naturally, the right tools).

 

Finding Rare Antique Gas Pumps

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Written by Administrator Tuesday, 05 June 2012 00:00

Antique gas pumps aren’t that difficult to find in general nowadays, but that depends on what exactly you’re looking for. If you’re happy with getting any old-time gas pump in general, then you’re going to have an easy time shopping – even if you decide to do it entirely online, as there are plenty of Internet merchants who deal with antique gas pumps.

In case you’re looking for something rarer though, you’ll likely have to spend a bit of time searching and comparing the different deals on the market. Rare antique gas pumps are generally expensive, not just because they’re old and considered antiques, but also due to the inherent difficulty in obtaining them and keeping them in a good condition. People who sell well-preserved antique gas pumps typically put in a lot of effort to bring them to a good condition that’s worth your money, so you’re paying a significant portion of the money for the sheer effort that’s gone into making the pump.

Remember that not all rare antique gas pumps on the market are sold in mint condition though – in some cases you’ll be able to find an extremely rare piece that hasn’t been taken care of well. You may then be able to get that pump for a very good price, especially if the owner isn’t quite aware of what they have and how much it’s worth. Of course, the opposite is also true and sometimes people might try to sell you generic antique gas pumps that don’t have much of a value for a ridiculously high price, claiming that it’s a rare piece which you can’t find elsewhere. You’ll need to spend some time learning about antique gas pumps and which models are actually the rare ones if you want to avoid falling for these potential traps, which can take some time but it’s definitely worth it.

   

Is the Internet Good for Buying and Selling Antique Gas Pumps?

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Last Updated on Wednesday, 04 January 2012 11:39 Written by Administrator Tuesday, 29 May 2012 00:00

The Internet has certainly made a lot of people’s lives easier, especially those who like trading and profiting from clever purchases. Of course, it’s a double-bladed knife because it can also set you up for some potential traps if you’re not careful with your shopping there. Some items can easily be bought online with little next to no worries about their quality – but in other cases you should be very careful.

Take the case of antique gas pumps for example – you can find many people selling those online and if you’re a collector, or just want to buy a single pump to decorate your home with, this can be a great resource for you. But you need to be careful and ensure that the antique gas pumps you’re considering buying are actually in the condition they’re presented in on the website you’re shopping from. With an item like this, it’s very difficult to gauge the full condition from just a few pictures.

Much like a car, there can be various problems that aren’t immediately obvious and the item needs to be carefully considered before closing the deal to ensure that you’re getting what you’re paying for. If you’re able to arrange a face-to-face meeting so you can have a look at the antique gas pumps you’re thinking of buying, it’s a very good idea to take up that opportunity because you never really know what you’re going to get until you’ve had a chance to touch it with your own hands. On the other hand, if the merchant has a good refunding policy, this can also be a good option – buy the pump, have a look at it, and if you’re not satisfied just return it in the allowed period of time and get your money back.

 

Buying Antique Gas Pumps to Resell Them

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Written by Administrator Wednesday, 23 May 2012 00:00

There are numerous ways you can earn some good profit nowadays – especially with the convenience the Internet brings us. And even though you still need a good marketing sense, it’s really easy to find something that you can profit in your local area because nobody else has taken it up yet. For example, antique gas pumps – an item that’s been seeing some great interest from collectors and fans of antiques in general, and also one that can be sold with some impressive profit margins if you play your cards right.

The great profiting potential with antique gas pumps comes from the fact that a pump in tip-top condition can be sold for some considerable sums of money, while you can buy it in a poor condition very cheaply. So naturally, the system boils down to: buy an old antique gas pump, spend a week or two restoring it, and then sell it for a significantly higher price. This is something that many people have discovered recently, and it can also even earn you a living if you do it right – and if you use the Internet to do your sales on a larger scale like we described above.

Of course you’re going to need some handiwork skills to do that right, especially when it comes to more delicate jobs like fine painting and mechanical work on a small scale. It’s very important that you do as much work as possible by yourself if you want to actually earn a good profit – there’s not much sense in buying antique gas pumps and paying someone else to do the restoration for you, only to score a few dozen bucks in the end after all is said and done. Put in enough effort and you can get a lot of money out of this in the end!

   

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