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I got the front and back of the gass pump now

Wednesday, January 21st, 2009

Here is the front/back of my gas pump! I ordered two of these so that I could make my front how I want it instead of just working with an existing window opening. Now I can make my own front how I want.

Gas Pump back skin

HDD Gauge test

Monday, March 17th, 2008

A test of the HDD analog gauge:

I modified this gauge which I discovered was not working (big surprise) after I bought it on ebay. I got it working by stripping out all of the 60 year old components (yes it’s that old…), and just configuring the needle driver as a basic motor. It’s not good for anything else but a HDD indicator but considering it was non-functional to begin with, I think I did a good job.
WWII era Radio Frequency Gauge Original gauge…

HDD Gauge test

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I also added an LED for the power indicator (in the middle of the device). I may take that out and add some electro-luminescent wire around the inner edge of the rim for better lighting.

I don’t know what the white square on the side is, but I think its glare from the light over head.

Better Faster Stronger!

Friday, February 8th, 2008

It’s back!

The gas pump is now back in one piece! I still have to add the original pipes, and mechanical parts, but it looks as good as the day it was built.

Frame front Frame side Shell attached

Up close I made the bolts that attached the shell a little more flashy. The originals were plain functional bolts, these have a little more class!

Recessed screws

The inside frame bolts (the ones that won’t be seen), are still just functional though not rusty…

Frame bolts

I saw a guy make an old meter work in place of a computer status LED, and it would go perfectly with the style of my project! Thanks to Widefault on The Best Case Scenario, for pointing me to this project!…analog-gauges/

WWII era Radio Frequency Gauge

Parts from the Painter

Sunday, December 16th, 2007

I am starting to get some of the parts back from the painter! They turned out better than I hoped. They were able to repair the bottom of one of the panels (If you noticed from other pictures it was rusted away). These pictures don’t show it well, but theses panels are amazingly smooth!

New Side Panels Dome

Report from the sand blaster

Wednesday, October 17th, 2007

Ok, so the sand plaster called me up to tell me… Get ready for it… It has rust spots going through the metal!

Let me think, a 60 year old gas pump that has never been treated nicely a day in it’s existence is bound to have some things wrong with it. The bad news is that powder coating is out. The upside is that every thing is fixable. There is still enough metal to bondo over and then paint on. I was hoping for the powder coat durability, but black is black, and I’m not going to scratch it…

The big disappointment is the front door I bought on ebay. The advertisement said no bondo, and most of the door was covered in it. That’s what I get for trying to get “cheap, and quality” parts.

At the Cleaners

Tuesday, October 2nd, 2007

Ok so I ordered a door for the front (You will notice there was none in the other images), and a new base (the old one was useless…). They sent it to an address that I haven’t lived at for almost a year. Sorting all of that out (and paying for shipping a second time), the parts are now being sand blasted. They are going to sand blast everything, fill in the wholes and powder coat all of it black.Also they are building a fourth frame piece, because the original was as useless as the original base.

Test Fit…

Monday, October 1st, 2007

Mock fit close up of mock up

I test fit an old ATX mother board in the cavity. just to get an idea of how I want to lay everything out. obviously I will have plenty of room…

Zalman Reserator Zalman Reserator Toer

I am thinking of using a liquid cooling system for this project. the Reserator looks like a good style match as well, with some modifications…

The good stuff

Monday, October 1st, 2007

The good stuff

Here is every thing I want to keep (minus the top dome piece). The tubes are actually brass, you can’t tell because of all the dirt on every thing. When every thing is done those brass tubes are going to shine!

The Bad Stuff

Monday, October 1st, 2007

Dirty insides Junk picture-021.jpg

Here are the insides of the pump. Basically If I want to use this thing as a computer case, all of this has to go.

You can see the birds nest on the ground.

Tear Down

Monday, October 1st, 2007

Working Tear Down

I’m starting to tear down the gas pump to see what I want to keep and what I want to throw away.

I’m starting to see a lot of erosion inside this thing, especially at the bottom. I found what look like three separate bird nests in this thing as well. I can’t believe that it was still pumping when I found it.