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Offered for sale is a Fry Model 17, 5gallon , Mae West , visible pump, manufactured by Guaranteed Liquid Measure, . The five gallon is more rare than the ten gallon and is highly sought after. I just completed this restoration. I professionally restore antique autos, specializing in CCCA full classics. I mention this so you will know this is not some back yard, Rustoleum, first time restoration.
The pump started as a solid example that I have stored indoors for 20 years. It was completely disassembled and all parts were sand blasted down to clean metal. The parts were then primed ,inside and out with epoxy primer to assure they would never rust. After the epoxy the received multiple coats of primer surfacer with sanding between each coat. Defects were filled sanded and primed. After the parts were flawless they received a final sanding followed by a automotive grade basecoat / clear coat paint job.
The pump, plumbing, base, skins, top, cast iron pump handle, id tags, and nozzle are all original parts. The globe, globe cup, conduit, acrylic cylinder hose, markers, and gallon selector are replacements. The globe frame is metal not plastic. The “visible” logo on the front door is painted and not a decal. The Fry name plate on the conduit is cast and not the cheap painted sheet metal one. The pump stands ten feet tall. It has a single bulb socket in the globe. The markers are not pictured because they would have to be removed for shipping.
The pump is painted red because all Fry ads, which there are many on , always show a red pump. I used the “Gasoline” lenses that is period correct. Any time you commit a pump to a single brand someone is turned off because it is not their favorite brand. The red color lends itself to being easily branded just by changing the lenses. If you don’t like the “Gasoline” lenses, I will buy them back for $75 and you can purchase your favorite brand that goes with the red color, Texaco, Mobiloil, ,Red Crown, etc… I have a new set of Mobiloil lenses that I will swap if you like.
As far as shipping goes I recommend National Van Lines. They are dependable and reasonably priced. I have used them for several pumps and large pieces of antique furniture. I will pack the globe, cast iron top, cylinder, rods, fill pipe, and hose in boxes. The pump body will be wrapped in blankets and shrink wrap. They ship pumps upright tied to the inside of the truck . I called them today for a ball park estimate. From zip 47030 to Kansas City, $440. To Seattle $505. Their number is 800- 959-8880. Select the option. Of course local pickup is an option.
You will not be disappointed in this pump and it will look great in your home or garage. The reserve price is less than what you can have this pump professionally restored for.
On Apr-15-12 at 05:59:20 PDT, seller added the following information:
In my description I said National Van lines. It is North American Van Lines. The price I got to Kansas city is based on 500 miles and the cost to Seattle is 2300 miles. If you are getting quotes from other sources, the shipping height is 6 ft at approx.300 lbs. with two boxes for the top and cylinder.