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Where To Buy An Old-Time Gas Pump
Ben Staub, a retired tool and dieman, came up with the design for his cast aluminum gas pumps in 1985, after looking for a pump to place next to the 1929 Woody Wagon in his antique car collection. He had purchased an original pump, but it began to rust. Since original pumps were expensive, he decided other collectors might also be interested in reproductions. He based his design on a gas pump made by the American Pump Co. in Cincinnati, Ohio.
  Staub machined the parts to make the first pumps, but currently the business contracts out the work. Over the years, more than 3,500 pumps have been sold, and they can be found in places such as Hard Rock Cafe restaurants and Universal Studios. Harrods of London sold them for a short time.
  “Most customers are people who like old cars,” Staub says. “People use them to make a garage look like an old-time filling station.”
  Pump kits come in two sizes – the original 9-ft. 10-in. or a shorter 7-ft. 8-in. model – that sell for $950 each. Add the globe and decal for an additional $95.
  Kits take two to three hours to assemble, plus painting time. There are 75 different globe reproductions to go with them. Benkin carries the most popular ones including Texaco, Gulf and Mobilgas.
  The company also sells other automobile memorabilia reproductions such as oil racks, map racks and license plate toppers.
  Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Benkin & Co., 14 E. Main St., Tipp City, Ohio 45371 (ph store: 937 667-5526; Benkin Pumps: 937 890-4486; www.benkinpump.com).

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2013 - Volume #37, Issue #2