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Posted By: Rick S. ECO alternative - Fri Feb 25 2022 11:59 PM
I've been in this hobby as a "micro" collector for at least 30 years. Lack of $$ & space have always been the monkey on my back.

In the last 5 years I have been able to finally purchase a couple of pumps & cheap signs. (over 60 crowd now) The last 2 years I think everyone wants to retire off of their collections. I've been trying to get a reasonable restorable ECO air meter without any


This hobby has become a $$ business. I'm hooked, so I decided to do my own thing. Since the "pandemonium", I've been making my own annual projects.

For my birthday last June, my kids got me a reproduction oval Gargoyle globe. (I asked for it) I took 4 months to find a place to display my new globe.

I found a 4' cast iron newel post for sale for $50. Got it for $40. Globe would go great on top. It's got the look!! Started thinking air tower. One thing led to another. The post is about 65lbs.

As a shop rat for the last 45 years, I got to work on a bridgeport mill.

This guy now weighs about 85 lbs.It rolls on heavy duty rollers, passes air, and lights up.

Project price is around $500, but since the globe & cast air sign were birthday & Christmas gifts, I have more like $300 into it.

Thanks to Ron Scobie for lots of great parts support!

Rick S.

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Posted By: SandPCollector Re: ECO alternative - Sat Feb 26 2022 12:12 AM
It has a good look to it! Nice job.
Posted By: Cold Pizza Re: ECO alternative - Sat Feb 26 2022 12:12 AM
Very nice,I like it.
Necessity is the Mother of invention indeed.
Posted By: toplescuda Re: ECO alternative - Sat Feb 26 2022 01:42 AM
That looks awsome
Posted By: pigIRON63 Re: ECO alternative - Sat Feb 26 2022 01:52 AM
Posted By: AlbertaNorthStar Re: ECO alternative - Sat Feb 26 2022 02:06 AM
Very cool, nice clean work.
Posted By: Ohio Oil Re: ECO alternative - Sat Feb 26 2022 01:16 PM
That looks great! You did a really nice job with that.
Posted By: Gasman84470 Re: ECO alternative - Sat Feb 26 2022 01:41 PM
Posted By: RandyM Re: ECO alternative - Sat Feb 26 2022 03:24 PM
EXCELLENT! Very well done. There are many ways to enjoy this hobby. Thank you for posting.
Posted By: Rick S. Re: ECO alternative - Sun Feb 27 2022 09:57 PM
Thanks for your comments guys! I know that this won't appeal to the purists. The way I see it; just like rebranding, repainting, It's all up to you.

I had tons of fun designing & machining this project. Totally functional & if I scratch the paint: get out the Rustoleum!

Next project will be converting a Gulf chrome dome gas pump to a Sunoco blend-o-matic. Need to design a different selector concept. I don't want to have mechanical grade changes on the face plate. I want to make the selector change color

of the lighting as you change grades. (multi color led bulb) Example: Maybe yellow 190, orange 200, green 220, red 240, blue 260. Any ideas on how to do this while turning selector dial is appreciated!

Thanks, Rick S.
Posted By: redmike Re: ECO alternative - Tue Mar 01 2022 10:56 PM
Great job Rick, and really we all shouldn't care if anybody likes it but ourselves, right? I'm a semi-purist, but love it just as much! Love your creativity, and thanks for the photos. As long as it passes air and not gas, get it?? That's why I'm not a comedian!
Posted By: Rick S. Re: ECO alternative - Wed Mar 02 2022 12:18 AM
Mike, you are an instigator! I'm the practical joker at work & never pondered that thought pattern. Hmmmm!
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