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POTM "Pump of the Month" January 2019

Posted By: bsplichal95

POTM "Pump of the Month" January 2019 - Tue Jan 01 2019 07:41 PM

Happy New Year!!

The pump of the month for January 2019 is the Bennett 300 and 500 series pumps. 300 series pumps have a pipe frame, and 500 series have an angled iron frame. These pumps are fairly common in the 371 and 541's. They have a fantastic style to them. Some models are hard to find and rare too. What a great looking pump. Participate if you can with history, pictures of your pumps, or old station photos with them if you have them.

Here is the models included in this months thread:

-Bennett 371: 1934-1941. Came in 2 or 4 ad glass models. Original cost was $220.
-Bennett 373: 1934-1941. Clockface model. Came with no ad glass, 2 ad glass, 4 ad glass. Either electric or even hand operated visi gauge model.
-Bennett 372-F: 1934-1941. Twin computing model with each pump having 4 ad glass panels.
-Bennett 383-B: 1934-1941. Computer version. 2 ad glass.
-Bennett 541: 1939-1941. Came in no ad glass, 2 or 4 ad glass models.
-Bennett 542-F: 1940-1941. Twin pump with 4 ad glass pumps. 2 individual bases bolted together.
-Bennett 543-B: 2 ad glass model.
-Bennett 543-F: 1939-1941. 4 ad glass model.
-Bennett 546-B, 555-B, 566-B, 567-B: 1940-1941. High sight glass above the face. Came with the option of an ad glass panel within the face opening. Could've came in clockface non electric model with a visi gauge and hand operated.

Thank you everyone and I hope 2019 goes great for all of us out here in OldGas!!
Posted By: bsplichal95

Re: POTM "Pump of the Month" January 2019 - Tue Jan 01 2019 07:43 PM

Here is my Bennett 371-F 4 ad glass model! She is a rough one!! LOL.

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Posted By: MATT ALVAREZ

Re: POTM "Pump of the Month" January 2019 - Tue Jan 01 2019 08:00 PM

Rough but awesome! These are one of my favorite pumps. I will post several but will start with my very first pump I got in 1995. It is a 541 and still have it today.

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Posted By: MATT ALVAREZ

Re: POTM "Pump of the Month" January 2019 - Tue Jan 01 2019 08:04 PM

I will also post old photos. This one of my favorites.

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Posted By: Yellow57

Re: POTM "Pump of the Month" January 2019 - Tue Jan 01 2019 08:27 PM

My two pumps , love this style!!

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Posted By: 57-Chevy

Re: POTM "Pump of the Month" January 2019 - Tue Jan 01 2019 10:34 PM

My original Sinclair 373...

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Posted By: Gas Pump Rob

Re: POTM "Pump of the Month" January 2019 - Wed Jan 02 2019 01:13 AM

Happy New Year to all!!!
Braden thanks once again for your efforts on bringing this pump thread to us every month! I and others here have a special love for these pumps! This pump happens to be one of my favorite pumps. In fact since I started collecting in 1994 I have managed to keep every one I ever bought except for two. I let go of a parts pump that Matt Alvarez ended up with and a traded off one that I bought that had been restored. I simply collect and have no reason to sell these. I am somewhat attached to every one in my collection.
I will post pictures of them .

Enjoy,
Rob

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Posted By: Gas Pump Rob

Re: POTM "Pump of the Month" January 2019 - Wed Jan 02 2019 01:14 AM

More pictures

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Posted By: Gas Pump Rob

Re: POTM "Pump of the Month" January 2019 - Wed Jan 02 2019 01:29 AM

[video:youtube]https://youtu.be/XcLKbD0IkrY[/video]

A short video overview of the pumps.
Posted By: Done4

Re: POTM "Pump of the Month" January 2019 - Wed Jan 02 2019 01:48 AM

Yup, you win Rob. What a collection!
Posted By: MATT ALVAREZ

Re: POTM "Pump of the Month" January 2019 - Wed Jan 02 2019 03:32 AM

Here is the rest of mine. Unlike Rob I was not able to keep all the 300, 500 Bennett`s that came into my possession. I let go of 10 but still have 15. Later in the month I will post the ones I sold.

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Posted By: MATT ALVAREZ

Re: POTM "Pump of the Month" January 2019 - Wed Jan 02 2019 03:32 AM

Here are my Shell 300, 500 series Bennett`s and a Signal in the last picture

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Posted By: MATT ALVAREZ

Re: POTM "Pump of the Month" January 2019 - Wed Jan 02 2019 03:32 AM

The last of them

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Posted By: bsplichal95

Re: POTM "Pump of the Month" January 2019 - Wed Jan 02 2019 03:36 AM

Amazing start to the thread everyone!!
Posted By: MATT ALVAREZ

Re: POTM "Pump of the Month" January 2019 - Wed Jan 02 2019 03:42 AM

Here is another old photo. These are Canadian, notice the round emblems instead of the winged Bennett emblems. Also the "You Can Be Sure of Shell" ad glass are Canadian.

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Posted By: Gas Pump Rob

Re: POTM "Pump of the Month" January 2019 - Wed Jan 02 2019 03:44 AM

Matt,
You are an amazing collector!!! Thanks for sharing your collection of these cool pumps! Some of your pictures just floor me‼️‼️Those pictures are amazing!!!


Rob
Posted By: keithia

Re: POTM "Pump of the Month" January 2019 - Wed Jan 02 2019 04:08 AM

Couple of mine.

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Posted By: Gas Pump Rob

Re: POTM "Pump of the Month" January 2019 - Wed Jan 02 2019 05:02 AM

Awesome please keep the pictures coming!!! What a great thread ‼️
Posted By: Gas Pump Rob

Re: POTM "Pump of the Month" January 2019 - Wed Jan 02 2019 05:05 AM

These pumps are simple but somehow amazing! Please post whatever pictures you have one or ten ! I love them all!
Rob
Posted By: nochevys

Re: POTM "Pump of the Month" January 2019 - Wed Jan 02 2019 12:18 PM

Hey I have 1 of these pumps I can participate...
here is mine as it was found in the wild and as it sits now in front of my garage...

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Posted By: J, Micieli

Re: POTM "Pump of the Month" January 2019 - Wed Jan 02 2019 03:56 PM

541

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Posted By: Craig Osbeck

Re: POTM "Pump of the Month" January 2019 - Wed Jan 02 2019 06:25 PM

They look great Joe.
Posted By: J, Micieli

Re: POTM "Pump of the Month" January 2019 - Wed Jan 02 2019 07:48 PM

Thanks Craig!
Posted By: Recycle68

Re: POTM "Pump of the Month" January 2019 - Wed Jan 02 2019 09:16 PM

One of my Bennett pumps.

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Posted By: Morgan

Re: POTM "Pump of the Month" January 2019 - Wed Jan 02 2019 11:08 PM

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Posted By: kjsplichal67

Re: POTM "Pump of the Month" January 2019 - Thu Jan 03 2019 04:19 AM

Wow 😮 Love them!!!!
Posted By: MATT ALVAREZ

Re: POTM "Pump of the Month" January 2019 - Thu Jan 03 2019 04:56 AM

Had the side yard porch light on that is connected to two station lighter pumps this evening. Thought I would take a picture for the thread. There is a 200 watt light bulb in it.

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Posted By: Gas Pump Rob

Re: POTM "Pump of the Month" January 2019 - Thu Jan 03 2019 02:53 PM

I love all these pump pictures! I love patina pumps but some of the restoration ones posted are absolutely gorgeous! Wow that Poly pump is awesome! Thanks guys for sharing!
Posted By: MATT ALVAREZ

Re: POTM "Pump of the Month" January 2019 - Fri Jan 04 2019 01:49 AM

Here are some Gilmore Bennett`s

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Posted By: coopersplace

Re: POTM "Pump of the Month" January 2019 - Fri Jan 04 2019 05:42 PM

Here are my two Canadian 541s. I hope to set them together in the garage in the near future. Unfortunately the green and white pump has been leaking old gas. It was laid on its side for transport when I bought it in November. Since righted it has been slowly leaking, so the pump and motors will probably be taken out. Cheers, Don.

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Posted By: bsplichal95

Re: POTM "Pump of the Month" January 2019 - Sat Jan 05 2019 02:46 AM

This is amazing so far guys!! Keep it up!!!!
Posted By: MATT ALVAREZ

Re: POTM "Pump of the Month" January 2019 - Sat Jan 05 2019 06:48 PM

I do not know if these count. I also collect gas pump doors and Bennett doors are my favorite. Here are the 300/500 doors in my collection.

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Posted By: MATT ALVAREZ

Re: POTM "Pump of the Month" January 2019 - Sat Jan 05 2019 06:48 PM

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Posted By: J, Micieli

Re: POTM "Pump of the Month" January 2019 - Sat Jan 05 2019 11:14 PM

Very nice Matt!
Posted By: Hardy's Garage

Re: POTM "Pump of the Month" January 2019 - Sat Jan 05 2019 11:35 PM

Here is a picture of my 543-F. I haven't seen a lot of these vintage Bennett's in upstate New York.

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Posted By: jecos

Re: POTM "Pump of the Month" January 2019 - Sun Jan 06 2019 02:12 AM

My 371. Dino globe is just a placeholder until I land an HC.

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Posted By: Restore-Pumps

Re: POTM "Pump of the Month" January 2019 - Sun Jan 06 2019 02:30 AM

Hear are a couple of my Bennett’s 541 & 373



Bruce.

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Posted By: MATT ALVAREZ

Re: POTM "Pump of the Month" January 2019 - Sun Jan 06 2019 05:45 PM

Here is a two ad glass 541 prepared for the Tidewater Co., it has a shoebox globe mount and vertical trim moldings on the door to allow for the two tone paint scheme. The other pump is a Bennett 155 also prepared for the Tidewater Co.

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Posted By: tulareone

Re: POTM "Pump of the Month" January 2019 - Mon Jan 07 2019 04:19 AM

Don’t have a pic anyone looking for there first or another 541 Bennett — I have 2 for sale at the Turlock ca swapmeet Jan 26-27
Posted By: Larry Nace

Re: POTM "Pump of the Month" January 2019 - Mon Jan 07 2019 02:34 PM

When I started collecting, this was my first pump. I was lucky enough to get this original RD 119 decal.

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Posted By: MATT ALVAREZ

Re: POTM "Pump of the Month" January 2019 - Tue Jan 08 2019 04:17 AM

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Posted By: MATT ALVAREZ

Re: POTM "Pump of the Month" January 2019 - Thu Jan 10 2019 01:08 AM

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Posted By: junior25

Re: POTM "Pump of the Month" January 2019 - Thu Jan 10 2019 07:32 PM

Canadian 208

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Posted By: MATT ALVAREZ

Re: POTM "Pump of the Month" January 2019 - Sat Jan 12 2019 06:01 PM

Hancock station with a one wheel motor cycle.

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Posted By: MATT ALVAREZ

Re: POTM "Pump of the Month" January 2019 - Wed Jan 16 2019 03:11 AM

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Posted By: MATT ALVAREZ

Re: POTM "Pump of the Month" January 2019 - Sat Jan 19 2019 05:57 PM

Early in the thread I mentioned that I would share the 300/500 series that I sold. The first three of the eleven I sold are 542`s. The 542 is a twin pump. The 542 twin is two single pumps bolted together at the base. The base has a flat spot where they bolt together. The other difference from a 541 is the reset crank is on the hose side.

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Posted By: MATT ALVAREZ

Re: POTM "Pump of the Month" January 2019 - Sat Jan 19 2019 05:57 PM

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Posted By: MATT ALVAREZ

Re: POTM "Pump of the Month" January 2019 - Sat Jan 19 2019 05:57 PM

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Posted By: bsplichal95

Re: POTM "Pump of the Month" January 2019 - Sat Jan 19 2019 09:44 PM

Awesome pumps Matt!!
Posted By: MATT ALVAREZ

Re: POTM "Pump of the Month" January 2019 - Sun Jan 20 2019 06:34 PM

Here are some Citie`s 546s

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Posted By: MATT ALVAREZ

Re: POTM "Pump of the Month" January 2019 - Wed Jan 23 2019 03:37 AM

Here is a Richfield station and a page out of a Richfield sign and painting manual.

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Posted By: Gas Pump Rob

Re: POTM "Pump of the Month" January 2019 - Wed Jan 23 2019 03:41 AM

Oh my gosh I do not want this to end!!!!Thank you to all that have contributed to this awesome thread!!!

Rob
Posted By: dfranchi

Re: POTM "Pump of the Month" January 2019 - Thu Jan 24 2019 06:10 PM

My 371. Original globe.

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Posted By: Gasman84470

Re: POTM "Pump of the Month" January 2019 - Thu Jan 24 2019 06:15 PM

Nice globe ,excellent pump and a great location!
Posted By: MATT ALVAREZ

Re: POTM "Pump of the Month" January 2019 - Fri Jan 25 2019 04:06 AM

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Posted By: Gas Pump Rob

Re: POTM "Pump of the Month" January 2019 - Fri Jan 25 2019 04:36 PM

West coast Richfield Bennett. I love these pumps!

Rob

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Posted By: MATT ALVAREZ

Re: POTM "Pump of the Month" January 2019 - Sat Jan 26 2019 06:03 PM

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Posted By: MATT ALVAREZ

Re: POTM "Pump of the Month" January 2019 - Sun Jan 27 2019 04:37 AM

I have been asked four times what the difference is between a 543 and a 541 sense this POTM started. A 543 has a non-computing Veeder-Root. There were three versions of a non-computing Veeder-Root. The one that the 543 used is pictured below along with a 543 face. This non-computing V-R does not have the price wheels at the bottom. The lower large wheels are the price wheels on this V-R. Notice the price wheels do not have blinders. Also there is no variator below the head unit because that is the part that calculates the dollar amount. The drive connector is directly under the head unit. Also notice the knob next to it that is used to change the price on the price wheels. The last picture shows the gear above the knob. Almost all the 543s I have seen have been converted to computing V-Rs, that makes them a 541.

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Posted By: MATT ALVAREZ

Re: POTM "Pump of the Month" January 2019 - Sun Jan 27 2019 04:38 AM

This is another version of a non-computing Veeder-Root. This one has the price wheels at the bottom and the total amount wheels are missing. Notice the knobs below the price wheels to change the price. This one is from a Wayne 70.

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Posted By: bsplichal95

Re: POTM "Pump of the Month" January 2019 - Mon Jan 28 2019 12:43 AM

Thanks for the great information Matt!
Posted By: MATT ALVAREZ

Re: POTM "Pump of the Month" January 2019 - Mon Jan 28 2019 03:20 AM

Originally Posted by bsplichal95
Thanks for the great information Matt!


You are welcome.

The 300 series also had a non-computing V-R. It is a model 383. The faces are flat and go in a face pan like the 371. Here is a 383 face. Notice there are no visible screw heads. That is because it is in a face pan.

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Posted By: texacojoe

Re: POTM "Pump of the Month" January 2019 - Mon Jan 28 2019 07:59 PM

Great pumps everyone and thanks for all the info Matt, great read. This is my Canadian SSE Model 208

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Posted By: Gas Pump Rob

Re: POTM "Pump of the Month" January 2019 - Tue Jan 29 2019 01:29 AM

Originally Posted by MATT ALVAREZ
This is another version of a non-computing Veeder-Root. This one has the price wheels at the bottom and the total amount wheels are missing. Notice the knobs below the price wheels to change the price. This one is from a Wayne 70.


Thanks for all the great information Matt!
Posted By: Speedracer

Re: POTM "Pump of the Month" January 2019 - Wed Jan 30 2019 12:19 AM

Well, better late, than never. Here are a few of mine....

The Mobilgas was in a barn. The black ‘gunk’ on the bottom of the door was from the raccoons going in and out of the hole in the wall next to the pump for the last 50 years or so !!! It’s a nice survivor.

-Steve

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Posted By: old dog

Re: POTM "Pump of the Month" January 2019 - Wed Jan 30 2019 03:19 AM

I guess it is still January. I to like this model Bennett, it has just a cool look and curves. Here are a few of ours.

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Posted By: Speedracer

Re: POTM "Pump of the Month" January 2019 - Wed Jan 30 2019 11:20 AM

Ok here is one more of mine that I used to have. Although this series of pump (Bennett 300's and 500's) is fairly common, the 391 is not very common. It’s not even on Braden’s list at the top of this thread, that is why I included it here.

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Posted By: Gas Pump Rob

Re: POTM "Pump of the Month" January 2019 - Thu Jan 31 2019 03:13 AM

We need to convince Braden to extend this an extra week! I am blown away with all the great participation! Gas Pump Ronnie contacted me and asked if I would post for him. He is a living legend out here in Southern California. He is known for creative pump restorations , and creative gas station related film making. This is what he wrote about this 541.

This is the Frintier 541 I restored in 1997. It took three hides to cover it and two rattle snake skins for the hose. When the nozzle trigger is pulled the computer and visi gauge spinner spins and it sings Gene Autry’s greatest hits! Contains lead signs says it all.

Wow Ronnie that is totally off the wall cool!
Thanks for sharing!
Rob

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Posted By: Craig Osbeck

Re: POTM "Pump of the Month" January 2019 - Thu Jan 31 2019 04:07 AM

Yes, Ronnie did some great looking creative pumps. Rob, you need to post more of Ronnie's pumps and gas station attendants.
Posted By: wolf1980

Re: POTM "Pump of the Month" January 2019 - Thu Jan 31 2019 03:01 PM

I agree, Ronnie's pump is awesome and I'd love to see more.
Posted By: old dog

Re: POTM "Pump of the Month" January 2019 - Fri Feb 01 2019 04:16 AM

Here is a SKELLY Bennett . I can't claim it as mine thou, darn it.

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Posted By: MATT ALVAREZ

Re: POTM "Pump of the Month" January 2019 - Fri Feb 01 2019 06:12 AM

For those that did not notice the pump.

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Posted By: MATT ALVAREZ

Re: POTM "Pump of the Month" January 2019 - Fri Feb 01 2019 06:20 AM

Thought this would be fun to add. It is a custom made fantasy piece. Not sure where it is today, in the photo it appears to be at a show or auction.

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Posted By: keithia

Re: POTM "Pump of the Month" January 2019 - Sat Feb 02 2019 12:58 AM

That was at Iowa Gas a few years ago.
Posted By: bsplichal95

Re: POTM "Pump of the Month" January 2019 - Sat Feb 02 2019 02:06 AM

What a wonderful month everyone! Wow!!
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