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American Visibile Pump
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Just got one of my favorite pumps an 8 sided American Visible and have a few questions:
-Was the blue glass cylinder normal on the American pumps?
Most visible pumps I buy have clear cylinders but seems like many American's have blue glass.
-Pictures of the original pump handle?
Mine has been replaced I believe
-Were the tops cast iron or stamped?
I've only seen stamped with the star on top but I've heard of cast tops.
Are there any proclivities on this pump that need to be considered while carrying out a restoration?

I'd love to see pictures of your restored American's. These make beautiful pumps when well restored.


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Re: American Visibile Pump
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American made at least 10 visible pumps that were 8 sided, and I count about 4 different handles in my pictures, so until you can supply a Model Number or a picture you won't get an answer. Actually you will need some pump identification to get some replies on some of the other questions.
Here is a bunch of pictures: http://petrolianacollectibles.com/american%20pumps-1.htm
but you will have to click on each one to try and ID your pump.

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Air Meter ID book also available
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Re: American Visibile Pump
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Hi Graham, I have the same pump (2487-v). Mine has the same handle that is pictured in Jack's literature. It has a blue glass cylinder that looks to be original. It's cracked but I have a perfect blue glass cylinder to replace it with. Mine also has the stamped top with the "star" in it. The attached pic is the only one I've taken of the handle, sorry.

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Re: American Visibile Pump
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Great patina, looks like a shell pump.


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Re: American Visibile Pump
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Graham,
I have an unrestored 8 sided American and I also consider this to be one of my favourites. My top is stamped. My cylinder was missing but could see broken glass that looked clear. I have an original blue glass cylinder for it and I have also queried myself whether they were made with a blue cylinder. I must admit most of the Americans I have seen were clear cylinders but I am no expert on these pumps. I would also love to know the answer to this. Does your pump have the bezel for nozzle spout or does it just have a hole in skin?

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Re: American Visibile Pump
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Guys,
The answer is right there in my pic. Mine at least came with a blue glass cylinder and I can tell you it hasn't been apart in a LONG time, if ever.

Mine also has the cast nozzle receiver that bolts to the skin. You need a williams gas o gun nozzle if you want the nozzle to hang right.

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Re: American Visibile Pump
BrianH #678732 Tue Feb 07 2017 03:29 AM
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Brian, my pump is identical to yours which has the gas-o-gun nozzle and ribs on skins. Mine had a clear cylinder. What size is your replacement cylinder? Does anyone else have the same pump with a blue cylinder from manufacture?

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Re: American Visibile Pump
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Ive got one with a blue cylinder I believe to be original.

Re: American Visibile Pump
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Mine has the cast iron holder for the nozzle.
Getting back to the cylinders, I saw another American, almost identical to mine and again, blue glass. A few months back I saw one at auction that wasn't for sale and as I recall it had blue glass. Come to think of it many years ago, when I saw my first 8 sided Americans it too had a blue glass cylinder. So in my experiences 100% of them have had blue glass.
I've had a number of blue glass cylinder visibles lately, I use to only get clear glass it seemed like.

I wonder if there was a method with pump companies as to which cylinder they placed in the pumps.

I remember years ago hearing that some companies offered different colored cylinders, not just blue tint. I wonder how many different colors are out there and what was the reason for the coloring?


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