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#683242 - Sun Mar 26 2017 04:13 PM Eco 97 (1948) restoration
Mockingbird812 Offline
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Registered: Wed Mar 15 2017
Loc: Dayton
I got this meter a couple years ago and finally had time to break it down and put it back to new. Although it looks rough on the outside the internals were really in good shape with minimal corrosion (except the insides of the lower cast plenum that houses the diaphragm (pix to follow). Jack Sim has provided the necessary pieces to make it operate and look new again. His book has been invaluable. Thanks Jack (and Cindy too!)

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Edited by Mockingbird812 (Sun Mar 26 2017 05:11 PM)
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#683245 - Sun Mar 26 2017 04:41 PM Re: Eco 97 (1948) restoration [Re: Mockingbird812]
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Registered: Wed Mar 15 2017
Loc: Dayton
This is a 1948 model according to Jack and is the 2nd year for this model (Eco 97). There are a few features on this model (according to Jack) that are not found on later models. I'll point them out as I go on.

Here are the guts broken down for mechanical and cosmetic restoration (notice the original brass bell after a bit of elbow grease and quad ought steel wool):

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#683246 - Sun Mar 26 2017 04:54 PM Re: Eco 97 (1948) restoration [Re: Mockingbird812]
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Registered: Wed Mar 15 2017
Loc: Dayton
This pin is located at the top of the mechanism box and holds the top geared wheel in place. It is wire-tied to a small boss near it. I believe this pin went away in later models.

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#683247 - Sun Mar 26 2017 04:58 PM Re: Eco 97 (1948) restoration [Re: Mockingbird812]
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Registered: Wed Mar 15 2017
Loc: Dayton
This copper "drain tube" which is behind the main valve is supposedly not found on new versions of the tireflators....

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#683248 - Sun Mar 26 2017 05:05 PM Re: Eco 97 (1948) restoration [Re: Mockingbird812]
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Registered: Wed Mar 15 2017
Loc: Dayton
This is a "felt oiler" at the end of the tireflator spring that Jack has stated were removed from future designs or during maintenance....

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#683252 - Sun Mar 26 2017 06:45 PM Re: Eco 97 (1948) restoration [Re: Mockingbird812]
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Registered: Wed Mar 15 2017
Loc: Dayton
Here is what was found in the diaphragm plenum. I'm thinking that the system missed a daily moisture purge, or two over the years! I used a strong concentration of muriatic acid to eradicate the rust on the inside of the cast iron diaphragm housing......




Edited by Mockingbird812 (Sun Mar 26 2017 07:06 PM)
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#683254 - Sun Mar 26 2017 07:05 PM Re: Eco 97 (1948) restoration [Re: Mockingbird812]
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Registered: Wed Mar 15 2017
Loc: Dayton
Parts ready for reassembly following mechanical and cosmetic restoration....







I wanted to use the original face as the reproduction faces have a different message. The few "warts" on the face are acceptable to me....





Edited by Mockingbird812 (Sun Mar 26 2017 07:24 PM)
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#683262 - Sun Mar 26 2017 07:44 PM Re: Eco 97 (1948) restoration [Re: Mockingbird812]
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Registered: Wed Mar 15 2017
Loc: Dayton
Insides getting put back together. I'm waiting on frame, shroud pieces, and base mount at the powder coaters for final assembly....





Edited by Mockingbird812 (Sun Mar 26 2017 07:55 PM)
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#683265 - Sun Mar 26 2017 08:20 PM Re: Eco 97 (1948) restoration [Re: Mockingbird812]
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Registered: Wed Mar 15 2017
Loc: Dayton
https://youtu.be/e3lAMWORJsY

Not so good at embedding a video, but this link is a quick test to ensure the systems work. Surprisingly it was only off by one psi prior to calibration.


Edited by Mockingbird812 (Sun Mar 26 2017 08:22 PM)
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#683272 - Sun Mar 26 2017 09:03 PM Re: Eco 97 (1948) restoration [Re: Mockingbird812]
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Registered: Sat May 26 2012
Loc: Hays, Kansas
Looks really good!
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#683279 - Sun Mar 26 2017 09:42 PM Re: Eco 97 (1948) restoration [Re: Mockingbird812]
BrianH Offline
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Registered: Sun May 01 2016
Loc: Midland, Michigan
Nice progress update. The restoration looks like a first-class job. Make sure to post pics when the bodywork gets back from the powder coating place.

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#683280 - Sun Mar 26 2017 09:46 PM Re: Eco 97 (1948) restoration [Re: Mockingbird812]
SandPCollector Offline
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Registered: Fri Aug 29 2014
Loc: Plano TX
Neat to see the before and after pictures. Really nice workmanship.
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I collect gas pump salt and pepper shakers
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#683285 - Sun Mar 26 2017 10:12 PM Re: Eco 97 (1948) restoration [Re: Mockingbird812]
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Nice work, you went the extra mile.
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#683299 - Mon Mar 27 2017 01:27 AM Re: Eco 97 (1948) restoration [Re: Mockingbird812]
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Registered: Mon Oct 05 2009
Loc: Montana
Looks great.
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#683318 - Mon Mar 27 2017 09:02 AM Re: Eco 97 (1948) restoration [Re: hotrodfun1]
Mockingbird812 Offline
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Registered: Wed Mar 15 2017
Loc: Dayton
Thanks guys. Have really enjoyed working on this. The design is quite impressive and robust. Very few pieces needed to be replaced. I will have to leave the back end of the tireflator open to show off the mechanical visual features when its operating and in my shop. BTW, I am finishing up a refurb of my detached garage and the air meter will mount in this area....

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#683357 - Mon Mar 27 2017 06:01 PM Re: Eco 97 (1948) restoration [Re: Mockingbird812]
JimT Offline
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Registered: Fri Dec 06 2002
Loc: Cleveland,Ohio U.S.A.
Nice job! looks like new.

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#683377 - Mon Mar 27 2017 08:19 PM Re: Eco 97 (1948) restoration [Re: Mockingbird812]
Signs-R-Us Offline
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Registered: Sat Sep 03 2005
Loc: Carolina's
Impressive thanks for sharing job well done!!!!

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#683379 - Mon Mar 27 2017 08:52 PM Re: Eco 97 (1948) restoration [Re: Mockingbird812]
buzzy56 Offline
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Registered: Sat Nov 24 2012
Loc: Michigan
Nice breakdown , Fantastic job . Thanks for sharing this with us.
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#683380 - Mon Mar 27 2017 08:57 PM Re: Eco 97 (1948) restoration [Re: Mockingbird812]
Steven C. Online   content
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Registered: Fri Jun 01 2012
Loc: MICHIGAN
Love what looks like a vintage American Flag!!
Great work on the air meter!! Wow there are a lot of parts in that thing!!
Look forward to seeing it done!
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Always interested in Sunoco items!
Really want a Sunoco National pump add glass!!

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#683381 - Mon Mar 27 2017 09:03 PM Re: Eco 97 (1948) restoration [Re: Mockingbird812]
Mockingbird812 Offline
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Registered: Wed Mar 15 2017
Loc: Dayton
Thanks, the flag came out of a northern Kentucky grade school that was torn down (and left behind!) recently. It has great patina and the cast iron base looks just right. It has 50 stars - so newer than 1959.


Edited by Mockingbird812 (Mon Mar 27 2017 09:06 PM)
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#683419 - Tue Mar 28 2017 10:06 AM Re: Eco 97 (1948) restoration [Re: Mockingbird812]
bmclemore Offline
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Registered: Sun Aug 10 2008
Loc: Down in Mississippi
More pictures of your shop area if you don't mind. So clean!!
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#683429 - Tue Mar 28 2017 12:43 PM Re: Eco 97 (1948) restoration [Re: Mockingbird812]
Mockingbird812 Offline
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Registered: Wed Mar 15 2017
Loc: Dayton
Ha, "so clean"! Well it is getting there, but this is a working garage and used for max storage as well, so it does look busy. I have a bunch of furniture that needs to be disposed of which is taking up one whole bay of my 2.5 car shop. My detached shop was built in '03 by previous owner. We moved in in '14 and I inherited a blank slate (interior-wise) in a solid brick construction build (see photo) and it fortunately had a 100 amp service. Slowly but surely I have refurbished it to add insulation, dry wall, wainscoting, overhead oscillating fans, heating (propane), a/c (window unit), professionally epoxied floor, shelving, additional 110/220V lines throughout, compressor with air lines throughout the shop, and a lift (requiring re engineered trusses to provide additional height).




By the way, the antique Western Electric phone on the wall is fully operational and connects to another W. E. phone set in the house which we use as an intercom.












Edited by Mockingbird812 (Tue Mar 28 2017 01:06 PM)
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#683439 - Tue Mar 28 2017 02:16 PM Re: Eco 97 (1948) restoration [Re: Mockingbird812]
bmclemore Offline
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Registered: Sun Aug 10 2008
Loc: Down in Mississippi
Thanks for the pictures, great setup, like the work station with the hanging lights!
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