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A38 Rusto from rust #717645
Sat Oct 06 2018 11:49 AM
Sat Oct 06 2018 11:49 AM
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Michigan, Union Pier
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It's raining like heck today stuck in the shop and I figured I'd burn some time posting my progress on an A38 I've been working on. This one has been really slow and still has a ways to go but I figured I's share whats done.

It all started with these lens I've had a long time and figured it was time to use them. My tape measure is pretty long. They are not in minty condition so I figured rather then a restoration I would do the as found route to make the lens look correct. I had this pump as a parts pump and had lead a pretty rough life. Sides were bad on the bottom and one door was missing about 6"s on the bottom. I looked at it and said "what the heck, let's give it a go". I talked to my fabricator guy and he wanted no part of it. So I made a mold for the bottoms of the side and glassed them. Same with the door. Usual stuff, lots of sanding, filling, fitting.

I also had a station lighter on one of my other pumps that I decided I would use on this because the off white was close. So I cleaned it up and it's close but still have a little blending to make it right, not much though.

Cleaned and sealed the frame, pump and got the electrical rewired. With that completed I started to fit the sheet metal. Going for the look I want I left some of the dents and sealed the flake. I'm at a stop on the pump right now because I'm missing a part (can't find the damn thing). Called Tom and it's on it's way. Thanks Tom.

Getting a pump plate is above my pay grade so I made a water slide decal which I will use. I have the artwork completed and wanted to see if the size looked correct so I photoshopped it in. I think it will work.

Well, that's about it for now and I will post the pump when it's done. Thanks for looking and I would appreciate any info on the lens because so far I can't find anything on them.

1a_lens.JPG1b_found pump.jpg1c_bottom rust through.jpg1d_phillips station lighter.jpg

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Re: A38 Rusto from rust [Re: Done4] #717646
Sat Oct 06 2018 11:51 AM
Sat Oct 06 2018 11:51 AM
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Michigan, Union Pier
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More of the progress.

1e_side panel.jpg1ee_inside side panels.JPGbranded pump.jpgbranded tower.jpg

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Re: A38 Rusto from rust [Re: Done4] #717657
Sat Oct 06 2018 02:25 PM
Sat Oct 06 2018 02:25 PM
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Peotone Illinois U.S.A
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Les,
Looks awesome so far, looking forward to seeing it done!!
Brian


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Re: A38 Rusto from rust [Re: Done4] #717663
Sat Oct 06 2018 03:16 PM
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Ohio
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Love it !! Shiny pumps were on the island one day looking new , what your doing is awesome, what I’ve done to my22 pumps!!

Re: A38 Rusto from rust [Re: Done4] #717669
Sat Oct 06 2018 07:45 PM
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Missouri,USA
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Looks good Les. Sometimes you just gotta make stuff work...

Re: A38 Rusto from rust [Re: Done4] #717673
Sat Oct 06 2018 09:19 PM
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Cameron Park,Ca.
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It looks really good!!! It is fun saving a pump other people would part out.


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Re: A38 Rusto from rust [Re: Done4] #717729
Sun Oct 07 2018 09:19 PM
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Hays, Kansas
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I love it!! Great job! I like to see others saving pumps that others would part out. I try to do the same!


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Re: A38 Rusto from rust [Re: Done4] #717743
Mon Oct 08 2018 02:25 AM
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Wow Les!! Incredible work as always!! I can't imagine the hours you have into that!! Love the whole rusto theme thing! And what an incredible pump with the station lighter. Absolutely love it!!


Steve Coppens
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Re: A38 Rusto from rust [Re: Done4] #717765
Mon Oct 08 2018 09:19 AM
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Michigan, Union Pier
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Thank you guys. I just ordered the water side paper which is the last piece of the puzzle. Hope to have this fella done in the coming weeks. It will be interesting to see if I can make the decals look correct. Next challenge.

Yes Steve, lots of messing around but it's nice to see this guy come back to life.

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Re: A38 Rusto from rust [Re: Done4] #718038
Sun Oct 14 2018 10:43 AM
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Small update, finally got the tower color more in line with the pump color. The pic on the left is the tower just cleaned up, it was too white. I thought this would be a no brainer but it took more time then I initially thought, as usual. Now it's take it a part for final assembly. Got the missing part thanks to Tom. I hope the last post will be the finished pump. Fingers crossed.

branded tower.jpgtinted pump and tower.JPG

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