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#694376 - Wed Sep 13 2017 12:04 PM Tokheim Pump Factory
Hardy's Garage Offline
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Registered: Thu Dec 30 2004
Loc: Victor, NY, 14564
This may have been posted before so please forgive me if I’m repeating something but I didn’t see anything after doing a Google search.

I travelled to Fort Wayne Indiana this past weekend to attend a 50th fraternity reunion. When I mentioned my passion for collecting old gas pumps one of the brothers stated that he worked for Tokheim as a mechanical engineer back in the 1980’s. He went on to tell me that the factory was only a couple of blocks away from our college campus and that it had been closed for a number of years. I graduated in 1971, and never heard of Tokheim at the time, but that was well before I became interested in gas pumps in 1995.

Once I knew the factory was nearby I asked if he could take me by it. Attached are a couple of pictures I took. There are a couple of the main plant entrance and another showing the water tower with the Tokheim logo clearly visible. It was kind of neat to see where so many of my pumps came from.


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#694378 - Wed Sep 13 2017 12:11 PM Re: Tokheim Pump Factory [Re: Hardy's Garage]
wayno48 Offline
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Registered: Wed Jun 28 2017
Loc: California
Beautiful building.Nice to see it's still standing.

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#694380 - Wed Sep 13 2017 12:46 PM Re: Tokheim Pump Factory [Re: Hardy's Garage]
UpnorthNeil Online   content
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Registered: Thu Dec 29 2011
Loc: Green Bay, WI
Seems like a great spot for a Petroliana museum with a restaurant in it. Thanks for sharing the photos.

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#694384 - Wed Sep 13 2017 01:51 PM Re: Tokheim Pump Factory [Re: Hardy's Garage]
DWSheffer Online   content
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Registered: Thu Sep 20 2007
Loc: Hillsdale, Michigan
Thanks for posting the pics. Looks like a very sturdy building, worthy of preservation. I agree, a museum would be cool.
I assume it's totally abandoned by the looks of things....?
Darin
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#694407 - Wed Sep 13 2017 07:22 PM Re: Tokheim Pump Factory [Re: Hardy's Garage]
Hardy's Garage Offline
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Registered: Thu Dec 30 2004
Loc: Victor, NY, 14564
The building looked solid but it appeared to be completely abandon. Sits close to a railroad so there is quite a bit of noise at times. Didn't have time to walk around it. The guys with me really couldn't understand my interest.

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#694420 - Wed Sep 13 2017 08:46 PM Re: Tokheim Pump Factory [Re: Hardy's Garage]
57-Chevy Offline
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Registered: Fri Oct 13 2000
Loc: Locust, NC
Very cool Marshall!

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#694601 - Sat Sep 16 2017 09:07 AM Re: Tokheim Pump Factory [Re: Hardy's Garage]
Ron Scobie Offline
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Registered: Sat Dec 02 2000
Loc: Hugo, MN, USA
In the late 80's I met with an lawyer in their corporate office to get their approval
to make replacement faces etc. for the old pumps. They arranged a tour for me of that factory. There was a super nice original pump just inside that door.
I can't remember if it was a 34 or 870. The plant manager was a guy in his 40's who didn't know much about the history of the company. On the second floor he proudly showed me an example of the visible pumps they made in the 20's.
IT WAS A WAYNE 615!!! Before I left I told him what they had on display...
Ron


Edited by Ron Scobie (Sat Sep 16 2017 09:08 AM)
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#694604 - Sat Sep 16 2017 09:43 AM Re: Tokheim Pump Factory [Re: Hardy's Garage]
cggas Offline
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Registered: Thu Oct 02 2003
Loc: northern in.
That is too funny, showcasing a Wayne pump inside of the tokheim factory & they didn't know it was a Wayne pump!! I wonder if they took it outta there after you told them? They probably thought you were nuts Ron!! Chris

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#694673 - Sat Sep 16 2017 10:21 PM Re: Tokheim Pump Factory [Re: cggas]
JimT Offline
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Registered: Fri Dec 06 2002
Loc: Cleveland,Ohio U.S.A.
Now that IS funny!

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#694761 - Sun Sep 17 2017 08:33 PM Re: Tokheim Pump Factory [Re: Hardy's Garage]
bsplichal95 Offline
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Registered: Sat May 26 2012
Loc: Hays, Kansas
That is hilarious!
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#695587 - Thu Sep 28 2017 06:03 AM Re: Tokheim Pump Factory [Re: Hardy's Garage]
Murphy'sBA Offline
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Registered: Tue Oct 07 2014
Loc: Ontario Canada
Great pics, I recently finished the restoration of a Tokheim model 34 pump. Nice to see where it was manufactured back in the day.
Thanks for sharing these photos. The Wayne pump display story is too funny!
Paul
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