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Tokheim 423 Lubester
#610868 Wed Apr 29 2015 03:46 PM
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Selling my original Tokheim 423 Lubester. Unit is complete with measuring rulers, wooden pump handles, tank lids and sightglasses. Very nice piece. Price is $1500 firm.

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Re: Tokheim 423 Lubester
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Nice piece. I have one done in Deep Rock Air Race that I've posted on Oldgas before but I always thought mine was a 340. Does yours have a tag on it that says it's a 423? I just matched it up with the one in Jack's book. Not that it really matters, I was just curious .....GB

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Rabbitman #610967 Thu Apr 30 2015 06:10 AM
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...I was very happy to get one of these with the wheeled dolly a while back...had to haul it home from Columbus, roped at a 45-degree angle in the back of my van, as it was too tall to stand up straight!

...check the sides of the pumps - mine have 'G R CO' cast into the iron, for 'Gulf Refining Company'...


Looking for better Gulf items: signs, globes, cans and paper - especially porcelain Gulf flanges, and Gulf A-38 & A-62 ad glass...
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J, Micieli #611051 Thu Apr 30 2015 08:03 PM
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I think all of those had the GRCO on them that were made in that era Mark. Mine has that and I've seen several more and they did too. I always heard that Gulf bought a big order from them and they made a bunch of castings with the grco on them and sold them that way to other companies. Don't know if that's a true analogy or not....GB

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Newpumpguy71 #659556 Tue Jun 28 2016 06:37 PM
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Great looking Lubester,

I have one in almost identical condition, Can somebody tell me if they should have had, what i think may be refered to as "Lubester Toppers" almost right beside the sight glasses ?

Thanks , larry

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Every time Tokheim came out with a new product they created what they called a "Bulletin." I have over 500 original Tokheim Bulletins.
The earliest Bulletin showing this unit is Bulletin 204 and the unit is Cut 330 (dated March, 1924). This Bulletin was made up for Gulf as the picture shows the unit in Gulf colors, but it shows the unit having four wheels on the bottom.

Now Bulletin 205, the next Bulletin shows the exact same unit, but in a green generic color, it is dated again March, 1924. In other words, the same unit that had a Bulletin directed to the Gulf distributors, was offered to anyone who wanted to buy one. The thing about this is that it was also called the Cut 330.

For some reason, in 1925 Tokheim again came out with Bulletin 216, again the Cut 340 in Gulf colors. Again with four wheels.

In Bulletin 225 (February, 1926), Tokheim now shows the unit with three tanks, it was the Cut 353 and the color was the generic color, green.

In August, 1926 ,(Bulletin 233) the 3 tank unit is now shown in Gulf Colors, now called the Cut 440.

In another Bulletin, also called the 233 (August, 1926) the three tank unit is shown in generic green, with wheels.

Now in September, 1926, the Cut 423 shows up. It is a two tank unit, on wheels and shown in generic green colors, it is Bulletin 234.

According to my Bulletins, the 423 was the last dispenser offered by Tokheim with the glass cylinders.

No piece of Tokheim literature shows any of these units with toppers, these were attached by the oil companies, not by Tokheim.

I apologize for putting this information is a post where you are trying to sell an item. I only posted this information because I have seen these units come up for discussion and very little correct information is offered. I suggest each of you collectors start a loose leaf where you post this type of information. I do not intend to write a book on oil dispensers as I don't think it would sell enough copies to cover the cost of printing, so this post might be the closest information on these cylinder top oil dispenser you might find.

Again, I apologize, nice unit, especially with the original glass cylinders.

Jack Sim


Author, 1st & 2nd editions of Gas Pump ID book, 3rd edition is now available at www.gaspumpbible.com
Air Meter ID book also available
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Newpumpguy71 #659568 Wed Jun 29 2016 05:01 AM
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Thanks Jack,
i find your post extremely informative and interesting

Again, Thanks, larry

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Newpumpguy71 #659899 Sun Jul 03 2016 03:35 PM
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very fair price . and a great piece to restore , I wish I was closer ,Just love it good luck Jay


High quality restorations , Body and paint guy

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