1. If Mobil decided to replace all the pumps at the local service stations that they owned in a certain location, they would work through a local petroleum equipment company. Since the order would be so large they would request from the pump company how they wanted the pumps painted. The pumps would be sent, usually by trains, to the equipment company. The equipment co. would remove the old pump and install the new pumps. The old pumps were usually purchased by the equipment co. where they would be rebuilt and sold to smaller stations who could not afford the new pumps.
2. If a small station, owned by an individual, needed a pump and he wanted to buy a new pump he went to the local petroleum equipment company. The equipment co. would show him the pumps he had in stock. These were all painted red. If he wanted another color, the equipment co. would repaint it for him or he would do it himself.
3. The web page you looked at almost all the pictures show the pumps painted red. This was the standard color for gasoline (green for oil and grease) etc. The pump companies in their advertising, rarely showed the pumps painted the colors of the petroleum companies unless the ad would appear in something special for just the one oil company.
4. The old used pumps were rarely painted a new color unless the customer paid extra to have it done. Many used pumps would end up on farms, having been given to the farmer because he was buying his gas from the local petroleum supplier. Since the farmer was not selling gasoline there was no need to repaint the pumps.
5. So....what color do you paint your pump? Some pumps have gone through so many changes of oil companies it is difficult to determine anything about who was the original purchaser. Did you ever work at a station? Did you uncle own a Shell station? Do you remember buying your first tank of gas at the local Texaco station? So, have fun with your pump, after it is stripped of all its coats of paint they all look alike.
Last edited by Jack Sim; Sat Dec 07 2019 03:53 PM.
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