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By Rhyolith
#1160444
Inspector wrote:The restoration looks good. Now I have to ask a "dumb" question. What is/was it used for? Inflating tires? Charging accumulators?

Pete


If you look at the second from last photograph, its says "Test Tyre Pressure Here" next to the test valve. So I assume it was for tyres! This is also backed up by me seeing several of these with original William Turner (the manufacture of the Kismet pump line) Renrut tyre connectors fitted on ebay.
By flh801978
#1160450
They were made just round the corner from where i now live and plc which was an offshoot of kismet and hattersley and Davidson who also made pumps..quite why sheffield could support so many pump company's...
Now your pumps ready how many strokes would it take to top a tyre up do you think?
Ian
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By Rhyolith
#1163993
flh801978 wrote:After seeing your restoration I couldn't resist and bought this monster yesterday
It did come to bits reasonable easily apart from the axle for the wheels
Painting tommorow if the weather is fit
Ian
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Nice! though I am quite bitter about how easily yours came apart :evil:

Pictures of the finished product?

I noticed rhe handle on yours is brassy looking. I wondered if some of the handles where originally brass coated (or something that looks like brass) after seeing hints of it on mine. Most I have seen just have grey metal... I suspect the brass coated varient is older (just because more brass seems to equal older ;) ).

Its funny, I always mistake trolly jacks for kismet compressors :roll:
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By Rhyolith
#1163995
flh801978 wrote:They were made just round the corner from where i now live and plc which was an offshoot of kismet and hattersley and Davidson who also made pumps..quite why sheffield could support so many pump company's...
Now your pumps ready how many strokes would it take to top a tyre up do you think?
Ian

Just spotted this.

I am aware of a number of makes from Sheffield, indeed this list makes up around half of the old manufacturers I know of!

Walter & Dobson
Willaim Turner
Hattersley & Davidson
PCL
Nesthill

What was the one you mention called?
By flh801978
#1164055
The handle is a solid brass fitting on the end I'm imaginining that mine is as old as they come because its got solid wheels no tyres no test pressure port the brass handle etc
The pivot for the cylinder is just a pin no thread
I've taken the easy way out and having it powder coated with a batch of other stuff that needs doing ready on thursday hopefully.
I'm going to see if i can get some modern seals for it rather than leather as i do want to use it
Ian
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By Rhyolith
#1164202
I have not heard of anyone using non-leather seals on these, I assume rubber is what you mean by "modern"? The leather ones do work very well if they are cut accuratly and neatly (which is something I have admittedly not mastered yet), I doubt rubber is as effective but it would be interestng to know for sure.
By flh801978
#1166123
I did manage to get some modern rubber type seals...called cup seals..they supposedly do the same job as the leather but are not prone to drying out.
After buying those though got lucky and bought an original set of leather seals boxed off ebay
So will see which to use..
A few q's for rhyolith
What was bolted on under neath the base where the badge sits? There's 2 heavily corroded studs with nuts still on...a block of wood or rubber?
How do your wheels bolt on? The axle on mine is now a length of stainless threaded on both ends to fasten the wheels on with....this axle passes through the casting ,the handle with new bearings sits on it in the middle, however do you think just leave the nuts slightly loose so the wheels turn on the relatively loose axle. There seems to be a lube hole on each wheel..
Also who do think made the whole thing...i dont think it was turners (kismet) as there's not cast in id.. what does the reg design number relate to?

Ian
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By Rhyolith
#1193872
flh801978 wrote:After seeing your restoration I couldn't resist and bought this monster yesterday
It did come to bits reasonable easily apart from the axle for the wheels
Painting tommorow if the weather is fit
Ian
IMG_0309.JPG

Its been a while I, any progress with your restoration?
By AES
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For some reason I've missed this whole thread and only found it today. I must say you've done a really nice job Ryolith - isn't it satisfying to recue some old bit of junk and bring it back to useful life. Well done Sir, it looks great =D>

Incidentally there's a +1 from me about what ED 65 said a while back. I always have a half litre tin of acetone on the go in the shop (it's freely available here). Personally I like the smell but that of course is a personal thing (comes from my model aero hobby background, where the "dope" for tightening tissue wing covering has a LOT of acetone in it - smells strongly of pear drops).

But if you can't stand the smell then you can't, though you can use it with door & window/s open - it does evaporate very quickly so that strong smell does clear away pretty quickly.

Ditto with disposing of any remains (but like ED 65, not that I've ever found it necessary). Just pour it into a tin or glass dish (NOT plastic!!!) and leave it open on a garden wall, path, or something. It'll soon go, and don't forget, it does originally come from wood somehow (I think).

Anyway, well done, nice job, something to be proud of (I wonder how many people will be posting here in 100 years time about their renovations of old "Chiwanese" tools)? :D

AES