vintagepumps.co.uk

WELCOME!

 

If you like vintage foot pumps as I do, you'll love this site! 

 

You can get in touch by emailing enquiries@vintagepumps.co.uk

If you'd like to buy any of the pumps or accessories, or want me to restore your old pump to showroom condition, or just to get it working, dont hesitate to CONTACT ME ! I am also happy also to give advice- based on years of experience and learning about pump designs by taking them apart and restoring them. I can also put you in touch with resources for dating them and obtaining original patents, where these are still available.

 

Why not have a look at my testimonials page to see what customers have said about the services I offer. I aim for ( and achieve!)

100% customer satisfaction!

 

REPLACEMENT WASHERS - I ALSO HAND MAKE AND SELL WASHER KITS IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN RESTORING YOUR OWN PUMP...I PROVIDE THEM FOR ANY PUMP. THE KITS COME WITH FULL INSTRUCTIONS.

 

RETURN SPRINGS - AFTER MANY REQUESTS FROM PEOPLE WITH BROKEN SPRINGS, I'VE HAD VARIOUS SETS OF SPRINGS MANUFACTURED TO ORIGINAL DESIGN SPECIFICATIONS. I'VE GONE FOR FAIRLY LARGE PRODUCTION RUNS TO REDUCE UNIT COSTS. PLEASE CONTACT ME IF YOU NEED A REPLACEMENT SPRING - COMPRESSION OR TORSION. I HAVE MOST OF THE COMMON ONES IN STOCK - INCLUDING SUTTY, AERITE, WAD, KISMET DUPLEX, KISMET BABY, KISMET JUNIOR, H&D,  ETC.ETC. IF I DONT HAVE YOUR SPRING IN STOCK I CAN EASILY GET YOU ONE.  MY PRICES ARE ABOUT HALF OF WHAT YOU WOULD PAY TO GET A ONE-OFF MADE.

 

 

 

THE LONG AWAITED BOOK!!!

 

Just to let everybody know, this is now finished. Its title is 'VINTAGE BRITISH FOOT PUMPS 1900-1950 - Design, Overhaul and Maintenance Topics'.

 

I'm in discussions with printers/publishers at this very moment. To see the full contents list, and an example chapter please click 1st link below, to see reviewer comments click 2nd link.

 

For those who might be interested at this point, I'm offering a full pdf file of the whole book for £19.99. This has the advantage of one being able to read it all on screen, and zoom into the text and pictures, particularly in the appendices. Also, you get an early version at a lower price than the printed version. Anyone wishing to obtain the pdf, please drop me an email at enquiries@vintagepumps.co.uk, and I'll respond with payment instructions. Upon receipt of payment, I'll immediately upload the file to your email.

 

 

 

I’m a keen enthusiast for old British car foot pumps – dating from the 1900’s to the 1950’s. My interest started in the 1950’s, when I used to help my father in his garage using an old 1920’s British Goodrich to blow up the tyres on his Austin 7. I inherited this pump from him on his death, and since then I’ve built up quite a collection of Goodrich, Wood Milne, Kismet, Dunlop, Aerite, Sutty etc. etc. and many other names as well. I overhaul and mend them, keep some for my own collection and sell others on.

 

These old British pumps were invariably built to a high, heavy duty, quality standard, with bolts, washers and split pins so they can be properly dismantled and overhauled – unlike the modern rubbish which is usually held together with bits of plastic and bent tin. When properly maintained these vintage pumps will last another lifetime or two and are a practical working tool for regular use. Their smooth, silky action and stability strike a real contrast with modern offerings, which are often unstable on rough ground and can collapse and damage ankles due to their under-design. These old pumps are also a marvellous accessory for anyone with a vintage or classic car. Many are also very beautiful pieces of engineering, made of brass, steel and cast iron and look great for display in the garage or the living room. I’ve done all these things with them! They also make wonderful birthday or Xmas presents - ladies take note!

 

 

HATTERSLEY & DAVIDSON 'MULTISTAGE' FOOT PUMP

I’m a Chartered Mechanical Engineer, with a keen interest in Britain's engineering heritage, and take great delight in making old pumps work properly. It irritates me if things don’t perform as they should and as their designers intended! So I give them a full mechanical overhaul. I also prefer, as do many people, to try and retain their external ‘patina’ and appearance– as with any old piece of furniture or a picture. Their patina is evidence of years of faithful service and/or being covered in layers of grease for years – the best preservative there is! On the other hand, since these pumps are beautiful pieces of engineering and 'works of art' in their own right, some people like them restored to original showroom or concourse condition for display purposes. I do this to many pumps – carefully colour matching to original livery and painting with modern paint equivalents - as well as giving them a full mechanical overhaul. So that’s what you get if you buy one of my class I or class II pumps. The detailed job lists which my various classes of pumps go through are available on a separate page. The prices I ask are reasonable, I think, but do reflect the work I put in and the quality of the pump you get.

Gordon Edwards