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Pump repair #1229217
Wed Aug 09 2017 10:05 AM
Wed Aug 09 2017 10:05 AM
John Milliman  Offline
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St. Mary's Co., MD
Last Thanksgiving, we (Peggy and I smile ) had our attention focused elsewhere and we were not able to get the 1945-vintage W.S. Darley 500 gpm pump that's mounted on the bow of our truck properly winterized before a snap freeze hit Thanksgiving weekend. Over this summer, I have finally been able to get the pump demounted and over to our neighbor's welding/fabrication shop. We weren't sure if it was saveable this time (judging by the welding beads in the area, it wasn't this pump's first freeze rodeo ... frown ) but Lloyd was game to give it a whirl.

I don't have the pump back on the truck, yet so I haven't tested operation. The pump wasn't so great at taking a suction before ... perhaps Lloyd improved things when he rewelded the earlier repairs. I guess we'll see.

Why all the fuss for this plain ole, cut rate, bottom budget, "economy" tanker? Good question headscratch But it does a good job hauling water around here and when we do go to fire parades (which isn't that often ... ;( ) and fall in with all the antique pumpers, ladders and aerials, we pretty much are the only antique tanker smile

Hopefully, Tanker 51 will be back in quarters soon and ready for the Veterans' Day Parade.

Parade picture is from the Apple Blossom Festival Parade in Winchester, VA (2008) -- Largest Fire parade in the World

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Re: Pump repair [Re: John Milliman] #1229218
Wed Aug 09 2017 10:42 AM
Wed Aug 09 2017 10:42 AM
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Re: Pump repair [Re: John Milliman] #1229223
Wed Aug 09 2017 11:44 AM
Wed Aug 09 2017 11:44 AM
Hambone  Offline
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california, md
Was wondering how that was coming along.


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Re: Pump repair [Re: John Milliman] #1229235
Wed Aug 09 2017 12:36 PM
Wed Aug 09 2017 12:36 PM
HandyAndy  Offline
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SE Iowa
That's great news! The repairs look sound. Let us know how the pump test goes..........


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Re: Pump repair [Re: John Milliman] #1229357
Thu Aug 10 2017 12:53 AM
Thu Aug 10 2017 12:53 AM
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Mike B  Offline
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Hughesville, MD
That's good news John!

Let me know if you need a hand putting it back together...

Mike B smile

Re: Pump repair [Re: John Milliman] #1229599
Fri Aug 11 2017 10:16 AM
Fri Aug 11 2017 10:16 AM
John Milliman  Offline
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St. Mary's Co., MD
Got the pump back in place last night. Trying to position the pump (swinging from the crane) while holding bolts and trying to align the shaft coming through the radiator from the harmonic balancer to bolt up the u-joints was a trick. Fortunately, Eugene came walking by at the precise moment I need another set of hands.

painted, ready to go.

Back in place

Over the weekend, I hope to get the plumbing hooked back up. Still need to replace the cap on the intake (pump front) -- not sure if that will be in stock at Milt's or not. Find out today, I guess.

Thanks for the offer, Mike -- went back on pretty well (compared to other projects around here).


John

'49 Chevrolet 3804
'63 Dodge M-37B1 W/W -- For Sale
'65 GMC-Darley Water Tanker -- For Sale


Re: Pump repair [Re: John Milliman] #1229601
Fri Aug 11 2017 11:09 AM
Fri Aug 11 2017 11:09 AM
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Paul_WNC  Offline
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North Carolina
Cool deal, hope you pass the pump test.

Re: Pump repair [Re: John Milliman] #1229607
Fri Aug 11 2017 12:57 PM
Fri Aug 11 2017 12:57 PM
2-Ton  Offline
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Mokane ,Mo.
Great John!
I bet you drain it this next fall and every fall after that.
Hard lesson to learn.

Don


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Re: Pump repair [Re: John Milliman] #1229778
Sat Aug 12 2017 11:50 PM
Sat Aug 12 2017 11:50 PM
John Milliman  Offline
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St. Mary's Co., MD
Well Don, in my own defense (I may not be the sharpest stick in the light bulb pack, but I'm not the complete idiot most of you think I am) the lesson was well known even at the time -- the day I was going to do it (Thanksgiving), I sortta got kinda preoccupied with dealing with something a *little* more important than pumps, trucks and even farms wink

Anyway, with all the rainy weather this weekend, I managed to get everything hooked up and Freyja and I managed to test the pump!

Pump Test! -- we're pulling water from the 500-gallon poly tank on the back of the '51 GMC 420 and pumping it into the '65's 1,000 gallon on-board tank. Picture shows the truck running at a midium idle, pump out putting at 45 PSI. Not too shabby for a 72-year old pump that's been freeze damaged twice...

Pump passed. Pump to tank connection hose didn't ...

smile


John

'49 Chevrolet 3804
'63 Dodge M-37B1 W/W -- For Sale
'65 GMC-Darley Water Tanker -- For Sale


Re: Pump repair [Re: John Milliman] #1229779
Sun Aug 13 2017 12:01 AM
Sun Aug 13 2017 12:01 AM
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Paul_WNC  Offline
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Posts: 1,508
North Carolina
Nothing a little duct tape cant fix. Good to see you passed the pump test.

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