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Barton American UA-50 Front Mount Pump
#605850 Thu Dec 31 2009 06:38 PM
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I am building a photo album/gallery with related photos and information about the Barton American UA-50 front mount pump. As I posted earlier I was able to purchase a spare Barton American UA-50 pump which was mounted on a 1957 Dodge. The previous owner had purchased the 57 Dodge for the cab and did not want the pump. I was also able to purchase all of the related American Fire Apparatus engine and cooling system components which had been a part of the total instalation of the UA-50 on the 57 Dodge. My plans are to disassemble and rebuild the pump and each of the components and create photo documentation along the way.

Thus far I have uploaded photos of the pump and components as mounted on the 57 Dodge fire truck:

Barton American UA-50 Pump Gallery


Bob

Re: Barton American UA-50 Front Mount Pump
vwlfan #606024 Fri Jan 01 2010 06:15 AM
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Bob,

This is great stuff!!! My U-40 from my '41 Chevy is currently disassembled and in primer. Just ordered 5 new bearings for it (4 different bearings, two of one), as well as a rebuilt tachometer gear.

Though I assume my truck had the aux. cooler when built, it has been lost on the way. If you know of one available, please advise. Otherwise, I may ask for your help in fabricating one (I don't think they're all that complicated).

My truck (apparently) had no pump governor either, though it originally had the chevy top-speed governor.

Learned a lot about the pump when we tore it appart. Took many photos, but mostly with my iphone, which does not take great pix. Am assembling a rebuild diary like you. Not too far along, but let me know if I can help.

I've got a lead on a batch of Barton pumps (already have two spares) from a fellow, just need to "seal the deal".

We're gonna rebuild the primer, as well. They're my absolute favorite! An oil-less primer, orginally developed in the '20s. American was "Green" before Green was cool!!! It's such an elegant solution.

Keep us posted!!! Your truck is awesome.

-Michael


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Re: Barton American UA-50 Front Mount Pump
Mikestem #606118 Fri Jan 01 2010 04:36 PM
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Thanks Michael,

The internet is really an amazing source of information. In most cases somebody has seen it or done it related to almost any subject you can imagine.

I am always searching the net for information about projects I am working on and as a result realize that in return it is important to post information that may then be of use to someone else.

The hardest part of providing information is to find a spot on the net which allows the information to have a long life.

Bob

Last edited by vwlfan; Sat Jan 09 2010 06:06 PM.
Re: Barton American UA-50 Front Mount Pump
vwlfan #606507 Sat Jan 02 2010 07:22 PM
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Added some additonal UA-50 related photos of:

Pump carb governor
Pump drive shaft
Drive shaft motor connection block
Pump heat exchanger box
Governor stainer/filter

Barton American UA-50 photos (governor, stainer, drive shaft, heat exchanger)


Bob

Re: Barton American UA-50 Front Mount Pump
vwlfan #610836 Sun Jan 17 2010 08:13 PM
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The weather was finally a little warmer recently so I finally go into the barn to finish taking some additional pictures of the UA-50 pump and components before I start the tear down.

I added photos for the vacuum primer, pump frame mount, and the pump itself:

Barton American UA-50 Photos


Bob

Last edited by vwlfan; Sun Jan 17 2010 08:13 PM.
Re: Barton American UA-50 Front Mount Pump
vwlfan #610922 Mon Jan 18 2010 02:01 AM
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Originally Posted by vwlfan


The hardest part of providing information is to find a spot on the net which allows the information to have a long life.



Bob -- Welcome to Stovebolt.com! We've been here since 1995 and have no intentions of going anywhere anytime soon wink We'd be happy to host your photo diary here as an on-going feature or tech article.

Regards,
John



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When tomorrow comes..."


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Re: Barton American UA-50 Front Mount Pump
John Milliman #625126 Tue Mar 02 2010 07:38 AM
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My truck has a similar front mounted pump...

A Barton American U-50 pump....

Is it the same?

I don't have a governor or heat exchanger...

I do have the vacuum primer though...


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1956 Chevy 1500 Hydraulic Dump Truck
1952 Chevy 1700 3-Ton Firetruck

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Re: Barton American UA-50 Front Mount Pump
1958GMCnut #625141 Tue Mar 02 2010 01:19 PM
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Hi 1958GMCnut

My truck has a Barton UA-50 which is very similar to your U-50. The pumps models designated with UA (instead of U) denote a pump with the heating/cooling jacket cast around the pump. This heating/cooling jacket is plumbed into the engine cooling system to help keep the pump from freezing during cold weather.

Bob

Re: Barton American UA-50 Front Mount Pump
vwlfan #629952 Thu Mar 18 2010 10:20 AM
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Great info!


My GMC has a bad case of ship fitters disease!
GMC: Get More Cash...
1958 GMC
1956 Chevy 1500 Hydraulic Dump Truck
1952 Chevy 1700 3-Ton Firetruck

My Webshots photos
Re: Barton American UA-50 Front Mount Pump
1958GMCnut #629963 Thu Mar 18 2010 01:18 PM
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Thanks

I hope to add more photos and info now that nicer weather has returned. My goal is still to tear down and rebuild the spare UA-50 pump I have and to photo document that process. Probably take me more than a few months as many projects again compete for the nicer weather.

Also it took me a while but I found the portable American Pump that belongs in the rear bin of my fire truck. I will take some photos and post them when I get a chance over the next few weeks.

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