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    Posted 4 years ago

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    Here's a Canadian made electric piston water pump, model #242, manufactured by the Dominion Appliance Company in Fergus, Ontario. It's belt-driven by a top-mounted General Electric model #11F3DX, Type KH, 1/4 HP, 1725 RPM electric motor. The pressure switch is a Pumptrol Class 9044 made by the Square D Company in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. All the components appear to be original, or at least of similar age.

    For me it's a work of art and I had to have it, functioning or not, for a mere $20 at a yard sale. It was fully operational and runs as quiet as an old treadle sewing machine with a pleasant thumpa-thumpa sound! The seller said the dual pistons were throwing oil and needed new seals, but otherwise everything else was okay.

    I plan to take it all apart to clean it and remove the red paint, which somebody had slopped on at some point, and I don't think is the original colour; then I'll repaint it a British racing green with black and copper accents and pinstripes. I'll replace the oil seals and put it back into use as a water cistern transfer pump on my property.

    It measures approximately 19" wide x 8" deep x 20" high. The flywheel is 13.5" in diameter. It's very heavy! I haven't been able to find photos of this pump online, nor any information regarding dates and such. Would love to find a user maintenance manual if anybody on the odd chance happens to have one.

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    1. racer4four racer4four, 4 years ago
      Very cool Kydur. What age do you think?
    2. Kydur Kydur, 4 years ago
      Not really sure about the date. The manufacture tags on the pump and motor were painted over in red and then partially sanded/scraped off again at a later time, leaving them quite badly scratched up and difficult to read. I haven't been able to find any embossed dates or patent numbers anywhere on the housing or other parts, but then it's so heavy and awkward that I haven't been flipping it around much either! Maybe once I take it apart I'll start seeing some helpful marks and I'll give an update.

      The only pumps I could find online sort of similar in appearance were F.E. Myers piston pumps, dated from the late '20s to the '50s.
    3. racer4four racer4four, 4 years ago
      Ok. Thanks.
    4. Alan2310 Alan2310, 4 years ago
      I will have done the same, working or not, great find kydur.
      Working even better then the new model available today, build like a Tank.
      BTW , long time no see, if you email your address I will send you the frame, unfortunately the one you see on our last communication was the only one with the good measurements.
    5. Kydur Kydur, 4 years ago
      Alan, I found a frame that I think will suit my purposes. It needs some repair and refinishing, so it's yet another project, but I think I'm good. Thanks for the offer though.

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