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Old 01-10-22, 05:38 PM
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Maintenance Repaired SILCA pump

Since I hate throwing away stuff, and thanks to Google, I stumbled across SILCA, US. At my pre-retirement professional pay rate of $90 / hr, plus parts $100, I now have a $280 1980ís SILCA pump. I actually bought extra parts to get free shipping. At this point, it might just last beyond my lifetime.



Only used the seal, gasket, and hose.



Took a couple 12 gauge cleaning patch thru it, and a little Basso to clean up the brass assembly.
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Old 01-10-22, 08:55 PM
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You must really like that pump. I thought it was a bit much when I bought a new pump head for my old pump.
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Old 01-10-22, 10:26 PM
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Those are great classic pumps! I'd be tempted to spray paint the base black, or else strip and polish.
Even used ones are nearly $100 on eBay.
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I'm still using mine in the shop. It's coming up on 40 years old and could use a rebuild.
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That was some expensive free shipping!
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Originally Posted by cyclic_eric View Post
Those are great classic pumps! I'd be tempted to spray paint the base black, or else strip and polish.
Even used ones are nearly $100 on eBay.
Silca Pista Floor Pump - Red | The Colorado Cyclist
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Originally Posted by jlmonte View Post
...my pre-retirement professional pay rate of $90 / hr, plus parts $100
Yep... But think of what it would cost for this kind of entertainment. Sure ya just spent hours restoring a vintage pump for the fun of it. But think of how much that tub of Popcorn cost ya at the theater and it probably did not entertain ya half as much...

Besides... It's a SILCA... And it's YOURS! Ha

Don't forget to mark it with your name and original date. I have some old tools from my Grand-Pa marked from the 20s. My boys treasure them...
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I ordered a new gasket for my SKS Airbase Pro pump and it still doesn't work. German part, shipped from England and it arrived pretty quick. Will disassemble further and see if I can figure out what's going on. Bought a cheap pump at Walmart for now.
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Originally Posted by zandoval View Post
... Don't forget to mark it with your name and original date. I have some old tools from my Grand-Pa marked from the 20s. My boys treasure them...
Likewise. I inherited a number of tools from past generations, including my wife's grandmother's Craftsman drill press, probably from the 1930s or 40s.
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I really appreciate any kindred spirit who would rather repair something than throw it into the landfill and replace it. I have admittedly repaired a few items that were objectively not worth the time or cost of so doing, but I still gained satisfaction from so doing.
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Worthy project but I wish I hadn't seen the link to the new one....
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I really appreciate any kindred spirit who would rather repair something than throw it into the landfill and replace it. I have admittedly repaired a few items that were objectively not worth the time or cost of so doing, but I still gained satisfaction from so doing.
As a kid I took thing apart. A screwdriver, and a socket set was all I needed. I marveled at mechanical devices and just how simple or complex they are. I honestly should have given the job for a daughter to attempt the repair, Though, in their 20ís, I would have had to pay them the $180. 🤔
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