ECO Air Meter repro

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Project by PopsHuckster posted 09-20-2013 06:09 PM 5178 views 7 times favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Always wanted an ECO air meter for outside the shop. Used to see these at every service station around for a long while. Prices today range from $500 to over $2000 depending on condition. Websites dedicated to just supplying parts or rebuilding one for you. Naaaaa … cost too much and didn’t want one that bad. Then last week i got the latest Winfield catalog and there it was … a pattern for the darn thing!So I ordered it right away.

As usual I’ve changed things a little like: 1. I didn’t use plywood for the front trim. It gets painted silver/chrome and I didn’t want to have to deal with the edge grain on plywood. So I used some 1/4”cherry I had left over from a previous project. 2. I didn’t cut up a 2×10 to make some of the layers. Instead I mitered up some 2×4 scraps and glued them together. The center gets trimmed out anyway so why waste a full size board when you have scraps. 3. I plan on making it a working unit by connecting it to the air manifold the feeds the existing outside air reel. Because of using the full size hose, I had to use stronger steel for the hose hanger.

The unit calls for a light inside to shine thru the front panel in selected spots. Not sure I’ll illuminate it because it’s going to be outside and who cares. NOW if I was gong to make it a table lamp… yeah. Then illuminate the inside. The last pic shows light shining thru the front panel from a back light.

As I go along..I’ll keep posting some pics. Feel free to critique or question.

-- Pop

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#1 posted 09-20-2013 06:26 PM

Sorry… guess it didn’t upload the last picture with the backlit unit.

-- Pop

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#2 posted 09-20-2013 07:27 PM

Looks nice! I’m sure this will be a favorite for many. Thanks for sharing.

-- Doug

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#3 posted 09-20-2013 07:31 PM

Cool—I remember those from when I was a kid.

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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#4 posted 09-20-2013 08:52 PM

That is really cool, I remember those well!

-- St Augustine FL, Experience is the sum of our mistakes!

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#5 posted 09-20-2013 08:56 PM

This is awesome. Great job

-- The Old Rednek Workshop

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#6 posted 09-20-2013 09:35 PM

I like this. I remember the units that I worked with when I was a youngun trying to break in to the job market around the neighborhood. You have chosen well.

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#7 posted 09-20-2013 09:42 PM

This is really cool. I’ve always wanted one as well for my garage to sit next to my ‘65 Impala. As you stated, they cost way too much. It looks great. you did a nice job. So where can I get plans for this?

-- Marty, Ohio

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#8 posted 09-21-2013 12:42 AM

That will look cool next to your truck.

-- A childs smile is payment enough.

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#9 posted 09-21-2013 01:12 AM

I got the plans from The Winfield Collection catalog and website. Hunter.. I hate to say it but I sold the truck. It was to the point where I couldn’t sit in it and drive it without discomfort. My spine, neck and ankles are deteriorating pretty much. It’s now part of a collection over in Switzerland (of all places).

-- Pop

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#10 posted 09-21-2013 11:57 AM

When I got married, I went to work at my father-in-laws Chevron gas station. We had 2 of these at the station. Never dreamed they’d be worth so much now

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#11 posted 09-22-2013 09:14 AM

That project really came out great! I also got the plans , along with the gas pump. I plan on doing them next spring. Great work! Thanks for the building tips!


-- Paul,

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#12 posted 09-24-2013 06:13 PM

Paul… Rather than use the paints mentioned nthe plans, I went to Duplicolor for the them. The chrome paint you see on this section is Duplicolor ‘Universal Chrome’. One of the best chrome paints I’ve ever used. I also grabbed their “Flame Red” for the body sections. Don’t forget to prime all the wood and maybe steel wool or fine sand each a couple times before final paint.

-- Pop

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#13 posted 09-24-2013 06:44 PM

Thought I’d check how well the paint had dried before heading out for the grandson’s at the bus stop. Was dry enough to stack and show progress and colors.

Howz it look so far Paul? Anyone?

-- Pop

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#14 posted 09-26-2013 05:20 PM

Finished gluing up the last 2 sections this morning. They’re now ready for prime and paint. Added the light socket to the front section too. Still not sure about electrifying it though. I’m also going to wall mount the whole thing out side my shop. I saw the wall mount bracket for the originals on-line and will try to replicate that.

-- Pop

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#15 posted 09-26-2013 09:14 PM

Thanks for posting the progress. It looks great!

-- Marty, Ohio

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