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Old 04-23-2018, 05:27:45 AM
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Default John Danks and Son Ltd Pump Flywheel

I'm happy to see anything Danks turn up here from other posters,but don't hold any special expectations.
I reluctantly went out to a nearby garage sale on Saturday afternoon,only a minute or two from home.The vendor had set up a car park area in the back but because we were pretty late I thought I would show my ignorance by stopping in the driveway.
The wife wasn't happy with that idea and so I relented and turned off the track into the yard.
On stepping out her side at the gate wifey excitedly drew my attention to a flywheel being used as a gate stop.I doubt that I might have sighted it myself?
The wheel wasn't in the official sale but I thought I might need to ask the question.There was also a nice little fully rebuilt windmill head amongst the for sale items that followed me home with my new Danks wheel.
When I got home I discovered the embossed makers name under some caked on mud and rust.Being a bit of a windmill buff I cracked a bit of a laugh when I spotted the name!
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Ok,... so the question remains now!?,...who has the rest of my pump?
Since bringing it home I have had thoughts of restoring it,...no wise cracks please from the purists that frequent here(there are quite a few it seems),...yes Darryl,you know who I'm talking about
All joking aside if I could somehow find the body of the pump itself I would have a crack at making the table/crank etc.
The newspaper article where I found this pic was 1886.I found others of the same unit being made up until late 1890's.Not a very thorough search.
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There is a similar wheel on gumtree, perhaps it would be worth a ph call in case this fellow has any other parts?...........
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I thought that might happen!And I actually already guessed where the suggestion might come from! EVERYTHING here is on gumtree,..back to the pump!


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Intersting wheel Paul, these pumps appear have been used in a few configurations, the little I read says in different sizes for hand, horse or steam driven.
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There's one in a park in Rochester Vic, that is complete. I'll get some photos next time im there. By memory, your only missing a few bolts.
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Yes Darryl 'a few chunky Whitworths only' needed,I have a few spare of those in nos.
I was thinking of getting a few Malley roots and building a "huge fire" to clean the rust off it ...ahem!...?.. where were we?
Thanks for the pic Kim.Is the pump in Rochester a table model like in my drawing or a windlass/tower arrangement like the larger one in Kim's photo?
I would be very pleased to get a look at the one in Rochester.
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Table mount. Same looking flywheel but i couldnt vouch for it being a Danks. Going through Rochy for footy next Saturday.
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Hi,

As mentioned previously, if this is the one that was or is painted yellow, I can confirm that it is a Danks.

In fact it has been there for a long time, as long as I can remember. i am surprised that it is still there given all the rules and regulations that councils must follow, unless it now has a fence around it.

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The old fordson is gone
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