Many years ago, my uncle gave me an original tire pump that was complete, but didn't work. When I took it apart, I found that the rubber seal that goes up and down with the handle had shrunken with age. Everything else was fine with the pump. I couldn't find anything remotely close at any of the hardware stores, so I ended up buying the repair kit from Lang's.
I received it today and noticed a couple of differences (assuming that all is original on the pump when it was given to me). First off, the replacement hose is considerably shorter than the original. Secondly, the piece that attaches to the valve is different. The original one is shaped more like a knurled nut, like the ones on the spark plug. Finally, the seal was different. I had already installed the new one and didn't feel like pulling the entire thing apart just for a photo shoot. The new is is made of much thinner material and has more of a frisbee shape than the original one. One good thing is that the new handle looks like the original.
I would be curious to know how many parts need to be replaced on these old tire pumps and how many of you have bought them. Maybe I just got lucky in the fact that all mine needed was the seal. Prior to ordering, I asked Don if the seal was sold separately and he said that it wasn't. Ideally, it would have been a lot less expensive to only buy the part I needed.
I have a couple of original pumps that have a similar hose length and brass end that match the Lang's part closely. The hose and end on yours actually look to have been replaced at some point. I can't really speak for the piston seal.
Thanks for the input. Since this is the only one I own, I really do not have anything to compare it to. The clamp is also different. This would be an interesting study if more folks chime in.
I bought the Langs repair kit to spruce up the single barrel Ford pump that I bought a while back on T-bay. The only parts that I used from the kit were the new handle, pump leather and spring. My pump barrel and shaft were a couple of inches longer than the shaft in the kit, so I re-used my old shaft. The parts I used from the kit were enough to put my pump into good, servicable condition, so I was happy.
I figure that there was enough variations between pumps over the years that one kit can't hope to cover them all.
It used to be that your local hardware store would have pump leathers. When I get around to repairing a pump, I doubt that the local Ace will have any. If that's the case I'll have the saddle shop cut one for me.
Clay Adkins used to have them. Don't have his address.
Here's a pump leather counter display from our collection.
Larry, I checked into getting some from Clay a few years ago. For some reason, he sold them local pickup only. Don't know why. I haven't seen anything more about them since. Dave
I don't understand why the vendors don't offer them seperate. There are many pumps out there that are in good shape except for the leathers. I have two myself. No need to buy the whole mess for just the leathers. JMHO. Dave
How about this?
Good luck finding leather pump cup washers at a reasonable price.....they are easy to make....drill a hole w a wood bit a 16th or so bigger than the inside barrel size or one the same size, then make a plug of wood that fits inside w an 1/8 inch gap or so....soak a piece of leather in warm water till soft, push it in the hole w the plug and squeeze the heck out of it w a vise. let dry for a day, chip the plug out w a screwdriver or chisel, and you will have a leather cup that can be ground,sanded, drilled and shaped then soak in light oil and install.........works great!
This youtube video is pretty good how to make them by hand w a reusable press...