Re: Cool item found!
CJ Dave, if it's got inlets and outlets with check balls, it's probably an old oil pump.
On the old time engines, the lower end was poured babbitt bearings, that relied on splash, like a lawn mower, and the top end, rockers , ect. were lubed with a hand pump that drew from the crankcase.
Have you ever seen pictures of the old exposed rockers on engines in the old days...??
External push rods, external rocker arms, ect.
On some of them you could see right into the crankcase!
That's what you had to oil.
AND, that oil just ran off, usually creating a mess, and the dirt stuck to it in a BIG way.
That's why people wore those goggles and scarfs and motoring coats, to keep the nasties off of them.
That is the way most vehicle engines were produced until WWI, when more dependable and higher horsepower engines were needed for war.
(Technological advancements used for killing each other. STUPID HUMANS!)
There were some old, one shot, fire extinguishers that looked like that too, if it only has an outlet, and no inlet.
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