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RESTORATION OF A KISMET DUPLEX MASTER TO CATEGORY I CONDITION

 

 

These pictures show various stages in the full external restoration of a kismet duplex master footpump to ‘showroom condition’ in line with the original painting scheme

 

The kismet duplex master is a complex double acting ‘pump in a pump’ design capable of pressurising tyres or any pressure containment vessel up to very high pressures in the 100’s of psi’s. They were used in WWII to help pump up the pressure starting apparatus in spitfires during the Battle of Britain

 

Before this external restoration, the internal pressure parts in the pump barrel had been fully dismantled, overhauled, greased and new manufactured leather washers and seals fitted throughout. The pump therefore now both works and looks ‘as new’

Pump in the  ‘as found’ condition after many years storage in a garage


 


 


 


 


 


 




 


 


frame stripped and cleaned ready for painting


 


 


 


 


 


 



 


painted frame and footplate in original colours


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 

 


 


 


 


polished and cleaned makers nameplate


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


close up of finished footplate


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


front end of assembled pump showing painted endplate


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


finished pump fully restored to original colours


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 



 


 


finished pump showing painted barrel end and high quality polished barrel


 

 


 


 


 


finished pump in original pine box with makers name

SOME OTHER CAT I RESTORATIONS

 

Here are some other pictures of various pumps restored to Cat I condition

DUNLOP MAJOR

NESTHILL JUPITER

KISMET BABY

KISMET LORRY

SUTTY GOLDEN TORNADO

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