1932 Wayne Model 861 Clock Meter Pump
Another piece from the Retro Museum is the Wayne Model 861 pump. Around 1929, gas pumps were beginning to be designed with indicators that showed the amount of fuel that had been dispensed. These indicators were first created as dials with clock-like hands that pointed to the number of gallons that were pumped. Because of the resemblance to a clock face, with its dial and “hands”, these early gas pumps were referred as clock face pumps. On this clock-like dial face, only the total gallons were displayed. The small hand measured gallons and the large hand measured parts of a gallon. To calculate the total price, the attendant would have to rely on price-per-gallon signs and his own arithmetic skills.
An original ad for the Wayne 861 pump listed the “10 Distinctive Features”:
2. Octagonal dial
3. Pumping unit
4. Expansion chamber
5. Piston meter
6. Motor protection
7. Non-shock nozzle
9. Flow indication
This restored pump is electric motor-operated. It utilized a see cage glass on its upper body to monitor the flow of the gasoline. This clock face pump has been stripped and repainted in a vivid blue and yellow, and is topped off with a globe featuring the Richfield Hi-Octane gasoline logo.
Restoration work was completed by Vintage Vending. This clock meter pump is not for sale. Please post any questions you may have. There may be a collector out there that can help you.