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Quick's Garage, Handcross
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Quick's Garage, Handcross

Mr Quick’s petrol pump was a Theo-Samoa capable of serving six different fuel brands. The fuel currently being served was displayed on the circular part of the casting. It was capable of being hand cranked if a handle was fixed on the right side of the pump on a spigot a few feet off the ground. However, Mr Quick installed a 7hp Petter engine with batteries supplying 110 volts which also supplied electricity to the adjacent Post Office and the village hall using poles across fields at the rear. In due course the pump was connected to the mains supply of electricity. This powered an electric pump, the switch for which was operated by a rod which protruded through a hole in the frame of the plate glass window. The dial was set for the number of gallons required with a maximum of five gallons and the electric pump was operated whereby air was withdrawn from the glass reservoir at the top thereby sucking the fuel from the respective underground tank. With the required amount of fuel in the glass reservoir it was simply a case of swinging the arm over the pavement to the vehicle, inserting the nozzle, and opening the valve to allow the fuel to pour into the tank by gravity. Needless to say, it was not self-service! I have relied on memory in describing the method of serving the petrol, but please let me know if I have made any errors. The pump is still in place, albeit now painted in a different colour.
For a view of Mr Quick using the pump, click on picture #465.
Picture added on 31 January 2012 at 09:20
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