Coolest swap meet find, ever.

Posted: August 11, 2010 in gas station collectibles, Hot Rod, Rat Rod, Vintage trailers, Vintage trucks

So, what’s this thing?  If you said a 1936 “Koilster” engine analyzer, you’d be correct.  We bought it at the Red Barns show on Friday as the vendors were setting stuff up in the swap meet area.  According to the seller, another vendor had spent the better part of an hour trying to beat him up for $25 less than the $175 asking price.  True or not, it had me hooked, and when I found out he had the original manuals with it, with tune up specs for EVERY U.S. auto from ’32 to ’36 in it’s original leather-bound jacket, I had to have it.

It was an easy sell, and Kim even had the idea of using it as an art stand, to display the artwork for the roadster and/or T’bird.  Brilliant.  There’s even talk of it moving in the house, or, at least that’s the way I remember the conversation going.

I’m going to repaint it in the original Sunoco blue and yellow colors, and rewire it so we can plug it in and illuminate the dials on the equipment, and display the artwork, as shown here. 

Pretty cool, huh?


Apparantly, Kim and I differ on the refinishing idea!  Chime in and give us your opinion!

  1. Kim says:

    I don’t think this should be re-painted. Just cleaned really well. I kind of like the patina. And I’d hate to hear someday that it would have been worth $$$$’s if only it hadn’t been painted!!

    Anyone in agreement out there?

  2. Humphrey says:

    I agree with Kim. What a great find though.

  3. kirkus says:

    Don’t paint it, it’s only original once!

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