Churchill Hydrolastic pump

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spoon.450
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Churchill Hydrolastic pump

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I've just bought this from my local garage. Although the pressure gauge looks to be damaged I am told the pump works as it should. Can anyone please point me to an instruction manual, or give a brief description of how to use it :oops: .....what lever / knob does what etc ?
It is available for anyone to borrow if needed.
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Yellow valve is on the right side

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Fantastic Robin.....thanks very much :D

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No problem. The vacuum side doesn't work on mine but it's fine for setting the heights. There was a rare Churchill pump overhaul kit on eBay recently but it went too far for me. I'll strip it down some day. At the minimum I'd need a new vacuum gauge but I don't think that would be all somehow.

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The vacuum side on ours doesn't work either but its not a problem at all.

We pump the suspension up and then let right back down again, which pretty much evacuates all the air. Then re-pressurise and set to height.

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Looks like a baby Dalek to me.

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People do tend to refer to them as Daleks, I picked one up a little while ago that unfortunately had all the seals fail after a couple of uses. The components are obsolete sizes and I've not yet found a supplier for replacement components. I've been considering modernising the internals so it's easier to service but keeping the same external appearance as they're a handy size and shape.

If you've got one and it works, look after it. They're quite prized things now. I only wish mine worked, especially since I have both a Hydralastic and a Hydragas car that would benefit from its services. There is someone local with a Liquid Levers pump but that has no vacuum function and it costs to get him to come to the car, which can get a bit expensive if you need multiple call outs.

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Below are the instruction sheets that came with the BMC hydro pump.
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BMC Australia published this Service Bulletin to assist Dealers in maintaining their pump. As already mentioned getting genuine NOS repair kits or individual parts is almost an impossibility so alternatives would need to be sourced. I'm not aware of an easy option for this.
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