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Re: Vintage Equipment Photo Section

Tue Feb 13, 2018 11:08 am

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This months project finally completed this weekend. Set of WK 38 CF tanks, hydro'd and stamped, ready for filling. Set of 316 SS 6.9 in. bands with cotton doubles harness from A&D / Allan Klauda.

There are no markings other than "Made in USA" on the cleaned and refurbished manifold. (3/4 ST)

I've had a professional photog friend of mine shoot hi res images of the AMF Swimaster "Target" logo and sent the images to a vinyl decal mfg.
Nice set of 38's. I'm almost certain the manifold was made by Sherwood, who made valves for Dacor, Healthways and some others at times.

Trivia question: who was the actress who appeared in a 50's diving movie who also sported a set of 38's?
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Re: Vintage Equipment Photo Section

Tue Feb 13, 2018 1:52 pm

antique diver wrote:
Tue Feb 13, 2018 11:08 am
Trivia question: who was the actress who appeared in a 50's diving movie who also sported a set of 38's?
Front mounted or back mounted? 8)

UPDATE: I have now found proof on the internet that Jane Russell "sported a set of 38's (D-Model)" while working on the set of "Underwater."
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Re: Vintage Equipment Photo Section

Tue Feb 13, 2018 3:13 pm

Beautiful Set of 38s... Congratulations on owning such a nice set.
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Re: Vintage Equipment Photo Section

Sat Feb 17, 2018 12:58 pm

georgeaustin wrote:
Sun Feb 04, 2018 5:18 pm
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This months project finally completed this weekend. Set of WK 38 CF tanks, hydro'd and stamped, ready for filling. Set of 316 SS 6.9 in. bands with cotton doubles harness from A&D / Allan Klauda.

There are no markings other than "Made in USA" on the cleaned and refurbished manifold. (3/4 ST)

I've had a professional photog friend of mine shoot hi res images of the AMF Swimaster "Target" logo and sent the images to a vinyl decal mfg.
George, as I took a closer look at the manifold it looks like there is a plugged HP port at the valve outlet. If so, that manifold was probably sold by Healthways, and manufactured by Sherwood.
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Re: Vintage Equipment Photo Section

Sun Feb 18, 2018 3:23 pm

Beautiful beach dive off Laguna today. Visibility 50+feet where I was diving. Amazing, compared to our usual 15 feet or so. Mark.
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Re: Vintage Equipment Photo Section

Sun Feb 18, 2018 3:54 pm

Lucky Dog! Shore diving from the upper Texas coast is usually in 0 to 2' visibility. Once in my lifetime I did catch 20' visibility between the Galveston jetties during an incoming tide. Further south can be somewhat better at times.

Shore diving near my house would be in a stock pond, and you have to share it with cows. They have no toilet manners or sense of hygiene.... but they don't discuss politics.
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Re: Vintage Equipment Photo Section

Sun Feb 18, 2018 4:06 pm

Hi Bill,

I have no toilet manners or sense of hygiene either, and I gave up on politics a long time ago. You would love diving the Pacific with me. :shock:

Mark
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Re: Vintage Equipment Photo Section

Sun Feb 18, 2018 7:28 pm

Looks like a great time!
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Re: Vintage Equipment Photo Section

Sun Feb 18, 2018 8:41 pm

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Looks like a great time!
Fun if you like seeing a bunch of 6 to 8 pound lobster walking around, 20 pound Sheephead following you like puppy dogs hoping your fins will kick up a morsel of food, and a 500 pound Black Sea Bass thunderclapping its gills to warn you out of its territory, all the while swimming through a kelp forest with light shining through the canopy like a redwood grove at dawn. I sucked my 72 down to 300 psi, pulled the reserve, and sucked the remaining air down until I hit the beach. My buoyancy was perfect. A fantastic pure vintage gear dive.
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Re: Vintage Equipment Photo Section

Sun Feb 18, 2018 11:19 pm

Yes, I would LOVE diving the Pacific with you! :D Francie would too if the water was about 84.
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Re: Vintage Equipment Photo Section

Sun Feb 18, 2018 11:42 pm

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Yes, I would LOVE diving the Pacific with you! :D Francie would too if the water was about 84.
Afraid 84 degrees in So. Cal. ain't gonna happen. If it did all the kelp would be dead and gone overnight. Always hit and miss with shore diving here. Best time of year for Catalina and the outer islands is in the fall, but we have great days throughout the year. We also have stormy crappy days throughout the year. Always hard to plan but we'll make a dive happen.
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