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Vintage US Divers

Discussion in 'Vintage Equipment Diving' started by linc213, Sep 19, 2019.

  1. linc213

    linc213 Solo Diver

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Central Maine
    A close friend was cleaning out her Dad’s house in Schenectady, NY. She mentioned that her dad had an old SCUBA tank and hose “thing”. She brought it back to Maine and gave it to me. The tank still has air in it. I’m truly surprised at the shape it is in.

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    The tank dates to 5-59, stamp on the J-valve says 4-59.
  2. linc213

    linc213 Solo Diver

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Central Maine
    The box also contained the following catalog and instruction manual.

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  3. linc213

    linc213 Solo Diver

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Central Maine
    She also gave me the hose “thing”.


    Looks to be in great shape. Not sure what I will do with any of it, but it was a pretty great surprise. The manual is from 1959, not sure of the catalog but it’s pretty neat.
    SleepySlipper, txgoose, dhaas and 5 others like this.
  4. runsongas

    runsongas Great White

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: California - Bay Area
  5. rhwestfall

    rhwestfall Woof! ScubaBoard Sponsor

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: "La Grande Ile"
    Wow, Goldstocks Sporting Goods. I remember them! I lived between Albany and Schenectady (Guilderland) from '72 to '85....

    Outside of sentimental value, with the box, that tank has some value to collectors. The reg is a beautiful "barn fresh". It can be made diveable...

    Just WOW! (COOL!)
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  6. Luis H

    Luis H Instructor, Scuba

    # of Dives: I'm a Fish!
    Location: Maine
    That is the best preserved set of original yellow hoses I have seen. I would not use those hoses for diving, but they look good.

    The regulator can be rebuilt, either in its original configuration or with some upgrades.

    The tank can also be serviced, but I think that tank is not galvanized under the paint. According to the US Divers 1959 catalog, they were either galvanized or yellow baked enamel.

    Personally I would save the tank for a display. To use it you would have to get it hydro tested. The hydro test stamp will cut into the coating. If you want to use it in fresh water that would be OK, but in salt water it will show rust sooner that you can imagine.

    The tank with the original box is also a somewhat desirable collectors item. Don't expect that is worth a lot of money, but in that pristine condition there is probably a collector out there that would offer you some money.

    Good luck

    I am in southern Maine. Let me know if I can help you. In the mean time you should join our dive club (Maine-iacs), we meet the second Tuesday of every month at the South Portland Sea Dog Brewing Co. at 6 PM. You can check us out in Facebook.
  7. Sam Miller III

    Sam Miller III Scuba Legend Scuba Legend

    # of Dives: 5,000 - ∞
    Location: CALIFORNIA: Where recreational diving began!
    This total unit is pristine factory fresh and should be preserved - do not attempt to dive it or upgrade or in any way modify it
    I would suggest that it be made available to very serious collectors- as a diving collectable

    There are very few collectors on this board, but a number on Vintage Scuba Supply and Historical Diving society.
    I would suggest that you place advertisements with both organizations.

    The baked enamel was a economical method of SCUBA tank coating created during the time that John Culley was the US Diver sales manger in 1959-60 for the then mass market . It is certainly not a durable as galvanized be careful not to scratch it or in any way disturb the finish

    In the event you are interested in selling the two ancillary pamphlets I would be interested- please PM me

    Good luck !

    Sam Miller, 111
  8. happy-diver

    happy-diver Skindiver Just feelin it

    # of Dives: 2,500 - 4,999
    Location: same ocean as you
    Yes preserve everything, and don't let any experts mess with your stuff.

    Also find out a bit of history about your friends father perhaps papers or
    a certificate with regards to provenance and you must keep the manual
    and the catalogue as the complete authentic original historical package.

    You have been shone upon

    The father may be a local diving identity and would reveal a history which
    perhaps the daughter, remaining family do not remember or did not know....

    Never ever take it to a dive shop nor leave it anywhere for an appraisal
    AfterDark, dead dog and Bob DBF like this.
  9. captain

    captain Captain

    Outstanding find.
  10. Thaddeus S.Komorowski

    Thaddeus S.Komorowski Garibaldi

    # of Dives: 25 - 49
    Location: Pittsburg Pennsylvania

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