Footpumps – All You Need to Know

Book Review – Vintage British Foot Pumps 1900 – 1950 by Gordon Edwards

These days onboard 12v compressors seem to be in vogue for trials cars but most of us still have a foot pump somewhere in our garage even if we don’t use it while on a trial.

I stumbled upon this book while trying to source a washer for my Kismet Lorry Foot Pump. Googling came up with a site called which proved a mine of information.

I soon discovered that webmaster Gordon Edwards had written a book all about his favourite subject and me being me I had to have one.

It arrived today and there are 153 pages packed with information. Not just the popular models from Dunlop and Kismet but many others I have never heard of.

The book covers the development and operating principles of all the pumps you are likely to find at an auto jumble. It also explains all about one, two and even three stage designs and how they work.

I discovered lots of useful technical information such as you should never use engine oil to lubricate a leather pumps washer as it will make it rot. Better to raid the kitchen for cooking oil.

The book is a mine of technical information and tips, including how to make your own leather washers.

All in all a great addition to the motoring library. I bought mine direct from the author. Details are on

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