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Question, vintage LP72 tank

Discussion in 'Vintage Equipment Diving' started by rnln, Feb 3, 2020.

  1. couv

    couv Instructor, Scuba

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    That's about what I was thinking-providing there is a galvanized coating under the yellow polyurethane coating. One chance a buyer would be taking is the inside might also have a coating and I'm not too fond of that.
    @simonbeans might be interested in the back pack.

    The most value the OP will get out of the tank is to have it inspected, re-certified, and dive it. For regular single tank dives-especially shore dives-the good old 72 is still my favorite.
     
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  2. Luis H

    Luis H Instructor, Scuba

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    That tank is not galvanized. There is some rust spots anywhere that the paint has a scratch or the paint has been compromised in any way.
     
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  3. rjack321

    rjack321 Captain

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    Around here, that tank (out of hydro) with a J valve is worth at most $10. In hydro maybe $15-20 - and the hydro alone will cost you more than $20. It has no vintage value here in the Seattle/Puget Sound area
    You could try ebay, the prices people sometimes pay there shock me.

    The last time I bought a 72, I bought 5 of them all out of hydro but no valves for $25. They were all galvanized and unlined (yours isn't galvanized but might be epoxy lined). I had them hydroed, stripped some nasty vinyl off one, sold 2 as doubles, kept 2 as sidemount tanks, and kept the last one for no reason other than it wouldn't sell at $50 which really only covered the new valve I put into it but not the hydro.
     
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  4. simonbeans

    simonbeans Barracuda

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    NO, simonbeans at vintagescubstuff.com would NOT be interested in the back pack. I call those "blown" backpacks as they are hollow. Thousands were around in the 1970s and very little interest today.
     
  5. happy-diver

    happy-diver Skindiver Just feelin it

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    Which I find sort of well stupefying, as when you fill them with lead shot, bolt on a Pennington 18
    and add some other accoutrements they make for a compact rig that dives horizontally sans belt

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    NO weight belt or just a tiny one

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    or no wing diving with or without a Fenzy

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    There goes a little pony


    Diving It Magnificently!
     
  6. couv

    couv Instructor, Scuba

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    Sorry about that. In the original post with the tank turned around, I thought the back back was a Voit style you were seeking.

    Holy crap @happy-diver ; how heavy does that make the back pack?
     
  7. jale

    jale Barracuda

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    Keep it, hydro it and have fun :)
    Doesn't take much space and you will be happy to have it for your local dives :)
     
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  8. Eric Sedletzky

    Eric Sedletzky Great White

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    I’ve been given several of those tanks in the past. One thing I can say is I’ve never had to deal with one that had an internal liner, thank god!
    I was given one once that was painted and had an extraordinary amount of external rust pitting down around the boot area. I sand blasted it to clean steel then sprayed on an epoxy DTM primer followed by a polyurethane topcoat. The inside was actually quite pristine. I took it to hydro and it passed!
    It was a 1/2” pipe thread tank dated 1959. I dived it a few times then sold it for $50. Not the smartest business decision on my part if looking at it that way, but I did save a tank, gave the hydro shop and paint supplier some business, and made another diver happy.
     
  9. rnln

    rnln Nassau Grouper

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    Thanks everyone for your opinions. Another decision question, if you are given between this LP72 and an AL80 in current hydro (fairly new), which would you choose?
    Thanks again.
     
  10. lowviz

    lowviz Solo Diver ScubaBoard Supporter

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    Any chance you can post pics of all the neck stampings on the AL80?
     

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