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What tanks are these?

Discussion in 'Vintage Equipment Diving' started by Ghetto Diver, Oct 23, 2019.

  1. TN Traveler

    TN Traveler Loggerhead Turtle

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Knoxville, TN; St Croix, USVI
    Born in the 1940's - I am Vintage but NOT OLD!!!:):)
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  2. Sam Miller III

    Sam Miller III Scuba Legend Scuba Legend

    # of Dives: 5,000 - ∞
    Location: CALIFORNIA: Where recreational diving began!
    @Luis H

    Recall the US Navy anti mag regulators ?
    Recall the exact copy of the US Divers double hose made under contract to Bio marine?
    Produced after your established cut off date

    I recall in 1969 I was voted the "Outstanding UW instructor of the Year" by LA Co UIA . I was presented with a full complement of dive equipment by all the then manufactures. US Divers presented me with a gold plated US Divers 2 hose regulator with my name engraved on it . I recall some stating that it was a cheap gift since the double hose was already a regulator of the past
    But still being marketed

    I seem to recall but have not verified that the Spanish Nemrod (Seamless rubber Company) marketed a well made but poorly received double hose regulator well into the 1980s-- where does it fit in the big picture ?
    Produced after your established cut off date

    So I am, as normal, a little confused as to just what and when is a regulator vintage ?

    Perhaps you can clarify ?

    Thank You in advance
    Sam Miller, III
  3. Luis H

    Luis H Instructor, Scuba

    # of Dives: I'm a Fish!
    Location: Maine
    I always find these discussions about vintage dates amusing and a bit silly. It is all an arbitrary opinion and as we all know, we all have an opinion.

    If you notice I only stated facts that can be verified with the documents I already quoted. I actually did not express any opinions of any kind. I was just correcting the dates of the Royal Aqua Master based on catalogs and personal observation.

    I don’t have an opinion of what qualifies as vintage, but I do think that it can make for an entertaining debate. :popcorn:

    Yes, the Nemrod Snark III was around much later than most other DH regulators. I have read that they were actually around into the early 90’s, but I don’t have an easy way to verify that.

    There are Navy training videos in YouTube showing sea team members training with Snark III and those probably date past 2000.

    The Mentor came out around 2005, but that was not available to the public.
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  4. Flmedic89

    Flmedic89 Nassau Grouper

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Ft Myers fl
    Haha forget the debate...who knows anything about these damn tanks?
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  5. ofg-1

    ofg-1 Course Director

    My best guess is a aviation O2 tank. Made in various sizes for different aircraft.

    OH, and a '75 Cosworth Vega is a vintage classic car.
  6. Sam Miller III

    Sam Miller III Scuba Legend Scuba Legend

    # of Dives: 5,000 - ∞
    Location: CALIFORNIA: Where recreational diving began!
    I had -- still own but not in my possession -three of the tanks which were O2 tanks
    I made a back plate copied after the now defunct Sea Craft Co of Beverly Mass which was in turn copied by VDH as a modern version of the Sea Craft .
    I then made a set of triples which my growing monster son used for a numver of years.
    The late Nic Icorn wanted to use it as part of his vintage display so I loaned it to him- he passed away,. His daughter Tina immediately sold his (and my ) collection to a NW collector-- where it now resides

    So the tanks are aircraft origin and very adaptable to children's diving activities -- but they are 1/2 pipe thread -- becoming phased out and often refused to be filled by some LDSs
    Luis H

    Your explanation -- Is ? I guess vintage is what you want it to be ??
    I am still confused

    FYI - In the mid 1980s I acquired all of BUDS Coronado double hose items - regulators - hoses - mouth pieces and supplies .. USD Royal AM, Nemrod Snarks etc.. gave a lot a way but still have my dive locker jammed full

    Recall the US Diver cans you needed for one of VDH regulators ? I sent you two sets at my expense. (thank you)


    PS whatever happened to the very strong VDS supporter from Kansas with the avatar "Nimrod?"
  7. Luis H

    Luis H Instructor, Scuba

    # of Dives: I'm a Fish!
    Location: Maine

    Sam, your post startled me. Yes, I do remember the set of cans. I wanted to buy them for a personal project (and pay for the cans and the shipping) , nothing to do with VDH. You were very kind and would not take any money, insisting they were a gift. I replied thanking you very much. I had the cans re-chromed and they are part of one of my Phoenix regulators.

    Maybe you still have the emails we exchanged? They would be dated 12/4/12 – 12/11/12. Years ago, and your post had me questioning my recollection of events. Fortunately, I did keep our emails and will share them if it would help to refresh your memory. I would have paid back then and would gladly pay you now. In either case, thank you kindly once again.

    Nemrod is doing well. I will see him soon in Cozumel.
  8. W W Meixner

    W W Meixner Banned ScubaBoard Supporter

    SRP was a testing/certification process...of which there are many numbers and categories (Sumitomo Recommended Procedure)...low pressure...2250 PSI...and...seeing that it's almost 2020...in three years...they'll be 50 years old...combine that with a tapered thread...

    That's all I need to know...to walk away...just me...proceed as you see fit...

    Hardly worth the cost to re-hydro/properly clean/VIP/O2 clean/re-finish...not to mention the fact that you're dealing with old valves as well...which some shops may not want to fill...you also need to ensure that the DOT permit number is still valid...47 year old cylinders...

  9. abnfrog

    abnfrog Tech Instructor

    # of Dives: 2,500 - 4,999
    Location: great white north
    Sam I was visiting Coronado nswc in the 90s and was surprised at all the nemrods they had and used........ even took pictures with my buddy (an sf sgt who was seconded for a few years there as CDO) ....and I had 7 v8 vegas in the 70s-80s I loved those POS love to own one again !!!!!!
  10. Ghetto Diver

    Ghetto Diver Solo Diver

    # of Dives: I just don't log dives
    Location: Beerfield Beach, FL
    Seems that a lot of threads should be booted from this sub-forum as defined by some.
    Meh, no care.

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