A-40 US 500

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A-40 US 500

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Over a year ago, I picked up a parts lot from Moses, a fellow CCF member. At the time I needed 242 and 200 parts. There were other parts such as: funnels, vents, a reflector, and a B-47 500 fount with lighter valve and collar. I built a 242 from the parts and later converted it to kerosene, but kept coming back to the 500’s fount. I was fascinated by it. I wanted to make it whole again. I scoured the classifieds and the auction site hoping to find parts. I didn’t get the needed parts, but found a later model 500, I think from the late 1950s. My first 500 was Coleman green and in rough shape. I re painted and refurbished it, but I still couldn’t shake the need to finish the fount that Moses sent me. I really wanted an early model from the 1940s.
Late last year another member had a B-47 500 for sale and I bought it. The fount valve and collar from the original parts lot were in better condition than the stove that I bought, so I cleaned and swapped the parts and reassembled them making a complete stove. I finally had a fully functional early 500 big single that was period correct.
Since then I’ve found three more. Normally, the burners, burner pans, and grates are in bad shape. Usually I paint these with VHT high heat paint, and this brings me to the reason for sharing this with you. Last month, I found a A-1940 500 in good shape. In fact, it was almost rust free. Minor surface rust with a small amount of pitting on the pan and fount’s interior had a small rust spot or two. The pump worked from the first stroke and the cap gasket held pressure. I added fuel and it fired right up.
It was dissembled and completely cleaned. After the cleaning I finally realized its minty condition. I couldn’t bring myself to paint anything on the stove. So I polished it the best I could and reassembled it with it’s original fasteners.
For now, I think I have scratched the big single itch. I have one more on the bench. It will be my last 500.
I apologize for the thread being wordy and photo heavy.
Thanks for looking.

A-40 500 as found
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After cleaning
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That is a great example. Good job cleaning it up. The 500’s are nice looking stoves.
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No need to "Apologize for the thread being wordy and photo heavy" Dan. Your story explains superbly what you went through in your restoration and your pictures show the fantastic accomplishment. Your story, pics and your fine 500 are worthy of a blue ribbon award. Thanks for sharing a job well done Dan!
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Beautiful early example!
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She's shining! Thanks for sharing Dan.
I've recently fallen for the 500's myself. :)
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That's a beauty, Dan.
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Silverlight wrote: Thu Jul 04, 2024 11:15 pm That is a great example. Good job cleaning it up. The 500’s are nice looking stoves.


Thank you for your compliment. It is appreciated.
Thanks,
Dan

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Sierra_Roadrunner wrote: Fri Jul 05, 2024 12:22 am No need to "Apologize for the thread being wordy and photo heavy" Dan. Your story explains superbly what you went through in your restoration and your pictures show the fantastic accomplishment. Your story, pics and your fine 500 are worthy of a blue ribbon award. Thanks for sharing a job well done Dan!

Thanks Joe, for your kind thoughts. You’re making me feel better about what I considered bloviated ramblings.
Thanks,
Dan

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Toby wrote: Fri Jul 05, 2024 12:43 am Beautiful early example!

Thank you Toby. It was rewarding to find one that was kinda unmolested. Is their room for another 500 in the gallery? I’m not sure when Coleman US started production of the 500 series, but think the A-40 is an early one.
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Dan

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Cody and Jack, I thank you both for your kind words. It is the first time for me, that all I had to do to fire it was put fuel in it. It usually takes a little fettling to get something going when I get a GPA.
Cody, I highly recommend the 500. It doesn’t disappoint.
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Dan

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Nice find and save Dan!
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Old Cat wrote: Fri Jul 05, 2024 1:39 am
Toby wrote: Fri Jul 05, 2024 12:43 am Beautiful early example!

Thank you Toby. It was rewarding to find one that was kinda unmolested. Is their room for another 500 in the gallery? I’m not sure when Coleman US started production of the 500 series, but think the A-40 is an early one.
Plenty of room. If I remember correctly A-40 is as early as the US 500's get.
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Beautiful one! I love the nickel 500's.
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That is a beauty Dan!
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outlawmws wrote: Fri Jul 05, 2024 1:56 am Nice find and save Dan!

Outlaw, thank you for the kind words. They are appreciated.
Thanks,
Dan

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Kgam1020 wrote: Fri Jul 05, 2024 1:01 pm Beautiful one! I love the nickel 500's.

Thank you, Ken. The nickel 500s are great stoves, I find them fascinating, especially the BTU output. Not sure, but think the generator is the same diameter as a 425 double burner.
Thanks,
Dan

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oldfox66 wrote: Fri Jul 05, 2024 1:42 pm That is a beauty Dan!

Thanks, Brian. Since it is from Coleman’s first US production run, It will go on the display shelf.
Thanks,
Dan

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Congratulations, that's a beautiful stove.
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Thanks, Jim. Your comments are much appreciated. It was a fun project.
Thanks,
Dan

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