I have found long tubes and short tubes that come on burners marked 5127 as well as on unmarked or marked with a single 8. Some assemblies have more nickel plating than others. I believe these are earlier. I also have a NOS burner with no marking. Neither of the lamp burners have nickel plating at all.
The little Tee shirt plate is different early from late. Early ones have full arms; late ones have one arm smaller. early is on the right
The fuel pickup tubes have differences. I believe the early tips were flat unmarked, and the later are P tips. One of the tip covers is noticeably longer than the others, with a knurled end. The NOS one is on the right with a nickel plated P tip and sporting a 220B fuel screen.
There are differences in the vent nuts: The early ones have much deeper vertical lines. The two on the left are NOS. The earliest is on the right. The top one must have been a replacement.
And the fill caps are interesting, notice the vent hole in the wing.
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What I find interesting is that Coleman publicly blamed the failures of the Slant on the performance of the T-88 generator with poor quality gasoline when the range of design changes to the fuel pickup shows they clearly realized the orifice metered fuel system was problematic.
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