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argentcorvid
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Lunchtime hunch find

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You ever get the feeling that you should go check out a particular location?

I did today over lunchtime. There's a charity shop a block away from work that I duck into from time to time, and I got the feeling that I should go check it out today:

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The valve stem, filler cap, air cap, and vent nut are all frozen, but the generator lever still spins.

I think I did pretty good for $8!
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My best ones were 8 bucks. Nice find
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$8 is Flash approved. Great score!
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Wow. You clearly have a sixth sense for these things. Great find!
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Maybe I should swing by the thrift store down the road on the way home tonight!

Just the right amount of patina on that one.
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How were you able to upload such large images? I checked one because they are so slow to load, and the one I checked was 2.7MB! The limit is supposed to be around 200kb.
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That is a nice 8$ score!
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JimL wrote: Thu Sep 15, 2022 8:25 pm How were you able to upload such large images? I checked one because they are so slow to load, and the one I checked was 2.7MB! The limit is supposed to be around 200kb.
I used imgur to upload, and they are just linked. I thought they resized images automatically, but maybe that changed.
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Great score, ac!

So, you acted on a hunch, during lunch, and didn't spend a bunch.
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Used my lunch today to take it apart and get it a little cleaner.

The top of the fount was coated in black stuff. I assume its fuel (kerosene?) that has leaked out of the generator connection (also covered in black nasty stuff) or the valve stem, and the reason it was put up. the stem nut was really tight but I got it out. dumped quite a bit of dry flaky rust out of the fount after pulling the valve. Most of the parts are currently having a bath (other than the valve and generator) in the parts washer.
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Nice!

Someone has been listening to us talk about eight dollar lanterns!
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That's a great score for price of a value meal. Hope it cleans up nicely. Looks like it should.
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The parts washer solvent, which I understand is mineral spirits, barely touched the varnish on the fount, even over several hours. worked ok on the filler cap and valve body though.

Tried a little GooGone this morning just to see if it worked, and made only a little progress.

Best results so far from Isopropyl Alcohol, poured on and then covered with a saturated shop towel and wrapped up in a garbage bag.

next thing will be to set up an E-tank to unrust the frame and globe and also see if I can clean up the generator.
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Corvid--Just 'cause you sound a little confused, that's a 327 and runs on CF, NOT kerosene. Before WWII, what we call CF was called gasoline and could be used for your camping/work GPAs, your car or truck, boat and your airplane!

High-compression engines doomed white gas sometime in the '50s. Coleman started packaging it as Camp Fuel around then, as did several other makers/marketers. White gas was still available at the pump at a few stations in my area well into the '70s.

Your 327 has no "instant lite" circuit, so the generator must be pre-heated before lighting.
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If it's the fount you are struggling with, use the "Stinky" oven cleaner. It has lye and will cut it, (the low odor is useless) _ Wear gloves, safety glasses and clothes you don;t care about...)
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GREAT score. Makes my recent great find …a 20 buck Sears black and red … seem not as great…

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Gunhippie wrote: Mon Sep 19, 2022 5:44 pm Corvid--Just 'cause you sound a little confused, that's a 327 and runs on CF, NOT kerosene. Before WWII, what we call CF was called gasoline and could be used for your camping/work GPAs, your car or truck, boat and your airplane!

High-compression engines doomed white gas sometime in the '50s. Coleman started packaging it as Camp Fuel around then, as did several other makers/marketers. White gas was still available at the pump at a few stations in my area well into the '70s.

Your 327 has no "instant lite" circuit, so the generator must be pre-heated before lighting.
no, I understand its a gasoline/CF lantern. I was just very surprised by how much hard black crud is all over it. I was wondering if the last user of it was trying to run it on kero. I'm pretty sure now that it was just pump gas (after re-liquification the smell reminds me of an old boat).

Alcohol is working fine for removing the gunk off the fount.
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Sticking with the lunchtime theme, yesterday I did some pressure testing (around 35 psi) with soap solution on the valve, generator and fount.

I also repacked the valve stem with graphite ribbon.

The generator connection is leaky, just like I thought. I did already try annealing
the flare, but it didn't help. Looks like the fix is to make a small gasket out of lead?

More concerning though, is that there was a tiny, tiny leak at the joint between the fount and the bung for the valve. It is right next to a glob of what I assume is solder. Do I just need to put a little flux on and point a torch at it?

I'm glad I have the tools to test this out, I wouldn't want any amount of gasoline vapor coming out of there and starting on fire!

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These hex bungs are notorious for leaking... Solder is the best fix... Obviously you will want no fuel vapors or pressure in the fount when the repair is made. Clean clean and flux well.
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outlawmws wrote: Mon Sep 19, 2022 5:50 pm If it's the fount you are struggling with, use the "Stinky" oven cleaner. It has lye and will cut it, (the low odor is useless) _ Wear gloves, safety glasses and clothes you don;t care about...)
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