1930 Primus 1001

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  1. Rangie

    Rangie United States Subscriber

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    A 1930 U30 Primus 1001
    All Nickle-Plated Hood, Solid Control Cock, Gauze Burner, so its on the early side of the 1930 "transition" year.

    Running lovely! :D/
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    This lamp was in a horrible, rusty seized condition but has cleaned up to a very acceptable standard!

    The fount has lost most of its nickle, the resulting surface being like the surface of the moon. It had a session of autosol and wire wool to remove the corrosion and a light polish to preserve the surface.
    The only proper way to do it would be to strip the nickle off completely and have it re-plated or polished brass. The overall condition however didn't lend itself to such extravagance...:whistle:
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    The cage and collar were rusty under a layer of silver spray-paint. They went in the electrolysis tank to remove the rust and paint. Traces of the original (tinned?) coating remain here and there, quite a lot on the collar. It was a toss-up between VHT silver or VHT clear-coat, I went with clear-coat as it matched the overall patina.
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    The hood was a blackened mess, it was lightly boiled for a while in a tartaric acid solution to remove the bulk of the filth and then given a light polish to protect it.

    The spindle was seized and the pricker rod missing, it was gently coaxed/lapped out and the shaft cleaned/straightened. I managed to source a pricker rod.
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    The burner was full of spider carcasses and the gas mixing dome missing. An email to Fogas later and a mixing dome, nipple and cleaning needles were on their way. The threads on the spigot for the mixing dome are quite worn/burnt so I gave them a wipe with exhaust paste on assembly, seems to have sealed it all nicely.
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    I assembled it and gave it a test fire to make sure everything was OK.
    That bloody mantle was a swine to fit, what a pig of an idea :lol:
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    I got globes which appear to be 130x130mm, advertised to fit 1001/1050 lanterns but it is a very sloppy fit in this cage. I lan to get a couple of Mica ones made up slightly larger to suit it.

    Alec.
     
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  2. JEFF JOHNSON

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    Well fettled.:thumbup::thumbup:
     
  3. Rangie

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    @spiritburner I'm not sure why the burner image has popped up as the main image, I hoped the running one would? :doh:

    Alec.
     
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    A lot of work and I would be pleased to have something as nice as that

    I like the steel work finish!
     
  5. Tony Press

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    Nice work, @Rangie.

    I always set the main image by loading it first, and clicking “full size”, then loading the rest of the images.

    Cheers

    Tony
     
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    A job well jobbed - and it wears its age well !
     
  7. Rangie

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    That usually works, yes.
    Alec.
     
  8. Jacques Van Der Rijst South Africa

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    Hi Alec,

    I have one in more or less the same condition. Well done on your fettle she certainly looks nice!

    Cheers

    Jacques
     

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