1937 TILLEY SEARCHLIGHT SL1

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  1. pete sav

    pete sav Founder Member

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    Tilley searchlight projector this ones dates to around 1937 i think as it uses the same small bore pump as did that years FL6 new model then.
    The lamp has a concave mirror in the back to focus the beam from a flood to spot by moving it towards and away from the mantle. This model has the moving mirror some have a fixed mirror version of this too.

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  2. Carlsson

    Carlsson Sweden Admin/Founder Member

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    That tank looks like the regular FL6, and if that in fact is the same... well then the searchlight housing itself must be a giant!

    How large is it? The reflector and it's housing, I mean.
     
  3. pete sav

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    The tank is the standard shape as in the FL6 but the fuel pickup is slightly different, the pump on these is on the front and the housing is 14inches diameter and 15 inches back to front so is a big lump really but nice :content:
     
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    Now, that is big!

    But the fact that the pump is mounted in the front of the fount of these intrigues me more...
    We have a batch of FL6 here in Sweden with the pump in the front, and the fact that there actually was some other projectors made with that from the start makes it easier to understand why Tilley could provide a single customer (In this case: Statens vattenfallsverk) with a presumeably special delivery of FL6's, more easy to understand.
     
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    It is unusual having a pump at the front on the FL6 searchlights have always been like that tho but someone may know different? It is actually better pumping from the front as you can see when its going right not leaning over the lamp to see the mantle.
    Those fl6s you speak of must have been made to be like that as you cannot mount the tilt bracket the other way round and put the tank wrong way round so to speak
     
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    Yes, they were specifically made this way.
    Just as you say, it's not possible to rotate the tank 180 degrees since the pickup tube and other stuff are a tad bit off centre.

    I will post this FL6 tomorrow, and explain why they (probably) wanted the pump in the front.
     
  7. David Shouksmith

    David Shouksmith United Kingdom Founder Member

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    Aren't they the grey-painted ones with the chunky tubular frame that surrounds the tank at the back and sides? Consequently only the front is readily accessible for pumping...
     

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