1946 - Primus 1020, nickelplated top

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  1. Carlsson

    Carlsson Sweden Admin/Founder Member

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    A Primus 1020 from 1946 (AK16) with the rarer, optional, nickel plated hood.

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    The burner in a sort of exploded view:

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    Cleaning needle manoeuvring. Rack and pinion style, including the assembled box:

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    The hood on this period has three separate parts (screw and nut excluded), and the cone inside is screwed in place. Unfortunately the top part of the hood was badly burnt on this one, and practically all nickel was long gone as I found out when I gently cleaned the parts:

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    Spirit cup with the riveted shield:

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    The air intake from above without the vaporiser and airtube attached:

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    Here's the easiest way to clean out these simple, straight vaporisers.
    Gun brushes are excellent for that job. I use my discarded calibre .30 brushes on the 1020 series of burners, and they are perfect.
    Here's a rod inside the vaporiser with a soft brush mounted just to show how well it fit. Below that is a picture of a .30-06 cartridge placed with the tip of the bullet inside the vapo for reference.
    A you can see, the brushes has a tight fit, which mean that they do a good job in grinding that old muck away:

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  2. Conny C

    Conny C Sweden Subscriber

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    Hi Christer,

    It’s a very nice condition on that Primus 1020. Without the “green top” it looks more continental, nearly not Primus at all. A lot of nice shots of the lantern on the soft green background that is your trade mark. I would have used that myself if it wasn’t yours; gives a good contrast in the image. Btw. nice “shot” on your last image ;) .

    /Conny
     
  3. Nils Stephenson

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    Nice photos Christer (as usual :) ). To me the nickel top on a 1020 (and 991 for that matter) looks a bit wrong. They're more practical but I just expect a 1020 to have a green top. :)

    I'll have to go and measure the bore of a 1020 vaporiser again. I had it in my head that they were 8mm, but that should be slightly larger than a 30-06.
     
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    Carlsson Sweden Admin/Founder Member

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    Thanks Nils and Conny!

    I think your mind is playing tricks with you, Nils. The bore of the 1020 vaporiser is just a bit over 6.5 mm.
    I guess I could use a 6.5 brush too, but the larger 7.62 one does the job better.

    In general I prefer lanterns that is all nickel plated, including the hood, but a Primus shall have a green top. I agree with both of you there.
    That's just the way it shall be. :lol:
     
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    Carlsson Sweden Admin/Founder Member

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    The lantern is of course performing excellent.
    What else to expect from a Primus?

    I tied a 500CP Lancaster mantle on it. That is a good size to use on any Swedish 300CP lantern.
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    First preheating just after pre-burning the mantle to show the shrinkage from above:
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    Next to the freshly shot Christmas tree (I take our Christmas trees down with a shot gun. It's much quicker than an axe or a saw. And of course much funnier... :whistle: ).
    The Spartan look of the tree is actually still normal up here since we haven't yet fully adopted the American way of totally covering (and hiding) the tree in decorations. ;)
    Mind you that the good old Osram Christmas strand, here of course overtaken by the brightness of the Primus, is almost as old as the lantern itself!
    It is from the fifties, and still going strong even if most of the lamps of course is changed.
    Good quality is always good quality, regardless if it's Primus or Osram...
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  6. Claus C

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    Jesus Christer, I couldnt even think that way but I also just have a rifle. I had to read it twice.

    The Primus looks as bright as Peppermint in lightform. :thumbup:

    Merry christmas

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  7. Conny C

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    Hi Christer,

    You should have used the 30-06 gun and the cartridge shown above when "booming" your tree down; more fair to the tree of winning the fight. 30-06 was my late fathers favorite gun when hunting.

    /Conny
     
  8. joakim.stromberg

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    Great post
    Just two questions, how common were the nickel plated 991/1020, I don't remember me seeing any 991 without the green top. Even the 1020 must be rare?

    30.06 ammo , is it the same thing as 0,3006 inch wide?

    Med vänlig hälsning
    Joakim
     
  9. Carlsson

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    Close, but not exactly like that. The calibre is as you say 0.30 inch. Same as the more common .308 Nato we all know from the Swedish AK4 many of us had to carry around whether we liked it or not when we did our service.

    The .30-06 is of course also 0.30 in actual calibre but the "06" afterwards actually means that it's a larger cartridge in that very calibre developed in the year of 1906 for the American army.
    The .30-06 is probably one of the most common cartridge used in Sweden, possibly challenged with the obvious well-known domestic ones in calibre 6.5 and 9.3 (but then in modern mm's, placing the common .30 with its 7.62 mm. somewhere in between speaking only about the diameter of the bullet.)
     
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  10. Nils Stephenson

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    The nickel plated top for the 1020 is not what I would call rare, but it is certainly not very common. Off the top of my head I can think of about 10 at the moment. The 991 top is not as common, but does turn up. So far I have only seen the 1020 top mentioned in a catalogue as an accessory but I haven't seen the 991 top mentioned anywhere.
     
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