Akron Diamond Milspec

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  1. Sellig33

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    Pick up on ebay last week, globe is missing.
    The cap fixing screw is also missing, who have one ?
    I've a problem with the fill cap, it turn with his tube ??
    Who have an explode view of the tank ?

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    These are identical to the Coleman 252 in many, many ways. The cap will come off just put some WD40 or something similar on the cap and let it soak. It should screw off. It's probably too tight to remove by hand so take pliers and loosen it. Just use something to protect the cap from the pliers (us some tape or leather) when you start to twist it off.;)
     
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    That is a lovely find, you must be pleased with her.
     
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    Congratulations on getting an Akron Milspec, it’s a very nice find.
    It looks like it’ll clean up well, it’s a good project.
    Looking forward to seeing the money shot.
    Cheers
    Pete
     
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    Happy fettling!:thumbup:
     
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    Finally i've remove the fill cap, with WD40 oil and a blowlamp. Thank's @george :thumbup:
    It was the joint that was glued, very hard !!! What type of joint should I mount? Flat or O-ring?
    Thank's for your replies !

    I also found a Coleman Milspec yesterday on a French online sales site :D/
     
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    OCP carries the proper fuel cap gasket for your Akron. It is a flat gasket.
     
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    The globe should be a single-piece instead of the later quad-glass.
    You could make the fuel cap gasket from sheet of Viton and some basic hole punchers if you couldn't buy it.
     
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    I don't really have the exploded view of the Akron but here's something that might give you an idea:
     

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    @Sellig33 flat, not o-ring. Have to be honest, I'm not completely sure what you mean by "type of joint"... No o-rings were used on this lantern that I'm aware of. All the gaskets/seals were flat.
    Nice find. Should clean up a treat!
    :D/
     
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    On left Akron, and right Coleman
     
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    @MYN Thank you for the instructions, they are useful.
     
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    Here's another instruction but without the cross section of the Coleman 252.
    Courtesy of Old Town Coleman:
     

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    @MYN thank you for taking the time to find these and post them, they are both interesting and useful. I have a Coleman 252 Milspec dated 1944, which is pretty much the lantern shown in the bulletin. It is great to see examples of the original historical documentation. Thanks, Alex
     
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    The bulletin was dated 1945. The illustrated lantern still has the single-piece glass globe.
    And, a parts storage well incorporated too.
    The earlier ones might not have the parts well.
     
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    One question, do i find a glass globe or make a mica globe for this lamp ?
     
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    Well, you can have both. I've not come across any milspecs with mica globes though.
     
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    @Sellig33 Glass, I've not seen any with anything else. A Coleman 220/228 globe fits.
     
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    It seems to me that @Mackburner presented some with a mica globe !
    I can't find his post. He presented 2 lamps.
     
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    No Mil Spec lantern, Akron, Coleman, or Aladdin used mica globes. Either cylinder or quad glass. If mica globes for these lanterns existed I must admit I have never seen one. :mrgreen::-k
     
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    If you'd like to keep it as a rugged user, a mica globe is not a bad idea.
    In line with the character of most things 'military',:---'anything that comes in handy under adverse conditions'.
     
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    @Sellig33 I see those with mica globes but I'm still not convinced these US Mil Spec came with those globes as standard equipment. All instructions I've seen indicated glass. I could be wrong but I have seen NOS lanterns and none came with mica globes. All instructions also state glass globes. If any civilian lanterns were converted for military use they probably were not identified as 252 models, thus in my opinion do not qualify as "Mil Spec" lanterns. Like I said, I'm willing to be corrected.
     
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    Thanks @george , i'll purchase glass globes on OCP !!!
    And I saw that Mike had Hipolito globes !! I need 2 or 3 ones.
     
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    @Sellig33 Sounds good to me. I've been known to be wrong more than I'm right!:-s Just watch, someone will come along with something else, but that's what makes this site so great, you're always learning something new!:D/
     
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    I rebuilt a threaded rod to hold the hood
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    That looks a good job. She is coming along nicely.
     

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