Aussie 1st timer fettling ever Tilley 246B

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  1. GraemeW Australia

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    Hello everyone,
    Found the forum when searching for information on the Tilley I have inherited.
    Thanks to you guys I have worked out its a Tilley 246B made in Jan 1965 ?
    The base has a few little dents and very pitted through the plating.
    I am hoping to polish it and get running.
    As you can see the glass will need replacing.
    I am in Perth West Australia .
    I havent tried to fire it up yet. old tilley.JPG tilley name.JPG date.JPG shroud.JPG tilley name.JPG
     
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    Welcome, Graeme.

    Cheers

    Tony
     
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    Hello Graeme,

    Welkome to this site; indeed you have a X246B model. Irrespective of its experienced condition - which to me makes it more interesting especially if it had a known provenance - just give it a simpele clean and bring it back to working condition, with of without readilygiven advice from members when asked. Especially if this lamp belonged to someone dear to you it should be a special excersise: enjoy! Regards, Mike
     
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    By the way, I writer the earlier massage in a new for me smartphone that annoyingly had Android by Google on it. Limited to correct, it is plastering nu text with dutch wording, Channing almost Evert third word I submit as you van are. Alsof with English 'suggestions' I vind this more than frustrating: please van someone advice me on hoe to turn this wretched autisme off? Mike
     
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    Mike, extremely annoying for you I’m sure and I’m the last person who could help you but thank you for giving me a good laugh when I read your second message. I really did LOL!
     
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    Hi Graeme and welcome along.
     
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    @Jean J
    You are most welkome if this is how it worked for you Jean! And it is my turn to thank you for making me smile at your reaction; takes the edge of annoyance and this rudeness. Still, I wonder if I have signed consent somewhere for this disturbance of and meddling with my private conversation. Unless this site is an exception where Google gets a free hand to molest my English.
    Oh yes, this typed out at home on the 'puter!
     
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    Welcome aboard!:thumbup:
     
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    @GraemeW welcome to CPL.
    The 246b had two different types of seals in the non return valves (NRV). With a 1965 date it could be either. I would suggest before ordering seals, unscrew the NRV on the bottom of the pump and check if the seal is the earlier style, flat with a brass holder or the later one piece squared block (no brass holder). The other valve is located on the bottom of the control cock. All other seals are the same.
     
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    Welcome @GraemeW from Toowoomba Queensland. I’m looking forward to seeing your pictures of the first light up of your X246B
    Enjoy the restoration
    Pete
     
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    @GraemeW, I thought I was the only person in Perth who “wastes” time on Tilleys? :lol:

    Welcome.
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    G'day GraemeW

    I recently overhauled a 1970's X246B that was in worse condition than yours.

    for all the chrome I used Autosol marine grade chrome polish and was amazed at how well it all came up. areas that I thought were pitted through the chrome actually polished up very well including the frame. just goes to show how good British chrome was back in the day.
    plus, resealed it with a seal kit and it now holds pressure well.

    I'm now just sorting out some problems with the burner which is, well, burnt out.

    Tilley must have made millions of these, they seem to be in every rural farm shed, etc all over the place.
     
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    Thanks everyone

    @JohnL any tips where to explore for parts in Perth ?
     
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    @GraemeW, unfortunately, people in Perth think that Tilley x246b’s are worth their weight in gold. Consequently all the usual places are full of overpriced examples, including parts. I am waiting for the sun to shine again and Covid to calm down so we can haggle at swap meets, that sort of thing. Maybe you get lucky at a garage sale.
    I’m not a fan of them, so if I see anything I’ll let you know.
     
  15. GraemeW Australia

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    Well the washer kit is ordered ( thank you @fettlebox )
    And the polishing is completed. tilley polished.JPG
     
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    looks fantastic. good job
     
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    What a transformation ! - have you found a pre-heater torch for it yet ?
     
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    It's cleaned up nicely. :thumbup::thumbup:
     
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    Ty for compliments
    It came with what I assume is the old pre-heater torch , that I now have soaking in a jar of metho ready for the big day
     
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    dont leave the torch soaking in a jar of metho for months on end. it's corrosive and will eat into the metal, as I once found out
     
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    Nice job mate, with that amount of pitting you had no choice but to bring it back to brass, looks great mate.
     
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    Job done, looks great!
     

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