Australian Aladdin 1A Fettle

Discussion in 'Fettling Forum' started by ROBBO55, Jan 3, 2022.

  1. ROBBO55

    ROBBO55 Subscriber

    Offline
    Joined:
    Oct 21, 2014
    Messages:
    2,763
    Location:
    Somersby, New South Wales, Australia
    I was working on another Aladdin 1A and looking for parts when I pulled this one out of the pile. After an inspection I decided it needed a rebuild rather than stripping for parts.

    The question I have about it is the cage, it is a two piece cage without the fingers to hold the preheater. The Fount is painted rather than plated. Without proof I assumed the two piece cage started with the plated founts. But it all looks original. Overlap with the first of the plated founts maybee?

    1.jpg

    I pulled the lantern apart and gave it a bath in 1/3 vinegar mixture.

    Stress Cracks

    There were two cracks in the skirt on the bottom of the tank but it hadn’t caused a leak yet so I decided to repair them. Started by drilling a 1mm hole at the end of the cracks to relieve the stress and prevent the crack going any further. Then I fashioned a patch out of brass to fit under the skirt and strengthen the tank. Both the tank and the patch were tinned with 50/50 soft solder before sweating them together. The solder filled most of the crack and the drill hole.

    2.jpg 3.jpg 4.jpg 5.jpg 6.JPG 7.JPG

    A pressure test found two more cracks in the side. I ground them into a V and soldered them also.

    8.JPG

    Another pressure test found there were no more cracks.

    Painting.

    I didn’t bother filling the small dents. First primed with etch primer then topcoat. I had a spray can of acrylic automotive pain tinted to match the original colour. As it turned out, it’s close but slightly light. It was finished with a clear coat. (Yes they are fuel resistant).

    9.jpg 10.JPG

    The hood

    The hood nut wouldn’t come off, it had to be cut off then drilled and re-tapped (1/4” BSW). Replaced the steel stud with a brass one (which is braised to the ‘J’ tube).

    11.JPG 12.JPG

    Junction Block Seals

    After a post by @Stovie21 regarding the Radius 119, aluminium seals in the junction block it got me thinking. I melted the seals out of the block to determine what was required. As it turned out the seal to the tank spigot is a thicker version of the lead seal I make for NRV’s. The generator seal was a little larger OD but the same ID as the NRV seal. I was able to make a modification for my die set and press aluminium washers. Aluminium takes a lot more force than lead and the dies are only mild steel, each press does tend to damage the dies a bit but I don’t intend to make too many. I think I prefer a lead seal for the tank spigot rather than the aluminium.

    Mine:- Tank spigot 11.2mm OD – 7.6mm ID – 1.5mm / Generator seal 12.8mm OD – 7.6mm ID – 1.5mm

    Alternate:- spigot 11.5mm OD – 8.0mm ID – 1.5mm / Generator seal 13mm OD –8.0mm ID – 1.5mm

    13.jpg 14.JPG 15.JPG 16.JPG 17.JPG
    (After Generator screwed down)

    18.JPG
    (Tank Spiggot)

    19.JPG 19a.JPG

    The components of the nozzle (flame spreader) were loose. The fibre washer between the brass thread and the ceramic was missing. I packed the gap with stove cement (have also used muffler putty on others).

    20.jpg

    A home made a replacement pricker, 2mm brass (24mm long) with a 0.15mm wire. Note: I have decided that the best fit thread is 9BA.

    21.JPG

    Bail

    The bail was roached, I have made a new one out of 3.75 mm galvanised fencing wire (same diameter as an original). Didn’t attach a hook as I find them more a hindrance than a help.

    The components inside the hood were a mixture of brass and steel.

    22.JPG

    De coked the generator.

    23.JPG

    Fuel cap, Pump and NRV

    24.JPG 25.JPG 26.JPG

    The reassembled the lantern.

    27.JPG 28.JPG 29.JPG 30.JPG

    31.JPG

    32.JPG 33.JPG

    Up and Running

    34.JPG 35.JPG
     
  2. Nils Stephenson

    Nils Stephenson Founder Member

    Offline
    Joined:
    Sep 9, 2010
    Messages:
    2,921
    Location:
    Copenhagen, Denmark
    Great restoration. I especially like the paint job. :thumbup:

    I agree with your comment. It is possible they were using up painted tanks rather than getting them plated. It looks like it also has steel clips on the frame. I wouldn't have expected to see them on a two piece frame.
     
  3. MYN

    Offline
    Joined:
    Feb 28, 2018
    Messages:
    2,222
    Location:
    Malaysia
    That is a fantastic restoration job :thumbup::thumbup::thumbup:
     
  4. Jean J

    Jean J Subscriber

    Offline
    Joined:
    Jun 25, 2011
    Messages:
    2,264
    Location:
    N E Scotland
    A lot of work but well worth the effort.
     
  5. Tony Press

    Tony Press Australia Subscriber

    Offline
    Joined:
    Aug 28, 2012
    Messages:
    8,097
    Location:
    Stinkpot Bay, Howden, Tasmania, Australia
    Nice work, Martin!

    Seeing you’re having so much fun, I have a whole Aladdin 1A graveyard you can work on…

    Tony
     
  6. JEFF JOHNSON

    JEFF JOHNSON United Kingdom Subscriber

    Offline
    Joined:
    Nov 28, 2010
    Messages:
    12,560
    Location:
    Shetland Islands UK..
    Well saved!:thumbup::clap::clap::thumbup:
     
  7. ROBBO55

    ROBBO55 Subscriber

    Offline
    Joined:
    Oct 21, 2014
    Messages:
    2,763
    Location:
    Somersby, New South Wales, Australia
    @Nils Stephenson @Tony Press @MYN @Jean J @JEFF JOHNSON

    Thanks Nils. Yes the clips are steel, I hadn't considered the steel clips on a two piece frame. So, the question now is, did they introduce the two piece frame on the painted founts before they introduced the plated founts? :-k More examples required :lol:

    Thanks Tony, At this stage I have enough to keep me out of trouble, but I'll keep it in mind. :lol::lol::lol:
    But if you come across any examples as above I would be interested in knowing.

    MYN, Jean, Jeff, Thanks for the comments. It was a lot of work but I am pleased with the result. :)
     
  8. Hanzo

    Offline
    Joined:
    Feb 2, 2016
    Messages:
    422
    Next level restoration, beautifully done.
     
  9. Julian Whittaker

    Julian Whittaker Australia Subscriber

    Offline
    Joined:
    Dec 9, 2021
    Messages:
    34
    Location:
    Greendale Vic
    Superb! -And the work is the fun isn't it?
     
  10. Dale Main

    Dale Main Australia Subscriber

    Offline
    Joined:
    Aug 15, 2021
    Messages:
    26
    Location:
    Yarramalong
    Very impressive fettling.
     
  11. ROBBO55

    ROBBO55 Subscriber

    Offline
    Joined:
    Oct 21, 2014
    Messages:
    2,763
    Location:
    Somersby, New South Wales, Australia
  12. Pancholoco1911 United States

    Offline
    Joined:
    Nov 26, 2019
    Messages:
    279
    Location:
    USA
    You always impress me with your skills
    Congrats!
     
  13. ROBBO55

    ROBBO55 Subscriber

    Offline
    Joined:
    Oct 21, 2014
    Messages:
    2,763
    Location:
    Somersby, New South Wales, Australia
  14. Walkop Australia

    Offline
    Joined:
    Aug 28, 2020
    Messages:
    487
    Location:
    Bathurst, Australia
    A stunning restoration, well done.
     
  15. Rangie

    Rangie United Kingdom Subscriber

    Offline
    Joined:
    Dec 8, 2012
    Messages:
    366
    Location:
    Caithness, Far North of Scotland
    That's an excellent resto.

    Alec.
     
  16. BigStevie

    BigStevie United Kingdom Subscriber

    Offline
    Joined:
    Dec 5, 2018
    Messages:
    2,133
    Location:
    Scottish Highlands
    Great fettle, great lamp!
     
  17. ROBBO55

    ROBBO55 Subscriber

    Offline
    Joined:
    Oct 21, 2014
    Messages:
    2,763
    Location:
    Somersby, New South Wales, Australia
  18. AussiePete

    AussiePete Australia Subscriber

    Offline
    Joined:
    Nov 21, 2015
    Messages:
    3,446
    Location:
    Toowoomba Australia
    Top job on the fettle Martin, excellent write up too.
    Enjoy
    Pete
    @ROBBO55
     
  19. James K

    James K United Kingdom Subscriber

    Offline
    Joined:
    Nov 10, 2017
    Messages:
    468
    Great fettle, with lots of skills deployed.
    Very interesting post to read with the finished lamp absolutely beautiful.
    Posts like this should end up in the fettlers masterclass section.
    Good stuff, James
     
  20. Norman

    Norman United States Subscriber

    Offline
    Joined:
    Jul 1, 2011
    Messages:
    671
    Location:
    Spokane, WA
    Well done Martin,

    Your Aladdin looks fantastic and is also running very well indeed.

    Norman
     
  21. Julian Whittaker

    Julian Whittaker Australia Subscriber

    Offline
    Joined:
    Dec 9, 2021
    Messages:
    34
    Location:
    Greendale Vic
    Brilliant Martin. What finish is used on the 'silver' parts?
     

Share This Page