Bialaddin 300x tank repair.

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    I bought a Bialaddin 300x last year and discovered the tank had sprung a leak around the control cock boss, the previous owner had attempted a solder repair but unsuccessfully, the solder came away easily and paint / muck was visible beneath. I put the lamp to one side whilst I worked on other projects and rediscovered it last week, I cleaned up the tank top and boss thoroughly, heated the area using a gas blowlamp several times and applied flux, wire brushing each application with a small brass wire brush. Once I was happy the area was thoroughly clean I applied flux again,heated the area and ran a neat bead of solder around the joint. Lamp then loosely assembled and tested, I am pleased with the result a successful repair.
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    Good work! Please post again when you have completed the restoration too. They are fine lanterns.
     
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    Well saved!:thumbup::thumbup:
     
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    Nice tidy repair. Along with a good method for preparing the fault for soldering. :thumbup:
     
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    :thumbup:.

    Cheers

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    Now looking good after priming and first top coats.

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    Just needs a light fitting and final top coat before it's finished then need to settle the rest of the lamp and put it back together.
     
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    That’s looking good.

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    Yeah, a 100 watt candle bulb in a bayonet fitting will look great - make sure you drill the tank for the flex!

    - only kidding ;) :lol: - you've done a great job so far... :thumbup::D/
     
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    I hate auto correct, should have said light filling.
     
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    Or even flatting!

    Must have thought this was my other discussion regarding repair is a vapalux 300 Steel tank with a bit of a dent.
     
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    Remember, proof-reading is your friend... ;) :lol:
     
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    Nearly finished lamp running with a hood from another 300x, just waiting for a new red enamelled cap, painted filler cap and painted pump assembly.
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    Twins (almost)
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    Looks good. :thumbup:
     
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    You sound like most of my teachers from school, I forget how many of my reports included the sentence “needs to proof read his work”. Oh and also “needs to participate more in class discussions”, was there a book of these lines that teachers use for reports?:lol:
     
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    Maybe not then - but there is now, apparently. Teachers have a 'bank' of approved comments and they choose the most suitable one for each pupil... :roll:
     
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    Absolutely true! I have taught at establishments where they do this.
     
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    Good job. I too have acquired a 300x from 50's chrome fount,green hood/ventilator what a work horse,I'm impressed (I take back all those rude things I said about Pommy stuff) Ha.No really seen this type about here in NZ,I'll try and post a shot, enjoy that Bialaddin and a great colour.
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    Does it look anything like this one?

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    Yes the very same, I thought I had posted a shot???Nice condition that one of your's,my one is not too bad can't figure out what happened to the pix I posted.
     
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    Not sure were I'm going wrong,will try again thanks David,my computer skills are,let's say rubbish.
     
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    Chrome lanterns were usually supplied with a black top but Willis & Bates (like other manufacturers such as Tilley) would often raid the parts pin when faced with shortages. Either that, or someone's replaced the top at some point. Either way, the difference is cosmetic only and the lantern ought to work fine - all else being in serviceable condition, naturally.

    I've seen and got a few of these where a chrome cage support has been used on a lantern with a green tank and hood. Again, I suspect that there was a temporary shortage of the usual green-painted part. Probably W&B felt the greater priority was to get orders out of the door rather than keep retailers waiting...
     
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    Cheers David,I may have mentioned not a lot about here in NZ so even more likely to have raided the spare parts bin for a few down under.
    this one works well, that shot had been taken before I made the mantle(from a bulk lot of petromax mantles,also good for my tilleys.
    regards Alex
     
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    Never seen a chrome 300x with a black hood, would look very smart. All the chrome 300x in the gallery have green hoods.
     
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    Hmm, I thought all mine had black hoods. Maybe I've been dreaming again...

     
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