Buflam Petroflam restoration project

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  1. presscall

    presscall United Kingdom Subscriber

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    Here it is completed, the font re-painted - the original had been stripped to bare brass by a previous owner, apart from the base. The colour of that revealed a darker shade of bronze/gold than the superstructure but not so dark as the hood, so I chose a colour approximating to the base.

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    Evidently this Petromax clone is known to suffer from stress cracks in the font and a series of such cracks on the top prompted me to flow a thick bead of solder over the affected area, encircling the font as an insurance against other cracks developing.

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    I made no attempt to blend the solder into the contours of the font, achieving that with fibreglass paste, sanded and painted subsequently with primer and topcoats of the final paint finish.

    I didn’t attempt to rectify extensive stress cracking in the cage, seen here.

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    Stress cracks aside (a considerable flaw I’ll grant!) the rest of the components are well made.

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    Pricker rod eccentic activation arrangement.

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    Control knob, metal insert to ensure durable engagement with the control spindle flats.

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    Not prominently stamped, even before I’d laid on the paint, Buflam Petroflam Made in England.

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    Date stamp on the base for August 1951.

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    In THIS post by @Tony Press featuring his Primus 1020 there was some discussion on the Phoenix brand globe and that its dimensions were very close to the Primus’s Jena Suprax product.

    The Buflam also has a Phoenix globe ...

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    ... but carrying the Buflam name too.

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    In that post of yours Tony, Dave Shouksmith was intending to dig out a Petroflam to confirm it had a Phoenix globe. I happen to have a Primus 1020 and here are the two compared. The Primus globe is significantly taller and of greater diameter.

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    John
     
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  2. presscall

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    Night fell. Good reliable output.

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    Hi John,

    Well saved and as usual you have done a very nice presentation on this lantern.
    This lantern has a very nice light output that's for sure.

    Thank you for sharing.

    Cheers,
    Norman
     
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    Nicely done John. :clap:
    I have two Buflam incomplete carcasses and I'm hoping to get one working lantern from. The details in this post will be very helpful.
    Thanks.
     
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    As a regular user of lanterns and subscriber to CPS but more ‘into’ stoves I realised when posting about the Petroflam that my grasp of lampie terminology was shaky - ‘cage’, ‘superstructure’ - though more confident with ‘font’.
    I’m reassured thanks to you Robbo. ‘Carcasses’ perfectly conjures up a picture of the state of your Petroflams but I guess not a term appearing in a parts list. Brilliant!
     
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    Well saved and it's working well!:thumbup::clap::clap::thumbup:
     
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    Good work, it turned out well.
     

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