Coleman 200 Lantern, first fettle :)

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  1. Johnathan Canada

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    Well decided to start pulling apart 1 of my oldest lanterns. This one is from January 1965, in fairly decent condition. I have started by soaking the pump cup in some 3-in-1 oil as it wasn't holding or building pressure (put the one from this lantern in my other one so I could light it). Here are some pictures of it taken apart.

    What are your thoughts? How is it looking and what is the best way to start cleaning? I am guessing the black yuck on a couple pieces are from the o-rings that have turned to goo and need replacing. This is the first time taking something like this apart.

    I want to take a wire wheel to the part the mantle is attached to, remove the rust and paint it with a high temp aluminum paint and primer, clean the globe. I just love these old lanterns.

    Thank you for all your help!

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    And here is my other 200 series lantern. Interesting how it is just a tiny bit different...

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    A nice project to get your teeth into. You may need a new graphite seal for the valve control stem. These were originally graphite, although I have seen many different replacement materials used. The best, in my opinion is the correct graphite seal. These and many other parts can be sourced fro Old Coleman Parts, good people to deal with. The new seal's part number 242-6201 selling for $US3.00 plus delivery costs.
    Enjoy the fettle and we're looking forward the the money shot of her working doing her thing.
    Cheers
    Pete
     
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    Thank you for the tip! I started using a q-tip to clean and yup, it is graphite like you said. The packing has basically disintegrated. No wonder why it was kind of gumming feeling while turning the valve in and out. I will have to order a couple of these to replace in both of my lanterns.
     
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    They are starting to look a lot better than the rusted pieces of metal they were before! Slowly, but surely it is getting cleaned up!

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    That's progress!:thumbup:
     
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    Looking good, they have cleaned up well.
     
  8. Johnathan Canada

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    Thanks! Yup, took 3 different brass wire wheels and my corded drill to it and then some brake clean after and that's how it looks right now. I am quite happy with it especially with how bad they were looking. Have a little bit more to do, then they will get a coat of VHT header flameproof primer and paint to help protect against more rust.
     
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    Looks good to me. They are a nice and easy lantern to work on. Yours looks nice.:content:
     
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    Well done! Looking forward to seeing them finished.
     

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