Coleman 243A (1941)

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  1. Tony Press

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    This my USA-made Coleman 243A dated "1 3" (March 1941, I'm led to believe).

    It had a reasonably hard life, and I've restored it to excellent running order.

    It was found in Australia.

    This first photo has it with a glass chimney (a modern straight-sided Austramax). It would have come originally with a mica chimney (see below).


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    The vent was rusty around the air holes; where the bail is fitted; and on the top at the ball nut fitting.
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    "MODEL 243A/ PAT.#1973184 Pat. # 2008852/ Coleman Made in U.S.A."
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    "TO LIGHT - OPEN VALVE QUARTER (1/4) ONLY/ AFTER MANTLE BURNS BRIGHT OPEN VALVE AS FAR AS POSSIBLE"
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    The original Coleman T66 generator on left. It was replaced with a Coleman 200A5891 generator.
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    As it came:

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    No flame spreader screen in the burner.
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    The T66 generator tube was steel (with a brass tip).
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    Someone in Australia had marked this lantern for Shellite fuel (=Coleman fuel).
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    "1 3"
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    I re-rounded the burner/flame spreader with a hole punch.
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    I then fitted a new screen, made by @ROBBO55.

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    Flattening the concave surface to make it fit better in the burner.
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    The edges tapped over the screen.
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    I treated the rust...
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    ...then polished it with stove black.
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    The replacement generator.
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    I had to re-round the base of the new generator, again using a hole punch; and then a peening hammer.
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    This was the closest paint I could find to the original blue.
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    Up and running:

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    Here it is with a (pretty ratty) mica globe as it would have ben sold.
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    Excellent and bright!
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    This is a fine little lantern.

    Cheers

    Tony
     
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  2. AussiePete

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    @Tony Press
    Excellent fettle restoring your 243A into a very nice example.
    Your pictorial documentary of the fettle is first class and informative. I enjoyed reading it, well done.
    That’s a very appealing blue you painted the fount with, good auto paint match and it’s fuel resistant too.
    Cheers
    Pete
     
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    Very good work, Tony! Looks like the air tubes and burner frame base plate are steel rather than brass? Is the burner gallery casting brass ?
     
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    Phil

    Well spotted!

    Steel (follow the circular magnet):

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    Tank dome is brass; tank baseplate is steel.


    Cheers

    Tony


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  5. ROBBO55

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    Excellent work Tony! :thumbup:
     
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    Well saved!:thumbup::clap::clap::thumbup:
     
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    Beautiful restoration work!!:D/ Step-by-step presentation. I call these 243's, "The poor man's 242"! They are the economy version of the 242. Lots of steel parts and a painted brass tank instead of nickel plated. Mica, I think is what came with them; the glass globe was an option.
    I have one dated, I think 1939. Makes me want dig it out.
    Go Tony!!!
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  8. Jean J

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    What a great restoration Tony. I wouldn’t mind a dress in the colour you’ve used on the tank, very regal looking!
     
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    I’m sure a dress of that colour would suit you very well, Jean.

    Best regards

    Tony
     
  10. Alex Smith

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    @Tony Press Thank you for sharing the detail of the fettle, it is appreciated. There is much to learn from detailed posts such as this. Lovely lantern, job extremely well done.
     

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