Discussion in 'The Evening Star' started by James K, Feb 9, 2019.
Evening star lantern, post 1926 Welsbach type with the round top tank.
I look forward to seeing how this lantern restoration progresses.
The 'wasps nest' inside the tank was one of the best I have seen. The cage needed one of the tie rods silver soldering back on and I also silver soldered a modified scrader valve to a filed down 8mm washer to enable pressure. Not pretty but a lamp with it's star back is, otherwise a pretty straightforward and enjoyable fettle.
You didn't have to wait very long!
My goodness you are a fast worker! I’ll bring mine round for you to sort so you don’t become bored.
How long did it take you from start to finish?
Nice work, James.
I spent about 3 days on this one. Don't worry about me getting bored, I have plenty more fettling to do.
Another good fettle. Good job.
It is always good to see a vintage lantern up and running well.
What make/model glass did you use?
A nice survivor
The glass was a spare I had for a veritas 350, but I need to get a mica for it now after some escaping meths cracked the glass in my 9955a yesterday
That is bad news as Veritas glasses are hard to come by.
How do you plan to source the mica chimney? I have one in poor and unrestored condition if you need dimensions and pattern.
I have not been having much luck with this lamp.
After being fettled it ran beautifully and I ran it a lot while fettling other lamps.
However when I took it to a club meeting last April instead of shining bright it ran terribly, so I presumed the generator had clogged and put it on the fix me shelf.
After spending weeks in the generator unblocking department without success it cracked while heating and fell into two pieces looking like it would never run again.
With nothing to lose I soldered the two halfs back together and bent it back into shape.
Testfire went ok, a lot of pulsing and then the jet blocked so I stuffed half a Zippo wick down it.
I think I have snatched defeat from the jaws of victory because after a lot of time I can't get it to run very bright at all and am out of ideas. It used to run well and was very bright.
The Zippo wick looks like it is not coming out again.
Does anyone have any suggestions?
Have you looked at Old Coleman Parts for a new generator?
There’s a guy, Warren I think, on the Coleman Collector Forum that was selling NOS Akron “S” generators. He had used ones also.
I don’t recall if the Akron and the Evening Star generators are interchangeable, but it’s worth a try.
Yes they are and in fact early ES and Kildark used that Akron generator. ::Neil::
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