Finally fettled!

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  1. JEFF JOHNSON

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    The first two images show some lanterns and an R-1 which have been in my shed for some considerable time and as there is nothing currently turning up, I finally got around to fettling them to working order.

    The second two images show a jar which is a fine size for Tilley meths torches, it will hold 3 of the modern torches or 2 of the older ones.

    FINALLY FETTLED 1..JPG

    FINALLY FETTLED 2..JPG

    A good size 1..JPG

    A good size 2..JPG
     
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    Hi Jeff!.. They look great!:thumbup:

    I am really liking the 2 older Tilleys though :)...The R1 has a lovely aged patina to it?

    I never thought about a bigger jar? It just makes so much sense when I'm fiddling around with a small thing always having to fill it up :doh:
     
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    Vegemite jars are a good size for Tilley torches...

    Nice work on the fettles, Jeff.

    Cheers

    Tony
     
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    Jeff, they have all cleaned up nicely :thumbup:
     
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    They’re looking great Jeff.
    As Tony said, Vegemite jars work well, especially the earlier ones with the metal lid.
    Cheers
    Pete
     
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    Thanks for the positive comments fellow lampers!:thumbup::thumbup::thumbup::thumbup:

    The R-1 tank and the PL., tank both left the factory with a highly polished and lacquered finish and their current finish is what's left of the original finish.

    The R-1 is a pre 1940 tank, so it should have an XN., control cock fitted, but I don't have a spare one, so a GF., control cock will have to do and I still need to find a wire guard for the R-1.
     
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    l like the early PL53 with the loose wire coil on the handle.
     
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    Yes, it's a fine old timer.
     
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    @JEFF JOHNSON ,
    Dijon mustard, the best one !!!
    I'm born in Dijon :D/
     
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    Great line up Jeff. I too like that PL, very nice indeed!
     
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    A fine row of tilley goodness..

    cheers
    Chris
     
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    Before lockdown I went on a search for jars that would make good Tilley preheat tong containers and if my memory serves, Morrison's pesto jars were kind of close.
     
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    Thanks one and all!:thumbup::thumbup::thumbup::thumbup:

    Sellig33 I have been in France a few times, but not for many years, so I cannot recall all of the places which I visited, but that mustard is good!:thumbup:

    ColinG Yes, Pesto jars are a good size for one Tilley meths torch.
     
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    If any of you fellows have new borns or baby grand children, empty baby food jars are really nice for alcohol bottles.
     
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    I have now found an XN., control cock for the R-1, it was in my shed in a box of parts, but I still need to find a wire guard.
     
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    Nice work Jeff nice selection Sorry about the DiJon puns But Colemans for me Yeeee Haaa
     
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    Thanks and that's fair enough!:thumbup:
     
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    I’m partial to Colman’s and Colemans myself!
     
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    Very good Jean!:thumbup:
     
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    The XN., control cock which I found is worn out, but it will do for parts, so I refitted the GF., control cock and here is an image of the 1930's R-1 lit.

    It's heat is very welcome on this cold night.:thumbup::thumbup:

    1930'S TILLEY R-1 LIT.JPG
     
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    Here are three images of the 1930's PL-53 lit, the period burner which I fitted has seen a lot of use, so it's not as bright as it could be, hopefully a less used burner will turn up.

    Having said that, it's working okay for a lantern which is over 80 years old.

    1930's TILLEY PL-53 LIT, 1..JPG

    1930's TILLEY PL-53 LIT, 2..JPG

    1930's TILLEY PL-53 LIT, 3..JPG
     
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    I like Coleman's, too, but I really go for the Tilley PL models! :thumbup:
    @Jean J
     
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    Yes, those early PL., models are a favourite of mine too.

    george
     
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    @JEFF JOHNSON

    The bail on your PL 53 looks as though it’s been repaired. Did you do that, or was it like that when you got it?

    Cheers

    Tony
     
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    Well spotted Tony, it was broken when I obtained that lantern and my old mate Les fixed it, by simply drilling out a piece of brass rod on his lathe and then soldering the two broken ends of the handle into the tube.

    When I obtained that PL., it was incomplete, just the tank and handle and the pump, so it's built with what I had.

    Tony Press
     
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    The pl53 has a certain charm which is very pleasing to the eye.
     
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    I concur and they are usually simple to fettle.
     
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    Nice lineup with those PL-53s....they have a very unique look!
     
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    Yes, they are fine old lanterns and I have three 1930's examples, which all have differences in their design, I also have 1940's example and the link below shows the relevant gallery page.

    PL52-PL53-PL54
     
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    Nice stuff Jeff! Where do you find your lanterns up in the Shetlands? Do you buy online or tend to find in shops?
     

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