Optimus 1300

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  1. Krisse

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    Bought an early Optimus 1300 for ok money. It was really dirty on the outside but was surprised how nice it was on the inside. There was no coating at all.

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    The lamp was broken down into parts with proper cleaning and replacement of bad parts.

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    The tank ready for cleaning. a few nuts and some kerosene in the tank. I got out the small coating that was in the tank.

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    Fun with real valves!

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    Here the hat is clean and polished, but between the hat and the top there were gaskets that with great likelihood is asbestos!

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    Got to make new gaskets! Found old lead cable, worked great to make lead gaskets off!

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    The lamp is ready for pressure test. Found a leak in the level glass but must look for suitable gasket material

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    The lamp is finally ready! there was a nice lamp under all the crap!

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    Up on the shelf with the other lights!

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  2. Alex Smith

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    That is a lovely lantern you have there. I can see how much work you have put in to her, you must be really pleased with the result.
     
  3. Tony Press

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    @Krisse

    That’s a very fine lantern you’ve found under the dirt, and a great fettle, too.

    I’m not familiar with that model. Can you tell us what the dimensions of the glass are, please?

    Cheers

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    Thanks! the dimensions (110x115mm) are the same as for example Optimus 1550 or Petromax 829.
     
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    Thank you.

    Tony
     
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    It looking next to brand-new now.:thumbup:
     
  7. Krisse

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    Thanks! many probably think it's over fettling.
    But is therapy to go out in the workshop and then it gets easily overworked =)
     
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    Very nice result.

    As you have the punch set, it should be easy to make new gaskets for the level glass. Use 1mm viton rubber. Getting the glass out can sometimes be difficult as the old rubber has 'glued' itself to the brass.
     
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  9. Krisse

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    Now the lamp has got new gaskets. Test it tomorrow. also has a 1550 and 1200 on the workbench which I fix for a friend

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