Primus 991 with fuel gauge

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  1. Krisse

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    New find today. Or my wife found it after I passed it[-o< Never seen a 991 with a fuel gauge before. 1947. Does anyone else have one like it?

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    A fine restoration project!:thumbup:
     
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    The level gauge was an optional extra. I assume most people did not want to pay the extra amount and possibly have to wait for one to be ordered in from the factory. I am sure I have seen one on a 991, but can't remember where. I have one myself on a 1381. You can see it here.
     
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    Krisse, I doubt it will be a shelf queen but should clean up nicely, congratulations :thumbup:
     
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    Thanks for the reply, I know the meter is an accessory, but was surprised to see it on a 991. The lamp is not perfect but probably not as much ashamed anymore. Picture of the meter in parts. Works much like Tilley's meter with magnets and is not open to the tank.

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    An excellent find and a great fettle. Congrats to you and your wife !
     
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    Looks a lot better now. It's a pity the glass was broken. It looks like it was a not so common Italian made one. What year is it from?
     
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    I have a 991 (unfettled and coated with dust) but the gauge's missing. Date code: X29.
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    1947
     
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    @MYN looks like all you need is a screw or gauge, a spirit preheat cup and a clean and service. It looks to be in great condition under the patina.
     
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    Thanks but the air release knob/screw had snapped off too. I believe the spirit preheat cup is not a very common item around here. The glass globe on mine isn't original, perhaps from India(Borosil). Unlike in Europe, I'd be lucky to find any Primus parts around here.
     
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    @Krisse
    1947 fits with all the parts except the filler cap. At some point it has been replaced with an item from between 1934 and 1937. For some reason, you tend to find more Primus lamps with level gauges from the 40s than other decades.

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    Your 991 is from the first year they were produced. Everything that is there looks to be in good condition. Is the top enameled or is it nickel plated brass?
     
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    I'm not sure. Its dark and doesn't look like nickel plating. I'll need to check it out later. I've not clean it yet so as not to accidentally destroy or scratch anything:).
     
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    Ok, I've just checked. I don't think its enamelled. No chippings or tell-tale signs of the typical porcelain. I think it might be nickel-plated but it has probably darkened by heat.
     
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    @Krisse
    Your 991 has cleaned up nicely :thumbup:
     
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    Like this: LUFTSKRUV MÄSSING
    or TANKLOCK FÖRNICKLAD
    It looks like all the swedish lamps had the same screw.

    I can't locate a spirit cup yet but will keep looking..
     
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    @MYN
    The reason I ask about the top is that Primus did offer the option of a nickel plated brass top. You don't see them very often.
     
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    Very nice lamp! Congratulations.
     
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