Tilley R1 Heater

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  1. KAB

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    Anther Tilley in my possession, pictures show as found. I'm guessing from similar models on CPL this is 1950's. Marked 'Tilley (owl) England on the brass fount ring and made in England on the underside.
    Any thoughts on its history would be appreciated.

    Tilley R1 (1).JPG Tilley R1 (2).JPG Tilley R1 (3).JPG
    Tilley R1 (4).JPG

    Looking a little moth eaten and in need of a clean
     
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    1. That would be an asbestos mantle, so treat with care. You can replace with a metal one.

    2. Tilley "owl" tank makes it 1950 - 1954 (edited) according to this post:

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    Tony
     
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    A fine restoration project!:thumbup:
     
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    These tanks with the rim stamps are post 1954. Not sure when they were replaced with the later tank but probably around 1956-1958 ish. ::Neil::
     
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    Thanks, @Mackburner.

    That updates the previous slightly earlier dating (link above) and adds an upper limit.

    Cheers

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    Ok so I need to see what evidence I actually have. That tank was certainly replaced by 1960 and probably 1959. What I have always wondered about though is the lack of a date stamp on most of this type of tank. I have recorded dates on only three. Latest is May 1958 so they were certainly there then. and I have the later tank recorded as Jan 59 so 1954 to 1958 is probably pretty sound. ::Neil::
     
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    I've had time to play. treated like a vintage car and given the T-Cut & Polish treatment. Due to the asbestos mantle the burner has been left alone.
    Tilley R1 cleaned.JPG
    Next picture will hopefully be it running. Pressure test and vapouriser check seem good. Time to fuel and light. [-o<
     
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    20171218_122240.jpg @X246A
    Out of the loft and lit :content: warm orange glow and heat :D/
     
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    Looks good. Congratulations :clap:
     
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    It's cleaned up well!:thumbup:
     
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    I have one of these in great condition....must get it going.
     
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    Wonderful

    Regards Jeremy
     
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    very nice.
     
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    I have the same model, but need a new cock for it as the end has broken off. More correctly, I broke it off due to my ham fistedness....
     
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    Well done, it looks to be running well, just in time for your winter.
    Cheers
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    Looks good. The asbestos mantle gives it more character I think. I put my mantle away and am using the steel one.
     

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