X246 Servicing

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  1. Simon Morriss

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    Dear All

    I still consider myself a newbie to working on the Tilley Lamps but I already have my favourite which I think is a 1950's X246 (Happy to be corrected).

    I have cleaned it and completed a small service, changed the two washer that hold the vaporising tube to the bulb as during my first attempt to light it I had some fuel coming from this joint.

    On the next attempt I still couldn't maintain pressure, though it did light. The pump kept being pushed out so I'm assuming the non-return valve is leaking.

    So, two questions please, how do I get the old rubber from the seating and second where can I get a new washer.

    Thanks in advance for your help.

    Simon
     

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    Hi Simon!
    Well done on your progress so far:thumbup:

    You can use an 'o' ring remover or a dental pick, or you could heat it up gently over a gas or blowlamp flame which would help...once cooled clean up with some fine wire wool?

    The Fettlebox should be able to help you out? failing that try base-camp stoves or one of the ebay based sellers,

    Hope that helps :)
     
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    Hi Simon. Welcome to CPL. Washer kits are sold bij The Fettlebox.
    I remove the pip from the cup by sticking a needle in it and pull it out.
    Your lamp will run beautifully after a service.
     
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    The pump coming out on its own accord is almost definitely down to a 'hardened' NRV (non return valve) pip rubber, which is unable to seal.
    Kits available as said ..
    You have started with a good solid and inexpensive X246 Guardsman, you can't go wrong! Welcome.

    Martin
     
  5. X246A

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    @Simon Morriss

    You are getting there now. Have you played with “Steve” yet?

    Regards Jeremy
     
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    @Simon Morriss You’ve got a good sturdy lamp 5here with your Guardsman. Just follow the advice given, a cheap set of dental picks will be very useful!

    Stevie
     
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    Welcome aboard!:thumbup:
     
  8. Simon Morriss

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    Is "Steve" the name of your favourite lamp?
     
  9. Simon Morriss

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    PS, I should have thanked everyone for their help.

    Simon
     
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    @Simon Morriss

    I assumed Steve was the name on the red X246B although from the picture I can only see “teve”.:content:

    Regards Jeremy
     
  11. Simon Morriss

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    That is very observant of you. That one along with 3 others was give to me by a local Scout Group. I stated this as a look down hobby and they wanted rid of them and a few primus stoves. This took me back to my Scouting days.
     
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    As said before a bit of heat from a flame (I use a cigarette lighter) will soften the old rubber (it will smell though) and I use a darning needle to stab the thing to lift out or to break it up.

    The primus stoves can be fixed up very easily, very similar to the lamps. Very easy to service and get running.
     

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