Picking up where we left off again… I picked up an old, rusted, dented, 1950′s Coleman 425B camp stove. I could probably have used it as it was, but I wanted to learn about how to clean these up and I wanted this one to look nicer, so I decided to make it a lot better than it was
I managed to get the most of the rust off of the burners and the manifold in the last post. Next I wanted to get the gunk and baked on filth off the manifold and the rest of the rust off of the burners. I was NOT about to attack this with nothing but a piece of steel wool
I went down to the local hardware store and picked up a wire wheel for the cordless drill. I’m pleased to say that it worked really well :thumb: Here are some before and after pics:
I attacked the tank and the generator (the generator’s that long tube that goes over the burner when it’s installed) with the wire brush to begin with. The tank cleaned up pretty easily
I also disassembled the generator and cleaned it all up inside and out (click here for more details). It went pretty easily and I think it’s going to be better off in the long run :) Again, here’s a few before and after pics:
Last, but not least, I managed to get that grill cleaned up :D I decided to try something most people wouldn’t really think of – toilet bowl cleaner! Works (click here) toilet bowl cleaner is 20% hydrochloric acid. My method was to use a plastic container as a catch basin with the grate on top of it, lay a paper towel on the grate, and soak the paper towel with cleaner. I’d leave it for 5 or 10 minutes and followed it up with a bit of steel wool and finally the wire wheel on my drill to get the last of the gunk. You have to worry about fumes, wear gloves, and have baking soda on hand to neutralize the cleaner with this. It works, but I have other ideas for the future
Again, before and after pics:
That’s all for this post, but I’ll be back soon with another update :thumb: Have a great day
So, my last post showed off the dented rust bucket of an old Coleman 425B camp stove that I picked up cheap at one of the local pawn shops. It could’ve been used as it was, but I wanted to learn how to clean these up and I wanted it to look decent when I take it out to use it
I decided that de-rusting the burners and manifold would be a good place to start. I got a product called Evapo Rust (click here for more info) at the local auto parts store. $20 per gallon sounds a bit steep at first, but it’s not bad when you think that a gallon can treat 300 pounds of metal. You just keep using it over and over. I like that it’s biodegradable, skin safe, and doesn’t have any obnoxious fumes
Here are some before and after pics:
As you can see, most of the rust is gone from the manifold, but there’s still some dirty gunk on it. The burners need some further attention as well. I’ll get to that soon
Have fun, everyone
Remember that last post? Remember when I said I might enjoy collecting them? Here’s stove number two I have no idea how many I’ll get eventually, but I think I’m going to continue collecting them
I was cruising down through my local pawn shop and found this in the back. It’s a Coleman 425B and from the tank color among other things it looks like it’s from about the early 1950′s. It may be crusted, rusted, and dented, but I’ll bet you could probably take it and fire it up in the condition you see it in these pics. It’s an old Coleman and they really just don’t die easily
That said, I only paid about $9 out the door for this stove and I figured I could have some fun and learn new techniques for fixing these things while making it look a whole lot better
This post will basically be all the pics for “before” in before and after comparisons. Scroll through them and I think you’ll agree this stove has seen better days
My original idea was to get rid of the worst of the rust, spray some Rustoleum on the bare metal, and use it. As I got further into the cleaning and learning though, I realized that while I probably wouldn’t make it perfect, I could still make it look pretty good
Stay tuned and I’ll have more soon Have a great day
In the last post, we recounted me being a doofus and very likely ruining a Coleman stove’s fuel tank. With that in our memory, let’s look at the good news…
THE STOVE WORKS !!!
Keith over on colemancollectorsforum.com was kind enough to send me a tank and I sent him a little bit of money in return I filled the tank up with some fresh Coleman fuel and the stove fired right up
Ya know, I kinda like these old stoves I could probably enjoy collecting them
I wonder what else might be lurking down in the local pawn shops…
Picking up where we left off…
So, remember when something just didn’t look right in that last post? Here’s the problem. There’s supposed to be a stem that threads into the check valve at the bottom of the pump well. Supposed to…
That stem was somehow broken off right where it connects to the check valve. The long part got stuck in the pump shaft. The threaded part is down at the bottom.
That big part on the left is the check valve that you see in the top pic. You can also see the stem coming out of it. The biggest problem was that I couldn’t get at the remainder of the stem to pull it out. I got the idea to use a drill and a damaged screw extractor…
And I managed to goof it up :cloud: I hit off center and either really goofed up the check valve or messed up the tank itself. Either way I couldn’t get the check valve out. I might send the tank off to someone later on to see if it can be salvaged, but for now I’m going with plan B.
More later, but I hope everyone’s having a good night for now
Please note – I started writing this at the beginning of the month, but thigs got busy. There’s quite a bit more here all of this came from – You’ll just have to wait a little while for it
So, it’s the middle of winter and while we haven’t really had much snow, it’s still cold. As in I have to play with the choke, throttle, and starter to get my motorcycle to start in the mornings cold. Let’s face it - Utah in the winter is going to be cold
I keep thinking about spring and summer being right around the corner and thinking of what we can do. I’m thinking picnics and campouts sound like fun. The thing is that “picnic” style lunches (sandwiches, cold cuts, crackers, etc.) can get old. I’m thinking I’m going to want to cook something. Now, a campfire sounds wonderful and I do know how to make one, but it’s been dry out here (again) and I’m certain that bans will be in effect. It was only year before last that we had some massive fires and people are still on edge.
I can’t remember exactly where I saw it, but Coleman says that a gallon of their camping fuel (white gas as it’s commonly known) is the equivalent of four and a half bottles of propane. I noticed something while looking around at Walmart – Coleman camping fuel is less expensive in the long run than propane if you go with the gallon size of liquid fuel. Look at the prices in the pics above and you’ll see what I mean
Another advantage of the liquid fuel stoves is that pretty much any of them will burn unleaded gasoline like you use in a car. Yes, the “dual fuel” stoves are made for it, but the other ones will do it in a pinch - they just get clogged after a bit.
With all this in mind, I started thinking about getting some gear. I have a single burner propan stove, but I have no idea where it is and let’s face it, one burner ain’t always optimal Time to look around for a 2 burner…
My local Walmart has one stove that fits what I was looking for. It’s a dual fuel, two burner model. There’s just one problem – It’s too expensive. I just can’t spend $100. Time to check into alternatives…
And I found an alternative I went into one of the local pawn shops
I got it home and found out that there was a problem. I couldn’t seem to get the pump to produce any pressure in the fuel tank. I pulled it out and found a bit of a problem with the pump leather – it’s just OLD. But that’s not the only problem. Experienced Coleman users will probably be able to spot it if they look close at the end of the pump.
Now, I do have to say at this point that the pawn shop did tell me I could bring it back if it didn’t work. I just decided that the Sears name and 1970′s pea green were just too cool not to keep.
I’ve got to wrap this up for now, but I’ll have more soon
Keep Calm and Chive On
1. Buy a steel dumpster, paint it gray inside and out, and live in it for six months.
2. Run all the pipes and wires in your house exposed on the walls.
3. Repaint your entire house every month using gray paint.
4. Renovate your bathroom. Lower all shower heads to four and one-half feet off the deck.
5. When you take showers, make sure you turn off the water while you soap down.
6. On Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, turn water heater temperature up to 300 degrees. On Tuesdays and Thursdays, turn water heater off.
7. On Saturdays and Sundays tell your family they used too much water during the week, so no bathing will be allowed.
8. Put 5W-20 lube oil in your humidifier, instead of water, and set it on high.
9. Leave your lawn mower running in your living room 24 hours a day to maintain proper ambient noise level.
10. Once a month, disassemble all your major appliances and electric garden tools, inspect them and then reassemble them. Do this every week with your lawnmower, weed whacker and other gasoline powered tools.
11. Once a week blow compressed air up through your chimney, making sure the wind carries the soot across and onto your neighbor’s house. Laugh at him when he curses you.
12. Raise the thresholds and lower the headers of your front and back doors, so that you either trip or bang your head every time you pass through them.
13. Raise your bed to within 6 inches of the ceiling, so you can’t turn over without getting out and then getting back in.
14. Have a fluorescent lamp installed on the bottom of your coffee table and lie under it to read books.
15. Sleep on the shelf in your closet. Replace the closet door with a curtain. Have your spouse whip open the curtain about 4 hours after you go to sleep, shine a flashlight in your eyes, and say “Sorry, wrong rack.”
16. Make each member your family qualify to operate each appliance in your house i.e., dishwasher operator, blender technician, etc.
17. Find the dumbest guy in the neighborhood and make him your boss for the next two years.
18. Have your neighbor come over each day at 5 am, blow a whistle so loud Helen Keller could hear it, and shout “Reveille, reveille, all hands heave out and trice up.”
19. Have your mother-in-law write down everything she’s going to do the following day, then have her make you stand in your back yard at 0600 (6 A.M.) while she reads it to you.
20. Empty all the garbage bins in your house and sweep the driveway three times a day, whether it needs it or not.
21. Have your neighbor collect all your mail for a month, read your magazines, and randomly lose every 5th item before delivering it to you.
22. Watch no TV except for movies played in the middle of the night. Have your family vote on which movie to watch, and then show a different one.
23. When your children are in bed, run into their room with a megaphone shouting that your home is under attack and ordering them to their battle stations.
24. Post a menu on the kitchen door informing your family that they are having steak for dinner. Then make them wait in line for an hour. When they finally get to the kitchen, tell them you are out of steak, but they can have dried ham or hot dogs. Repeat daily until they ignore the menu and just ask for hot dogs.
25. Bake a cake. Prop up one side of the pan so the cake bakes unevenly. Spread icing real thick to level it off.
26. Get up every night around midnight and have a peanut butter and jelly sandwich on stale bread.
27. Set your alarm clock to go off at random times during the night. At the alarm, jump up and dress as fast as you can, making sure to button your top shirt button and tuck your pants into your socks. Run out into the back yard and uncoil the garden hose.
28. Every week or so, throw your cat or dog into the pool and shout, “Man overboard port side!” Rate your family members on how fast they respond.
29. Put the headphones from your stereo on your head, but don’t plug them in. Hang a paper cup around your neck on a string. Stand in front of the stove, and speak into the paper cup “Stove manned and ready.” After an hour or so, speak into the cup again “Stove secured.” Roll up the headphones and paper cup and stow them in a shoebox.
30. Place a podium at the end of your driveway. Have your family stand watches at the podium, rotating at 4-hour intervals. This is best done when the weather is worst. January is a good time.
31. When there is a thunderstorm in your area, get a wobbly rocking chair, sit in it and rock as hard as you can until you become nauseous. Make sure to have a supply of stale crackers in your shirt pocket.
32. Buy a trash compactor but only use it once a week. Store up garbage in your bathtub.
33. Invite at least 375 people, most of whom you don’t really like, to come and live with you for about 6 months.
34. Lock-wire the lug nuts on your car wheels.
35. Start your car and let it run for 4 hours before going anywhere, to ensure the engine is properly “lit off”.
36. Walk around your car for 4 hours checking the tire pressure every 15 minutes.
37. Make coffee using eighteen scoops of budget priced coffee grounds per pot, and allow the pot to simmer for 5 hours before drinking.
38. Have the paperboy give you a haircut with sheep shears.
39. Submit a request form to your father-in-law, asking if it’s OK for you to leave your house before 1500 (3 PM).
40. Take a two-week vacation visiting the Far East, and call it “world travel”.
41. Lock yourself and your family in the house for six weeks. Tell them that at the end of the 6th week you are going to take them to Disney World for “liberty.” At the end of the 6th week, inform them the trip to Disney World has been canceled because they need to get ready for an inspection, and it will be another week before they can leave the house.
42. Needle gun the aluminum siding on your house after your neighbors have gone to bed.
Now, who’s ready to go back to sea?
Rolled another one over in that calendar department thing.
I have a different outlook on that……………………..
Four years, three months ago, I had a life changing event. The Left Kidney went Bye-Bye. The Pathology said Cancer. Every time the counter rolls over, it is a good thing.
The Hindenberg’s Interior: The Passenger Decks. Luxury travel in times past.
I would love to cross the Atlantic in this manner. There is just something about it that appeals to me.
The rest is at the link provided. I still would love to have the chance to fly to Europe and back in this manner……….with Helium vice Hydrogen of course………………….
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