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Old 10-13-2012, 01:22 AM   #43
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I recently threw the cardboard box mine came in away as I have a form fitting plastic case. Shoulda looked for a price or date sticker. I know I bought it in the early 70s. The last time I used it was for a power outage in my S&B at least 12+ years ago.
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Old 10-13-2012, 01:36 AM   #44
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I recently threw the cardboard box mine came in away as I have a form fitting plastic case. Shoulda looked for a price or date sticker. I know I bought it in the early 70s. The last time I used it was for a power outage in my S&B at least 12+ years ago.
Hey Dunner, the manufacture date should be stamped under the bottom of the fuel tank. I read there is a month and year I think, but mine just had "56" ,unless I just didn't see the month.
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Very simple, reliable, inexpensive to operate and put out a lot of light. Dangerous as can be, will flare upon lighting and put out a lot of noxious gases. Avoid any temptation to operate them in a tent or inside.
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I"m all packed to go camping up in the smokies; leave sunday; staying in a forest campground, it has no electric, can"t wait to fire up the old coleman and set beside a campfire.
The Smokies are Beautiful !! I'm working on the DW for a trip there next year. I sure miss it. Hope you have a fantastic time !!
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Under the name and addy, there is a 6 on the left side and a 78 on the right. Not as old as I thought. Still has almost a full tank and still pumps and hisses. I didn't light it because I didn't want my house to burn up... or is it down? I forget. Do houses burn up or down? What about cars?
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Under the name and addy, there is a 6 on the left side and a 78 on the right. Not as old as I thought. Still has almost a full tank and still pumps and hisses. I didn't light it because I didn't want my house to burn up... or is it down? I forget. Do houses burn up or down? What about cars?
House's burn down,,, money burn's up... Car's are Hot,, like your sand rail,, and what were you doing up at 2am ? Guess that's midnight your time ?
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I am now in the process of disassembling the 228E lantern... So far the pb blaster is working well. (STINKS) Found a "vintage" mud dauber nest inside the frame rest.... Then I didn't know it, but the crazy thing still had some fuel in it !!! I am sure this hasn't been run in over 40 + yrs.. Probably closer to 50+ . Probably kept it from rusting too bad inside. So far so good. I'll be sending pics in a bit of all the parts. I'm supprised there are that many. If the check valve is good, I think we'll be ok. The leather on the pump was still wet/flexible, but DW bought me a new rubber one today at wally world, so I'll put that in for good measure. More to follow.
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I am now in the process of disassembling the 228E lantern... So far the pb blaster is working well. (STINKS) Found a "vintage" mud dauber nest inside the frame rest.... Then I didn't know it, but the crazy thing still had some fuel in it !!! I am sure this hasn't been run in over 40 + yrs.. Probably closer to 50+ . Probably kept it from rusting too bad inside. So far so good. I'll be sending pics in a bit of all the parts. I'm supprised there are that many. If the check valve is good, I think we'll be ok. The leather on the pump was still wet/flexible, but DW bought me a new rubber one today at wally world, so I'll put that in for good measure. More to follow.
I had a partial can of Coleman gas from the 70's. Was smelling gas about 3 years ago in the garage. The Coleman can had rusted a pinhole through.
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Back in the '60's I was in a scout troop that had a cabin in the middle of a bird sanctuary -- no utilities. We used 4 double mantle Coleman's to light the cabin. My duty was to arrive early, fill, light, and hang the lanterns on a pulley system for meetings. Never an issue with a little 3-in-one oil to keep the leathers soft. I've had a single mantle Coleman for 40 years and it works every time. I have a two burner stove too, I was just at LL Bean in Freeport, ME, they had a new stove for sale, 'Dual fuel' for $175! I think I paid $19 for mine in the '70's, it's not 'dual' though, just Coleman gas. The new stove didn't say way the other fuel was it ran on, but I ran at the $175 price tag.
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Ok,, here are the parts before and after cleaning. I had no want to make it look 'new' as it is a 1956 model. Just wanted to make it look cared for.
I'm attempting re-assy right now. Oh, and I had mentioned, the old pump in the pics is being replaced with a new one.
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Found this about "old" radioactive mantels.

"I recommend you use Coleman® mantles. You can buy off-brand mantles, or you might find a "vintage" set of mantle lying around, but they stand a very good chance of being dangerous. Coleman® mantles are only made with Yttrium. Some off-brand and many (even Coleman®) vintage mantles are made with Thorium, which is radioactive".
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DONE

Okie Dokie,, here we are with a beautiful operating 56 yr old lantern.. I had to go buy a new "generator" , the thin center tube that atomizes the fuel,, it just would not clean up after years of sitting. ($8) at Academy Sports. Also a new fuel cap, the rubber seal was done ($5) We are "Happy Campers" !! Thanks to everybody for your help !!
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The Smokies are Beautiful !! I'm working on the DW for a trip there next year. I sure miss it. Hope you have a fantastic time !!
Just got back; It was "COLD" 36 one night 38 another, for a Florida cracker, thats cold, glad to get back where its a "warm" comfortable 85.
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That's a great picture, Monkey. Almost says... "Coleman, American Made to Last" with the way you have the flag in the background. I would be tempted to send a letter to Coleman with your story and that picture.

Glad you got the old girl working again. Makes me want to dig out the one of mine that needs repair and fix it.
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