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Post by milspec6 on Sat Nov 25, 2017 6:55 pm

I was sitting at home during the holiday and had nothing to do, so I started cleaning out the garage loft where junk goes to die.  I pulled out a box of old Coleman Lanterns from the 1950's and decided to fix them up.

I bought them at a garage sale probably 25 years ago for a camping trip.  One lantern got dropped into the creek, one never would light, and one caught on fire so they were not of much help back then.  I threw them in the wooden box and threw them into storage.

After a couple of days and boiling them in vinegar, I now have 3 pretty nice lanterns.  I had to replace a few parts and flush out the varnish, but they all light up and give off a nice glow.  The one on the right with nickel base runs on kerosene and puts out 500 candle power....also generates about 10,000 btu up the vent cap so it is a pretty good heater as well.

Have to say, that was kind of fun and relaxing.  I just might have found a new hobby.

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Post by Freemind1 on Sun Nov 26, 2017 8:57 am

I have 2 lanterns and 2 or 3 of the cook stoves.

One of those cook stoves I got at a camp ground. Someone left it behind and I picked it up. It didn't work (so I guess that's why they left it) because it was filled with Kerosene. Dumped it out and filled with the correct fuel and it works like a charm. Lol.

The two lanterns I have, one runs on Coleman fuel, the other on unleaded gas. Neither are vintage like yours. I do have an old propane tank topper made by benzomatic, but the glass got broke.

I'm betting that the one in the middle and on the right, are fairly valuable and collectable.

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Post by milspec6 on Sun Nov 26, 2017 12:34 pm

Valuable is subjective, but vintage lanterns don't sell for much. The one on the right is the best lantern Coleman made and it sells for about $150 on fleabay these days. The one in the middle around $100 probably.

They show up at garage sales for $5 - $15, but often take about $40 - $60 to repair.

It was just enjoyable to work on something simple for a change. The brass and nickel clean up really well and to take the charred and corroded lanterns to the finished product of shiny and operational was a good feeling.

There are some valuable items out there, but they are really rare. Most are under $100 and all three of these are from the 1950's ('52, '55, '58) so they hold up well.

I might have to look for a few more at the garage sales just for something to do this winter.

Oh, by the way, you can convert that stove to burn kerosene with a change to the generator. You could also burn them with "Amish Mix" which is kerosene blended with white gas....supposed to burn cleaner that way.
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Post by dp1 on Sun Nov 26, 2017 11:20 pm

Great work Bob, they look real nice !
My tech goes to garage sales and buy some stuffs that needs cleaning and fixing and he rents a space in flea market once a month and sells the stuffs, he makes about $ 1000 or more doing that once a month, he said that almost can pay health insurance for him and his wife ( they are on their 60s ).
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Post by milspec6 on Mon Nov 27, 2017 8:48 am

Wow, good for him. That is a very smart tech you have there.
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Post by Mo on Mon Nov 27, 2017 7:59 pm

I think I'll sell at the flea markets once my arm falls off from swinging that wand
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