200A and 202 reproduction
frames back
in stock.

mudbox
I recently bought this 1945 Coleman model 252A off the auction site.  It was cheap and the seller probably lost money on the shipping ($11 to ship).  But $35 all in I thought was more than fair for what it is.

Of course, it looked like it had spent some time in the ocean.  There was so much rust on the burner frame.  The ball nut was seized on so the seller had to carefully wrap it all together with the globe in stasis for shipping.  I was happy to see that nothing was damaged in shipment.  I don't think the Sunrise globe is correct, but it's been on there for a while and I see no reason to swap it now.

Here's how it started:
So
Much
Rust...











Everything was disassembled and spent a solid day in the evaporust.  After a day, I scrubbed everything and then put it all back in the evaporust for another day.

I was pleasantly surprised with the condition of the parts afterward.  There is of course some heavy pitting, but hey, not too bad for 75 years.





Everything was surprisingly solid, so I removed all the paint and polished the fount. No visible holes or cracks in the fount.  







I found the thread for paint here on the forum and went out to get some Krylon Hunter Green.  Not a perfect match with the vent, but that could just be some sun bleaching.  It's pretty close though.





And some VHT very high temp aluminum color paint for the burner frame.



I'm waiting for some high temp blue Loctite but I just had to test fit it all together and snap some pics.  So, no money shot for you guys yet, but it's really close.





And finally, the side by side before/after.



Thanks for looking.  I'll update with the money shot in a couple of days, I hope!
-Jason
Milspec Ops #1978
275 Syndicate #228
Quicklite Crew #49
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Leviticus Tomethreus
Snnnff ssnnnfff...  It’s so...   beautiful. You did an OUTSTANDING job on that milspec Jason.
My friends don’t call me “Lantern/lampie Levi”
for nothin’,if they did call me that.

Looking for bday lanterns 8/38, 8/41, 
10/25, and 8/07

The biggest lie I tell myself is
”I don’t need to write that down, I’ll remember it.”
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Tgarner01
Great turn around!! Yes my 45 Coleman milspec is a different green than say a C model... Different than any Coleman I believe. But I think yours turned out great! I'll try to get a picture of mine on here this week.

Here's a 63 King Sealy and a 45 Coleman to compare colors. 
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I think I like your green better ðŸ˜
Toby Garner
ICCC #1939
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Kgam1020
Wow Jason beautiful job. What a difference from when you bought it and the time taken. LOOKS MINT! 
Ken.
Looking for Bday lanterns, 10/83, 11/84 and 10/2011.
Milspec Syndicate member #1020 
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Sierra Roadrunner
Great job on salvaging that "old soldier" Jason. You did it up proud, looks like he can go another 75 years.

   Joe
ICCC #1893
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12057dave
Wow Jason. Nice job. That frame really came clean👍

Dave                                                       BernzOmatic Appreciation Club #1957

Coleman 275 Appreciation Syndicate #0678

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Emorr123
Awesome work.
Eric 
MilspecOps #1272
Coleman 275 Appreciation Syndicate #1272
BernzOmatic Appreciation Club #1272
Coleman Quick Lite Crew #7
ICCC #1789
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Smudge
I wouldn't have believed that could have been saved. Phenomenal restoration!
"If all the beasts were gone, men would die from a great loneliness of spirit, for whatever happens to the beasts,
also happens to the man. Whatever befalls the Earth, befalls the sons of the Earth.” - Chief Seattle

ICCC # 1726  -  Bernz0matiC Appreciation Club #057
Perfection Heater Collectors #6
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macwacs
How is the inside of the fount? I would do a por15 just to insure that it lasts another 75 years. Looks nice & good work there.
 RMW
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Ridge Runner
That really came out great, amazing turn-around!!

— L.J.
Looking for 10/2015 & 1/2020 B-Day Lanterns
I love the smell of naphtha in the morning!
"Ain’t no need to watch where I’m goin’; just need to know where I’ve been" -Tow Mater

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mudbox
Thanks everyone, for the kind words.  This one surprised me a bit as well with how well it came out.

Blue Loctite arrived today so I have everything re-assembled and well sealed.  Recommended cure time is 24 hours.  So, tomorrow evening, this should be throwing some light.

I've already burnt in a new mantle, so all I need to do is fill it up and it's ready to go!

-Jason
Milspec Ops #1978
275 Syndicate #228
Quicklite Crew #49
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Kgam1020
Nice can’t want for the money shot 👍🏻
Ken.
Looking for Bday lanterns, 10/83, 11/84 and 10/2011.
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mudbox
Well, I just couldn't wait for this evening to light this bad boy.  So, here's a money shot for you fine folks.



I didn't think that I used 'excessive starting pressure', but apparently, the mantle couldn't handle it.  
So much for the Peerless 2C-HG.  Good thing they come in a 4 pack!



Thanks for looking!
-Jason
Milspec Ops #1978
275 Syndicate #228
Quicklite Crew #49
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Kgam1020
Awesome! When I start my MilSpec I only use 5-6 pumps to start then increasing the pressure as the lantern burns bright. When I first started mine I blew through a #21a mantel, once I got it tuned in I tied a corse weave silk lite and it burns bright. Great job on the restoration Jason. 
Ken.
Looking for Bday lanterns, 10/83, 11/84 and 10/2011.
Milspec Syndicate member #1020 
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mudbox
Thanks Ken for the in insight on pressure.  It took minutes (literally) for the fuel to start coming up through the generator.  I'm using the gen that was on it when I bought it, so it's suspect for sure.  I bought a new gen from OCP with the rest of the parts, so I have that if I need to use it going forward.  I'll put a #21 on next time and see if that works any better.
-Jason
Milspec Ops #1978
275 Syndicate #228
Quicklite Crew #49
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GCinSC
Nice save. I didn’t see that result coming but nice it did. 
Gary, self acclaimed Cast Iron Camp Cook & Tinkerer.
Coleman 275 Appreciation Syndicate #0154
Mil-SpecOps #0308
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mudbox
Thanks Gary!  Looks to be a nice Milspec in your avatar!  
-Jason
Milspec Ops #1978
275 Syndicate #228
Quicklite Crew #49
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GCinSC
Yup, one of four but I'd find room for more.
Gary, self acclaimed Cast Iron Camp Cook & Tinkerer.
Coleman 275 Appreciation Syndicate #0154
Mil-SpecOps #0308
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Dan
What a transformation! Congratulations!
Dan

Coleman Slant Saver #50
Coleman Quick-Lite Crew #18
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Ridge Runner
It’s alive!!

I still can’t believe the before and after. Man, that thing is super shiny 😎👍🏻

— L.J.
Looking for 10/2015 & 1/2020 B-Day Lanterns
I love the smell of naphtha in the morning!
"Ain’t no need to watch where I’m goin’; just need to know where I’ve been" -Tow Mater

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mudbox

Thanks Dan!  


It’s alive!!

I still can’t believe the before and after. Man, that thing is super shiny 😎👍🏻

Thanks L.J.!  This is the first tone that I’ve really gone all in on. All the rest have been polish and parts. 


Im not too impressed with the Krylon paint. It’s already chipped off the brass fount in a couple of small spots. I’m going to have to see if there’s a way to get it to stick better. Maybe an etching primer?  

-Jason
Milspec Ops #1978
275 Syndicate #228
Quicklite Crew #49
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Duck

Wow. Thank you for saving it. I have a thing for mil-specs. When I start mine after a long time idle. I pump them 30 times open the valve and listen til I hear fuel coming out. Turn off the valve open the cap to release the pressure then put in 5 or 6 pumps to light it. 

ok I have to ask where did you get the decals. I need a set but OCP’s have an obvious typo yours doesn’t have.

Joe
Mil-SpecOps #0219
Stovie and Damn proud of it


how long does one have to be dead before it’s considered archeology  and not grave robbery?


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mudbox
Duck wrote:

ok I have to ask where did you get the decals. I need a set but OCP’s have an obvious typo yours doesn’t have.

Thanks Joe!  I’m glad to have saved it!  

The decals came from OCP. They must have fixed whatever typo was there. What was it?

-Jason
Milspec Ops #1978
275 Syndicate #228
Quicklite Crew #49
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Duck
mudbox wrote:

 

Thanks Joe!  I’m glad to have saved it!  

The decals came from OCP. They must have fixed whatever typo was there. What was it?



They use Brake instead of Break. Glad to know they fixed it I was going to place an order last night but delayed it now I can add them to it.

Joe
Mil-SpecOps #0219
Stovie and Damn proud of it


how long does one have to be dead before it’s considered archeology  and not grave robbery?


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Leviticus Tomethreus
@mudbox “so much rust” Man you haven’t seen rust until you saw the first lantern I ever took apart. Poor 228E. The bottom of the fount was nonexistent and I could’ve re enamors the vent and called it a 220 vent. That’s bad boy saw some USE.
My friends don’t call me “Lantern/lampie Levi”
for nothin’,if they did call me that.

Looking for bday lanterns 8/38, 8/41, 
10/25, and 8/07

The biggest lie I tell myself is
”I don’t need to write that down, I’ll remember it.”
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Duck
I’ve just been relooking at the pics. When I got to the cleaned up and polished fount, I think at that point I would have been awfully tempted to ask  Timm Gunhippie if he wanted to attempt nickel plating a fount. Add a black sears vent. It’d been interesting to see.

Joe
Mil-SpecOps #0219
Stovie and Damn proud of it


how long does one have to be dead before it’s considered archeology  and not grave robbery?


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Leviticus Tomethreus
@Duck wait, Timm plates for people?
My friends don’t call me “Lantern/lampie Levi”
for nothin’,if they did call me that.

Looking for bday lanterns 8/38, 8/41, 
10/25, and 8/07

The biggest lie I tell myself is
”I don’t need to write that down, I’ll remember it.”
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Duck
I don’t think he has yet. But I would have approached him with the idea. I don’t think you’ve seen Dave Eel ( he hasn’t been on lately) but he does plate for people.

Joe
Mil-SpecOps #0219
Stovie and Damn proud of it


how long does one have to be dead before it’s considered archeology  and not grave robbery?


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