200A and 202 reproduction
frames back
in stock.
Jay C B
I have a 202 that I am considering rebuilding and have some questions and need advice:
  • How can I date the piece?  It has a ceramic burner, hot-dipped galvanized steel bottom (it's magnetic), green 'sunshine' Coleman globe ('Pyrex, Made in USA' on opposite side)
  • How can I remove whatever got melted onto the vent without damaging the porcelain? 
  • Are period-correct replacement water-slide DECALS (NOT stickers) available for this?  The original is almost completely gone.
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Gand28
The steel bottom indicated 1954 only. 8/54 was the first month of production and the most common in 1954. 

I would use a single edge razor blade to get most of the crude off the vent. Then wash with soap and water and use your fingernail or the blade to get the last small specs off. 

No one is reproducing the 202 decals in water slide. 

Looks like it will be a nice one!  Oven cleaner on the frame helps get the heat marks off. Likewise oven cleaner sprayed on and in the fount get the initial crap loose. 
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Jay C B
Wow! So I have a first-year 202.  Didn't know about the steel bottom exclusivity for '54 (Also, I--mistakenly--thought these were produced from '55 to '65).
Regarding the decal, might I be better off just leaving what's left of the original, insofar as collector value (or is it too far gone to consider that as a factor)?
Good tip on the oven cleaner I'll try it.
Lastly, if no decals available, does anyone re-pop them as stickers?  What would the correct '54 one look like?

Thanks,
Jay
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Gunhippie
Jay: I have the best luck removing plastic from a vent by letting the lantern run until the plastic is burned black, then let cool and scrape off with a single-edge razor blade. The burned plastic is much more brittle than the freshly-melted plastic and usually flakes right off.

I've taken lantern to affairs with semi-feral children, and removing plastic bags from the vents and burned-on child flesh from the globe is par for the course.
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Gand28
The 202 was sold from 1954-1964 although the last production date was 10/63. It is the only low vent 202. 

OCP has the 202 decals. Early and late. Late style has the lantern image in the lower right corner and this started in 1961. You want an early 202 decal. Original or reproduction doesn't seem to hurt collector value much.  
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Jay C B
Heh heh heh…



“…removing plastic bags from the vents and burned-on child flesh from the globe is par for the course.”
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Jay C B
Gand28 wrote:
The 202 was sold from 1954-1964 although the last production date was 10/63. It is the only low vent 202. 

OCP has the 202 decals. Early and late. Late style has the lantern image in the lower right corner and this started in 1961. You want an early 202 decal. Original or reproduction doesn't seem to hurt collector value much.  


Greg;

Just ordered the correct decal from OCP.

I noted your recommendation to use oven cleaner to clean up the frame and collar but while disassembling the lantern last night, I had to use Liquid Wrench to free the burner tube and generator nuts, which I sprayed liberally.  In handling the frame thereafter, the black crud was wiping off on my gloves easily, so I cleaned the whole thing effectively with just Liquid Wrench--just thought I'd pass this along.

Jay
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Gand28
Sounds like you took the soot off.  The brown heat marks take more effort.  I start with oven cleaner, then naval jelly and finally a steel wheel on a Dremel to get the entire frame looking like new.  
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Here's the before and after of the one I just finished...



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Jay C B
Gand28 wrote:
Here's the before and after of the one I just finished...

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Wow, you aren’t kidding when you said ‘like new’.  For me, I either refurbish or restore a piece. ‘Refurbish’ just gets a thorough cleaning and functional overhaul. ‘Restore’, on the other hand is getting a piece looking as close to new out-of-the-box as possible, which is what your effort appears to be. Nice work. 
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LongueCarabine
Jay C B wrote:


Greg;

Just ordered the correct decal from OCP.

I noted your recommendation to use oven cleaner to clean up the frame and collar but while disassembling the lantern last night, I had to use Liquid Wrench to free the burner tube and generator nuts, which I sprayed liberally.  In handling the frame thereafter, the black crud was wiping off on my gloves easily, so I cleaned the whole thing effectively with just Liquid Wrench--just thought I'd pass this along.

Jay


I'm not seeing them on OCP.  I have a 10/62 that I would love to get looking mint, but it appears the nickel on mine is thin.  Is there another source? It looks a good bit better than this now, but it doesn't have that mirror finish.

202 Pro -1 .jpg 

Brian
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Chucker
Brian, looks like Cigar Mike is out right now. You can email him on the OCP website, call him, or msg him here on the forum and ask when he expects to get them back in stock. 
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LongueCarabine
Thanks, Chuck.  I appreciate the help.

Brian
Looking for the following lanterns; 08/36; 09/29; 05/59; 05/60; 06/61; 12/65; 11/75; 11/88
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