200A and 202 reproduction
frames back
in stock.

Braden620
Cleaning up all the parts to my varnished 523, overnight soak in Berryman Chem Dip and a run through the ultrasonic with Dawn. I started to scrape away the old cap gasket as OCP has a new one that appears to be of the same rubber as any other cap gasket. My pick didn't feel like I was down to metal yet but I could see shine. I stopped for fear of damage and low and behold the cap gasket appears to be soft (pure) lead.  Since the cap is stainless, I could melt out and re-pour using the cap as a mould.  But should I? Is this something someone has added along the years or is this original?  I don't know how to date my stove as there is no date to be found on it, I'm going to assume late 40's or very early 50's as mine has the heavy steel case, and no date on the front metal brace.

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SteveRetherford
just slap a rubber gasket over the lead , leaving the lead in place .
[DrSteve2]    Steve , Keeper of the Light !!!
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Cottage_hill_bill
Lead was a common fuel cap gasket material. You can repair/replace with soft solder, or like Steve says, just add a viton gasket over it. If you decide to repair the lead, don't try to melt it al out and replace it. Use a pencil torch or small propane torch and heat it enough to melt the lead, add some soft solder if needed. The goal is a nice smooth finish.
Reese
North West Florida

Reese’s Law of Thermodynamics:  At temperatures below incandescence hot metal looks exactly like cold metal.

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Sam McCord
Is the original gasket leaking? If the picture in OP's first post is the cap in question the gasket looks to be in pretty good shape. I would not stack a gasket on a gasket. I would follow Reese's advice and melt some soft solder in with the original if it needs it.
Doug

Why is there never enough time to do it right but always enough time to do it over?
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SteveRetherford
is there a better place for a rubber gasket than between two metal surfaces :-) coleman no longer uses lead as rubber is faster n easier .

with a lead gasket you really need to put on the torque , but with rubber finger tight does it .... i have melted n added lead to resurface , and its not as simple as it sounds to get it nice n flat ..... you will need to tighten it several times to get a new mating surface , you can see the shine in the lead where its seating .
[DrSteve2]    Steve , Keeper of the Light !!!
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