Had some time this weekend to scour some spots in rural VA and NC that I had been eyeballing on trips to my MIL's, which before were difficult to really dedicate time to while toting the family around. But alas it wasn't to be. The best thing I found was a broken amber on a 228H that I had to pass on.
On the way home I made one last ditch stop, closer to home, that I've stopped in from time to time and while I never brought anything home, there were signs of promise . In a booth (one of the last, just before closing) where a guy usually had a $75 200A (which was still there) and some other lanterns ,I spied a curious looking device in the corner, buried under some cast iron griddles, with a telltale fuel knob that could only be Coleman.
I dug it out and noticed Coleman stamped on the burners and I knew I had hit it. I didn't recognize it at all though, so I hit Terry's site and identified it as a model 373, from the 30's. No recent sales on ebay so I had to take a chance on the price tag which I felt was reasonable, and plus i was just worth it to me. I had been wanting an old stove for while (something older than a 425 with CI). Here is what I've got myself into.
Almost all of the paint from the chassis is gone. I'm not much into painting, but this one will probably get the works.
Steel tank still has about half of it's paint, but it's flaking quickly. Some rust around the seams but I hope it's just external. Lots of RUG residue in it. This thing is huge . I bet i can get almost a whole can of fuel in it!
Already replaced the cap gasket and borrowed a stem from my 327 (I'll need one!) and was able to get air into it, so that's a start. Have to replace two packings on this one! <Mike rubbing his hands together greedily>.
The telltale wheel I saw
Love the stamped burner.
I'm guessing no one has an unfired one of these (John?). Need to know where to paint it. Not even a hint of a decal on it, as I can see right now.
I got all the tank disassembled last night and will clean up the nickeled brass and replace packings. Then I need to do a bb dance and further inspect the tank. This one will get a full fettle and lightup (hopefully) before I attempt to paint it. I'll post updates here.
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