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Leviticus Tomethreus
     So, just curious, how long does it take for you guys to fettle. I think it’ll be interesting to compare the time it takes an expert to an amateur such as your truly. I’ve never really finished a project. There’s always something else to do. Also just to add on, let’s make it model specific. Next time you guys refurbish/fettle any of the following models, time it. Start a timer if you have a smart phone. I know with atleast iPhones, the stopwatch will run 24/7. Alright, the models are, quick lites in general, 220/228 C D E F, 220/228 H J, and 200a. 
My friends don’t call me “Lantern Levi” for nothin’,
if they did call me that.

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10/25, and 8/07

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Hot Diggity
For me it's not a race.  Depends on the condition, and uniqueness.  Some really sorry looking lamps I can run through in an afternoon.  Some lanterns that I really like I might take months or years to fettle. 

What's a smart phone?
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1hpycmpr
Yea, I’m in the same camp as Chuck.  Depending on how deep the fettle goes.  The time spent cleaning parts can vary quite a bit so hard to determine how long it would take.  I would imagine that someone can disassemble/reassemble a 220 less than an hour.  I usually take a few days on a common 220.  The nicer the piece, the more I take my time.  And I only have a dumb phone.
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REJ2
The real time consuming part can be the fount. A really nasty one can take some serious time. Cleaning junked up fuel followed by a rust treatment can take a couple days. A clean fount 200A, valve out and back in, air tube brushed, cap seal replaced, leather pump cup replaced, globe washed, can be done in less than 2hrs, add a little if your cleaning and polishing brass. I don't get in a real hurry.
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Dubblbubbl

Alot depends on whether I’m working on a unfamiliar piece or one that I’m familiar with.  Most late model cf gpas don’t take much to get running, just a cleaning of the gen, replace a cap gasket, fount rinse and pump cup maintenance and mantles.  Those take about an hour or less.  I don’t have many that I want to bring back to ‘near new’ condition, I’m more interested it getting them running and I like the grunge that shows use.  With that said, the oldest pieces I’ve fettled are my trio of 530s and I spent about a couple of hours messing around with each of them, I did a vaporizer cleaning on two of them in about an hour yesterday.  I’m sure if I ever run into a real collectible it’s going to take quite awhile.


Stuff that I have restored to near new condition takes longer.  I did a 425nl earlier this year that took about a week counting the paint curing time, actual hands on time about 3-4 hours.  This 220e resto that I’m in the middle of is probably going to be around 4 hours hands on time I’m guessing.  


One of my first full breakdowns on a 200a took quite awhile because I had to take it apart a couple of times to resolve a persistent flooding problem that was due to a clogged f/a tube.

Rob in NC
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Tgarner01
Like mentioned above, depends on what you're wanting to accomplish? Just get a GPA working? A FFR? A rusty frame/fount/repaints are a full day on and off sometimes two.... A 200A/242 that won't pick up fuel is about a ten minute fix about double on the 220/228s. But I've literally done a 120+ in the past 10-11 months... Suitcase stoves are where the time is spent... You need to be dedicated on them. Just don't rush it you will be spending more time and money fixing what you tore up.
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gwillmot
[QUOTE username=Leviticus Tomethreus userid=7320473 postid=1312815980]     So, just curious, how long does it take for you guys to fettle./QUOTE]
The older you get ..... the longer it takes to fettle
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Hot Diggity
gwillmot wrote:
     So, just curious, how long does it take for you guys to fettle./QUOTE]
The older you get ..... the longer it takes to fettle


Levi, I couldn't help thinking about age when I saw your original post.  I thought of all the things that I wished I'd been directed to study and master when I was your age.  Investing and the "miracle" of compound interest, would be high on the list.  All the other benefits I could think of required learned skill, natural talent or good looks.  Investing is the only one that hinges so much on time... something that you potentially have more of than most of us.  
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Jayhawksr
We you hit adulthood sometimes the hobbies take a back seat to life. I did a total cleaning and rebuild on a 242C in about two hours. The 200A I just did was been on the bench for about a year. But that included stripping and repainting the fount. 
Richard (KC native and KU Alumni living in Maryland)
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Leviticus Tomethreus
@Hot Diggity compound interests? Multiple interests?
My friends don’t call me “Lantern Levi” for nothin’,
if they did call me that.

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

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”I don’t need to write that down, I’ll remember it.”
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gwillmot
@Hot Diggity compound interests? Multiple interests?
 
13 years old .... early 1960's ... Junior High ...had a job (paper route) ... had own savings account .... was explained compound interest by parents, bank, and school.
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Leviticus Tomethreus
The only thing you can’t do in what you said is have a job at thirteen, atleast where I live. My parents don’t even know what a compound interest is.
My friends don’t call me “Lantern 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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Gavercronos
Total dependence on the individual lantern's condition. I recently did a 228B that should have taken under two hours (no paint) and instead took two days soaking in lye and rinsing. There was more varnish in it than anyone would believe possible...

But I work quickly when I'm on one. I took down an Inverted (cleaning the fuel pickup requires the entire thing to be taken apart piece by piece) and had it back together and running in less than one hour.
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Gasman64
Sometimes a while, or a long while, or quite a long time.
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Gunhippie
As others have said, it depends on condition and what I want them to look like.

But here are two I did in one day, a couple of hours of which was just waiting while they buzzed in the untrasonic cleaner:
  https://www.colemancollectorsforum.com/post/weekend-projects-making-light-10647391?pid=1312616340
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BrianBo
Maybe I’m looking at it bass-ackwards. I occasionally find that I’m unsupervised for an hour or two. At that point, I open a bottle of liquid courage and go find something I can work on to a satisfying conclusion in that time.  Sometimes, if time is short, it’s just topping off the fuel in users on the patio or lighting one up to make sure it still works.  I have found that assigning numbers or quantifying a hobby can take the fun out🙂
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Leviticus Tomethreus
So do you keep the users on the patio????
My friends don’t call me “Lantern 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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BrianBo
It’s a covered patio, so they stay dry. I have a 228e hanging up high for general lighting, a 242c for portable lighting in the yard, a 220e with reflector by the grill so I can see what’s cooking and the new addition is a 220d with a mica lamp shade for mood lighting.  Not all lit at the same time, too bright😎
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Leviticus Tomethreus
I still feel like they’d rust
My friends don’t call me “Lantern 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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Banjoman
I just git er done ASAP but sometimes I like to fondle them while waiting like the one I just got from my friend for my birthday coming then I’ll lite it up it’s 236 D-46
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holliswood

For me:
Several hours over two days at the start of my collecting. 

As of now, several hours over three or four days. I’ve got to where my hands don’t work as good as they used to so that’s part of the slow down. It does draw out the anticipation a little more though. 

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outlawmws
As was said it's NOT a race, and I'd rather take extra time, than be buying replacement parts.  Sometimes its unavoidable, but generally not.  if it ain't broke, I don't want to break it while fixing it.  

It's also dependent in the condition as found.  I've had some that I pumped up and lit with NO fetteling.  The 228F from last Sat was one of those - not even a mantle needed, still < 1/4 full on the fount. who knows how long it hung in the garage it came out of?  Even the pump worked.

Conversely,  I've had a 3 burner Kamp Kook apart for at least a month.  I still don't have 2 of the burner screws out (but I have secured replacement screws, and those will require drilling out and re-tapping)  - I spent DAYS and used every trick I know, and they won't budge...  Now the heads are half stripped.  The rust has made them one with the cast iron of the burner  -along with the remnants of the case that rotted out. 

Then it still needs a patch on the bottom where those two screws were as the bottom was completely rotted away around the heads...  I also need to solder a piece of the edge of the case where the rust deteriorated the metal and it's "back" is broke; The back wall wobbles and that has to get a piece soldered in to make a splint for the break.  That still leaves a broken hinge for the lid at the same place.  (one caused the other to break - I think the "broke back" caused the hinge to fatigue and snap...)

I'm NOT in a rush;  I've learned patience.
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Chucker
On a 200a? Fifteen minutes to 6 hours if I have to do a strip and repaint. That includes painting the frame and probably just polishing the fount and collar. 

Other than that - like others have said, depends on how deep you go. 
Chuck
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hours to years, depends on my ambition and the lantern.
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Leviticus Tomethreus
Well I’m gonna say it’s gonna be hard on my kamplite. I want to give kamplite another try but after my experience with this one, I’ll think about when they’re truly worthy.
My friends don’t call me “Lantern 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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Gunhippie
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fuel brained
With me it takes as long as needed. I don't rush things as I learned by killing a optimus r8 fount.
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gpaguy
In addition to condition being a huge factor I have found out that the non Coleman lanterns can take a lot more time just because of not being familiar with them and needing replacement parts that don't exist. 


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Erwin
It's all a matter of mood.
Sometimes a fettle goes very quick (especially if no big repairs are requied) but in several cases it takes years.
If I can't make progress for any reason I put the project aside, think about it (which takes longer and longer now ;-)) and pull it up some time later again. Sometimes it's due to missing parts but sometimes because of a difficult procedure.
Right now I have the following items in parts:
- AGM chandelier due to missing decorated knee (see classifieds)
- AGM 2572 burgandy. Caswell'ed the 2nd time. need to make dunk test, repaint and complete again
- AGM 276. Put too much Caswell in fount (My 1st Caswell project. Nobody told me how much or less to use) and have a thick layer at the bottom now. The carburetor valve doesn't screw deep enough in the fount anymore. A friend made a guiding sleeve for the filler hole but I'm not sure I can drill a ditch in the rock-hard resin
- Coleman 242C just to clean
- AGM 3927 (?)
- Several Aladdin's for missing parts....  :-(((
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Vintageish
I don't track time on a lantern.
The last 242 was Dads. A couple days spent on it till running and cleaned up ,but it's not really done. Are they ever?

Having been time studied at various jobs , and having done piecework and having rates above daily average for incentive , and time demands for orders ect....
If I'm not getting paid by time , I ain't keeping track.
And the quality of the work would reflect the jobs time demands. If demand for time existed.
Each lantern is different. So is the time and attention required. I could give you a flat rate on my labor per hour, or on getting the lantern running..
Or I could run through it like one of my own. With no focus on the clock.
But for most anyone who's asked me "how much longer " on a job has found , it's only going to be longer now that you are asking me.

When I'm done with a project I'm done. For now.
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Gunhippie
As the old saying goes, you can have it good, cheap, fast.

Pick two.
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