First of all, I'd like to send out a huge,"Thank You!" to all of the members for the invaluable help I have already received from all of your great posts. Now for the mistake: a picture is worth a thousand words.
In fact, it was a tip from a post here that I acquired my very first lanterns from a collector in Beaumont CA, liquidating his collection, just a couple weeks ago. (My wife sends along a VERY sarcastic thanks to all of you too!)
I've since been "bit by bug" and have purchased a few more items.
I was hoping my first post(s) were going to be in the collections category with a completed project and fabulous pictures but oh well, you gotta go with the flow...
Lesson learned. Don't apply excessive force where it shouldn't be applied.
Breaking down and cleaning (what I think is) a C331, I created the "bent" issue above. So I know I need a new valve assembly.
1st question: Should try to locate an original part? Or, I think Mike has a similar valve assembly do I go with one that is close?
2nd question: I don't see (nor did I find in the fount) a screen. Would it be okay to reassemble without a screen?
Thanks again for everything you've all already done to help,