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TBizz
I have a 236 fount that has a small pin hole was wondering if anyone can fix it or has a spare seafoam green 236 fount. Pm me if you can fix it for me or have a fount.
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Northman49
If you have a pin hole....you probably have more.... assuming it's on the bottom. Check around the existing pinhole for weak spots.
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TBizz
It is on the bottom it it's just one small pin hole the rest of it is in great shape it feels solid all the way around the bottom the inside has some rust but it doesn't have big hunks of rust scale i heard of ppl using some type of gas tank sealers. I'd be willing to see what someone would charge to fix it because the fount in in great shape besides the pin hole.
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ehodges
Troy this has been debated nearly every week here since I have been on the forum for the past 7 years. Unless you can scope the inside of the fount bottom and assure yourself that there is no other weakness, then caswells or a similar product to seal the bottom, is about the only safe fix. Rust is not selective. Where there is one hole there are others nearly rusted through. I have soldered a hole before from the outside but I now know that is a fools' folly. Some on very rare lanterns, have even uncrimped and tried to replace the whole bottom or cut out most of the bottom and brazed or welded in a replacement bottom.

You could always get a replacement fount and paint it seafoam. Very hard to do a complete functional restoration on a rusty fount.

Sorry, this is probably not what you wanted to hear.
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275 Appreciation Syndicate, Sears and Goldbond Collectors#22
BernzOmatic Appreciation #027
Coleman Blues 243 #113
Ed Hodges
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TBizz
Well I also mentioned if someone has a 236 seafoam font for sale or trade.
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Eel
I'd reinforce Ed's idea that where there's one pinhole, there are twenty:
I'd point out that naphtha is very, very flammable at STP (standard temp and pressure, ie free air)
I'd point out that font leaks are quite dangerous indeed with naphtha
I'd point out that more than one of our members have personal experience with founts leaking CF: none of them have anything nice to say about the event.
Please Do Not Set Yourself On Fire.

There is this epoxy-coating thing offered for a different purpose by an Ohio company, that has a decent rep here.  I have a 242 fount sealed with that product that I will use for kerosene only.

Resealing a failed fount is dangerous territory. 

EEL Eclectic Lanterns, div.  Doofenshmirtz-EEL Incorporated.

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TBizz
Ya I'm converting it over to kerosene anyways wether I fix this fount or find a replacement one
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ecblanks
If you are set on saving the fount then go through the effort of a thorough derusting: soak in your favorite acid, bb dance, rinse repeat. Odds are the bb dance will uncover any other pinholes immediately waiting to happen. Only one i've ever done a treatment on was a 249 and the holes were so big I had to weld them first (which held pressure), then treated on the inside so it wouldn't leak out (I used POR-15).  I don't use that fount anymore.  
Other option is to use the seafoam for display purposes only , then throw a 220E or whatever on it for use.
Carlton - 9/73
Coleman 275 Appreciation Syndicate # 0176
Slant Saver #29
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ecblanks
Sorry, just reread that you were looking for someone else to fix, not advice on fixing.  My apologies, but I'm leaving the reply.
Carlton - 9/73
Coleman 275 Appreciation Syndicate # 0176
Slant Saver #29
Mil-Spec Ops #0973

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Eel
In which case, also be aware that a 237 has a different valve assy and that 237 gens don't fit 236, vice versa..  Not to say that a 236 can't run kerosene! but I have no personal experience with that.  If memory serves, the gas jet on a factory 236 gen is 009, and a 220 gen jet is 008 which should be "about right" for a kero conversion.

EEL Eclectic Lanterns, div.  Doofenshmirtz-EEL Incorporated.

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Dmacp
I am of the opinion that many founts of that vintage have spots that are rusted through. The rust makes a good plug for a while. The "BB Dance" that you guys favor is really not the way to get rid of rust, other than loose flakes. Rust forms pits and the BB's go right over it. The only way to get rid of the rust is by bead blasting or chemical de-rusting solution. Then you will find the pinholes and you will be surprised. If you do have a solid fount, protect it. when it is rust free and clean, coat the bottom with caswell's sealant and it will protect it from rust. Rust forms from droplets of condensation in the air above the fuel level.
Guys out in rural areas do the same thing with their water tanks.
I have a beautiful 236 that I burned regularly for several years. I decided to restore it, and left about an inch of evaporust in it for a few weeks. When I picked it up there was a spot of evaporust underneath it. I never would have guessed. Although the rust forms a plug, it is far from safe.
I would not use sealer to fix cracks. Several people (myself included) have had the sealer fail on them, and as Dave pointed out, it can become a flame thrower in a second. Burns are horrible, and if indoors you will set your house on fire. Having a fire extinguisher is not good enough. You have to have it in your hand with the pin pulled and ready to use.

Dan
ICCC member #604
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zoomkat
"I have a 236 fount that has a small pin hole was wondering if anyone can fix it or has a spare seafoam green 236 fount. Pm me if you can fix it for me or have a fount."

I doubt anyone will bite on repairing the font for you due to potential liability issues. You might take it on as a DIY project to learn about these things. Assessing the overall condition of the fount bottom would be the first project. Do a "BB dance" inside the fount, but with a material more aggressive than BBs, to clean off existing rust. Inspect the bottom of the tank for indications of rust under the paint, or remove the paint for inspection. Pinholes probably can be cold soldered. Get a Schrader valve fuel cap so you can hydro pressure test the tank to a high pressure to see if the patches hold and if more pinholes/issues become obvious.
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kw12330
I have repaired a few tanks with caswells but they have all been kero models not sure I would trust anything that burns gas, like the others have said instant flamethrower if it goes bad.

Keith W  

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looking for lanterns 1/66 1/87 7/94 BernzOmatic Appreciation Club #011
The Coleman Blues 243's #112   MilSpec Syndicate #1966
Coleman 275 Appreciation Syndicate #168  Sears Collector Club #1966 
Canadian Blues Syndicate#49,Coleman Slant Saver#1966

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Northman49

I did a repair on a 236. Actually replaced the complete bottom, but I would not do it again, nor would I sell/give it to anyone in that state. It works fine and doesn't leak...but ............
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She was only a moonshiner's daughter, but I loved her still.

I keep my tools sharp...but my mind sharper!
  Ed
                 CANADIAN BLUES Member #023
     
                  Mil-spec ops #1982
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scl
all my pin hole founts are in my attic.
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Dmacp
wow. that's dedication. I have several of those founts with pinholes. One I burned for quite some time, and finally disassembled it to paint. After a week with some evaporust in it, it started leaking. Rust does a fairly decent job of plugging the hole, wondering how many of my user lanterns are like that. Sending one to a plater will also open up the pinholes. The ones you didn't think were there when you sent it in.
Dan
ICCC member #604
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