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MiguelHerbert
Hi, all,

I'm fairly proficient at rebuilding 200 and 220 series lanterns, but am taking on my first rebuild of a 252 Milspec. 

Anything I should watch out for, or be careful of?
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GCinSC

Pic would help. Two distinct styles exist each has different valve and manifold attachment. 


Which mfgr and production date? 


Take time research and don’t rush it. Post questions with pics. Take pics for ref before rnr. 

Gary

Gary, self acclaimed Cast Iron Camp Cook & Tinkerer.
Coleman 275 Appreciation Syndicate #0154
Mil-SpecOps #0308
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74HARLEY
If you can rebuild a 220 a milspec is easy...
Joe
looking for 200a 11-56,9-77,2-65 Coleman 275 appreciation syndicate member #0004 ICCC #1262
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10gage
Be patient and expect lots of flare ups. Preheat helps with moving a flame over over the entire generator. Be careful it’s aluminum. If you have the Aladdin conversion 
James sizemore
milspec syndicate #1941
slant savers #68
quicklite crew#43
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holliswood

Before removing the generator seat, make sure to heat it a little before attempting to remove the generator seat. They’ll snap off if you aren’t careful. 

Go easy on reinstalling the generator. It’s easy to cross thread the generator nut on the generator seat. As others have mentioned, the generator is aluminum and it’s easy to booger up the flared end when reinstalling. A regular wrench can easily over torque the flared end of the generator. 


Make sure to post the year model and manufacturer of your Milspec!!! 

Don’t be afraid to ask questions! We’ll get you up and running 👍🏻

Welcome from NC! Great group of people here. After you get it up and running, join the Milspec club!

-Fred

ICCC Member #1871
MilSpec-Ops #1278
Coleman Quick Lite Crew #41
Perfection Heater Collectors #2 
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Kgam1020
Hi and welcome from western Mass. I have a 1952 Coleman Milspec with the Aladdin conversion. It wasn't hard to take apart. One of the things I did was count the number of turns it took to remove the generator stem from the fuel valve. It will help when putting it together so you don't over tighten and you can clock it right. If you have the quad glass be CAREFUL those are rare and hard to find replacements. Like others have said send us photos and questions we'll be glad to help along the way. 
Ken.
Looking for Bday lanterns, 10/83, 11/84 and 10/2011.
Milspec Syndicate member #1020 
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Greazy
There's a very informative tutorial regarding overhauling a milspec in the How To section here that will help you along the way. Good luck and welcome from western NC.-Tom
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MiguelHerbert
Thanks all, great stuff
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MiguelHerbert
I just started a first time rebuild of a 252 lantern. Got only as far as loosening the butterfly nut. There was no flat washer to slide out of the way. I figured, it was just missing. So, when I went to slide the frame away, it wouldn't budge. I checked and there is no cut-away in my frame that will allow me to do so. Looks as though I have to remove the 45 deg adapter, and lift the frame up?

I've learned real quick-like to not just plunge in before getting advice.

No pic at this time, as my photo program is down.
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holliswood
Sounds like the old style burner assembly. Those are a tad more finicky to get off. The generator seat turns out and then the burner assembly comes free of it. Some heat to the generator seat might be needed. 
-Fred

ICCC Member #1871
MilSpec-Ops #1278
Coleman Quick Lite Crew #41
Perfection Heater Collectors #2 
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Chucker
Welcome Miquel.

What manufacturer made yours? The 45 deg. adapter and a couple small things changed over the years. 
Chuck
"...we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope" Romans 5:3-4
Eye-SEE-C-C Member #1333 -- MilSpecOps #003
"Michigan - from the Ojibwa word “meicigama,” meaning “great water.”
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MiguelHerbert
I am working on a 1969 252 lantern. Can not find any manufacturer info. Where should it be located?

Also, holliswood, how do I "turn the generator seat out?" 
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holliswood

I am working on a 1969 252 lantern. Can not find any manufacturer info. Where should it be located?

Also, holliswood, how do I "turn the generator seat out?" 



Manufacturer should be stamped on the bottom of the fount. 

The last one I went through that had the burner assembly that required removing the generator seat I loosened the lock down nut that’s under the burner assembly. Heated the generator seat with my mini butane torch and then held the fount with my left arm and turned the generator seat with a wrench. I put the generator nut back on the generator seat before removing it. I also turn the generator seat a half turn toward loose and then a quarter turn towards tight. I keep repeating that process until the generator seat starts to free up. Definitely heat the generator seat some before attempting to remove it or you’ll regret it. That’s how I do mine and other posters have different methods. Just take your time 👍🏻

-Fred

ICCC Member #1871
MilSpec-Ops #1278
Coleman Quick Lite Crew #41
Perfection Heater Collectors #2 
CANADIAN BLUES SYNDICATE #57
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MiguelHerbert
Old style burner assembly is the key. I scrolled down and found the tutorial section that deals with this issue, and will tackle the project again tomorrow. 
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MiguelHerbert
Update: first off, it is a Coleman--stamped right on the bottom, duh. 1969 vintage. The year I left Viet Nam for good. 

Next: I sprayed down the whole .45 degree adaptor area with penetrating oil, and left everything alone till this am. I got into the old-style burner assembly takedown gig, and was again immediately stumped. No lock down nut down below to loosen. So, I'm thinkin' this is the Twilight Zone. 

I fiddled with the area I'd sprayed down, and low-and-behold--the flat washer spit out--and I was able to slide away the cage.

Upward, onward.
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Kgam1020
Good to hear your making head way. Can’t wait to see it. 
Ken.
Looking for Bday lanterns, 10/83, 11/84 and 10/2011.
Milspec Syndicate member #1020 
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MiguelHerbert
What is the Milspec Club, and how to you join?
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Kgam1020

There is a thread on joining the MilSpec syndicate. Searching for it on my phone is a pain, I’m not to tech savy. You will find it no problem and just ask to join the club. Don’t forget to post a pic of your lantern when you ask! 

 

Ken.
Looking for Bday lanterns, 10/83, 11/84 and 10/2011.
Milspec Syndicate member #1020 
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MiguelHerbert
Here's a new issue, re: my disassembly of the Milspec 252.

I found this little goodie resting atop the fount, inside the cage. Put the tool storage cap next to it to give you a size reference.

Anybody know what the hay it is? Obviously, broken. Click image for larger version - Name: 347F0B4D-4FF6-4079-967D-C5AF066330DD_4_5005_c.jpeg, Views: 17, Size: 30.42 KB
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holliswood

Looks like a plug that would go into  one of the air tubes. 

I’ll see if I can post a link for the MilSpec group shortly. 

-Fred

ICCC Member #1871
MilSpec-Ops #1278
Coleman Quick Lite Crew #41
Perfection Heater Collectors #2 
CANADIAN BLUES SYNDICATE #57
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holliswood
https://www.colemancollectorsforum.com/post/join-the-official-milspec-snydicate-7002194?pid=1312322287&highlight=milspec+group
-Fred

ICCC Member #1871
MilSpec-Ops #1278
Coleman Quick Lite Crew #41
Perfection Heater Collectors #2 
CANADIAN BLUES SYNDICATE #57
Coleman Slant Saver #65

snipesfred on Insta
Big Ferd on YT
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Chucker
What Fred said - looks like the air tube cap a previous owner popped off and maybe saved by putting on top of the fount inside the collar. 
Chuck
"...we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope" Romans 5:3-4
Eye-SEE-C-C Member #1333 -- MilSpecOps #003
"Michigan - from the Ojibwa word “meicigama,” meaning “great water.”
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