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Two weekends ago my wife and I went on a small road trip around to some of my honey holes, and came home with six lanterns which I subsequently showed in Just Bull. The last few days I worked on getting two of those finds, which were in the worst condition, cleaned and fettled. One is an aussie Handi Kero Pet, and other is a Canadian 339 kero export model. 
Here are some pictures of the before and after. Nothing outstanding, but the processes involved a considerable amount of work to bring them back to working condition, and looking half decent.

The main issues were both founts had issues with verdigris and rust affecting the nickel plating, both had black gunge in the inside of the founts, and almost every seal had to be replaced. The 339 had bad rust on the steel fount, burner assembly, globe cage and vent, and the Handi had a badly pushed in fop of fount as well as rust issues to the cage and vent.

Here are some before pics showing their condition. Certainly not beyond hope but requiring some work.

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Here is a pic of the badly pushed in top of the Handi fount, after I had done a hot citric acid soak and lye soak inside, and BB shake and evaporust soak inside as well. As you can see this depression is very deep, but I was confident the freezing method, which I have used for the past ten years or more on all types of depressions and dents to founts, would pop it back out.


And here is the result of the freezing method. It took 12 hours to pop it mostly out, and there was no damage to any of the other fount parts. I pretty well know how long I can leave the fount in the freezer for a great variety of depressions and dents as I have used this method many times over many years.
Some dents like creased and bullseye ones, you can not improve them much so don't persevere with the freezing as you could end up bulging the fount or doing other damage.
This looks pretty good to me. All I need to do is tweak the valve slightly to ensure it is perpendicular.


Here are all the parts after cleaning and polishing them.

And here are the lanterns back together again.


Before I could do the money shot I had to make some wire coils for the 339 generator, as they were missing. I made these out of copper wire. One fits inside the other, so you have to get the diameters correct. They worked very well on the 339 as seen in the money shot.

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And that's it. I will go looking for two better vents to improve their appearance some, but I'm happy with how they turned out. Thanks for looking.


Guff that’s an interesting fettle and awesome turn out you did. Love the Handi Kero and looks like you are pretty good using the ice method. I have a 200a with a big shallow dent on one side that I want to get rid of it, I think I’ll try your method. 

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Enjoyed your post. How did you get such uniform copper coils for the 339 generator? I've tried that with much less success.
Two great saves, Keith. Nice work on that fount and the generator.
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Pancho, If it's a shallow dished dent on the side and not on the curved part of the fount, and not veed or creased in the bottom of the dent, then it should come out ok.
A steel fount is a little bit harder than a brass fount to pop them out by freezing.
Some members here use a heat and added pressure method. They fill the fount with boiling water, then add pressure with a compressor via a schrader valve or a grease gun to pop out dents.
Me I like the freeze method because it is a very slow process. As the water freezes, it slowly expands and gradually pushes the dent out. It doesn't happen immediately, like adding air from a compressor. That gives you plenty of time to check it's progress periodically, and also to check that the bottom of the fount, or somewhere else is is not bulging or being damaged.
I've never done any damage to any fount I have used this method on. Just do some checks as the dent starts to move on it's outward path. 
I would be very careful using this method on large diameter founts like some of the lamps though, especially ones with a brass base plate,and some of the later Tilley lantern founts. IMO this method in quite safe as well.

Bill, I simply use phillips head screwdrivers of various diameters, as mandrels. Put one in a vice and wind the copper wire around it to form the coil, pulling the wire tight on each turn. I just gauge the spacing of each turn by eye. Practice makes perfect.
I will get my wife to take a photo and will post a picture of the set up next time I do one.

Wow, that's some amazing work, Keith.  Definitely a labor of love to do that much work on two old lanterns.  Thanks for the details on your freezing and coil making also,
- Courtenay
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Guff, great write up and repair.  Thanks for posting the pics and the directions on the freeze method for dent removal.  Good job on making the coils.
Thanks again.

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The Handi Kero Pet should be named Lazarus!  Quite a transformation. 
What a transformation! Nice job removing that dent. 
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Great work and report - thanks!
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Very impressive work!  Especially the fount dent repair!
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They both turned out great. Excellent work.
I agree.Very impressive!

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You completely turned the lives of those lanterns around! Nice!

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 Anyone have a 6/95 birthday lantern?
Thanks all, for your appreciative comments on this post.
Now, on to the next ones in the queue.


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