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Basic220

I acquired a 242C and I think it is in really good shape. The numbers on the bottom of the fount say 5 11 which I think is Nov 1945. There is one very small chip in the vent and the fount has some paint chips but no dents. Only some slight rust on the frame around the burner.  There are a few black paint flecks on the globe and paint  


Should I polish the brass and the paint or let this lantern stay ‘vintage’. I drove a long way for this Lanter and I don’t want to screw it up. Honestly, I do like my lanterns to be ‘workers’ and fully functional but this one may bE different. 


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Pancholoco1911
It’s original once only. I would keep it as she sits!

Love 242’s and that’s a good find, runner too. Is up to you what you want to do with her. 
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Tgarner01
Welcome to the forum, from SW Missouri. I'd do what I had to, to make it run, then you can always decide later on if you want to clean it up further. No need to repaint anything on that one, she's beautiful as is.
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Leviticus Tomethreus
Well I mean, I would clean it up. Ya know polish the metal and wax the paint.
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1hpycmpr
Nice looking lantern.  Yea, a little cleaning for now and see what you end up with.  Don’t wax the vent, the paint may dull once heated and never to shine again.
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mgmlvks
Nice lantern - Clean any crud and debris off by washing with warm soapy water, no need to polish the brass and aluminum unless you want to.

Then- use it for its intended purpose!
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Just clean it good and enjoy.
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BrightSpot
Treat it like you would a nice classic car that you drive once-in-a-while. Keep her running well and keep her shiny. 
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scl
looks good.
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Harlan
Most of the brass will re-tarnish the instant you light it . She looks real good to me . As for me , I think she has earned any imperfections she has and should keep them .
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Basic220

I decided to keep her stock. Took a cloth with some soapy water and cleaned up the paint. It took the film off and It looks pretty darn good with some shine. 

While I was wiping it down I could hear something in the fount. I got some out and it looks like rust. That will be the next step. Any suggestions?  I heard that some put BB’s in with water and swish it around until the water runs clear. 

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holliswood

Way nicer than mine of the same month and year. 

Gentle cleaning and lightly polish or wax the fount. 

Go easy cleaning the globe so as to not fade or remove the lettering. 

Enjoy it and keep it in a low moisture environment if possible. 

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Gunhippie
I strongly recommend some good car wax for the fount and collar. It'll preserve the paint and prevent rust on any exposed steel.
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Basic220

Gunhippie wrote:
I strongly recommend some good car wax for the fount and collar. It'll preserve the paint and prevent rust on any exposed steel.


It came out really nice with some soapy water.  A lot of hazy residue came off the top. I will go ahead and put some car wax on the fount.

I do have some rust in the fount.  Should I place some BB’s inside and shake and rinse until it comes clean?




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Gasman64
[welcome]from Pennsylvania! Good to know you're keeping that as-is; it really does look fine like that.
Yes, you may want to ensure the fount is clean of debris inside, as sooner or later, a bit may end up in the bottom of the fuel/air tube.  A BB shake/rinse/repeat sounds good.
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Basic220

Gasman64 wrote:
[welcome]from Pennsylvania! Good to know you're keeping that as-is; it really does look fine like that.
Yes, you may want to ensure the fount is clean of debris inside, as sooner or later, a bit may end up in the bottom of the fuel/air tube.  A BB shake/rinse/repeat sounds good.


From Illinois and this is such a great forum. Everyone gives great advice with very positive comment.


Thanks for confirming the cleaning method. It is really polishing up nicely with plain soap and water. I need to order some new parts to get it fired up. I will post some pictures with it fully functional. 

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Gunhippie
If you need to remove rust from inside the fount, be sure you do a "dunk test" afterwards. Pressurize the fount and immerse it in a bucket of water. Any stream of bubbles is a very bad sign! Look especially close at the fount bottom--it's steel and it's where any water that makes its way in settles.

Alternatively, you can spray the outside of the fount with a mixture of 1 part dish soap to 3 parts water and look for clumps of suds forming.

This is what you don't want to see:

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But it's better to know before you light it up!
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Basic220
Gunhippie wrote:
If you need to remove rust from inside the fount, be sure you do a "dunk test" afterwards. Pressurize the fount and immerse it in a bucket of water. Any stream of bubbles is a very bad sign! Look especially close at the fount bottom--it's steel and it's where any water that makes its way in settles.

Alternatively, you can spray the outside of the fount with a mixture of 1 part dish soap to 3 parts water and look for clumps of suds forming.

This is what you don't want to see:

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But it's better to know before you light it up!


Thank you. I will do a leak check. That would not be fun to light that one. 
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