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JosephDurham

Looking at a ton of posts today on the forum, and I’ve thoroughly enjoyed reading them.  There is a wealth of information here.  But, of course, it got me thinking.  And I ask, what’s in your lantern toolbox?  Every profession has their toolbox; mechanics, plumbers, welders, woodworkers, phlebotomists, physicians, scientists, et cetera. Even Coleman lantern collectors have a set of tools that they prefer to get the job done, that they feel are all that they need.  


So, what’s in your lantern toolbox?

I ask not only because I think it’s an interesting question, but it’ll aid me in the building of mine.  


Hope everyone is well,

Joseph

Joseph Durham

ICCC #1954
Looking for bday lantern 10/84

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REJ2
Well heck, got everything cept a lathe and an end mill. Do have access to an end mill though!
Bob    ICCC #1574
Never, ever, leave behind a $5 lamp
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rob_pontius
I have wrenches, screwdrivers, snips for mantle strings, a small siphon pump, a tool for removing the insert from a 3 piece fuel cap, different types of pliers, a few leather straps, different shaped dental picks, propane torches, and a check valve tool made by Mike Wells. I know there are other things, but I'm in the house and I can't see them right now. I also have a box of cleaning and polishing tools such as very fine wire wheels that won't scratch the crap out of brass, buffing wheels, a cordless drill, an ultrasonic cleaning machine, a Dremel, and plenty of different polishes and compounds.
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74HARLEY
Check valve tool, everything else is out in the shop.
Joe
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Smudge
One essential tool I have is the check valve removal tool from OCP. When I first got it, I figured I'd only need it once or twice. But It's surprising how many times I've used it to remove and de-gunk check valves.
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Gasman64
I have a lot of what others have posted; most are part of my overall tool set in the shop.  I usually take very few tools camping.
Steve
ICCC #1012

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campinut
Running out of room in my 1950's Craftsman, clam style toolbox..campinut..
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Tigerfans2
Gasket digger outer (aka pick) , the one on the right in this hook and pick set. Buy a good set HP-4A-1024x819.jpg 
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Tigerfans2
Heater hose in the proper IDs for standard 220 size caps and small 242 size caps. With correct size clamps to REALLY snug them down.
Used to break free stuck caps and when placed correctly on the removed cap to shield sensitive thumb tissue from the pointy Cap Gasket Digger Outer when, not if, it slips out.
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ashdavely
I have an air compressor. I learned recently how to bulge a fount with it.
- Dave Ashley
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rob_pontius
ashdavely wrote:
I have an air compressor. I learned recently how to bulge a fount with it.
  Oops.
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Hot Diggity
I make a living making and fixing stuff, so I have a pretty complete toy makers workshop, and some of my lantern tools are unique.  Others are doing double duty, or have been repurposed.  This carburetor clip tool is one of my favorites.
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Can't make installing a generator much easier than this.
Chuck, 3/61, ICCC 1689
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Tinker, Toy maker, Trash picker, Wickie, Lamp loon
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Wirefox
Wrenches, mantles, flash light, pump cups, check valve tool, and a lot more. Found the box at a flea market for 5 bucks and decaled it up.
Vance     ICCC #1538
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Hot Diggity
You'll want to set up a cleaning and polishing box.  Oven cleaner, gloves, potato brush, soft tooth brushes, soft cloths, 0000 steel wool, Mother's Mag Wheel Polish, Blue Magic, Flitz, and in moderation, Barkeepers Friend and maybe even Lime-a-way for special projects.  

Just don't make a habit of storing your polishing stuff in anything that looks like a bucket of trash.  Mine went out with the trash along with a near perfect 327 vent and most of an Akron iron.  Cleaning Lady hasn't been back in the house in two years.
Chuck, 3/61, ICCC 1689
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BernzOmatic Appreciation Club #510
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Tinker, Toy maker, Trash picker, Wickie, Lamp loon
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Hot Diggity
You'll find a favorite mantle string trimmer to add to your box.  I found this one works great and gives me excellent control.  Every time the bell rings a mantle gets its wings. 
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Chuck, 3/61, ICCC 1689
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BernzOmatic Appreciation Club #510
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Tinker, Toy maker, Trash picker, Wickie, Lamp loon
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Hot Diggity
Have to have a pump and lighter, and if they fit in the same pocket with you cigars, so much the better.
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Chuck, 3/61, ICCC 1689
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BernzOmatic Appreciation Club #510
Coleman Slant Saver #510
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Bob1774
If you haven't figured it out yet, get a check valve removal tool.  The rest are mostly common tools, and easily obtainable if not already in your shop/toolbox.  I have one from Chuck Wells also, and works great!
Bob
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JosephDurham
Bob1774 wrote:
If you haven't figured it out yet, get a check valve removal tool.  The rest are mostly common tools, and easily obtainable if not already in your shop/toolbox.  I have one from Chuck Wells also, and works great!

I meant to post last night but I didn’t get home until after midnight and was worn out. The check valve tool was ordered. Now I am just anxiously awaiting it’s arrival. 

Joseph Durham

ICCC #1954
Looking for bday lantern 10/84

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Coldwaterpaddler
I'm still wondering how everyone gets away with one tool box!

But, as others have said, you can pretty much use your tools from the standard around-the-house tool box.

However, additions are:
A cheap set of combination wrenches from Harbor Freight so I can grind them to custom sizes for weird stuff or use as is.
A strap wrench (as shown earlier)
Acetone to breakdown thread-locker on valve threads and removing certain paints
Scotch-brite pad for cleaning generators and some other parts
#0000 steel wool
A bag of BB's for cleaning founts
A can of denatured alcohol to go with the BB's or just cleaning/soaking parts.
One or two metal dental picks for removing old cap gaskets and similar uses
Butane and propane torches for generator disassembly
Standard size Coleman graphite packings
Cap gaskets for standard large, standard small and 427 size fuel cap gaskets (just buy a few of each now. You WILL need them)
Standard size leather pump cup spares
Buy some Coleman #21A lanterns at the cheapest place you can find them so you don't burn through silk-lites testing a lantern only to find out you need to take it apart again.
Check-valve tool

And, optionally . . . a lathe and end mill are really nice to have in the garage! You can make your own tools.

I think that's a good start - IMO ðŸ˜
Stovie-Steve
"Don't let the weather run your life" - Steve
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outlawmws
I made a tool kit and documented it here,  but it's had things added to it (Like the CV tool), and I out grew it real quick.    So I setup a second similar box for more spare parts, then those both went into an aluminum box with a tray (For yet more parts), and then I got a 1920's Pilloid oak machinists box from a neighbor at their move-out sale, and its expanded for MORE tools for fettling - All go with me on Coleman meetups -   Here is the start of that cascade on completion (Aluminum box in the background):

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Whitegas Extraordinaire
This was my grandfathers and is nice to have in the fettle box!
I frighten easily!

My current shade is Coleman!!

To me a lamp without a shade is creepy!

ICCC # 1865

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outlawmws
WG-E,  is there a make on that wrench? 

I have a bunch of the original Masterench from Heller Brothers. in both smooth jaw for nuts and bolts, and in pipe jaws like yours. Actually, Heller bought the original from Lynchmead MFG. Co. Turlock Calif. (I have ONE of those)  They made them in 6, 8, 10, 14 an 18" lengths.  (I don't have an 18")  I sure wish they made a 4"!

For an adjustable for bolts this beats any other adjustable in the market.  The harder you pull the tighter it grips.  I've used the 14" pipe on home pluming, and its great also...
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FAS #001 Confusing Future Generations of Collectors, One Lantern at a Time!

“A Human Being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, give orders, take orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook  a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly.  Specialization is for insects.”            - Lazarus Long


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Ridge Runner
In addition to much of the above, the funny little bent 9/16” open end wrench for the frame nut on older 220/228 types. It’s the bees-knees.

I know you can make your own, but, for what OCP charges...

— L.J.
Looking for 10/2015 & 1/2020 B-Day Lanterns
I love the smell of naphtha in the morning!
"Ain’t no need to watch where I’m goin’; just need to know where I’ve been" -Tow Mater

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Whitegas Extraordinaire
outlawmws wrote:
WG-E,  is there a make on that wrench? 

I have a bunch of the original Masterench from Heller Brothers. in both smooth jaw for nuts and bolts, and in pipe jaws like yours. Actually, Heller bought the original from Lynchmead MFG. Co. Turlock Calif. (I have ONE of those)  They made them in 6, 8, 10, 14 an 18" lengths.  (I don't have an 18")  I sure wish they made a 4"!

For an adjustable for bolts this beats any other adjustable in the market.  The harder you pull the tighter it grips.  I've used the 14" pipe on home pluming, and its great also...


Chromovan, made in Germany! I think I have three sizes floating about.

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I frighten easily!

My current shade is Coleman!!

To me a lamp without a shade is creepy!

ICCC # 1865

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JosephDurham

In addition to much of the above, the funny little bent 9/16” open end wrench for the frame nut on older 220/228 types. It’s the bees-knees.

I know you can make your own, but, for what OCP charges...


This one?  https://www.oldcolemanparts.com/product.php?productid=2216&cat=&page=2


Wish I had known that when I put my order in. Looks like I’ll have to put in another. 😁

Joseph Durham

ICCC #1954
Looking for bday lantern 10/84

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Ridge Runner


This one?  https://www.oldcolemanparts.com/product.php?productid=2216&cat=&page=2

 


Wish I had known that when I put my order in. Looks like I’ll have to put in another. 😁

Yep, that’s the one! Add it to your wish list  🙂

— L.J.
Looking for 10/2015 & 1/2020 B-Day Lanterns
I love the smell of naphtha in the morning!
"Ain’t no need to watch where I’m goin’; just need to know where I’ve been" -Tow Mater

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