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JosephDurham

What do you do first?  Do you wipe it off, put mantles on and fire her up?  Or do you completely disassemble it, clean it entirely, rebuild, and then enjoy the beauty?  Just curious what you do when you receive a new ‘used’ lantern. 


Thanks for everyone that has been so kind to aid a enthusiastic new collector!  I appreciate it all. 



Joseph Durham

ICCC #1954
Looking for bday lantern 10/84

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rob_pontius
I determine it's mechanical status first. Once that's done, I go from there as far as cleaning, polishing, or clean and disassemble. I don't do any polishing work until all of the mechanicals are in working order.
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offrink
I agree. Mechanics first. I open the fuel cap and shake to see if I hear rust then use a thin bore scope flashlight I check inside the fount. Also check to see if knobs turn easily. Then check for pressure. Then I will attempt to pump it up to see if it passes air. If all those pass them on to a test light with no mantles. 
Ben
Coleman 275 Appreciation Syndicate Member #0035
Looking for B-Day dates of 6/80, 2/84, 3/11, and 12/13
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outlawmws
I start by taking "As found" pics.  dirt and all, 

Then again after a basic clean,

THEN check the cap gasket and pump to see if it holds pressure, and has no leaks,

Is the valve and tip cleaner free?

Is the inside of the tank clean?

If it all checks out and has mantles I'll test fire.  if not I'l test fire without mantles.

If that goes well I decide if I need to go further

If it has issues, I diagnose the issues and deal with them...

"If it ain't broke, don't fix it"

I'm not a fan of "fix until broken" but that sometimes does happen...
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surffishsuds
Smell the Font and look in to see if it's rusty. Pump it up and try the knobs. Listen for the hiss. Pump it up some more and see if it holds pressure after 3-4 hours. Then start thinking it over. 
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Hot Diggity
I do a mechanical inspection, make sure everything turns freely, look for obvious issues, like a fount full of nails, cotton and old newsprint.  If it has a built in pump I oil the leather and see if it'll pump up.  Soapy water test, usually replace a cap gasket.  If it holds pressure I blow 150PSI shop air through the air tube and run a frayed cable up into the tubes if possible.  Then I add a splash of brake cleaner (alarmingly close to CF) and see if the burners will light off naked.  If I get a steady low pressure flame I might add some CF and mantles for a more thorough test.  From there it goes into the back of the polishing line, or the front of the parts ordering or repair line.  Hopelessly damaged, incomplete, or just junk lanterns go into a great big filing cabinet for future use.
Chuck, 3/61, ICCC 1689
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zoomkat
I'd suggest doing the simple basic checks, and if it holds pressure and passes air, then try a light up. This should let you see if there are any operating issues, like bug nest in the burner tubes or fuel pickup issues, or other typical things. If you start taking it apart for no real reason, remember "if it ain't broken now, it will be".
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25 502s
 I take pics then clean the globe and vent right off the bat. 
Jason
not looking for any more Bday gpas. Honestly, if you have a 10-72 don’t let me know about it.
Coleman 275 Appreciation Syndicate #0214
Coleman Slant Saver #56
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Coldwaterpaddler
First, I take "as found" pictures.

Second, I make sure the knobs turn freely.

Third, wipe it off so I can tell if anything is leaking when I do try to fire it up.

Fourth, if it's a 3-piece cap change the gasket. They're so cheap, I just do it.

After that, I look at firing it up.
Stovie-Steve
"Don't let the weather run your life" - Steve
The Coleman Blues - #95
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1hpycmpr
If it is an older lantern, pre70’s and needs a good cleaning, I take some pictures of how it was found.  Then I remove the globe and put it on the guest bedroom dresser so it is far away from the workbench!  Then I usually take a few more pictures.  Disassemble and assemble all the dirty parts and take yet another picture.  After cleaning all the parts, I set them up for another picture.  Some folks here like seeing the parts all laid out so they can see what parts are what.  After that I reassemble and fire it up!
Mark
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JosephDurham
Thank you everyone. 

Joseph Durham

ICCC #1954
Looking for bday lantern 10/84

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Banjoman
I use to do as above but found with the lanterns I get now if i don’t do a complete fettle I’ll have to do it anyway soon enough. So that's my procedure now
Darrell
Ps I do have several models of many models and those I don’t touch until I need something to work on
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Bumpkin 95
I always look in the fount  and test the knobs. If the fount is clean and knobs turn I de rust from the collar up and clean.  But i usually see something I don’t like in the fount and do a full fettle 
  • Lee
  • Milspec Syndicate member #1995
  • Like a lantern just hanging out
  • ICCC member #1927
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Tgarner01
First thing I do before I even start to clean them up is stick fuel in them, pump them up, strike a match, and open the fuel valve.... After the fire department leaves and I rebuild the shop, I get on the CCF and start asking questions.... Ã°Å¸ËœÂÃ°Å¸Ëœâ€š kidding of course. All good suggestions above Ã°Å¸â€˜â€ 
Toby Garner
ICCC #1939
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Gunhippie
Replace the cap gasket or use a tester cap with known good gasket. Check fount for fuel. If it  has some, dump it into a cup and check color. If fuel is clear and smells right, filter into my used fuel can for use later. If not, or it stinks, it goes into the fire starter can.

Pull pump and oil leather, it any is left. Pump up and test CV--finger test. If the CV is bad, pull it and clean it and go back to pressurizing. See if it holds pressure for a while, then open valve--see if the packing feels tight--and listen for the hiss. Try cleaning lever and pay attention to that packing, too.

If all that goes well, I'll stick some cheap mantles on, fuel it up, and see if it'll burn. If it does, it gets a full cleaning and wax job. If it doesn't, it gets a full cleaning and wax job, fixing whatever didn't work the first try.

Always burn a lantern or stove the first hour or so outside, far from flammables and with an extinguisher handy. I've had too many lanterns and stoves that developed a pinhole leak--after careful cleaning and dunk testing--only after they'd run for a while. Every time I light one, I use a finger and swipe the bottom of the valve stem and the cleaner lever for the first few minutes, sniffing for the smell of fuel. If I detect any, tighten the packing nuts a little more.
It's priceless until someone puts a price on it.
Walk a mile in a man's shoes before you criticize him--then you're a mile away, and he has no shoes.
Texan's last words: "Y'all--hold my beer--I wanta' try sumptin'."
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Flyboyfwa
Like others have said, the first thing I do as soon as I get it home is take a full set of pics. Four different side pics, a top, and a bottom. Then depending on the model, additional pics of any unique or model specific parts. I also make sure I have pics that show clocking so I know exactly how it came and or should go back together. 

After the pics, I then read and research on the forum if it's a model I am not familiar with. This has saved me many broken parts and stress. Several times I have seen threads that said "don't do this" and that saved me from making a mistake. It also allows me to know what parts or seals I should need before starting on it so I can order the parts and get them on the way. 

The first thing mechanically I do is replace the cap gasket and oil the pump. In most cases that fixes the problems with it holding pressure. If it is a painted fount I usually go through and do a thorough cleaning of the parts. I do not have the wonderful mechanical skills that most here have so it helps me identify any possible issues with parts and then I know I should be ok since I checked everything. When playing with fire I do not like surprises.

I have to throw my hand up and plead guilty. With nickel founts I find it hard to do the mechanical work first. I just have to see whats under the grime. That has also helped me uncover stampings that help identify exactly what I have. The key is go slow, don't force anything, and ask questions if you don't know. Don't just wrench on it until you break it. 
Andy
Mil-Spec Ops #199
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275 Appreciation Syndicate #1970
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D421
Many great replys from good people.  However, they have all failed to mention what I find most important.

I keep a variety of tags and labels in my glove compatment. When I buy a lantern I put a 3 to 4 dollar price tag on it.  When I walk in the house I seldom get in trouble with my wife for getting such a bargain.
Dominic
Everyone likes the dog catcher...until they catch your dog.
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Gunhippie
D421 wrote:
Many great replys from good people.  However, they have all failed to mention what I find most important.

I keep a variety of tags and labels in my glove compatment. When I buy a lantern I put a 3 to 4 dollar price tag on it.  When I walk in the house I seldom get in trouble with my wife for getting such a bargain.
Dominic


You will have along and happy marriage!

"Ain't mama happy, ain't nobody happy."
It's priceless until someone puts a price on it.
Walk a mile in a man's shoes before you criticize him--then you're a mile away, and he has no shoes.
Texan's last words: "Y'all--hold my beer--I wanta' try sumptin'."
Timm--Middle of nowhere, near the end of the road, Oregon.
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Bumpkin 95
D421 wrote:
Many great replys from good people.  However, they have all failed to mention what I find most important.

I keep a variety of tags and labels in my glove compatment. When I buy a lantern I put a 3 to 4 dollar price tag on it.  When I walk in the house I seldom get in trouble with my wife for getting such a bargain.
Dominic


I am so going to do that. I hit a store today and bought a 220 h for the pickett fence globe. A ww1 dough boy mess kit and a Boy Scout canteen. And I received the how much did you spend question. I must admit I only showed one receipt not both lol
  • Lee
  • Milspec Syndicate member #1995
  • Like a lantern just hanging out
  • ICCC member #1927
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25 502s

D421 wrote:
.....I keep a variety of tags and labels in my glove compatment. When I buy a lantern I put a 3 to 4 dollar price tag on it.  When I walk in the house I seldom get in trouble with my wife for getting such a bargain.
Dominic



Haha that is perfect. I think the key here is keeping a  “VARIETY” of tags and labels. No sense in pressing you luck with the exact same tag every time. 

Jason
not looking for any more Bday gpas. Honestly, if you have a 10-72 don’t let me know about it.
Coleman 275 Appreciation Syndicate #0214
Coleman Slant Saver #56
Coleman Quick Lite Crew #31
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REJ2
I personally dive head first in,  the beer cooler, then after I assess my condition, determine a course action. Has worked for me for years. YMMV. Just today I bought a Sears orange melon head propane lantern, $5. Original globe, no holes in mantles, tank has gas. Not much to assess here, cooler full of beer, I'm a mess. Give me an edit and I'll post a pic.
Bob    ICCC #1574
Never, ever, leave behind a $5 lamp
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