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Coleman 533 - transitional model, Deluxe Sportster II

Discussion in 'Coleman No:533' started by presscall, Mar 29, 2015.

  1. presscall

    presscall United Kingdom Subscriber

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    It's labelled as a model 533 but as a 1996 production it's post Sportster (model 502) and before the later 533 (Dual Fuel)

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    Transitional model as I say, and it retains a control wheel as in the Sportster 502 but combines the fuel/air and fuel regulation of the 502 control wheel with a pricker wire control. So, no separate pricker lever (502) but one control to do everything as in the Dual Fuel 533, which has a lever instead of a control wheel

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    All the text instructions are in Japanese on this particular example

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    A February 1996 production

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    From the left, 502 (1979), Sportster II (1996), Dual Fuel 533 (2002)

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    Fuelling up and pressurising the tank nothing emerged at the burner. Jet was clogged and the absence of a pricker wire didn't help.

    Regardless of the clogged jet the generator wasn't in bad shape and wasn't choked with fuel deposits, so I decided to make a new pricker wire. An acoustic guitar steel upper E string (0.23mm gauge - I use short lengths of it to restore prickers for the finer jet stoves) served

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    Small gauge brass tubing was used to create the fixing at the regulator control end. The right-angle bend formed in it anchors the wire securely

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    Works well. Starting was typically Coleman, which is to say flare-free, and it settled down to a steady flame. Simmering setting is a bit fiddly to achieve without dowsing the flame altogether and I'll be removing the fuel/air tube to examine it and see if there's any servicing that can be done on it to get a more reliable simmer setting

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    John
     
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    Nice one John. That's pretty cool to get a Japanese market 533. Anything Japanese Coleman is very hard to come by. Looks like it ended up in the right hands.



    sam
     
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    Excellent find john a rare and unique 533, I must admit I do like the control wheel on this model, compared to the levers on all later models.

    brilliant work on the cleaning wire on the generator, I must remember to buy that gauge guitar string, as that gauge pricker is less common than the 0.32 pricker which I have loads of, but only a couple of the 0.23 I can make a few up this is the correct gauge for a half pint blowlamp.
     
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    Hi Brian

    'Superlight' electric guitar E-string should get you a steel wire of 0.009 inch diameter (0.23millimetres). At least one manufacturer coats their strings with a polymer to resist tarnishing from acids in finger tips in use - said to prevent a loss of tone due to tarnishing. I tend to avoid those and go for ones without the plastic coating, but tolerate ones with a nickel coating, which I'm sure must be ultra-thin and won't affect the effectiveness of the pricker if it wears off in use, as I'm sure it does.

    I've not yet bothered to track down a source of stainless steel wire of an exact enough dimension, but it wouldn't surprise me if there weren't coils of the stuff in stock somewhere. It'd be ideal.

    John
     
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    Thank you John I did buy some stainless steel wire on the bay of 0.32 and .23 not guitar wire, i don't know what I did with it I lost it some where.
     
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    Yeah, I guessed it exists, it's just that it amuses me to do something as clever with guitar strings as Eric Clapton - in a much more modest context, I'll grant.

    John
     
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    Hi I have just seen this as I have just come across the same model and in really good condition I do a lot of fishing and will be us ring mine for them cold nights for a hot cupppa how is it to clean the jets
     
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    @Stuart2016
    I see you've sent me a 'Conversation' message as well so I've replied to that.
     
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    Hi John,

    Just thought you might be interested in my findings.
    I found SS Wire in both 0.009" or real close to 0.23mm and 0.012" or 0.3048mm on Amazon. I also found SS wire on eBay but Amazon is much cheaper. Granted both are slightly smaller in diameter then the jet orifice but I have found the jet wears faster with the use of a pricker that is same size as the jet orifice. I found this SS wire on Amazon here in the USA. I did look for it on Amazon UK but didn't have much luck finding it, but I may not have put the right search into the UK Amazon.
    Just thought you might be interested. Here are the links.

    http://www.amazon.com/Stainless-Unp...rue&ref_=ox_sc_act_title_2&smid=ATVPDKIKX0DER

    http://www.amazon.com/Stainless-Unp...rue&ref_=ox_sc_act_title_1&smid=ATVPDKIKX0DER

    Cheers,
    Norman
     
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