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Freebie 425

Discussion in 'Coleman No:425' started by Englishteacha, Sep 25, 2012.

  1. Englishteacha

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    Here are some pics of my Coleman 425. The only numbers I can find on the brackets for the tank are 3 7 . There's no third number anywhere to be found.

    Previous owner must have repainted it, but did so over the rust. I sanded off the rusty spots the best I could (I used a rotary stripper on a drill and sandpaper).

    I have a horrific cold, so the priming and painting will wait till I feel better. Still not sure if I'll do the tank red or gold. Originally it was gold. It's magnetic (steel?). Someone here mentioned magnetic tanks painted gold were pre-1940. If so, then maybe the 3 7 I found means 1937? Either way, I have both red and gold paint. Maybe I'll try the gold and if it looks funny, I'll do it over in red.

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  3. Englishteacha

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    That's it, Itchy! Thanks!
     
  4. Nordicthug United States

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    I'd bet money that your 425 needs only some oil on the pump leather to return it to service although there is something soul satisfying about returning an item to it's original appearance.

    My 425C from 1964 has seen many hours of service, as well as tons of bacon, eggs, potatoes, trout, crappie, and venison liver fried, and hundreds of gallons of coffee boiled on it in the 48 years I've had it. The only maintainance it has ever needed is a squirt or two of 3inOne or sewing machine oil into the hole marked "oil" on the pump shaft sleeve every five or six years. The Coleman "suitcase" stove in any of it's iterations is as close to bulletproof as any manufactured item gets. I had a Coleman #2 made in 1926 that was the same way. I own only two other items that are as well loved. My Ruger #1 rifle and my Svea 123/Sigg Tourist kit.

    Somewhat Luddite ol'

    Gerry
     
  5. Englishteacha

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    It actually works OK! It's a bit finicky about being pumped, but it does work. I'm going to stop at an auto parts store and check for high heat green paint. If they don't have it, it's not a huge worry for me. The case didn't get very hot at all when I was running the stove. I let it run for quite a while after I put new fuel in. It liked the new fuel a LOT better than the old stuff that was in it.

    Question: does the Coleman fuel in the red 16 oz. bottle differ at all from the big metal cans?
     
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    Same stuff, 5X the price...

    Look for partial cans at garage sales, the fuel does not go bad...and you can get incredible deals!
     
  7. Englishteacha

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    Here are pics of it refurbished! I used Rustoleum high heat green on the case and Rustoleum metallic bronze on the tank.

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    Nice!

    If you wish to complete the job, you can get decals here.
     
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  9. Englishteacha

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    I know it's a US stove, but I like the Canadian "Prevent Forest Fire" decals! Is it stove blasphemy to put the wrong decal on? :)
     
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    It is, after all, your stove. Put whatever decals on it wherever you like. A stove is not the Earthly manifestation of a God to be worshipped.

    Gerry
     
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    The Great God Coleman will punish you for that...
     
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    How, by causing me to buy more stoves? I'm sitting herre at a quarter of three AM, sipping an espresso made in a Moka that was a gift from another CCS member, and heated on an Hellas Gas stove. (An iteration of the Bleuet Piercing Canister butane stove made in Greece.) It is devoid of markings so without it's box, there's no way of knowing anything about it.

    I'm off to bed in a while. I'm up because the dog and I are without adult supervision. I gave her half a kielbasa for supper so she's going to be in serious gas production mode shortly.
    I'll need to get the bedroom door shut. It won't be pretty.

    Gerry
     
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    So now your dog is basically a pressure appliance in her own right.
    Where can you find the appropriate decal for her?
    And, if you can't find the right one, will a stencil do?
    ;)
     
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    RE: your 425, looks like the first of the series from about 1949(?). Gold tanks can be found well into the 1950's, I have several 426 models w/ "gold"( actually I think they were trying for copper, but time and tide changes colors over time)

    Nice stove either way, will clean up nicely, and again, nice that you have the first of the series.
    It's even older than me by a hair.

    I'd love to see it when it is restored

    Regards,

    mac
     

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