520 - 1944, A Fine Year

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  1. idahostoveguy

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    Had this 520, 1944 three-legger, and thought I would put it in the gallery. I've had it for a while and had not done anything to it until now. I cleaned up the burner and oiled up the pump leather. This one has had very little use.

    There's also some near-period items posing with the 520.

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    My 520 posing with ammo belt, MilSpec lantern, 1944 canteen & cup, 1945 mess kit.




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    Cleaned up the burner but only a little bit. It was in excellent shape already.


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    Came with a very nice funnel.


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    Looks good from here.



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    U.S. 1944 American



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    A view from the top with the feet out.



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    Here's a closeup of the super clean feet on this specimen. I think they are in mint condition.


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    The tank is in perfect condition.



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    This is where I found the extra pump leather and filler cap gasket. Didn't think I would find extra stuff here. I oiled up the pump leather that the stove came with. Works perfectly.


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    A few bits in the parts tube. These tubes are found on the 523 double burner. This may be one of those and was swapped out. At any rate, there are plenty of bits to service the stove, if necessary. (Generator, graphite packing, jet, filter screens, cleaning needle, and multi-tool.)


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    Very nice.





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    Let's light up the 520 with the help of our MilSpec lantern.


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    I'm priming it the preferred way, as in no use of the priming cup. It works great. The official way is by use of the priming cup. The G.I.s didn't like that very much, unless they were being shot at. There's a little bit of wind, but that shouldn't affect us a bit.



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    It's lit up with a breeze. Burns great! First light up since I've become the owner.



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    There's a little green in the flame. Hasn't been lit in years, I bet.


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    Big green flames.


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    Nice flame.


    Well, I think that concludes the photo essay on the 520, 1944.


    sam
     
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  2. Robtz

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    Very nice indeed.

    I have a couple of M1950's (is that right?) but have not fired them in years. Something about work, travel, time and space ....

    I collect more stoves than I can fettle in anticipation of doing these when I "get older", to give me something to keep my interest.

    Always a danger in that I know, but that's the plan.

    Thanks for the essay.

    Rob
     
  3. yonadav

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    Well done. Thanks for a nice photo-story.
     
  4. Petromax828

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    I love those. Have seen one here on a fleamarket once but didnt buy it at that time as I thought it would be there the next day also ](*,)
     
  5. mbechtel

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    Well done Sam, well done!! :clap:
     
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    Hi Sam: Nice WW11 outfit. I too am a big fan of the 520. Yours appears to be the nicest original I have seen. Do you have the correct canister and is it in the same shape? Mike...
     
  7. Bom Bom Bom Bom

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    Hi Sam,

    Nice stove, good flame.

    But what really caught my eye was the mess tins. Looks just like the classic mess tin that was part of my Action Man's kit when I was a kid!

    Cheers, Graham.
     
  8. DAVE GIBSON

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    good show..i have a stove like that, all those cotter pins for the pot holder must have been put in by hand by some WW2 factory worker.i still have some of may Dads web gear.first fires of old stoves are always fun,you never know what you are going to get--a fizzle or a cup of coffee--
     
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    Very nice indeed!
     
  10. Knight84

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    Beautiful AGM 520 Sam!

    It could be a original spare parts tube.

    Jeff
     
  11. idahostoveguy

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    Hi Everyone,

    Thanks for the great comments.

    Hi Mike,

    Sadly, I don't have the original canister for this stove. This 520 will have to share the canister with my other 520 (4 legger).

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    1944 520 - 3 legger (left), canister, and 1942 520 - 4 legger.

    I really like the mess tins of this era. I have a small collection of them, starting with WWI through the Vietnam War and into the 80's. Call it a fetish, but, what's fun is taking them on a campout and striking up a conversation with your fellow campers about the gear. I've heard so many stories from old war veterans, it makes it worth collecting for the good and bad memories it brings out. In the end, though, the good memories are what end the campfire talk.

    Jeff,

    I wondered about my comment on the tube after seeing another stove with a long tube like this stove has. It seems that I most likely have the original parts tube with the usual inventory of parts found in them. The interesting part is the the inventory found in the pump tube wrapped around the pump shaft! Hadn't seen that before!

    sam
     
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