8R "Optimus" embossed

Discussion in 'Optimus No:8R' started by Metropolitantrout, Apr 30, 2018.

  1. Metropolitantrout

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    I like these early 8Rs with the embossed Optimus logo.



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    I've read that these debuted in '59 and since this one has a nickel tank (probably left over stock from model 8 stock) I'm guessing this is in that timeframe.



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    Unique SRV assembly with it's long shafted PIP cup. A two day soak in acetone broke up the thread lock and it came apart easily. The pip cup accepts a pip of 5.5mm. A bit larger than most which run 4 or 4.5mm. This cork pip was in good shape and since I don't have a 5.5mm punch I decided to put it back in.



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    The original cap seal was replaced with one from the Fettlebox.



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    Runs great, cork PIP and all. Jerry
     
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    Good looking one.
     
  3. threedots New Zealand

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    Hello Jerry. Very nice example. I prefer the cork pips. They work well.
    Put a drip of fine oil into the hole on the underside of the tank cap to keep the cork moist and so it doesn't stick to the safety valve seat.
    John
     
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    Thanks guys!
    I’ll try that John, good idea.

    Jerry
     
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    Any one know when Optimus and/or Primus stopped using cork as pips their SRV's?

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    Simon Foxxx
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    Hi @SimonFoxxx . I wrote this about the Optimus change-over date from cork to rubber for NRVs:





    From this thread:
    https://classiccampstoves.com/threa...ptimus-no-45-and-48-stoves.28117/#post-286793

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    Kerophile.
     
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    Hiya Mr Kerophile,

    This matches my understanding for the 111B I have, it has a priming fluid bottle and rag supplied when new. It had a cork SRV pip, and one piece rubber "cone" pip. My belief always was that it was early 1960's. Your information is helpful. Thanks.

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    Hi @SimonFoxxx . Unfortunately my research only refers to Optimus NRVs, as the SRV is designed to be tamper-proof for the user, so only the complete cap, or rubber packing or seal are listed in the parts lists of the catalogues.
    Best Regards,
    Kerophile.
     
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    Hi @SimonFoxxx , It is interesting that you recieved the spirit can with your early Op.111b. This is not to be expected:

    From this thread:

    https://classiccampstoves.com/threads/optimus-111-from-1950s.26581/

    Best Regards,
    Kerophile.
     
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    Cork pips can't have been used too much past 1962, do you think?
     
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    Hi @SimonFoxxx I have no direct evidence, but think it likely that Optimus standardised on “rubber” compound washers for NRVs and SRVs in the early 1960s.
    Best Regards,
     
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    All good, thanks for advice
     
  13. Mark Layman

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    Very nice. I have one also. Embossed is boss.