Coleman 426D Rehab

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  1. NthrnNYker

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    Here we have a standard, well used 1970 Coleman 426D three-burner stove...inherited from my brother when he passed. He bought it new in 1970, and used it on every one of his many camping trips. I needed a campstove, and rather than shell out for the tin things they produce today, I decided to rehab this one.

    I can't tell you the sweat equity in this thing.

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    First, we'll tackle the manifold and burners.

    All burners looked like the one on the left.

    Cleaned up nice, did they not ?

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    Next, join me in my three-week odyssey of removing the old faded paint & rust.

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    Let's get some primer on this thing fast....it was accumulating a surface patina of rust as fast as I could sand it off.

    Three coats of Rustoleum primer applied with a cup air sprayer.

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    Great looking job NY'er! Flame shots? What method did you use to remove the paint and strip her bare?
     
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    4 finish coats of Rustoleum Hunter Green Gloss enamel. I didn't think the color was quite dark enough, and Lowes nor anyone else nearby carried the 'Dark Hunter Green-Gloss", so I added 2 tablespoons of Rustoleum Gloss Black Enamel to 12 oz of regular Hunter Green Enamel and applied with cup sprayer.

    I think the resulting color was spot-on.

    Also, pretty much all the hardware was pitted and discolored, so I decided to paint the hardware w/ Rustoleum Gloss Black Enamel.

    The fuel tank I painted w/ Rustoleum Bright Red Gloss enamel, also four coats. To obtain the necessary hardness and solvent resistance for this item, I baked the tank at 200 degrees F. for 45 minutes between each coat in my home oven.

    To finish this off, I applied 2 coats of automotive clear coat with the cup sprayer...once again baking the fuel tank between each coat.

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    FINI ! Can't wait to throw the coffeepot on this thing the first time on this weekend's camping trip !

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    The money shot !

    :)

    Unfortunately, the flame on the stove is burning so clean, it cannot be seen in daylight....but believe me, the darn thing is HOT !

    (burnt myself TWICE not realizing the flame was not fully off :) )

    Guess we're going to have to wait for the flame shot until this weekend's camping trip !

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    Molson....I tried using a 6" air sander, and though it worked well on the outside surfaces, for the most part I used 4 different types of wire wheels attached to a drill to get the interior and odd spots on the stove.

    Hence the 3 week time frame :).
     
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    The 426D lives again! My favorite suitcase stove size!

    Great paint and fix up on that, by the way. Looks great.


    Thanks,
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    Total cost to rehab this stove ?

    $15 for generator tube from ebay.

    $10 new pump from Wal-Mart.

    $10 for quart of the Rustoleum green enamel. (had the black & red enamels already on hand from other projects)

    $15 for 4 different drill-mounted wire wheels for stripping this puppy.

    That's it....$50 to do this rehab, but untold hours of sweat equity.

    Could I have bought this stove used almost anywhere for the same $50 ? Probably...but it was a learning experience...and after all, it was my deceased brother's camp stove, and I would like to imagine that he would like to see it all fixed up again... :)
     
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    Thanks Sam !

    Gotta tell ya tho....I am GLAD it's over and finished.....didn't realize it was gonna take so much work to properly rehab this thing.
     
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    WOW!
    Nice job!

    But next time (If there IS a next time), you should clean the case by electrolysis (uses a 12 volt battery charger) that takes the paint off the easy way.
    Let it run a couple days and the paint and rust disapears!
     
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    She looks factory new. Excellent work, you've done your brother proud.

    How did you get the chrome/nickel on the metal grates all shiny new - did you paint those too and/or just lots of elbow grease?

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    firm handshake and a pat on the back!
    that is one of the best Coleman rehab jobs i have seen.i'm sure you will get lots of use and good memory's out of that stove.
     
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    Baja-

    I tried electrolysis on different projects before, and although it seemed to work pretty well, it left the metal discolored a dark grey/black.

    I don't know if that discoloration has to be sanded or wire-wheeled or (chemically speaking) if paint will bond as well to that discolored metal as it does to bare metal.

    Seems to me it's about the same work if the metal has to be sanded to remove the discoloration as it would be to just sand and/or wire wheel it.

    Thanks for the kind words tho.....it did turn out rather well, did it not ?
     
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    Molson --

    The grates were not painted...not sure there is any paint that would withstand constant & direct exposure to the flame.

    Nope, just wire-wheeled the grates, and in the corners where there were rust deposits, I used various attachments on a Dremel. To finish it off, I used fine steel-wool to bring it to that shine you see.
     
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    Dave--

    Thanks for the kind words...as you can see, the stove was in horrible shape... the two aux. burners barely worked, and the main burner burned so dirty that it blackened everything that was put on it with a thick layer of soot :) (as you can see in the photo below on our 4th of July camping trip)

    And yes, I hope to get many more years of camping enjoyment out of this stove, God willing :)

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    Very nice job. I think it was worth the effort. And a very nice effort it is.

    I have my family's 426D bought in '65(?). ... HERE ... It could use the same work. So, this will inspire me to do the same.

    What are you calling a 'cup sprayer'??

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  20. Doc Mark

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    Hi, NthrnNYker,

    GREAT job on your Brother's old Coleman!!! These are my most favorite stoves of this type, and the term "workhorse" was custom-made for these old 3-burners!!! Your rehab is fantastic, and I'm sure your Brother would be VERY proud of you, and quite happy, indeed!! Well done, and thanks for sharing your rehab journey with us all!! Take care, and God Bless!

    Every Good Wish,
    Doc