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Coleman 500 A 40

Discussion in 'Coleman No:500' started by Big BTU, Mar 23, 2010.

  1. Big BTU

    Big BTU United States Subscriber

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    Hi all,

    Here are some pictures of my A 40.
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    Sorry don't know how to get the flame shots in the daylight.
     
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  2. Knight84 Canada

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    Outstanding!!!

    I love the chrome!!! These old 500's remind me of old snap on tools. Even though they're old they still shine better than anything new.

    Are you going to paint the burning or base rest?


    Cheers,
    Jeff
     
  3. Big BTU

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    Jeff,

    Thanks :) I agree with you on the chrome.

    I have seen a couple tht look like they are permanently oxidized or dull and cant be shined. I bet you have seen some of these in Canada?

    I am considering doing it. It looks like the original base rest was a matte nickel color, if I can find it and make sure I clean all the corrosion (there isn't much, I think I will.
     
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    Hi All,

    John , nice job, excellent stove.

    If I can offer my 2 cents on re-painting the grate and shield - I would leave it as is on yours, looks fine and if this is a user then a new paint job not necessary. Also , to me they don't look "right" with a new fresh paint job on the grate, etc while the rest of the stove has a "patina" of use.Keep the original grate paint, etc, for character, It looks fine . My 2 cents :)

    Tom
     
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    Big BTU: Very nice example, a whole lot straighter than mine. I agree with Tom on paint. I would give the plate and grate a good cleaning and leave them that way. I like a stove that looks old but gives the impression that it has been very well cared for. A repainted stove to me loses it's history and becomes just another shiny stove. I do repaint only if an item is so far gone it becomes necessary to preserve it, then I will do a full restoration. Now one has a brand "new" stove that is old only in manufacture date. It's character and history are forever lost. Mike...
     
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    Thanks to you both, it is a user so I will take your advice and leave it as is.
     
  7. Knight84 Canada

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    Good idea John!

    How is the climate there for steel? Do you get a lot of rust?

    Jeff
     
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    Hi everyone, this is my first post. Yes, those 500 Speedmasters are great stoves, I have a bunch starting from 1939 up to the 500A?, all Canadian I might add, and also one is a Military 500. When I figgure out how to post pictures I will post some
    Jan
     
  10. Big BTU

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    Jeff,

    we have rust here so bad that you have to watch the plastic! Just kidding but seriously it's a HUGE! issue. I have seen brand new steel items with rust on them within a week and things completely rusted through within 3 months. It eats through aluminium too. It's why I polish and wax so much. Like my 500 has a layer of wax on the bottom of the tank.
    Really beautiful example there Steveo. Jan, good to have you join hope to see all of your stoves soon!
     
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    You would have the same sulphur related corrosion problems as most volcanic areas. In NZ everyone knows not to buy cars etc from Rotorua for this same reason
     
  12. Big BTU

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    Alan,

    I think for ours its probably more salt related. I am a mile off the ocean, the volcano on Oahu has been dead for a long long time and the active volcano area is the Big Isle.

    Look up Kailua Beach Hawaii sometime. Thats my beach! :mrgreen:
     
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    from the first google hit
    Cautions:
    Monitor ocean conditions closely for occasional high surf. Watch out for the Portugese Man-of-War (jellyfish) and stinging limu (seaweed) especially from June through September. Obey all posting and warnings.

    never ran into stinging seaweed before
     
  14. Big BTU

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    Luckily me neither my family is intimately familiar with the man o war though.
    David thanks for cleaning up the post and the picture help.
     
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    Just got out my old 500 and discovered it was an A40 as well. As much as I hate to, I'm putting it up on the 'Bay.

    Dang economy... I'll miss this stove.
     
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  16. lanevitt United Kingdom

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    A sort of accidental "will anyone buy my stove" post again and post number 1 to boot.


    Groundhog day it seems !
     
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    Well said Andrew :thumbup:

    Ron
     
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    very sexy stove, lol I need one!