Coleman 523(?) vehicle stove, unfired, picture heavy!

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  1. Marc

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    I've seen references to the Coleman 523 Medical Sterilizer, and also to an almost-exactly-the-same-thing vehicle carried cook stove. This I believe to be the cook stove.

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    The condition of everything else leads me to believe this is corrosion and not heat marks on the burner bells. I'd be open to input from experts, and happy to take any other photos as requested to verify or dispel the "unfired" status:
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    Windscreen, which I kept separate as fitting it in the case bent the corners and greatly impeded closing the case: 20181006_170040.jpg


    Other burner. Not sure why the windscreen pic got in where it did, but there it was.

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    Best I could get of the inside of the fuel tank through the filler cap. Zero smell of fuel, stale or otherwise. Better photos farther down the thread, used my USB bore scope.

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    Spares, held in aluminum cylinders: 20181006_165507.jpg

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    Ooohhhh, soooo nice! :thumbup::thumbup::thumbup:

    Cheers

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    USB bore scope pics of the inside of the fuel tank. Not the greatest quality, but better than none, right?

    Edge/seal:
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    Sealer? Possibly fuel? I leave that one up to greater experts than I. Zero smell of fuel. 181006_164959.jpg

    Base of one of the burner attachment points. Note sealer around where the bung meets the sheet metal, and the air intake hole for instant light in the brass tube. The round cylinder to the lower left and disappearing into the distance is the pump tube. 181006_165102.jpg

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    More sealer goop? 181006_165301.jpg

    A few random snaps of the manual. I thought that the instructions on destruction to prevent the stove from falling into enemy hands were rather interesting. I'll be checking the library, and if such a manual doesn't exist, I'll take this to work and get high quality scans for the library.

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    So, IS it unfired?!? I think likely so, open to input from others.

    You all know how I feel about unfired equipment. No worries, I won't be firing it, but I also won't be keeping it. I'd rather it go to someone here in the group who will properly appreciate it. Questions, comments, anyone wants any specific photos taken, let me know.
     
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    Sweet!
     
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    Grand set of pics and write-up. Endoscopy sequence is a hoot.

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    Thank you both!
     
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    Great stove Marc. The photo exam is very well done!
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    Army designation M-1942 Two-burner, Coleman name 523. The vehicle stove and medical stove were the same stove except the medical units often had the Medical Department insignia and other MD markings on the lid. Try separating the windshield halves, they'll fit in the case that way without damage. Nice stove.
     
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    Very nice. I have a couple maybe three unfired and feel the same way. Cool...but what do you do with it? Nevertheless a very nice find....Well done.

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    A great post Marc. :thumbup:
     
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    Thanks folks, appreciate the kind words.

    @cottage hill bill Great tip! The windscreen fit perfectly in the case once separated. Without your input, I likely never would have realized it separated.

    @MrAlexxx Exactly! Going to get the manual scanned and then this will be hitting the trading post in the next couple days, to be passed on to a stovie who can properly appreciate it. Someone who will be a better steward of this piece of history than I.
     
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    Well spotted! SMP it is, thank you sir.
     
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    Interesting. Apparently they did a good job?

    I keep forgetting to bring the manual in for scans, need to put it in the car tonight.
     
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    I have avoided SMP. Others are more informed, but I have had a negative impression of SMP as a user.
     
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    Hah, that may be why this one's unfired.

    I wonder how many "unfired" Yogos there are - not because someone collected it, but because the darn thing wouldn't start!
     
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    LOL!!!