Coleman 530 ring in fuel tank

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  1. Jaker48895 United States

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    I'm new to the forum and vintage stoves. Excited to have finally found the time to start the restoration on my Coleman 530 I picked up at a general camping store in Wilderness State Park, MI!

    I was adamant on disassembling the stove completely as a learning experience and for a thorough restoration. Everything was going smoothly until I tried to remove the valve assembly from the tank...

    I could not break it loose. I cautiously applied heat to the valve assembly with a propane torch (lightly) and heard a clunk in the tank...

    A ring on the inside of the tank became unsoldered from something. I can't find the ring on the exploded parts view and I'm not sure if it's a critical component. I don't know how to get it out either.

    Eventually I broke the valve free by using a scrap piece of aluminum screwed into the frame screw holes. Didn't even need the heat afterall...

    Help is appreciated!
     

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    Welcome to CCS.
    I cannot help you with this stove. Someone will be along shortly.
     
  3. William Ritchie

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    OOPS . I have 2 specimens but have never applied heat . I am NOT the seller or do I advocate sales on flea bay , but there is currently a fount for sale , advertised . The way the bottom is pressed together I cant think of a way to get into the tank . Seems like it would be the classic ship in a bottle build without the visibility . Good luck .
     
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    I picked up a couple of these stoves today but have no experience as yet.
    Good luck!!
     
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    I have one of these stoves and I have no idea what that ring is doing in your tank, or if it if belongs to it at all.
    I do a lot of wrenching on my cars over the years and picked up a great little tool at my local HomeDepot for picking up dropped bolts etc. in hard to reach places. It’s not expensive and I have used it to pick up a cap gasket that fell in a tank once.
     

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  6. Jaker48895 United States

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    You're exactly right. It's a ship in a bottle problem. The ring is larger than the fuel fill. I was thinking I could maybe collapse the ring with some long hemostats and pull it through the fuel fill.

    I did see the fount for say on flea bay. Once my attempts inevitably fail this weekend, I'll probably purchase that one. Thanks for the input!
     
  7. Jaker48895 United States

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    Great idea! Those grabby things are invaluable; surprised I've gone this long without having my own. Especially for the space between by driver seat and center console.

    The ring is definitely part of the fount. It was not in the fount before I started beating the valve assembly and there was a very distinct clunk when I applied too much heat for some solder to flow. There is also a large glob of solder attached to the ring.
     
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    OK, it goes like this...

    The fount isn't very thick metal, the ring goes on the inside of the tank, stiffening the sheet metal in the surrounding area.

    Knowing these tanks are soldered in jigs to hold everything in place, and other then the leather pump washer going bad, and the check valve sticking from varnish from old fuel, there's no good reason to unsolder ANYTHING on these stoves.

    If you were to line up the washer inside and then insert the pump tube through the washer, you MIGHT have a chance of putting it all in order, prayers it holds pressure, no suprise if it doesn't.

    I've no idea what posessed you go that far to take apart a working device, but since it's your money, do as you will.

    Had a fellow in the shop did likewise on a 100 year old lock, went WELL beyond where he should, and made a dog's dinner of it all. He was dismissed by day's end and found out he couldn't find employ in this trade for 60 miles in any direction. No loss by any measure.
     
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    I was given a windup alarm clock as a kid.
    I asked "Why?"
    They said "To take it apart and put it back together."
    I never understood fixing something that ain't broke.