Coleman (AGM) 520 Project

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  1. Harder D. Soerensen

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    Thanks to a stove swap with @Tony Press I am now the lucky owner of this Coleman (AGM) 520 dated 1944. It came with an old steel tin (weight 640 grams!) and needed a bit of TLC. I had my doubts whether to give it a full fettle or "just" make it run. Given the condition of paint and decal AND that the whole stove at some time had been covered in a clear laquer - I decided to make it a nice user by giving it a thorough fettle.

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    There was stashed an extra pump leather on the pump rod - is that usual?
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    I researched a bit to find a color similiar to the original one (a bit hard to judge on the pics) while choosing a VHT silver color for the frame and top. I must say, I am amazed how easy the silver color was to work with - and the heat it can withstand(!). I baked the silver parts together with the burner plate for around an hour at 160C.
    I let the paint hardend up for around two weeks before putting the stove together again.
    It runs quite powerful and can make a rolling boil of a liter tab-cold water in app. 6 min. in the pictured kettle. I am quite satisfied with the result and will definately use it now and then.
    Thanks to good friends in here - I now have the M1942 MOD, a 1946 M530 with alu tin and this M520. Question still remains - should I start to look for the last prodigal son - the M1950?

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    This is how the silver paint looks after about an hour running full speed.
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    Last edited: Mar 14, 2019
  2. Tony Press

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    @Harder D. Soerensen

    Excellent! I’m glad that stove worked out well for you. I’m glad, too, that it has found a good home. :thumbup:

    I haven’t started on the reciprocal stove as I’ve been distracted by working on a string of Gloria lanterns.

    Cheers

    Tony
     
  3. Harder D. Soerensen

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    Thank you Tony - Yes it works great for me :-)
     
  4. Ed Winskill

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    Really fantastic job!
     
  5. Marc

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    Looks better than new! Beautiful work!
     
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    I think you made the right choice.
     
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    Nice to know there have been good trades.
     
  8. Murph

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    @Harder D. Soerensen , may as well go for the M1950, it's the easiest of them to find at a reasonable price, IMO

    Murph
     
  9. Marc

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    Really like the feet on the 520, wish Coleman had kept them for the civilian 530.
     
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    @Harder D. Soerensen
    Really beautiful work.
    wrt the backup pump leather location -- I've seen that before. I'm not sure how common it is, but it is not unheard of.
     
  11. MrAlexxx

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    Oh yeah you NEED the M1950. You can't stop now. lol

    Alex
     
  12. Mark Layman

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    Nice job.
     
  13. JP2

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    Wow beautiful work, well done.