Franken-Svea 121, late Optimus-made.

Discussion in 'Svea No:121' started by Staffan Rönn, Nov 26, 2019.

  1. Staffan Rönn

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    In my stash of relics, I found this incomplete Svea 121 of late Optimus manufacture. It also did not have a correct pump rod. So I decided to make it complete by fitting/replacing the missing/wrong parts. What I did not notice from the beginning is that the pump tube has been replaced with a larger diameter one, so the spare 00-pump rod I had does not fit. Instead, the pump rod from an Optimus 45 fits. The stove seems not to have been used, but I have no record of why the larger diameter pump tube has been fitted. Possibly someone in the old R&D team just played around practicing soldering or something.

    As found:

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    Burner marking "Optimus Sweden" (so probably later burner) and flame ring marking "Sweden Sweden":

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    Stamping "Made in Sweden" on bottom of tank:

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    Pump rod from Purgatory or something. It has a brass lid, but aluminium rod and plastic knob.

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    Next to a Optimus 00 spare pump rod:

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    Traces of solder job:

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    Fitted with the few parts missing. I'll have to find a spare No. 45 pump rod to make the stove complete, the reserve lid has to fit somewhere when the stove is assembled. I'll make my mind up later if I should light it or keep it as is.

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    Interesting. If only it could tell its own story.
     
  3. Staffan Rönn

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    You could say that again @snwcmpr ...
    As long as I have been acquainted with Optimus (beginning early 1990's), this stove was always in the office exhibition. It probably had been there since a while, I think the 121's were discontinued in the 1970's.

    So - this unit has seen the old office in Upplands Väsby, the following offices in Solna, Hammarby, Skarpnäck and finally Sollentuna. It's seen (and heard) a lot of employees and up to some 10 CEO's. It has probably heard a lot besides having been under the knife for that pump tube surgery...;)