My next 8r

Discussion in 'Optimus No:8R' started by IvanN, May 2, 2020.

  1. IvanN

    IvanN United States Subscriber

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    Cleaned up with new paint, a aluminum skid plate in the bottom, a new wrench. I still need to add a priming wick
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    Hi @IvanN Nice work!

    I reckon your Optimus 8R was likely made between 1962 and the early 1970s

    By removing the embossed “Optimus” from the lid of the case after the formation of the PTC IN 1962, the 8R stove could be offered as either a Primus product or an Optimus product by simply attaching appropriate foil logos.

    PTC & POST PTC OPTIMUS 8Rs

    The 1972 catalogue shows the regulator knob still in use. By 1976 the catalogue shows a key being used for regulating the burner.

    Best Regards,
    Kerophile.
     
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  3. IvanN

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    I can recommend a ring of Carbon felt.
    It works great and can save you a double priming in cold weather.
     
  5. Tony Press

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    Nice job, Ivan.

    I like the can opener in the box. I have a stack of the Aussie army issue can opener/spoons the I keep with various stoves.

    Cheers

    Tony

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    In the US they are P38s. I have a few, I keep them with stoves, key rings, bug out kits. They are useful to have when you need them.
     
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    @Tony Press , one of the mates down under, @kerry460, helped me get a few of those Fred's, right neat piece of kit!
     
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    I think the transition from the knob to the key was at the same time the Svea 123 became Svea 123R. At least that was the time they had to invest this key.
    The paperboard of my 8R with the key (a 8R with the key also on the picture on the paperboard), is stamped '885074'. The user manual for the same stove, is marked 'Märstatryck 74-6168', also with picture of a stove with this key.
     
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    Hi @afoton. Thank you for the useful date information regarding the changeover from regulator knob to key for the Op.8R. So 1974 it is.

    Best Regards,
    Kerophile.
     
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    Nice work man, looks awesome. :thumbup:
     
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    Beautiful restoration