Optimus 00L from 1960

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  1. presscall

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    A full box of tricks. Used, but cared for, complete with all the relevant parts, paperwork, and even the corrugated packing card retained. A full spares kit, unused and unopened. Umpteen cleaning needles (original Optimus and some Veritas 0.23mm ones - wrong size) and a match box (Fire Queen brand) containing a spare jet nipple and a rubber washer that fits some other stove but not this one).

    Somebody loved it. Now I'm the custodian and I do and thank whoever owned it before for keeping it so intact. A treasure trove, in our hobby terms.

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    @kerophile's meticulous eye for detail in his post on his 1957 Optimus 00 identified a page in the instructions most of us would overlook (the Oriental languages) and sure enough there's the printing date of the instructions, which reasonably ties in the date of manufacture of the stove I think, give or take a year or so.

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    While we're comparing George's stove to this, take a look at the stove tin graphics on my example and on Kerophile's. A fragment of time line to observe there, a change in design (same tin, different graphics) within the span of three years, 1957-1960.

    Unused set of spares, very comprehensive set too, with a jet key included.

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    Those instructions which include the printing date of 1960.

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    A useful tips sheet.

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    I don't know about worldwide, but in the UK a lot of paraffin stove users had a thing about storing and windshielding their stove in a biscuit tin - the sort of tins that our local grocers would serve biscuits 'loose' (i.e. not pre-packed) by the Imperial weight measure of a pound, or fraction thereof.

    It amused me to see this reference to the potential hazards of the use of a biscuit tin as a stove shelter when fired up.

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    To the business of firing up the stove. First, I replaced a tank filler cap washer, the pump washer too and serviced the non-return valve (new sealing 'pip').

    Priming with methylated spirit.

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    A few pumps and away it goes.

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    A few more pumps and it got very loud.

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    Kettle on the boil.

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    John
     
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  2. Tony Press

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    Very nice stove and great to have all the accoutrements.

    Cheers

    Tony
     
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    Fabulous!

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    Runs great, nice score! Jerry
     
  5. mr optimus

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    Well done there John, that's a superb find, to find a used stove that is so complete with all instructions and spares as well as the corrugated packing, a rare find indeed.
     
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    Hi John @presscall It is time capsule!
    Great addition to your collection.
    Best Regards,
    Kerophile.
     
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    Hi John
    Marvelous find of a beautiful stove.
    Where on earth do you folks manage to find such a gems?
    ....asks the newby...

    Cheers
    Zoltan
     
  8. presscall

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    Story with this one Zoltan was that it was donated to a charity, which put it up for auction on ebay UK. The seller (a volunteer for the charity) lives near me and I paid cash on collection for the auction winning bid price plus a bit more because it was to a good cause.

    Your '96's should be arriving soon!

    John
     
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    Amazing to have EVEYTHING with documents..