Optimus 11

Discussion in 'Optimus No:11' started by Metropolitantrout, Apr 3, 2016.

  1. Metropolitantrout

    Metropolitantrout SotM Winner Subscriber

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    This #11 was in pretty good shape except the latch was broken off at the curve. Snwcmpr, Ken helped me out with some pics :thumbup:so I could create a new one. Removing the weld off the tag end of the remaining latch would have damaged some of the original paint so I opted to join a newly made latch to the old half. The latch and hardware are stainless and I've decided to keep them unpainted. Works great and I doubt it will ever break off.

    I replaced all the seals which were cork and probably still functional but I'd rather be safe. The NRV came out surprisingly easy with one of Stu's wrenches :thumbup:. The leather was in really good shape but it had shrunk and even after a week long soak in oil never fit with compression so I replaced it with one from Sefa :thumbup:.

    I like the build quality of this stove. Much heavier gauge sheet metal case and the brass tank is probably twice as thick as the 111. A nice example of a transitional stove between the Campingo and the 111. Cheers, Jerry

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  2. Etherman

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    Hi Jerry

    Stove latch looks like it works great. Your 11 looks to be in excellent working order, nice job!!

    Ren
     
  3. snwcmpr

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    Nice work. 11 is great, isn't it?
     
  4. hikerduane

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    Pretty nice shape except the latch. :( Great flame, new stoves don't look that nice. I'm amazed at some of the old stoves at how well the paint has held up.
    Duane
     
  5. kerophile

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    Hi Jerry, that is a really classy stove after your restoration.
    You were lucky to still have a piece of the catch attached to the case, and you made a great repair.

    If the catch breaks at the spot-weld, which seems to be the common failure mode, you need to attach the replacement catch assembly directly to the case, and this post illustrates one option:

    https://classiccampstoves.com/threads/optimus-111t-rebuild.27004/

    Best Regards,
    Kerophile.
     
  6. Metropolitantrout

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    Thanks guys for the comments. Yep Ken, I can see why you like these stoves. Nice work around to spot welding Kerophile, I'll keep that in mind. Cheers, Jerry
     
  7. snwcmpr

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    I have an 11 I got from a member, in a northern state, that needs a spot weld on the left tank mount to the case 'flap'.
    I do know a welder... Hmmm, should go there.