Optimus 111 rebuild

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  1. Robert Radcliffe

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    I thought you might like to see my latest restoration. Full rebuild of stove, new home made viton washers in fuel cap and SRV, new NRV, new pump leather, new spindle, washer and graphite packing, new pricker. Case sandblasted and buffed, then 3 pack paint job, primer, paint and clear lacquer. All brassware and steel cleaned, buffed and polished. Optimus decal added, instructions printed. Just waiting on ceramic rope for the priming dish then I'll call this one done.
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  2. Ian

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    Very nice.
    What paint is the blue, please?
     
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    @Ian it's Ford Vision blue metallic, my local shop didn't have the Ford Cosmos blue many recommend. The camera has darkened it a touch but its still a much darker blue than the usual Optimus blue. Not that that is consistent as my photo shows. Two stoves on left are my restorations, the two on the right are Optimus colours.
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    Very nice!
     
  5. Ian

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    Thank you @Robert Radcliffe.

    I've always used Ford Cosmos Blue. I thought yours was a bit darker but wasn't sure if it is or if it's just me.
     
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    Very nice job! But now will you actually fire it up or will you just admire your handiwork?
     
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    Very nice work.
     
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    @BradB of the two hundred odd stoves in my collection only two remain unfired as they are boxed and as new, all my restorations are for use. I will leave the paint to cure for about a week though before I fire it.
     
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    well done:thumbup:
     
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    Wow, that's one hell of a restoration job. If I didn't know any better I'd say it's new! Nice job
     
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    Very well done!
     
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    That looks awesome
     
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    It's cleaned up nicely. :thumbup:
     
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    Nice work man, looks brand new. :thumbup:
     
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    Wow!
    That’s a like phoenix risen form its ashes!
     
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    Great work!
     
  17. Optimust

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    Hi Robert, What a very good restoration, & presentation. The images from the original distressed state to completion, are good. The Blue colour you chose is good also. Your next success will have to be the green variation, look forward to you finding one, & seeing it finished. Best regards, Optimust.
     
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    Beautiful work. Not all artists work with a canvas.
     
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    @Robert Radcliffe ,

    Wonderful restoration, Good Sir!! I showed Sweet Bride your photos of "before" and "after", and she was mightily impressed with your attention to detail, as am I!! VERY well done!! Thanks for sharing! God Bless!

    Doc
     
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    Great restorations!
    I am envious of how well you all seem to clean and polish up the brass!
    I have not learnt how to get to that level yet. Mine still look just cleaned rather then like new. The paint jobs are fantastic. Something I will be trying in the near future(so many things to learn!....)