Optimus 111T rebuild.

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  1. kerophile

    kerophile United Kingdom SotM Winner Subscriber

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    Hi, I recently came upon an old Op.111 case from which I had removed the tank and burner several years ago for another project. The case was distorted, was missing its closure "catch", and was very rusty.

    A good stove friend provided a tank and silent burner so the project could begin.

    I fitted a new regulator/cleaning assembly and renewed all seals and washers of the burner and tank.

    I straightened the case, removed all the residual paint with paint stripper and removed the rust and passivated the steel using phosphoroic acid.

    I painted the case British Racing Green, using heat proof engine block paint:


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    I do not have access to a spot welder, so re-attached the spring closure catch by drilling a hole and using a stainless steel button-head bolt and lock-nut. It works well.

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    It sometimes happens that the hinges or closure catches become detached from Op.111 type stoves. I believe that this type of fastening offers an easy repair, whilst still looking neat.

    Best Regards,
    Kerophile.
     
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  2. Doc Mark

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    Good Morning, George,

    Excellent fettle, and refurbish of that old 111T!! That version is my most favorite and I truly prefer it to the later ones with the multi-tool regulating knob. Also, good job on reattaching the closure clasp. The button-headed bolt you used not only worked well, but looks good, too. What are your plans for a windscreen? Do you have a proper brass spare, or are you going to cobble something fun together? I know it will work perfectly, in any case, no matter which way you decide to go. Thanks for sharing your lovely old 111T, and God Bless!

    Every Good Wish,
    Mark
     
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    Hi Doc, when it comes to windshields for this Op.111 I am spoiled for choice.

    My good stove friend very kindly gifted me an original Optimus deep skirt brass windshield:

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    I also have the stainless steel short skirt windshield I made from a sugar bowl:

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    You will also notice that this stove is fitted with a unique bathroom fitting-type chain for securing the regulator knob:

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    Best Regards,
    George.
     
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    Very nice George. Another great post. Thank you.
    Ken in NC
     
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    Fantastic fettle George. I've one with a broken hinge on it and I've been wracking my poor old brain for a solution. Those bolts are just the thing. I've even been trolling the used sites for a used spot welder but paying $200 for a single use tool just isn't in my budget.

    Thanks for the brilliant idea!
    Stan in Canada
     
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    Tasty!
     
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    George, I'm curious about the wind shield. Here's a pic of mine which is different from yours. Were there different style wind shields fitted at the factory or is this different for the roarer burner?
    Stan
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    Hi Stan. Yours is a roarer and has the correct windshield and flame ring. My Op 111 T is silent and takes the skirted windshield.
    Best Regards, George.
     
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    Great fettle George - and I love your long skirt. 1353154274-muttlaugh.jpg
     
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    Hi, Trevor....Kilt not Skirt!
    George.
     
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    Hi George

    Of course I thought of you and a kilt immediately, but then thought that the discussion might lead to what you wear under you kilt, so I avoided it!
    . . . . . so what DO you wear under your kilt? 1354347020-laughs.jpg
     
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    Hi Trevor, nothing worn under my kilt. It is all in good working order..
    Regards, George.
     
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    Stop "fettling" with it, or you'll go blind!!

    I'll get me coat....... :whistle: 8-[ O:)

    Doc
     
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    Trevor wrote:
    I guess I shouldn't mess wit it or I'll get "kilt" too! :(

    George, My apologies, :oops: That is a fantastic fettle and If I were to say so, as wrong as I stand to be, it appears you have the correct period control knob, given the pattern of the knurling on the pump knob and cylinder closure ring.
    Coat+hat=Door!
     
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    Hi George

    A really sweet job , well done :clap: :clap: :clap: 8) :D :thumbup:

    Stu :D :thumbup:
     
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    It's always a pleasure to read your posts, George, which were at the outset - and remain - an incentive for me to participate in CCS.

    John
     
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    Hi, George,

    John's comment above sums up my thoughts about your posts, completely!! I very much appreciate all the time, effort, and enthusiasm that you have, from the beginning, put into your posts!! Long may they continue!! Take care, and God Bless!

    Every Good Wish,
    Mark

    P.S. VERY well said, John!! :thumbup:
     
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    Hi, Thank you all for your kind comments. Now I'm ebarrassed...
    CCS is a great Site, for which we all have to thank Ross, the moderators, and contributors.

    Best Regards,
    Kerophile.
     
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    Nicely done Kerophile!
    Following your lead I thank you kind sir along with our many contributors to this great site ! Thank you to Ross and the moderators.

    Brass for 111T is nice but in this case you've gone with green British Racing engine paint so why not dress it up with sugar-bowl chrome! I think it's slick and all goes well together: the heat shield, the skirt, the latch, the wrench and the nice metal work in the bottom . That is VERY NICE, thanks for sharing.

    edit correction chrome-look but it is STAINLESS, even better. btw +1 w/ john It's a pleasure to read your posts they are for me too an incentive to participate, thx.