Optimus 80, new to me (also Primus 71)

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  1. Greeley

    Greeley United States Subscriber

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    Whether I needed it or not, an Optimus 80 showed up on the local sale board and I picked it up yesterday for the princely sum of $50. Brought it home cleaned some of the dust off, gave it the dunk test. It passed, so I added a bit of Coleman fuel and fired it up. Great flame, good old helicopter putting. Seller said it was his stepfather's, he had no idea of its former use. Stove container showed some signs of a minor conflagration, but otherwise it doesn't appear to have been used much. Included a funnel and packets of both Optimus and Primus prickers (apparently unused). Except for the Optimus etching and label on the canister it appears to be a twin of my Primus 71. Would be interesting to know its vintage. Here are photos of both stoves.

    Also wondering if I should try to straighten the "tilt" of the riser (and risk a crack) or if I should just let it be....

    Tom
     

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  2. kerophile

    kerophile United Kingdom SotM Winner Subscriber

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    Hi @Greeley . Your new Op.80 has an engraved tank and a case with an adhesive label on top. These would indicate that it could have been made just before, or just after the formation of the Primus Trading Company (PTC) in 1962.
    Have a look through this thread:

    Data on PTC Optimus 80s & Primus 71Ls

    Best Regards,
    Kerophile.
     
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  3. Metropolitantrout

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    @Greeley
    I've had a few stoves like yours that were easily straightened out by holding the tank firmly on a flat surface and applying pressure to the vaporizer. Cheers, Jerry