Optimus Campingo No.2 (early)

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  1. Tony Press

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    Here is my Optimus Campingo No.2

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    The bits:

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    There are two NRVs, one for the pump tube and one for the filler cap:

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    The filler cap:

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    The spirit cups:

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    The two burners are not identical. Note the position and the writing:

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    The cut out in the ring below the burner plate are also different, but difficult to photograph. You can see in the above photograph that the left hand burner has a cut out that is about 1cm long, while the right hand burner's cutout is only 4mm. One burner was stamped with "S".


    The flame spreaders have table to hold them to the burner:

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    The heat shield:

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    The tank:

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    The plumbing:

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    As it came (and my apologies to the Kiwis, because it came from New Zealand):

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    The original green paint had been overpainted with "Silverfrost" that had turned to a fine powder.


    Fettling notes:

    The tank was rinsed and cleaned with "Marine Clean".

    The burners were first cleaned with carburettor cleaner and poked with pipe cleaners; then placed in Marine Clean and put in an ultrasonic cleaner for 6 hours, then given a further rinse with carburettor cleaner. The nipples were replaced with standard No.1 nipples.

    The tin was placed in a large bin and underwent electrolysis:

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    The tin was painted with an automobile green as close to the original green as I could find, and then clear coated.

    Seals, washers and pips from The Fettle Box. the pump leather is original.


    Testing the burners:

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    I made a new tab-lock for the lid from hard 1.3mm brass sheet:

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    I am VERY happy with this stove, and will be taking it on a road camping trip next week.

    I will post some pics of the stove in action in a minute.

    Cheers

    Tony
     
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    Here is the stove in action:

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    Cheers

    Tony
     
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    Doesn't get any better than that as a restoration and photo coverage and description of what was done to bring about the transformation.

    Superb.

    How did you get the control knobs to return to a rich red colour, Tony? Careful buffing on a polishing wheel? Metal polish?

    John
     
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    Tony .
    bloody beautiful .
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    John @presscall

    I cleaned them with s mild soap, then polished them carefully with an automobile cutting polish. i then clear coated them.

    Cheers

    Tony
     
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    A lovely stove and a great presentation.
    I have a Campingo No.2 in a very poor condition.
    When (if) I get round to trying to restore it I will return to this thread to give me inspiration.
     
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    Nice one Tony!

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    Tony,

    I've just bought one of these that is a similar silver colour to your stove prior to your restoration.

    You said you could see green under the silver on your stove.

    Were all Campingos originally painted in green? Owners have just spruced them up over the years and paint them different colours?
     
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    @Matty

    I've not seen enough to know, but the "silver frost" look has appeared here a few times...

    On mine it was like powder, so I thought it may have been over-painted, but I could have been mistaken.

    Tony
     
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    Tony,

    Thanks. Perhaps someone else may know?
     
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    Mine is a deep dark green as my 3 campingo #1s.
    Maybe in shipping they changed color crossing the equator. :)
     
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    I don't have a clue though there do seem to be a few silver coloured ones about. I didn't think there was much wrong with Tony thinking his stove had been painted over. It makes sense that over the years an owner may respray the case. I think the chances of every owner spraying their green stoves silver is unlikely.
     
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    Strangely enough, I also have a silver Campingo 2.
    It is in very poor condition and the silver looks to be one of a number of repaints.
    Although the old stoves were not painted with heat-proof paint, when doing a repaint many people think it a good idea to use heat-proof.
    Years ago one of the only colours of heat-proof paint that was generally available was silver.
    Just a thought.
     
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    Trevor,

    Perhaps that's a very good point to consider - only silver paint available.

    Are there any catalogues for the stoves? Is the actual name of the green paint known for a comparison paint to be found?

    The stove I have coming is pretty grubby. It needs a re-paint so I may as well try and get it as close to original as I can.

    I haven't seen the stove in real life yet but it kinda looks cool in the pics plus what I've seen here. I'd like to try and give it a bit of respect back.
     
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    Hi Matty

    I have no idea of the exact shade of green for the Campingo.
    Members who have ones with original paintwork will know - or those who have stripped away the repaints on their Campingos.
    The catalogues we have on CCS show only black and white images.
    However, there are a couple of coloured images in the Advertising forum here and here. Not a lot of use, but something.
     
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    Trevor,

    Me dips me lid.
     
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    I have an original campingo and I am fairly sure that the paint is unmolested. It is a dark green, almost military, I will dig it out tomorrow and post some pictures. I would love to know the model/year, I purchased it from the original famiy owners though the exact history has been lost to time.

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    Even in the black & white catalogues I've seen reference to these being dark green - never silver. With grayscale illustrations you'd expect silver to be light grey & dark green to be dark grey - never seen that.

    Trevor's point re the silver paint is spot on I reckon.
     
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    On the issue of silver...

    When I was a kid on the farm (in Australia) in the 50s and 60s, we had lots of "Silverfrost" paint in the shed, along with a deep, flat, almost-ochre red. These two paints were used liberally around anything that needed repainting.

    That's why I thought that my Campingo had been overpainted.

    Cheers

    Tony
     
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    Geoff,

    That is very kind of you.

    On a related note about you purchasing a stove from the orignal family that bought it.

    I recently purchased a Coleman 236 lamp from a family that bought it from Sands in Melbourne, brand spanking new. It's just magical knowing where that lamp has resided for 65 years.

    They are umming and arring over selling me a Coleman stove, purchased the same day as the lamp