Optimus No. 11

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  1. Tony Press

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    I got this stove, courtesy of @VW-iking.

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    The case after stripping and painting:

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    The "before" photos:

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    Much rust and loss of nickel plating.
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    I have no idea what this weird encrustation is.
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    A hint of the original colour.
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    ... and there was blue between the original green and the dark green last coat.
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    The brass gauze filter in the fuel tube.
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    Testing before reassembly.
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    Now for the tea test:

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    Excellent! What a fine stove!


    Cheers

    Tony
     
  2. Wim

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    Hi Tony @Tony Press , they are, indeed, a very fine stove! Imho better than the later 111. I hardly ever use mine but it is one of those "I'll never sell this one" stoves. You did a fine job restoring yours, congrats!

    All the best,

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    Last 2 shots are hot....
    Well done Sir.

    Cheers
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    The 'finished' stove is very, very nice.
    First date in our documentation is 1939 and the last in 1945.
    Obviously the precursor of the Optimus 111.

    What is not well known is that the 11 is a multi-fuel stove.
    It was designed to run on kerosene or gasoline without change of burner or nipple.
     
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    Wow that is a very nice job man, I now blame you for making me want one lol.
     
  6. hikerduane

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    Nice addition, they run very well, thank you for sharing.
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    I like that track the stove slides on. Neat feature.
     
  9. snwcmpr

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    Well done.
    Did you use kerosene????
     
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    Yes. It’s running on Jet-A1.

    Cheers

    Tony
     
  11. VW-iking

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    Hello Tony

    I now can see that the right person got it!!!!
    Great job and a Perfect result, enjoy.

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    Hello Tony
    Congreatulations with a great fettle.
    I'm in a process of fettling a Opt 11 of the later versions ( no screws to hold the tank).
    As the tin is rusty I plan to repaint it. Did you use VHT paint ? How did you cure the paint ?
    The VHT paint available here in Norway is only black, grey, silver and white.

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  14. Tony Press

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    This is the sequence I used:

    1. After paint stripping and electrolysis, I used a green automobile paint that I baked at 90C for an hour;

    2. I then used a clear coat, again baking at 90C.

    Cheers

    Tony
     
  15. boknasild

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    Thanks Tony

    How high temperature can your automobile paint handle ?
     
  16. Tony Press

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    I’m not sure; about as much as a car I suppose... but I’ve not yet found any stove or lantern paint that survives direct flame or intense heat.

    I use these kinds of paint and baking to withstand fuel, metho, oil etc spills rather than be flame proof.

    My Optimus 111s that have been treated this way, and are used a fair bit, still look pretty good.

    Cheers

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  17. snwcmpr

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    My 11 is painted with Rustoleum spray paint. Not high heat. I assumed that the case did not need hight heat.

    Nice job, Tony.