Pre 1962 OPTIMUS 8R

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  1. ROBBO55

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    I know another 8R! But as this is the first 8R I have fettled back to life I decided to post it.

    I have dated the stove 1956 - 1962 based on kaw550red’s excellent post DATING PTC & POST PTC OPTIMUS 8Rs https://classiccampstoves.com/threads/ptc-post-ptc-optimus-8rs.15471/

    The stove as received. Not pretty but the cleaning needle was the only missing part.
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    Replaced all the seals including the SRV.
    The original wick was in reasonable condition with a little burning at the top. But I decided to replace it with new cotton strands.

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    Components after cleaning. Some of the spanner connections have been rounded making it impossible to disassemble using the spanner.


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    I stripped the case before repainting, first with a vinegar bath followed by electrolysis.

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    Note this 8R has a handle

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    Running.

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  2. Robert Bruce

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    Looking good, a nice example. I now have one after getting a Russian clone thinking I would not find an Optmus then one turned up, so I could not resist it. They both work nearly the same after the usual fettle. The clone uses a bit more fuel I think but it is marginal. They are all good users.

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    Cheers

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    Very very nice. The only 8's I find are the standard Optimus 8. Thanks for posting!
     
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    Thanks for the comments.

    @Robert Bruce , I know what you mean. They are scares in these parts also. It took me nearly 2 years to get this one. I don't think hiking stoves were very popular around Sydney. When hiking it was never very difficult to start a fire for cooking in a eucalyptus forest and a stove was just excess weight.

    @Lighthouse , I haven't seen an Optimus 8 where I am. I do have one but I had to go to New Zealand to find it.
     
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    No dents in the case, mine seems to have dropped a few times :-)
    Great paint work, did you used a spraycan or a spraygun?
     
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    Can't have too many 8r pictures.

    Nice work. Brass screen over the wick is also something that seems to have been done away with on later models. I wonder if that is part of the reason the old wick was in such good shape?
     
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    Thanks @Tracer and @itchy
    The case had a couple of minor dents but I knocked them out before painting. The case was painted with a spray can. First undercoat then colour and finally a clear coat.

    It may help with the flow of fuel thus preventing the wick drying out and charring. Someone with more experience than me might have an opinion on that.