Soviet PT-1 Restoration

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  1. Jesse

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    A buddy of mine gifted me this old PT-1, which looks as if it had one hell of a gasoline fire. I've taken to refurbishing it for, well, I don't know why considering they can be had so cheap.I think one of my screws may be loose 5D13B4BC-D3A7-42AD-B406-04F503440786.jpeg


    Anyway, I used an electrolysis bath to clean the housing:

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    After a little steel wool:
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    Then some VHT engine metallic titanium followed up with clear.

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    Doesn’t that look like an optimus? I wasn’t going for that look, but without my 8R next to it, I would swear it’s the same color.

    I started to clean the innards, and saw on the evil bay there were new replacements and got one for $30 shipped free via a private offer with someone in the Ukraine. It would have taken me hours to clean the crud off of that valve assembly and the jet was missing.

    anyway, what colors have y’all found that match the optimus well?
     
  2. JP2

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    WoW, that is near for sure. Thank for sharing
     
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    Clean work :clap:
     
  5. Jesse

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    Thank you. I'm quite the amateur at clean repairs and most of my repair history has been focused on brute forcing performance and functionality (Rat Rod style).
     
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    Nice work on the case, Jesse. :thumbup:
    I'm looking forward to seeing it finished.
     
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    Thanks. The guts are coming from somewhere near Siberia from what I can tell so I’ll be lucky if I have it together by thanksgiving.
     
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    I like that color you came up with.

    I wonder if the Russian seller you found might have had a spare jet to sell? The reason I ask is -- Have you tried removing the assembly from the tank yet? Then again, a jet would probably go for the same price so either way you still get a jet.
     
  9. Jesse

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    @itchy : The spare set includes the valve and tank assembled. I tried to remove it on the fried stove but ended up with a mess. I should have torched it. The unit I removed had no jet. I wouldn't be surprised if it melted. Even the pan supports were warped presumably due to heat.
     
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    That's great. I saw just the valve assembly for sale and misstakingly thought that was what you were getting.
     
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    Here's a link to one of the eBay sellers. Not the one I went with, but the same item.
     
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    Nice one!
    I would give the paint a bake for a couple of hours for a bit of ectra protection.
    Looking really good :thumbup::thumbup:

    Alec.
     
  13. Jesse

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    Thanks @Rangie! I actually did bake it around 250 for a few hours. Vht becomes very durable after that amount. Though I am also restoring a Enders baby, and mixing vht and rustoleum has been a major mistake that’s costing me to strip and repaint. That’s what I get for attempting to save <$20 on paint.
     
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    44C9263A-6488-4E00-88FB-506BF78469BF.jpeg 2AFBFB2B-A045-4020-BFF1-04A43D63E437.jpeg 012EF489-A8B6-4A74-82FB-FF48F7236926.jpeg Here’s the final product.
     
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    Very nice! :thumbup::thumbup:
     
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    Very nice Mr. Jesse,
    I also wait for the repainted Optimus 22 from the professional painter, but I am sure you are the better!!
     
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    Excellent restoration, an inspiration for any contemplating such a task.