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Offline MonsterBeetle

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Refurbished Tilley Lamp
« on: August 07, 2014, 05:04:05 AM »
I managed to salvage this old lamp from my parents garage and thought I'd see if I could get it going without having to spend too much cash. It had been sat in there for nearly 40 years and looked like it could do with a LOT of tlc..





It had no glass, mantle, was covered in crap and some of the seals were perished in the main pump. After a search on ebay I found an old service pack, glass and mantles and started to clean it. It took quite a bit of elbow grease but I started to make progress..



After a fair bit more cleaning I changed the seals and added the new glass and mantle..





Then fire it up...after I realised I also needed a preheating tourch to prep the mantle and fuel vapouriser!



It's a great little lamp and hopefully it'll last another 40 years.  :)

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Re: Refurbished Tilley Lamp
« Reply #1 on: August 07, 2014, 07:33:24 AM »
Nice job ... old lamps build to last!

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Re: Refurbished Tilley Lamp
« Reply #2 on: August 07, 2014, 03:49:19 PM »
Great work! It should last a lifetime.

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Re: Refurbished Tilley Lamp
« Reply #3 on: August 07, 2014, 05:02:22 PM »
Nice looking lamp, I've been wanting to get an old Carbide Mining Lamp just for the fun of it.
Calcium carbide placed in a lower chamber and water in the upper chamber. Water is slowly dripped onto the carbide. The chemical reaction makes acetylene gas.
 

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Re: Refurbished Tilley Lamp
« Reply #4 on: August 07, 2014, 07:28:16 PM »
I must be old,my first bike had a carbide headlight on it.  :popcorn:

The popcorn here is pretty crunchy,yumm.

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Re: Refurbished Tilley Lamp
« Reply #5 on: August 08, 2014, 09:04:46 AM »
I have a couple of those carbide headlamps.  My grandfather had a small coal mining operation back in the '30s, and when my grandmother passed away, Dad found a pair of those (among other cool things) in her basement.  I love "technology artifacts" like that.  Stuff that, despite being very old and obsolete, and suffering decades of neglect, still performs its intended function.  A hundred years from now, how much of the stuff from our daily lives would still work? 

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Re: Refurbished Tilley Lamp
« Reply #6 on: August 08, 2014, 10:20:56 AM »
I've got this old safety lamp that used to belong to my grandfather. He was also a coal miner.


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Re: Refurbished Tilley Lamp
« Reply #7 on: August 08, 2014, 04:01:45 PM »
Nice lamp Monsterbeetle...