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Discussion in 'Carbide Lamps' started by tommo, Mar 29, 2011.

  1. tommo

    tommo shire lad born & breeding
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    well i have been hunting for a carbide lamp for ages and trying to find a good one thats not stupid money isnt easy, then i triped over this little beast, the base was in mint condition but the top had a couple of holes :banghead but for £17 what can u expect :D

    bit of brazing, soldering and chemical weld, 6 hours labour and some paint..............final total spend £17 lol, its great when u DIY it

    we got it going a couple of weekends ago one late night, cheers to all that helped :thumb

    so i thought i would post up some pics from start to finish, still not to sure on the colour but get a couple of scratches on it and i might change it to matt grey




    original condition

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    stripped back down and all sealed up with a new tip

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    primed ready for paint

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    all painted


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  2. Styru

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    BLACK - I said do it black!!


    (looks bloody lush though) (as a friend of mine would say :p)
     
  3. diehardlove

    diehardlove 1 of them cnuts off 28dsl
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    Wow tommo looks amazing well done mate love the shiny car paintwork lol.
     
  4. Oxygen Thief

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    Looks good mate. Wait till you chip all that paint off in some god forsaken crawl, you'll be well happy.

    Anyway, the lamp worked a treat, it was still going in the morning.
     
  5. professor frink

    professor frink Reppin Bumbaclaat
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    Good job Tommo, hard to believe this is the same lamp you slaved over a few weeks ago.
     
  6. Oxygen Thief

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    What's with the new beak? Where did you get it ?
     
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    Stunning!
     
  8. Styru

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    You give up trying to unblock that double-header then?
     
  9. d86

    d86 ian beal's twin brother..
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    that looks like the front nozzle off a sata/devillvis spray gun to me...:thumb

    very nice..looks a shame to take it underground....
    t...:)

    p.s. straight off the mixing scheme red???:D
     
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  10. AndrewB

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    Very nice mate, Love the candy red!

    Mine finally arrived today, Its the same lamp as yours just doesn't have the shade. It has the light thing with a glass lens, which is removable so I can use it to light where I point it or to light an area say in a small room without the light thing (not sure what to call it). Its made originally for use in the railways and is date stamped 1945.

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    Im just going to try and polish up the casing and see how it turns out.
     

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  11. God

    God Bloody Everywhere
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    That is mint!! Excellent work there matey!
     
  12. Oxygen Thief

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    You can polish them up using a non scratch scourer. If youre keeping a bare metal finish, they get dirty really quickly, so no point doing more than that.

    Tommo, dont chuck out the old beak, I'll have it.
     
  13. d86

    d86 ian beal's twin brother..
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    you know you have promted me to dig out my miners lamp collection now...

    just have t find some carbide....

    t...:)
     
  14. d86

    d86 ian beal's twin brother..
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    sorry sir but i have to disagree.......

    do you not think the handle position will help as a good hand warmer...???

    and the size of the flame will be very safe on rope ladders........!!!!!!

    t....:)
     
  15. Oxygen Thief

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    Same could be said for any carbide lamp though really...
     
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