A complete restoration of a 1950's "propane" lantern.

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A complete restoration of a 1950's "propane" lantern.

I found this lantern last year. It was badly rusted, paint faded & peeled, and the gas jet plugged solid.
After some research i learn that these were one of the first commercially available “portable” propane Camping lanterns.
This particular unit is dated 1955, designated Model # TX-700. I found it quite interesting and unique with the Slanted-design of the propane tank base.
I dissembled it completely, did some light sandblasting, lots of cleaning, cleaned out the gas parts, changed rotten & dried up O-rings, re-painted it, and custom printed the new moisture resistant labels myself (from close-up images i found on the internet of this lantern model. Now the lantern works great.

- I also found the matching TX-500 single burner stove which i restored after. )

But for now here are photos of before and after of this unique lantern.

Before:

After!

That Canadian flashlight guy & Lantern Guru -Den / DBSARlight

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I’ve never seen a Bernz O Matic lantern before, it sure looks cool.

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Martini wrote:
I’ve never seen a Bernz O Matic lantern before, it sure looks cool.

These were only built for a few years, and are somewhat rare to find.

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Too big for my taste,but what a restoration you did there especially the sticker.

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BRAVO! Great resto job on that shiney looking bugger! Was that red paint Rustolium?

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That is one sweet looking light. A good example of they dont build them like that anymore. Well done and thanks for showing us.

 

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Great restoration! A picture/small video of it burning would be great too?

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FlashPilot wrote:
BRAVO! Great resto job on that shiney looking bugger! Was that red paint Rustolium?

yep, indeed it was Rusoleum.

That Canadian flashlight guy & Lantern Guru -Den / DBSARlight

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djozz wrote:

Great restoration! A picture/small video of it burning would be great too?

I will get lots of photos of them all running (and maybe videos) when the weather warms up.

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These restorations are great! They look as good as new. Looking forward to pics of them running.

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Seing this old decrepit lantern brought back to shining new is very satifying.

BTW, i don’t know for gas, but kerosene lanterns have a 0.081 lumens/watt efficacy.

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That’s a sweet restore!!!!!

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Great work!

Seems to be a very rare lantern. Nice!