A complete restoration of a 1960's gasoline lantern.

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A complete restoration of a 1960's gasoline lantern.

its not only flashlights i collect & build, but everything that produces light without a cord.
i seem to be able to find more old vintage lanterns than i can flashlights, and have restored a few classics like these.

This old vintage Coleman gas lantern was in very rough condition when i received it. It is a Coleman Model # 236 Major larger single-mantle built in Canada in 1962, ( rated at 600+CP or equivalent to a 100-watt Incandescent bulb at the time.) it spent the last 10 – 20 years beat-up & corroding in a wet barn.

I acquired this lantern with some others, and worked on it to restore it. I stripped this lantern down to every single part, cleaned, polished, straightened, and fix everything to perfect working condition, and with some generous donations of a couple of hard-to-find parts from members of the CCF Forums the lantern now glows life to illuminate the darkness again like it did half a century ago.

Below are the before and after photos of the 236 Major:

Before…

After…

Now if i could only find as many vintage Flashlights to restore like i find these historical lanterns! Smile

That Canadian flashlight guy & Lantern Guru -Den / DBSARlight

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O.o Insane this is Insane you did some Big efforts there Love

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O.o Insane this is Insane you did some Big efforts there Love

Thanks. its a lot of work and cleaning but its worth it in the end.

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Nice restoration, great work.

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Nice!

We get a few resto type reality shows over here – wonder if we’ll soon see “American Lanterns” Big Smile

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That looks awesome! Light it up please! I want to see how it works. :bigsmile:

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Coin Collection Family forum??

Great restoration! That 'Benz-O-matic' lantern in the background of the first pic looks very interesting also (nice basic shape, I like that, and a great brand name!)

EDIT: a google search revealed that it is actually BernzOmatic and that the brand is still alive and very common on the other side of the ocean Smile

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You have done an orsm job on the restoration. Thanks for showing us something that was once junk turned into an as new lantern.

 

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now fill that shiny base with 18650 cells and put some XHP70 in it and light the skys

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That’s pretty awesome, DBSAR.

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Wow! Love Love Love

So shiny-perty! I wants one!

BTW, still loving the steam-pipe light in your avatar. That is one cool tool. If you ever need to find it a new home… :bigsmile:

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such a fine job Shocked

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You must have travelled back in time to ’62, bought the lantern and came back.

Awesome job.

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djozz wrote:

Coin Collection Family forum??

Great restoration! That ‘Benz-O-matic’ lantern in the background of the first pic looks very interesting also (nice basic shape, I like that, and a great brand name!)

EDIT: a google search revealed that it is actually BernzOmatic and that the brand is still alive and very common on the other side of the ocean Smile

CCF is “ Coleman Collectors Forum “ Smile
The BernzOmatic is one of the first propane-powered dual-beam lanterns ever built in the 50s & 60s. It too is currently under a complete restoration. and will post it soon.

I also have the first consumer propane portable lantern model, its the one in the photo below along with the matching BernzOmatic stove from the same era. (1940’s)
Both i restored last year.)

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You must have travelled back in time to ’62, bought the lantern and came back.

Awesome job.

lol if it was only that easy i would be rich now.

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DBSAR wrote:
djozz wrote:

Coin Collection Family forum??

Great restoration! That ‘Benz-O-matic’ lantern in the background of the first pic looks very interesting also (nice basic shape, I like that, and a great brand name!)

EDIT: a google search revealed that it is actually BernzOmatic and that the brand is still alive and very common on the other side of the ocean Smile

CCF is “ Coleman Collectors Forum “ Smile
The BernzOmatic is one of the first propane-powered dual-beam lanterns ever built in the 50s & 60s. It too is currently under a complete restoration. and will post it soon.

I also have the first consumer propane portable lantern model, its the one in the photo below along with the matching BernzOmatic stove from the same era. (1940’s)
Both i restored last year.)

Looks like that Propane can is old, too. What would happen if you installed a can of MAP gas in one of those instead of the Propane can it was made for? J)

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This looks like new, never thought that the result could be so perfect after seeing this bashed up before picture…

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Nice work! I have used kerosene pressure lanterns and stoves but never dared gasoline.

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Great job with the ol Major, DBSAR! Your lantern shelves look as busy as mine. :bigsmile: Here’s a few of my 237 restorations helping to heat the house during winter.

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Great job with the ol Major, DBSAR! Your lantern shelves look as busy as mine. :bigsmile: Here’s a few of my 237 restorations helping to heat the house during winter.

Wow nice video of the 237s! Smile that must be radiating a ton of heat there. Great to see another avid “lantern” collector here too. (I’m surprised your not a member of the CCF forums.)

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Thanks for the insightful video. You must have your favorite tint in all these lights as they appeared to be all the same. Love your restoration skills.

 

djozz quotes, "it came with chinese lettering that is chinese to me".

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Wow nice video of the 237s! Smile that must be radiating a ton of heat there. Great to see another avid “lantern” collector here too. (I’m surprised your not a member of the CCF forums.)

Thanks! I probably have over 200 lanterns. You know how it is… anything to do with creating light. lol It looks like you’ve indulged quite heavily as well. :bigsmile: Most of my rare lantern restorations are sold to Japanese collectors who pay top dollar for prime examples.

Ive been a CPF member for several years. After many of my detailed how-to pictorials kept disappearing to make space on Mikes old system (while other ridiculous posts remained – created by a certain dictatorial overzealous admin) I stopped contributing. Its too bad, because many of the most knowledgeable and respected members also left for similar reasons.

Not to fear because everyone seems to have reunited at “Antique & Vintage Coleman Lantern & Stove Collectors” on facebook.
https://www.facebook.com/groups/122312681132381/ I hope you’ll join us.

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Thanks for the insightful video. You must have your favorite tint in all these lights as they appeared to be all the same. Love your restoration skills.

Im glad you enjoyed it. The cam sensor easily gets pegged from all the lumens and doesnt do a very good job at reproducing the color temp and CRI. I had to under-pressure the lanterns for the vid shot. The mantles are thorium coated and burn at around 5k and probably 98-100 CRI on my home-brew fuel mixtures. If you enjoy large amounts of omnidirectional outdoor lighting, tinkering and a sense of averting an explosion or setting yourself on fire, then buy an old lantern and enjoy. They are a ton of fun!

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DBSAR wrote:
Wow nice video of the 237s! Smile that must be radiating a ton of heat there. Great to see another avid “lantern” collector here too. (I’m surprised your not a member of the CCF forums.)

Thanks! I probably have over 200 lanterns. You know how it is… anything to do with creating light. lol It looks like you’ve indulged quite heavily as well. :bigsmile: Most of my rare lantern restorations are sold to Japanese collectors who pay top dollar for prime examples.

Ive been a CPF member for several years. After many of my detailed how-to pictorials kept disappearing to make space on Mikes old system (while other ridiculous posts remained – created by a certain dictatorial overzealous admin) I stopped contributing. Its too bad, because many of the most knowledgeable and respected members also left for similar reasons.

Not to fear because everyone seems to have reunited at “Antique & Vintage Coleman Lantern & Stove Collectors” on facebook.
https://www.facebook.com/groups/122312681132381/ I hope you’ll join us.

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Thanks for the insightful video. You must have your favorite tint in all these lights as they appeared to be all the same. Love your restoration skills.

Im glad you enjoyed it. The cam sensor easily gets pegged from all the lumens and doesnt do a very good job at reproducing the color temp and CRI. I had to under-pressure the lanterns for the vid shot. The mantles are thorium coated and burn at around 5k and probably 98-100 CRI on my home-brew fuel mixtures. If you enjoy large amounts of omnidirectional outdoor lighting, tinkering and a sense of averting an explosion or setting yourself on fire, then buy an old lantern and enjoy. They are a ton of fun!

200 lanterns! nice. i have roughly only 15 – 16 in my Gas lantern collection so far.
Are you on the CCF ( Coleman Collectors Forum?

That Canadian flashlight guy & Lantern Guru -Den / DBSARlight

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Oops! I meant to type CCF. That was an unforgivable mistake!

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Beautiful restorations both DBSAR and FlashPilot. Crown

I have an old (well, maybe 30 years old) Tilley paraffin lantern that I keep meaning to look at. It’s been in it’s original box since I bought it, and hasn’t been used for probably 29 years lol. I seem to remember I always had a problem with the mantles, though they are probably easy to pick up. It was just too cumbersome to carry around when I went camping.

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That is a great restore on the Lantern!

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Woody wrote:
Beautiful restorations both DBSAR and FlashPilot. Crown

I have an old (well, maybe 30 years old) Tilley paraffin lantern that I keep meaning to look at. It’s been in it’s original box since I bought it, and hasn’t been used for probably 29 years lol. I seem to remember I always had a problem with the mantles, though they are probably easy to pick up. It was just too cumbersome to carry around when I went camping.

I would love to find an old Tilley to add to my collection, as the Tilley lanterns are the European version of our Coleman Lanterns, and Tilley’s are really hard to find here.

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Coin Collection Family forum??

Great restoration! That ‘Benz-O-matic’ lantern in the background of the first pic looks very interesting also (nice basic shape, I like that, and a great brand name!)

EDIT: a google search revealed that it is actually BernzOmatic and that the brand is still alive and very common on the other side of the ocean Smile

Here are the before and after restoration pics of that 1960’s BernzOmatic Lantern too Smile

Before…

After…

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Great Job! Both you guys. Those lanterns sure bring back some old memories of good times gone by...

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Thanks OL. someday i need to do a group photo of all my lanterns and flashlights together, but i may need a parking lot to do the photo. Silly

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DBSAR wrote:
Woody wrote:
Beautiful restorations both DBSAR and FlashPilot. Crown

I have an old (well, maybe 30 years old) Tilley paraffin lantern that I keep meaning to look at. It’s been in it’s original box since I bought it, and hasn’t been used for probably 29 years lol. I seem to remember I always had a problem with the mantles, though they are probably easy to pick up. It was just too cumbersome to carry around when I went camping.

I would love to find an old Tilley to add to my collection, as the Tilley lanterns are the European version of our Coleman Lanterns, and Tilley’s are really hard to find here.

Grab one off ebay. Here’s my Tilley kerosene Model X246 “The Guardsman”, Storm Lantern after resto. I removed the threads from the bottom of a Peerless 111 thorium mantle and rolled it under so that I dont have to use Tilley mantles. Not quite what a 236-237 throws out but still a good 300cp.

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