Is there a video or instructions on how to repair brass lamps, replace chimneys, etc....
Thank you in advanced!
Robert, that's a great suggestion and one that many of us could use.
I'll bring it up at our next MTFCA Board meeting.
Thanks for suggesting it.
Robert many of the lamps are different but removing the chimney is fairly easy if you donít mind partially disassembling the lamp. You have to remove the reflector but to remove the reflector you have to remove the door and side panels. The chimney is held on by a lip that is tapped down on the inside of the body then soldered. So one you get the door and side panels off and remove the reflector, you anneal the brass lip. Then with a thin long screwdriver you slowly lift the lip until itís straight up all the way around, then you twist & pull the chimney up.
It may require a little more heat from a micro jet burner to melt any solder left around the lip. By the way Iíd advise you to use a welding glove to handle the chimney. Donít ask me how I know but for about a month I had an image of J&E TNETAP 8091 on the palm of my right hand. It did look pretty neat though once the throbbing stopped.
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I'd like to know how to put a new beveled glass in the side panel
!n 1912 ,I wrote some instruction in how I did lamp repair. The thread was titled: "best way to remove and replace glass for E&J sidelamp"
I got this idea from John Tannehill, The Third, from Hot Coffee MS. Cut a ring from wood, anneal the top, JB weld an old mag screw, that is threaded all the way to the dented top and pry up. The ring makes it possible to pry in different directions and a lot of control. Using Quick Weld by JB, over a few day it has worked very well. The JB weld has broken with each pull, use a torch to burn the glue off the lamp and screw between applications, dust off the cap and screw with a brass wire brush and repeat as necessary. The old gunsmith vice is great holding the lamp for gluing. If you have questions, Bob 903 824 1949.
Thanks Mark for bringing that thread up. Also since I wasn't around in 1912 .. I meant 2012.
Jem B ; Jem ; I had also a glass what was broken. I cut the two corners with a small saw and unsolder it then put in the new glass and solder it back.
Thank you, I'll give it a go!
For the beveled glass I was afraid of messing up the outside appearance. I did mine from the backside. I used a Dremel cutoff wheel and cut the edge ,in a similar way as Anthonie did, where the hinge is and the bottom edge. I then carefully folded back the bottom and hinge side so that I could place the glass into the top channel and the unhinged side. Then I carefully bent the lower and hinged channels back.
Probably one of the scariest things I've done to my T.
Thanks to Peter, Toon and Dave Simmering. I'm going to practice on a couple of scrap lamps before I tackle the good one.
I found the nicest set of big Neverouts for my Curved Dash Olds. I was at a open air show driving back to my trailer to leave. One of my headlamp brackets broke off, and I ran over my left side Neverout. To say I almost had a heart attack is an understatement. Anyway after a few days of grieving I heated it up and softened it, pecked and reshaped it for about 3 hours. I progressively sanded it with finer and finer paper and finished with Blue Magic. I had to replace my other lens also, the glasses were no longer clear, they had a greyish cast to them. Anyway it's not perfect, but at least it's usable. Gary
Gary, you are showing a dented ring and a smooth ring. Are they different of the same one that you smoothed over and took the dents out? Beautiful!
Same part. A LOT of patience, lol. Thanks!
That's awesome! Good job!