I picked up a rusty, but straight Jno Brown 115 tail lamp for my 1914 at Hershey. I just tried to remove the fount, but everything is rusty, so it's soaking in Evaporust for the night.
I want to carefully disassemble this lamp and paint it. All of the glass is nice, but I don't see how it comes out. Can the lenses be removed? Who has restored one of these?
The lens keepers may be rust hardened... trying to heat them may heat the lens, potentially cracking it, trying to bend them without annealing them may cause them to break
. You might get lucky, but realize you may be replacing custom made metal when you do.
Hi Steve. The little strip around the glass is soidered on one or more corners. A small soidering iron will free the glass. Give me a call with more questions. Randy 509 236 2393 Pacific time
This lamp has round lenses. I don't see anything soldered in to hold them in place.
Hi Steve I was thinking side light. Original the glass was spin in to hold in place. I have seen new spinning made to glue the lens in. Randy
Why not heavily mask the glass inside and out and bead blast, prime and paint, leaving the glass in place. As suggested, any heat will likely cause lenses to crack.
I agree with Randy and Ross, Steve, round lenses are there for keeps. Mask the glass to protect, sand with #220, and seal with epoxy primer. Surface finish with filler as needed, reprime and shoot it with rattle can Black. If you are using this as a working tail light, then spray the interior with Chrome paint for maximum red lens illumination. 115 is a very handsome lamp, but not rare enough to fully disassemble and restore.