restoring old stuff.

Lanterns, stoves, etc... anything old!

restoring old stuff.

Postby slowcowboy » Wed May 29, 2013 9:08 pm

does any one besides me like to restore old stuff and make it in working order just like it was new in the old days? I am not only into restoring old colemans lanterns and stoves but I like working old boat motors over and chainsaws and I just recently got into old fishing grear.

I found in dads junk a old fishing real called a magic fishing real made by the magic fishing company in denver colorado. its old and a internet search turned up it as a major colletors item for old fishing gear.

its hard to find any thing on how to make it work and not a lot is known about it. I took it apart and its so simple made and durbale compared to the junk from wally world in the fishing gear today that it is pathic we used to make good stuff to last over 50 years and so simple to work on and take a part and this thing is so simple made its crazy.

its heavy enough to catch a pike or a german brown on and its light enough to just old most fly fish.

what elese do other people restore.

I also love painting up and working on old farm machinery.

I have a habit though what ever i touch that is old not only has to have new paint and look good but it has to be in totaly working condition and it has to put to use in todays world that means I take it out and use the item I restored in normal day life. it ether goes camping or is used at home.

so what does everyone else like to restore besides just lanterns and stoves any other old items restores.

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Re: restoring old stuff.

Postby logman7777 » Wed May 29, 2013 10:56 pm

Im into fixing just about anything old (and on occasion new). More of a hobby now but borne of necessity back in my quasi-homeless years.

Cars, Boats, Motors (electric and gas). fans, bicycles. Whatever gets left at the curb that looks interesting.

Latest revival was a 40 year old rototiller that was left in the middle of a field. Almost done re-building the original engine but to use I have a curb found 3 hp that only needed fresh gas and an oil change. So far it has prepped about 7 gardens in my neighborhood and helped me level out my old compost pile into a manageable piece of ground again.
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Re: restoring old stuff.

Postby Zollinger » Wed May 29, 2013 11:06 pm

My husband and I love to restore vintage travel trailers, and anything related to camping. One of my favorite things to do is take someone else's junk and make something new out of it. Example last year I used some old aluminum tent poles, old chain, carabiner and asst. hardware and made my own heavy duty tripod for my dutch oven. Our latest project is rebuilding our 20 year old picnic table.
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Re: restoring old stuff.

Postby milliejohn » Wed May 29, 2013 11:49 pm

list of restored by us is as long as life, even a WW1 engine lathe with a 180 inch bed now used by a cotton gin repair company, started fixing vacuum tube radio's before I joined the USMC, still can, as well as keep up with today's electronics. Love vintage cars/boats/trailers and never pass up a chance to restore vintage lighting, gas/oil/electric the more prisms on a chandelier the better. My wife and my Mother-in-Law worked for Disney and MGM and have repaired countless antiques and dollhouse miniatures.

I love hearing about someone keeping things from the landfill and putting it back to use, not just separating the glass and aluminum, but actually fixing and paying it forward.
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Re: restoring old stuff.

Postby slowcowboy » Thu May 30, 2013 7:46 am

land fills were my life before the county came in like washington and forced us all to pay to dump. I can't even think of all the stuff I found and have made use of since I started dumping in the early 90s. I think the greatest find was a old cm russell painting on canvass that was under a dead sheep!

latest most useful one was a old coffee grinder from the old safeway store in riverton its got a one horse motor on it electric and I can do up about a coffee can of corn for the chickens at a time.

I used it to grind corn for the chickens all winter long.

for a while the landfill was the used free lumber store and yea a lot of my teardrop including the manafactured door came via the what we call the pay and pack.

I got a hole stall in the barn jammed still with wood of all sorts from the land fill from pre pay to dump days.

I really got into the dump runs after highschool with my first car a toyota pickup I would hit 2 county dumps in a weekend and then come home with a pickup load and me and dad would do christmas time.

we got a lot of tools out of the dump over the years too!

camping gear latest find before they shut the dump down was my sattallite dish for my dutch oven table!

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Re: restoring old stuff.

Postby logman7777 » Thu May 30, 2013 2:17 pm

Unfortunately our pay to dump landfill wont let you take anything out of it.

I do remember the days when I went with my Dad to dump our garbage and possibly get something to fix up and use. Old bikes, mowers, a go cart (my 1st welding experience) dirt bikes and such. Ahhhh Memories! :)
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Re: restoring old stuff.

Postby Zollinger » Thu May 30, 2013 2:25 pm

logman7777 wrote:Unfortunately our pay to dump landfill wont let you take anything out of it.

I do remember the days when I went with my Dad to dump our garbage and possibly get something to fix up and use. Old bikes, mowers, a go cart (my 1st welding experience) dirt bikes and such. Ahhhh Memories! :)

I know what you mean. It's so sad that they would rather dispose of it that let someone have it that could fix it up and use it. In my area the reason that you can't have it is because people are picking stuff up and selling it at garage sales, or dumping it off at thrift stores and getting recipt's for their tax's. I'm lucky that my DH worked for the local recycler behind our house. We are allowed to get stuff out of the pile after hours. :D Heck I pulled a really nice 3 burner Coleman stove out of the pile. All it needed was the pump oiled.
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Re: restoring old stuff.

Postby slowcowboy » Thu May 30, 2013 7:03 pm

well my days are over too folks. my NOW pay to dump feild won't allow me to scrounge like it did the last 20 or so years so I am in your boat too.

but while it lasted I got a lot of good out of it from 1992 to 2012!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Re: restoring old stuff.

Postby doug hodder » Thu May 30, 2013 10:06 pm

Unfortunately the days of good scrounging in a dump are over. I remember as a kid in Alaska, a group of us riding our bikes down to the dump, ditching them in the woods and taking BB guns in and shooting rats and scrounging. Mom even used to pack me a sandwich. Sit on an old car roof and spend the afternoon "hunting" and scrounging. The workers never said anything as we were taking care of the rats. We used to drag home all sorts of things we found...and know what? No one ever shot their eye out! The 60's were great! Doug
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Re: restoring old stuff.

Postby Weirdnerd » Thu May 30, 2013 10:55 pm

I like restoring old toys....

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Re: restoring old stuff.

Postby Wolffarmer » Thu May 30, 2013 11:27 pm

Hey Logman. I just noticed you are from Jersey. I almost married a Jersey gal. But she came to her senses in time.

I restored a 63 BMW motorcycle. And I like to get old military rifles shootable, they have some history. Colemans and other GPA stuff. At least the GPA stuff is cheaper than my other hobbies. I have 67 Beetle I might do if I happen to fall into enough money. My dad started collecting and fixing up cars, pickups, trucks and tractors when he stopped farming. We now have about 65 of them to get rid of. The oldest is a 1919 Model T Coup. there are 4 Ts altogether. They are different to work on. One week I did some work on them and a 1950 Bentley. Get tired of one and go to another. Get tired of that and time for a road test. :D
If anybody is interested stay tuned. But I am going to try to keep the 1930 Model A. And a step sister wants the Bentley.

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Re: restoring old stuff.

Postby milliejohn » Thu May 30, 2013 11:28 pm

We restored the oldest buildings in Nevada, our Main Street Property in Dayton. Several properties in Virginia City and the one we currently help on belongs to friends of ours, the International Hotel/bar/cafe in Austin, NV. The oldest blacksmith shop in Nevada is now a residence on our property in Dayton, and I still use the forge and tools from time to time. I am an avid flintknapper and love to turn old rocks into new tools and jewelry,

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Re: restoring old stuff.

Postby logman7777 » Fri May 31, 2013 11:56 am

Wolffarmer wrote:Hey Logman. I just noticed you are from Jersey. I almost married a Jersey gal. But she came to her senses in time.

I restored a 63 BMW motorcycle. And I like to get old military rifles shootable, they have some history. Colemans and other GPA stuff. At least the GPA stuff is cheaper than my other hobbies. I have 67 Beetle I might do if I happen to fall into enough money. My dad started collecting and fixing up cars, pickups, trucks and tractors when he stopped farming. We now have about 65 of them to get rid of. The oldest is a 1919 Model T Coup. there are 4 Ts altogether. They are different to work on. One week I did some work on them and a 1950 Bentley. Get tired of one and go to another. Get tired of that and time for a road test. :D
If anybody is interested stay tuned. But I am going to try to keep the 1930 Model A. And a step sister wants the Bentley.

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Ill be interested after I move out of here in a few months. Especially interested in old motorcycles..
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Re: restoring old stuff.

Postby Wolffarmer » Fri May 31, 2013 12:11 pm

Dad doesn't have any more motorcycles. I do have a 1963 BMW R50S I restored in the 80s
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Re: restoring old stuff.

Postby logman7777 » Fri May 31, 2013 12:19 pm

Thats OK..

After the move Ill have to set up a time to see what ya got..
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