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My descent into Vintage!!!!

Discussion in 'Vintage Equipment Diving' started by Ghost95, Sep 23, 2019.

  1. Ghost95

    Ghost95 Nassau Grouper

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    Evening all, I just wanted to show you a project I'm working on.
    I found an e-bay deal that I decided to pull the trigger on. I ended up with the set you see in the first picture.

    I think the reg should be no problem to rebuild. I have been talking to Herman already and I am getting ready to place an order for tools and parts.

    The tanks are something else. I hope the gamble pays off.
    The manifold is a White Stag dual manifold with 1/2" straight pipe threads.
    I think the tanks are 50's +/- cubic foot.
    Manufacture date is 4/63 and the last hydro was in 87.
    There was no rust on the outside and after stripping the paint the tanks look great. I'll drop them for hydro this week, have them tumbled, and hopefully filled and ready to go soon.

    Anyway, I thought you's like to see someones project.
    If you all have any info on the tanks i'd love to hear it.
    They are Norris tanks at 2250 psi. not sure of the actual specs.

    I'll try and keep this updated.
    Have a good day.
     

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  2. Scuba Lawyer

    Scuba Lawyer Barracuda

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    Cool! So with 1/2" straight thread I assume they take the same o-ring as a 1/2" Sportsways?
     
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  3. Ghost95

    Ghost95 Nassau Grouper

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    Evening Scuba Lawyer, I believe they do. I have a Sportsways here but it's full now.

    I was wondering...

    I saw XS Scuba, I believe, made a 1/2" tapered valve. I wonder how many of us they would require to make a run of 1/2" straight thread valves????

    I have found the old 1/2" straight valves and tanks for better prices than the 3/4" just because of the odd ball thread size. 72's are great beach tanks!!! I love my 2 that I got. I just wish I had the REE #'s for them to get stamped +.
     
  4. Scuba Lawyer

    Scuba Lawyer Barracuda

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    To f'n many. :)

    Probably not recommended, but the tank jockys at my local dive shop regularly pump mine to 2600
     
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  5. Ghost95

    Ghost95 Nassau Grouper

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    I got one back at 3400+.

    I made them drain it before I took it home. I like them just under 3k.:wink:
     
  6. happy-diver

    happy-diver Skindiver Just feelin it ScubaBoard Sponsor

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    Yeah 25yrs ago they were pumping my 72s fitted with later model 3/4 yoke valves to 3364.88psi

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    Now they think these paint stripped 3364.88psi Faber 100cf are 72s
     
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  7. rhwestfall

    rhwestfall Solo Diver

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    I think @abnfrog had a 3/4-14 valve machined down to use.... Likely much cheaper than the cost of a production run... :rofl3:
     
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  8. Ghost95

    Ghost95 Nassau Grouper

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    I'm trying to figure out why they did a run of tapered valves. Most dive shops freak out when they see valve threads and Teflon tape. I know I did 26 years ago
     
  9. Ghost95

    Ghost95 Nassau Grouper

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
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    This is the whole set I'm working on getting functional again. The regulator was missing in my first pics. The tanks are at hydro now. Wish them luck:fear:
     

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  10. Scuba Lawyer

    Scuba Lawyer Barracuda

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    Good luck!

    P.S. Your reg is upside down. :)
     

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