The purpose of this page is to have a centralized location from which DependableFlame.com readers can access resources which are discussed in an article, YouTube video, Ebay listing or other content. I get many questions via the comments section and email relating to methods, materials and tools needed for vintage lighter repair. Some of these links are simply informational and can help you down the road to gaining a blueprint or a better understanding of how petrol lighters work.
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Hands down, the best vintage lighter page out there. I am forever indebted to he and his collaborators. When I need information on an old cigarette lighter, this is the first place I look.
1954 Lighter Repair Manual: this link leads to a web friendly version of the manual on the Toledo-Bend VCL site. The repair manual was a paper book back in the day that was available to jewelers, watch repairman and others when ordering kits of repair parts for cigarette lighters.
An outstanding online museum featuring lighters arranged in various categories including country of manufacture, technique and a very long list of Dunhill lighters.
Our YouTube friend miiigoreng has been busy lately publishing information about old Zippo wicks and Zippo & Ronson advertising in addition to his show and tell videos. Check out his site and show him your support!
There’s a nice gentleman I met on Facebook who I have conversed and traded with who works on many butane lighters and has his own website: LighterFix.dk where he sells lighters. Donald speaks Danish as his first language but says just ask if you have any problem understanding him. I speak nothing but Okie dialect English and have always understood Donald’s English just fine.
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Many times you will not be able to reuse the old wadding pulled out of the lighter. This article delves into suitable replacements that are readily available explains why I believe the organic cotton coil is generally the best option.
There are a variety of wicks available to petrol lighter enthusiasts in today’s market including Zippo Copper Braided, Imco Wire Lead and others. There are also old stock vintage wicks that come available on Ebay on a regular basis.
Most lighters will function just fine Zippo or Ronson flints providing the spark but there are a few lighters that require special flint. I have written this article to sort out the difference and help you decide which flint is best for your lighter.
There are a few different lighter fluid options available to purchase for use in your petrol lighter. Zippo and Ronsonol are the most readily available and work great in all my petrol lighters.
Vector Butane is a good choice for vintage gas lighters as it comes with refill adaptors that enable you to fill a variety of gas valves.
If you are unsure what fuel or other supplies your lighter requires, leave a comment below and I’ll get you going in the right direction.
This article provides links to six different resources and charts to help you sort out the yr your Zippo was made.