Re: Fill up the headlight with water

Jim C. /
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Those headlights were actually run on acetylene. The lamp is attached to a carbide generator. The top section holds water, and the bottom calcium carbide granules. If you know what a Big Bang cannon is you know the stuff.

You open the water valve that sets a metered drip onto the carbide below, producing acetylene gas. Open the lamps' door, open the gas valve, and light the jet with a match. They are actually quite bright. Old time miners had this type of lamp on their helmets.

Later on the carbide generator was replaced with a Prest-O-Lite tank, which was a pressurized acetylene cylinder. No muss, no fuss, not nasty carbide crud to have to clean from the generator.

Jim

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  Fill up the headlight too ... pleaseTopic by: Fred Fred 12/14/01 10:28PM
  Re: Fill up the headlight too ... pleaseRe: gimmyjimmy gimmyjimmy 12/14/01 10:37PM
  Re: Fill up the headlight with waterRe: Jim C. Jim C. 12/14/01 11:59PM
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