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S.T. Dupont Pipe Lighter Project

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  • Started 1 year ago by npod
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  1. npod

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    There are only a handful of people in this world that would appreciate this project I just completed. Thought I would share in the general pipe smoking section here because it is more of a general theme of love for the pipe smoking culture and the things we do to enhance our experience.

    I have had this old 1970's (possibly early 80's) S.T. Ligne 2 brass lighter with a pipe angled burner for a very long time. I got it for $75 a few years ago but it never worked. The ping sound was fortunately brilliant, so I just kept it with my accessories and played with it off and on. But I wanted it to function! So I researched repair techniques, made the appropriate phone calls, watched many YouTube videos, and acquired the necessary parts and tools from over seas (had to wait almost 3 months for the tools to arrive from China). I made the plunge and spent half a day meticulously completing a total overhaul. To my delight, it turned out beautifully and the lighter is born again like a phoenix from the ashes. She is lovely! The angled burner for pipe smoking is very rare and I am happy to have one in my collection. Total price, including the lighter and parts/tools was about $150. But the experience ... Priceless!



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    Very nice. I know what those Dupont lighters cost, you got a deal.
    I've heard the 'ting', it's distinctive.

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    Did you do all of that without taking off the lid? =)

    Posted 1 year ago #
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    Looking good. I miss using my Duponts. They’re all cigar burners and I just have not bothered to get one of them converted. Plus, I had a bad experience with the New York authorized Dupont repair shop some years back and I don’t trust them.

    Posted 1 year ago #
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    So I researched repair techniques, made the appropriate phone calls, watched many YouTube videos, and acquired the necessary parts and tools from over seas (had to wait almost 3 months for the tools to arrive from China). I made the plunge and spent half a day meticulously completing a total overhaul.

    Bravo to you, sir.

    Javan
    Posted 1 year ago #
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    I salute the courage ... given the cost of these lighter, I wouldn't have the courage to touch mine. I have a vintage Gatsby, fabulous lighter, that I would like to use as a pipe lighter, but converting the flame so that it lights sideways is a bit too much for my level of expertise.

    Sea Wolf Pipers

    "Like the mariners of old, a loner is acceptable but a pipe is best enjoyed in a pack"
    Posted 1 year ago #
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    Did you do all of that without taking off the lid? =)

    :|At first I kept the lid in place, but eventually I got up the courage to remove it. In fact, it is necessary to remove the lid I learned later.

    Posted 1 year ago #
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    Not absolutely necessary, but really the way to go. I got the first one that I did that to back together with no issues and a lot of wasted time, and then I got a pin press and a jig. =) Just keep the fluted end of the pin on the same side that it was installed to, and don't send the flutes through when removing or replacing or you will hog out the hinge holes.

    Posted 1 year ago #

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