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To rebuild a 30 yr old VC Resolute?

Post in 'Classic Wood Stove Forums (prior to approx. 1993)' started by Dougiefreshhh, Jan 6, 2012.

  1. Dougiefreshhh

    Dougiefreshhh New Member

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    Hi All:

    I'm excited at getting our new Jotul Oslo going.

    However, now I have to decide on what to do with our old VC RA.

    The back fire back is cracked (the one with the draft holes/scallopped etching...see pic).

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    I also believe the right side baffle is cracked as well.

    Question: How hard is it to replace the fire back? In other words, is rebuilding it going to take months, or is it fairly straight forward (i.e. is there a web site with guidelines on how to rebuild a VC RA?)

    My fear is that I rebuild it, sell it, and then the thing leaks, or worse...leaks fire!

    Thanks in advance for the input all! Much appreciated.

    Doug

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    defiant3 Feeling the Heat

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    Actually, it turns out that you are the proud owner of a Resolute, not an Acclaim! Good! There are two screws to remove, and possibly 2 bolts (can't tell from pic. ) and then all the inside parts come out! Sounds easy...

    Left and right insert each have a screw holding themin. L one is dead center, R one is also centered, but below the opening. Hard to find, sort of. Once removed, pry those guys out. If you have a 1 piece fireback, that too will pry out. If not, look for 2 acorn nuits on the back of the stove(outside now) remove those nuts and corresponding bolts, and remove 1st upper then lower firebacks.


    Installatiuon is the reverse, altho converting 1 pc. to 2 requires drilling some holes, but there are instructions that come w/ the kit.

    Easy, right?
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    Dougiefreshhh New Member

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    Thanks Defiant.

    Ummm, so do I need to take the legs and top off to replace the part?

    I will check the parts place and confirm they include the instructions.

    Should I repaint, or use polish to color the stove? Once ive done that, any guesses on what she might be worth?

    Sorry for the trivial question, but I'm a total noob with this, and don't want to kill a decent stove in the process of trying to rebuild it.


    Thx!

    Dj
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    defiant3 Feeling the Heat

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    Legs and top can stay. I like Rutland high temp stove paint (spray) to refinish.

    A Resolute in good cond. will go around $500.00 ish. Double front doors maybe more, single front door style maybe less. Completely restored I get $750.00. Start high, you can always come down.

    Instructions come with the fireback KIT, part # 5864.

    Enjoy the project! It's kind of fun, in a dirty way...
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    Dougiefreshhh New Member

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    Thanks! Ill give it a go. Looks like the lower fireback runs about $70. I feel better that I don't have to crack the whole thing apart to replace the lower fireback. Any other tips or 'gotchas' to watch out for would be greatly appreciated!
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    defiant3 Feeling the Heat

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    I guess you've found that there is a seperate upper fireback/damper assy. in your stove, and not a 1 piece fireback? Can't quite tell from the pic.
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    Dougiefreshhh New Member

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    Thanks!
    Here is a better pic...I hope.

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    This stove served me well for 8 years...

    Thanks,
    Doug
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    defiant3 Feeling the Heat

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    Oops! Looks like 1 piece back, so ya' need the whole fireback kit. Not a big deal!
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    Dougiefreshhh New Member

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    this is what I've got. http://www.discountstove.com/0042.html

    Looks like I need to replace part #11.

    How do I get that sucker out without dismantling the entire stove?

    Thanks for the help. now if it would just get cold enough, I could fire up my new Oslo!
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    oops..never mind. I see the side insert screws, and the acorn nuts. So if I have a 2 piece, is the replacement kit just a once piece?
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    defiant3 Feeling the Heat

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    Yeah ,but from the pic. it sure looks like 1 pc.... Anyway, a 2 piece fireback means you need only the LOWER fireback, V.C. part # 130-1356.
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    Hey Defiant3:

    well, as my ignorance proves...after closer inspection, it is a one piece fireback.

    I managed to get the left insert screw out...but the right insert screw is stripping out.

    I looked at one online parts place, and it says the one piece fireback is no longer available.....

    you mentioned there is a kit? requiring some drilling?

    Thanks!
    Doug
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    defiant3 Feeling the Heat

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    Yup. Part number for kit is in this thread, comes w/instructions.

    Good clean fun!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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