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Vermont Castings DEFIANT 1975 (almost finished rebuilding questions)

Post in 'Vermont Castings & CDW Dutchwest older Models' started by Grumpys-Garage, Dec 13, 2013.

  1. Grumpys-Garage

    Grumpys-Garage New Member

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    I collect and restore cars and started dabbling with these old stove and have found I like it.

    I picked up an old 1975 which had the one piece fire back and of course it was badly cracked. I've welded cast before but I'm presuming since there was so much creosote build up in the cast I couldn't get a weld to work.
    I ordered the Woodman's Parts rebuild kit for the back which included the new 2 piece back, baffle and leg and a new secondary air tube. I'm at the point of the rebuild where I'm doing a "dry test build" first and I have a couple questions.

    1) The instructions say to remove and discard or save the right side secondary air tube. Is this correct? It fits and doesn't make sense to me.
    2) Is the new secondary air tube they sent for the right side?
    3) Behind the two piece fire backs there's a piece of screen that's supposed to be installed and I presume cemented? The instructions aren't very clear on this. I'm thinking it just goes inside the "V" formed when you put the first (lower) fire back in place (on top of this then cemented)?
    4) There is a triangular shaped piece of metal that I believe was on the LH side of the stove inside that forced between the fire back and the back of the stove to hold it in tight. I the "Top To Bottom And Back Again" instructions there is NO information about re-installing this and it's not in any of the parts blow-ups. ???
    5) Last question, on the LH side to the lower left hand corner of the door on the stove side there is a round hole with nothing over it. It looks like at one time there may have been a one screw type of shield that went over this hole???

    I'd appreciate any help or advice asap as I do not want to proceed to the wet build stage until I know for sure about this stuff.

    Thanks,
    Grumpy

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  2. Grumpys-Garage

    Grumpys-Garage New Member

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    I figured it all out and have the stove re-cemented and back together, looks like new.

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