Vermont Castings Resolute III Rebuild

arakt1

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Feb 21, 2017
31
SC
Well...here we go! I bought an older VC Resolute III and upon my first fire...smoke leaked from everywhere! Rebuild time! This is my first attempt. I ordered a new gasket kit and new cement. Today I completely disassembled the stove & started removing the surface rust. This will be a tedious task, but the stove seems to be solid...nothing cracked. I'll try to keep you guys posted. And, please feel free to offer your advice if you have experience with this stove. Thanks for the input.
 

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defiant3

Minister of Fire
Dec 23, 2010
890
No. NH
Looks like you got this! Only 2 things which you nay have already thought of:

remove ALL the old cement from the grooves and mating surfaces. Every speck. It's really nice when your parts covered in nw cement go together as planned. It's really a mess when they don't.

Use new tie rods! You'll need the added length to pull it together at the end. Once they're finally tightened you snap off the ends.

Use never sieze on everything. Whether or not you're the guy who works on it next it'll be appreciated!

Good luck!!
 
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Easy Livin’ 3000

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Dec 23, 2015
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There's 3 kinds of people in the world, those that can count, and those that can't.
Hey Defiant3- I'm I correct in my recollection that the fireback is no longer available for the Resolution 3? My parents 80s vintage model is in dire need of replacement.

Arak1- looking good! Thanks for sharing your experience. I have the exact task in my immediate future. I'm watching intently. Your fireback looks excellent. You have your paint picked out?
 

defiant3

Minister of Fire
Dec 23, 2010
890
No. NH
Unclear. I was told in JUly that the upper fireback was discontinued, now it seems to have shown up again though I haven't tried ordering one. Lower fireback has always been in production to my knowledge, but I can't really be sure of anything yet. Woodmans site currently shows ALL interior componets for the Resolute including the fireback kit, which I had thought was discontinued as well! Even the right insert is now available as a factory part. Woodman's had been casting them as aftermarket fro the last few years instead. Weird.
 
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Ktighe

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Dec 16, 2017
1
Holland MA
I recently looked at a Vigilant that had been "rebuilt" using bright cadmium plated
all-thread rod for tie rods. Some how that did not seem craftsman like to me. But you have to wonder why the replacement tie rods are $25 each. Couldn't we just run a 1/4 - 20 die down some 1/4" cold rolled steel? Or is there something special about those $25 replacments?
 

Easy Livin’ 3000

Minister of Fire
Dec 23, 2015
2,668
SEPA
I recently looked at a Vigilant that had been "rebuilt" using bright cadmium plated
all-thread rod for tie rods. Some how that did not seem craftsman like to me. But you have to wonder why the replacement tie rods are $25 each. Couldn't we just run a 1/4 - 20 die down some 1/4" cold rolled steel? Or is there something special about those $25 replacments?
What's special is the price. They'll charge it if folks will pay it.

What do you not like about the cadmium plated replacements?

Just make sure that neverseize is used on the bolts, and your idea about using self-threaded rods should be fine. I'd paint the raw steel with high temp paint.