So this will be about the things I ended up doing in order to get the stove up and running!
Step 1: Gas Tank
There was some rust spots in different places, mainly around the middle so I wanted to try and get as much rust off as possible. I used a few brushes and some 0000 steel wool. But I also used a nifty gift I was given for Christmas. It's shown in the pictures, it's a little green stick. I am fairly certain it's a stick of compact fiber glass, and if you rub rust with it like a crayon then the rust just comes right off! Pretty sure if you were to Google "Magic stick that removes rust" you'll find it almost immediately. It's pretty cheap and pretty good at getting rust spots off.
After cleaning, I used the same primer as the stove case and then some red paint I had left over from another project. The color was pretty close, a little brighter than the original but I was ok with it. Also, I ended up replacing the valve assembly so I just used the old one to help me hold the tank stable in my vice for painting.
Step 2: Valve Assembly
So I decided to just replace the whole thing. I went to "oldcolemanparts.com" to find what I needed. If you have any need for parts on old coleman stoves, lanterns, or the like then I recommend checking out that website. Mike, the guy in charge, is very nice and reply quickly if you have any questions about parts. I decided to buy a new valve assembly and the generator separately since it ended up being a bit cheaper. But you can buy the whole thing.
I assembled the pieces and put them in the tank.
Step 3: Test It Out!
Step 4: Final Thoughts
I hope to bring updates in the future of how well it's holding up. I don't have many worries about the parts themselves, really just the paint job. I intended originally to use some high heat paint, but I decided to go this route instead.
So this has been my attempt to refurbish an old camp stove, there are other ways to do the same job but this is my attempt. If you have other thoughts or comments please feel free to share, as well as pictures! It's always fun to see others projects :)