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Brass Vietnam Zippo repair.. Help! Answered

Any one experienced with repair of small gauge hinge's, or is familiar with Zippo's repair? I need help... :) Please... I have two '67 '68 Vietnam brass Zippo's... They have been authenticated. One of which, has a broken hinge. I was interested in repairing it, as on the base side it has disintergrated. I am hesitant to send it to Zippo... As I believe, it is still under warranty yet I am worried that a standard hinge replacement would look odd.... as they won't age the brass etc... Could come back looking bad... Although I know, Zippo is great at servicing them! It already has ALOT, of pewter throughout the brass... Obviously fairly rusted out at some stage... And I was wondering, has anyone used pewter to mend brass before? I'm sure it's not common practice, because of colour differences etc.. Perhaps I should call Zippo to find out first hand.... Just for interest sake... Has anyone got the same inscription... I haven't seem the second of these before... I'd be interested if it is a generic quote or written be the owner... "I'VE LOVED EVERY INCH OF THE LAND I STAND, I'LL DIE BEFORE I RUN" Tactical Air Command:- "CAME DOWN THE HELL, FELL DOWN THE GOD" Any help would appreciated. Thanks! ;) Sorry about the cruddy phone pics... Doesn't really do them justice... :(

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cujoquan
cujoquan

13 years ago

hey, I recently bought a lighter in Cambodia and I was wondering how I would go about getting it authenticated as you did? Regarding the hinge pin, I'd suggest trying to find a place that does vintage repairs. They can, at the very least, fashion replacement hinges for you and age them appropriately

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NachoMahma
NachoMahma

13 years ago

. I'd go ahead and contact Zippo. Explain to them what you have and how you want a "period-correct" repair. They probably do that sort of thing.

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Lftndbt
Lftndbt

Reply 13 years ago

Well, as far as i've read... Apparently even if a current brass hinge is fitted, it is still concidered "period-correct". Most of these original's were nothing more than the base saying ZIPPO. Then a complete lighter was pressed and pewter welded together... As long as the ZIPPO base is original nothing else really matter's... Hence I believe Zippo will be VERY helpful but unfortunatley they will only replace it to the best of their abilities with what they have available... But your right I will call and find out... It's just I REALLY don't want it to seem repaired... I'd rather leave it broken then have it look twice fixed... I'm hesitant to clean them also...

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NachoMahma
NachoMahma

Reply 13 years ago

> I REALLY don't want it to seem repaired... I'd rather leave it broken then have it look twice fixed . I can understand that. . > I'm hesitant to clean them also... . IMNSHO, cleaning them would detract from their (sentimental) value. Unless you plan on having them refurbished to factory condition - which doesn't sound like your goal to me. . . Good luck and let us know how it turns out.

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NachoMahma
NachoMahma

Reply 13 years ago

PS: I'll guess that there is at least a small handful of places that repair old Zippos - I bet you're not the only person with an "heirloom" lighter. Try searching for something like "Zippo repair"

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Lftndbt
Lftndbt

Reply 13 years ago

I've had a decent look on the net... Might have to email some "experts".. If I was in the U.S I don't think I would have a problem finding someone to mend it with pewter.. But not so many people in Aus....

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Flashflint
Flashflint

13 years ago

Do you need to fix the hinge? If so all you need to do is put a small metal pin in it.

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Lftndbt
Lftndbt

Reply 13 years ago

No unfortunatley , the two teeth which are part of the bottom hinge plate, rusted to nothing... I would have to remove the bottom hinge plate completley and put a new one in... ;)