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[Dec. 18th, 2009|10:38 am]
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Hello! Looking for a little advice regarding some antique repair.

I have two cigarette lighters from the early 1960s that I really, REALLY want to get working again. They were contracted through two different companies by Carroll Shelby/Ford and are marked with the Shelby Cobra insignia; you can see why I want to get them back online.

I understand that many folks are against refinishing antiques, myself included. However, it feels like all these need are replacement springs, so I thought it wouldn't be too much of a travesty to rehab them. The finish is fine, the other mechanics seem to be in order...it's just that one of them is missing the spring that regulates butane release and the other is missing the top coil on the valve. I can post pictures if anyone thinks that would be helpful.

Any ideas as to whom I could take them? A jeweler? The local tobacco shops haven't been of much help, and I can't imagine that I'm the only person who has ever faced this.

Thanks in advance for the help,

Ed
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