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Champion 400 rebuild complete

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Finished (mostly) the rebuild of my Champion 400. Still have to put together a new handle and paint the legs, but the rest is complete. The additional painting and touchup will have to wait until I finally get moved.  Thanks to the info on various threads here, the rebuild was pretty straightforward.   Pretty happy with how it runs and anxious for enough snow to melt so I can get to my coal forge.  Not to be a milksop, but a temperature above 5F would also be a bit more comfortable.  

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Nicely done, that red makes it look fast. Might want to highlite the "No 400" on the front cover, I did on mine and it really makes it pop.

Is that a gasket between the fan cover halves?

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25 minutes ago, JME1149 said:

Nicely done, that red makes it look fast. Might want to highlite the "No 400" on the front cover, I did on mine and it really makes it pop.

Is that a gasket between the fan cover halves?

Thanks! I totally agree about the 'No 400' highlight.  Some mental anguish on that; I decided to wait until I can lay it out somewhere warm/comfortable before I give it a go.  The cover needs a second coat and  what appears to be a gasket is just a combo of a shadow and the edge that was missed on the first coat.  I wanted the brass to have a more 'gold' appearance, and I'll have to work on that.  

Since the pics were taken I added a cholla stem handle.  Durability is an issue, and I'm soaking it in linseed oil to help with that. Hadn't seen one before so I thought i'd give it a go.  Feels great in the hand.   

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