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    Default Vintage Pelikan 100 - Piston needs repair

    Good day folks !! Hope you are all well.

    I'm monitoring an auction of the pen in the title and I have a question for you :-)

    Whom would I send it to, in UK, to get the piston overhauled ?

    Thank you

    Marco

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    Default Re: Vintage Pelikan 100 - Piston needs repair

    If it has to be UK I would start by asking Niche Pens or possibly The Writing Desk for advice on where to send it.

    I don't know if Deb and Eachan might be able to restore a vintage Pelikan piston or if they might know who can.

    Is there any information on the Pelikan site about recommended repairers?

    I'm assuming the main problem will be getting the piston out without breaking the pen. If any non-UK expert on here can give you guidance on how to do that then the job might be a option you could consider yourself? I know at least three experts on here who repair Pelikans.
    Last edited by Chrissy; July 1st, 2021 at 12:32 AM.
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    Default Re: Vintage Pelikan 100 - Piston needs repair

    I'm no expert, but since I have done a couple of repair jobs on 100's, I can say that there were two different piston seals used in Pelikan 100 (cork and neoprene) the repairability depends on the model. Cork seals are easy to replace, plastic seals not, since there are no recommendable replacement parts available.

    older model
    Pelikan 100 1936 by C.M.Z, auf Flickr


    ...only one of the newer models
    Pelikan 100 ca. 1940 by C.M.Z, auf Flickr

    Pelikan piston seals by C.M.Z, auf Flickr

    2. cork
    3. neoprene

    the piston rods are different and not interchangeable
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    Default Re: Vintage Pelikan 100 - Piston needs repair

    Chrissy, Christof thank you very much your contribution. Unfortunately the pen inner details are not shown on auction page. The photos though are of the 'older' 100 and thus it should be cork? Which is easier to repair. Continental Europe is fine to get it repaired too, not USA though. Thank you

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    Quote Originally Posted by MarcoA64 View Post
    The photos though are of the 'older' 100 and thus it should be cork?
    Although the piston rods are not interchangeable, the entire piston mechnism is. And that is why you never can be sure what you will find after disassembling a Pelikan 100...

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    Default Re: Vintage Pelikan 100 - Piston needs repair

    Quote Originally Posted by MarcoA64 View Post
    Continental Europe is fine to get it repaired too, not USA though. Thank you
    There are lots of repair persons in Europe. For example

    Lutz Fiebig https://interpens.shop/de/
    Tom Westerich twesterich@gmail.com
    and others...

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    Default Re: Vintage Pelikan 100 - Piston needs repair

    Eric Wilson (eckiethump) in Edinburgh.
    Plenty of experience with Pelikans and no need for European postage (which has got a bit tricky as of today, with the risk of having to pay VAT/duty on having our own things returned to us).

    Easiest contact is probably a PM on FPN (where he's eckiethump)

    It's a very straightforward job if it's just the cork. If it's the pen I think, it may well just need a good soak and a bit of silicone grease.

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    Default Re: Vintage Pelikan 100 - Piston needs repair

    Quote Originally Posted by mizgeorge View Post
    Eric Wilson (eckiethump) in Edinburgh.
    Plenty of experience with Pelikans and no need for European postage (which has got a bit tricky as of today, with the risk of having to pay VAT/duty on having our own things returned to us).

    Easiest contact is probably a PM on FPN (where he's eckiethump)

    It's a very straightforward job if it's just the cork. If it's the pen I think, it may well just need a good soak and a bit of silicone grease.
    eckiethump is also a member here on FPG
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    Default Re: Vintage Pelikan 100 - Piston needs repair

    UNFORTUNATELY I was outbid so no need to find a repairer anymore 😢

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    Default Re: Vintage Pelikan 100 - Piston needs repair

    Quote Originally Posted by christof View Post
    I'm no expert, but since I have done a couple of repair jobs on 100's, I can say that there were two different piston seals used in Pelikan 100 (cork and neoprene) the repairability depends on the model. Cork seals are easy to replace, plastic seals not, since there are no recommendable replacement parts available.

    older model
    Pelikan 100 1936 by C.M.Z, auf Flickr



    ...only one of the newer models
    Pelikan 100 ca. 1940 by C.M.Z, auf Flickr

    Pelikan piston seals by C.M.Z, auf Flickr

    2. cork
    3. neoprene

    the piston rods are different and not interchangeable
    Disclamer!!! *&^%$@
    You are not an expert ... but The informations you provided is unknown to some "Labelled expert " in some pen repair business.
    So some repare person might be confused helpless to fix this pen when the google pen restoring emergency service is out of connection.
    You are amazing !!!!

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    Default Re: Vintage Pelikan 100 - Piston needs repair

    Thank you.

    ...that may be, but it certainly does not apply to the two gentlemen I recommended.

    C.

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    Default Re: Vintage Pelikan 100 - Piston needs repair

    Quote Originally Posted by christof View Post
    Thank you.

    ...that may be, but it certainly does not apply to the two gentlemen I recommended.

    C.
    ...those two gentleman plus and many more master pen repairers around this site and elsewhere doing a great service on helping others/ us.
    I can't agree more with you "C "

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    Default Re: Vintage Pelikan 100 - Piston needs repair

    Quote Originally Posted by mizgeorge View Post
    Eric Wilson (eckiethump) in Edinburgh.
    Plenty of experience with Pelikans and no need for European postage (which has got a bit tricky as of today, with the risk of having to pay VAT/duty on having our own things returned to us).

    Easiest contact is probably a PM on FPN (where he's eckiethump)

    It's a very straightforward job if it's just the cork. If it's the pen I think, it may well just need a good soak and a bit of silicone grease.
    Thanks or that, I dip in and out of pen forums these days, but will be at the London Show this week end, happy to talk about all pen related topics. The major problem with vintage Pelikan 100's is when the barrel degrades, which with some it does spectacularly :-(
    Happy to talk on issues and take on problem pens.
    ATB
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    Default Re: Vintage Pelikan 100 - Piston needs repair

    @ Eric, Thank you Eric, for contacting me previously for a Waterman Safety pen.
    I was actually planing to meet to you On The London pen show Yesterday 25th July ( but I missed it this year due to change of scheduled of the day)
    But I'll be in touch with you again when I am ready to get several waterman's and few more pens fixed by you.
    Many regards and Best!! - C.

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