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Starting down the DH rabbit hole

Discussion in 'Vintage Equipment Diving' started by James79, Nov 1, 2019.

  1. Luis H

    Luis H Instructor, Scuba

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    Does it have a body ring for the can? As opposed to those dam clips that they used to come with. If it has the old clips do yourself a favor and get the body ring.
     
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  2. James79

    James79 Regular of the Pub

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    Thanks... Now I'll justify the cyclone as not much more than the general rebuild kit. Ahh, rationalizing scuba purchases!
     
  3. Scuba Lawyer

    Scuba Lawyer Barracuda

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    With a HPR and Cyclone (and new silicone 2nd Stage diaphragm) you will have a great breathing DH! I have three AM with that configuration, one of which is a faux RAM (which also includes a duckbill Eliminator):

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  4. John C. Ratliff

    John C. Ratliff Instructor, Scuba

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    Luis,

    I was just thinking through this, and I may have to take your advise about this.

    However, I have a Trieste II which has been serviced twice since I bought it new in about 1975 which, to my knowledge, has never had this gasket replaced (while smaller, the gasket is very similar to the Aquamaster/RAM). It simply does not leak, either water or air, into the box.

    My Sportsways Hydro-Twin Has had this gasket replaced, by me with one I had to cut out of a sheet myself. But rather than a ring, it has screws which hold the two pieces (body and can) together.
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    Thanks,

    SeaRat
     
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  5. James79

    James79 Regular of the Pub

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    So if adding the Phoenix first stage makes people call it a PRAM.... Are yours (and eventually mine) CRAMs?
    By the way, that is one beautiful piece of chrome you got therr!
     
  6. rhwestfall

    rhwestfall Solo Diver

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    I prefer "Wolf in sheep's clothing"...
     
  7. James79

    James79 Regular of the Pub

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    If you want to keep it a sleeper, you could refer to it as a Cyclone Royal Aquamaster HPR... Or CRAHPR!
     
  8. James79

    James79 Regular of the Pub

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    It has arrived! Because I totally need another project!
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    Now mi wife can truly tell me to get my DAAM reg off the kitchen table!
    So far looks as described by the seller... I'll pull it apart today and place an order on VDH tomorrow (more than I paid for the reg!), but I put it on a 72 at 2200 psi and it free flowed. Reg body shifts on the can, so I'm assuming I will find a loose ring nut. C clips were in weird positions, and I found I could slide them around... Ring clamp is on the order list.
    All in all, feels kind of like Christmas morning!
     
  9. Luis H

    Luis H Instructor, Scuba

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    The chrome doesn't look bad. Those scratches are not bad. It is too bad someone had to engrave his initials on it, but at least it looks like it was professionally done.
     
  10. James79

    James79 Regular of the Pub

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    The engraving looks like a machine did it... As you say, very professional work. Just got the cans separated.... Everything is shockingly clean. I haven't pulled the wagon wheels out of the mouthpiece yet (is there a special way? Or just gently pull?), but the valves look perfect. So does the duckbill. Hoses look good, but they'll get a thorough cleaning and closer inspection tomorrow. The ring nut was only finger tight, so I removed the body from the can... I'd guess I'm probably 60% there towards getting it in the UC to prep for assembly.
    On a whim I put the reg body on a tank and carefully cracke the valve... No freeflow, pressing the lever worked as advertised... So I put it back together, without return hose or C-clips, and it didn't freeflow. I think I could probably get away with a clean and reassemble on this thing... But I want to do it right (and buy the parts while the better half lets me!).
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