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Old 02-10-2014, 05:48 PM   #1
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Found this old jockey box this weekend. Zinc lined, zinc covered top, coil inside is.....????...not magnetic. The box does not leak and the tap seals properly.
I took everything apart and cleaned as best I could....the coil had some crud in it, probably from some bug(s) that got in. I blew it all out and cleaned it best I could. I'm thinking I should drop it in some solution for awhile to clean it well...any ideas? I will in time probably replace the coil with copper one (and here I am kicking myself for just having given away an immersion coil...) but thought I might try it first with the coil.

Anybody know anything about these old things? Value? The faucet was made in Cleveland but I can't tell anything else about it...the nickel plating is wearing off quickly and the company name is just worn off...looks like the thing got a lot of use in its day.


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For a solution to clean it, try some vinegar........The coil is....Copper?

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Scrape a spot on the coil, with a knife, and see what it looks like under the tarnish, it may be stainless.
Yes, some stainless will corrode a little, and then it is a protective layer on the surface.

Are ya' pretty sure the lining is zinc?..........Is it a little harder than say, lead?
Scrape it with a knife as well, and make a determination........Lead will shave off very easily.

The coil should clean up easily with a good soaking in some OxyClean or PBW, the nuts on the end of the coil look to have a moveable "ferrule" of sorts that surrounds the flare on the tubing within.

Put a few drops of some good strong vinegar on the box lining and watch for any reactions............It may be galvanized steel, ( zinc coating), although I can't see any rust that would have developed over the years from the cut edges of the metal.

Vinegar, if left to sit, will remove the galvanizing, but if it's zinc sheet, a little scrubbing with a ScotchBrite hand pad and it should clean up nice.

On the coil, let us know what ya' figure out.......If it's copper, I don't think you would want to use it for beer dispensing, ( acidity and whatnot).

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