Kent's Torch Collection

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Torches Used and Owned by The Tinman "I have used many many torches since 1970. These are the remnants of what I still have."

"I started with both the TIG and the torch, and even after 10 years, I still thought the TIG was oh so wonderful. But, by 1982 I was seriously involved with very high-end Vintage Racing restorations doing 3 250TR's, 250 LM, 250 GTB, 275 GTB, 250 SWB, 166MM, 2 335S, a Cobra Daytona Coupe, and RSK F2, RS60, and etc. etc. etc. However, even after buying a new Miller DialArc in '82, I realized that the torch had become my main tool, since I could anneal, hot work, solder and silver braze as usual, but that my welding on tubing and sheet (less than .090" thick) was just as authentic and nice as the original Factory work. Had I known this years earlier, I would have spent far less time fighting with the TIG on thin sheet and in corners, and would have had much better success with my restoration work." (See the gallery for a brief idea of what my work has been since 1970.)

"Do your best with what you have. Plan ahead. Seek out the subtle Divine energy as being a larger part of "what is"." — Kent

Left to Right: Old Purox, Victor 100, Victor J27, Victor J40, Smith's 'Little Torch', Airco, Meco N Midget,'Skeletized' and lightened Dillon Mark IV (Henrob 2000)

Left to Right: Old Purox, Victor 100, Victor J27, Victor J40, Smith's 'Little Torch', Airco, Meco N Midget,'Skeletized' and lightened Dillon Mark IV (Henrob 2000).
Top: Ancient Torch- Oxweld type WL Oxy-Acetylene Blowpipe. Probably made in the early 1930's.