Falcon Shillelagh

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  1. ShilohHollow

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    Saturday night I got a text from my dad that said he saw some pipes at a local antique store. I asked him to send a picture and doggonit if one of those pipes wasn't a Falcon Shillelagh. So I scurried my butt down there Sunday after church and paid a whopping $9 for it. Now it does need some serious cleaning and the bowl is a wreck, but still... my dad found a Shillelagh out in the wild. I hope to get some time this week to clean it up and get to smoking it.

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    How hard is it to push the stem back in all the way? I've read that the stems aren't removable, but I've seen someone (maybe Fordy) put an old Peterson stem on there.
     
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  2. Spillproof

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    I screwed up the first Falcon I ever restored by removing the stem. They aren't removable. I was able to stick it back on and glue it but it was a silly thing to do.

    There was an old thread here about how to modify a Falcon into a nosewarmer. Anyway, the point is you CAN stick them back in with some work.

    Hopefully one of the Falcon folks here can offer specifics.

    Oh. And Congratulations!
     
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    You can see in the picture that it really doesn't stick out very far, so if need be I can just leave it like it is.
     
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  4. Smokey Tom

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    Dang man, great score! Now clean it up and sell it on ebay for about 10 times that!
     
  5. jpberg

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    Stick that in you mug and you'll start talking like Barry Fitzgerald.
     
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    Ha, preferably like he talked when he got drunk in The Quiet Man!
     
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    I've got that stuck in my head now... "when I drink whiskey, I drink whiskey and when I drink water, I drink water."
     
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    The Quiet Man is one of my favorite movies. And that Falcon is awesome!
     
  9. ShilohHollow

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    Yep. My dad got me hooked on it. I don't think he can look at a sleeping bag without saying "a sleepin' bag? Let me show you how it operates."
     
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    Looks like it was run-over by Berg's truck...
     
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    Or a survivor of his breaking in method.
     
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    Nice :th1:
     
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    Awesome pipe! I just finished a Falcon nosewarmer, well sorta finished. Only reason i made a nosewarmer was because the draw tube was crushed when I got it. That stem came out easily and went back in easily. Weird, I guess some werent crimped or something. That one is an american #2. The shillelagh is just a killer shape. :th1:
     
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    a small gap between the bit and the body is normal for falcons.
    If you want to remove the bit you will need to use a heat gun to warm the bit up, and soften it.
    this will probably harm the bit, but if your replacing it that wont matter.
    the big concern is the airway, which is VERY fragile.
    the walls of the airway are thin, and the spiral in the airway will cause it to crack if you twist the bit.

    since you have the coveted shillelagh, i would not do anything to it, and keep it as original as possible.
     
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    I'm thinking I'll just clean it up and smoke it. Nothing drastic with the stem at least. That bowl needs something drastic. It looks like it was reamed with a steak knife.
     
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    Which is also part of the break in.
     
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  17. Snake

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    The gap in the bit may
    be closed up with
    hardened goo. If so,
    I'd leave it. You may
    attempt to push it in
    By grasping the metal
    near the bit and pushing
    the bit against a flat,
    vertical surface like a
    door jamb. I don't
    recommend this, but it
    has worked for me in
    the past.

    BTW, nice score, SH!
     
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    So the white nylon stem... Is there a recommended way to clean that? I'm used to vulcanite stems.
     
  19. Smokey Tom

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    You could try soaking the whole unit (without the bowl) in some oxy clean; some light sanding with micromesh pads should do the trick also, I imagine. They will also make the aluminum shine.
     
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  20. Snake

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    I usually use dish soap,
    and a scrubby. If that
    doesn't do the trick...
    Take smokey tom's
    advice.
     
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