Won Me a Viking...

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Thuber88

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Looks not half bad for cheap, the finish is shot, but if you cant clean it up better, paint it, they look pretty good painted if you can find the pics on here of some, unscrew the bowl, see how your threads are, and clean the stem and the bowl up, and enjoy.
I have 2 now, and like them a lot, although I prefer the bent one most of the time.
Its worth what you paid for spare bowls even.:th1:
 

Otoolefan

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Looks not half bad for cheap, the finish is shot, but if you cant clean it up better, paint it, they look pretty good painted if you can find the pics on here of some, unscrew the bowl, see how your threads are, and clean the stem and the bowl up, and enjoy.
I have 2 now, and like them a lot, although I prefer the bent one most of the time.
Its worth what you paid for spare bowls even.:th1:
I picked me up an actual working Viking a few weeks ago at my flea market score. Forgot to tell you. This time, the mouthpiece is in decent shape. Just needs a paint job. Haven't smoked it yet, but soon.
 

Thuber88

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Because a Viking mouthpiece is separate, I be it would be reasonably easy to make a replacement for it, if its a straight, bent would just add to the time is all, or even some different materials for one
 

Thuber88

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Always keep bowls, as I said, a cheap really bad metal pipe is worth it for the bowl alone, or the bowl is worth more than the pipe itself
 

Thuber88

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Also, the center hole in the bowl varies by years of manufacture, as well as how long the threads extend into the stem. and some are flat, and some are conical on the bottom (depending on age) where they are hidden in the stem

I am curious to find the thread size on the stem/bowls, maybe to find a cleanup tap for the threads, it is easy to get some corrosion there on the stem ,making it hard to remove or put a bowl on rougher threads.
 

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My Viking arrived today. It wasnt too bad. There was a fair bit of much in the stem, but it cleaned out fine with some vodka and some scrubby pipe cleaners. The bowl was caked, but I reamed it pretty good with my pen knife. The bowl is smaller than I thought...but it doesnt surprise me, what with this being an old Grabow. The one thing though, there is no Spade painted on the bit. I reckon that is because its an early Viking?...

Smoking it now though...its nice...
 

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The bit on this pipe surprised me. It was clean as a whistle. I could still probably ream the bowl out a bit more...but I got impatient. I think the threads might be a bit loose, though. Its not completely airtight with a finger clogging the bowl. I thought about putting a bit of vasaline on the threads, but then thought I might just let it go...it may remedy itself.
 

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The chrome on the Viking is thin and sometimes can be easily scratched off. If so, a few minutes at the buffing wheel will have it lookin good. If you decide to paint it, make sure the paint is designed to stick to aluminum, or when it heats up and cools, the paint will flake off.

The viking is a great pipe, and is the pipe that started me pipe smoking.:thu:
 

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