OK, so I was buying a few Parker Vacumatics because they are awesome, but I hadn't yet found a Burgundy Vac that I could afford, and that's the one color I couldn't live without. I finally found one and she was beautiful! A Standard size, 3 cap bands, two tone nib, lockdown filler, all in beautiful condition (minus the missing blind cap tassie and jewel). All I had to do was disassemble, clean, replace diaphragm, and reassemble. Feeling cocky after several successful repairs of other Vacs, I decided to take on the task myself even though this was the most valuable pen I had. Everything went great.... right up until it went terribly wrong.
When reassembling this beauty, the barrel snapped in two right in my hand while reinstalling the new diaphragm and lockdown filler. I wasn't even using much pressure, I was just snugging it up a bit, not yet to the tightening portion of the install, but it broke anyway.
As you can probably tell from the glue remnants in the pics, I've tried to repair it several times with no success but I refuse to give up! It has become personal for me, I've got to much invested in time and money to throw in the towel now and give it up as a parts pen. I know it'll never be a collectors pen now, but I believe it can certainly live on as a writer.
Notice how clean the break is, this is what gives me hope that I can repair it, I just need to find out what will work best. Super glue failed quickly and easily, that new stuff that cures instantly under a UV light didn't hold worth a darn, so what would YOU recommend as a repair adhesive on this celluloid barrel? Acetone? Epoxy? Some other concoction I haven't heard of yet? I've never glued celluloid before, so I'm outta my wheeelhouse here and need advice on the best way to repair this thorn in my side.
I WILL NOT GIVE UP!!
(Holy pixels Batman, my new phone camera takes pretty decent pics!)