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False bottom in Kaywoodie 76 Streamliner/Vest Pocket

 
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theholycow
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 21, 2015 2:53 pm    Post subject: False bottom in Kaywoodie 76 Streamliner/Vest Pocket  Reply with quote

I have this Kaywoodie 76 Streamliner/E-Z Setter Vest Pocket "Tuxedo" that I got on eBay.



It has what seems like a false bottom in the chamber, with a void underneath. A pipe cleaner goes straight under the bottom instead of coming through the draft hole.

I took this photo to try to show the bottom:


Then I got aggressive with reaming it and it looked like this:


I posted elsewhere and someone (who happens to be a user here too) said that it's cake, but it looks like wood, not cake, and I can't imagine how cake could form and leave a whole void underneath.

Before I destructively and irreversibly remove it, I have to get more than one expert opinion...am I dealing with some kind of purpose-built false bottom, or cake that is nearly indistinguishable from briar?
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 21, 2015 5:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

If I recall correctly I have had a couple of these models, cleaned and sold them. They didn't have a false bottom but rather a bottom with two holes in it that led to the air channel that was drilled beneath the bowl. Looks to me like some aggressive reamer has taken the top off the air channel beneath the bowl on this one.
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 21, 2015 5:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Where were the two holes? One at the normal position, and one 180 from it at the front?
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 21, 2015 7:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

theholycow wrote:
Where were the two holes? One at the normal position, and one 180 from it at the front?


At the front and back of the bottom of the bowl, inset just a little from the front inside and backside of the bowl ...
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 21, 2015 7:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

That's consistent with a soft spot that I thought might be a plugged hole. Hmm...I think my original thought was right.
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 21, 2015 10:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yep mine are the same one hole front and one in the back
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 22, 2015 4:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I concur, two holes.
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 22, 2015 2:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks guys...I was almost ready to ream the bottom right out of there. I'm glad I asked. I'll open up that front hole and maybe mud the bottom a little to make up for material I've overzealously removed.

Any tips for cleaning and sterilizing the passage under the bottom, since it's impossible to see? Just go at it with alcohol-soaked bristle pipe cleaners until they come out clean?
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 22, 2015 4:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

theholycow wrote:
Any tips for cleaning and sterilizing the passage under the bottom, since it's impossible to see? Just go at it with alcohol-soaked bristle pipe cleaners until they come out clean?


About the best way ... good luck! Dave
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 31, 2015 4:34 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Here you go.


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