For some time now I have owned two fully restored to original condition Voit Navy regs, and I've been asking myself if I really needed two in original condition. I soon decided that the answer was no; so with that being the case I decided to leave serial #2672 with it's Dave Ali re-chromed cans as my original Voit Navy and serial #2243 was going to the bench for some modifications.
As for the changes to #2243 I wanted to replace some internal components, and to give it a different look with a new mouthpiece and a new label. The changes I made on the inside were to replace the original first stage nozzle assembly with a new Cyclone balanced first stage, and to replace the original second stage assembly with The HPR; both parts from The VDH store. As for the outside and appearance; I already had a new set of gray silicone hoses on this reg from The Scuba Museum with it's original gray hourglass mouthpiece. But since I did want to give it a different look since it was now a completely different reg I ordered a new Voit curved black mouthpiece from The Scuba Museum to replace the original gray mouthpiece. As it turned out I really liked the look and contrast of the gray hoses and black mouthpiece. Now that this was all done I decided that this reg was in need of a new label with a completely new name. I contacted Allan Klauda to see if he had any round metal labels with tabs that might reflect what this new reg now was, and he did not. Allan did however suggest that I contact a print shop with any design ideas that I might have and that I could most likely have something made up. So with his suggestion it was off to the drawing board; or in this case the paint program in my computer to come up with a new label design. At first I didn't have any ideas of what I wanted; but after some thought I knew exactly what I wanted the new label to represent. First of all I wanted the new label to give recognition to what this reg once was, a Voit Navy; but I also wanted it to give acknowledgment to the new parts and modification that this reg now had, the Cyclone first stage and HPR second stage. After I had the label printed I fabricated a blank round label with the 4 tabs from some thin aluminum stock material that I had. This way the new label could be attached to the reg in the same fashion as the original Voit Navy label. The new label I had printed is on a bumper sticker type vinyl and is waterproof with an adhesive back. After I installed the new blank round label on the can I was then able to easily get the printed label properly aligned and attached to it. I've got several pictures I'm going to attempt to attach with this post; so wish me luck since I'm not exactly a whiz when it comes to this picture stuff.
I'm already eager for the dive season to get here so I can try my "NEW" reg out.
Well as usual I'm not having any luck with the pictures; so I'll have to come up with a "Plan B" to get them posted.
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