Swedish style rucksack, total renovation!

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  1. R.lewis

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    Swedish style backpack restoration. Got this pack from a car boot sale for three quid (about $5)
    a few years ago. Was very tired looking, faded canvas and all the leather was totally dried out and of no use. Most of the leather ripped if you tried to use it! However I saw the potential as its a really nice design with the pockets and the canvas is lined with a lightweight cotton liner which is nice.

    Redone all straps and the frame mount with veg tan leather and proper copper rivets. Decided to keep the original buckles. Quick release left strap was already on pack (simple hook and a loop! But works well) so I modded the right with a D ring to match. Canvas cleaned up and waxed heavily with my own mix of wax. Did the lid straps extra long to allow for a blanket strapped under the flap. Leather is kept undyed, just oiled then waxed to let it age gracefully.

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    Essential BCUK patch clearly shown!

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    Still need to replace lower frame straps! Ran out of leather. Ignore the hip belt pad strap end looping through the frame strap, I forgot to loop it into the keeper, it does not stay like this!!

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    Showing the left strap quick drop hook and modded right strap D ring. The only original leather left is the piece on pack attaching to lower frame, all the rest was very badly rotted.

    Pretty pleased with the result, will hopefully try it out later this week..

    Cheers Roy.
     
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    Really nice work! Good save!
     
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    looks stinking nice. how much does that kit weigh?
     
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    Just went to weigh it, roughly four and a half pound. No lightweight!
     
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    Just noticed the pics make the lid straps appear of uneven length! They are exactly the same, trust me...
     
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    Nice work, that really looks great.
     
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    Wow! That is an amazing restoration. To replace the seam leather was a lot of work. Great job, happy hiking.
     
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    Too bad the is no "love it"-button!
    Looks like an old Bergen pack, judging by the style.
     
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    Beautiful job! Pictures saved for inspiration.
    Wow.
    And I echo the sentiment on the trim leather...way to sweat the details!!
     
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    Quick question on the shoulder straps: I assume that the underside is the flesh side of the leather (unless you double layered it, which wouldn't surprise me!).
    How did you finish it, if at all?
    I'm wondering about the comfort factor, since I'm replacing the straps on my old ruck and am debating between modding some padded Alice straps with leather bits or going full leather like yours.
    Thanks!
     
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    Given my experience with packs and straps like the ones shown, you do not need to add extra padding, unless you seriously overload the pack.
     
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    Have one, I added leather tie down points between the side pocket and the frame to tie down an axe top and bottom.
     
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    My impression is that the straps will mold to shape with use and seem pretty comfortable so far.
     
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    Very nice work sir!
     
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    Very nice work, thanks for the pics!
     
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    That's a beauty... thanks for saving it. My favorite packs... but heavy. Still looking for Whelen's elusive 3lb one... supposedly Abercrombie and Fitch made one, with either an aluminum or wire/rod (vs hollow steel tube) frame.
     
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    Greetings,

    Nice work on restoring it. It looks like just out of the factory assembly line - if there was one for these rucksacks. :)

    If you are no lightweight, then I am super heavy, like overweight+.

    Lk35 frame & Lk35 rucksack & Molle II waist belt & Molle II shoulder frame & swedish army side pouches: 3.750 kg / 8.267335 lbs.

    I guess that means a lifetime ban from the ultralight club. :D

    Regards,

    Christos
     
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    great work! i had a Swedish army pack since 1980 or so. i gave the last one away due to leather rot. but my first one i left on an island o the Mississippi with my camping gear. I set up camp and took the canoe and fished up stream. I saw smoke coming from (my island) and raced back. Someone had landed a boat on the other end to c**p. they dropped a cigarette and lit a layer of leaves that that burnt right thru my camp site. lost the tent, back pack, and a 5th of Jim Beam! Slept in a tarp for 4 nights after that, bet that pack frame is still there!
     
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