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Old 06-29-2019, 09:32 AM   #1
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Thought this 486 Santa Fe Chief was toast

But, It is looking pretty good now. Was missing a wire from the front truck to the light bulb, I actually found the original piece of wire and replaced it. Light works. Worse though was the spot welds on the front subchassis were drilled out (don't ask). Still, after cleaning out the holes with a 3/16" drill bit, I was able to pop rivet it back into position. Not original but very secure and serviceable. And barely noticeable. Finally I polished the wheels and pickups and oiled the axles/wheel hubs lightly. I am waiting on chassis screws from Train Tender, as those were missing too.

This makes me very happy as I was disappointed with my 10-year old self for cannibalizing this beauty!

I did learn that even a small amount of water will remove the front decals. Oops, but easily fixable. Now to see if the 484 locomotive can be salvaged! It has cut wires and a loose armature and who knows what else!
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Old 06-29-2019, 12:55 PM   #2
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That is a nice looking engine. Looks like the horns are missing. You are making amazing progress on the repairs.
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Old 06-29-2019, 01:36 PM   #3
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Thank you. Horns are on the way.

I've got the 484 engine unit apart and one of the motors completely disassembled. It was almost completely frozen up from dried grease. I think I can make it work if I am lucky. It was cut free from the harness , but enough wire is left at all points to splice, solder and heat shrink. The brushes look good.

The field clamp, with the screws to adjust (center) the field was loose, so it may need adjusting. Any ideas on how that is done?

Also, what grease can I use on the gears? I have some Mobil1 synthetic (red) that I use on automotive suspension and NAPA wheel bearing grease. But, I suspect there is something more specific to the job. LOL - The original manual I have says to use Vaseline.
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Old 06-29-2019, 02:52 PM   #4
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For gear lube I use a white lithium grease. The Lionel guys seem to like Red and Tacky.
I have only had to re center two diesel fields. I just did it by trial and error. Start by approximating the position by eye, then run, readjust, run, repeat until satisfied.
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Old 06-29-2019, 09:11 PM   #5
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I use the white lithium also. Many years ago I did use Vaseline, but it seems to melt and run off the gears. Gone. The white lithium sticks to the gears. You can get a tube of it almost anywhere. Menards, any auto parts store.
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Then white lithium it is!
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