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Old 01-28-2011, 02:14 PM   #21
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That really did a great job, now we know how Lionel did it! Great job!
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Old 01-28-2011, 10:02 PM   #22
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Productive evening ...

I had fun tonight making some more progress on the 1688 motor. I rebuilt the e-unit ... it needed a new bottom 2-finger contact plate, and I rewired all of the other e-unit leads in the process.

I also had to replace the black fiber pickup plate assembly on the bottom of the motor. (The old one was cracked / split.) Added new wiring from there to a little harness on top of the motor, and from there to the e-unit and a lead to a headlamp (not yet hooked up). I polished the armature commutator, cleaned the brush cans, etc.

Everything looking good, except ... NO WHEELS YET! I test ran the motor, anyway ... spins like a charm. The wheels are stitting on my bench ... they sporting newly painted black spokes. My next step is to see if I can tighten up the fit of the wheels to the axles just a bit (they were spinning a touch).

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Old 01-29-2011, 09:15 AM   #23
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Well, the motor's looking pretty nice, even without the wheels.
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Old 01-29-2011, 09:40 AM   #24
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Bluing has advantages over paint. Nice work!
I am still looking for some. Nothing at the local Walmart. I thought they would have it.
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Old 01-29-2011, 10:20 AM   #25
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John, T-Man ... thanks for the nice comments ... much appreciated. l'm looking forward to putting wheels on this puppy.

T-Man -- I ordered the Birchwood Casey Super Blue from Amazon.com ... actual seller is Outdoor Bunker. $8.27 with free shipping. I had it within 2 days ... very fast.

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Bluing has advantages over paint. Nice work!
I am still looking for some. Nothing at the local Walmart. I thought they would have it.
A sporting goods store that sells guns would have it.
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John, T-Man ... thanks for the nice comments ... much appreciated. l'm looking forward to putting wheels on this puppy.

T-Man -- I ordered the Birchwood Casey Super Blue from Amazon.com ... actual seller is Outdoor Bunker. $8.27 with free shipping. I had it within 2 days ... very fast.

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You going to try a second coat?
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It has 3 coats already! Done. Finito. Time for wheels!
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It has 3 coats already! Done. Finito. Time for wheels!

A fourth coat then?

Looks like new!
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A morning visit to the strip club ...

Whenever I travel on business to a big city, I'm amazed to pass by an occasional strip club opened for business early in the morning. I've always wondered who visits such establishments so early in the day???

Well, it's confession time ...

Yours truly ventured into a little strip club action this morning. I can only hope that the neighbors weren't watching; that the cameras weren't capturing the evidence; that my name and photo won't be plastered on the front page of tomorrow's local newspaper.

But temptation took its toll ... I had the urge, and couldn't resist. I dove in head first, so to speak ... a little tender rubbing, a special Easy Off moment, and bingo ... another happy (though perhaps embarrased) customer ...

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