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In the Junk Box I started working on a second 259e or at least parts of it.
This thread is not to be confused with the 259e Revival.

Basically I bought a shell and beat up motor. Or should I say a really beat up shell and motor. So popular was this auction that I was the only one bidder.:rolleyes:

The old and the new or is it the other way around???

 

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Hammer Action

I worked on the copper domes a little at a time using a variety of hammers and washers to get the curve back. I also dismantled the shell.







I started on the boiler section too.
 

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See More? Strip Time

Just in. So far the paint is sliding off. The first 259e I had to do three strips before I saw any metal. It may just be the oven cleaner. A cheep one dollar brand.



The power fizzled out at the bottom of the can for the cab and steam chest.

 

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More Motor

The back side was all grease ir shined right up. The front side got the rust.






Always get the motors with axle bearings!:rolleyes:



Mostly a dremel sanding drum was used on the frame. Scotchbrite for the copper.
 

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2nd round

I think I will solder the cab sections together. It will help with the cab angle and prevent the Dreaded Slant.





It REALLY helps when the paint just slides off. I understand now how much TJ's elves work on the shine.:D
 

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T-Man,

This is a real treat to watch another one of your resurrections! Great work on those doomed domes ... not doomed at all!

Hey, I'm curious to know what kind of ballast weight setup that 259 had. It looks like it's the older version that didn't have the weight in the rear cab floor. Is that the case?

Have you gotten yourself a bottle of Gun Blue? I've been using that on my stripped-to-bare-metal motor side plates with good success. Your stripped motor looks fabulous!

What's that stuff in the top-right pic of post #5 ?!?!? Looks like some primeval alien life form! hee hee

I have my 258 (259 quasi clone) staring at me on my bench. It goes to the strip club soon ... hubba, hubba. I'm thinking serious about stealing your two-toned blue color scheme! Royalies to come ...

Cheers,

TJ
 

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This one had no weights. The motor was separate from the shell.

The gun blue is OK I worked on a tender frame but wasn't happy with it.
It was probably my technique.

The frame and steamchest are putting up a fight. More to come.


WOW 69 views and I only started today! at 4:34pm.
 

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If it were me, that thing would be in a train wrecking yard.
It's cool to see it come back to life.
You do some great work.
 

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Stubborn Paint

Gettting there. The frame is coming along.





I swear that steamchest is laughing at me.



Time to experiment with the heat gun.:cool:

I can't complain. The paint is cooperating and I am making progress.
 

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Funny you mention the paint. I hit a similar stubborn spot on the rear crossbar on my 1688 die-cast loco shell. The rest stripped easy, but that one section was holding fast. Crazy.

Separately ...

I disassembled my 258 (quasi 259 clone) today. To my suprise, I found that the weight inside the steamchest had been factory soldered into place. First time I've seen that.

TJ
 

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Play the pipes

It's how I got my car to last four years of college.:)

Speaking of which I cut some piping to give me some curved backing in all that tapping.




My boiler has a lot of small divets so it is time to mudder up with Bondo Scratch putty. I am letting that dry the night.




The heat gun helped but it was slow.
 

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