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Hi all,
First I would like to say I'm so glad I found this site. I have been in love with trains for as long as I can remember. My grandfather bought me a Cheesie System train kit back when I was 4 yrs old, I'm now 41. I have kept the kit all these years, but as a kid I destroyed the engine. I'm going to try and post pictures of the engine to see if anyone can steer me in the right direction so I can restore the engine and get it running again.

Thanks in advance!!!!
 

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"so I can restore the engine and get it running again"

Nice pictures of the shell, but where's the rest of it? Chassis? Motor? Trucks?

What exactly is it you mean when you say, "restore?" Do you mean all that you have is the shell?
 

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Thanks for the replies. Yes, all I have is the shell. As I said in my first post I destroyed this engine when I was a kid. I would like to get the parts to put the engine back together.
 

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The chassis is there, the weight is in the center. It takes a pancake motor. If it is HO. The era is 1974 so Lionel was into HO then.

IF it used three rail track look at ebay

It ends in a day and is O scale
 

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Sorry guys, it's an HO engine. I wondered if I could just buy another GP-7 engine and swap the parts.
 

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Yes you can ,just go to e bay HO and search for the Lionel Chessie in the yellow and blue. BTW That gold color is rare!!! I thought is was HO:thumbsup:
DOn't ask the value, I don't know.

Here is one
 

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I hate to buy a good engine and tear it apart to fix another, but it looks like that's what I'm going to do.
 

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FOr Lionel that's what you have to do So if you get into other manufacturers find some that have parts. This is true for steamers. That is why I like Mantua and Yardbird trains. Just be thankful they are still around and inexpensive. It is one positive thing about ebay.
 

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T-man,
The link you posted for the ad on ebay, will the parts off that engine interchange with the engine I posted pictures of?
 

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Being the same company and the same time they should.
I can't guarantee it. What I have is a Hong Kong version of the burlington 181. The other one I worked was slightly different and had a center weight like yous. Now yours still has the frame on it so the shell should inter change with another frame. You can always ask the sellers if the weight says Lionel Michigan.

You can look at these for comparison.
 

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T-man,

Well I won the engine you linked to on ebay. As soon as it gets here I'll let you know if it fits. Either way I got a new engine for next to nothing.
 

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That's why we shop

It's shopping season. Demand is up.
Most auctions end Sunday night in a rush. It may be best to look for a diffierent end time.
Sometimes you bid against part brokers. (sellers).
It may have electronics.
Sellers overprice them.
It's just the way the market is.
You can waste time and wait or just get it over with.
These seem to be the determining factors.
Try looking for a lot or an un named engine that fits your bill.
If you search for a GP -9 you will bid against people who know what a GP -9 is. But search for a lot or diesel engine. Ahhh you may find one.
 

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LOL, everything is up right now....tis the season. It blows my mind that some engines go for over 100 bucks, crazy.
 
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