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Fred sent me his 312 for a little re-hab..If you notice the front drivers fell right off the chassis. The center rim's hole is huge, and the axle just spins on it. Nothing a little time and effort can't fix...The boiler shell is very nice, but the tender shell not so... 004.JPG
 

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Started a little re-hab on the wheels/rims. Ran my 4-40 tap through the holes to clean them up. 005.JPG

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Found the center hub was just a wee bit loose, so I dis-mantled the wheel set using my presses, and cleaned up the individual pieces, then JB Weld. I use JB Weld on the wheels when I have the loco down this far. 007.JPG
 

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Cleaned up the rims with a bright-boy, and then set aside for the night. Got the center blind drivers cleaned and ready to go. 008.JPG

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And that's it for the night.. I had my eyes checked today and the were dilated so I'm not seeing too well yet, and my neuro-surgeon gave me some muscle relaxers for a bad sciatica nerve, so I will be a zombie in the next hour or so, lol...Good night, sweet Prince Valium,lol!!:laugh:
 

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LOL, enjoy the night. What do you use in the center holes so they are not too large?

Glad Broke sent it to you.
 

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Talk about going the extra mile FlyerNut! I see how some of your magic works. Thanks so much for working on this guy and especially for posting the photos!:appl:
 

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LOL, enjoy the night. What do you use in the center holes so they are not too large?

Glad Broke sent it to you.
The hole is simply way too reamed out, I'll just replace it with a different one.
 

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Talk about going the extra mile FlyerNut! I see how some of your magic works. Thanks so much for working on this guy and especially for posting the photos!:appl:
Back to work on it this morning, after a little nap.. I've got to sleep off the muscle relaxers.:laugh:
 

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The hole is simply way too reamed out, I'll just replace it with a different one.

Thanks for info. Ok, I thought maybe you built up the center hole with something.
So if center hole is reamed out, wheel is ruined and no longer any good for anything.
Maybe display in shop yard. LOL.
 

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The hole is simply way too reamed out, I'll just replace it with a different one.

Thanks for info. Ok, I thought maybe you built up the center hole with something.
So if center hole is reamed out, wheel is ruined and no longer any good for anything.
Maybe display in shop yard. LOL.
That would be correct, but only the center rim.. Now I know someone will chime in and say to make a few staking marks, shrinking the hole a bit, but heck, I just replace it. That way I know the repair is good.
 

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Ok, 6 wheels cleaned and ready to be quartered. Chassis de-greased and cleaned.. Gears are cleaned, each tooth. Quartering jig ready to go. 001.JPG

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Wheels screwed on to the jig, and jig put together. The piece of flat stock on the bottom of the chassis is actually a stop. It's the same width for the correct wheel gauging so you can't squeeze the jig to far. 003.JPG

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Into the vise it goes to for final install.. After quartering, I put the side connecting rods on and roll the completed chassis around, checking for binding... SMOOTH as silk 005.JPG

006.JPG !! Done, and quartered correctly.
 

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Brush bracket assembly, cleaned, de-greased, etc. I always run some fine sand-paper through the brush tubes to clean out any corrosion, etc. The brushes must move freely in the tubes to maintain the correct pressure from the springs. New springs and brushes, oiled the oil-wick. 008.JPG
 

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Hand-polished all the rails, and cleaned the steam chest and front truck. People, don't run your trains on the floor.. The front truck wheels and axles on this engine had cat hair so tightly wound it took me around 20 minutes to remove it. I know some of you don't have a permanent lay-out, but please be mindful of hair and other nasty stuff that can be picked up in your axles. The front truck wheels would barely move. 010.JPG
 

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I won't bore everyone in details about polishing linkages, etc. Here's the finished loco.. Fred is going to have a hard time keeping this one on the rails, it is FAST. I haven't tried it yet on the lay-out but on the bench, it SCREAMS!. I knew I could get a little more out of it. 012.JPG
 

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I won't bore everyone in details about polishing linkages, etc. Here's the finished loco.. Fred is going to have a hard time keeping this one on the rails, it is FAST. I haven't tried it yet on the lay-out but on the bench, it SCREAMS!. I knew I could get a little more out of it. View attachment 512898
It sure looks good Loren! As to the cat hairs, I have no idea! Cats and I do not like each other. They must have been there from the previous owner. PM me what I owe you for everything including the shipping and I will PayPal you! Thanks again my good friend!!!:appl:
 
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