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Ok it is not in prime condition. I did apply power and got a squeak. I then oiled the top and used a needle oiler for the bottom bearing. Here is what happened.

 

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It hasn't been touched in ages. The motor is still in it's prime with good bushings. The earlier rmetal whistles are really cool but age and use has taken it's toll on most of them.

The shell was filthy. The third washing was just completed. At least it was mold free.
SN 1666-4 shell.
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All the screw posts are cracked or missing.
Upon a closer inspection the lettering was masked off and the shell was repainted. You can just make out the original paint.
 

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I got my very first whistle tender earlier this year. I now have about 5 of the little suckers! None of them quite as rough as yours, but most not too far removed from that. None of them in working condition either when I acquired them.

They really are simple mechanisms - I totally disassemble, clean, rejuvenate and re-assemble every one as I acquire them. In one case, I stripped and repainted the sheet metal tender frame. Kinda' hated to do that, because I lost the factory part # stamp when I did. In addition to putting new wiring on all the trucks, I also have had to do some mechanical surgery on a few of the trucks.

All in all, I've ended up with 5 mechanisms that work wonderfully. I wish all the tender shells looked just as good. One actually does, the balance range from acceptable to yechhhh! :p
 

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S & W Parts supply offers reproduction Lionel tender shells, including the 1666T (albeit the 1666T is not shown).

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Has anyone ever gotten any of these shells? And if so, what did you think of it?
I can't say I have but knowing they are out there is great.
 

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The motor has surface rust. The only caution is to be careful around the two field wires. If you break one you can unwind for more, but the other you cannot since it is at the very end. The dremel with two wire brush attachments did the trick. The brush holder was cleaned with oil. The armature plate was cleaned too.

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Just about ready.
 

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It made a great whistle sound, and I guess that was before you did anything else?
Most sound like a screech owl or worse. :)
That all you bought?
 

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Mostly prewar Ed, a pair of 610 passenger cars incomplete and a bad repaint. They have dark red or maroon number boards. Do not know the original color. Two tank cars and a Baby Ruth Boxcar. One Tank Car is the four wheel 804 which I was looking for. The other is a 1680.

The frame is painted and drying and I cleaned the relay. The trucks are assembled and wired. One truck needed a mounting pin.
 

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Nice. I just started looking at my postwar stuff, Thanks to Bob sending me a nice Lionel hopper car. I have a couple cabooses that I am repairing. Both Lionel lines center cupola based on the port hole window PRR caboose…

My engine is the Lionel Lines Hudson, but the tender has a plastic shell with a whistle that is really loud!

Tom
 
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