Man! Beautiful job. Really minty:thumbsup: Those old tin trains are cool. More of a toy that you can play with than today's museum pieces.Gents,
Everyone knows that cats have nine lives. Good thing, too, 'cause this Lionel 1681E loco sure needed one. Started life black ... and now reincarnated red.
Motor tune up, per thread details above. Mated to TJ's 1681 "Shell #2", stripped, primed, painted, per details above.
Metal trim all stripped, polished. Chromed domes and smokestack taken down to underlying copper, polished, and dope clearcoated. Copper colored paint on the headlamp. Krylon Rudy Brown primer and Krlyon Banner Red gloss topcoat on shell parts. TJ "signature" gold pinstripe around the steamchest.
I should note that 1934 1681's were black with a red frame, as per my earlier two 1681 restoration projects. However, in 1935, Lionel changed to an all-red color scheme on the 1681 locos. So here, I've gone with the 1935 look.
I've said it before, and will say it again ... For anyone restoring one of these 1681's, be extra special carefull when removing and reinstalling the "sandpipes" that come down from the front dome. The bottom bend is very brittle and fragile. Worked out/in OK for me here, but I was holding my breath there for a while.
So, my Cat Lady project is beginning to show some promise. This little guy isn't looking nearly as mangy as he was. Kind of refined and sophisticated, actually. Perhaps the neighbors will see what I've done, and smile for a moment ... before they pull their kids in the house, and tell them not to bother that crazy train guy who lives down the street.
And now, I present our feline friend. Enjoy ... and send tuna fish ...
Sky,IS there a restoration process for litho?