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Hancock52 posted:
T.Albers posted:
Thank Hancock, the stock K-Line circuit boards and wiring took up a lot of room in the shell.  Your posting is correct, the front of the K-Line shell was also full of wires plus a MARS light circuit board under cab area when I started. 

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I should have informed everybody in my original post that I also changed out all the stock K-Line electronics and went to EER.  The newer EER components are much smaller and they left tons of room up front.  With all the wiring and MARS circuit board out of the way and all I had to do was hot glue the finished cab interior into the shell.

I like your idea about illuminating the gauge faces.  But, I'm not good in the field of electronics.  My electronics limit was pushed just doing this EER upgrade.  Even though the EER boards had a full set of instructions I still was stressed I would mess something up of burn out a new board.

I notice from the above picture and the top of the body shell that this is one of those K-Line diesels that came with motorized roof fans instead of a smoke unit. The pulley mechanism is superior to the much later Lionel geared roof fans (VL Centipede). However I just wonder if you powered this arrangement from the ERR boards and if so how you wired it up? I have one K-Line E8 A-A set where the power supply to one engine's set of fans has failed but have not got around to installing a new DC power source for the motor.

Hi Hancock, the rotating roof fans are a nice feature on these K-Line engines.  I did not tie the power for the fans into the EER board because I was not sure how much current they drew.  For my setup 18VAC goes into a small circuit board for the fans (mounted on the shell) and then DC voltage come out for the small fan motor with pulley.  Instead of connecting it to the EER board I took the easy way out and connected the input for the small circuit board to the red pick up wire and the black common wire.  The down side is the fans rotate anytime the track has power. 

Also, I'm working on another passenger car for this series.  I picked up a National Border Pullman and should have it done in a few weeks.

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