Hi to all,
I did mention this in my post about Lionel motors but I figured I would start another specific post to ask this.
My recently obtained 397 coal loader that tends to have the coal gather on one side.
Unit is lubed and running well. I tried adjusting the cam as described in the service manual by tapping the cam follower but even with a very light tap the side did crack from old age. Luckily it was a tight crack in one piece that did not break completely out so I was able to repair it with superglue.
After the crack repair I did measure the distance from the one side of the flat of the cam followers to edge of the tray and they are equal. I also measured to the top of the flat of the cam followers to the bottom of the tray and both are also equal. Within a reasonable tolerance for the day I believe the cam followers will it the cams evenly.
I read on an old post about shimming one side of the 397 loader tray to help with balance out the loading action. Anyone heard of this? If so which side do you shim and what is a good material to use ? The post referred to is no longer available.
Any other suggestions or tips would be welcome. I hope to be able to use this on the Christmas layout this year.