I put bright LED headlights on my Mopac engines from like 2005 and also some old Sante Fe diesels from the 50's. Now I want to do something with my SD9's - first off, I got 1 out of storage and bought
another and neither seem to have working lights. When they do work, I bet there's very little light - my ideal is the old Union Pacific 372's with the bright engine number panels.
1) How do I take my SD9apart - do I have to take the trucks off, then 2 screws (?) for the body or more? I'm hoping someone is familiar with them. I know the lights inside look like those little Christmas tree lights, I bet they draw less that 10 ma, I have the new style switch bulbs that are LED so they don't get hot, I know the 372's use something like that (but get really hot) so I'd like to measure some current and replace the Christmas tree lights with the bigger LED's - if I can get it apart I can show the interior of the 6-48048 body where there's a plastic part that might hold the engine number sign #170- which might not even let light pass - has anyone retrofitted something like a 48048 to glow like the old 372's? Essentially, can I put in a new engine number panel that glows when light goes through it?
P.S. I have 6 of these 6-48048's (and 50+ ore cars) and would love to have the engines numbered differently but I guess that's something that can't be done - I think the 372 had a dummy 371 maybe ... perhaps I could replace that (I have 2 372's)