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any tips and instructions on how to remove the center wheels on this beautiful Hudson. I want to install the wheels that came with this engine that accepts a traction tire. if you're pulling the 6 heavy weights that this engine was meant to it slips a lot. and if you're on a grade it cannot pull more than three cars at 18 to 20 volts. Any help would be appreciated. I have read that it is easy to break the center screw that holds the wheel on.

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Anthony

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Anthony, …..you can do the swap on engine. Take note of the eccentric clocking on each side. Take pictures before removing any parts. Remove the rear driver’s rod bolts. Remove the eccentric screw, wiggle the eccentric loose, and don’t lose track of the sleeve. Work one side at a time. With the eccentric out of the way, and the rear rod bolt out, swing the connecting rod around and out of the way. No further dismantle is required to access the driver fastener. Be mindful of rod bushings in the rods, they like to slip out & disappear into the night …….the driver screw is Allen head, and the factory loved to use a lot of loctite!!….find a wrench that fits perfectly snug!!….better if you have to slighty tap it in place!!….it will round out in a heartbeat!!…….before you attempt to loosen the fastener, stick the tip of a clean soldering iron on the head of the screw for a few good minutes!!…this will help loosen the loctite ……the wheel will come off, and you’ll note the D shape axle, ….reverse order for install, then do the other side ……no need to put loctite on it going back,….just make fastener checks of those screws as part of your routine maintenance program….

Pat  

Pat thank you for that set of detailed set of instructions! I feel confident enough to try it now! I can't wait to see her pulling the 6 heavy weights around the layout.

thank you

Anthony

PS if your ever in New York drop me a line would love to show you our club layout. I am a member of Nassau Lionel operating engineers on long island. Club layout is 35 wide by 80 feet long a lot of fun to say the least.

update everyone on the traction tires for the 763e j1-e. i was given the suggestion to try the j3 tires since they are readily available. The groove on the J1 is two deep so i had to add 2 tires per scullion wheel and it seems to work fine. the tire is nice and flush with the outside edge of the wheel. The directions i was given to remove and replace the center wheels worked perfectly. i am still looking for the correct tires but this will work fine for now. i have not checked the pulling power yet but she is running smooth on the rails. Thank you everyone who contributed to helping me out with my questions on this engine. happy holidays to all. enjoy the holiday season and happy railroading to all.

Thank you

anthony

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