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    I'm new to this site but love tin plates, especially American Flyer wide and O gauge. I picked up this set today and found out through a few Facebook groups that it is an American Flyer 1347 Merchant set. The nice woman I got it from said it has been in her husband's family forever and has spent the last 35 years in their closet. It also included a Lionel 820 Searchlight that had been modified to use Flyer couplers. When I got it home it ran on my test track right off the bat! The drive wheels look different than any others I have seen. Has anyone ever seen replacement wheels like this before? I just need a replacement light and a good cleaning and lubing before I run it around the track. Any information about this set would be greatly appreciated.

     Thanks,

         Jon

AF 3115 WheelsAF 3115AF Merchant BoxAF MerchantLionel 820

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Those replacement wheels are either homemade or they were made by a local hobby store/machinist and are likely one-offs.  You should be able to get the proper replacement wheels from Hennings. 

Your engine also needs replacement headlight holders, as there should be a cast headlight holder on each end of the roof.  Hennings likely also has this piece.

I would replace the springs and brushes also, as the original brushes are not carbon and will cause wear to the armature and the original springs likely have little spring left.

The set was first cataloged in 1928 and was sold in 1929 also.  The set was sold in 2 configurations, the 1347, which you have, contains a 3115 engine, which has the track trip reverse unit.  My set below is set 1387, which features a 3185 engine, which has automatic reverse.

NWL

You might want to consider just leaving the wheels alone.  I agree with NWL - those are definitely custom and they appear to be very well made.  I would just let them be.

I was going to leave them be as long as they work properly. I'll just clean them up and make sure they're lubed. Hennings is out of the AF O electric wheel sets right now, they said they're making more and should be back in stock by the end of the month.I already need a set for my 3013 Bluebird engine. Thanks for the info Nation Wides Lines!

    Regards,

         Jon

I agree those look like well crafted wheels. The lump of solder on the non screw wheel may be of some concern though. My guess the two screws are for removing the wheel, take both screws out and install a two longer screws and tighten and they push wheel off axle. They also may be to facilitate in attaching a wheel puller of some kind to remove wheel. Very nice.

Frank

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@franktrain posted:

I agree those look like well crafted wheels. The lump of solder on the non screw wheel may be of some concern though. My guess the two screws are for removing the wheel, take both screws out and install a two longer screws and tighten and they push wheel off axle. They also may be to facilitate in attaching a wheel puller of some kind to remove wheel. Very nice.

Frank

Your guess of the two screws are for removing the wheels appears to be wrong.  As the original wheels have odd shaped hubs to hold the gears on to the wheels, these two screws obviously are to hold the gears on the wheels, as they only appear on the geared side of the engine. 

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