I have a few AF cast clockwork engines like the AF10. Somehow I lost the one windup key I had during my move. I've tried Ebay, Facebook AF and clockwork groups and online trying to find a replacement key with no luck. On Ebay looked at buying another engine to get a key. Problem is most engines that have a key are over $100. Tried various coupling nuts at hardware stores, but none have the correct thread. Any help of finding a correct key or maybe someone willing to part with one? Thanks.
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Hi Bill ... these are just standard square shaft clockworks yes ?
( apologies if you mean a screw in key like on Hafner etc but my AF10 is a std square shaft ??? In that case I would summon James to the thread @WindupGuy He might have an idea on size and pitch )
If so there is a cheap easy one (or two ) keys fits all
Clockmakers spider or "Universal clock winding keys "
A set of two will most likely fit anything you might use wind up wise
If you prefer the old fashioned look you can also get them in this form
Of course feel free to do a search using terms from the above , you might even find cheaper versions .. but still WELL under what you have been quoted
Theres a $70 key here and they throw in a loco lol
https://www.ebay.com/itm/Rare-...6:g:HHQAAOSw5EJgV58p maybe message him and make a lowball offer?
Thank you for your replies. My AF10 is a threaded shaft. I noticed that one on Ebay and I'm watching it. I kind of held back because of the wobbly wheels, but I might be able to correct that. It could end up being a good runner. I'll see how the auction goes. Thanks.
The key you need is an 8-32 female thread. Doug Peck at Portlines hobby list it as sku# 2701, but out of stock. I would try calling Mr. Henning's and Doug Peck. Until you can locate one Google 8-32 female couplings. Lots available. Screw on the coupling and wind with a socket or wrench.
Thank you. I'll go check that out tomorrow.