I have a Lionel (6-34670) C&O GP-9 that is missing the high mount bell on the short hi hood. Since Lionel is out of this part, and it seems almost imposable to find it, I had to settle on getting a hi mount bell and bracket from "Miniatures by Eric." The bell and bracket are brass castings that look great. After trimming and grinding it down a bit so I could mount it I wondered what kind of adhesive I should use to mount it. I will have to paint it first. Does anyone have any suggestions?
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I would go for a dab of epoxy. JB Kwik or any 5 minute should be strong enough. CA might work if both surfaces are flat enough.
If it has any kind of a spruce on it with a bit of length. Find a die that’s close and put some threads on it. Secure it with a nut. Just crank it up snug. You can even make your own nut with a piece of brass stock and a tap. Just give it a slight bend so you can move it tight with your finger. This would give you sort of a fender washer. I’ve done a few caboose stacks this way.
Thanks for the info. I think using an epoxy will work best for my situation since I trimmed off the spruce and ground down the mounting bracket to fit the curvature of the hood. Does anyone know of a good product for filling any gaps? This way there is no visible seem or uneven gaps between the hood and bracket.
Sorry. Spell check must of got me. Sprue. I guess that’s what they are called. Most brass castings have them. Not seen but will aid in mounting with drilled hole. Sometimes you can get enough of a thread cut on it if it’s decent sized and eliminate using and adhesive.
@John H posted:
Pardon my ignorance, but what the heck is a spruce?
Nice evergreen tree. Gets pretty big. We have one in our back yard, about 50 feet high when we bought the house 37 years ago. Top 12 feet fell in a storm. Next 10 feet keeled over after being hit by lightning. Still growing, though.