I have posted previously about this locomotive being part of the Bluebird set. I have tested the motor and it seems to want to run, although very hesitantly. I didn't go any further as I am not a prewar AF guy and didn't want to do any harm. I posted the set for sale on the Forum but have not sold it so will probably put it on that auction site. But I am sure it would be of more interest if I could state that it ran. So I am willing to try to service the motor. How do I get access to the motor? It appears the body shell is held to the frame by 4 folded tabs. I can't believe I would have to straighten the tabs to get the shell off as I am thinking the tabs would break. Is there some trick to drop the motor from the frame leaving the shell on the frame? It seems to get access to the brushes, commutator, and armature bearings that there must be an easy way as these are high maintenance items. What am I missing?
Thanks in advance for your help.