Got a fix for a noisy brush plate?

I would imagine Carl at Hobby Horse could easily make such a clincher with little effort - just need to know the rivet size and the length and diameter needed to clear the side frames - and the business end of the arbor press.

I suspect a screw in place of the rivet might not work since there is so little room topside - the screw head would likely hit the frame and cause some uneven actions in a turn. Also, I'm just not a fan of putting screws where rivets once were.

David Johnston posted:
C W Burfle posted:

that is the spot. And I guess a nice, long clincher for the other side.

Jeff Kane sells a set of long riveting tools. I think they are long enough to do that job. He has a very good machinist that makes the custom tools, but some times he gets backed up. 

Thank you. Jeff sells both Hobby Horse and his own tools. I am fairly certain the long tools he sells are Hobby Horse. I have both the Hobby Horse long Clincher set and the long anvil set. They are not long enough.

I think I used a Handrail rivet clincher last time, just held in my hand and struck with a brass hammer. The anvil was a punch chucked upside down in my wood vise. (As i write this, i realize it may have been a tool from the long clincher set)

Very Rube Goldberg.

Never strike a press tool with a steel hammer. You may create a small distortion that causes it to jam in your press. Some folks say the tool can fracture and cause injury too.

C.W. Burfle

Back to the brushplate bearing topic:

Something I do that nobody has mentioned yet - I take brass tubing with 0.125 ID. I crimp the end to make a small flange on the press. Insert it snug tight with cyanoacrylate, with the flange on the inside face. I make the brass tube length slightly longer than the armature shaft. Then, I wedge a felt wick down into the tube up against the tip of the armature shaft and soak it with oil. I have a few engines, even a 313 bascule bridge that run as smooth as can motors now, and rarely need any attention.

GregR posted:

Back to the brushplate bearing topic:

Something I do that nobody has mentioned yet - I take brass tubing with 0.125 ID. I crimp the end to make a small flange on the press. Insert it snug tight with cyanoacrylate, with the flange on the inside face. I make the brass tube length slightly longer than the armature shaft. Then, I wedge a felt wick down into the tube up against the tip of the armature shaft and soak it with oil. I have a few engines, even a 313 bascule bridge that run as smooth as can motors now, and rarely need any attention.

Greg, did you happen to take any pictures along the way? Sounds ingenious, like to see it, especially the end with the small flange. Source for the tubing? Local HS, Lowe's, Amazon???

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Conventional Classics GP-9 with brass tube bearing (not visible in photo) and oil wick. Brass tubing comes from local hobby shop. 
 
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313 Bascule bridge with brass tube and oil wick. 
 
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RC car roller bearing installed in 200 series postwar alco. Very smooth operation 
 
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This bearing came from a Rhoomba robotic vacuum. When I periodically replace the spinning brushes, I save the bearings. Many end up in trains to serve a second life after being drilled to the correct diameter. 
 
GeoPeg posted:
GregR posted:

Back to the brushplate bearing topic:

Something I do that nobody has mentioned yet - I take brass tubing with 0.125 ID. I crimp the end to make a small flange on the press. Insert it snug tight with cyanoacrylate, with the flange on the inside face. I make the brass tube length slightly longer than the armature shaft. Then, I wedge a felt wick down into the tube up against the tip of the armature shaft and soak it with oil. I have a few engines, even a 313 bascule bridge that run as smooth as can motors now, and rarely need any attention.

Greg, did you happen to take any pictures along the way? Sounds ingenious, like to see it, especially the end with the small flange. Source for the tubing? Local HS, Lowe's, Amazon???

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