Try to get one with an original box. There are a lot of fakes out there which are 681s with the gear added and the number changed. Some counterfeiters out there were VERY good at making them. The box won't guarantee that it isn't a counterfeit that was put in an original box but it lessens the chance. There was a store in NJ that had their repairman making a lot of them.
Yep I've been told that as well. And I believe one of the telltale signs is Fastener holding extra valve linkage on. The original had a hex head and most of the fakes have a round head or a screw of some sort I do believe. But I could be wrong. Thanks
I have 2 682 runners. All the 671/681/682/2020 shells had the same part number inside, but depending on the year there are differences. 1948 and on had a hole for the e-unit. For the 682, a small boss with a hole was added for the extra linkage. The linkage attached to the boiler on the boss and pivots on it. The fakes will only have the push in hex head stud holding the linkage. It is a stud not a screw. (Many make the mistake of trying to unscrew it.)
One I have has been run a lot. The boss on one side has almost worn away.
Assembled you cant see the boss, you may see the "slop" in the action. If they were real good at fixing up an older casting, they put a small bushing in so there was no slop, but I don't think most were that good of fakes.
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