the engine is up and running with fresh grease, oil etc.  had to replace wheels on rear truck, small ones were wrong and one spokes wheel wasn't spoked!  I watched Don Hagar’s videos on Amazon prime which helped.  Thanks for letting me know about that.  Chassis just a bit off, don't have 1/8th inch between cow catcher & center rail, and running board measures just over 10 & 1/16th.Thanks for the info on my earlier posts, i learned a lot on this one.  Even broke a spoked wheel because i didn't support the center hub when pressing wheel!

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Thanks for posting this--it sounds good. I don't run my black 763e very often, but always enjoy when I do. There's something about the 763e that feels different than other tinplate locos when I run it; maybe it's the fact that there seem to be relatively few survivors. 

Is it me, or is the gunmetal 763e more prone to warping than the black one? The frame on my gunmetal 763e is warped just enough to cause running issues. It seems like whenever someone brings up problems with their 763e, it's the gunmetal version. 

John

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Yes, the 1937 engines tended to have castings that had impurities.  In 1938 Lionel changed to a different casting vendor.  Seems like the 38-42 were okay.  See DON HODOR’s two VIDEOs ON AMAZON PRIME.  he was the expert on the 700 and 763. The castings warp, crack, grow or shrink!   All my info is from those videos.

the 700 and 763 are exactly the same casting.  The 700 just had added on parts, like piping, coupler lift bar, etc.  

yankspride4 posted:

Love it! Something about those Lionel Hudsons that look even better than the prototype.

I’ve been having a blast this season with my new to me 1-700e.

Buzzing e-unit. AC motor grinding away.

 

Amen, Yankspride4; the 1-700E is a great runner. I love the sound effects of the new command locos, but it's hard to beat the nostalgic sounds of the E-Unit and AC motor. 

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