I'm planning on fixing the pilot of my Lionel SD70M (not sure if I want lobster claw or Kadee) and I was wondering if anyone on here has done one of these before and has any tips. Also need a good fuel tank for it.
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exactly which model are you referring to? The K-Line 75M needs a better fuel tank!
If you are going to fix the pilot, why would you put the claw back on?
What is the Lionel catalog number and road name?
You could try the MTH SD80 fuel tank for the K-line SD75
I know I'm in the weeds here digging up an old thread, but did you ever complete this project? It'd be cool to see some photos / discussion of the process if you did.
In the true spirit of the hobby, I still haven't finished that particular unit but I have done some work on one of my UP SD70ACes. I swapped out the lobster claw for a Kadee #746 and fixed the pilot using two pieces of 1/16" Evergreen styrene cut to the shape of the steps. It's not perfect since it's just traced and cut by hand. I also used a single piece of styrene to fill the gap around the coupler. Thankfully the Scalecoat UP Harbor Mist is a pretty close match to the shade Lionel used, plus one day I'll weather the locomotive. Next step is full length hand rails. Just fixing the pilot makes a huge difference though, especially when coupled to a Lionel ES44 with the kinematic pilot.