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jimmysb, great video especially in light of the difficulty finding a service center that will take in a ZWC. I now have confidence in synching the potentiometers with the handles. in addition to my ZWC jumping gears, the (right side) accessory and track handles have an 1/8 to 3/16" gap between each other and the transformer casing thus causing the handles to have play as well as slide in and out horizontally. so I ask in addition to remedying the play with the install of a new bracket, is there a way to tighten the handles on the shaft , essentially drawing each closer together and to the transformer casing  to eliminate the horizontal play? I am thinking that this horizontal play may be contributing to the gear jumping in my case. I have (2) ZWC's and this condition only applies to the right side handles on one of them. any additional light you can provide would be awesome. Thanks

@CMac my transformer did not have horizontal play but it was very loose up and down.  That's what the little c clamp bearing under the metal plate fixed.  I think the gears are pressed on so you might try that, but not sure. The pot bracket that I made more beefy also had to have the holes for the pots somewhat lower to take away any play between the gears.  I have a metal bracket in my ZWC too.  That is one change I know Lionel did that you will need to make my hack work.

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How can we get this replacement part?  Is the 3D printer file available?

Thanks!

Mitch

I have my website which I can either put a part or digital file on.  I haven't got the woocommerce store up yet.  The store is a way to get free or purchased items.  My goal with my website is to create cool train items that I can make and maybe others would like as well as videos of fixing and running postwar trains.  Fixing my ZW was so rewarding since its was not very usable in its jumping gear state when I got it 10 years ago.  I also plan to make whimsical contraptions too.

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Both Sides- Why bother doing one. I've repaired about 10 of these using cnc metal brackets. But, no longer have access to the equipment. Yes, I did use the palastic bearings.  Although, I found the sanding leaves sand paper granules behind scoring the post - no big issue - Heavy cleaning  after sanding. The pot bracket is perfect. 

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