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It has taken me about 2 years to get this finished. I just didn't commit the time to this project. Building my 70 Chevelle has recently been the priority. But I had some time this past week to get this partially finished for the Christmas season. I still need to add the camp fire irons and coffee pot and the Hero boy.

This is how I did this. I bought the smallest camp fire set up I could off of the Bay, It came with the full wave rectifier. I had a MTH PS1 smoke unit laying around that came out of my PS1 Southern Pacific Daylight 4449 ERR project. I swapped out the 20 ohm smoke elements for a pair of 27 ohm Lionel elements. Reason is, I was getting way too much smoke density. I only wanted a light camp fire type of smoke effect. Next I added a series of 5 - 1N4003 diodes inline with the fan motor to slow down the fan speed, once again way too much velocity for the camp fire effect.

I don't care for cut out in the roof where the Hobo sits, So the plan is to find another roof and put it all on the newer roof. I need to defuse the smoke stream some. So when I add the rest of my little project, I'll put a defuser of some sort over the hole.

I have attached a small video of the completed project up to this point.  I want to Thank GRJ for helping me figure out how to slow the fan speed and the smoke effect down.

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Slick job, I like the smoke with the flickering flame.

@RickM46 posted:

Chris, when you find the snow, can you tell us what products you bought at Michaels?  Glad to hear your surgery went well.

Thank you John, Once again, Thanks for the help.



Rick,

Let me see if I can find the paint first. Surgery went very well. I feel awesome! For me it was a genetic valve defect and it caused an aortic aneurism. I tell folks, I was a walking, talking, ticking time bomb....But I'm good now........

@Mark Boyce posted:

It's a very nice job, Chris!  The light looks great, and the smoke could be more than the locomotive puts out!

I'm glad your surgery and recovery went well!

Thanks for the kind words Mark. I wasn't wanting the smoke to be more than the loco, just like a small camp fire,  but with a plain puffing LionChief PE, that just may be possible. I may have to upgrade to a fan unit and a super-chuffer now.

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@Jeff T posted:

At least everything isn't LS swapped these days!!

Nice job on the hobo car!!

Yeah.... Nooooo. LS motors, although are power producers compared to the engines of the late 60's - early 80's, IMHO have no place in these older muscle cars. But to each his own. I understand the reliability of the LS. I have one in my '10 Camaro and love it. But these older cars need to have that original heartbeat they were designed with. Just my .02.

@RickM46 posted:

Chris, when you find the snow, can you tell us what products you bought at Michaels?  Glad to hear your surgery went well.

So I searched the house high and low. I cant find the paint I bought. I'm sure it's someplace that I'll find it. Problem is, I cant remember where that place is. Old Timers is definitely setting it. I have to head into the big city today for work, I'll stop at a Michaels after the kings business is completed.

@Jayhawk500 posted:

So I searched the house high and low. I cant find the paint I bought. I'm sure it's someplace that I'll find it. Problem is, I cant remember where that place is. Old Timers is definitely setting it. I have to head into the big city today for work, I'll stop at a Michaels after the kings business is completed.

I understand about Old Timers.  I think that is why the shoved me out the door with early retirement incentives.    Working in a big city will make Old Timers creep up on you faster.  That doesn't explain my case since I worked in rural areas all but my first 3 or 4 years of my total 43 years. 

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