I have found that my JLC Hudson has a damaged mechanical part. I need advice please as to how to replace and install it. For reference purposes, a couple of experienced members have said that this engine is basically a revised Lionel 2046/646.
Here is a picture of the undamaged right side of the engine, showing the black metal piece that connects the outermost drive bar to the center wheel. Note that this black piece has a small arm projecting from it. Also please note the hex head bolt that holds the drive bar to the black piece.
And here is a picture of the damaged left side of the engine, with that outside black piece unscrewed from the center wheel. Note that the projecting arm of the fitting is bent slightly inward, which results in the bent arm rubbing against the center drive bar when the engine is running on curves. Also please note that the drive bar has a slight bend in it near the end.
I thought that it would easy to remove the black piece from the drive bar, by unscrewing the hex head bolt from the outside. But it just spins and spins, because it is not a threaded bolt. There is no nut on the end of the bolt on the backside of the arm. The end of the bolt just has a thin flare out, like a rivet. The bolt has not been peened, the end looks like a flat star.
I need help please with:
1. Getting the proper names of the bent black piece and bolt. (I think the slight bend in the drive arm can be fixed by me.)
2. Finding the parts numbers of the black piece and bolt.
3. And, figuring out how, or what tool to use, affix the new bolt through the new black piece. (I can remove the current bolt by just drilling the back of the rivet out.)
Thanks for all information and advice.