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Hello all!

I've recently inherited a 6520 searchlight car. The light was not working (I eventually learned there was an electro switch under the car) so I took out the light bulb to inspect it. What I discovered was a spring and some sort of insulator that is in pretty bad shape.  When I did get the light working if I moved the wire around a bit there were some sparks so I know the insulator is shot and was touching or arcing or something.

My question is how can I fix this? Is there an easy homemade way to reproduce this insulator?  And exactly how are the insulator and spring supposed to sit in the housing? When I took the lightbulb out the spring was directly under it, which didn't really make sense to me because there seemed to be nothing from keeping the spring from touching the housing or the center contact point. Was the spring supposed to be behind the insulator and just worked its way past because it was crumbling?   If anyone can talk me through this or post a picture of how everything is supposed to be setup behind the lightbulb that would be great!

Thank you!

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You could always make a new fiber wash or you could order one from the TrainTender (see picture).

When you reassemble the light, put the spring on the wire first, then thread the wire through the lamp socket, then through the searchlight housing.  The spring between the washer and the socket keeps the bulb tight in the socket.

Before you order, check to see if you need anything else, since the postage is more than that lamp lead assembly.

http://www.ttender.com/weblistpictures/61-22A.jpg

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@Danr posted:

You could always make a new fiber wash or you could order one from the TrainTender (see picture).

When you reassemble the light, put the spring on the wire first, then thread the wire through the lamp socket, then through the searchlight housing.  The spring between the washer and the socket keeps the bulb tight in the socket.

Before you order, check to see if you need anything else, since the postage is more than that lamp lead assembly.

http://www.ttender.com/weblistpictures/61-22A.jpg

Thank you so much!  This is great information and super helpful!

If I try to recreate the washer do you have any suggestions on what material to use? Do I need to find a special fiber material, or would rubber or plastic work as well?    Thank you!

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