Does anyone have a good technique for putting traction tires on old American Flyer steam locos?
I have been slowly upgrading my link coupler steam locos so that they will run longer and more reliably on club layouts and pull long trains. So far, I have:
-installed can motors
-installed electronic reverse units or modified and locked the standard ones
-put brass axle bushings in the sintered iron side frames on knuckle coupler cars
-converted link locos and cars to knuckle couplers for reliable running over the rough track work that my club has
-used some ficus products trucks (with mixed success)
But the thing I would really like to do is put traction tires, AKA Pull-Mor Power on the loco's rear drivers.
There is one eBay vendor who sells traction bands and a tube of super glue. Those work for a few minutes and then fall off.
I'm thinking that machining a groove in the wheel for a traction tire might make the rim too thin.
I tried putting on a Pull-Mor wheel from a later loco, but my talent/skill at getting a wheel on straight and quartered is sadly lacking. Plus, there are not that many good wheels available.
So... does anyone have a technique that they have actually done and it worked??