Last weekend I picked up this Lionel 10E at a Train Show in Wayne NJ.
This is my first Prewar E-unit engine.
The loco looks like it is all there.
The wheels are locked due to zinc rot:
Wheels were so swollen that they were locked in the frame and motor removal was interesting.
New wheels will be re-ordered, gears removed and reattached to the new wheels.
Question on the gears, once the gears are on do you crimp the center hub and not the two small circle bosses to hold the gear on?
(Wheels will be ordered at a later date as I have the Italian disease “FundsaLow”).
The cab has two issues:
Small bend in the roof that can easily be bent back.
Part of the cab solder has come undone and needs to be re-soldered or glued. If I re-soldered the cab will be stripped and repainted (this is not a problem).
Removed wheels and tried to power up the motor with test leads.
Seems that the E-unit and bypass switch needs to be cleaned.
Bypassed the e-unit with the test leads and the motor fired right up and sounded very strong
Did a search on the pendulum e-unit in the OG forum and found some info.
Does anyone have any suggestions on cleaning this type of E-unit?
In testing this loco with the E-unit, does the motor have to be right side up to work?
Looking at the pick-up rollers it seems that the loco had a easy life. Maybe when the wheels started to go bad the loco was put away or just a shelf queen.