Good morning all 

 I had a request to change out the darkened side rods to polished ones, so i thought i would share a few video's with all of you. While doing this i also have a short video on the main stack and whistle stack smoke unit. I hope when i upload the video's they're  in order, thanks for looking and enjoy. 

Thanks, Alex 

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Ya know, with everything else going on with this model, including what I've told my family are booster rockets under the tender, I never even noticed that my gray #6001 version does not have the blackened side rods that Lionel seems to put on everything else now! This photo is a little over-exposed but shows that the once-standard brushed steel/nickel rods look right (OK, I know it's a fantasy version): 

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So Alex I won't be sending mine your way for conversion. In any case your info about the main stack unit configuration is very valuable - I had not picked up the slightly problematic smoke fluid fill method from your original thread on tearing down the one Lionel sent you pre-production. Thanks a lot, as always.

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Actually there is nothing wrong with blackened side rods except Lionel opted to put them on freshly built engines. White sidewalls and running board stripes were there just for builders photos. Its pretty easy to remove the white with lacquer thinner and not harm the underlying paint at all.

That said I prefer shiny.

The new Hudsons also "feature" brand new from the Alco shops with appliances added years later.

Pete

Norton posted:

Sounds like someone else with excellent taste.  Lots of heat needed to break down that loctite.

 

Pete

 

Hi Pete, 

Absolutely needed a lot of heat and WD40 to get those screws cracked loose

Alex

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Pete, yours looks great too !  nice work 

George, some lube and heat on the screws and they back out fairly easy.

Don, thanks .

GRJ, thanks.

Peter, thanks.

Rick, Dave didn't mention if hex screws would fit. my guess would be there must be some that would.

MartyE, thanks.

Hancock52, i really like the fantasy paint scheme on this model. Thanks

Dave NYC , thanks.

Tom, thanks

NYC Z-man, glad yours released easily 

FCAVOLO, i got the side rods from Lionel a while back. I would imagine once the parts dept opens up again, you should be able to order them. 

Thanks to all, Alex

 

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RickM46 posted:

Excellent videos Alex!  Did Dave mention if there were hex head screws that would fit??  None theless, I like the idea of WD40 and a heat gun.

The screws are 2.5mm diameter and 10, 14, and 17mm long. You could probably find hex head screws but they would be wrong. Here is what the prototype looked like.

Pete

Norton posted:
RickM46 posted:

Excellent videos Alex!  Did Dave mention if there were hex head screws that would fit??  None theless, I like the idea of WD40 and a heat gun.

The screws are 2.5mm diameter and 10, 14, and 17mm long. You could probably find hex head screws but they would be wrong. Here is what the prototype looked like.

Pete

Thanks Pete; didn't notice that there are caps over the screws

RickM46

And now it starts.

RickM46 posted:
Norton posted:
RickM46 posted:

Excellent videos Alex!  Did Dave mention if there were hex head screws that would fit??  None theless, I like the idea of WD40 and a heat gun.

The screws are 2.5mm diameter and 10, 14, and 17mm long. You could probably find hex head screws but they would be wrong. Here is what the prototype looked like.

Pete

Thanks Pete; didn't notice that there are caps over the screws

RickM46 posted:
Norton posted:
RickM46 posted:

Excellent videos Alex!  Did Dave mention if there were hex head screws that would fit??  None theless, I like the idea of WD40 and a heat gun.

The screws are 2.5mm diameter and 10, 14, and 17mm long. You could probably find hex head screws but they would be wrong. Here is what the prototype looked like.

Pete

Thanks Pete; didn't notice that there are caps over the screws

We need Pete to mass produce these....perfect upgrade for those chewed up Phillips heads we have to deal with!.....aren’t his just gorgeous?.....I definitely have Niagara envy!.............Pat

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The screws are 2.5mm diameter and 10, 14, and 17mm long. You could probably find hex head screws but they would be wrong. Here is what the prototype looked like.

Pete

Looking at that picture makes me think Torx head pattern,maybe Lionel should have used security Torx heads instead of Phillips. I wonder if they have them in the sizes you have listed and how they would look?

Something like this:

Doug

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You beat me to it Pete. Hey maybe for someone that don't have the skill or equipment to do what you did (which looks great btw) or just needs replacements could use those. The price seems right.

Alex, before I forget a third time ,thanks for doing all of these informational videos.they really are priceless!

Doug

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