Glen's diesel rebuild thread
They look great and I am sure they now run great together.
After taking a bit of time off I decided to start a new Diesel project:

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I managed to find this little fellow at a swap meet a few years back. Unfortunately it's the unpowered version But I may be able to find a decent power truck for it that I can easily convert to DCC later.

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Not a lot of parts to it but I think I may add some details during the build.

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I did start assembly last night.

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I drilled out the grab iron holes in the four walls and then glued them together.

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The roof ends need to be sanded round, the instructions give you a template as a guide.

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I glued the roof on to the cab and while the glue set up I started on the chassis. The side frames are screwed to the frame. there are two sets of screw holes in the frame, one for HO, one for HOn3.

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This is where the project stand now. I'm going to add the air tanks to the roof, as well as a bell and horn. I'll add the grabs after painting as they will interfere with my paint masking and decal placement. The cab is a friction fit to the chassis, so later changes to a powered unit will be easier. I do notice I have to fill in the cab corners just a bit as I slightly over did the roof rounding.
Interesting little critter Wink . Do you have any ideas on how you are going to power it?
 My other car is a locomotive, ARHS restoration crew  
Ideally I'd like to find the Grandt line powering kit for it. But I doubt I can find it at a reasonable price if I can find one at all. Alternatively I'd like to try to adapt one of the power trucks off an early Bachmann 44 ton as I''ve seen other modelers use.
After fighting the Flu over the last week I made it back into the workshop to get back at the boxcab project.

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I detailed the cab roof. On the HOn3 version the two air tanks and slung under the frame, beside the sideframes. The HO version has the sideframes moved outward so I installed them on the roof with some appropriate plumbing. I also added a roof mounted bell and 3 chime horn. I decided to make this engine a bit tongue in cheek, hence the slightly oversized accessories.

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I also added and exhaust stack and spark arrestor from a Proto2000 SW1200, cut down a bit of course. The six ladders and stirups were added as well.
The engine is pretty much ready for the paint shop now.
I started painting the little fellow.

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I primered everything with Krylon Paver Grey paint. I usually use the Wal-mart gray primer but that's not available in Canada anymore (can you still get it in the US?) so I'm trying something new.

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When the primer had dried I airbrushed CNR Yellow/ Imitation Gold on the cab sides. In the next couple days I'll mask that and paint the green.
I finally finished the boxcab this past weekend.

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I ended up painting it in Canadian National's Yellow and green scheme, numbering it 1/4.

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The Handrails were easier than I thought they would be. Grandt Line uses one of the parts sprues as a bending jig. I airbrushed and attached them after painting and lettering.

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After some thought I decided not to try to power this one. I'm thinking of using it as a flatcar load instead, being delivered after a repaint (hence, no weathering) But for now, here it is on the layout:

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That is a little beauty!
Nice job Glen, looks pretty sweet.
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Nice Thumbsup ... The number is very fitting.
 My other car is a locomotive, ARHS restoration crew  
Thank you everyone. I finally finished up the engine as a load on a flatcar:

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A few small diesel projects on the workbench.

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Proto1000 F-3 a&b units.

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I already did the A unit a number of years ago (it's at the front of the thread) But since then I found a proper Proto drive for it to replace the Bachmann Plus drive.

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A couple weeks ago I took a quick trip to Calgary, Alberta and found the matching B unit in a hobby shop there. It was in the used section for 50$ and it had a broken ladder but I figured the price was okay.

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When I got it home I took the shell of and discovered it was DCC/ sound equipped. It has an early soundtrax decoder in it but it runs and sound good. I changed it's address to match the A unit and also changed the horn to match the blaaaat honker horns on the A. They run pretty good together at lower speeds, which is all I run at anyway.

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I'll be adding a few details to the engines. The A unit needs a new speed recorder and the B will be getting new lifting eyes on the roof, cut bars, MU hoses and some paint detailing.
I also plan to try out the American Limited Diaphragms on them.

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At the same time I bought the b unit I found a stewart F3a unit in the hobby shop's scrap shell bin that I can get the missing ladder off of.

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At about the same time I found an intermountain F-7 shell on Ebay for 20$ I figured I couldn't paint one and add the details for that so it was a pretty good deal.

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Especially since I had a Stewart F-7 undecorated a&b set stashed away. Someone had told me that Intermountain used stewart/kato drives on their F units and the intermountain shell slipped right onto the Stewart frame perfectly.

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The only things wrong with the shell was a yellow paint smudge in the roof and a missing lifting eye and windshield wipers. All easy fixes. I did remove the rear roof overhang with a razor saw and some filing (Canadian roads didn't have them on F-7's)

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After that all that I'll add is the roof mounted bell and a speed recorder and it's ready for the weathering shop.
Thank you everyone.
There's been a few changes to the plan.
I was just going to add the details pictured to the F-3 set but I found an article on CN F-3's in a CN Lines magazine. I found that since the Canadian Railways were late getting into the diesel game, the fans and the singular horns on the engines are incorrect. I have a new set of low 36" fans on order and I will be replacing the horns with a three chime version.
I did start to assemble the American Limited Diaphragms.

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Turns out they're a pretty finicky assemble and the instruction leave a lot to be desired. I ended up finding a review/ assembly video on you-tube. I also figured out that I have the wrong color. These are made in both gray and black. I should have gotten the black. However I have a friend who has the black ones and I'm getting those off him this weekend.

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