Glen's diesel rebuild thread
#46
They look great and I am sure they now run great together.
Charlie
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#47
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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#48
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.
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#49
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  
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#50
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.
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#51
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.
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#52
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.
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#53
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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#54
That is a little beauty!
Reinhard
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#55
Nice job Glen, looks pretty sweet.
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#56
Thumbs Up 
Nice Thumbsup ... The number is very fitting.
 My other car is a locomotive, ARHS restoration crew  
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#57
Thank you everyone. I finally finished up the engine as a load on a flatcar:


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#58
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.
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#59
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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