Need help restoring Lionel 736 variation A.

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Need help restoring Lionel 736 variation A.
Posted by Alfie920 on Saturday, July 01, 2017 8:29 PM

Hello this is my first post.

I am restoring my grandfather's Lionel 736 variation A steam locomotive.

I have cleaned and lubed the engine and it works and looks great, however I have two tasks to complete my project.

The steam chest was damaged badly and I was able to find a NOS steam chest (holes but no flag holders) and 2 NOS hexagonal nickel flag holders.

1) Does anyone have any tips in pressing these flag holders into the holes on the steam chest properly.

2) I found 2 replacement green jewels, the jewels/rhinestones on the sides are missing. What would be the best way to glue(type?) or attach the new ones onto the boiler front?

 

Thank you for your help!

Al

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Posted by Firelock76 on Saturday, July 01, 2017 9:50 PM

I don't know about Question One, but Question Two's easy.  Use plain o' liquid super glue, works for me.  As a matter of fact, I used Swarovski green crystals from Michael's craft store and they look great.

Question One, try posting on the Classic TOY Trains Forum. 

Don't be embarassed, you're not the first one to confuse the two 'sites and I'm sure you won't be the last. 

And welcome aboard!

PS:  I've got a Lionel 736 myself and love the thing, all it's cracked up to be!

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Posted by Alfie920 on Saturday, July 01, 2017 9:54 PM

firelock76,

Thank you for the reply and tips.

what size did you buy from Michael's? that is a great idea.

Alfie920

 

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Posted by Firelock76 on Sunday, July 02, 2017 8:32 AM

It's been a while, but I think they were the three millimeter size.  Put a metric ruler across the gap of the missing class lights and you'll be there.

I've also used larger size Swarovski crystals in red for "tail lights" on passenger cars.

I should add the green Swarovski's aren't as dark as the original Lionel crystals BUT they reflect light much better than the originals.

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Posted by Penny Trains on Sunday, July 02, 2017 6:43 PM

If the flag holders are the ones I'm thinking of, they're threaded.  But I could be wrong.  Here's a link to some diagrams of the 736: http://pictures.olsenstoy.com//736.htm

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