Lionel 1666

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Lionel 1666
Posted by silentman on Thursday, July 06, 2017 4:11 PM

Quick question. Is there a trick removing the plate to access the strip for soldering a new wire without messing the frame up?


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Posted by cwburfle on Thursday, July 06, 2017 4:56 PM

There is a frame spreading tool on the market that is supposed to help get that fiber plate out. I have one. I have not had any sucess using it.

Usually there is some wire running from the plate that can be salvaged. If the insulation is gone, slip some spaghetti tubing over the bare wire. Splice on another piece if necessary. Sometimes this entails working in a rather tight space.

I look forward to reading other people's solutions.

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Posted by silentman on Sunday, July 09, 2017 8:21 AM

So CW i just took your advice and tied into the existing wire and hoped the wire was ok. My parts came yesterday so I rebuilt the e-unit rewired everything and viola it is back to life! Just need to get the side rods and a jewel



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Posted by rtraincollector on Sunday, July 09, 2017 9:50 AM

I had a simular engine where someone had taken one of the shoes off and sodered a wire to that on the inside of it. 

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