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Re: [Z_Scale] The Horror, The Horror!

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  • Kevin Brady
    Hi all, Thanks for the lesson Jeff! best,Kev ... -- Dr. Dirt s Weathering Service [Non-text portions of this message have been removed]
    Message 1 of 4 , Mar 25, 2013
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      Hi all,
      Thanks for the lesson Jeff!

      best,Kev

      On Mon, Mar 25, 2013 at 3:34 PM, BAZ <sjbazman49@...> wrote:

      > **
      >
      >
      > MTL does not sell just the frames. And, they are quite limited on parts as
      > this was a China manufactured part which has not fully been ramped up for
      > production again.
      >
      > Either eBay or others or, an in decorated complete loco (almost the same
      > price as regular ones).
      >
      > Jeff
      >
      > Sent 'from the road'
      >
      > On Mar 25, 2013, at 12:29 PM, Kevin Brady <kbvrod@...> wrote:
      >
      > > Hi Dave,all,
      > > Did you try and contact Micro-Trains?
      > >
      > > Best,Kev
      > >
      > > On Sun, Mar 24, 2013 at 6:40 PM, Dave <lee.dave22@...> wrote:
      > >
      > >> **
      > >>
      > >>
      > >> A friend of mine who owns a toy and train resale shop just sold me a
      > >> Micro-Trains Gp35 in UP colors for just 10 bucks. He had bought it last
      > >> year from a person selling his small Z-Scale collection. Chris and his
      > wife
      > >> were starting their own z Scale layout. To his dismay he found out the
      > loco
      > >> was dead. Turns out the previous owner didn't know about only using a
      > >> Marklin or similar low voltage power pack.
      > >> Well I took the little engine to the train club and started to look at
      > it.
      > >> First the old 9v battery up against the wheels, no response. (I always
      > >> carry a 9 volt battery to trains shows and swap meets to check used N&Z
      > >> scale locos for sale) Next I tried to pulled the shell off the engine.
      > Took
      > >> off the fuel tank first which had some brown discoloration. Shell was
      > tight
      > >> as frozen lock, never had that problem with my Gp9. Looked closed at the
      > >> shell, it was a little distorted which told me that someone had toasted
      > it
      > >> with a 12 to 16v N or H.O. transformer. Poor little engine had been
      > >> electrifried! Continued on, even if motor was cooked there was still the
      > >> shell and trucks. Had to use jewelers screwdrivers and needle nose
      > pliers.
      > >> Split frame slowly crack into a few pieces then separated from the
      > shell.
      > >> Once I got it out noticed melted spots inside shell.
      > >> Circuit board inside was stuck to the top of the shell. The springs that
      > >> went from board to contacts on motor had completely melted.
      > >> Took out the little Swiss motor. The shaft turned easily when I twisted
      > >> the brass ends. Now for the first test, I touched wires from a 1.5v
      > power
      > >> supply, the little motor came to life! It seemed the over voltage it got
      > >> zapped with before had quickly fried the springs saving the motor, but
      > >> heated up the split frame fusing it to the shell.
      > >> Now to check the circuit board. I took my Marklin power pack and
      > connected
      > >> wires to the board. I gently turned up the throttle and the front LED
      > lit,
      > >> then reversed the power, the back LED lit! So the board is good too! So
      > now
      > >> here's my question, where can I get a replacement split frame? I really
      > >> want to restore this engine so it can happily pull trains around a
      > Z-Scale
      > >> layout and bring smiles to little kids faces at shows!
      > >
      > >
      > >
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      > > Dr. Dirt's Weathering Service
      > >
      > >
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      > >
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      > >
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      > >
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