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Plarail/Tomy/Trackmaster - “clam shell” Motor Disassembly - Reassembly Tutorial
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Here is a quick video on how to disassemble and reassemble the engine from several different Thomas engines but mostly found in Diesel, Duck, Mavis, Diesel 10 and some others.  A sharp eye from Super notes that the tiny spring looks to have fallen over, I missed that completely, so be sure to have that in place when reassembling. 




Here is an image showing where the spring goes. (Thanks Super) Big Grin
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Excellent video Ripley. Videos like this reminds me of my first times opening any of these motors and how nervous I was. After a while one realizes that these are so mechanically simple that it is no longer intimidating. One piece of advice I can give anyone opening a motor for the first time is to snap pictures as you go so you can reference the placement of the parts. This might have been a problem years ago but in this day and age with cameras on every phone and others carrying small video cameras its easy to do.
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Hi guys, this looks great this video, am going to give it a go soon! If things like the switch arm are broken where do you get spares?
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Spare engines would be the easiest route. I am not aware of the switches being reproduced to purchase by themselves.
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#5
Waves hand!!! I'm sure they could be printed Smile

Thanks for the pictures Mr Ripley I'm looking to create a custom gearbox for a project I've got on the go. I've managed to source the metal shafts and various nylon gears (including worm gears), I just have to figure out the arrangement of the gears to get the step down I need so this helps Smile
Happily collecting things all my life... Big Grin
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Yeah, I went that route too with the Western steamer repairs I was doing for Muddy. I found the shafts and the closest gears to be original but in the end I had to source spare engines and scavenge the gears. I could never get the replacements to fit right. :-(
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cool video!
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#8
I fixed it! Not bad for my first go. To be fair looks almost new!!!
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........and another one!!!
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Good job Jonese, You are now on your way to master repairer. [Image: toolman-smiley-emoticon.gif]
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(05-23-2019, 10:44 AM)ripley802 Wrote: Yeah, I went that route too with the Western steamer repairs I was doing for Muddy.  I found the shafts and the closest gears to be original but in the end I had to source spare engines and scavenge the gears.  I could never get the replacements to fit right.  :-(

Well I don't need to replicate a gear box, I'm planning on making a brand new custom one for a model that doesn't have one because its not motorised.  It's going to be an interesting ride, but if I can pull it off it is going to be great Smile
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