View single post by Gunslinger_Fur
 Posted: Thu Oct 18th, 2012 05:21 pm
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Joined: Fri Mar 4th, 2011
Location: Helen, Georgia USA
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Woo Hoo!!! UPDATES!!!!! :glad:

Finally! I haz updates for you!
Well this past weekend was an absolute BLAST! I had the privileged to help a friend of mine vend at the 3rd annual Myrtle Beach Model Train Show. And as mentioned I FINALLY received my Grandt Line 18 Ton Saddle Tank Porter kit!

It's one of the older kits from the early 80's and has self quartering drivers. however upon inspecting the drive wheels I did come across an issue. For one of the rear drivers the crankpin has broken off and I don't think I can repair it without having issues with the drive train. Somewhat of a big set back. I've been reading the instructions and looking at the various parts to see exactly what I'll need to do to build an On20 porter from it. I've contacted Grandt Line in regards to getting replacement drivers a few weeks ago, but I was informed that only the lead drivers are in stock and no rear drivers. I emailed them earlier today to see if the stocking status has changed. And if it hasn't then I asked if I could have a special order made. I'm still waiting for their reply.

Also, as I've looked though the kit, its parts and drawings and comparing them to those of the 20" gauge outside frame porters; I may end up using less parts from the kit than originally anticipated. The end beams will have to be modified in both height and width, frame modifications. (Well maybe, I'm debating on whether to keep the scale 5' wheel base or shorten it to 4'6") A new cab is to be built, new, smaller boiler (36" diameter) saddle tank modifications, and a whole slue of other things. I'm also still trying to locate a suitable motor and gear set for the bash.

The axles and driver rims need so good cleaning as they are tarnished and possibly have some slight rust that needs removal. This is going to be a more in depth bash that originally anticipated, but I like a good challenge.

Also I'm wondering about other frame modifications. Whether I'll need to widen it or not to compensate for 20" gauge. I'm hoping I can assemble the frame as intended for 3' gauge and that the re-gauged drivers and axles with still fit with an unmodified frame.

Also upon closer inspection of the frame some of the main frame pieces have a slight warp to them. I hope that won't be an issue.

A.J. Davis

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