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Suydam Pacific Electric 'Commodore'
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 Posted: Sat Mar 2nd, 2019 11:14 am
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Last year I shot a lonely shell of an Pacific Electric Parlor/ Business car, the #1000 - 'Commodore', at evilbay, for the modest sum of $45.





In the past decades I have amassed plenty of drive components, so completion wasn't a problem.

Last week I rummaged in my parts boxes;
to my surprise I found a brass floor fabricated long ago for an Trolley RPO ... no idea why I didnt use it then....? 
Anyway, it was an almost perfect fit, 2mm longer than necessary.

Attached queen posts and trussrods.

A plain PE "Ten" (the car type from which this special car was built back then) served as a master to check for details. 





Also found two NOS Suydam trucks, spring belt style, correct type for this car.
Drilled the floor accordingly and started looking for underfloor parts.
Unfortunately, I can't find the two NOS sets I bought long ago... 





For power, I used a cheap ($14) can motor/ flywheel set from China.
Attached it with 3M double sided tape, and a steel wire for safety. 





Now trouble started.... when applying power, wheels turned only for half an revolution.

Found:- worms were not completely pushed into spring belt pulley so they didn't mesh on their complete length-
securing screws of worms were too long and hit frame when worms tried to turn-
distance between worms and worm gears on axles was too "loose"-
they didn't mesh properly and mechanism stalled all the time.

Took me two evenings to iron out these shortcomings...
in the process, I added pickups made from phosphor bronze to the insulated wheels.
 
Test drive was ok, apart from two switches where the power truck shorted out due to low clearance.
Have now painted the underside of the truck, maybe this will cure the problem.
She runs on DCC now, works fine.


Gerold


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 Posted: Sat Mar 2nd, 2019 08:29 pm
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Hi Gerold  :wave:



Yet another superb bargain buy & tip-top refurb from you !  :thumb:



I think $45 Bucks, for such a nice looking brass car body, is a pretty good deal.  L:

I would be pleased with that as a traction fan.  :)



I does require a bit of care with the re-motoring ...

... which you are obviously pretty HOT ! on.  ;)



More people should have a go at things like this, it is very 'doable' ...

... might put the price of brass bargains up a bit.  :f:


Although this is HO ...  :old dude:

... what do you think about moving her to the 'Traction & Electrified Railroads' Forum ?  ???

She is a kinda 'special interest' thang, which traction fans might miss being here in the HO Forum.  L:



In any case Gerold, another  C :cool: :cool: L  looking vehicle ...

... are we going to see her wearing your 'special' orange mix ?



:!: :!: :!: :!: :!:



Si.




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 Posted: Sun Mar 3rd, 2019 12:20 pm
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Morning Si,

sorry, I goofed... could you please transfer the message over to the traction forum?


- This thing should be painted in a medium red color, basically Southern Pacific Daylight Red, or Caboose Red.
Have no perfect match for this right now...
the one and only paint that was consistently perfect was solvent based Floquil.

- Often basket cases demand higher prices than nice models...
strange, but that's it... same with vintage cars...
often fell victim to my own madness when I wanted to rescue an damaged/ incomplete model.
However, in this I am on the safe side.


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