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« on: December 04, 2017, 06:46:31 PM »

Picked up a Big Hauler train set, it works but the pilot truck is damaged. Parts are not yet available, so I will to repair it. Can some one tell me what the top of the truck shaft looks like, seems oval,but am missing some plastic piece that goes on to top of the spring. I have the metal washer with 3 holes
Loco Bill Canelos

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« Reply #1 on: December 07, 2017, 04:28:56 PM »


The shaft is oval, this is done to allow it to swing more freely in the slot on the chassis.  The thin plastic washer is the same size as the metal washer, but has a bigger hole to slide down over the shaft. It does not have the holes like the metal one.  It does have small slots for the wires to fit into.  I usually put some plastic compatible grease on the plastic washer and on the shaft and along the slot.  Then I grease the bottom of the metal washer before installing the screw.  When doing this I have little or no trouble with the truck.  It will be important to make sure the wires are pushed up high enough so as to not foul the movement of the truck in the slot.  You might be able to make the plastic washer, but if the shaft is damaged the only solution is to replace the entire truck.

Sorry I did not respond sooner, but I just returned home and found one to look at.  

Good luck with your repair and have fun!!

Loco Bill
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