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LL SW8 Upgrades?
« on: August 26, 2007, 06:01:38 PM »
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Hey  gang, I just finally decided to pick up one of the LL SW8s (a steal @ $29.99, see http://search.ebay.com/_W0QQsassZtrainhaus for your own), and I was wondering what good upgrades are out there for them?

I know that there's a wheel upgrade from NWSL, but they had some off-center issues, did they ever sort that out? I also remember there was a fuel tank upgrade too. Anyone played with one of those?

 

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Re: LL SW8 Upgrades?
« Reply #1 on: August 26, 2007, 06:22:56 PM »
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Also, if anyone has any good photos or sources of these, I'd be appreciative.

All I've found are ones on George Elwood's site.

If I don't find any good PC photos, it might turn out like this:
http://www.locophotos.com/PhotoDetails.php?PhotoID=15928

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« Reply #2 on: August 26, 2007, 06:57:56 PM »
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Also, if anyone has any good photos or sources of these, I'd be appreciative.

All I've found are ones on George Elwood's site.

If I don't find any good PC photos, it might turn out like this:
http://www.locophotos.com/PhotoDetails.php?PhotoID=15928

How are you gonna model that one Ed?  It's got three plain bearing axles and one roller bearing axle!! Only the PC could have done something like that.  ::)

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Re: LL SW8 Upgrades?
« Reply #3 on: August 26, 2007, 06:58:31 PM »
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Ed, the wheel upgrade might not be a problem if you use that puller to ensure perfect placement.

The fuel tanks are pretty hot right off the bat; you might be thinking of Chris333's vo1000 project where he uses the LL tanks.

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Re: LL SW8 Upgrades?
« Reply #4 on: August 26, 2007, 07:38:27 PM »
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My wheels wobbled a bit, but I have heard NWSL will replace them. Possibly they were new at 1mm axles when they first came out.

I made new contacts out of brass, it is shown somewhere online with a decoder install.

You can cut that roller bearing off of a freight car truck.

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Re: LL SW8 Upgrades?
« Reply #5 on: August 26, 2007, 08:17:55 PM »
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How are you gonna model that one Ed?  It's got three plain bearing axles and one roller bearing axle!! Only the PC could have done something like that.  ::)

Wow, I didn't even notice that!

Ugh, only the PC...

Well, I may not end up doing THAT to it, but otherwise...

Thanks for the info on the NWSL wheels, I may try a set of em, and yeah, I think the VO might've been what I was thinking of (I gotta get one of those someday too).


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Re: LL SW8 Upgrades?
« Reply #7 on: August 26, 2007, 09:07:14 PM »
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I would be interested in finding out how the NWSL wheels work out as well.  I was considering that upgrade for my bunch of SW's. 

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Re: LL SW8 Upgrades?
« Reply #8 on: August 26, 2007, 09:12:52 PM »
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I'll report back, I just put in a request for some of them.

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Re: LL SW8 Upgrades?
« Reply #9 on: August 26, 2007, 09:39:24 PM »
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Which road did you get? The LL SW-8's are little gems but I never upgraded mine.

I had my watch on Kato GN RS-2 and tangled with 2 snipers seconds before closing. Managed to get it for $48.

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Re: LL SW8 Upgrades?
« Reply #10 on: August 26, 2007, 10:12:36 PM »
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I'm hoping the Anthracite RR Historical Society will offer the LV "pup" conversion in N someday.  It's available now for those spoiled HO guys.  ;)

http://lvrrmodeler.net/DBkit.htm

Please post some pics as you get going on your project.

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Re: LL SW8 Upgrades?
« Reply #11 on: August 26, 2007, 10:56:09 PM »
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I went for a PC version, but the I'd love one of the ex-Valley ones in blue (sorry, don't mean to offend).

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Re: LL SW8 Upgrades?
« Reply #12 on: August 27, 2007, 09:14:25 AM »
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No offense taken!  I think the DBs add a lot of character to the little SWs, no matter what paint scheme they're in.

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Re: LL SW8 Upgrades?
« Reply #13 on: August 27, 2007, 09:26:50 AM »
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Also, if anyone has any good photos or sources of these, I'd be appreciative.

All I've found are ones on George Elwood's site.

If I don't find any good PC photos, it might turn out like this:
http://www.locophotos.com/PhotoDetails.php?PhotoID=15928

How are you gonna model that one Ed?  It's got three plain bearing axles and one roller bearing axle!! Only the PC could have done something like that.  ::)

Probably all roller bearing axles.  They didn't always replace the covers.
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Re: LL SW8 Upgrades?
« Reply #14 on: August 27, 2007, 10:43:15 AM »
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How are you gonna model that one Ed?  It's got three plain bearing axles and one roller bearing axle!! Only the PC could have done something like that.  ::)

What the heck are plain bearing trucks? Are they something new? I asked a couple of guys I know who worked for the PC back in the day along with a NS conductor friend and they never heard of plain bearing trucks...
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