what bulb for search light car 6520?

Can someone tell me the part # of the bulb for the Lionel search light car #6520? I have the cover plate and the spring is in there, I just
need to know what bulb it takes. Thanks!
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#363...12-16v bayonet, clear.
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On Nov 30, 8:50 am, snipped-for-privacy@earthlink.net wrote:

Thank you- does it sound like all of the parts are present for my car? Just a spring and the coverplate/lens on the searchlight? Just making sure I don't need to buy/order anything else.
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Check out the Lionel service manual diagram at
http://pictures.olsenstoy.com/cd/opcar/oc3520p2.pdf
In addition to the spring (assuming you're referring to the one under the bulb) there should be an insulating fiber washer with a rivet in the center to which the power lead to the center contact on the bulb base is attached. Geezer
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OOPs!! Wrong link. All Olsen's has for the 6520 is the parts list at
http://pictures.olsenstoy.com/cd/opcar/oc6520.pdf
but the same washer / spring / wire arrangement is used inside the searchlight case on the 6520.
Sorry for the mix up. Geezer
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Thanks guys- I think everything is present on mine except the bulb- the washers etc appear to be in the base, and the spring I was referring to seems to sit in the "head" section to help hold the bulb in place. I'll try to hit the hobby shop on the way home and grab one of the bulbs to test it with. Thanks!
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If your hobby shop doesn't have them, you can order direct from Lionel's web page.
Lionel's current part number is: 600-0363-300
They show it as, "bulb, 14V, clear", in the parts listing, but the markings on the bulb itself show it's a #363 bulb.
Len
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I told the guy at the hobby shop what I needed, and he gave me a 12v clear- I tried it when I got home, and it doesn't light, but the car has been in storage for so long I don't know if it's the bulb or the car. I cleaned the roller on the bottom of the car and nothing happened.
Is the bulb just supposed to sit in its socket? Or is it a setup where you're supposed to put it in and twist it? I put it in the socket and it seems a little small, and I couldn't twist it but don't know if it's supposed to turn or not. And of course I told the guy the part # was 363 and he looked at me like I was an alien. I hate the local shop.
VG
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On 11/30/2007 3:52 PM vintagegamer spake thus:

"Bayonet" = push in & turn. Won't make contact othewise.
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On Fri, 30 Nov 2007 15:52:01 -0800 (PST), vintagegamer

You push the bulb down to pretty much completely compress the spring, then turn it (clockwise, IIRC) so the pins go into slots in the socket. Slight up or down adjustments may be needed to find the slots.
Dale
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So I went to the Greenberg show today, found the 363 bulb, brought it home, put it in the car, still can't get it to turn in place for whatever reason. I also noticed that ht the wire on the bottom that goes to the roller is broken off. I think I'll focus on getting the engine back up and running and leave this project for next Christmas!! Thanks to all for the help.
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One other minor point...the tips of the bayonet bulbs Lionel used in the 50's & early 60's were slightly shorther than the modern versions of the same bulbs. It sometimes helps to use an emery board or fine flat file to take a bit of metal off the silver colored tip of the modern bulbs. In a few cases of I've had to take the tip down almost half it's thickness to get the bulb to seat correctly.
Also, the 6520 search light car is a bit different than the other search light cars Lionel has done over the years. It has an armature under the car that can be pulled down using the uncoupling magnet of a remote control uncoupling track. This activates a switch that turns the light on or off each time the armature is activated.
The wiring on these cars is fairly straight forward to fix if you have a 30 or 35 watt soldering iron and some rosin core solder.
Len
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Thanks for the info, Len- this car definitely has the armature under the generator. I really need to learn how to solder. The sad part is I can MIG weld, but never quite got down the soldering skill!
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