Have just received my new class 47 and now must remove the body to
insert the headcodes.
As the instructions are a bit sparse on remove the body are there any
tips, tricks, or warnings that you lot can pass on before I do any damage.
I hate pulling new locos to bits.
"James Gardiner" wrote
It's a relatively easy job on most 47s, but some have a body which fits so
tightly that it can be an absolute nightmare to remove.
There are four clips which hod the body to the chassis, each roughly in line
with the cab doors. Insert some thick card (or similar) around each one,
and then ease off the body.
If you've got one of the tight fitting bodies then one tip, which has worked
for me is to remove the fuel tanks and then refit them in place using
superglue or similar and then leave to set overnight. Then you will at
least have something to tug on when trying to remove the body shell. Don't
tug on the bogies - I've broken drive parts by doing that.
As said elsewhere some bodies are VERY tight.
Easiest way is to remove the buffer beams - simply pull. Then insert small
screwdrivers into the bufferholes and whilst some-one else holds the body
PULL (not lever) the chassis using the screwdrivers - works everytime with
no damage (for me anyway).
"David Skipsey" wrote
It's not quite that simple with the latest Heljan 47s - these have sprung
buffers and even if you remove the buffer beams you are left with an open
bottomed hole (early ones had a round hole) which isn't much use for
inserting a screwdriver.
Having yanked a few fuel tanks off HJ 47s in attempt to take the body
off, I tend to grip onto the exposed bufferbeam sideframes which are
part of the chassis block itself and pull at the body with my other
Having just thought about this for half a second, I realise that most
of my duffs are the circumcised variety and that suggestion wouldn't
be much good for the early ones. :o(