MT SW1500

wpsnts Jan 25, 2020

  1. wpsnts

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    How does one go about removing the shell?
     
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    very carefully...not a joke, take tour time
     
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  4. catfan

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    I find that the least destructive way to disassemble these little guys is to pop the handrails off the cab..Gently wiggle the cab free of the body.

    Once the cab is free you can push the mechanism free of the body. The front contacts may twist a bit but they can be realigned with a pair of tweezers.
     
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    It works !!!! (y)
     
  6. jpwisc

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    Yes it does, I had to do that a couple times on the SW1500s. This shells are on snug.
     
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    I remember having a locomotive frame with the same problem. From looking online at a picture of that frame...there are two plastic 'caps' that you have to remove to get to the screw heads. I used the tip of a hobby knife blade to pop them caps outta the frame. You dont need to put those %^&%$%$^& caps back in when done. JMHO
     
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  10. jpwisc

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    I don’t know why they went through the extra steps to install those caps. They seem pointless.
     
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  11. mtntrainman

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    They add at least $20.00 to the MSRP of the locomotive...:LOL::LOL::ROFLMAO::ROFLMAO::ROFLMAO::ROFLMAO:
     
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  12. catfan

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    It appears to be a futile effort to let the contacts slide by the screw holes without getting ripped off.
     
  13. wpsnts

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    Thanks again guys. you all have been a great help.
     
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  14. randgust

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    When I do get a shell off that is held on by 'dimples', and it is as notoriously difficult to remove as many LL and Atlas, I take my moto tool with an abrasive disk in it and grind off about half the thickness of the dimple. Not all of it, about half. It will still lock down, but you don't have to nearly destroy the shell trying to get it off again.
     
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  15. wpsnts

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    Good idea.
     
  16. mtntrainman

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    Just for clarification. Its the 4 'nubs' on the frame you want to file down...not the 'dimples' on the inside of the shell the 'nub' sets into. :eek:

    'nubs' stick out...'dimples' go in...:p:p
     

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