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    • February 19, 2021 2:42 PM EST
      • Santa Ana, CA
         
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      I'm Looking For AristoCraft 3-Axle Trucks

      I am looking for sets of AristoCraft 3-axle trucks as were used on the heavyweights.

       

      I know that many of these were replaced with 2-axle trucks to improve tracking (mine included), especially after the plastic wheel insulators broke.

       

      I want to try convert these to active track cleaners and don't need the wheels, just the frame assemblies, preferably with the wiring and spring mechanisms still in place.

       

      Let me know if you have any and what you want for them.

       

      Thanks,

       

      Todd

    • February 21, 2021 9:38 AM EST
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      Todd I have a set. 1 thing they have no coupler bar on them. It was removed with a grinder . no wheels just frame. Still work?

    • February 21, 2021 2:06 PM EST
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      Thanks Todd.

       

      The coupler bar is necessary to push it infront of an engine, but I could get around it if necessary.

       

      The wheels for these are special, as are the wheels for the track cleaning caboose, in that the axles are insulated from side to side.  Still, I don't really expect my existing truck to last forever and spare parts are always welcome.

       

      BTW, I spun this over a piece of track just using double sided tape, and it really polishes the rails!!!   

       

      I have it set with the abrasive wheels just above the rail head and a bit of weight gets it right where it needs to be.  Really makes the rails shine and hopefully not too abrasive.  They make four grades of abrasive and these are the coarsest.

       

      I may just sit a 12 volt battery on it for the weight and use my drywall pole to push it around, or add a dedicated pole with a switch (momentary maybe) to spin it on demand.  The difference between using a drywall pad is that this spins at thousands of RPM. 

       

      At this point, from the time of the photo, the two brass flanges have been turned down on the lathe to ~0.75".  The abrasive wheels are 1" when new so I can wear them down until the trucks bottom out their springs without shorting the rails.  Also, the center acrylic mount/spacer (1/4" thick) was replaced with a 0.3" thick piece to accomodate the Aristocraft wheels. 

       

      This post was edited by Todd Brody at February 21, 2021 2:13 PM EST
    • February 21, 2021 10:55 PM EST
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      Hi Todd Brody,

      What you are looking for is ART-29103A which is a pair of three axle trucks with one axle in each, I have three NOS sets of these, let me know. I will remove the axles if you don't need them as they are the same black axle/wheel set that fits most Aristo rolling stock.

      Bob MacGregor in CT 

    • February 22, 2021 12:02 AM EST
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      Thanks Bob.  Ideally I think the best would be the "Old Style Truck" which is probably what I'm using.  A couple spares would be nice and for the cost of the motors, I could make a few of these.

    • February 22, 2021 2:40 PM EST
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      Bob MacGregor said:

      Hi Todd Brody,

      What you are looking for is ART-29103A which is a pair of three axle trucks with one axle in each, I have three NOS sets of these, let me know. I will remove the axles if you don't need them as they are the same black axle/wheel set that fits most Aristo rolling stock.

      Bob MacGregor in CT 

       

      I guess I'll take them, with the wheels.  What do you need to get for them?

       

      Thanks,

       

      Todd

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