Zach Bond "Momentum Van" project

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Post by LNR » Wed Aug 10, 2016 11:23 pm

A lovely loco, well handled, and on a superb line. Congratulations all round.
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Post by ge_rik » Thu Aug 11, 2016 7:16 am

Yes, it was a great afternoon. Really enjoyed seeing (and smelling) a bit of live steam in the garden - I'm being seduced as you can see from my thread in the 'wanted' section.

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Post by cheshire » Mon Aug 15, 2016 1:46 pm

Has anyone else found their zecar has stripped its gears? Mine has, so its not working at all.

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Re: Zach Bond "Momentum Van" project

Post by CSL » Sun Jul 15, 2018 3:22 pm

Hope it's OK to bump this thread back onto action...

As luck would have it, we have a friction-drive Greendale Rocket as illustrated on page 1 of this thread (23rd April 2015!), which when dismantled should yield one of these:
https://gardenrails.org/forum/myff/1875 ... 351+LR.jpg

But what wheels and method of fixing them to the axle should I use?

(Solutions requiring basic tools only please!)

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Re: Zach Bond "Momentum Van" project

Post by Andrew » Mon Jul 16, 2018 1:56 pm

Hello!

I suppose it depends on the diameter of the axle. If it's 3mm or close enough, you could use Binnie wheels, as I think most of us using ze-cars did - then you can use Binnie axleguards too... Mine was a small wagon (too small really, not enough weight) so I was able to do the same with the axle that wasn't connected to the mechanism, whereas others created a new real axle.

Good luck with the project,

Andrew.

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Post by CSL » Mon Jul 16, 2018 6:41 pm

Thanks, Andrew. Is it just a superglue or similar to fix the wheels to the axle?
Tony Bird wrote:
Thu Apr 23, 2015 9:27 am
For anyone here in the UK the B&M Discount stores are selling Postman Pat Greendale Rocket toys for £6.99 which are friction powered and will be a lot less work to convert that the electric version I altered. I bought this one yesterday.

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Next silly question: Is anyone able to tell me whether it is necessary to destroy the toy to access the drive mechanism?

I never like wrecking things if I can avoid it, but it isn't obvious how the cab roof and smokebox come off with out force or sawblade...

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Re: Zach Bond "Momentum Van" project

Post by Andrew » Tue Jul 17, 2018 8:08 pm

Hello!

If the axle is the same size it might be a push fit. Binnie wheels push fit onto Binnie axles, and I think that worked for the zecar mechanism too. If it won't stay put of its own accord but is close I think I'd go for 5 minute epoxy, to ensure a little time to get it just right...

Don't know about the Greendale loco - I thought of Tony B's article, but I see you've already found that...

Good luck with the project,

Andrew.

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Re: Zach Bond "Momentum Van" project

Post by TheChestnutLine » Fri Feb 08, 2019 11:49 pm

Is the flywheel for the zecar made of plastic? How much of it is made of metal?

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Re: Zach Bond "Momentum Van" project

Post by Andrew » Sun Feb 10, 2019 7:00 pm

Hello!

Just checked mine - the flywheel and most of the rest of it is metal, with one of the gears in plastic of some sort. Hope that helps?

Cheers,

Andrew.

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