Hi guys, I'm back with the living and felt like running another of my obnoxious threads. But seriously folks !! No really... I finally bright-boyed my small (yet to be) HO mining operation. One Proto RDC serves the community around the road. This little gem has been a smooth reliable car which used to be able to run thru ANY track (even 3 rail O scale Lionel ) and wouldn't complain..Last night he seemed irritable and did not feel like working the road . He would jerk and balk and flicker his headlight in front of me in a rebelious manner i'd never ever seen before. Uh Oh , It's a Proto 1000 and, just like its always-breaking McHenry couplers, now the cheap-ass motor is going ! Well , I flipped it over with the 0-5-0 crane and of course the wheels were gunked up. I put the old K-D wheel cleaner to the powerd truck and spun away ! Then I hand-spun one dummy-truck wheel whilst holding bright boy to other side (you know). AAHHH ! Mission accomplished !! Now my guy is gonna go at 'em ! !! ..........N O P E !!" Damn cheap Proto !! You get what you pay for !!" . BUT, one more time WITH my reading glasses ON and my photographer's B R I G H T halogen bulbed flood light I took to him like a dentist !! There it was !! Dummy truck was still loaded with gunk I couldn't see before... This time I alcoholed each wheel and spun it with the tinniest jewler's flat-head screwdriver I had, holding edge of it pointing AT the tire and flange fillet ( pronounced fill-et, not fill-A ) .. Round and round she goes. Where she stops, Marky knows !! Voi La !! Gunk went flying in all directions and up onto tool. More Alcohol and paper towel spin/rubbing his wheels and put him back on his turf !! Throttle up ...BAM !! What a boy !! Go dude !! Do it !! Yeah !! PROTO 1000 RDC !! Can't beat em' !!! Knew it all along !!