Help Identify N scale Locomotive [Solved]

Monnie L Robinson Jun 29, 2020

  1. Monnie L Robinson

    Monnie L Robinson New Member

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    Trying to ID this recent mystery buy from garage sale. Just locomotive, no box, no manufacturer brand or model markings on the engine. Under the plastic cover, there is a single lead weight at the rear of the engine. Removing the weight shows a shaft coupling to the motor. There is no front coupling. Single bulb light wired to the front tracks. Train is an EMD F unit with Southern Green and White markings. I would guess Bachmann F9. What is confusing me is all the pics I can find online has motor with front and back shafts and the weight surrounding the entire motor unit.

    Some pics of the engine:

    https://imgur.com/zYvUT8k
    https://imgur.com/Xe2X3VN
     
  2. tehachapifan

    tehachapifan TrainBoard Member

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  3. RBrodzinsky

    RBrodzinsky Staff Member TrainBoard Supporter

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    Looks closest to a LifeLike F7, but with the front drive and weight removed, and motor rotated 90 degrees around longitudinal axis
     
  4. John Moore

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    It is an early FA unit. The spring powered truck drive line gives it away. Limited pulling power and the most common thing is to have the spring break. Then you find a nice old fat ball point pen and maybe if you are lucky the spring will fit. I used to have some and they were replaced by the Lifelike FA-1 and FA-2 a far superior loco.
     
  5. Monnie L Robinson

    Monnie L Robinson New Member

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    Thanks for the info everyone. It does look like a modified Life-Like FA without the front coupling.

    On my DC track it does work, forward, back, front light. The front end of the motor is mounted to a white plastic spacer, but the metal rod stops before it comes out of the spacer in front. There is a magnet placed there touching the plastic, no noticeable places to mount a front coupling. The front trucks are soldered directly to the light.

    Interesting to see such big differences in the early manufacture of these engines. Will keep it has a historical model, no reason to DCC this one.
     
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  6. tehachapifan

    tehachapifan TrainBoard Member

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    Weird. I guess my first reply is not showing up. It's a Mehano FA-2.
     
  7. Monnie L Robinson

    Monnie L Robinson New Member

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    I think I found it on the TroveStar site. Has the same Road or Reporting Number 810.

    It doesn't have the 'Made in Yugoslavia' or 'Made in Slovenia' markings on the tank underside, so it was MRC, AHM or Life-Like from 1969 thru mid-1970's.

    https://www.trovestar.com/generic/zoom.php?id=162399
     
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  8. Monnie L Robinson

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    Cool to see the differences based on the manufacturer. Looks like the version that appeared shortly after Model Power took over the line is closest to my model.

    http://www.spookshow.net/loco/yugofa2.html

    Thanks for everyone's help! Nice to track this down. Makes it more fun to run!
     
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  9. acptulsa

    acptulsa TrainBoard Member

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    So, where's the question about the EMD? :confused:
     
  10. Doug Gosha

    Doug Gosha TrainBoard Member

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    There is NO question that it is a Mehano FA-2 Tehachapifan is correct. And, TF, I saw your first post. I guess others didn't or...

    Doug
     
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  11. acptulsa

    acptulsa TrainBoard Member

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    Thanks for the look inside your museum piece. It's even more fun than side valves, an updraft carb and contact points.
     
  12. Doug Gosha

    Doug Gosha TrainBoard Member

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    These were first imported by MRC in about 1968 - 1969.

    Doug
     
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  13. Doug Gosha

    Doug Gosha TrainBoard Member

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    How about a flat-head V8?

    :D

    Doug
     
  14. Doug Gosha

    Doug Gosha TrainBoard Member

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    Also, there are even more variations than Mark indicates because Mehano used various parts at any time. Yours, for example, still has the earlier motor (with a "chrome" frame instead of the more common black) but the spring between the motor shaft fitting and the gear tower fitting.

    Doug
     
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  15. acptulsa

    acptulsa TrainBoard Member

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    It has all of that except the updraft carburetor.
     
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  16. brokemoto

    brokemoto TrainBoard Member

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    .......how about dual points on Chrysler hemis?
     
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  17. Massey

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    Points... HA! I bought an older motorcycle that the previous owner couldn’t get running. He bought a new carb, had the head rebuilt, new battery and a few other things. He was asking $500, I got it for $350. After money exchanged hands and I had the title in my hand, I took off the points cover and seen the corrosion, took out a file, cleaned the corrosion off, kicked it over a few times and ended up riding it home! The look on his face was priceless. He had no clue what points were, how to check them or even what they did. Funny thing is he took them out of the head to get the head rebuilt! I talked to him later he thought that they were part of the charging system. It’s funny how so mane mechanics today have no clue what points are or how they work... on and let’s not even mention dwell or the o-scope engine analyzer. Lol.
     
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  18. Doug Gosha

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    My 1959 Chevy had NO pollution control on it, at all. The crankcase just vented to the outside air through a tube that ran down toward the ground. The only vacuum tube was to operate the vacuum advance in the distributor. Exhaust gas recirculation? Right.

    :D

    Doug

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  19. acptulsa

    acptulsa TrainBoard Member

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    I thought GM was still clinging to vacuum wipers in '59.

    The faster you go, the slower they go!
     
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  20. Massey

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    In the trucks yes they did... the cars were electric around 55 to 57 depending on the model.
     
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