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Hints, Tips and Ideas

Tools Used For Making Repairs and Maintenance

     The A.C. Gilbert Company designed American Flyer trains and accessories to be simple devices for easy and fast assembly for mass
   production.  Because of that, we have found that making simple repairs can be made by the average person using simple tools.  You will
   find that you have most of the tools already that are neccessary to make most repairs on your American Flyer equipment.  We have
   compiled a list below of what we have found to be the essential tools for making practically all simple repairs you might encounter, when
   something goes wrong with your trains or accessories.

Alligator Clip Jumper Wires Alligator Clip Jumper Wires

Use these with a transformer to supply power to an engine or accessory when working on repairs.  Or use them for
checking for broken circuits on a motor or accessory.

(Available at Radio Shack)
Cotton Tipped Sticks Cotton Tipped Sticks

Use these for cleaning, cleaning, cleaning.  They can also be used for lubricating in tight areas.  Just soak some light machine oil in the cotton tip.

(Available at any Pharmacy)

Emery Board

Emery Board

These are great for cleaning dirty engine wheels.  Or anything that needs a light abrasive cleaning.

(Available at any Pharmacy)

Engine and Car Holder Cradle

Engine and Car Holder Cradle

This is essential for holding and keeping steady the engine or car you are working on.  Placing small screws, nuts and washers in the parts cradle keeps everything organized and within reach when you need them.
 
(This you can make yourself.)

Epoxy Cement or Super Glue

Epoxy Cement or Super Glue

An epoxy cement or a real good super glue product are your best bet for anything that needs to be glued or reglued.

(Available at most Hardware Stores or Hobby Supply Stores.)

Light Machine Oil

Light Machine Oil

This has proven to be about the best light machine oil to use when lubricating your train engines.  A light sewing machine lubricating oil would work just fine too.

(Available at any Hardware Store.)

Long Nose Pliers

Long Nose Pliers

Use these for many reasons.  Crimping, twisting wires, bending small metal parts, etc...

(Available at any Hardware Store.)

Multi-Purpose Holder

Multi Purpose Holder

Highly recommend this device especially when doing soldering.  The alligator clip arms will securely hold small wires or parts in place when being soldered.

(Available at Radio Shack, Computer Stores and most Hardware Stores.)

Parts Caddy

Parts Caddy

Keep all of those small parts organized and in one place when you remove them from that project you are working on.

(This you can make yourself.)

Ruler

Ruler

Use a ruler for measuring lengths of hook-wire so they can be consistently the same length for your project.

(Check your desk drawer.)

Sand Paper

Sand Paper - Extra Fine

Extra fine sand paper is the best grit to use when sanding anything related to your trains and accessories.

(Available at all Hardware Stores.)

Scissors

Scissors

Use these for cutting most anything but metal.

(Check your desk drawer.)

Simple Ammeter

Simple Ammeter

Great tool for finding short circuits and continuity between wired connections.

(This you can make yourself.)

Nut and Screw Grabber

Small Nut & Screw Grabber

This is a great tool for grabbing that loose screw inside the body of your Alco Diesel Locomotive.  Also can be used to place those screws in hard to reach places.  (Places where fingers can't go.)

(Available at Radio Shack and Computer Stores.)

Small Open Containr

Small Open Container

This item is essential for placing all those things you trim and cut off and don't know where to put it.
(This was a small plastic container for Cake Frosting.)

(Available at your favorite grocery store.)

Soldering Iron

Soldering Iron

Master this tool to make all of your soldering connections or reconnections.  Pen style soldering iron like the one pictured to the left works the best for all of your soldering needs.  Soldering guns are to bulky for most of your needs.

(Available at Radio Shack, Computer Stores and most Hardware Stores.)

Solder

Solder

Used with the soldering iron.

(Available at Radio Shack, Computer Stores and most Hardware Stores.)

Standard Screwdrivers

Standard Screwdrivers

It's obvious what these are used for.  We have found that practically all, if not all, screws used with American Flyer Trains and Accessories were the " Standard Head" screws and bolts.  We have never found a Phillips Head screw.

(Available at Radio Shack, Computer Stores and most Hardware Stores.)

Toothbrush

Toothbrush

These are the best tools for cleaning that dirt out of cracks and small places.

(Use the one you won't need anymore after you got your teeth cleaned and your dentist gave you a new toothbrush to use.)

Train Transformer

Train Transformer

Everyone has a spare one of these in a box somewhere.  Just put it on your workbench for testing your repair project.

(Check your basement or attic.  Or anyplace trains are stored.)

Wire Strippers

Wire Strippers

Essential for stripping the insulation off your hook-up wires without cutting the whole wire through.

(Available at Radio Shack, Computer Stores and most Hardware Stores.)

X-Acto Knife

X-Acto Knife

Essential for making all of those precise trims or cuts.

(Available at most Hardware and Hobby Supply Stores.)
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