Proto e8 door question

Discussion in 'HO Diesel Locomotives General' started by Iantha_Branch, Oct 26, 2013.

  1. Iantha_Branch

    Iantha_Branch Member

    Hi all, after a long time hunting I finally tracked down a proto E8 on eBay that didnt end up in a bidding war. After the government (USPS) sent it from California to new jersy then back to kc I finaly got it in my hands today and got to look it over and run it. An issue I am having is the doors open but they some times get crooked and I have to pop the shell off to get them lined back up. The shell seems a little flimsy so Im afraid to take it on and off a lot. What is the best solution to fixing the doors? Super glue?

    I look forward to installing a t4x and LEDs into this engine. I plan on taking out all the factory lights and putting in an led at each head light and smds on the number boards.

  2. gstout

    gstout Member Supporter

    Don't quite understand: the doors open by themselves, or are you opening them? There should be small springs that hold them closed. If the springs are missing, I would suggest applying a narrow strip of masking tape across the backs of the doors to keep them closed. I wouldn't use glue, just because I try not to do irreversible things to plastic equipment, just in case I want to make a change at some future date.

  3. gjslsffan

    gjslsffan Staff Member Staff Member

    Hi Ethan
    I would agree with Mr. Stout that tape is the way to go, but a clear Scotch, or packaging tape is what I would prefer. That may be all wrong but is just my opinion.
  4. Iantha_Branch

    Iantha_Branch Member

    The doors have the springs. I guess I should have been more clear, my apologies. What I think happens is the doors shift as it runs. I'm not 100% sure yet. I'll try tape first and see if that works.


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