Gandy Dance Dissection

Discussion in 'FAQs' started by Doc Holliday, Mar 2, 2005.

  1. Doc Holliday

    Doc Holliday Member

    Gandy Dancer Dissection

    I'm about to take apart a perfectly good Bachman gandy dancer. I want to strip away all the non-essential parts, leaving only the motorized chasis and wheels. Has anybody out there done it and can tell me where to start? :confused:
  2. N Gauger

    N Gauger 1:20.3 Train Addict

    YOu mean the yellow one - the powered one with the trailer??
  3. Doc Holliday

    Doc Holliday Member

    Here is a pic of what I'm talking about.

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  4. N Gauger

    N Gauger 1:20.3 Train Addict

    ah - Out of my league :( I thought you meant the G one :( Good Luck anyway! :)
  5. shaygetz

    shaygetz Active Member

    I don't envy you, I did one last year about this time. That side screw is the key, everything else is held together by the two halves of the frame. Rather clever---just make sure you do it over a table with a white sheet over it. There's a spring or two I recall by the motor brushes set to go suborbital if you're not careful. ;) :thumb: :rolleyes:
  6. jon-monon

    jon-monon Active Member

    I've done it, plus cut off the tool boxes with a dremel. Makes a small, but poopy power truck. 2wd. It can pull one flat car on the level LOL

    If you can handle a slightly larger truck, a bach 44 tonner (old style) or 70 tonner would offer two that run better, and have removable side frames. The gandy will run fine if it's for a speeder or such and won't need to pull much.
  7. MasonJar

    MasonJar It's not rocket surgery

    NWSL makes powered trucks for HO scale... Maybe a cheaper solution than stripping that Bachmann gandy dancer...?

  8. jetrock

    jetrock Member

    The NWSL "PDT" is a lot bigger than that Gandy Dancer--although the "Flea", a "build your own power truck" device, is pretty tiny. The old 44 tonner power trucks are more compact than a PDT, although taller.
  9. Doc Holliday

    Doc Holliday Member

    Thanks for the suggestions. Jon, that's a pretty cool "critter"!

    I've already got the gandy dancer (used from ebay) and want as small a platform as possible. I don't plan on pulling anything so the limited power shouldn't be a problem. I guess I've just got to take a deep breath and start cutting.
  10. jon-monon

    jon-monon Active Member

    Thanks, Doc :D You'll do fine, fire up that dremel!

    Jet, you can flip the motor on its side and reduce the height on a 44 tonner truck. Steeple cab trick :)

    Andrew, the NGSLs are presumably a much higher quality, and definately a higher price. Trainworld has gandys for $15. 44 tonners were $30, but theve only got the new style now :( They both use the same weak, unreliable motor.
  11. LIRR

    LIRR Member

    That gandy dancer allways looked like two guys playing a piano to me. I used to run mine off unfinished sections of elevated track when i was little, never broke.
  12. jon-monon

    jon-monon Active Member

    hehehe I like to run them full blast. I've got one of the old metal manned ones I can't get myself to cut up :D

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