Who DIDN'T make a hustler?

Discussion in 'HO Scale Model Trains' started by jon-monon, Nov 9, 2002.

  1. jon-monon

    jon-monon Active Member

  2. tomfassett

    tomfassett Member

    Jon, I studied the photos very carefully and my expert opinion is that it runs by having a motor inside make those little wheels go around.
    No need to thank me, I'm just glad to help out...:D :p

    I didn't even realize Lionel MADE HO gauge stuff. Shows you how much I know. But, I will say this--being a confirmed "critter" fan and feeling sorry for every homeless and abused little switcher I see in the real world (I want to take them home but the blasted city council won't let me), how could your heart not go out for this little spud? C'mon, fork out the dough and give the little nipper a warm and cozy home with lots of love, or I WILL...
    (sniff... Poor little dude... sniff...):(

    Tom F
  3. Voice

    Voice Member

    Its not in that great a shape...someone may bid it higher...but its NOT going to be ME!!!!
    Same basic drive as Athearn had at that time....a rubber band down to the worm gear that drives the axles.....

    Lionel only made HO stuff for a few years...well relatively a few.....like from the late '50s til maybe the mid '60s. As MPC. they made some HO stuff...most notably the Freedom train set.
  4. t. alexander

    t. alexander Member

    jon, you may be right, It's funner to get a gleaming new one and spend a couple of evenings making it look beat up.:D :D

    I believe Marx, another well known O gauge manufacture did HO stuff too for a bit.

  5. Voice

    Voice Member

    Yeah, Marx did make HO for a while, but it wasn't all that great. They had some neat stuff, though. I've got an old Pacific from the early '60s that has a smoke unit in it!!!
    American Flyer made it for a while, too.

    Actually, Athearn and Rivarrosi were making the early Lionel HO stuff!!!
  6. 60103

    60103 Pooh Bah

    This is taking my memory back over 40 years (to when it actually worked) but I remember a diagram of a Lionel drive unit where the rubber band went from the motor to a drive shaft lengthwise on the trucks and the drive shaft had worm gears onto the axles.
    This is different to Athearn's where the rubber band went all the way down to and around the oversize axles. (Lionel's was closer to the spring belt drives used in some trolley models).
    I don't know if this is what was applied to their hustler.
  7. jon-monon

    jon-monon Active Member

    OK, Tom, I think I'm going to miss the Lionel because it's up over $15. But look at what I built! It's powered. The picture showns a common object in front of it to show size and the two gandy dancers who were, um, displaced by the restructering necessary to power the new Mack. Don't ask me what they're holding. I guess they don't have much else to do, being unemployed and all. No making fun of the fancy yeller paint, or you might find yourself beside those gandy dancers; old man Knudson's wife likes it. Yeller is her favort color.

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  8. t. alexander

    t. alexander Member

    Hey jon, that is a neat little unit:cool:

    I remember in one of your post's you talked about using the gandydancer mech. to power a switcher and by golly you did it.:D

    Uh... you might should give them fella's a fishing rod to hold or something.:eek: :D

  9. tomfassett

    tomfassett Member

    Hey, I like it! Great little critter!
    As to the color, yellow is my favorite color as well. I have $10,000 worth of Snap-On tools and everything is yellow handled (when I could get it ;) ) I almost bought a truck this color but the price was too high.
    I have a bunch of old Bachman drive wheels somewhere. I've got to find them and build some critters out of them...:D

    Tom F
  10. jon-monon

    jon-monon Active Member

    LOL, that's a good unemployment passtime!
  11. jon-monon

    jon-monon Active Member


    This one is in a lot nicer shape, but boy did my bid get stomped! I bid $15, that's $20 w/ship., just because I thought it would be cool to have a Lionel. Well, I guess someone thought it would be a lot cooler than I did! No thanks. I can probably get two atherns and gear them for that price...
  12. tomfassett

    tomfassett Member

    Hey Jon, I was at the local craft store getting glue sticks and guess what they had on the sale table for 8 bucks? The little Bachman hand car! He, he, I had to get it... It actually doesn't run that bad--pretty well geared down. It can even push a 40 foot boxcar on a level surface... I already removed the little dudes (you want I should send 'em to you so's you can start an gandy dancer unemployment support group?). I still have to see how I can remove the eccentric mount for the up/down motion of the bar. I hate to take the axle apart. I'm also still trying to figure out how to mount a flywheel on the top of the motor. Then, I'm gonna' kitbash an old wood burning boxcab out of it and run it around the mine spurs like a crazy man (Yeeehaaa)...:D :p

    To heck with Hustler racing... We can start a midget class just like the circle track racers...:p

    Tom F
  13. jon-monon

    jon-monon Active Member

    Good price. I'm not so sure we should get too many of those fellers together, they might picket! Great idea on the race, we can knock off points for size! Lookin forward to seeing your boxcab. I want to get another to laeve assembled. I'll never forget the first time I fired that up and ran it full speed; me'en wifey 'bout split a seam watchin' those boys jumpin' up and down on the cart. Hey that up down bar; I just kept wigglin it and it came out without dissassebling the axle.
  14. tomfassett

    tomfassett Member

    Thanks for the info on the bar. I tried it and it did come off like you said. Now I don't have to take it apart.
    In a moment of weakness, I went back and picked up the other two cars. Now I have six guys out of work...
    I've promised to retrain them, but it seems all they know how to do is pump up and down. I'm thinking of building a manual pump station just to keep them working (for PR purposes). I figure they'll get bored of being in the same place all day and move on. The Eagle Mountain Mine is in a small town and I don't want to make too many enemies of the townsfolk...;) :p

    Tom F
  15. jon-monon

    jon-monon Active Member

    The economy is crumbling fast, unemployment umong gandy dancers has skyrocketed by 400% in the past few days, from two, to eight!

    Update: two more unemployed gandys here!
  16. jon-monon

    jon-monon Active Member

    Tom, just thot of another tip on these lil babies, maybe you already discovered it or maybe you out schmarted it in the first place, but if you have the motor out, then after you assemble it, you find it runs backwards, you have to take it back apart and rotate the motor 180 degrees. :eek:
  17. tomfassett

    tomfassett Member

    Rampant unemployment! Oh, the humanity!...:p
    I see a trade union coming...

    "Gandy Dancers of the World, UNITE!!!"

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