Removing Smokey Joe coupling rods

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Removing Smokey Joe coupling rods

Postby Beynac » Sun Jul 02, 2017 3:54 pm

Hello,
How do you gently remove the coupling rods of a Hornby Smokey Joe without destroying it ?
Thank you very much for your time and your answers.
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Re: Removing Smokey Joe coupling rods

Postby Beynac » Sun Jul 02, 2017 6:11 pm

I found the Hornby Service Sheet No.200E but there is absolutely no explanation.
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Re: Removing Smokey Joe coupling rods

Postby GeraldH » Sun Jul 02, 2017 8:32 pm

I have used two small screwdrivers in the past, one on each side of the crankpin. You can then gently lever the pin out. I have also found that once you have done this, the pin never goes in that firmly afterwards. You may have to put a dab of glue on the end of the pin, when you put it back in and leave it overnight. Don't get glue between the pin and the coupling rods though! I now try to avoid removing the pins wherever possible. Is there a reason why you need to remove the pin, there may be another way of solving the problem?
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Re: Removing Smokey Joe coupling rods

Postby Beynac » Sun Jul 02, 2017 9:34 pm

Thanks for your answer.
GeraldH wrote: Is there a reason why you need to remove the pin ?

Yes. I only want to remove these two rods:

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Re: Removing Smokey Joe coupling rods

Postby Bufferstop » Sun Jul 02, 2017 11:01 pm

Ideally you need two spare short pins. You will have to pull out the ones that the connecting rods are attached to. I've found that a pair of very small diagonal nippers are ideal. Put the backs of the jaws against the rod with the head of the pin on the sloping surface, a slight squeeze and pull. It may just be that I'm adept at using the cutters as the tool of first choice.
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Re: Removing Smokey Joe coupling rods

Postby Beynac » Mon Jul 03, 2017 7:58 am

Thanks Bufferstop. Yes, I can just cut these two rods as short as possible and the problem will be solved very quickly.

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