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Topic: Salvaging a brass slopeback tender
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Joined: Apr 4, 2011
Topics: 47   Replies: 65
posted on Mar 13, 2019 09:30 PM:
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I've had this old beat-up, O-scale tender laying around for awhile and I decided to finally see if I could do something with it.

The old paint has already been stripped off and this is what I'm left with.

There is a lot of solder showing where the top of the fuel tank was mounted.

There is also a lot of solder and scratch marks on the back of the tender.

I've decided that the top panel of the tender needs to be replaced so I un-soldered all the the pieces of the tender.

I cleaned and polished the two side panels and made a new top panel from a piece of thin sheet brass.

The pieces are then soldered back together.

A piece of rectangle tube is soldered to the inside of each side panel to stiffen them.
The top of the tender is fastened to the frame with a single screw in the center so I made up a center brace with a threaded hole to attach it to the frame.

This is how it looks so far.

Instead of soldering the top of the fuel tank back on, I soldered two pieces of scrap copper inside it and drilled and threaded a hole in each piece so it can be fastened to the tender with two screws.

I'm drilling small holes in the mounting brackets for the tool box and the rear light.

I drilled holes in the back of the tender and used small brass nails to mount the toolbox and the light.

The brass nails are then soldered on the inside so there is much less chance of having excess solder showing on the outside.

Originally, the opening for filling the water tank was the same size as the fill tube for the fuel tank.
I have a correct size water hatch cover but it is just a thin casting that sits on top of a flat surface so I need to make an extension for it.

I cut out a piece of thick brass to make the extension out of.

The sides are rounded to match the shape of the water hatch cover.

Then the bottom of the extension is milled off at an angle to match the slope on the back of the tender.
The extended water hatch is fastened to the back of the tender with two screws.

The hand rail stanchions are mounted on the side and the railing is put on.

Here is the finished tender.



Joined: Jul 30, 2011
Topics: 78   Replies: 127
posted on Mar 14, 2019 10:26 AM:
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Truly First Class work on that tender! Great to see something like that getting a new life.

Ed B


Joined: Apr 4, 2011
Topics: 47   Replies: 65
posted on Mar 14, 2019 09:37 PM:
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Thank you ED.
It's fun working on these more challenging projects.


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