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Removing Dapol class 73 body
« on: July 02, 2017, 09:37:12 am »
Morning all.
First up, forgive me if this has been covered elsewhere - I'm still working out how best to navigate the forum.
I have a spare Dapol 73108 BR blue body which I want to put on a chassis. I've obtained a Dapol 73109 SWT livery which may well fit the bill.
My questions are:

How do you remove the body from a Dapol 73 (73109)?

Does the construction of 73108 and the later 73109 model differ (other than the addition of the headlight on 109)?

Do any differences impact on the body swap?

I'm a complete novice at such matters so please feel free to point out what may seem obvious :-)

Thanks in advance
Andy

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Re: Removing Dapol class 73 body
« Reply #1 on: July 02, 2017, 09:59:48 am »
New bodies have wires to lights older ones had phosphour bronze in the roof that touched the lighting track on the chassis...
Body can be removed using finget nails between the chassis and the body relatively eqsily



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Re: Removing Dapol class 73 body
« Reply #2 on: July 02, 2017, 10:07:34 am »
 :NGaugersRule: That's good to know. Many thanks.

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Re: Removing Dapol class 73 body
« Reply #3 on: July 02, 2017, 10:17:34 am »
Hi Andy, welcome aboard. :wave:

I recommend investing in some Spudgers for prying bodies off - a very useful tool.
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Re: Removing Dapol class 73 body
« Reply #4 on: July 02, 2017, 10:38:57 am »
Many thanks indeed.
I didn't know such things existed!
I've ordered some.
Thanks again.

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Re: Removing Dapol class 73 body
« Reply #5 on: July 02, 2017, 01:52:18 pm »
Hi Andy, welcome aboard. :wave:

I recommend investing in some Spudgers for prying bodies off - a very useful tool.

Hi

Personally I wouldn't use anything metal to do this as it risks scratching the paintwork. I have always used my finger nails and pieces of plasticard.

Cheers

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Re: Removing Dapol class 73 body
« Reply #6 on: July 02, 2017, 02:19:53 pm »
Hi Andy, welcome aboard. :wave:

I recommend investing in some Spudgers for prying bodies off - a very useful tool.

Hi

Personally I wouldn't use anything metal to do this as it risks scratching the paintwork. I have always used my finger nails and pieces of plasticard.

Cheers

Paul

I understand your caution Paul. Though in four decades of using these I've never caused any damage. Like any tool, the operator needs to familiarise themselves with the tool, its capabilities and limitations.

They make excellent paint stirrers too.

For the faint-hearted there are Plastic Spudgers, but they are IMHO a much more crude tool.
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Re: Removing Dapol class 73 body
« Reply #7 on: July 02, 2017, 03:52:43 pm »
In the case of the 73s, watch out for the air horns on the roof too - very easy to knock them off.

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Re: Removing Dapol class 73 body
« Reply #8 on: July 02, 2017, 05:53:59 pm »
Mobile phone repair tool sets have a variety of plastic gadgets ( AKA spudgers) and are very cheap (and lots of useful micro screwdrivers)

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Re: Removing Dapol class 73 body
« Reply #9 on: July 03, 2017, 06:43:18 pm »
Thanks all for your thoughts and advice.
Very much appreciated.

 

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