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Lionel 282 Portal Gantry Crane

  Below are instructions on refurbishing/restoring a Lionel 282 Portal Gantry Crane. Additional available materials include:

Crane can Controller 

Restoration

The crane and controller required rewiring, cleaning, and lubrication. The missing smokestack on the cab will be replaced.

Preparation

Before removing motor, mark the motor mount position with a pencil.

Mounted Motor Before

Dissassembly

Dissassemble, clean, repair, replace parts as needed.  Parts 
  MB asked, "How do I remove the spring collars on the nylon gears?" 

Collar removal tip:  Use a small screwdriver with a blade slightly wider than the opening where the red line is in the photo. Twist the blade to loosen collar while twisting a larger screwdriver blade between the bottom of the collar and the nylon gear (use a shim on the gear if needed) to raise the collar.

Wiring

Replace control wire with 6 feet of 5 wire ribbon cable. Paint one outside edge of cable for identifying wire numbers. The #5 wire is the ground/common wire. See Lionel Instructions for attaching power to transformer.

Instructions

While reassembling

  Cable Spool string knot must clear Spool Contact String.

Cable Spool String.jpg

Gear Assembly Sequence

Worm Gear flanges on Clutch Shaft assembly must fit into base notches. Install Coil and Bracket Assembly.

Clutch Assembly

Install nylon gears.

Nylon Gears

Wire Controller

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Position Motor so the clutch shaft will go in and out of the coil freely.  Link to Wiring Diagram 
This photo of a different crane shows contact numbers.
Mount Motor   

Final Assembly

Install all gears, motor, wiring, test for proper operation, then slip cab on.

Assemble

 

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