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 Posted: Sat Feb 3rd, 2018 01:47 am
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Dennis Rogers
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Seem to have lost an "S" wire (rod?) from my Westy tank brass cage. Anyone have one they can sell me? Also, what is the proper way to secure these to the frame? Thanks for any help!

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 Posted: Sat Feb 3rd, 2018 04:02 am
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Steve Butler
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I'm in the same boat as Dennis. I could use about five s-wires myself. I assume all the tanks are the same. I need two for an R&M, one for a Western Electric, and two Westinghouse. I remember seeing someone made them for the steel Westinghouses. Anyone make them for tanks too?  

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 Posted: Sat Feb 3rd, 2018 11:38 am
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Lawrence Smith
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contact TJ downy, not sure if he has tank wires but he had stamped steel replacements for very reasonable pricing, Lawrence

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 Posted: Sat Feb 3rd, 2018 03:36 pm
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Vic Valencheck
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Nick Loos did one for my brass pancake cage. He did a great job!

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 Posted: Sat Feb 3rd, 2018 11:00 pm
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As far as attaching them, they solder into the center ring (could be epoxied) and there is a reduced diameter (doweled) portion on the other end that fits into the hole in the back ring. A short part should protrude out of the back of the ring, which is then peened with a hammer/ punch to secure it into place. 

You could also grab a piece of brass rod at the hobby shop and file the doweled portion, then use one of the original wires as a template and bend your own. I'll bet you'll do fine in making one. Buy enough brass to make a couple to practice. You only need one good one to make your cage complete. 

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Jamie Williams
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Guys,

I have a tank cage that came in damaged that I may be able to salvage the S-wires from. I need a couple myself. Let me see if I can melt the solder and remove them intact.

Jamie

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 Posted: Sun Feb 4th, 2018 01:17 am
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Hey Jamie, let us know if you are able to get them out in tact. I haven't tried but I would guess the easiest way would be to break the ring so the cut down portion of the wire stays in one piece. They seem to break pretty easy without trying. The reason two of mine are missing is the ring broke at the wire. George has a video demonstration of soldering a break and wire back together. Best of luck. 👍

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 Posted: Sun Feb 4th, 2018 05:01 am
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Lawrence Smith
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to remove from the center -heat it up, the solder will melt, & it will separate, the outer ring the factory spooned the wire --meaning they mushroomed the end to make a tight fit.

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 Posted: Fri Feb 9th, 2018 05:31 pm
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Dennis Rogers
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Thanks to everyone who commented on my post, and I was able to get the part I needed, thanks to a very generous forum member! You guys are the best!
Dennis

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 Posted: Fri Feb 9th, 2018 11:58 pm
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Lane Shirey
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As far as removing them from the rear ring, I've had luck filing or grinding off the mushroomed part on the back of the cage then use a drift punch to tap the s wire out. Then when out, use a file to extend the reduced diameter part by 1/16" so you have enough to peen over again on the new cage. No one will notice that one wire is 1/16" shorter than the rest. It beats breaking up a good back ring. 

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