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Getting the wheels off a Duplo train car

I want to use the wheels from a Duplo 4x6 train car on a PF Train Motor (88002). I realize I will have to modify the wheels and probably do so in a fashion that doesn't allow me to reassemble this car, but I'd still like to try to get it apart without permanently destroying it if it possible...otherwise, I'll just take a Dremel to it and cut it open.

Does anyone have any tips/ideas for getting it apart?  I've flipped it over and I don't see any obvious screws or catches to release. It doesn't SEEM bonded together (top and bottom), but it could be.



Thanks!
ag


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  • samiam391samiam391 A Log Cabin in KY, United StatesMember Posts: 4,248
    Here is what appears to be a step by step tutorial:

    https://www.cailliau.org/Alphabetical/L/Lego/Duplo/Train/Locomotives/

    Hope that helps!

  • alaskaguyalaskaguy Member Posts: 325
    Hmm...totally different part.....locomotive rather than train car - but it does show prying apart some tabs. That might be the same...I don't remember what the underside looks like off-hand.  But I will check it out when I get home.

    Thanks!
    ag

  • alaskaguyalaskaguy Member Posts: 325
    Well, I took a look.  The car I posted in post #1 is completely different underneath. I just ripped it open. I got the wheels out, attached to the axles.

    Now I have to figure out how to get the wheels OFF the axles.
  • mtpelepelemtpelepele Virginia, USAMember Posts: 18
    Maybe the same method as removing the pin from a LEGO keychain?  Soldering iron on the axle, while pulling on the wheel?
  • alaskaguyalaskaguy Member Posts: 325
    Maybe the same method as removing the pin from a LEGO keychain?  Soldering iron on the axle, while pulling on the wheel?
    Ooooh, that's a good idea! I don't think I would have come up with that either.  Thanks!!

    Of course - after I get them off, and assuming I do it without drilling it out, the next step will be to make a "cross-shape" hole in it, for a technic axle. Can't use the same "heat it up" approach for that, with the axles being plastic and all. So, not sure what I will do. I SUSPECT I'll have to just drill a hole and glue an axle in, which would suck.
  • BooTheMightyHamsterBooTheMightyHamster Northern edge of London, just before the dragons...Member Posts: 1,280
    If it helps, I have it on pretty good authority that the wheels on the train go round.
    And round.

    ;o)
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  • CCCCCC UKMember Posts: 17,388
    If it helps, I have it on pretty good authority that the wheels on the train go round.
    And round.
    Not if you have a messy glue application technique.
  • alaskaguyalaskaguy Member Posts: 325
    Maybe the same method as removing the pin from a LEGO keychain?  Soldering iron on the axle, while pulling on the wheel?
    Just a few seconds with a butane torch on the metal rod. Got the wheels off QUICK. Thanks for the idea.
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