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#1 Dallas Racer

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Posted 06 August 2020 - 10:27 PM

I can't see worth a crap anymore and I'm having trouble oiling the bottom T-Jet armature hole. Anyone that's messed with T-Jets knows that even slightly over oiling that hole results in getting oil on the brushes.

 

I have a needle oiler with some mildly thick oil (the red oil) in it that was made for T-Jet armature holes. I've had this for close to 20 years and I use to be able to effectively use it, but I can't see well enough anymore. Half the time I end up flooding the brushes.

 

I need a better solution. Something other than a needle oiler. Either an easier to use oiler or possibly some thicker oil. Any suggestions?

 

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Posted 07 August 2020 - 07:26 AM

I have 2 thoughts on this... maybe 3.

 

1) What about using an industrial syringe? that would let you dispense less oil.

 

2) instead of a thicker oil, could you use something that could lubricate as well as being conductive? More like a braid juice or comm drops?

 

3) Some kind of magnifier might make this easier to see.... I have found I'm using those a LOT more often with certain tasks. (usually installing shunt wires!)

 

I'm not trying to be patronizing with the magnifier suggestion either... we're all getting older. :-)


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Posted 07 August 2020 - 08:27 AM

How about dipping a toothpic into the oil and then applying it?  That will limit the amount of oil and still allow you to get it where it's needed.  And magnifying lens are a great idea! :)


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Posted 07 August 2020 - 08:47 AM

Yeah I think Tims on the right track.. a toothpick shaved down or a tiny paint brush to apply just a tiny swipe of oil.
There are also bottles available with interchangeable needle tips, these can be incredibly fine and would make very tiny drops.. sharp though!!!

Combine these ideas with a good magnifier visor (few of my club racers wear them, they work great) and you should be back on track.

Theres an oil thunder gel made for bottom arm hole, it might do better than whatever youre currently using..
http://www.lubeshop.mahorkc.com/

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Posted 07 August 2020 - 11:48 AM

you could try a refillable paint pen, but a needle oiler is as good as it gets.


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Posted 07 August 2020 - 05:26 PM

Thanks for the suggestions!

 

A forum member also suggested this: https://wizzardho.co...ler-w-fine-tip/

 

Between them all, now I have too many options! I'll have a hard time making a decision. :D

 

My vision: Between work, home and my car I have 20-30 pair of reading glasses in every strength. Wearing a pair of progressive reading glasses right now. Kind of pricey but they're great. Real glass (instead of plastic) also work well.
 
But my problem is I have macular edema. And mild cateracs. Fortunately not bad. It only effects my ability to see small stuff. For some reason a magnifying lamp doesn't help me much. Not sure why.

 


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Posted 07 August 2020 - 05:31 PM

Theres an oil thunder gel made for bottom arm hole, it might do better than whatever youre currently using..
http://www.lubeshop.mahorkc.com/

 

I forgot about this. Steve there's a bottle of L.A.B. In my pic. I bought it about 2 weeks ago. Apparently it's a favorite of Fray racers. It's thinner than the red stuff in my pic. Not blind geezer friendly.


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Posted 07 August 2020 - 07:26 PM

Yeah Dallas, the LAB is good stuff, but it seems that they have another option now, a light grease specifically for the lower arm hole. Thunder Gel haha
Not sure how easy or difficult that would be to apply.. just yet ANOTHER option!!

Magnifying visor (jewelers visor) and a small led desk lamp may be the help you need.

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Posted 07 August 2020 - 08:26 PM

Use the toothpick... Ernie :>)


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Posted 09 August 2020 - 08:23 AM

You SHOULD get those cataracts removed. I just did and it is like a new world for me! Everything is much brighter and clearer. I never noticed what cataracts filtered from my vision until they were gone. You may not even need the readers any more. But you'll still need a good oiler.


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Posted 09 August 2020 - 09:33 PM

You may not even need the readers any more. But you'll still need a good oiler.

 

Haha! :good:

 

My left eye vision is pretty good but the macular edema in my right eye is pretty bad and I don't see well out of it. So I'm scared of something going wrong with cataract surgery and screwing up my good eye. I just can't risk it.


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Posted 10 August 2020 - 05:35 PM

Microbrushes might work too. Some hobby shops & mailorder places, such as Micro Mark, carry them. Available in regular, fine, & super fine tips.

 

"Disposable Applicators For Exact Placement Of Paint, Glue And More

Use a Microbrush to apply a tiny amount of liquid adhesive, paint or lubricant (as little as one-eighth of a drop!) exactly where you want it without spilling, dripping or staining. Microbrush tips are non-linting and non-absorbent, and feature bendable handles that let you reach hard-to-get-at areas easily."


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Posted 11 August 2020 - 10:00 AM

That sounds like that could work perfectly! The right size brush could hold the exact amount of oil I need. No over or under oiling the armature hole. I just bought this assortment pack for $12.99 shipped.

 

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Posted 11 August 2020 - 10:13 AM

I looked into these. Auto oilers for watches. You can finely adjust the amount of oil dispensed with each application.  The needle is easily damaged and they cost $90 so it was a no go.

 

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Posted 28 August 2020 - 07:21 PM

Hey Bill, the microbrush idea worked well. Thanks for the suggestion! :good:

 

I found this in a box today. I got it in a large lot of vintage racing stuff a couple of years ago. The Tire Bite and gear lube is thick. I might give it a try.

 

I didn't even think about track glue. I probably have some Caman red around here somewhere.

 

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Posted 28 August 2020 - 09:43 PM

Phil, glad they worked as you wanted. Since I mentioned them, I found a package of even smaller ones I forgot I had. Sold by Tamiya. 50 in a pack, I probably paid more ffor them. Camen red may be too thick for your HO's. They once sold a thinner product called "Go Lightly" or something similar.


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