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Johnny Express Reproduction Liquid Tanker Hatches

You have just obtained a set of reproduction Topper Toys Johnny Express Liquid Tanker Hatches for the Liquid Tanker attachment and now it is time to install them. Even though great care has been exercised in making these parts, and a high quality plastic has been used – it is recommended that care be exercised when installing the hatches.

The Topper Toy Company made a couple of different sets of hatches – one type for the Liquid Tanker and another type for the Gray Storage Holding Tank. The Liquid Tanker hatches also had more than one type made and I’m not sure if this was to account for the middle fill location, or was just different tooling, or was a change made to alleviate breakage of the hatches. The original set of three hatches that I molded had two part numbers across the three pieces. The liquid tanker hatches (unlike the Gray Holding tank Hatches) are tight fitting hatches and were prone to breaking on the original toys. Depending on your Liquid Tanker, they may fit tight or be very hard to put in altogether. Although I took precautions and used a pretty robust plastic to make your hatches, they still can be broken.

My advice is to size up your Liquid Tanker with the three hatches provided to you. At first, without putting them on – check for a “potential easier” fit with the three hatches and the three liquid tanker mating spots. Again, you may find that one of the hatches I provided is better suited to the middle opening which is the fill spot. Check them all out first before putting any one of them on. If the fit is too tight, it may help by using a hair dryer on the arms of the hatches – to help them flex up a bit – before installation.

The parts are virtually exact replications of the originals they were molded from. Good luck and please provide feedback on how things went or if these notes can be improved upon.

 

Johnny Express Reproduction Storage Holding Tank Hatches

You have just obtained a set of reproduction Topper Toys Johnny Express Storage Holding Tank Hatches for the Gray Storage Holding Tank accessory and now it is time to install them. Even though great care has been exercised in making these parts, and a high quality plastic has been used – it is recommended that care be exercised when installing the hatches.

My advice is to size up your Gray Storage Holding Tank with the three hatches provided to you. At first, without putting them on – check for a “potential easier” fit with the three hatches and the three liquid tanker mating spots. Again, you may find that one of the hatches I provided is better suited to the middle opening which is the fill spot. Check them all out first before putting any one of them on. If the fit is too tight, it may help by using a hair dryer on the arms of the hatches – to help them flex up a bit – before installation.

My Experience has been that the Storage Holding Tank Hatches fit loosely as compared with the Liquid Tanker Hatches which are a tight fit. The parts are virtually exact reproductions of the originals they were molded from. I hope that they fit OK as they do on my original Storage Holding Tank, good luck.

 

Johnny Express Reproduction Liquid Tanker Auxiliary Engine

You have just obtained a reproduction of the Topper Johnny Express Liquid Tanker Auxiliary Engine for the Liquid Tanker attachment and now it is time to install it. Even though great care has been exercised in making this part, and a high quality plastic has been used – it is recommended that care be exercised when installing the Auxiliary Engine.

The Auxiliary Engine – in my opinion one of the coolest ornamental Johnny Express accessories – is a very difficult and expensive piece to make. There are three parts molded – the two body halves and a screw cap that snaps onto the stack section. The parts produced by the molds are virtually exact in both size and detail to the original used in my processes. Consequently, one can view a slight separation between the body halves at the bottom section – this is just like with the original parts. It must be noted that the original Engines could be difficult to insert into the trailer section, and this may be true for the replication piece you have obtained. To avoid potential damage to the auxiliary engine it is important to only exert pressure at the bottom section of the part when inserting the pins of the engine into the two holes on your Johnny Express trailer. See the picture below:

Auxiliary Engine

Heat the pins up with a hair dryer or dip them into hot water to give them some flex. As indicated, it may be necessary to squeeze the pins together a bit when inserting. Good luck.

 

Liquid Tanker Auxiliary Engine Cap

Many of the Johnny Express Auxiliary Engines still around today are missing a part - the red cap that goes on top of the stack section. The first auxiliary engine that I was able to acquire did not have the cap, and I didn't even realize for some time that it was supposed to have a cap at the top of the stack section. Several toy collectors over the years asked me to make a replication cap - and of course now I do. There are two different procedures that can be used to install a replication cap onto an auxiliary engine: 1)Soak the replication cap in hot water for a couple of minutes and simply snap it onto the top stack section; or 2)Remove the two screws holding the auxiliary engine halves together, and then "angle" the stack sections of both halves to fit the cap on simultaneously, then screw the two halves back together. Both of the procedures work pretty well, it comes down to whether or not you would want to unscrew the two body halves or not. My preference is to try step 1 first and if the cap doesn't really want to go on - then try step 2, it is usually better practice to only unscrew plastic parts as a last resort. Good luck.