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    Update...After posting, I searched some more and found the same thread under tutorials, and there the photos all showed up. Probably just a newbie thing. Thanks to Tred for the PM regarding this. Tried to reply in a PM but until I have 10 posts I can only PM staff members. Now to get down to reading some of the stuff already on the forum. Great source of info.

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    I have a bunch of Life Like cars with the rapido couplers and Atlas cars with knuckle couplers. It was mentioned earlier that you just change the trucks on the rolling stock? I checked out the hobby shop and they have all kinds of truck types too, isn't there just a universal type I can use? It's all just freight cars, I dunno which trucks to switch onto the Life Like cars.

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    It depends on what era the freight cars come from, and to a degree what kind of car they are. You wouldn't put arch bar trucks on a modern grain hopper, they come from a much earlier time period. If you're looking for a long lived "universal" type, Bettendorfs would probably suite the bill. John

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    I've been using the Micro-Trains 1035 Barber Roller Bearing trucks with short extension couplers.
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    Fantastic tutorial. I really needed this.
    Hold my beer and watch this.........

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    Your advice was awesome, but I have some bachmann rolling stock and can't seem to locate any info that will tell me the part # of the trucks that I need. The cars came with an old train set and all I know about them is there are a couple of box cars & acouple of tank cars & acouple of cabooses. All of thease have the toy type couplers, and I would like to change them to MT. Any help would be app.

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    Hi guys. Im brand new to nscale.net and the first post i read was gargoyle post about coupler conversions. This was well worth the read and has definately put my mind at rest as i have a few conversions to do. Great post.
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    Great tutorial. I really dread working with MTL couplers, but I do like them once they're on. About half of my rolling stock is Rapido, the other half MTL or compatible. There are days when I'm tempted to go all Rapido, because I loathe assembling the MTL's so much and am too cheap to buy them assembled. I did instate a rule that any new car or loco must have the MTL's (or compatible) already installed for me to purchase them (apart from wooden cabeese).

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    As a companion to this thread, this Coupler Assembly Jig thread might be of interest.
    Bryan
    “Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.” ~ Leonardo da Vinci (1452–1519)

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    Quote Originally Posted by satch7749 View Post
    Your advice was awesome, but I have some bachmann rolling stock and can't seem to locate any info that will tell me the part # of the trucks that I need. The cars came with an old train set and all I know about them is there are a couple of box cars & acouple of tank cars & acouple of cabooses. All of thease have the toy type couplers, and I would like to change them to MT. Any help would be app.

    Use these. I'm converting a ton of that stuff as well, not to mention two >20 year old Bachmann trainset steamers. That coupler is the ticket, itt'l drop right in where the rapido used to live.

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