WANTED N-Scale Micro Trains coupler conversion kit

emacgis Dec 1, 2018

  1. emacgis

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    Looking for a couple Micro Trains # 1154 conversion kits. These are for the old Atlas RSD 12 diesel. I have a few old conversion kits but no luck with this one. If anybody is looking for old kits give me a check. Mack
    McConnaughey, Lawton, Oklahoma 73505 Area code 580
     
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  3. Doug Gosha

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    Beat me to it. There are a couple on eBay, too.

    Doug
     
  4. emacgis

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    I looked all over eBay but found none available. Ordered all I need form MicroTrains. I remember the old days when couplers and coupler kit was a lot cheaper. Not in today's world. Thanks to the reply's received the item's are now on order. I would like to find some assembled 1015-1 couplers.
     
  5. Doug Gosha

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    The kits for filling in the pilot are typically about twice what the kits for merely replacing the couplers are.

    I know 1015-1's are available assembled in two pair packs but I don't think they are in 10 pair bulk packs, assembled. They are available in 10 pair packs, unassembled.

    Doug
     
  6. emacgis

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    In the order I placed I bought the assembled 1015-1 I need for right now. I believe you are correct about not getting any 10 pair assembled coupler's. As I get older it is super hard to assemble these things. Springs just go flying every time I try to put them together. THANKS for your input. Mack
     
  7. Hardcoaler

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    I don't know much bout it, but Micro-Trains offers a 702 Assembly Jig to make the task easier.

    http://fiferhobbysu770.corecommerce.com/cart.php?m=product_detail&p=13419

    I have a specialized pair of M-T 1020 tweezers that are sprung and have a slot in their ends to make room for the "air hose". They securely hold the T assembly and allow it to be inserted in the coupler pocket without aggravation.
     
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  8. Doug Gosha

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    Years (and years) ago, I made a kind of "fixture" by nailing an Atlas track nail very close to the edge of a flat piece of wood and cutting off the head so the hole in a coupler housing can be placed over the nail. Then the two halves of the coupler are put in place in the housing, held in place with a bit of one of the clay-like or putty-like (Fun-Tak is the name of one of them) materials stuck on the board edge up to the bottom of the coupler. It's much easier to get the spring in there and the lid installed as you don't have to keep all the parts together by hand while placing the spring.

    They can still fly away (I know exactly what you mean by age/losing dexterity making the assembly more difficult) but at least the other parts are more easily managed.

    Yes, the tweezers are almost indispensable for assembly. I modified mine by bending the very ends toward the center so they kind of wrap around the two halves. They stay in line without spinning better, that way. This is actually more convenient for installing the T shank couplers in their housings.

    Doug
     
  9. emacgis

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    I have the Micro Trains coupler assembly tool along with the pliers above mentioned. Just as you have the home made assembly jig I have the same thing except I drilled a hole in the 3/4 wood with the same size drill that would just fit the coupler box hole. It is near the edge of the board some that air hose just touch's the side of the board. I can push the drill bit in the hole or get it out of the way to store and not break it. I still have a lot of trouble putting these things together. I still blame it on old age. Better days went by long ago. Mack
     
  10. Doug Gosha

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    My biggest problem now is the loss of some feeling in my fingers, coupled :D with the hardening of the skin on the tips of them, making it more difficult to pick up the tiny parts and hold on to them. Also, I used to be able to twirl tweezers around in my fingers to be able to get a part in them to face another direction. That doesn't work very well anymore.

    Doug
     

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