Assemble Couplers

Patrick Jun 2, 2000

  1. Patrick

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    Well, I had my first experience last night starting to assemble MTL 2004 couplers to be used with my Kato SD40-2 engines. From preparing the componets to final assemly on the first coupler was 2 hours [​IMG]. That tiny spring just didn't want to stay at home. Finally, by the end, understood the technique [​IMG]. I actually look forward to finishing the first pair. Then the mounting in the engines. Will be my first time to remove the shell. Just have to bite the bullet and learn how it is done. Keep seeing this grand engine in my minds eye flying out of my hands and landing on the shop floor [​IMG]!
    Understand that MTL has the assembled coupler version, 2004-1, out now but that would be to easy. [​IMG]


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  2. rray

    rray Staff Member

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    I use a hot knife blade in my soldering iron to "Tack" the coupler housing together after assembly. Then I just trim it square again with an exacto. I bought the assembled ones once and noticed that microtraines does the same thing.
    I build them all up at once so I dont have to fiddle with them later.

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  3. Patrick

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    The hot knife blade sounds good. I used a small wattage soldering tip in my Ungar and it went OK, not quite as smooth as I would have liked though. I do have a hot knife for cutting poly Dacron and I wonder if it may do a better job since it has a wide flat area. I'll heat it up and try it on some of the sprue [​IMG].

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  4. Alan

    Alan Staff Member TrainBoard Supporter

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  5. Patrick

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    Do you recall the item number?

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  6. rray

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    The couplers kits I had were pretty dusty when I bought them. Safe bet I had the old ones, but I hope I get the snap togethers ones next time. [​IMG]
     
  7. Alan

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  8. Patrick

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    Follow up on the assembly of the 2004 couplers for my SD40-2's. After pray59's message about using his hot knife blade I dug through my tool box and I found my old hot knife that I remembered that I had. It works much better sealing the gear box lid than the soldering tip. After mounting the couplers in two engines and setting the trip pins to height it was very interesting to see how slow you could go and get a good couple to the MTL rolling stock. It was a good experience for me in learning how to remove a shell from a frame and then learn that I did not need to remove a shell to remove the coulper keeper for inserting the 2004's [​IMG]. Anyway, thanks for all the input. Have some more engines to change out now, but look forward to it. My assembly time has been shorten considerable [​IMG].

    P.S. Thanks Alan for the 1015 item number. I had bought some 1015's, still in the package, when I found out about the 2004's. I'll take a look at the 1015's now and check the difference against the 2004's.

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  9. porkypine52

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    Thoughts on Micro-Trains couplers.
    1) Slip a small thread thru the spring before you put it in the box. Loop the thread around and tie it in a knot. This will keep the spring from flying away. When you have the spring installed in the box, cut the thread and pull it out SLOWLY.
    2) Grease your couplers when you put them together. Use MT Grease'Em which is powdered graphite. Don't use grease, oil, or WD-40 these will actually draw dirt into themselves and gum up the coupler box.
    3) Get a Micro-Trains coupler gauge to check coupler height. Get all your couplers at the right height so they all work together smoothly. If they are adjusted to the right height one coupler won't pull apart from another because of a difference in height.(This generally happens at the BIG TRAIN SHOW, where you are wanting to show off that new 4 engine lashup you have detailed to the max, and the #@**%+* things won't stay coupled together!)

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  10. Patrick

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    Thanks for the pointers Mark. I did use MTL's powdered graphite, which came in a kit put together by MTL, that included a number of items and information that all helps in setting up their couplers and trucks [​IMG]. I like their products.

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  11. Alan

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    Patrick, I do use 2004 couplers on locomotives for which they are recommended, e.g. C44 and SD40-2, but use the 1015 as standard for most others. BTW, the new ones are called 1015 RDA (RDA stands for reverse draft angle - I think) they are supposed to stay coupled more effectively.

    MT couplers are great for switching, aren't they [​IMG]

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  12. Craig Martyn

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    Being a painter, I paint a TON of C44's, therefor, I put together a TON of MT #2004's.

    That's right! They DONT have the snap together lid!!! [​IMG]

    I put them together, hold the two halfs in place after they are done and then imidietly put them in the locomotive.

    One trick you guys might want to use to hold a completed, ready to be soldered together coupler is put a rubber band around the "nose" of some small pliars you have so that they stay shut and they will hold the coupler in tightly and will not let go.

    Good luck!



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    [​IMG] Buy them already built!!


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