Help - looking for Kato F7B truck 17605B

alextrov Jul 15, 2017

  1. alextrov

    alextrov TrainBoard Member

    21
    3
    9
    Hello all,

    my loco fallen down and the rear coupler of a Kato F7B is now broken :cry:

    The truck has a code on it: 17605B

    Anyone has this truck as a spare or knows if it is possible to order it somewhere?
    This truck does pick-up the current but there is no engine in the F7B since
    it hosts a decoder.

    Thanks in advance,

    Alex

    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]
     
  2. Mike C

    Mike C TrainBoard Member

    1,669
    176
    39
  3. nscalestation

    nscalestation TrainBoard Supporter

    963
    3,641
    45
    Alex from you photos it appears that the part where the stock Rapido coupler would go is OK and that the coupler itself and the spring is missing ? In that case you would just need a coupler and not the entire truck assembly.

    If so I may have what you need as I had long ago replaced all my original couplers with Micro-Trains and rarely throw anything away.
     
  4. alextrov

    alextrov TrainBoard Member

    21
    3
    9
    @Brad it's the "cage" that keeps in place the coupler that is broken :( I have replecement couplers but it can not stay in place without the squared plastic frame to ut it in

    @Mike no i did not, I am in Europe by the way. Do you think contacting directly Kato may have any chance?

    They have a "Purchase parts" section in the web site but i can not find the right piece, anyone knows the right item in their list?

    Thank you
     
  5. Adrian Wintle

    Adrian Wintle TrainBoard Member

    125
    3
    8
    Unfortunately, that is the 'Original' version of the F3/F7 truck and Kato shows no parts available. (P/N 929061). There are also none of the trucks for the 'Revised' version, which might have fit. The trucks for the 'DCC Ready' version will not work.

    Your best bet is to try and find another F-Unit with the original trucks. The rear truck of an A-unit is the same as the B-unit trucks, so either type would work.

    Adrian
     
  6. alextrov

    alextrov TrainBoard Member

    21
    3
    9
    Thanks @ADRIAN

    if anyone here has an old Kato F7 to sell please contact me
     
  7. Thomas Davis

    Thomas Davis TrainBoard Member

    92
    34
    14
    Alex,
    You can also try looking on online auctions sites. I have often found Kato parts that way. There are a couple vendors on that site that specialize in parts for older models,
     
  8. Mike C

    Mike C TrainBoard Member

    1,669
    176
    39
    @alextrov You would have to call them and talk to the repair guy . I had a missing part on my Broadway Ltd diner and he was able to rummage around and find what I needed . I think he keeps everything just in case he can use it to repair something . It's worth a shot anyway .
     
  9. Charlie Vlk

    Charlie Vlk TrainBoard Member

    770
    79
    27
    Alex-
    When the Kato factory DCC'd the F units they had to design a new drive instead of just modifying the frame halves for a drop- in decoder. With Kato's "we only make a few extra parts beyond what is needed for the current production" policy that means all previous models are worthless if the truck frame breaks since the design changed.
    PM me with your address... I have some original trucks like yours that I replaced with the low friction style.
    Charlie Vlk
     
    SD35 likes this.
  10. alextrov

    alextrov TrainBoard Member

    21
    3
    9
    I tried to "start a conversation" with you Charlie but system says I can't
     
  11. nscalestation

    nscalestation TrainBoard Supporter

    963
    3,641
    45
    There was also an in between type of truck used prior to the drop in decoder mechanism that was low friction. I had switched all my F units to those at that time and like Charlie, have a small pile of these old ones. All of my old ones have the spring pin cut off as I had installed MT 1128 couplers on them so I don't think those would work for you if you are using Rapido couplers.

    Also a local guy who is a new member of Trainboard contacted me and he thinks he has what you need. I gave him instructions on how to send you a private message. I think you are going to find something you can use.
     
  12. nightmare0331

    nightmare0331 TrainBoard Member

    48
    7
    12
  13. Train17

    Train17 New Member

    2
    0
    4
    alextrove, I mailed you an original 17605B truck a couple of hours ago. It has an intact spring pin and original spring included. It's slightly used, but should work fine. The post office said it should arrive in about 2 weeks.

    Don C.
    San Jose, CA
     

Share This Page