MTL couplers on Spectrum 2-8-0

Help. I'm writing from the edge of blindness after working for an hour
with the MTL #2004 coupler, getting it ready to install on the tender of
my Spectrum 2-8-0. First, I assume that I will have to remove the old
coupler pocket, file the tender bottom smooth, and drill a hole for the
new pocket. Is this correct? I can't see any way of fitting the
coupler in the original pocket. But I'm waiting for reassurance before
I cut the old pocket base off.
Reply to
harrym
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The MTL 2004 is desgned to fit a Con-cor Dash-9, not the Bachmann 2-8-0. There is no coupler conversion listed in Walthers catalog for the Bachmann 2-8-0.
Actually, you need a body mount coupler. Walthers lists 1025 "wide angle short shank"; 1028 (for flat cars and goindolas); 1027 "short shank"; and 1022 "low/short profile". One of these would probably be a much better fit than the coupler you are trying to adapt.
In any case, the coupler must fulfill two conditions:
a) it must swing freely to both sides enough to cause no sideways pressure when coupled; and b) it must be mounted at the right height.
If you can achieve this, it will work. The coupler must also be securely fastened - glue and/or a small bolt of pin will do the trick.
HTH&GL
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Wolf Kirchmeir
Here are the Micro-Trains conversion charts:
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According to the chart, you should use a #2004-1. Is that the same as you have? I'm not familiar with these.
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Bill
Yes, an
Bill wrote:
Yes, and I finally got it done. But it's always a visual challenge.
Reply to
harrym
The 2004-1 comes already assembled; the 2004 must be assembled. But they are the same coupler. However, the mounting hole is right between the two holes where the stock coupler pocket goes, so I used a minute drop of CA to hold the pocket in place and secure the mounting bolt.
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harrym
The 2004-1 comes already assembled; the 2004 must be assembled. But they are the same coupler. However, the mounting hole is right between the two holes where the stock coupler pocket goes, so I used a minute drop of CA to hold the pocket in place and secure the mounting bolt. -------------------------------------------------- Thanks!
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