I like to upgrade all my rolling stock to Kadee trucks and couplers. Or at least Kadee wheel sets and couplers (Rivarossi passenger cars only get Kadee couplers). The Tyco 3 dome tank cars are no exception but do take a little more work than other cars.
Here's some pics of how I: fill in the bogie bolster hole, drill and tap for a #2-56 screw and then prep the trucks by cutting off the coupler pocket, reaming the bearing journals and installing Kadee wheel sets and drilling new bogie pivot holes. The existing holes are too large.
I install .88 wheels on the outside of each truck and .110 wheels on the inside. I like using .88 wheels on my freight cars for a more prototypical look but continue to use the .110 on the inside of 3 axle trucks so that I save a little money with not having to order so many .88 wheel sets and since I'm pulling .110 wheel sets out of other trucks. In the last pic you will see that I have 3 of the Micro Mark Truck Tuners: one that is stock, one with the little rubber gripper pushed to one side so that I can ream the center bearing journals and my original one, which is getting dull, attached to a handle. I also use Micro Marks Truck Spreaders.
In my next post I will show you how I fabricate End Platforms that the coulper gear boxes and other details such as hand brakes, air reservoir, etc. will be mounted to.
Post by The Jade Fog, formerly: Dave on Dec 14, 2018 9:57:49 GMT -5
Very interesting. When you complete your post, please have a side by side before and after photo, to see all the enhancements. Ever since I was a kid, I loved these big tankers, and to see upgrades like you're doing is very interesting.
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wow! Brilliant!! love the home made truck tuner!!!! heat shrink, a truck tuner, and part of a tooth brush?
i havent seen those pliers before. what are they used for?
Almost correct on the truck tuner handle. It's from one of those in-between-tooth mini-brushes. The pliers are Truck Frame Spreaders by Micro Mark to ease the process of inserting and removing wheel/axles or Truck Tuners from the bogie frame.
Yesterday I received the AB brake system details from Shape Ways. 16 highly detailed, accurate to scale, sets (air tank, brake cylinder with linkage/bracket, second linkage/bracket) for $50. That works out to $3.125 per set. I plan on using 2 AB sets per tank car. One at each end.
JNXT 7707: At this rate you may take over the entire state of PA in 10 years or so
May 20, 2020 11:13:20 GMT -5
umpdan31: Sooner then that. We're on a mission!
May 20, 2020 21:20:46 GMT -5
umpdan31: JadeFog: i found a brand new in the box ConCor PRR mail car. Although the ones that I already have are all heavyweights with 6 wheel trucks, this one is a lightweight with 4 wheel trucks. I also picked up a few assorted couplers. Glad he was open again.
May 20, 2020 21:36:16 GMT -5
umpdan31: The mail car was 10 bucks. Not bad for a brand new car.
May 20, 2020 21:39:30 GMT -5
yardmaster54: Here in central Ohio it has done nothing but rain since Sunday. I'm starting to build an ark, does anyone have a motor for it.
May 21, 2020 13:46:55 GMT -5
Bull: Hang in there Yardmaster, I'm floating your way!
May 21, 2020 16:24:19 GMT -5
umpdan31: Jade Fog or anyone else interested in Penn Central rolling stock. Go to etsy.com. There is a small assortment of Penn Central freight cars for sale. Cattle cars, gondolas, cabooses, box cars. Check it out
May 26, 2020 19:32:22 GMT -5