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T EC H N I Q U ES

MICRO-TRAINS COUPLERS FOR CON-COR AUTO RACKS
B y Robert Schleicher
To upgrade appearance and minimize derailments, replace the couplers on the Con-Cor cars with Micro-Trains body mounted, pivoting couplers, as used on Micro-Trains 89-foot flat cars.
Con-Cor offers its N scale auto rack in a variety of prototype paint schemes. The placards with the road names on the sides are separate pieces (as they are on the prototype) , so you can remove them for painting or to upgrade the car with etched brass side panels as s hown on the previous pages.

Use a jeweler's screwdriver to pry the trucks from the Con-Cor auto rack car.

Assemble the Micro- Trains 1019 couplers and pockets as described in the ins tructions. These are the same couplers and pockets used on the Micro-Trains 89-foot flat cars.

Use flush-cut diagonal cutters to nibble away at the edges of the bolsters.

File the sides of the bolster flush with the unders ide of the floor. The Micro-Trains 1019 coupler's U-shaped coupler pocket shank must fit around the bolster and be able to pivot about 5 degrees from side to side. File the sides of the bol ster, too, to fit the coupler pocket.
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