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Move the file from side-to-side to s hape the edges of the bol st'ers so the Micro-Trains coupler pocket shank can swing freely from side to side.

T es t- fit the s hank frequently as you file to be s ure you remove just enough material from the sides of the bols ter.

Use a common staple to retain the coupler pocket. Tes t- fit the coupler and pocket to see where to install the staple. Use a no. 78 drill bit, held in a pin vise, to drill holes to accept the tips of the staple.

Place the coupler on the frame. Apply a drop of cyanoacry late cement to the tips of the staple and insert the staple into the holes you jus t drilled.

Replace the trucks with Micro-Trains 1006 roller bearing trucks with low- pro file wheelsets. The trucks fit the pins on the bolster. Test the action of the cou pler pockets to be certain they swivel freely, and pry or push the staple so the coupler pocket has a s mooth s ide-to side motion.

Check the coupler mounting height with the Micro-Trains 1055 coupler height gauge. If the coupler is too low, insert a no. 2 or a 2-56 brass washer between the truck and the bols ter. If the coupler is too high, try loosening the staple a bit to allow the coupler to droop s lightly.

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