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59656Re: AZL latching couplers

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  • David K. Smith
    Feb 3, 2009
      Yes, folks, today I'm a spammer. One more correction.

      Cutting the pins off the sides of the older AZL couplers does indeed
      make them easier to couple... but it makes them prone to unscheduled
      uncoupling.

      Live and learn!

      --David

      http://jamesriverbranch.net/
      http://1-220.blogspot.com/



      --- In z_scale@yahoogroups.com, "David K. Smith" <david@...> wrote:
      >
      > Correction to this post:
      >
      > The newer couplers are newer tooling. They do not have the flash
      that
      > the older ones did. But they also do not have much in the way of
      side-
      > to-side movement; they are very stiff, compared to their older
      > couplers which moved side-to-side relatively easily.
      >
      > That said, it is still possible to make the older couplers easier
      to
      > couple by simply clipping off the pins on the side of the knuckle.
      >
      > Sorry for the confusion.
      >
      > --David
      >
      > http://jamesriverbranch.net/
      > http://1-220.blogspot.com/
      >
      > --- In z_scale@yahoogroups.com, "David K. Smith" <david@> wrote:
      > >
      > > I was really curious how AZL came up with their easier-
      > coupling "Auto-
      > > Latch" couplers. Do they represent new tooling?
      > >
      > > Nope.
      > >
      > > The original "hard-coupling" AZL design has a small pin molded
      onto
      > > the side of the knuckle. This pin keeps the two coupler parts
      from
      > > spreading.
      > >
      > > The new easier-to-couple "Auto-Latch" couplers are the old
      couplers
      > > with this pin clipped off.
      > >
      > > Which means... yes, you can convert the original "hard-coupling"
      > AZL
      > > couplers into new easier-to-couple "Auto-Latch" couplers by
      simply
      > > clipping off this pin.
      > >
      > > Go figure...
      > >
      > > --David
      > >
      > > http://jamesriverbranch.net/
      > > http://1-220.blogspot.com/
      > >
      >
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