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59658Re: AZL latching couplers

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  • David K. Smith
    Feb 3 7:02 AM
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      Thanks, John.

      In case anyone would like to see a photo comparing old and new AZL
      truck designs, here you go (old, top; new, bottom):

      http://jamesriverbranch.net/images/azl_trucks.jpg

      --David

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

      --- In z_scale@yahoogroups.com, "John Mui" <jmui@...> wrote:
      >
      > David, you can spam anytime you want. It sounded like a great idea.
      >
      > John
      > ----- Original Message -----
      > From: "David K. Smith" <david@...>
      > To: <z_scale@yahoogroups.com>
      > Sent: Tuesday, February 03, 2009 9:24 AM
      > Subject: [Z_Scale] Re: AZL latching couplers
      >
      >
      > > 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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