Re: Marklin coupler conversion
- Diane, I can't quickly find the link with detailed pictures of the 'how-to' but after you get the MTL parts, you'll need to put them in the Märklin coupler pocket. To do this, get a large towel to work on. This is to collect and parts that fall out, mainly the spring in the coupler. MTL gives you a few but you may one to save the one that you'll take out of the Märklin. You'll need a sparp new Xacto knife and some sewing thread.
Bunch up the towel to hold the loco bottom up. Use the Xacto knife to try and pry up as much of the black plastic that covers the metal cover on the coupler. You want to preserve as much as possible to help reseal the cover. Don't worry, you can reseal it otherwise. Note the spring under the coupler, you can use the Xacto knife tip to hold in place while you take the Märklin coupler out.
Prepare the MTL coupler as instructed in their included in documentation and place it in the coupler box. To help get the spring in, you can either 'hold' it by touching the tip of the Xacto knife near the end of the spring (tension will hold it) or, thread the sewing thread threw it and place the spring in place. Place cover in place (make sure the coupler is correctly oriented (the trip pin that normally hangs down should now be pointing your direction)). Press down on the black residual mounting posts you earlier preened up. If you have something hot like a soldering iron tip or something that can be heated with a lighter, you can use that to "reseal" with what is left over. If there was nothing left (you could not get the cover off without removing it all), then you will have to glue it down. Plastic model glue works OK, just make sure it dries for an hour or so. You can also use CA (a.k.a. Super Glue) but make sure you put it on a sewing needle/pin as a FILM, not a drop so you don't flood the coupler !!! Make sure the coupler freely moves before you use CA.
You can also find more Z info at the following links hosted by David K Smith:
SF Bay Area Z
--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, "Loren" <ljsnyder@...> wrote:
> Hi Diane,
> Welcome to the Zmall world, where size does matter in a wonderful way......
> Yes, you can do the change out IF you can work with very small parts and
> have decent eye sight and manual dexterity.
> It may try your patience a bit, but others, (including myself) have done
> this change out.
> The difference between the 901 and 902 is strictly in the length of the
> shank. The 902 is about 1mm shorter than the 901.
> BTW, the 901 is no longer made but I have some in stock if you wish to use
> the longer shank. I believe most have used the 902 although I can't vouch
> for that.
> Probably what you want for uncoupling would be the MTL #988 00 211. Two per
> package. The uncoupling magnets are placed under the ties and hidden from
> view by ballast. There is some tutorial somewhere to show examples, but for
> the life of me, I can't find it now. Just ask and someone will stear you in
> the right direction.
> Welcome and please share some photos when you can of your project,
> All the best,
> Z Train Things
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "shouldbesad1" <shouldbefool1@...>
> To: <email@example.com>
> Sent: Monday, June 01, 2009 11:27 AM
> Subject: [Z_Scale] Marklin coupler conversion
> >I have an older 8800 Marklin 0-6-0 locomotive that I would like to change
> >the couplers to the Micro-Trains Magne-matic couplers. I have found in this
> >article http://www.zscale.org/articles/couplers.html where they suggest
> >using a 901 medium or 902 short shank coupler. What is the difference? Is
> >this a project I can do myself?
> > Also, which is the best type of magnetic uncoupler track or gizmo to use
> > for uncoupling hands-free. (building a coffee table layout under glass)
> > I am new at model railroading and very much appreciate all the info on
> > this board.
> > Thank you much,
> > Diane
> > ------------------------------------
> > Z-scale: minimum siZe, MAXIMUM enjoyment!
> > Yahoo! Groups Links
- Thank you all for the info. I am definitely going to order new couplers and give this a go. These Marklin couplers are too toy looking for what I want on my layout. Gotta make it 'real' (or as close as I can get).
- I recently aquired a Marklin #81438 "Diamond Special Train Set" Illinois Central Railroad.
I want to convert all the Marklin couplers to knuckle-style. Yes... I know about "The Zelatory" conversion kits. But... I would like to hear from folks that have performed the conversions themselves, with or without using the Zelatory kits. Or... Does anyone know of someone with experiance in performing the conversions for a fee?
- I haven't used the Zelatory conversion kits, since they weren't available when I converted mine but they might be the easiest way.
There are 2 other ways to do the conversion. You can remove the Marklin couplers and boxes from the trucks and install body-mount couplers to the cars or you can replace the Marklin couplers with short shank couplers from Micro Trains. I would opt for the body-mount couplers if I were to do it again. The only thing you need to be careful about is to remove just the coupler box and leave the piece that helps hold the axle in place.
To replace the Marklin couplers you need to either slice off the tips of the plastic pins that hold the metal cover in place on the Marklin coupler box or pry the metal cover off and hope you can get it back on. Once you've replaced the coupler with the short shank MTL coupler you will need to re-melt the plastic pins with either a hot pin or needle or hot soldering iron. You need to be careful to not melt the pins too much or the coupler won't work.
--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, "Alex" <techrepjapan@...> wrote:
> I recently aquired a Marklin #81438 "Diamond Special Train Set" Illinois Central Railroad.
> I want to convert all the Marklin couplers to knuckle-style. Yes... I know about "The Zelatory" conversion kits. But... I would like to hear from folks that have performed the conversions themselves, with or without using the Zelatory kits. Or... Does anyone know of someone with experiance in performing the conversions for a fee?
- Alex, Lee again. Contact Loren Snyder or Jim O'Connell
From: Alex <techrepjapan@...>
Sent: Sat, March 26, 2011 11:32:03 PM
Subject: [Z_Scale] Marklin coupler conversion
I recently aquired a Marklin #81438 "Diamond Special Train Set" Illinois Central
I want to convert all the Marklin couplers to knuckle-style. Yes... I know about
"The Zelatory" conversion kits. But... I would like to hear from folks that have
performed the conversions themselves, with or without using the Zelatory kits.
Or... Does anyone know of someone with experiance in performing the conversions
for a fee?
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