Re: [z_scale] Converting Micro-Trains F7 chassis to narrow-body
I wasn't the person who wrote the original E-mail but have
been waiting for the reply. I believe I know the answer
because I've built a few GP-38 out of a MT F7.
Disassemble a MT F7 ($85). Save the complete trucks and the
worms with shafts. Put the rest of the parts you have on
your counter in the spares box.
Buy some brass stock (got mine from grizzley.com)
Machine 2 new side frames. (2.5 hours of labor and have access
to a milling machine - cost me $1000)
Buy a Faulhber 8mm dual shaft motor ($45 - 55 - depending on quantity).
Machine 2 flywheels (but be careful because the motor
has different size shafts on each end) 1.0 hours of labor and
access to a lathe - cost me $500). Also need the correct small drill bits.
Make a plastic motor mount for the motor. (haven't figured
out the best way to do this - currently hand made)
Figure out a good way to get the power from the wheels
to the motor (haven't figured out the best way yet - currently
just solder on wires but disassembly is difficult).
Make a GP-38 shell (or use a Rogue shell if you are lucky
enought to have one - I have 1/2 dozen of them $50 each).
Add a light
If I ever get this down to a science, I will offer some for sale.
----- Original Message -----
From: "D. A. Karp" <z@...>
Sent: Thursday, August 30, 2001 3:05 PM
Subject: [z_scale] Converting Micro-Trains F7 chassis to narrow-body
> Hi all,
> Back in July of this year, "Mr. W" wrote about converting a Micro-Trains
> chassis to a narrow-body design. (see
> http://groups.yahoo.com/group/z_scale/message/5359 ) However, I don't
> believe there was any follow-up.
> Does anyone (including Geoff, the original author) have any more
> information? I think many of us would be thrilled to hear more about this