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8 years 8 months ago #16340 by Mr.JA
Marklin Caboose Conversion was created by Mr.JA
I'm sure it's been asked before, but I'm going to ask it again. :whistle: I have two Marklin caboose I want to convert the couplers. Besides using the conversion kit available on the market... is there another way of doing this? Any hints, tips, photos will be greatly appreciated.

ThankZ!

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8 years 8 months ago #16341 by Gerd
Replied by Gerd on topic Re: Marklin Caboose Conversion
It's not only about the coupler, you need to replace the trucks too.
If so, the conversion kit you can get from Anthony is still using the same mounting points than the Marklin trucks. The trucks need to be moved further to the ends and a new bolster needs to be put in place to make it right. This is how it should look like: zettzeit.ch/ZZ02006_E.html
There was an instruction on Freudenreich's website, but it was removed after the last update.
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8 years 8 months ago - 8 years 8 months ago #16342 by rvn2001
Replied by rvn2001 on topic Re: Marklin Caboose Conversion
(Third time is the charm)

Hi Alex,

If all you want to do is replace the couplers and not re-locate the trucks, it's fairly simple. Pop the trucks out of the chassis and remove the Marklin coupler box. Be sure to leave the little fingers that hold the axles in place. You'll also need to remove the little tab that hangs off the bottom of the railing so that you can mount the new coupler flush with the bottom of the caboose. Then just drill and tap a hole in the proper place for a new MTL body-mount coupler and install it.
This puts the couplers at the right height also.



I hope this helps,
Thom
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8 years 8 months ago #16343 by southernnscale
Replied by southernnscale on topic Re: Marklin Caboose Conversion
Thom, When changing couplers it look as if the end of the inside of the coupler box may hit the wheels on a tight turn or is it just the photo? I have 3 marklin caboose's that I need to change. I have one small curve on the layout. So have you tested it on the smallest curve? Thanks for the information!

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8 years 8 months ago #16344 by garthah
Replied by garthah on topic Re: Marklin Caboose Conversion
Replacing the trucks and relocating the mount point requires a rebuild of the bottom of the car either with the conversion kit from Anthony which adds weight to the car or using styrene strips to create a new center beam with new truck bolsters. I have rebuilt 6 caboose and have shortened another pair and rebuilt the under frame on each one and mounted them on Micro Trains trucks with body mounted couplers. With the materials on hand it takes me an evening to do three of them. I have seen Zelatory conversions and they are the easiest way I have seen to convert these beasts.

regards Garth

cheerz Garth

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8 years 8 months ago #16347 by rvn2001
Replied by rvn2001 on topic Re: Marklin Caboose Conversion
Walt,

Just the very corners of the trucks hit the back of the coupler box. You could, probably, cut the backs off of the coupler boxes to allow the trucks to rotate completely around. I just tested this caboose on some small-radius track and it works fine on all of them. I tested it on the smallest Marklin curve (8510), and the 2 smallest Rokuhan radius curves. The trucks rotate on all of these curves without hitting the coupler box. The overhang on the tightest radius curves might be an issue but the trucks swing enough to negotiate all of the small radius curves.

Have fun,
Thom
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