Reply to "CONVERTING MTH 72FT CENTERBEAM'S FROM 3 RAIL TO 2 RAIL TRUCKS."

hibar posted:
AGHRMatt posted:
Mike DeBerg posted:

Matt, Nice conversion.  Thanks for sharing!

Thanks. Sometime in the next few weeks I'll be doing a couple of auto racks.

Matt you mention that the newer MTH centerbeams have the trucks mtd correctly, obviously a newer bottom frame, the newest catalog still pictures these cars with the older out to the end truck mtg is this just a catalog use of older pics ? or has MTH indeed put a new frame with correct truck mtg locations, would like to know for sure before I pre order some.

IMO, especially if you plan on using Atlas 100-ton RB trucks, I would gut that part of the bottom underframe, including the bolster.  I've done that with old and newer MTH cars with great success.  Will send photos later today.  Similar to the photos above from Matt... Definitely not the quality of Bernie's work, but provides a great ride height as well as gives a much better side appearance without the center sill.  I've rebuilt the center sill with styrene as well as just cut off the drop portion with great success.   

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