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Look at the under side of the car/coupler.   The rear of the coupler box has a slotted tab that holds the bottom of the box in place.    I use 2 small sharp screw drivers to slip between this tab and bend it backwards away from the coupler until the bottom of the box snaps out.    Then I remove the coupler and centering spring.   There are 2 small screws holding the box to the body.   Remove the 2 small screws and install what you want.

Alternately if you don't care whether the Atlas coupler survives,  simply cut the tab away with a hobby knife or break it off with needle nose pliers.

Now the negative here is that the holes for the Atlas box are just a little short for the Kadee box.    I use a drill (#43 I think) to elongate the hole in the REAR of the Kadee box until the holes will match with the Atlas underbody.

Atlas uses Metric screws - most times fine thread, but sometimes coarse.      A 2x8mm screw will fit to install the Kadee Box.   The 2 fits Atlas holes, and the 8 MM is long enough to mount the Kadee box.

Most times with 2 rail trucks, the couplers measure at the right height according to the gauge.   However, on a few cars I have had to lower the couplers with shims.



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