I posted this question on the Hi-Rail/Traditional forum with no luck, so let me ask it in a different way here, as the tender does have a clam shell coupler! The shell on this 2235 is stamped 2224. The shells (to me) look very similar, but I’ve only seen a picture of the 2224. In this case, was it common for Lionel to interchange shells on different chassis’s?
How would I go about repairing a missing coupler hook on the tender’s rear coupler? My guess is I’d have to purchase a doner coupler, then try to remove the hook and install it on the tender coupler. Is there a replacement coupler or other way to go about this? I’m just not sure I will have any luck securely fastening the hook which looks force fitted.