I don't like the ultra-thick steps and molded in grabs on the Atlas O 4750 hoppers. Plus they ride a little too high. Here's my first conversion to wire grabs, and lowered ride height. I used a modeling saw to cut away all the molded in grabs, and removed the extra thick bolster on the bottom, creating a flatter piece to attach the trucks to. Kadee 740 couplers round it all out. I'm still wanting to change the stirrups, but that's next. Also,gave the car a complete custom painting while I had it all apart. Still a bit of a work in progress. Here it is for now. I use .020 brass wire and 18" grabs from Tichy Train Group. Those are on the ends, the side grabs are .020 brass wire and bent to fit 20" wide grabs. A pin vice was used to drill all the holes to attach the grabs.
Great job, Jeff! Is this an Atlas “Trainman” line car? I know first hand that replacing grabs can be a bit tedious, but I’ve never done a car with that many...man, that’s a lot of work!!
The results are outstanding...so good in fact that you absolutely HAVE to replace those over-sized, molded-in stirrups...LOL!
Thanks for sharing the project here. Looking forward to seeing the finished car!
Jeff, Really awesome work! Hopefully Atlas takes note!
IDK how you had the patients to drill those holds... And make them level to boot!
fantastic looking work you do .....thank you for posting !