looking for any tricks I may have missed in replacing the couplers on a u36c truck without having to cut away the bottom portion of the plastic steps to gain access. this is the 8855-50 coupler same type truck as the sd40 I know if you de rivet the steps you have open access but then a job getting new steps and rivets in place can be a mess any suggestions?
Pry up on the rear end of the 'thumbtack' armature until it pops out of the coupler shank. Once it is free, remove it. Remove the palnut holding the coupler in place and your done.
thanks for the good info Larry. is there any chance you might provide the part # for the plastic pilot steps for this u36c it is a chessie 6-8061 it’s not a high end engine but really good looking and a great runner would be nice to replace the steps that I cut away to replace the couplers would need the correct rivets too thanks for any info on this
There should be no need to remove the pilots for any coupler work. The coupler armature will snap out with a screwdriver. If the coupler needs replacing it should wiggle out.
thanks for that info Chuck at least next time I know better as I cut away part of the bottom step now i’m looking for the replacement part with required rivets. it’s not a high end engine but super clean and runs great
I thought the pilot steps were part # 8665-515 but I don’t think that’s correct
As far as I can see, according to the Lionel service manuals, the pilot is part #627-122. The rivets are #530-40 and both are available here.
Call before ordering to insure correct part numbers.
thanks again Larry, you may have saved the day. I got the couplers from that same supplier and they work great. I do want to keep this engine all original lesson learned on my part and that supplier has great pricing and fast delivery so i’ll contact Jeff and hope for the best