I had a chance to buy a 5 car set of the D&H passenger cars for a good price.  Since the D&H cars don't pop up all that often, I wanted the cars.  The only issue was, one of them had been dropped and the truck mounts on the car chassis had been both broken out.  Since I've seen this before, I figured it wasn't a big deal, and I made the deal.

After a little time on the bench, the body was good as new, and I mounted the trucks and all was well.  Here's the repair in pictures.

Original Body As Received

MTH Premier Truck Mount Fix N1

Clean Up And Rough Up Surface For Repair

MTH Premier Truck Mount Fix N2

Replacements Cut From 1/16" Styrene

Note that the bottom of these were also scored to maximize the grip of the glue.

MTH Premier Truck Mount Fix N3

JB Weld To The Rescue!

Glued and clamped, I used JB-Kwik and gave it a few hours to set.

MTH Premier Truck Mount Fix N4

Finished Repair, Ready To Mount Truck Again

Pop the truck back on and you're back on the rails!  Note that I made the patch one-sided, extended much more on one end.  I also rounded and tapered the short end.  This was to allow the truck pickup spring room to flex, the original truck mount is just a rounded bump.  In order for the spring to clear, I couldn't make that end longer than it is.

MTH Premier Truck Mount Fix N5

 

This is a quick and easy repair if you run into a similar situation, this is not the first time I've had to fix this style of car.

Hope this is helpful for the next guy that drops his MTH Premier passenger car.

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I had a chance to buy a 5 car set of the D&H passenger cars for a good price.  Since the D&H cars don't pop up all that often, I wanted the cars.  The only issue was, one of them had been dropped and the truck mounts on the car chassis had been both broken out.  Since I've seen this before, I figured it wasn't a big deal, and I made the deal.

After a little time on the bench, the body was good as new, and I mounted the trucks and all was well.  Here's the repair in pictures.

Original Body As Received

MTH Premier Truck Mount Fix N1

Clean Up And Rough Up Surface For Repair

MTH Premier Truck Mount Fix N2

Replacements Cut From 1/16" Styrene

Note that the bottom of these were also scored to maximize the grip of the glue.

MTH Premier Truck Mount Fix N3

JB Weld To The Rescue!

Glued and clamped, I used JB-Kwik and gave it a few hours to set.

MTH Premier Truck Mount Fix N4

Finished Repair, Ready To Mount Truck Again

Pop the truck back on and you're back on the rails!  Note that I made the patch one-sided, extended much more on one end.  I also rounded and tapered the short end.  This was to allow the truck pickup spring room to flex, the original truck mount is just a rounded bump.  In order for the spring to clear, I couldn't make that end longer than it is.

MTH Premier Truck Mount Fix N5

 

This is a quick and easy repair if you run into a similar situation, this is not the first time I've had to fix this style of car.

Hope this is helpful for the next guy that drops his MTH Premier passenger car.

Where did you get these cars from? Just curious because a friend and I are selling some cars just like these. I took pictures of them and they had a very similar broken truck mount

I got them on eBay, only one car, the dome car, had the broken mounts.  They were the D&H Premier 18" cars.  This is a common break, if you drop them, they break.

gunrunnerjohn posted:

I got them on eBay, only one car, the dome car, had the broken mounts.  They were the D&H Premier 18" cars.  This is a common break, if you drop them, they break.

Ha, I just checked the eBay account my friend and I sell on and you did buy the cars we were selling. I take the pictures and he sells them. Funny coincidence 😄😄

It was a pretty simple repair, but sometimes people look at something like this and don't have any idea how to proceed.  Hopefully, someone will benefit from the post.  Bob, I did have use for a couple of clamps, but the seventy clamps would have crushed the frame, so I only used a couple.

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