LIMA LOCOMOTIVES

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Here you will find various methods of converting, Commercially Available/Kit bashed/Scratch Built MRR stock into SAR/SPOORNET stock.
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MODEL
UTILIZE
DESCRIPTION
CONVERT LIMA 5E
Athearn F7
1: Remove the F7A chassis.
2: Remove the motor drive shafts and bogies.(Be carefull not to break the white tabs that hold the motor in place)
3: You now have the only the silver chassis. Cut off the 2 protruding bits from either side (the bits where the couplers fit onto)
4: Next test fit the 5E onto the chassis. You will find that the chassis is about 2 mm to long. File down the chassis to fit. (Remember to file on both sides)
5: Once the body fits, put the motor, drive shafts and bogies back. (Be carefull not to break the white tabs that hold the motor in place)
6: Remove the plastic sides from the bogies and paint it black (Humbrol 85).
7: Replace once dried.
8: As far as the couplers and cow catchers go, I used Kadee no 38 couplers as they are rounded and fit into the limited space. I then attached the cow catchers to the couplers.
CONVERT LIMA 5E
Bachmann FT
1: Remove the FT chassis.
2: Unscrew the bogies and light. Remove the motor from the chassis.
3: You now have the only the silver chassis. 5mm is to be removed from the top of the chassis. (Be sure to keep it level. Depending on the body, shape the ends of the chassis. Always remove the same amount of material from both sides.
4: Next test fit the 5E/6E onto the chassis.
5: Once the body fits, Cut the ends of the bogies as per the instructions for the Kadee 452 couplers. To ensure reliable operation, always use the Kadee 452 couplers.
6: Remove the plastic sides from the bogies, replace with the correct side frames and paint black. (Humbrol 85).
7: Test fit then glue into place.
8: As far as the couplers and cow catchers go, depending on the body and cowcatchers, test fit and glue.
CONVERT LIMA 34
LL PROTO 2000 SD7
1: Remove the PC Board.
2: Unscrew the the weight (one that is joined by 2 short flat sections. Remove the Joining parts.
3: Only replace the weight that holds the PC board. Replace PC board
4: Fit a decoder if required. Fit the shell with the cab on the modified weight side.
5: Now fit the cow catchers. Cut them from, the existing Lima frame, or replace the complete bogie side frames and cow catchers. Remember to line up the steps with the hand rails.
6: You now have a fine running 34. Remember to run the loco in..

The above descriptions are basically what is done. Everything depends on what Chassis and couplers the modeler uses. If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to

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