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Old 11-01-2019, 06:51 AM   #11
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As noted above, you bent the tab the wrong way. It goes thru slot on end wall, and the tab goes down, the gets twisted. You can try to try straighten out, very, very slowly, & a little at a time. It’s an iffy proposition, & you may break it.
That's the way it came.
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Old 11-01-2019, 11:21 AM   #12
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Loren, I am surprised that it came that way, with the end tab, bent in the opposite direction. The correct coupler is the standard CP-7, and the part that goes into the end panel, should be straight, and not be bent. I usually put a slight bend, downward, to make it easier to put the tab in line with the hole in the bottom of the frame. Then I use needle nose pliers, to finish the bend, and then twist the end tab, to lock it in place on the bottom of the frame. Chances are, that you will probably break the tab, if you try to bend it 180 degrees, to mount it correctly. You will probably have to order another CP-7, and make sure, that the long piece, doesn't have any bend. I usually buy 5-10 couplers, to have on hand, to replace missing couplers, on some of the junk I buy, to restore.
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Old 11-01-2019, 02:45 PM   #13
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That's the way it came.
Tell Jeff? He should make it right?

Do you have other cars with the same couplers to hook up to?
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Old 11-01-2019, 02:55 PM   #14
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Tell Jeff? He should make it right?

Do you have other cars with the same couplers to hook up to?
I haven't called Jeff yet, but from past experiences with him, I know he'll make it right.
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Old 11-01-2019, 02:56 PM   #15
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Loren, I am surprised that it came that way, with the end tab, bent in the opposite direction. The correct coupler is the standard CP-7, and the part that goes into the end panel, should be straight, and not be bent. I usually put a slight bend, downward, to make it easier to put the tab in line with the hole in the bottom of the frame. Then I use needle nose pliers, to finish the bend, and then twist the end tab, to lock it in place on the bottom of the frame. Chances are, that you will probably break the tab, if you try to bend it 180 degrees, to mount it correctly. You will probably have to order another CP-7, and make sure, that the long piece, doesn't have any bend. I usually buy 5-10 couplers, to have on hand, to replace missing couplers, on some of the junk I buy, to restore.
Yes, I know I'll break it if I try... Jeff walked me threw the procedure..I'll have to call him..
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Old 11-01-2019, 03:51 PM   #16
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Aside from Jeff correcting the issue ...

If you bend it and it breaks, you could probably solder it together in the correct orientation Extra solder spanning the top could increase the strength. You'll need to sand the finish for the solder to take. Plumber's flux might be best but plain rosin core electrical solder should also work.
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Old 11-03-2019, 07:09 PM   #17
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I was out and about today and found the tender.

Also the tinplate Babe Ruth boxcars bend down.


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Old 11-06-2019, 06:57 AM   #18
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I called Jeff yesterday and he told me to try heating it to make the bend correct..He said if I broke it, he would gladly send me a new, correct one...After we talked for a while, he checked on his stock, and sure enough, all the couplers he had were incorrectly bent. I did get the right bend in it by heating it, and all is good. Thanks everyone for the help/tips, and thanks to Jeff, he's a super guy. I've met him in person, and he's great.
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Old 11-08-2019, 10:59 PM   #19
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I'm a little late to the party but I'm working on two 1698W tenders. Same frame and chassis as yours. Yeah, the tabs are bent down, quite opposite of other prewar rolling stock I have worked on. Two photos if they help. Sorry, the second didn't focus because the tab is under the pickup roller.

Top View:
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Bottom View:
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Alternate of what most prewar rolling stock that I have worked with:
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