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Remove a cab from an Atlas GP-7? The instructions are nonexistent, and I am trying to install a Soundtraxx decoder in the long hood.
 

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Removing the Shell of a GP-7 Locomotive

To start, you do not have to remove the couplers but you will have to remove the hand rails from the cab and and the steps on the cab so you don't break them. There are two tabs in the rear of the shell and these must go inward to clear the frame. Grab the shell on both sides, just past the one horn on the short hood, then push inward and lift up, making sure the tabs are clear of the frame tabs. There is one tab in front of the nose of the shell--be careful as it can break. There are only three tabs on the GP-7 shell; two are in the rear on each side and the last is in the front nose. Usually when the rear tabs are clear of the frame the front will clear and the shell will come off, but be careful when doing this and watch out for the handrails so you do not break them.

http://www.atlasrr.com/Support/locoshell.htm#hogp7

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Thanks, I figured that out about an hour ago. Now I am trying to get the decoder to work. The problem is that whenever I connect power, the fault light just blinks continually until the decoder (a soundtraxx 567) overheats. Any clues?
 

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Check your track, DCC system, and your installlation.
Read your directions?:confused:
Unless you have something that needs a heat sink, overheating for electrical components is not good.
I hate to ask :eek:, but how do you know it overheats?
Does another engine work on the track? :(
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The engine worked on the track before I started with DCC, I only have one engine. I know it overheats because the purple shrinkwrap on the outside shrunk a lot more. :eek:
 

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I don't have DCC. All I know is that the chips are sensitive to static electricity. They get zapped during installlation.
:confused: Transistors and voltage regulators do need heat sinks. It may be natural. The short may be somthing else.

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had a similiar issue, i forgot to isolate the motor from the chassis!! remember to put that piece of tape in the bottom!!
 
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