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I have a few cars with metal wheels. I like the sound and they seem to roll allot better. What is the best way to convert old cars to have the newer wheels? Can the old trucks just have their axles replaced or should the whole truck be replaced. If the complete trucks need to be replaced and I want to update the couplers I might as well replace the car.
 

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I have a few cars with metal wheels. I like the sound and they seem to roll allot better. What is the best way to convert old cars to have the newer wheels? Can the old trucks just have their axles replaced or should the whole truck be replaced. If the complete trucks need to be replaced and I want to update the couplers I might as well replace the car.
You can replace just the wheels. Make sure you get the same diameter , usually 33" for freight cars. Wouldn't use Kadee wheels, they are cast Zamac. Intermountain, as far as I know are the only ones that are machined & not cast. Get the "Wheel Tuner" from Micromark to ream the holes in the trucks to get a precision fit. put a little graphite in the holes first & you will be surprised at the rolling quality. Jerry
 

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I have replaced all my wheels to the Proto 2000's. 33" with ribbed back wheels for my prototype. Most all the trucks they roll very well in, but some have to be reemed a little to make the roll real smooth.
Kevin
 
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