Disassembling the Bachmann car: 1. Remove the roof by gently squeeze the roof to disengage the roof clips 2. The wires for the light come through holes in the plastic cross piece. Cut the wires just below the solder joint so that the wires can be pulled down through the holes. 3. The plastic body is attached to the frame by 2 clips through each end platform and 6 clips along the floor, which interlock with the lower edge of the clear plastic. Place two fingers into the body and gently press outward to release the side clips. This should release the body and allow it to be lifted off. 4. Remove the 2 small screws holding the interior and remove the assembly. 5. Remove the 2 screws attaching the trucks, then remove the trucks for later reuse.
Cut the frame into 3 segments along the floorboard lines.
1 It is handy to use the scrap Bachmann car body as a cutting fixture, with the frame placed upside down on top of the car body. 2. Using the floor boards as a guide, cut both ends of the frame between the wheel bolster and the truss rods, as shown in the photo
Reassembly of the 46” frame
1. Test fit the long wooden floor board on the inner frame, around the metal weight. Glue with ACC. 2. Glue the one of the lower floor spacers under the long wooden floor board, snug against the plastic frame. 3. Glue one of the plastic frame ends under the long wooden floor board, snug against the lower floor spacer. Check that the frame is straight before the glue hardens. 4. The spacing between the steps on the frame should match the car body. Place the second lower floor spacer and plastic frame end in position and verify the correct spacing. Adjust if necessary before gluing in place. 5. Test fit the 4 frame beam extensions on each end, and then glue in place.
Cut and splice four Bachmann 36’ roofs into three 46’ roofs.