Kusan-Auburn Boxcar Kit
In addition to already assembled boxcars, Kusan sold boxcar kits.
Packing materials: KMT Electric Trains box; large tissue paper used to wrap the car body; small tissue paper used to wrap the doors; one crumpled newspaper section was used as cushioning in each end of the box.
Boxcar parts: Soo Line car body; metal chassis; two doors; parts bag.
Parts bag contents: eight wheels; two truck bodies; four truck side frames; four axles; four door frames (the black paint did not adhere well to the metal);plenty of door frame mounting pins (only eight needed); ten truck side frame mounting bolts (only four needed); four car body mounting bolts; three coupler mounting bolts (only two needed); two truck-to-chassis screw rivets; two assembled couplers; one brake wheel and pin;
One truck side frame assembled to the truck body with a bolt. The bolt is self-tapping.
The assembled truck before mounting the coupler.
Complete truck with coupler.
Two assembled trucks ready to be attached to the metal frame with two screw rivets.
An assembled truck in a Lionel rivet press prior to riveting it to the metal frame.
A hammer may be used to tap in the rivet, if a rivet press is not available.
Since the body mounting bolts were self-tapping, a bolt was used to make
threads in each of the body mounting posts prior to chassis assembly.
Brake wheel attached to the car body end with a mounting pin.
Upper door frames mounted to both car sides prior to adding the chassis. The door frame pins were pushed in with the face of a flat blade screwdriver, then a vice was used to tighten them.
Bottom of the car after adding the metal chassis, doors and two lower door frames.
The finished boxcar, ready for the rails!
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