When Lionel restarted production after WWII, there were some freight cars made with what is now called, "Flying Shoe" trucks and coil coupler. These appear to be a prototype designs that filled the gap for production. This is what I found when I examined a x2758 Freight car that had not been modified since it left the factory. Just normal run wear. This shows the "Flying Shoe" truck. The knuckle and pin have been removed in this picture.
Some notable differences
One coupler would open when pulling other cars. I took out the knuckle pin to check the plunger and plunger spring. Usually the plunger spring has collapsed when it is an NTC-1 coil coupler. What I found was only an end of the plunger stuck out from the coil. The rest of the plunger and spring were walled off. Luckily the spring was still good, the plunger was a little sticky. A little cleaning of the pocket and working of the plunger had it going again. The knuckle springs had totally collapsed after 77 years. I used newer ones as replacements, but they were a tighter fit. I think they had one more coil/wrap than the originals.
This shows the tip of the plunger in the coupler head. It doesn't come out this end as the later NTC-1 production versions do.
I also had to re-press the rivet for the coupler head attachment. It had become loose after 77 years and unknown hours of use.
This truck and coupler has more parts and assembly steps vs. the production NTC-1. Trying to do any major rework on these is a problem. They are not designed to come apart. If you have major damage or need more than minor repairs, finding a replacement may be faster and cheaper. I have noticed many of these early freight cars with one flying shoe coupler and the other a NTC-1 style. If you must have the original repaired, find someone that has the tools and parts to repair these. It will probably be expensive.
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Last update Mar 25 2023