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P2K body switch
Posted by mreagant on Monday, August 16, 2021 11:01 AM

Will a Lifelike (P2K?) E7 body fit on a Bachmann E7 chassis with DCC and sound?

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Posted by dstarr on Monday, August 16, 2021 11:11 AM

An E-7 body will fit any E7 chassis.  You may have to do something to make the body stay in place, new screw holes, or some kind of latch gizmo, but this can be done.  Not to worry.  If the new chassis is stuffed full of DCC and sound speakers you may have to do something, but if the old E7 body fit, the new one ought to fit as well.

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Posted by RR_Mel on Monday, August 16, 2021 6:22 PM

I don’t have a Bachmann E7 frame but as David said all E7 shells are pretty much the same.

The E7 happens to be my favorite passenger diesel.  I have swapped Proto/Life Like, Model Power, Cary metal bodies around with no problems.  My favorite frame for the E7s is the Athearn SD40-2 with a Mabuchi FK280SA-14200 motor.  Any E7 shell fits the Athearn SD40-2 frame.

I even use the E7 Proto shells on Athearn and Proto frames for camera cars using the SQ series micro camcorders in the nose.

The Proto E7, E8 & E9 shells are interchangeable.


Model Power shell on Athearn SD40-2 Frame.



I like the Model Power E7 shells because they are really easy to modify and they fit any E7 frame.





I use the E7 Bs to hold my lighting power supplies to power my passenger car lighting.  Again the E7 B shells fit any E7 frame.






Mel
 
Modeling the early to mid 1950s SP in HO scale since 1951



My Model Railroad    
http://melvineperry.blogspot.com/
 
Bakersfield, California
 
Aging is not for wimps.

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Posted by RR_Mel on Tuesday, August 17, 2021 9:33 AM

The combination of a Cary E7 metal body on an Athearn SD40-2 frame with the Mabuchi motor makes a super power house with a 9 oz drawbar.  They weigh in at just under 2 pounds each.





Mel
 
Modeling the early to mid 1950s SP in HO scale since 1951



My Model Railroad    
http://melvineperry.blogspot.com/
 
Bakersfield, California
 
Aging is not for wimps.

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