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This Identification Guide for Lionel Electric Trains covers the "Post-war Era" only from 1945 until 1969.

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Lionel Trains Cooper-Jarrett Truck Trailer Flat Car No. 6430LIONEL TRAINS COOPER-JARRETT TRUCK TRAILERS FLAT CAR No. 6430

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No. 6430 Variation A with Type 4 Trailers
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No. 6430 Variation A with incorrect for this issue Type 8 Trailers
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Lionel Trains Cooper-Jarrett Truck Trailer Flat Car No. 6430The Cooper-Jarrett Truck Trailers Car No. 6430 was in production from 1956 until 1958. A two-piece metal rack holds the vans in place. Early issues would use Mold 6511-2, and have bar-end trucks with coupler tabs, while later issues would have AAR trucks with disc couplers.

Black Backgroud Type D Cooper-Jarrett Sign

Fruehauf and Dura-Van Trailer Signs
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These signs, that are illustrated to the right, are made from metalized embossed foil that have an adhesive on the back and they came with the Type 2 trailers that were issued with the No. 6430. Note that the "FRUEHAUF" sign has a BLACK background with SILVER letters which defines the difference with the Type 1 trailer.
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The larger "Dura-Van" sign is found attached to the top middle of the front of the trailers and the "FRUEHAUF" sign is located to the left of the "Dura-Van" Sign at the bottom. Lionel ran out of these signs during the production of the Type 3 trailers so some of these trailers are without these signs.

Fruehauf / Dura-Van Sticker
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Fruehauf Sticker

There are five variations of this car:
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Variation A: Has a DARK RED chassis mold No. 6511-2 with the heat-stamped number to the right of the "LIONEL" inscription. Bar-end trucks are attached to the metal end clips that are screwed to the chassis and also hold the metal racks that retain the vans. Found with two Type 2, 3, 4, 5, or 6 trailers. Most prevalent are the GRAY Type 4 trailers with ALUMINUM "COOPER-JARRETT" signs. Produced in 1956 and 1957. Note: Some of the 1957 production cars have been found with AAR trucks directly riveted to the metal end plates.

No. 6430 Variation A with Type 2 Trailers

Variation B: Has a DARK RED chassis with early AAR trucks that rivet directly to the chassis. The rack that holds the vans uses separate rivets to hold it to the chassis. The heat-stamped number moves to the left side of the "LIONEL" inscription on the sides. Came with Type 6 Trailers. 1958 Production.
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Variation C: Has a LIGHT RED chassis that uses mold No. 6511-2. Came with two Type 10 or Type 11 Trailers that have a hole drilled to accommodate the Midgetoy tractor that was used with the No. 6431.
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Variation D: Identical to Variation C, but uses No. 6424-11 mold.
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Variation E: Identical to Variation D, but has the frame rail extensions on the No. 6424-11 mold. See: No. 6424 Variation D.
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The last three variations were issued with the Tractor & Truck Trailer Car No. 6431.

No. 6430 Box End
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