I almost did this project, the primary thing that held me back was the big flanges on the Aristo trucks, the smaller rapid transit/streetcar style flanges are almost delicate in comparion on the prototype
(But I promise to build this at some later date !)
Anyways, it occured to me the obvious thing to do was build a "real" Chicago car out of the bodies. Chicago cars were longer and wider than all other PCC models, and had a third set of doors at the rear of the cars. It would be a relatively simple bash to add the length and doors, I didn't bother with the added width though. One nice aspect of the Chicago cars, they have full skirting, so the trucks are completely hidden,, what oversized flanges ??
So, with a plan, or at least an idea in mind, let the carnage begin !
The car is a total bitch to get apart, a billion tiny screws, the screws holding the body to the floor and power mechanism on one car were stripped and had to be drilled out, and removing the mega-thick window "glass" is a major job.
Stripped the cars down to basic body shells and fired up the X-Acto razor saw....
Oh, the humanity,,, I wonder if this is in any way a reminder of when the real cars were cut up for parts to build new elevated cars ?? (And yes, I know they didn't recycle the pre-war cars, only the post-war ones with the standee windows !)
I will say that the plastic Aristo molded the cars in is very workable, and takes MEK quite well.
Sharp-eyed viewers will see a bottle of Plastruct styrene cement, that stuff has been gone a long time, and I just keep refilling the bottle from quart cans of MEK bought from Home Depot. A lot cheaper, but be careful, it is nasty stuff, make sure you know what you're doing and VENTILATE !!
So, after a few hours hacking and slashing, mocking up, etc...
The basic concept....
Lot more to do of course, more filler, close out the skirts, sand smooth, prime/paint/etc.