17 March 2018

Build the Back to the Future DeLorean - Issues 028-031

Issues 028-031
Issue 020 is still on back order, but some are reporting shipments of 020 and other back order issues.  Hopefully, I will get 020 in my next shipment.  Meanwhile, the new parts allow us to continue...for the most part...without the missing issue.

Issue 028 - Radiator

Issue 028 contents
You will need the Radiator fans from the previous issue (027).  This is another simple build with only three parts.  All plastic parts in this bag.  The best part is, you get to mount the radiator assembly on to the frame when done.  These four issues all mount onto the frame.

Issue 029 - Chassis Plate

Issue 029 contents
The Chassis Plate, as they call, is one large hunk of die-cast.  Obviously, in a real car, this is part of the fiberglass tube, not a metal floor as in most cars. No big deal, it adds weight and value to the model kit.

There is also a center plate that comes with this.  Only two screws on the back end holds this plate down for now.  No worries, the other two screws will be part of the fuel tank cover plate.

Bottom of the chassis
On the bottom of the chassis in marked with 1/8 1982 Delorean DMC-12 

There are two mistakes with this mark.  First, the year should be 1981.  Second, and many people make this mistake, DeLorean is written with an upper case "L".  Check the old DMC documents, see how John DeLorean wrote and signed his name.  Every time you write it with a lower case "l",  you die a little inside...much like smoking a cigarette.  I guess that is your pro tip of the day.

Issue 030 - Water Pipes

Issue 030 contents
These parts are a little tricky.  Pay attention to the orientation of the pipes and were the screws holes line up with the chassis.

There are two black hoses that need to be mounted on the finished engine. If you are missing parts of the engine, hold on to these two hoses for later.

Issue 031 - Air Deflector Plates

Issue 031 contents
These are plastic parts.  In a DeLorean, the Air Deflector Plates are metal (I think aluminum).  The idea is, as air is rushing along the bottom of the chassis, these 'deflect' air into the rear brakes.  Most DeLorean owners have removed these from their car.  Mine were removed, I have yet to reinstall them.

For such a small and 'unimportant' piece, there sure are a lot of screws used to attach these.  Seven on each side for the model kit.  Air Deflectors on a full size car only use three nuts to secure the plates.

At the end of Issue 031, your car should look like this, but hopefully with an engine in place.

Assembled car sans engine

Now the best part, the screw count, omitting 020, 022, 024, 025, and 026.

26-AP, 7-BP, 2-CP, 9-AM, 9-BM, 4-EM, 4-CM, 10-DM, 2-DP, 1-FM, 3-GM, 3-HM, 2-IM, 1-EP, 4-FP, 2-JM, 1-HP, 1-GP, 1-NM

12 March 2018


A new month is always interesting as I 'reset the counter' for telemarketer calls.

12 March 2018
  323-315-0150  Los Angeles, CA - Usually, on the Monday after a time change, it is one of the least productive days of the year.  Well, not for robocalls.  I guess the good news is, this is the first call of the month...almost two weeks into the month.  Another good is, this was branded a "telemarketer" call by my phone.  Obviously, the bad news is the same news...we are still getting calls. Fuck you!

13 March 2018 
  323-430-8296  Los Angeles, CA - See...when I 'complain' about not getting a call for nearly two weeks they hit me with this shit:

  323-430-8296  Los Angeles, CA - #2

  323-430-8296  Los Angeles, CA -  #3

  323-430-8296  Los Angeles, CA -  #4

  323-430-8296  Los Angeles, CA -  #5

  323-430-8296  Los Angeles, CA -  #6

  323-430-8296  Los Angeles, CA -  #7

  323-430-8296  Los Angeles, CA -  #8

  323-430-8296  Los Angeles, CA -  #9

  323-430-8296  Los Angeles, CA -  #10

  323-430-8296  Los Angeles, CA -  #11

  323-430-8296  Los Angeles, CA -  #12

  323-430-8296  Los Angeles, CA -  #13

  323-430-8296  Los Angeles, CA -  #14

  323-430-8296  Los Angeles, CA -  #15

  323-430-8296  Los Angeles, CA -  #16

  323-430-8296  Los Angeles, CA -  #17

  323-430-8296  Los Angeles, CA -  #18

  323-430-8296  Los Angeles, CA -  #19

  323-430-8296  Los Angeles, CA -  #20

  323-430-8296  Los Angeles, CA -  #21

  323-430-8296  Los Angeles, CA -  #22

  323-430-8296  Los Angeles, CA -  #23

  323-430-8296  Los Angeles, CA -  #24

  323-430-8296  Los Angeles, CA -  #25

  323-430-8296  Los Angeles, CA -  #26

  323-430-8296  Los Angeles, CA -  #27

  323-430-8296  Los Angeles, CA -  #28

  323-430-8296  Los Angeles, CA -  #29

  323-430-8296  Los Angeles, CA -  #30

  323-430-8296  Los Angeles, CA -  #31.  Yep thirty one calls, all blocked by Call Protect app, from the same number, in a span of about two minutes.   Fuck you!

15 March 2018
  727-394-4166  Saint Petersburg, FL - The robot left a message.  Hey folks, it is tax season.  So, be aware of these calls.  Yep, it is the typical robot telling me that I have issues with my taxes...and the cops are at my place.  Same scam they have been running for a few years.

Uh, you have a robot call me on something this 'urgent'?  Maybe put a human on this.  Oh wait, I have not even filed my taxes yet, because, guess what...they are not due for another month...like it is every fucking year.  Oh, one more thing.  Why would someone...or some robot...in Florida call me about my California taxes.  Surely my federal and state taxes are the issue here.  You are clearly out of your jurisdiction. Fuck you!

16 March 2018
  310-849-8308  Beverly Hills, CA - Another (no doubt) spoofed number from the 310-849-XXXX, Beverly Hills numbers.  Fuck you!

  310-849-2425  Beverly Hills, CA - Well, the first number did not work.  What makes you think I give a fuck the second time?  Fuck you!

Calls from 310-849-XXX on 16 March 2018
I thought I would check Call Protect did its job. Well, look at this.  Six calls came in, and four were pre-blocked by the app.  Two slipped through, but still registered as telemarketer calls.  Note that they are all from the same area code and prefix.  These are most likely spoofed numbers.  Fuck you!

11 March 2018

Time Change

Well, it is that time...again.  Welcome to my bi-annual rant about setting watches and clocks.

Every six months or so, we have to go through this unneeded, useless ritual of springing back and falling forward...or is it fall back and spring forward.

Whatever.  My point is, there is no need to do this.  The planet tilts and orbits closer to the sun, giving us more daylight hours in a twenty four hour period.  Why do we need to adjust our time telling instruments every March and October?

Side note*.  Did you know that not everyone observes this dated ritual.  You have heard this before.  I am not just talking about some countries.  Some states do not even deal with this crap, while other states are looking into banishing this ridiculous observance.  Furthermore, other countries do not change their time on the same day.  The UK (and I am guessing some of Europe) does their time changes over a different weekend as their North American friends.  I do not even know when or if Asia or Oceania and other areas of the word changes  their clocks.  Argh!

Here is another interesting fact.  It takes about three days for the average person to acclimate to this, what is essentially, jet lag.  So everyone on Monday morning is driving with jet lag, causing an increase of 17% of accidents the Monday morning following a spring forward.

For the states and countries that are already not following this dark age convention, good.  You keep doing what you are doing.  For the governing bodies that are fighting for the elimination of this archaic practice, keep up the good fight.

Obviously, we cannot agree on one thing.  Heck, there are some countries (well, two) that are still stuck on the Imperial system.  Anyway, here again, is my proposal:

We not only stop this nonsense.  But to please everyone, we meet half way.  She want one hour ahead, he wants one hour behind.  #TimesUp  We set the clocks a half an hour off and leave it.  That is it.

We pick a day, the Winter Solstice seems like a good one, with the sun and the daylight and all that. Since we would be on Standard time during the Winter, everyone follows according to their originally assigned time zone and set their clocks forward a half an hour.

All the atomic clocks will follow this change.  That way, all our computers, globally and in orbit, will be all set.

Tangent:  Of course, I am writing this before we are supposed to set our clocks.  At 2 AM, the clocks magically jump to 3 AM.  So, I am trying to set this to post at 2:XX AM and it defaults to 3:XX AM.  Wow, we literally really lost that hour.  Anyway, I set this to post at 1:59 AM.

We will all sleep better and function better the next day...and forever...knowing that there will never be any unnecessary setting of clocks and watches.

World leaders, get on this.

...or, we can just all go by Swatch Internet Time (or beat time).

*Update:  Today in the UK, they are celebrating Mother's Day.  No time change for them.  Good luck telling mum her special day is an hour short.

10 February 2018

Build the Back to the Future DeLorean - Issues 024-027

Issues 024-027
Still no Issue 020.  Without this elusive issue, we are unable to continue to build off the engine.  Issues 024 to 026 finish off the engine assembly.  While we wait for Issue 020 to arrive, we can look at the issues and parts from this shipment

Issue 024 - Pulleys and Belts

Issue 024 contents
This looks fun, there are pulleys and belts to assemble.  I thought I could build off of that I had since none of these parts directly connect to anything from Issue 020 or 021.  As you may recall, you need 020 to work on 021.

Anyway, the upper parts of the engine assembly need to be assembled in order for the belts to go on.  Sure, I could have just mounted the pulleys.  But, what is the point?

Issue 025 - Heat Shield and Exhaust Pipes

Issue 025 contents
Again, some of these parts can be build on to the existing block.  But, the heat shield and brackets need to be on top of the pulleys and belts...which are not on the block yet because of missing parts.  Argh!

Issue 26 - Exhaust and Mounting Engine

Issue 026 contents
Remember the two inner drive shafts from Issue 014?  Well, this you can finally mount them when you mount the engine on to the frame.  But, that is only if you have all the issues and parts up to this point.  Otherwise, you will need to wait for parts.

Reports of Issues 022, 023, and 024 are also on back order.  I guess the good news is these are all engine parts.  You could just move on to another area of the car...which brings us to...

Issue 027 - Radiator Fans and Horn

Issue 027 contents
Finally, we can build something.  We also get introduced to three new screws!  This issue is quite easy to build.

DeLorean owners/enthusiasts will notice that there is only one horn, on the driver's side.  A DeLorean has two horns, one on each side.  Yep, the DMC-12 has stereo horns.  Actually, one 'high' note, one 'low' note to create that distinctive 'dying duck' sound.  Side note:  One of the items of the bottom of my list is to replace my horns with something that has a little more umph!

The radiator fan build is pretty straight forward.  Just mount the fans onto the frame.  You will have to set these aside until (I guess) you receive the radiator itself.  Then they will mount on the radiator brackets.

Another note.  The fan blades are a little off.  The blades on a DeLorean fan are off set.  More of an 'X' shape than a traditional 'cross' shape.  Here we have four blades that are 90° from each other.  On a DeLorean, the blade are set at about 60° apart.  Think of a six-bladed fan, and remove the top and bottom blade.  Look here is a picture:

Stock cooling fans
These are stock.  Perhaps Doc replaced these goofy off set fans and replaced them with a 'normal' fan design.

Okay, with Issue 027 assembled, it should look like this:

Horn, radiator bracket, and cooling fans assembled
Now, we wait and hope for 020 to ship along with the next issues.

Screw count.  I did not work on Issues 024-026, so there are no 'extra' screws to add to the collection.  As mentioned, there are three new screws introduced in 027, so here is the count, omitting 020, 022, 024, 025, and 026.

24-AP, 7-BP, 2-CP, 8-AM, 6-BM, 4-EM, 4-CM, 8-DM, 2-DP, 1-FM, 3-GM, 3-HM, 2-IM, 1-EP, 2-FP, 1-JM, 1-HP, 1-GP, 1-NM

to be continued...

01 February 2018


The telemarketers closed off last month with a strong push with 13 calls on the last day of the month.  Not letting their foot off the pedal, as a call rushes in bright and early on the first day of February.

1 February 2018
  315-280-8585  Oneida, NY - An early call from "Suspected Spam".  Oh, how I love that my phone and/or carrier occasionally brands these fucknuts with "Suspected Spam".  It saves me time from looking up the number.  Heck, it saves me time from even looking at the phone for too long...wondering who the fuck is calling me at 8 in the morning?  Oh, it is suspected spam...well fuck this shit!  Ignore, click.  

Suspected Spam
A call on the first day of the month.  Looks like it is going to be a long month.  Oh wait, February is the shortest month.  So, looks like it is going to be a short month...argh, you know what I mean.  Fuck you!

  315-280-8585  Oneida, NY -  Call

  315-280-8585  Oneida, NY -  Protect

  315-280-8585  Oneida, NY -  blocked

  315-280-8585  Oneida, NY -  an

  315-280-8585  Oneida, NY -  additional

  315-280-8585  Oneida, NY -  eleven

  315-280-8585  Oneida, NY -  calls

  315-280-8585  Oneida, NY -  from

  315-280-8585  Oneida, NY - these

  315-280-8585  Oneida, NY - cocklicks

  315-280-8585  Oneida, NY - If you are keeping track, that is a total of twelve calls...so far.

  315-280-8585  Oneida, NY
My guess is once the phone recognizes the number as "Suspected Spam", see above, Call Protect will block future calls from the number.  Day is young, will I get more calls from Oneida, NY?

Apparently, they also left a voicemail.  Well, robo-voicemail...and my phone dictates the message for me.  Check it out:

This is the voice
Fuck you!

  818-603-0340  Los Angeles, CA - Another one blocked by Call Protect. Boy, I am popular today. So many calls in one day.  Fuck you!

2 February 2018
  310-248-9965  Beverly Hills, CA - First call of the day.  A little late in the day compared to yesterday.  Oh look, a call from Beverly Hills...imagine that.

Good news is the phone flagged this as a telemarketer.  If a telemarketer calls on Groundhog Day, we get six more weeks of telemarketer calls.  Fuck you!

5 February 2018
  310-849-0946  Beverly Hills, CA - Mother Fucker!  The only reason you should get a call before 8am is in case of emergency.  Calls from family members, friends, or work.  Why are these fuckers calling me at 7:50 in the morning?   Fuck you.

Wait.  One more thing.  Only family, friends, or work should call me, period.  Telemarketers DO NOT fall in either of those categories.  So, again, fuck you!

8 February 2018
  323-430-8296  Montebello, CA - Marked as "Telemarketer" like a scarlet letter.  Fuck you!

19 February 2018
  310-846-451  Inglewood, CA - What the fuck is this?  No, there is no typo here.  The number came in as "310-846-451", no last digit.  Clearly, this is a telemarketer with an attempt to fool us.  Fuck you...actually, I should say, fuck yo!

  323-430-8296  Montebello, CA - We have a return caller!  Again, this was marked as "Telemarketer".  I love technology, and I love ignoring calls.  Fuck you!

   310-469-7256  El Segundo, CA - Another marked as Telemarketer.  Another fuck you!

22 February 2018
   310-296-5857  Gardena, CA - You bare the mark of shame, the mark of Telemarketer.  Shame on you and your family.  Fuck you!

   816-988-3701  Blue Springs, MO - Blue Springs is a pretty cool name for a town.  Too bad your town is infested with telemarketers.  Now, your almost cool town is a shit town.  Fuck you!

28 February 2018
  323-419-3044  Huntington Park, CA - Branded by phone technology as a Telemarketer. You shall wear it in shame.  I piss on thee and the grave of your ancestors.  Fuck you!

Recents calls from telemarketer

21 January 2018

Build the Back to the Future DeLorean - Issues 019-023 (sans 020)

Issues 019, 021, 022, and 023
Notice the gap in the photo?  Issue 020 is missing.  Apparently, there is a shortage of Issue 020 at the distribution center.  So, they skipped it and shipping Issue 023, that way we have our four issues this month.  This has happened to many subscribers who were waiting for 019-022.

I still find it kinda weird.  Why make, say, 1000 copies of Issues 1-50, but only, say 500 issues of 20?  Would it not make sense to make 1000 of each?  Anyway, looks like Issue will...should...be shipped with the next shipments, along with the next three in the series.  Let us get to the build.

Issue 019 - Engine Top, Water Pump

Issue 019 contents
Tiny parts, tiny screws.  Straight forward build, with no real problems. On a real DeLorean, this is a problem area, and has been called affectionately "the valley of death".  We get our first hose piece, a small tube about 1mm wide.  Luck for you, they included tweezers...which is pretty much useless. 

Needless to say, these are not professional tweezers.  They will work...in a pinch (ha).

Issue 021 contents
Issue 021 - Cylinder Head Covers and A/C Compressor

Good news.  You do not need Issue 020 to assemble 021.  You will have to wait until you receive 020 to complete the assembly at the end of this issue.

Issue 022 contents
Issue 022 - More Engine Parts

Bad news.  You kinda need 020 to assemble 022.  While you can pre-assemble some parts from this issue, most of the parts mount directly on to areas that would be included in Issue 020. 

I elected not to start assembly of this issue. 

Issue 023 contents
Issue 023 - Even More Engine Parts

These few issues have been relatively fast builds. Again, no parts that need special attention.  The parts from this issue can be assembled directly onto your engine from previous builds (up to Issue 018) or last shipment.  Issue 020 is not needed to complete this issue.

Finished engine up to Issue 023, without 020 and 022 should look like this

Update engine assembly
Well, this is not the first time I had to wait for DeLorean engine parts to arrive from a distributor.  While my car was getting its engine replaced, the shop needed to wait for parts. 

Now for the screw count, after 23 issues.  Note that I did not include the screws from Issue 021 that mount the top of the engine to the main block.  Also, screws from Issue 022 were not used, therefore were no 'extra' screws.

24-AP, 7-BP, 2-CP, 8-AM, 6-BM, 4-EM, 4-CM, 8-DM, 2-DP, 1-FM, 3-GM, 3-HM, 2-IM, 1-EP, 2-FP, 1-JM

to be continued...

06 January 2018

Painting DeLorean Louvres

Five years ago, I repainted the 'fake vents' on the DeLorean.  I had to look that up, did not realise it had been half a decade since I did this.  Well, it was time to do the same with the louvres.

Grey louvres and swirl mark
One day, I noticed that there was a blemish on one of the louvre panels.  I am not sure if I did this. Looking at the image above, if you can image, it looked like someone (possibly me) used something abrasive to clean what was resting on the panel.  There are swirl marks.  Something must have really been stuck on there to use an abrasive to remove the foreign substance.

Also, you can see that my louvres were fading and getting that old UV-ed grey look.  Similar to the side vents from a few years ago.

Oh, I should mention that there is a correct way of repainting your louvres, which involves removing them from the car, getting the correct paint, and properly spraying the paint in a paint booth with a spray gun.

But, this is me we are talking about. I am only concerned with the exposed surfaces.  I will be using SEM Trim Black...from a can.  And, I will be spraying it in my garage...of course, with the door open (most of the time).

Taping and masking
First step is to tape the areas not to be painted.  I installed a third brake lights, or CHiMSaL (Center High Mounted Safety Light), just under the top panel, a while back, those need to be masked off.  The hardware for the lid also needs to be free of paint.  You can see the green tape used to mask off those areas.  In addition, I covered the back half of the car in case of overspray.

Since I am only repainting the 'outside' surfaces and not removing the louvres, I needed to mask off the underside of it.  Basically, providing a backing for in between the panels.  You can see the brown paper through the 'holes'.  There is also backing on the bottom panel, under the vents.

The taping and masking process took over an hour.

First pass
This is a big area to rattle can, which means multiple coats are required.  One of the issues I had while spraying was the occasional spatter from the nozzle.  Sometimes, there are spots that are splotchy.  Multiple coats help blend these blemishes.

Multiple passes
I spent a lot of time chasing these blemishes.  Luckily, I am going for the textured look as that was what the original finish was.  If I wanted the gloss look, a spray can is not the way to go.  After multiple coats and two cans of paint, I was at a place where I was happy.  Well...more like I was at a place where it was good enough and I did not want to spray anymore.

Freshly painted louvres
The best part and easiest past was removing the tape and masking.  Although it did take about 15-20 minutes to get all the little pieces of tape, and gathering up all the paper.  Total job can be done in a weekend.  But you know me...this took me about a week since I had to get another can of paint to touch up the splotchy areas.  At the end, it looks much better...like a new 36 year old car.  I am happy with the results.

02 January 2018


Well, Happy fucking New Year.  I thought about 'retiring' from doing this series.  But, I just keep getting calls and text from these cock licks.  It also keeps me writing and thinking of (hopefully) new was to insult telemarketers.  So, I guess this is continue for now.  Feel free to share your thoughts on this.

2 January 2018
  339-970-5608  Lexington, MA - Here we go with another text message scam.  Text came in at 8:08AM, bright and early, great way to start off the day.  Assholes!

Looks legit
I did not know shitty 'graphic design' can be translated into text.  I mean, look at this shit.  I am no graphic designer per se, but let me break it down

- Fonts are all over the place.  Look at the "T" in Today, why is it the same height as the "o"?  Those circled letters for Adidas and Yeezy are just a fucking eyesore.  Why is there no circle around the "O" in Outlets?
- Random icons.  Stars?  Come on, is this some eight year old girl's diary?  What is up with the crown?  We are not talking Rolex here, or any kind of head wear.  Was there not a shoe icon that could have been used.  Oh, the pointy fingers.  What year is this?  Ye olde Yeezy?
- Total lack of consistency and flow.  It looks like a shitty ransome note.  How are you supposed to communicate your company with this shitty presentation?  Fail!

Fuck you!

3 January 2018
  310-238-2491  Santa Monica, CA - Another spoofed number.  Could be legit, as nothing came up on initial search, but no message was left.  But, I have no business in Santa Monica.  If I did, I would probably have a parking ticket on my car already.  Fuck you!

12 January 2018
   323-315-0403 "Debt Collector" Los Angeles, CA - This is new.  The Caller ID showed "Debt Collector".  I shit you not, check this out:

"Debt Collector"

Let us ignore the fact that I pretty much owe no debt.

Who the fuck enters the name "Debt Collector" as a contact on their phone. If I gave my number to someone I owed money to, it would be under that person's name, like Bill Payee, or something.  I mean, using "Debt Collector" as a contact name is like having "booty call" as a contact name and hoping to hide the phone from my wife/girlfriend every time I get a call from booty call.

So, we have these fucking telemarketers that are not only spoofing numbers, they are somehow spoofing the Caller ID to show "Debt Collector".  Why not make it something less 'threatening', like a generic name that I could have on my contact lust.  Again, something like Bill Payee.  At least with that, I can think, "Who the fuck is Bill?  Maybe I should pick up...oh, you got me, it is a cock licking telemarketer".  Fuck you up the ass with a coffee maker.  

  832-564-3248  Houston, TX - What the fuck?  At least this one left a message...but not a real message.  It was in code.  It was also in a thick accent, and I do not mean Texan accent.  Instead of Cowboys, think Indians...no, the other Indian.  So, code that was cut off (by my long outgoing message) that I could not hear nor understand.  Maybe I won the lottery.  Nope, pretty sure it was some telemarketer routed from half way around the world.  Fuck you!

16 January 2018
  206-596-0475  Washington - Oh, so sweet.  Call Protect caught this one.  Check it out.

Severe threat
It is all there.  Fifteen reports of potential fraud and flagged as a severe threat.  Fuck you!

18 January 2018
  310-849-9946  Beverly Hills, CA - Well, well, well...look who came crawling back.  Almost been a month to the day (19 December 2017) since the last call.  Well, this makes it the thirteenth call from this spoofed number.  You know, maybe is it not a spoofed number, maybe this is a legit telemarketers number.  Fuck you!

24 January 2018
  310-896-3341  Redondo Beach, CA - Curious. Not your regular spoofed number from Beverly Hills, and nothing came up on initial search. Still, no message left.  So, I am guessing this is another spoofed number. Fuck you!

  956-815-0153  Laredo, TX - Normally, when I get a call from a not-so-well-known city, I make fun of the name.  I will do a little research on the town and, of course, make fun of any information I can find.  Usually, the first thing I do is do a quick search of the number and see if it has been flagged as a telemarketers.  But this time something pretty awesome happened.

 What?  The Caller ID came in as "Telemarketer".  Obviously, I do not have "Telemarketer" as one of my contacts.  There must be some algorithm running in the background, something in the operating system, or perhaps the carrier is running something.  Maybe all of the above.  Either way, this is some high tech shit!  Or, was just a fluke.

Oh, I got so excited, I almost forgot.  Fuck you!

31 January 2018
  323-306-4043  Los Angeles, CA - Wow!  Strong push for the end of the month.

  323-306-4043  Los Angeles, CA - This not a mistake.

  323-306-4043  Los Angeles, CA - I did not go crazy with the copy/paste.

  323-306-4043  Los Angeles, CA - Yeah, I kinda did.

  323-306-4043  Los Angeles, CA - We should take a break.

  323-306-4043  Los Angeles, CA - How about a picture?

Call Protect
Screen shot of the Call Protect notifications...so many that they all do not fit on the screen.

  323-306-4043  Los Angeles, CA - Where were we?

  323-306-4043  Los Angeles, CA - Oh yeah.  Look at the amount of calls.

  323-306-4043  Los Angeles, CA - Heck, here is a screen shot of Call Protect

  323-306-4043  Los Angeles, CA - Severe threat with 122 reports logged.

Severe threat
  323-306-4043  Los Angeles, CA - If you were counting, that was eleven calls from this number that Call Protect blocked.  Seriously?  Eleven calls?  Fuck you!
  503-961-9079  Portland, OR - Score another one for Call Protect.

  503-961-9079  Portland, OR - Yep.  Two call intercepted by Call Protect.

Funny thing is, it registered as a call from California. But, doing a quick search, the area code is from Portland, Oregon.  Has Call Protect tracked down the core origin of the spoofed call?  Either way, another severe threat with multiple reports.  Fuck you!

22 December 2017

Build the Back to the Future DeLorean - Issues 015-018

Build the Back to the Future DeLorean, Issues 015-018
Two shipments this month, the latest one arrives just in time for the holidays.  I also got the license plate and binder that they owed me from past shipments.  Both the plate and binder are not that impressive.

The license plate is the OUTATIME plate that you have seen, but it has printed registration stickers. Yep, not 'real' stickers.  It looks good in photos and from far away, but not great when you really take a look at it. Good enough to pass.

As the for binder...well, they used images of the Time Machine that are totally wrong. I will get into it more some other time, but I have talked to people in charge of this official artwork and obviously, they did not listen.  Anyway...we should get to the issues...the real issues...I mean, the build.

Issue 015 contents
Issue 015 - Rear Wheel

Finally, the last wheel.  We have done this three times so we know exactly what to expect. 

Assembled rear wheel mounted on frame assembly
Now that the fourth wheel is installed, we have a frame with wheels that kinda looks like what one would see in a DeLorean show room.  A nice presentable way to display the model, so far.

Issue 016 - Transmission

Issue 016 contents
I had the honour to work on this piece for a video shoot...but, that episode has yet to air.  Now, I get to build it again with the knowledge of some problem areas.

Pro tip:  It is suggested that some of the screw bosses be pre-tapped before final assembly.  The holes are a bit tight and the screws need a little encouragement to go in all the way.  A proper screwdriver is also very helpful.

This issues also introduces the new EP screw.

Issue 017 contents
Issue 017 - Engine

The next few issues will deal with the engine area.  I guess we kinda already started with the transmission.  The Oil Pan and front wall of the block are assembled directly onto the transmission.

Note that the instructions show DP screws used to assemble the front wall of the engine.  This is an error, they mean DM screws.  Your kit will (should) come with the correct DM screws.  Speaking of screws, new FP and JM screws make their debut in this issue.

Issue 018 contents
Issue 018 - Engine

This issue has you building the side walls and back wall of the engine block, along with the manifolds, and oil and fuel filters.

Pro tip:  This is another area where pre-tapping is recommended.

Your finished assembly of issues 016-018 should look like this:

Most of the engine block with transmission
Keep holding on to those inner drive shafts from the last shipment.  The parts you worked on this time are not ready to mount to the frame just yet, so you will have some floaters for now.  The parts from Issue 001, 002 and 004 (Rear Fascia, Left Front Fender, and Reactors) will not be used for a long time, possibly another year, so keep those in a safe place.

After four months and five shipments, this is the last issue of the year.  Folks in UK and other markets are somewhere in the 50's with their builds (they have yet to use the parts from 001, 002, 004).  Apparently, Eaglemoss has new subscriptions available in the US as past subscriptions were sold out.  If you missed the first subscription window, you can might be able to start in January.  Head to https://www.deloreanbuildup.com/form-4.php to start your subscription...if you want.

Now for the screw count, after 18 issues:  19-AP, 7-BP, 2-CP, 5-AM, 6-BM, 4-EM, 4-CM, 7-DM, 2-DP, 1-FM, 3-GM, 3-HM, 2-IM, 1-EP, 1-FP, 1-JM

to be continued...

08 December 2017

Build the Back to the Future DeLorean - Issues 011-014

Build the Back to the Future DeLorean, Issues 011-014
The most recent shipment of Issues 011-014 came in a nice little box.  The box is perfect for storing the booklets until I get my binder...which they still 'owe' me.  Speaking of IOU's, I received another IOU, this time for the OUTATIME licence plate.  So, for those keeping count, that is two things they owe me.

Issue 011 contents
Issue 011 - Engine Support

I like this easy build.  This one is pretty straight forward, and introduces a new screw.

Assembled engine support
Depending on your luck, you may have an easy time with the screw bosses.  It might be a good idea to pre-tap the bosses.  Having a better screwdriver, with better leverage, is also a plus.

Once the engine support is assembled, it gets mounted onto the frame.  We will check on that towards the end.  On to the next issue.

Issue 012 contents
Issue 012 - Rear Left Suspenson

This is a difficult one to tackle.  There were many screw bosses that needed pre-tapping.  Some screws just did not want to screw all the way down easily.  Again, a quality screwdriver helps.

Screwing into the top linkage is quite a challenge.  There is not a lot of area on the linkage to grip, and the hole, with paint, is very snug.  For the inner drive shaft, there is virtually no grip and leverage to torque the screw.

Another area that needed attention, or modification, at least for me, was the caliper and disc.  The registration holes were too small for the pins to fit into.  I had to scrape paint, maybe some metal on the disc and modify the pin on the caliper to make it fit.

Most of this assembly is done on the frame.  The rear springs, while awkward, were easier to work with than the front springs.  Oh, there is a new screw introduced in this issue.

Issue 013 contents
Issue 013 - Rear Wheel

Same method as the front wheels, this is pretty simple.  Heck, you have done it twice before.

Assembled rear wheel
 I imagine that the other rear wheel will be the same.

Issue 014 contents
Issue 014 - Rear Right Suspension

Now that I have tackled the rear left suspension, the right side should be a little easier.  Knowing what obstacles will be coming helped in this issue.

I think the rear suspension assemblies have been the must difficult, so far.  This is based on fitting and torquing the screws.

The completed frame, up to Issue 014, looks like this:

Frame with rear suspension and one wheel installed
The rear wheel fitted in nicely and there was no need to adjust or modify like I needed to for the front wheels.

Note that I do not plan to make modifications unless structurally needed.  As mentioned, there are many other builders that are doing excellent mods such as painting the frame the correct colour, and other modifications.

There are also two 'floating' pieces, the Inner Drive Shafts:

Inner Drive Shafts
The next shipment of issues 015-018 will include the transmission (Issue 016) for the inner drive shafts will mount to.  I am pretty sure that 015 will be the last wheel...unless there is a spare.

Now the fun part, the extra screw count after 14 issues:  16-AP, 6-BP, 2-CP, 3-AM, 6-BM, 4-EM, 4-CM, 4-DM, 2-DP, 1-FM, 2-GM, 3-HM, 2-IM

to be continued...