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 par, 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...

05 December 2017

FUCK YOU, STOP CALLING ME - December 2017

Final month of 2017. Everyone is on holiday mode...except for the fucking telemarketers.

5 December 2017
  310-849-4134  Beverly Hills, CA - Obviously, this is another spoofing call. I wonder if these fuckers are going to pick it up for the holiday season, like how some retailers hire more staff to cover for the mass shopping season.  Oh wait, telemarketers are usually bots.  Do bots have holidays?  I know they sometimes get weekends off. Sometimes I get calls on Saturdays. Where am I going with this?  No where, just like telemarketers.  Fuck you!

  423-405-1562  Athens, TN - There is already an Athens in Greece. Come up with your own name.  Fuck you!

8 December 2017
  310-849-9946  Beverly Hills, CA - For those keeping track, this is the eleventh time this number has called, dating back to May of this year.  Fuck you!

11 December 2017
  201-579-9233  New Jersey - Not one...

  201-579-9233  New Jersey - Not two...

  201-579-9233  New Jersey - Not three..

  201-579-9233  New Jersey - But four calls from this number.  Oh, it gets better.  Four, count them, four calls in less than a minute.  Fuck you!

I downloaded an app called Call Protect which pre-blocks number s that are from potential fraud callers. My phone did not even ring, just a notice...well, four...that calls were protected.  It is free, try it.