12 July 2020

Build the Back to the Future Time Machine - Issues 076, 077, 085, 086

Oh, hello, it has been a while.

Some good news.  We got a few shipments whilst on lockdown.  This stuff is shipped to my work address, so it took a while to retrieve the boxes.  There are still some Issues missing, but for the moment, we can at least start building something.

Issues 076, 077, 085, 086
We have been waiting for some of these Issues since November of 2019.

Issue 076 - Right Front Fender (Finally!)

Contents of Issue 076

If you remember the way almost three years ago, in Issue 002 , we had the Left Front Fender.  That was way back in September of 2017.  Same build as the other side, the right side build is just attaching the  rub strips on the fender.

Then, it gets a little complex.  You need to dig up that Left Front Fender, because you are finally going to install, along with the Right Front Fender.  Good thing you kept it in its blister package like I suggested.  We should have received this and installed it eight months ago, but what are you going to do?

Remember this from 2017?
It looks like a pretty simple install.  But, you need to remove the luggage compartment to have access to the screw holes, installed in issue 065.  You will need to remove the four screws holding the luggage compartment along with the hood struts.  Gently remove the assembly, then you can get to those hard to reach areas to mount both front fenders.

If you are in the same situation as us, and have/had missing shipments, you may have gone ahead and worked on the interior lining around the door (Issue 088).  Well, you will have to remove those as they cover the screw holes need to secure the front fenders.

Once you have finally installed the fenders, re-install the luggage compartment and hood struts, and you will be ready for the next part.

Issue 077 - Left Rear Fender

Contents of Issue 077
This was supposed to be the first Rear Fender you receive, before Issue 079.  Simple built here, just install the vent at the base of the C-pillar.  Done.

Oh, wait.  If you have Issue 078, dig that back up.  Now, we can install the rub strips, rear marker light, fake vent, and flux band brackets.  Once the fender is ready, it can be installed on to the body. Remember those interior lining pieces around the door?  Yep, you will need to remove it to get access to one of the holes for rear fender install.

Okay.  Now, we are kinda caught up.

Issue 085 - Engine Bay

Contents of Issue 085
These long waited parts continue on our build from the 081-084 shipment.  So, unearth that assembly from seven months ago and we are in business. After put together, the Engine Bay assembly is mounted on the to body with six screws.

Issue 086 - Interior Ceiling

Contents of Issue 086
Excited for more wires!  This is a pretty straight forward build.  Once completed, we were done with this shipment and done until we get Issue 087.  Not going to build any further as we may need to disassemble areas if we move along without certain parts.

Here is where we are at:

Build up to Issue 086 (interior and chassis not pictured)

While some who have started after us have completed this build, we still wait for shipments to arrive.  We had additional shipments during quarantine, including these four Issues.  Based on what we have received the last few months:

The missing issues include:  087, 092, 095, 096, 099, 100, 101, 102, 103, 104, 105, 114, 115, 116, 117, 118, 119, 120, 125, 126, 127, 128, 129, 130, 131, 132, 133, 134, 135, 136, 137, 138, 139, 140, 141 142 143, 144, 145, 146

I thought there were only 130 Issues, but we received a shipment with issues 147-150.  Based on start time of September 2017, we should to be on Issue 140 (with no missing parts).  This is well beyond the initial 130 Issues, and well beyond the on finished with the basic build.

We have a screw count:  90-AP, 22-BP, 2-CP, 22-AM, 12-BM, 4-EM, 4-CM, 34-DM, 3-DP, 1-FM, 3-GM, 3-HM, 2-IM, 2-EP, 19-FP, 2-JM, 5-HP, 2-GP, 11-NM, 1-MM, 4-KM, 2-LM, 4-IP, 1-OM, 1-PM, 4-JP, 2-KP, 3-QM, 1-LP, 4-MP

to be continued...

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