13 August 2020

Build the Back to the Future Time Machine - Issues 087, 092, 095, 096

 We finally got Issue 087, an important issue needed to move on to other issues.

Issues 087, 092, 095, 096

We are just going to jump right to it.

Issue 087 - Roof interior

Contents of Issue 087

We have waited months for this, and it is finally here.  This issue completes the ceiling panel.   More wiring for lights.  If, like me, you moved a little ahead on your build while waiting for back issues to arrive...well, you will need to undo some areas to get pieces to fit.  For me, this included removing the inside panels so the ceiling piece can be fitted in.  Once complete, you can move on to the next issue.

But, if you are in the same goofy-ass schedule as me, you move on to Issue 091.  Way back in January, like eight months ago, I had already completed some areas of 091.  Of course, I was stuck with a number of issues yet received.  Well, here we are in August and we can finally tackle this issue.

Get ready for a ride.  This issue (091) is the most involved and will test your patience. The main task is to merge the upper body on to the chassis and interior.   

First, you need to connect all the wires from the body.  This includes the lights for the doors, ceiling panel (just completed in 087) and trunk (bonnet).  Remember those little number tags?  Make sure you double-check those and make sure they match.  Then, check again with the colour of the wires.  

Once you have your wires connected, the fun begins.  Make sure your wires are out of the way.  The engine bay wall will want to pinch the wires.  You will never get the top to meet the bottom.  Also, remember those inside panels?  They are in front of the door.  Make sure those are mounted flush.  Otherwise, the dash will not allow the top to settle into the bottom.  At this point, I am over an hour into the struggle.

Tired yet?  Oh, pro tip:  To get the wires out of the way, remove the passenger side air deflector from the chassis.  It is only seven screws.  This will give you access to the wires and a bent paper clip can hook the wires back and allow the engine bay wall to sit properly.  The nightmare is not over.

Before I continue, there is a new screw introduced in this issue, the RM.  Anyway, back to your regularly schedule nightmare.

When you finally get the body to settle onto the chassis, there are eight screws to secure it.  Two on the front, two in back, and two on either side.  Good new, eight screws...this should be no problem.  Oh, no.  You may need to see a psychiatrist after this part.  Maybe it is just on my build, maybe it is because the damn parts have been sitting for months and things shifted and warped.

The screw bosses do not line up with the holes!

One is perfect.  Half of them are okay.  About three of them will put you in a fit of rage.  I think I lost five pounds from sweating during this phase.  It will help if you had an extra set of hands.  I needed to squeeze the sides while someone else started the screw.  Once you get a few turns of the screw, you are home free.  Now, do it three more times..

Lucky for me, I noticed that my wires were being pinched.  So, I had to take it apart and do this again.  I think I spent about two hours on this part.  Once I was done with 091, that was it.  I did not get to 092, which is in this shipment.  Too damn exhausted to continue. 

We will get to the next few issues in the next episode.  We have a few shipments that should keep us busy for a few weekends.  Looks like Eaglemoss is restocking and shipping back issues.  Still, we are missing a few.

The missing issues include:   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

Screw count:  92-AP, 23-BP, 2-CP, 22-AM, 13-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, 3-GP, 12-NM, 1-MM, 5-KM, 2-LM, 9-IP, 1-OM, 1-PM, 4-JP, 2-KP, 3-QM, 1-LP, 4-MP 1-RM

to be continued...

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