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“In this stage you’ll fit the rear window together then fix it into the central body. You can store the parts supplied with this stage until they are needed later.”
Materials: The Steering Column is metal, while the other parts here are plastic.
Fitting the Rear Window Support to the Cross Frame and into the Central Body
Retrieve your Rear Window Support from the previous stage and your Cross Frame Firewall from Stage 53. Fit the Rear Window Support to the Cross Frame Firewall, aligning the three screw holes.
To make sure this is installed correctly, note these three recessed circular areas of the Rear Window Support. These will fit onto mtaching posts of the Cross Frame Firewall:
Secure the Rear Window Support to the Cross Frame Firewall with three (3) Type D screws.
Do not over-tighten these screws as we might risk damaging the plastic of the Rear Window/Support:
Retrieve your Central Bodywork from the previous stage and place it upside down on a soft surface:
Then, route the wire of the Interior Light LED over to the left side of the roof, as shown.
NOTE: If we follow the instructions, the next few steps include routing this wire behind the Rear Window Support and then back into the model’s interior. While I ended up routing this wire differently, I am going to show how the instructions say to do it here. I will show my routing farther below:
Slide the Cross Frame Firewall assembly down inside the rear section of the Central Bodywork.
If you are following the instructions regarding this wire, I recommend routing it through this notch of the Cross Frame Firewall now. To do this, it is very likely that you will have to loosen/remove the nearby screw to fit the plug through:
At the rear edge of the Central Bodywork, make sure the top of the Rear Window Support is seated down inside this groove:
There are two holes in the Rear Window Support that fit over posts of the Central Bodywork, one of which is shown here:
When this assembly is fully seated, these corner edges of the Rear Window Support will sit on small ledges of the Central Bodywork:
On this side, make sure the Interior Light LED wiring is resting in the groove and is not pinched:
REROUTING THIS WIRE: Since I was not sure if this Interior Light LED wiring would be visible when the hood was opened, I decided to reroute my wiring to the inside of the Rear Window Support just in case. This way, the wiring does not go back and forth through the Support. To keep it from being visible through the body side vent, I did pull it fairly taut, as shown:
Secure the Cross Frame Firewall to the Central Bodywork with two (2) Type M screws, one on each side.
This is your friendly reminder to try using 3-in-One Oil on all screws going into metal:
While we did not use it in this stage, this is what the Front Frame Cover looks like:
Our Central Bodywork has just become much larger! I am hoping my rerouting of the Interior LED Light won’t cause any problems down the road, but I don’t think it will. Once again, we did not use any of the parts supplied in this stage here, but they will be needed shortly so keep them nearby.
Stage 56 – Front Frame