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“Follow these step-by-step instructions to add the third of the four wheels to your DeLorean.”

In this tiny issue, we only build the left rear tire. The parts list shows four (4) BP screws, but we will actually only use three.



Materials: As with all of the wheels, the Rim is metal, the Tire is hard rubber, and the rest is plastic.


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The Wheel

Step 1

Push the Rim snugly into the Tire.

The Rim is metal and the Tire is made of flexible rubber with nice accurate tread detail. The position of the Rim within the Tire will affect how the Hubcap valve stem and lug bolts line up later on, so take note if this concerns you. The real car does not have this concern, so neither do I.

Step 2

Press the Hubcap into the Rim.

The Hubcap goes on the reverse side of the Rim pictured above, and will only fit onto the 3 screws holes in one orientation:

Attach with three (3) BP screws from the reverse side.

Fitting The Wheel To The Frame

Step 1

Push the completed wheel onto the Rear Brake Disc added in Issue 12. Fit the Washer onto one (1) GM screw and tighten in place. Finally, press the Hub into the hole.

I recommend to not put the Hub in yet since the wheels may loosen as the build continues and getting the Hub out again is not easy once the wheels are mounted. An even better solution is to replace all your Hubs with Mike Lane’s Magnetic Wheel Caps. This is also your friendly reminder to try using 3-in-One Oil on all screws going into metal:

UPDATE March 2019: After Issue 15, I came back and painted the Hubcaps on these wheels to be more accurate to the car’s original wheel color:


In no time, Issue 13 is now complete. I like the wheel issues, they are simple and quick!

Next Up

 Issue 14 – Suspension: Rear Suspension/Hub, Driveshaft (Right)

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