Return to the BUILD

“Complete the fourth railroad wheel and fix all four wheels to your DeLorean, then fit the car onto the completed 1885-era railroad base.”

This beginning of this issue will feel very familiar as we have done this before…



Materials: The Railroad Wheel is metal, but the remaining parts are plastic.


  • Drive Time: Model Instructions
  • Celebrating the DeLorean: Perfect in Every Detail
  • A Time Traveler’s Guide: The Future


Fourth Railroad Wheel and Fitting the Wheels

Steps 1-3
  • Look inside the Railroad Wheel and take note of this center hole, opposite the stamped ‘R’.
  • The Wheel Center has a pin that fits into the hole noted above. Place the Wheel Center inside the Railroad Wheel and secure it into place with two (2) AM screws as shown.

This is your friendly reminder to try using 3-in-One Oil on all screws going into metal:

Steps 4-5

Retrieve your DeLorean. Remove the stock wheels from the car by removing each center Hub, Washer, and GM screw.

Remember those four black plastic Brackets we received with Issue 38? Those are ‘jack stands’. Place them under the car just inside of the wheels on both sides, as shown. This keeps the weight of the car off the axles and makes removing the wheels much easier:

I am using Magnetic Wheel Caps from Mike Lane so my center Hub caps come out easily using the supplied tool. However, if you installed the stock caps, try using sticky tape or Blu Tack to pull them out. Using any sharp tools may damage them:

With the caps out, I removed the GM screws and washers and pulled off the wheels. If you plan on ever putting these wheel back on, keep these GM screws and washers safe until then:

Step 5

Collect all four of your Railroad Wheel assemblies built in the previous issues, including their individual Washers and Wheel Nuts:

You can tell which two wheels are the FRONT and which two wheels are the REAR by the height of the center hub offset:

Step 6-7

Fit a Washer over two (2) of the included TM screws, as shown:

Secure a FRONT Railroad Wheel to the front axle on this side of your DeLorean using one of the new TM screw/washer sets, as shown:

Then, secure a REAR Railroad Wheel to the rear axle on your DeLorean using the other new TM screw/washer set:

Step 8

Push the Wheel Nut into place over the screw holes.

Once these stock Wheel Nuts are pushed in all the way in, they can be quite difficult to remove later on:

Instead, let’s use the Magnetic Train Wheel Caps mod from Mike Lane. These snap themselves into place and are easily removed with a supplied tool:

There are two full sets of metal caps included with this mod. Which ones you use depends on the magnetic polarity of the wheel. You will know which ones to use as they will either jump into the center wheel hole or repel away from it:

Here is what the Magnetic Train Wheel Caps look like installed. They are only slightly different than the stock ones, but much easier to use:

Steps 9-11

Repeat the previous two steps on the other side of your DeLorean.

This process is the exact same, so I did not take a picture here.

Step 12

Retrieve your Track assembly from the previous issue and carefully place your DeLorean between the Rails.

I swapped in Mr. Fusion here to accurately represent the configuration of the car when it is on the rails in the films:

Steps 13-14

Ensure that the flanges of the Railroad Wheels are inside the Rails on both sides, as shown:


And that’s it! We have reached the end of our 1:8 scale Back to the Future Delorean build. There is still one more ‘special’ issue left, but it contains no parts or assembly steps.

Next Up

 Issue 159 – Car Cover, Complete Instructions Guide

One thought on “ISSUE 158”

  1. This looks fantastic! I’m starting the extended issues this month so I’ll be here soon! Those magnetic wheel caps are a godsend as I will be changing the configuration of my model from version to version because I like to change it up! thank you for your build guides!

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