Return to the BUILD
“In this issue you will assemble more of the internal parts by following these step-by-step instructions.”
Materials: Everything in this issue is plastic, except for the metal Spring (and the metal part of the Switch and Wire).
- Drive Time: Model Instructions
- Production Diary: Thomas F. Wilson Returns
- A Time Traveler’s Guide: The Universal Studios Backlot
This issue is a perfect opportunity to start the install of the Self-Adhesive Pre-cut Carpet Set from Mike Lane. In order to accomplish this, we will need to complete Steps 11-12 of this issue before starting the rest. This is because the pedals need to fit through the carpet, so the carpet has to go in first. For detailed instructions on my installation of this mod, see my dedicated page: Carpet Set.
Step 11 (bumped to the top)
Fit the Panel to the Chassis Plate (from the previous issue), as shown:
Step 12 (bumped to the top)
Secure the Panel to the Chassis Plate with three (3) BP screws:
Insert the Brake Pedal through the middle hole in the Panel, as shown.
You may notice that I have the Mike Lane carpet installed here; see my Mod Zone section above.
Press the Pin through the larger hole in the back of the Brake Pedal:
Gently pull the Brake Pedal back through the Panel to lock the Pin into place:
Secure the Brake Pedal and Pin into place with the Bracket as shown, using two (2) AP screws:
Hook the end of the Spring through the smaller hole in the back of the Brake Pedal, . Then, secure the other end of the Spring to the Panel with one (1) AP screw, as shown:
This Spring is not very strong. On my model, it does not return the Brake Pedal to the upright position (especially with the added resistance of the carpet). I needed to cut a large portion of the spring off to shorten it and make it more taut:
Now, it is under enough tension to make the Brake Pedal work correctly:
Insert the Clutch Pedal through the Panel via the hole to the left of the Brake Pedal and secure from behind with one (1) AP screw:
Insert the Gas Pedal through the Panel via the hole to the right of the Brake Pedal and secure from behind with one (1) AP screw:
Fit the switch on the end of the Switch and Wire into this recess on the back of the Panel, and secure with one (1) AP screw.
Once this switch was installed, I used a multimeter to test continuity through the wires and make sure that pressing down on the Brake Pedal closed the switch and completed the circuit correctly. It did:
Using the smaller Tab, secure the wire from this switch to the Panel with one (1) AP screw:
Step 13 (my Steps 11-12 were completed before we started, see above)
Run the the wire from the Switch and Wire along to the top of the Chassis Plate, as shown:
Using the three larger Tabs, secure the wires down with three (3) AP screws:
I do appreciate that the Brake Pedal is a switch to trigger the brake lights. I don’t know how often it will be used, but it is a nice addition. But, even more so, I love how the Carpet Set from Mike Lane adds another layer of realism to the model!
Issue 41 – Interior: Center Console, A/C controls, Gearshift Surround/Boot/Lever/Knob