ISSUE 56

 Return to the BUILD


“In this issue you will continue the assembly of the interior by fixing cables to the circuit board…”

 

Contents


Parts

Materials: All of the parts in this issue are electrical.

Magazine

  • Drive Time: Model Instructions
  • Production Diary: A Flying DeLorean
  • A Time Traveler’s Guide: Darlene Vogel

Build


The Circuit Board

Step 1

Push the end of the White/White wire (marked ‘1’) onto the pins marked ’01’ on the Circuit Board.

NOTE: To ensure these are connected with the correct polarity, make sure the white numbers printed on the black plugs always face the edge of the Circuit Board:

Step 2

Push the end of the Brown/White wire (marked ‘2’) onto the pins marked ’02’ on the Circuit Board.

This wire is Orange/White. It is not brown:

Step 3

Push the end of the Orange/Brown wire (marked ‘3’) onto the pins marked ’03’ on the Circuit Board.

This wire is Orange/Orange, not sure why they say it is brown:

Step 4

Push the end of the Brown/Black wire (marked ‘4’) onto the pins marked ’04’ on the Circuit Board:

This one is Orange/Black. Their idea of brown is wrong!

Step 5

Push the end of the Yellow/Blue wire (marked ‘7’) onto the pins marked ’07’ on the Circuit Board:

Step 6

Push the end of the Green/Black wire (marked ’13’) onto the pins marked ’13’ on the Circuit Board:

Step 7

Turn the board around and push the end of the Brown/Green wire (marked ’20’) onto the pins marked ’20’ on the Circuit Board:

Again, this brown is orange:

Step 8

Push the end of the Yellow/Brown wire (marked ’21’) onto the pins marked ’21’ on the Circuit Board:

Orange, not brown:

Step 9

Secure the Circuit Board to the back of the Bulkhead Hatch as shown, with four (4) FP screws.

Make sure you mount this the right way up. The long white socket should be at the upper right:

Step 10

Push the end of the Yellow/Yellow wire coming out of the center console (marked ‘5’ from Issue 40) onto the pins marked ’05’ on the Circuit Board:

Steps 11-13

Push the end of the Yellow/Brown wire (marked ’18’ from Issue 45) onto the pins marked ’18’ on the Circuit Board.

The instructions say this wire is Yellow/Brown, but it is definitely the Orange/Yellow wire from the digital speedometer.

Push the end of the Yellow/White wire (marked ’17’ from Issue 45) onto the pins marked ’17’ on the Circuit Board.

Push the end of the Yellow/Black wire (marked ’14’ from Issue 42) onto the pins marked ’14’ on the Circuit Board.

All of these wires should be coming out of the center console, so I combined all of these separate steps into one photo:

Testing the Lights

The instructions do not include any testing steps, but we can actually test some of these connections and the main Switch Board too. All we need to do is connect this Switch Board plug to the Circuit Board, matching the (F)ront and (R)ear ends as shown:

Next, connect the main power connector from the Battery Box here, as shown. If you have The Power Mod like I do, you can connect one of the Power Mod’s pigtail connectors here to power the Circuit Board. Be sure the black wire goes on the negative (-) pin and the red wire goes on the positive (+) pin:

Then, make sure you either have fresh batteries installed and turn the power switch ON, or with the The Power Mod, it is plugged in and powered. You should now be able to use the following switches on the center console to test if the respective lighting works correctly:

Switch 2 – Digital Speedometer

Switch 3 – Dashboard/Meters

I had to shut down all my studio lights to take this picture. My camera was not happy about it:

Switch 4 – Time Circuits Display

Everything works! That is a good sign. I took one last photo with everything turned on using my phone (it likes the dark better, but the quality leaves a lot to be desired):

Thoughts


That was a lot of wiring connections! And, we successfully tested some of them too. All of this is in preparation for the rest of the multitude of wires that will also attach to this Circuit Board.

Next Up


 Issue 57 – Interior: Upper Rear Bulkhead, Light Board (XMAS Tree SID), Bulkhead Details

8 thoughts on “ISSUE 56”

  1. I tested my lights at this point as you suggest. When I press switch 1 my speedometer goes on. When I press switch 2 it goes off when lit and when I press it again it goes on another time. Switch 3 dashboard and 4 time circuits. Something wrong with 1 I guess. Do you know for what switch 1 goes ?

    1. Button 1 should be for the Flux Bands. Check out my WIRING page for more details. Make sure the mounting screws for the Switch Board are not shorting any terminals.

  2. Thanks a lot! Will check the Switch board screw. Sorry haven’t seen your wiring page before ! Hope you recieve the delayed issues soon and go on with the build. Such a usefull guide !

  3. I’m confused on your board pic..either their out of order or something is amiss.
    In the, what we call the First Pic, you say to connect the Power cable to the board. I assume that’s the R/F connector from the Battery Box.
    Like you I’m going to have the Power Mod. I understand why the R/F connector is now empty, but you mention to connect “connect any of the connectors here to power the Circuit Board. Be sure the black wire goes on the negative (-) pin and the red wire goes on the positive (+) pin.”
    The Second Photo photo shows Pins 14-23 empty, except for Pins 20 and 21. And you also circle two small pins now covered marked +/- – where did they come from?
    Why did you remove pins 14,-19?
    When I reviewed the video from Model Modz, they show one of the Black connectors going into the +/- pins you have circled, but your photo does not show that its from the Power Mod, it looks like a jumper pin? And as far as I can tell, in their video, pins 14-19 are still connected.
    Finely your last photo shows a completed board for the Battery…but you don’t show a completed board using the Power Mod as you indicated you’re using. Though hard to tell, but it looks like the +/- pins are connected?

    1. I do not know what you mean by ‘First Pic’ and ‘Second Pic’. Perhaps refer to the step numbers? I did not have the Power Mod yet when I completed this issue. I went back and edited the page to include the changes that should be made if you had the Power Mod while completing this stage. That is why it is not shown in any pictures. I did clarify the wording in the Testing the Lights section. Also, the reason the first pic seems out of order is because I did not take a picture of it when I should have and had to use a later one.

  4. I wrote this out of turn. I reread the steps again, finding I misread a couple of important points. Also found that Model Modz has two videos on this, and after reviewing that, while following through your steps, this all became more clear. I appreciate how difficult it is to add instructions after the fact. You’ve done a good job in your steps, and this has been very helpful. Though I am not at this stage yet, I’m trying to educate myself as much as I can in hope that when I get to this point, it will be easier. Your website is proving to be invaluable. A must read for anyone starting this build.

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