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“In this issue you work on the roof frame of your DeLorean, assembling and fitting the door locks.”
Phillips Head Screwdriver (appears to be size #1)
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The Roof Frame
This frame is big and heavy. Thankfully, it arrived protected inside a plastic case within a cardboard box:
Remove the six (6) screws holding the packing support bars to the Upper Frame.
I am going to keep these supports in place until I actually *need* to remove them. This is to try and prevent the Upper Frame from any bending while I work on it throughout the next issues. If you do choose to remove these screws/supports, they are not needed in any future steps and can be discarded:
Take note that the two Door Lock Covers are different. Part 60B (marked ‘L’) is for the driver side and part 60C (marked ‘R’) is for the passenger side:
Slide one of the Springs onto the long end of one of the Bolts, as shown:
The door lock slots are located at the front edge of the door openings. Locate this slot on the driver side of the Upper Frame and fit the Spring/Bolt assembly into the slot, as shown.
You will need to compress the Spring a bit to fit this into place:
Fit the driver side Door Lock Cover (60B) into place as shown, capturing the Spring/Bolt assembly, and secure with one (1) AM screw.
This is your friendly reminder to try using 3-in-One Oil on all screws going into metal:
Once installed, you should be able to push on the exposed tip of the Bolt and feel it recede into the housing against the Spring:
Repeat the previous steps on the passenger side of the car:
This Upper Frame is all metal and quite heavy. The Springs are also metal, but the rest of the parts in this issue are plastic. I know my Upper Frame may not look normal with the packing supports still in place, but the last thing I want to do is accidentally bend this thing during assembly. In the next issue, this thing is going to get even bigger and heavier.
Running Total of screws used so far: 519
Issue 61 – Frame: Front Frame, Hood Latch