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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.
Issue 61 – Frame: Front Frame, Hood Latch