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“… complete the rear right panel and fix it to the body of your DeLorean.”

This issue is pretty much a mirror image of Issue 78, but for the right side of the car. I waited nearly six months to get this issue shipped to me. Apparently, it was *really* back ordered.



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


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Rear Right Side Panel

Step 1

Retrieve the Right Side Rear Panel assembly from the previous issue. Insert the posts of the longer Trim (80G) into these holes of the Right Side Rear Panel assembly.

Make sure the angled edges of this Trim match the shape of the panel, as shown:

Step 2

Secure the Trim into place from inside the panel with two (2) AP screws:

Step 3

Insert the posts of the medium-length Trim (80H) into these holes, as shown:

Step 4

Secure this Trim into place from inside the panel with two (2) more AP screws:

Step 5

Insert the posts of the Red Lens into these holes, as shown.

This lens will not sit flush if inserted backwards, just make sure you have it in correctly:

Step 6

Secure the Red Lens into place from inside the panel with two (2) IP screws:

Step 7

Fit the post of the shortest Trim (80I) into this hole, as shown.

The post on this little Trim is keyed, so it will only fit flush the right way:

Step 8

Secure this final Trim into place from inside the panel with one (1) IP screw:

Step 9

These Brackets are all different and are marked with identification numbers, R1 and RR2 through RR5:

Insert the pin of Bracket RR5 (80F) into the forward at this location on the Right Side Rear Panel assembly and align the screw hole:

Step 10

Secure the Bracket to the panel from the other side with one (1) AP screw.

For whatever reason, the AP screws supplied with this issue have a smaller cross-head, so I needed to use a PH00 screwdriver here:

Steps 11-12

Like before, insert the pins of Brackets RR2 (80C), RR3 (80D), and RR4 (80E) into the Left Side Rear Panel assembly and secure each one with one (1) AP screw.

I did each of these separately, so I will breakdown each one. First up is Bracket RR4 (80E):

Next up is Bracket RR3 (80D):

Finally, we install Bracket RR2 (80C):

Step 13

Insert the pin of the last Bracket R1 (80B) into this hole on the Vent and align the screw hole, as shown:

Secure this Bracket from behind with one (1) LP screw:

Step 14

Fit the Vent to the matching recess on the Right Side Rear Panel:

Step 15

Secure the Vent into place from behind the panel with two (2) AP screws:

Steps 16-17

Retrieve your DeLorean body assembly. Test fit this Right Side Rear Panel onto the body assembly, as shown:

NOTE: When you fit this, make sure these little tabs on the top edge go *UNDER* the Central Roof Panel. You may even have to temporarily loosen the rear screws holding the roof panel in place to slide this underneath:

When it is sitting flush, it should look like this at the roof line:

I ran into an issue here where this panel would not sit flush to the body. It turns out there was some flashing left over on the inside surface of the metal in these two separate spots that was getting in the way:

I had to use a pair of needle-nose pliers and a sharp flat head screwdriver to get rid of it all:

When you are satisfied with the fitment, I recommend removing the panel and pre-threading the four (4) DM screws from the next step into the matching posts using some 3-in-One Oil:. Then, you can remove the screws and re-fit the panel to the car.

Step 18

Turn the entire body assembly over and secure the Right Side Rear Panel to the body from inside with four (4) DM screws.

First, let’s tape the panel in place so it won’t fall off:

Next, we can turn the car over (on a soft towel of course) and secure this panel at the rear:

Then, we can secure the front of the panel:

With that step finished, this issue is now complete. Let’s take a look at the whole body assembly at this point in the build. I think it looks great!


The main body of our DeLorean is now finished! Only the front and rear fascia/bumpers remain. I put this body assembly on my scale and it weighs over 7.1 lbs. (3.2 kg). This thing is going to be a beast!

Next Up

 Issue 81 – Body: Engine Surround, Heating Element, Blocks

One thought on “ISSUE 80”

  1. Dido on all of the same problems that you have experienced . Thank you for taking the time to post all of the info,

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