STAGE 75

 Return to the BUILD


“In this assembly session you will install the ignition coil in the engine housing and mount the left boot panel on
the body.

 

Contents


Parts

Materials: The Left Boot Panel is metal and the Fuel Hose is plastic.

Build


A replacement (corrected) Distributor Cap was supplied with the previous stage, so I wanted to describe the process to replace it. At the same time, I decided to get rid of the tacky bright blue spark plug wires.

Replacing the Distributor Cap

Disconnect all of the Spark Plug Wire Connectors from the existing Distributor CapI tried to leave the eight black Connectors in the old Distributor Cap for now:

Carefully pull the existing Distributor Cap up off of the Rotor. The Distributor Cap was just pushed in, so there are no screws holding it in place. Take care not to damage the plastic Rotor base:

Gently pull the Connectors out of the old Distributor Cap. The Connectors will be reused, but the old Distributor Cap can be discarded:

Cut one of the High Voltage Terminals from the sprue, as shown. A pair of sprue cutters or a sharp hobby knife work best here:

Press the previous eight Connectors as well as this new High Voltage Terminal into the new Distributor Cap, as shown:

Fit the new Distributor back into the top of the Rotor:

Reattach all eight of the Spark Plug Wires around the outer perimeter posts of the new Distributor Cap.

At this point, I replaced all of my stock blue Spark Plug Wires with some black 1/16″ OD 0.6 mm ID PTFE tubing. I found this tubing on Amazon.com, but unfortunately the product I bought is no longer available. I also inserted a length of 22 gauge Craft Wire into each piece of tubing to allow me to bend the tubing into the shape I wanted. After the Ignition Coil was installed in the steps below, I connected the rest of these new ‘spark plug wires’:

Installing the Ignition Coil

Stage 75.1

Retrieve your Body assembly from the previous stage. Down inside the right side of the engine bay, remove this CM screw from the Front Right Chassis Beam Cover Plate (Piece 1) we installed back in Stage 9.

This CM screw is no longer needed, but leave the Cover Plate in place, as shown:

Retrieve your Ignition Coil and the KM screws from the previous stage. Secure the Coil Bracket to the Cover Plate as shown, driving one (1) KM screw into the same hole where the CM screw used to be:

This is your friendly reminder to try using 3-in-One Oil on all screws going into metal:

Stage 75.2

Retrieve the High Voltage Cable from the previous stage. Fit one end of this cable onto the pin on top of the Ignition Coil and the other end to the High Voltage Terminal in the center of the Distributor Cap, as shown.

If you didn’t see above, I already installed the High Voltage Terminal onto the replacement Distributor Cap. I also swapped out the stock blue High Voltage Cable with my new replacement black tubing and craft wire inserts:

Here is what it looks like with all of my new ‘spark plug wires’ installed. I even followed the firing order of a newer Hemi engine just for fun. The black tubing did require tiny drops of glue to hold the ends in place, but I think it looks much more realistic:

Stage 75.3

Retrieve your Body assembly from the previous stage and turn it upside down on a soft cloth. Fit the D-shaped post on the curved end of the Fuel Hose into this matching hole in the Rear Section of the Car Body, as shown:

Secure the Fuel Hose into place from above with one (1) KP screw:

Stage 75.4

Fit the five posts of the Left Boot Panel through these matching holes in the inner left surface of the Rear Section of the Car Body, as shown:

Stage 75.5

Secure the Left Boot Panel to the Rear Section from the outside with five (5) SM screws:

Thoughts


I have a feeling that the Ignition Coil was overlooked in the original design of this model. When this error was found, they had to provide an updated Distributor Cap and fit the Ignition Coil into an existing hole. These ‘in-progress’ updates are OK by me as long as they create a more realistic model.

Next Up


 Stage 76 – Rear Inner Panels

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