STAGE 65

 Return to the BUILD


“In this issue, the right rear seat backrest is assembled and attached to the seat base. Then the instrument panel and firewall are attached to the interior floor panel.”

There is so much to do in this stage that they did not even include a ‘Secret Files’ section in the magazine!

Contents


Parts

Materials: The Right Rear Seat Backrest is soft PVC, the Padding is foam, and the other parts are plastic.

Magazine

  • The Series – Knight in Disgrace (Part 2)
  • Build Your KI.T.T. – Step by Step

Build


Right Rear Seat Backrest

Step 1

Fit the Padding under the rounded tabs of the Right Rear Seat Backrest, as shown:

In the same way, fit the Backrest Base into the Right Rear Seat Backrest, again resting underneath the tabs.

The soft PVC of the Seat Base can be spread apart to wrap the tabs and posts around the Frame, as shown:

Step 2

Begin secure the Backrest Base to the Seat Backrest with six (6) DP screws.

Do not over-tighten these screws as they can twist the soft PVC of the Backrest and make it bulge out of position:

Finish securing the Base to the Backrest with two (2) NP screws at these locations.

These screws go into the soft PVC of the seat so do not tighten them too much:

Step 3

Fit the two posts of the Backrest Rear into the matching holes of the Backrest Base, as shown:

Secure the Backrest Rear into place with two (2) BP screws:

Step 4

Retrieve your Interior Floor Panel assembly from the previous stage. Fit the two small exposed posts of the Backrest Base into these matching holes of the Floor Panel above Right Rear Seat, as shown:

Secure this Backrest assembly into place from behind with two (2) BP screws:

With this step complete, we now have all of the seats in place:

Step 5

Retrieve your Instrument Panel assembly from Stage 49. Bring the Panel close to the front of the Interior Floor Panel, then feed the plugs of the following Panel cables down through this opening as shown.

This step includes every cable coming out of the Instrument Panel:

  • 44A – Floor Wire and Lights (marked ‘F’)
  • 44B – Keypad Wire and Lights (marked ‘G’)
  • 44C – Dashboard Monitor Wire and Lights (marked ‘H’)
  • 44D – Front Panel Wire and Voice Lights (marked ‘O’)
  • 44E – Dashboard Instrument Panel I Wire and Lights (marked ‘J’)
  • 44F – Dashboard Instrument Panel 2 Wire and Lights (marked ‘L’)
  • 44G – Brake Pedal Wire and Switch (marked ‘D’)
  • 44H – Steering Column Wire and Switches (marked ‘I’)

You may notice the black USB-C cable in this wire bundle. This is for the Dashboard Monitors and Power Boost mod from Mike Lane:

Step 6

While gently pulling the Instrument Panel wiring through the Interior Floor Panel opening, guide the Instrument Panel assembly down onto these two pins on either side as shown.

Make sure none of the wiring is trapped or pinched between these two assemblies:

Step 7

Begin securing the Instrument Panel to the Floor Panel with four (4) BP screws – two on each side:

Step 8

Carefully turn this entire assembly upside down and finish securing the Instrument Panel into place with three (3) more BP screws:

Step 9

Retrieve your Firewall assembly from Stage 55. Fit the three pins of the Firewall Panel into these matching holes of the Interior Floor Panel, orienting it as shown:

Secure the Firewall to the Floor Panel with three (3) BP screws:

Step 10

Make sure you can still press down on the Brake Pedal and hear the ‘click’ of the Brake Pedal Switch:

Step 11

Route all of the Instrument Panel cables and the cable of the Lower Center Console Light (44I marked ‘V’) along the center tunnel and out the rear end of the Interior Floor Panel. Secure these cables down with the two Adhesive Strips for Attaching Cables, as shown.

This is actually the last step in the magazine, but it made more sense to me to get these wires secured down now. I routed them as flat and straight as I could to better let the Floor Panel sit down on the Chassis. And, instead of the supplied Adhesive Strips, I used pieces of electrical tape here:

Next, to keep the wires together against the Interior Floor Panel, I used a long strip of electrical tape that was taped perpendicular at both ends:

I initially routed the black USB-C cable of the Dashboard Monitors and Power Boost mod out the front the left side of the Floor Panel:

However, as I was completing the next stage, I realized this USB-C cable works better going towards the right side and moved it over:

Step 12

Finally, feed the free end of the Firewall Wiring Sleeve (tube) behind the Coolant Expansion Tank, as shown:

Thoughts


OK, that was a nice long stage! Not only did we finish our final Seat, we wrapped up the entire front end of our Interior assembly including the fancy Dashboard and Firewall. I love stages like this!

Next Up


 Stage 66 – Rear Floor Panel, Fuel Tank Cover/Filler Pipe

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