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“In this stage, you assemble and fit the left hood hinge, as well as fitting the hood to the rest of the body frame.”
Materials: All of these parts are metal.
Left Hood Hinge
Match the hole in the end of the Hood Hinge Left D to this hole on the end of the Hood Hinge Left C, as shown:
Secure these together using one (1) BM screw, as shown.
Do not over-tighten the screws of this hinge assembly as they act as pivot points and the parts need to rotate about them. This is also your friendly reminder to try using 3-in-One Oil on all screws going into metal:
Match the hole on the end (nearest the ‘ledge’) of Hood Hinge Left F to the other hole of Hood Hinge Left C and secure these together using one (1) more BM screw, as shown:
Fit the hole at the end of Hood Hinge Left E over the open hole of Hood Hinge Left F, and secure these together using one (1) BM screw:
Fit this assembly to Hood Hinge Left B, aligning the open hole in Hood Hinge Left D to the matching hole in Hood Hinge Left B:
Fit one end of Hood Hinge Left G over the hole as shown…
… and secure these all together with one (1) QM screw, as shown:
Rotate Hood Hinge Left E and Hood Hinge Left D together, meshing the gear teeth so that these tiny arrows point to each other:
Swing the Hood Hinge Left G over, align its open hole with the matching holes in Hood Hinge Left E and B, and secure these all together using one (1) QM screw:
Stretch the Hood Hinge Left Spring over these two tabs, one on Hood Hinge Left C and the other on Hood Hinge Left D.
To make this easier (and have less chance of breaking the spring), pivot the hood hinge so the tabs are as close together as possible:
These are the two tabs the spring will be attached between:
The straight end of the spring should be attached to the tab of Hood Hinge Left E, as shown:
Then, using a strong tool such as needle nose pliers, stretch the other end of the Hood Hinge Left Spring over the tab of Hood Hinge Left B. Be careful here, this spring is under a lot of tension and can snap back:
Retrieve your Hood assembly from the previous stage. Fit this Hood Hinge Left assembly to the left side rear of the Hood, as shown:
Secure the Hood Hinge Left assembly into place using two (2) RM screws.
As with the previous hinge, there is a square hole in the Hood Hinge Left B to allow you to get the screwdriver down to the rear screw. You may have to rotate the hinge a bit:
Retrieve your Body Frame assembly from Stage 70 and turn it upside down. Slide the Hood assembly into place, aligning the two posts on the bottom of each hinge to the matching holes of the Body Front Frame:
Secure the Hood Hinges to the Body Front Frame with four (4) DM screws, two on each side:
These four screws have a small amount of ‘wiggle’ room that allow you to adjust the hood to make sure it is straight:
I am glad we do not have to build any more of these Hood Hinges, but it is awesome to see the Hood mounted! We did not use the Inner Roof Hatch supplied in this stage, but it will be needed in the next one so keep it nearby.
Stage 73 – Inner Roof