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Lotus 97T Official Build PACK 3 Options
roymattblack
#1 Posted : 28 January 2024 19:10:44

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STAGE 7:

The parts supplied will allow you to fix the two body sides together using the nose cone.

This is fixed in place using two HP screws and two ‘hex’ screws, GP.
A small allen key is provided for use with the hex head screws.

First, retrieve the previously assembled body parts and place them upside down on your work surface.
The nose cone supplied in this set of parts is also placed upside down between the body sides, at the front.

Using the supplied screwdriver, fix the nose part to one of the body sides using an HP screw.
Then using the allen key, fit the GP hex head screw.

Repeat this process on the other side of the nose cone.

Store these assembled parts safely for future use.

Next, locate the right cockpit panel – part 7G, and the red fire extinguisher knob, part 7B.

Fit the knob into the end of the cockpit panel. It will only fit properly in the correct hole at one end of the panel.

Locate the gear shift lever parts 7C, 7D & 7E.

Fix the lever (7C) into the mounting base (7E) and secure using an FP screw.
Fit the bracket (7D) to the end pin on the assembly.

This unit can now be fitted to the cockpit panel. It will only fit one way.

Locate the gearshift command rod, part 7F.

Fit this to the cockpit panel. Again, it will only fit one way.
Secure the part from underneath using a DP screw.

Store this assembly for later use.

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roymattblack
#2 Posted : 01 February 2024 10:28:44

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STAGE 8:

The parts supplied will enable you to begin constructing the central monocoque, and fit the nose section to it.

Begin by locating the parts to assemble the anti-roll control lever – parts 8B, 8C & 8D.
These parts fit together easily but you might be advised to glue the lever (8B) to the rod (8C) so that doesn’t fall off.

This assembly fits into two holes in the left side of the monocoque – part 8A – near to the front of the cockpit area. It will only fit in the correct location.
Screw this assembly in place from the outside of the monocoque using 2 x IP screws.

Locate the left cockpit inner panel – part 8E.
This fits inside the monocoque just below the previously installed anti-roll control lever.
Again, the part will only fit in the correct location.
This part is also fixed in place from the outside, using 2 x IP screws.

Now retrieve the gear lever assembly from stage 7.
This attaches inside the cockpit on the opposite side to the anti-roll lever previously fitted.
Fix in place using 2 x IP screws.

The nose assembly built previously is now fitted to the monocoque.

Place both parts upside down, and slide the monocoque into position between the body sides of the nose assembly.
This is done by fitting the part in place at an angle as shown in the pictures.
The steering rack bulkhead needs to be inside the monocoque.
Some gentle ‘jiggling’ of the parts is required here.

Once the parts are in place, hold them together upside down in one hand, while fitting 3 x BM screws where the nose and body meet.

The assembly will now stay together while you fix both body sides to the monocoque using 10 x KP screws – 5 on each side in the locations as shown in the pictures.

Once this is done, fix the upper wishbone arms in place inside the monocoque using 4 x EM screws.

Then fix the steering rack bulkhead in place using 2 x BM screws.

The supplied decals will be added later.

This completes this stage of the build.

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roymattblack
#3 Posted : 05 February 2024 16:03:51

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STAGE 9:

The parts supplied will enable you to construct the cockpit bulkhead and steering column assembly.

First, locate the bulkhead part 9A, 2 x brackets – part 9B and part 9G.
Fit these together as shown in the pictures, noting that the right bracket is fixed with a DM screw and the left bracket using an LP screw, through the bulkhead and into part 9G.

Locate the cable connector, 9F and the anti-roll bar adjuster, 9E.
The cable connector presses into the hole next to the right bulkhead bracket, and the anti-roll adjuster fixes to the hole in the lower left of the bulkhead, using a DP screw from the other side.

Locate the gauge mount and the two gauges, parts 9J, 9H & 9L.
The mount, part 9J, fixes to the right of the bulkhead using 1 x DP screw from behind, making sure the two thin pins are pointing downwards.
Press the two gauges into place on the mount taking care to keep them vertical.
NOTE – the gauge with more markings goes to the TOP.

Fit the steering column clamp, part 9C, to the top of the bulkhead. It will only fit one way.
Secure it in place using 2 x DM screws from behind.

Connect one of the supplied cables to the small pin near the top right of the back of the bulkhead, and the other end to the anti-roll bar adjusted.
A tiny drop of cyano adhesive will help keep the ends in place.
The other cable fixes to the pin half way down the back of the bulkhead, on the right.
Again, a small drop of glue is advisable here.
The other end is ‘free’ for the moment.

Retrieve the main body and place it upside-down.
Fit the bulkhead into the body so that it locates over the two pins with holes in them, inside the body.
Fix in place using 2 x CM screws.

Pass the loose end of the second cable through the bulkhead and fix into place on the small pin next to the bulkhead. Apply a small drop of cyano adhesive for security.

Locate the steering pinion shaft from stage 6.
Pass this through the steering rack clamp from the front, so that the gears mesh with those on the rack.

CHECK both steering rods are equally spaced on either side of the body, and the flattened end of the pinion shaft is facing down on your work surface.

SUGGESTION: You could press a piece of Blu-tak over the pinion shaft and rack to keep the parts in place for the next stage, then remove it afterwards.

Turn the body the right way up, and slide the steering column, part 9D, into the hole on the bulkhead so that the holes in the two shafts like up when looking through the opening in the top of the monocoque.
Fix the parts together using 2 x BM screws.

Store your parts safely for now.
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roymattblack
#4 Posted : 05 February 2024 16:17:21

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STAGE 10:

The parts here will enable you to continue building the front suspension.

Locate the nose floor – part 10A, and the left lower wishbone, 10B. You will also need DM screws.
Fit the wishbone arm in place on the nose floor. It will only fit one way, in the correct holes.
Fix in place from the other side using 2 x DM screws.

Repeat with the opposite wishbone arm.

Locate the two brake hoses and fit them to the two pins on the nose floor, just behind the front wishbone arms.
Secure with a drop of cyano adhesive.

Store this assembly safely for now.
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roymattblack
#5 Posted : 05 February 2024 16:28:12

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STAGE 11:

The parts here will let you continue building the front suspension.

Locate the front left pull rod, part 11A, and the rocker arm, 11B.
Take careful note as to which way up these parts fit together.
Fix together using 1 x GM screw.

Fix this assembly to the nose floor from the previous stage. It will only fit in the correct location.
Fix in place from the other side of the floor using 2 x BM screws.

Locate the left suspension damper, part 11C. It is marked on the body with ‘L’.
Fit this part in place on the rocker arm and secure with 1 x BM screw.

Repeat this assembly for the opposite side.

Locate the two coil springs and the damper top mounts, 11D & 11H.
Look carefully at the top mounts. They both have vertical markings on one side of the ‘wing’.
These marking face the rear of the floor.

Assemble the parts as shown by fitting the coil spring and then pressing the top mounts in place.

Store these parts safely.
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