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“In this phase you will assemble the left leaf spring and holders onto the left rear chassis of your Eleanor Mustang model.”
Left Leaf Spring and Spring Holder
Retrieve your Chassis assembly from the previous kit. Fit the Left Spring Rear Holder to this location on the Chassis assembly.
This only fits correctly one way, as shown:
Secure this Left Spring Rear Holder in place from the other side with one (1) PS05 screw:
Fit the Left Spring Front Holder to this location on the Chassis assembly, as shown.
It doesn’t seem to matter which way this holder is installed – it appears to be the same on both ends:
Secure this Left Spring Front Holder in place from the other side with one (1) PS05 screw:
Fit the Left Leaf Spring between the tabs of both the front and rear holders, as shown.
I love that this leaf spring is made of metal and has individual leaves bound by metal straps. It flexes just like the real thing:
Ensure the correct orientation of this Left Leaf Spring by ensuring this hole in the leaves is over the axle, as shown:
Press one of the Pins through the hole in the outside tab of the Left Spring Front Holder, through the loop on the front end of the Left Leaf Spring, and into the hole of the inside tab, as shown.
These Pins have a smooth end (arrows below) and a knurled end. The smooth end should go into the holes first. You will definitely need a tool with a strong grip to push these in, such as pliers. It takes some finagling to get them all the way in:
In the same way, press the other Pin through the hole in the outside tab of the Left Spring Rear Holder, through the loop on the rear end of the Left Leaf Spring, and into the hole of the inside tab, as shown.
You may have to press the leaf spring down towards the Chassis to make it straighter so the rear holes line up:
Place the Left Spring Middle Holder over the two ‘u- bolt’ posts of the Rear Axle 1, aligning the center pin into the hole of the leaf spring, as shown:
Secure the Left Spring Middle Holder to the Rear Axle 1 with two (2) PS09 screws:
I still can’t get over how cool the leaf spring is. It looks really authentic! Keep all of this nearby so we can add the hub to it next.
Kit 29 – Rear Left Brake Disc Exterior/Interior, Shock Absorber Piston/Cylinder/Holder, Left Brake Caliper, Pin