Assembling The Car Body

Now that the car sub frame has been prepped and assembled, it's time to dad the outer skin.

Step 1 - Preparing The Wall Panels

In the kit you will find pre cut scribed siding for the car. These will be rectangular pieces of scribed siding with groves running perpendicular to the long edges.
You will notice that these pieces are not long enough to cover the full length of the car side thus you will need to butt join two pieces together in order to obtain a long enough piece.

Now there are instructions on the Labelle Woodworking web site that describes one excellent method for joining two pieces on siding - Good Forever Car Sides . I would like to take this opportunity to describe an alternative process that I have been using with great success.

Before we join the wall panels together we need to prepare the mating edges.
The groves in the siding material mimics the car sides which are made up of interlocking wood strips. We need to ensure the mating edges have full width strips represented as sometimes the panels have partial strips on their ends. See picture below.

The panel on the left has a partial strip on it's right edge, this must be cut off in order to present a full strip as per the panel on the right.

The next step is to prepare a flat surface to hold the pieces in alignment while the glue sets.
I like to use a board that readily accepts straight pins. My board is a sheet of temtest ( e.g. ceiling tile ) to which I have glued a sheet of heavy cardboard as this combination does a great job of holding the pins.
Next lay a sheet of plastic wrap on the surface and pin on a straight edge, I used a 1/4" x1/4" wood strip, to the surface.

Now pin one of the wall panels up against the straight edge.
Test fit the second wall panel aginst the first one.
Once you are satisfied the joint between the pieces is tight, apply a very light bead of glue along one edge then push both pieces together.

You want to use just enough glue to ensure the pieces adhere to each other but not enough to ooze out the front side.
Pin the pieces in place on the board and place something flat on top to hold the pieces flat.

Leave the assembly alone to glue over night.
Carefully lift off the surface once the glue has set.

Cover the Pin Board with plastic wrap to prevent glueing the wall panels to the work surface.
Use a straight edge to ensure the panels remain in alignment.
Use pins to hold everything in place.

Here the two wall panels are butted up to each other to ensure a tight fit before glueing.

A steel ruler and lead weight are placed on top of the wall panels to ensure the glue dries flat.

This Web page is maintained by Grant Knowles and was last updated on Sept, 2015.