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“Now you can fix the wheel to the chassis before moving focus to the front of the fire truck, completing assembly of the front bumper and fixing it to the cab.“
Materials: The Front Left Stabilizer is metal while the Hubcap is plastic.
Fitting the Wheel to the Chassis, and Assembling and Fitting the Front Bumper
Fitting the Wheel
Retrieve your Main Chassis assembly from Stage 22 and you Wheel assembly from the previous stage. Fit this Wheel onto the Rear Axle post opposite the previous wheel:
Secure this Wheel to the Rear Axle with one (1) Type L screw:
Push the tabs of the Hubcap into the center of the Wheel:
Fitting the Left Stabilizer to the Front Bumper
Retrieve your Front Bumper assembly last worked on in Stage 12. Slide the tab of the Front Left Stabilizer through the slot on the left rear side of the Front Bumper. Fit the hole at the end of the Front Left Stabilizer tab over this pin, aligning the screw hole at the same time:
Secure the Front Left Stabilizer to the Front Bumper with one (1) Type J screw (supplied in Stage 12), as shown.
This is your friendly reminder to try using 3-in-One Oil on all screws going into metal:
Retrieve your Cab assembly last worked on in Stage 23. The two posts at the rear of the Front Bumper align to these holes at the lower front of the Cab:
Fit the Front Bumper to the Cab, align the holes, and secure the Front Bumper into place from the inside with two (2) Type J screws.
Since we need to get to the underside of the Cab to secure this Front Bumper in place, I set it upside-down on a soft towel:
The Cab assembly can now sit upright correctly:
I think this stage completes construction of the Cab of our FDNY Tower Ladder 9. I really love how it all came together!
Stage 35 – Box Frame Shell/Reinforcement