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Johnny Express / Crusader 101 Reproduction Remote Bottom Installation Notes

You have just obtained a reproduction of the Topper Johnny Express battery retainer (remote bottom) for the remote control unit and now it is time to install it into your Johnny Express remote control unit. Even though great care has been exercised in making these parts, and a high quality robust plastic has been used – it is recommended that a procedure be followed when installing the Remote Bottom.

The installation procedure is pretty straightforward. Note that the battery retainer has four prongs and two recessed rectangular openings that mate it to the remote control unit. There are two prongs and one rectangular opening at the front end (where the wires come out) and two prongs and one rectangular opening at the rear end. Start at one end or the other; gently press the remote bottom onto the remote control unit, insuring that the two prongs mate with the cavities and at the same time that the metal tab goes through the rectangular opening; do that for one end – very gently, and repeat for the other end. It should snap on just like the originals did.

 

Johnny Express / Crusader 101 Reproduction Remote Control Handle Installation Notes

You have just obtained a reproduction of the Topper Johnny Express remote control unit handle and now it is time to install it into your Johnny Express remote control unit. Even though great care has been exercised in making these parts, and a high quality robust plastic has been used – it is recommended that a procedure be followed when installing the Remote Control Handle.

First, remove the existing handle, or remnants of the existing handle. You probably would want to use a hair dryer to heat up the existing plastic handle if present in order to pry off and remove it. Clean the metal shaft of any debris and remove any rust if present. Prior to installing the reproduction handle, it is advisable to heat the part up with a hair dryer at the opening where the shaft fits in to make it more flexible. To install the reproduction handle, secure the metal shaft (I use a pair of small pliers and grip the shaft above the curved remote section with the “F”, “N” and “R” indentations), and simply press it on, that is all there is to it.

Note that (depending on what you order) your reproduction remote control unit handle may be provided with an embossed aluminum sticker on top that is an exact match to the original. This sticker is equipped with a “sticky back” that permits it to adhere to the plastic handle. While it was put on with the full intention of remaining on, it is possible that the sticker may lift up at one or both of the ends, especially if the shipment of this part crosses climates. If that does happen, you can fix it with a small dab of rubber cement put on the underside of the sticker and the glue should hold it OK.