Any other Delorean owners here?

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  1. howlingwind13

    howlingwind13 Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Just wondering what other prop geeks other than myself ( seems like alot of us)own a Delorean. And how often do you consider "the transformation" :)
    Myself I own an 81 automatic...and only think about it 20 times a day...never considered it until I saw Oliver Hollars car in NC.
    I have a fluxcapacitor and that about it...for now :love
    mike
     
  2. motorfish

    motorfish Well-Known Member

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    I have a Mr. Fusion. I don't have the rest of the car yet. ^_^
     
  3. Krel Jedi

    Krel Jedi Well-Known Member

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    Just wondering what other prop geeks other than myself ( seems like alot of us)own a Delorean. And how often do you consider "the transformation" :)
    Myself I own an 81 automatic...and only think about it 20 times a day...never considered it until I saw Oliver Hollars car in NC.
    I have a fluxcapacitor and that about it...for now :love
    mike

    Only in my sweet sweet dreams.
     
  4. OldKen

    OldKen Master Member

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    ive got a 78 vette...

    thought it would be funny to make a corvette summer car... :p

    its in a famous movie with mark hamill :lol


    man they 70s that thing up, it was hideous... but i love vettes and i mean luke skywalker has the lead roll and gets to hook up with annie potts.

    derail over.


    if you ever do it you know where to send some pics.

    seen plenty O batmobiles and general lees in perosn in my day, but never seen a BTTF delorean. that would be a head turner to say the least.
     
  5. maniacman7

    maniacman7 Well-Known Member

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    YEAHHHHH CORVETTE SUMMER>


    LOVED that movie


    Lance
    TK2640
     
  6. starbuckcylon

    starbuckcylon Well-Known Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    I own a 1981 manual and I love it. ItÂ’s been my daily driver for 6 years.

    Jim
     
  7. Lordsandy

    Lordsandy Well-Known Member

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    I have an 81. Bought it when I was in high school. It has not been on the road for many years though................................
     
  8. howlingwind13

    howlingwind13 Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Mine is about $3000. from being a daily driver, this summer the air conditioning line blew out...so It gets quite warm in the car. :angry So there's another thing to the list
    mike
     
  9. slave1pilot

    slave1pilot Sr Member

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    Well, when you guys are ready to dive in,
    this site should prove helpful.
    http://www.rookscastle.com/tutorials/time.html
    (not my site, so I take ZERO credit)
    I realize that this link probably makes the "urge to transform" 10 times worse.
    But I'd definately do it if I had a Delorean.
     
  10. Hand-Schaub

    Hand-Schaub Well-Known Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    I have my 82 manual daily driver. It's a good a car. Lot's of work but I do it all myself.

    I NEVER considered the change - I love BTTF but... uh... I love the DeLorean more. Plus I would need to get a new luggage compartment cover (hood) with the ridges...
     
  11. howlingwind13

    howlingwind13 Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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  12. DL4567

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    I have an 81 automatic. Been a member of Gary's board since the day it went online. While I'm a HUGE fan of BTTF, (I would never have bought a DeLorean if it wasn't for the movies), I would not convert my only DeLorean to a time machine. Maybe one day after I own a house and have lots of spare money I'll buy a second one and convert that.
     
  13. Studio Stasis

    Studio Stasis Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    I've always wanted to get a delorean and passed up many of them due to high prices in the past. The gas prices lately have also made me think twice about getting a car that isnt as economical as a small foreign sedan or something. I drive a lot. I used to check classifieds all the time for them specifically. I'd say its the one car ive thought about owning more than any other. If I find one for a good deal someday I'll take it. If anyone here doesnt want theirs due to maintenance that is expected on it, let me know if you want to sell. I still think it would be such a fun car. I wouldnt convert it though. Most people are * and would probably vandalize it or steal expensive components from it in a parking lot. I wouldnt want to worry about it all the time.
     
  14. d_osborn

    d_osborn Sr Member

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    so you dudes with the daily driven Ds... what kind of problems do you guys see on a regular basis? is it true that as long as you drive the cars, they're fairly bulletproof, reliability-speaking? i think it's hilarious seeing Ds with 100,000 miles fetching more on ebay than Ds with 20,000...
     
  15. Hand-Schaub

    Hand-Schaub Well-Known Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    So true. After doing a repair and starting the car up it never drives as good as after a week of regular driving. My biggest issue is with voltage. For whatever reason I don't get stable power. The car never dies but it doesn't get that nice constant 13 volts all the time either. But generally the car performs a little ifferent each time I drive it. Again - mostly because of power distribution.
    Also they can be notorious for overheating. BUt this can be typical for rear engine cars. Mine got air in the cooling line and I have since made an air bleed byppass which constantly bleeds the lines so that I will not have that probalem again.
    Main thing is to understand your own car. In which case even if you get stuck on the side of the road this car is simple enough to do road side sevice on.
     
  16. Sidewinder

    Sidewinder Sr Member

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    I saw a Delorean in Sheffield England a few weeks ago, is that anyone here?

    H-S how did you do the bleed thingy on your car?

    SAS
     
  17. slave1pilot

    slave1pilot Sr Member

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    That's excellent advice for ANY car.
    case in point - My 67 VW Bug
    "side-of-the-road repairs" I've done;

    Replace belt (no biggie)
    replace points
    replace throttle cable
    replace clutch cable
    replace R/F wheel bearings & races
    replace generator
    replace Voltage regulator
    rebuild carburetor
    replace ignition switch


    wow, now that I've made this list
    WHAT A PIECE OF CRAP. :p
    good thing I sold it
    Actually, I miss the car a whole bunch & am thinking of getting another :(
     
  18. Gary Weaver II

    Gary Weaver II Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    I'm on my second Delorean. First one was a smoothed hood 82 with standard 5-speed... Needless to say, I converted it :)

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    We ended up selling it and buying a new house. That gave me a good sized garage to go ahead and buy car #2 to start a conversion. This one has the proper 2nd generation hood...

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    Just getting things started now. I expect some MAJOR progress on the conversion by spring and will hopefully have the car more or less done by summer/fall 06...

    -Gary
     
  19. howlingwind13

    howlingwind13 Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Gary,
    I think we'll be in touch soon...
    mike
     
  20. TK171

    TK171 Well-Known Member

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    Funny, I've never seen this flick, and it just so happens to be on right now. Speed channel I think.. hahaha
     
  21. DaddyfromNaboo

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    WHAT ?.

    A DeLorean thread, and Tim Ketzer didn´t chime in ?. Tim ? Tim ???

    A few years ago, I met a friend of Tim, who happened to show off his (unconverted) DeLorean to a media conference, and geeky me asked the stupidest thing, I bet you can guess what I asked him ;)

    Anyway, DeLoreans are great cars, saw one for sale about fifteen years ago right around the corner for approx. 7.000 US-$. Never got to ask why it was so cheap, though. A very nice car, and I admire the brave people who put a lot of work into those cars to keep them up to speed ;)

    Michael
     
  22. Studio Stasis

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    13 volts? Just be glad you don't need a constant 1.21 jigawatts.
     
  23. howlingwind13

    howlingwind13 Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Funny I started this thread...and I now I might consider selling mine...(getting married in July).
    ANyone in the detroit area looking?
    Again not officially 4 sale but ya never know.
    mike
     
  24. Mechinyun

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    I had a delorean, an 82 smooth hood, vin 10854. Sold it about 2 years ago to buy my countach. However it was a fun car, I briefly considered converting it. But I drove it so much, I figured I would look like a fool driving down the street with all the junk on it.

    Just having the car stock looking gets enough "wheres the flux capcitor dude." :rolleyes

    I did a full frame up restoration on my car, the electrical system on the car is CRAP. Replace the whole thing if you can. If your considering buy one, try and get one from a very dry place. Most of the northern cars will have rust, and not in a good way.

    Delorean used a special epoxy on the frame tha was suppose to prevent rust, but with age, it harded and cracked. Thus letting water in and KEEPING it there. So on sight inspection the frame looks great, but can be COMPLETELY rusted out, I looked at a few cars that had variying degrees of this. Its a big problem in the delorean world.

    There are TONS of numerous other issues that will need to be replaced/checked on the car, some can flare up to be big issues if not replaced/checked out. Door struts sagg, speedos are flakey(and dont even go up to 88mph), seats suck, the list goes on...

    In my experience, delorean under 10k is going to be a BASKET CASE, 15K is going to be average and 20-25k is going to be for a no worries car.

    Parts are pretty available for the most and at a relative average cost. There are a few body panels (right front fender anyone?) that are like the holy grail of parts, if you look at a car and this piece is screwed up, pass on it. That piece alone, IF you can get one, is going to set you back 3-5k. Availability of parts is going to be an issue down the road though, there is only so much a the DMC HOUSTON NOS warehouse.

    Check out the delorean group on yahoo, check out www.dmcnews.com and RESEARCH RESEARCH RESEARCH. If I had to buy another, I would only purchase one from a member of the yahoo group/dmcnews.com guys. They know whats up.
     
  25. trixter

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    well oldken, they were selling replicas of the front nosepiece on that auction site everyone loves/hates last month, if your serious you might want to check it out
     
  26. Deric

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    I always wanted one growing up. I found one in Purcell OK years ago that the owner neglected but was unable to meet up with him since he was a truck driver. I found another but the bank would not grant me the loan since it wasn't in the standard NADA book they used. I told them of the speciallty guide but they said no deal.

    -Deric
     
  27. howlingwind13

    howlingwind13 Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    I had No problem what so ever with the bank, they did require an appraisal the car appraised for 18,500. I only needed half that since I had some cash
    But it looks like I might be selling mine (getting married)
    I posted it in the junkyard...looking to get 16K but I'll listen to offers.
    mike
     
  28. Gary Weaver II

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    Was that one in Purcell down at the old Howard Johnstons that was retrofitted into a car shop? I ALMOST bought that for a project car back when I was in College (ca 1995 or so). IIRC it was a theft recovery. There was a ton of detail pieces missing, didn't run and the doors were held shut with Bungee cable...

    I still wish I had bought it :) IIRC, they ended up selling it at auction...

    -Gary
     
  29. odoc

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    Its very sad how many neglected DeLoreans end up just sitting around.

    the thing with these cars sitting for so long is that the rubber in the fuel system will start to degrade and gum up the fuel lines....

    the whole fuel system on the DeLorean is unstable on a good day (Bosch CIS fuel injection), its a mechanical fuel injection system that basically has a piston that raises and lowers based on the air intake in the mixture control unit .... they used the same system in older porches ...

    heres something not a lot of people know ... teh DeLorean engine is actually pretty SOLID ... its a PRV - v6

    Pegeut, Renault, Volvo ... many of times i have just picked up parts for the engine directly from Volvo.
     
  30. prop fan

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    one thing that I have found odd, on ebay the sellers brag on the fact that the cars have very low mileage, usually anywhere from 6 - 10,000 miles now from what I know about cars..something with that low of mileage isnt good....it means it has been driven very little and that there are a lot of problems...( one )because it was driven very little which means there is a reason it has been driven so little and ( 2 ) it has been sitting for so long...these 2 dont make for a good car.....I would rather have one that has some mileage on it,,,this way I know it has been driven and it is drivable.
     
  31. Ketzer.com

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  32. JediG60racer

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    I think about getting a Delorean and giving it the VW treatment, like I did to a Porsche 356A. The motor, tranny, and interior of that 356 were trashed, so rather than rebuild them and restore the car to factory specs, I gutted it, put in a VW 1600cc motor and tranny, some Recaro seats, aluminum dash with 84 944 gauges, caged it, replaced the suspension with a lots of hopped up bug parts, and pretty much turned it into a race car.

    With a Delorean, there is no doubt that I would put a flux capacitor into it just for a conversation piece, and maybe some other choice interior bits. Maybe bolt a Mr. Fusion to the back hatch, or at least have one that I could snap on there for the occasional show.

    However, I would trash the stock seats and much of the original instrumentation, put in a 3.2L 24V VR6 motor from a Touareg, Passat or R32 and all its instrumentation and wiring, some Konig seats, spruce up the suspension with Eibachs and Bilstiens... I know I would be hated by the purists, but secretly envied for having a 280hp reliable motor and six speed tranny, a reliable dash cluster, and supportive sport seats.

    I might be tempted to replace the door cards with carbon fiber, as well as some of the dash and center console.
     

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