Sent: Saturday, July 01, 2000 3:15 AM
Subject: [DML] Digest Number 117

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Topics in this digest:

1. Re: blue relay

2. RE: Digest Number 115
From: "Gus Schlachter" <>

3. Re: No power

4. New Engine
From: "Gus Schlachter" <>

Message: 1
Date: Fri, 30 Jun 2000 21:48:50 EDT
Subject: Re: blue relay

Felix, Do not use the blue relay. I can send you the jumper wires to replace 
it. Just email me your address privately.
John Hervey
vin 11004


Message: 2
Date: Fri, 30 Jun 2000 23:32:56 -0500
From: "Gus Schlachter" <>
Subject: RE: Digest Number 115

OK, Bill, you got me fair and square.  I thought it would be cheap for me to
vie for the award.  But I don't know that I'd want to bar people simply for
not having driven.  What if we'd had someone from Australia at Cleveland?
The certainly didn't drive the whole way, but if they made it from the other
end of the earth (and brought their car, no less) that has to be worth
*something*.  I mean, what would they have to do?  Drive the car around the
deck of the ship on it's way here?  Maybe we should have separate awards for
Distance Traveled and Distance's not like there are cash prizes.

Oh, and I did pick up my car yesterday from DMC in Houston.  No tickets yet,
despite seeing my tach hit 4000 in 5th gear.

Gus Schlachter
Austin, TX
VIN# 4695

> -----Original Message-----
> From: William H. Swilley []
> Sent: Friday, June 30, 2000 10:28 AM
> Subject: Re: [DML] Digest Number 115
> Actually, I may still have beaten you, as I drove from Houston by way of
> Dallas and clocked 1507 miles door to door, and I think that would have
> beaten an Austin-Cleveland run.  But the comment does cause me to raise a
> point.  IMO, our meets should be about the CARS and their DRIVERS.  Last
> fall, I drove to an event in an unnamed Southern state, only to be beaten
> out by someone who had FLOWN in from one location and had their car
> TRAILERED in from another.  I take great pride in having and
> maintaining a
> fresh looking but high mileage car, and found it abit peeve provoking to
> find the award to be about AIRLINE TICKETS and TRAILERS.  Comments anyone?
> I just have to pick on Gus a bit, since, because of him, I now have the
> SECOND fastest, normally aspirated PRV DeLorean in the world
> (that I'm aware
> of).  BTW, I got to drive Gus's car the other day in Houston (just more
> "proof of concept", you understand), and LOVED the way it ran!  I
> had driven
> it before without the headers installed, and was impressed with the
> difference they made.  That baby just wants to run!  I'm afraid
> that "drag
> racer" Gus is going to find it a "ticket magnet".  Keep us posted, Gus
> Bill Swilley
> VIN:  4730
> LIC:  81 DMC (Texas)
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Message: 3
Date: Fri, 30 Jun 2000 23:30:39 EDT
Subject: Re: No power

I had the no start problem twice.  The first time turn out to be bad 
connectors at the resistor pak.  Replace the bad connectors and the problem 
was solved.  The second time was a bad accumulator.  It won't start when car 
was hot.  Replace accumulator and problem went away.


Message: 4
Date: Sat, 1 Jul 2000 00:12:55 -0500
From: "Gus Schlachter" <>
Subject: New Engine

A year and a half ago, I caught a one-way flight to Houston and was picked
up in the Delorean that was to be mine.  I drove it the 180 miles home to
Austin, helpless to raise the windows, watching the speedo bounce between 50
and 80, struggling with the slipping clutch and worn brakes, changing a
flat, and then having the brake master cylinder start to bypass at the end
of my trip.

Yesterday, I took the same flight but was picked up this time by Stephen
Wynne to go over to DMC and get my car.  What a difference a year and half
can make.

After the original purchase I had to flatbed the car back to Houston (geez!)
to get the mechanicals worked on.  Stephen got it back into shape and for a
year it was my daily driver.  I was impressed by the quality of work
performed and jumped at the chance to have the same people put a new,
enhanced-output engine put into my high-miles car.  (I literally jumped...I
was first on the list!)  And when my dripping water pump because my spewing
water pump, Stephen offered me the prototype engine, which is in my car
right now.

And I could not be happier.  It's hard to explain the difference it makes,
but I am in awe of the torque-curve.  It's nearly flat.  Unbelievably so.
I've never experienced a car that jumps off the line and then has perfectly
smooth acceleration right up to redline.  I think this makes the power
increase deceiving.  Turbos can add lots of kick and really throw your head
back but usually in a very narrow RPM range.  The same can be said of other
engine mods that sacrifice balance for a bigger peak HP rating.  But not
here.  This is an absolute joy to drive.

I'm still not a hot-rodder, though.  Modern Porches and Corvettes will
destroy me.  That's not really what I'm after anyway.  I'm faster off the
line, I have smooth acceleration all through the range, and can "hit the
hole" in traffic even when it 5th gear on the highway.  It's far more
drivable than it ever was.

Of course, that's not all that was done to it.  Before, I had a classic
piece of history and was just glad it started every time.  The performance
was poor and the handling scared me.  Now, I've traded my off-brand dry-rot
tires for AVS Intermediates.  I got the lowering springs, which dramatically
improved my "road-to-hood" viewing ratio in addition to improving the
handling.  (I gotta tell ya that after seeing it lowered, the stock
Deloreans look comically high, like they're on their tiptoes.)  To go with
it were new, custom-made shocks all around.  And don't forget the performace
brake-pads to help bring this monster to a halt.  And now, this antique
collectors item that I have now actually rides like a sports car.  It can
corner and brake with the best of them, and I'm seriously considering a try
at autocross.  I really wish I had given out test drives in Cleveland.  Drop
me a line if any of you are ever in Austin, seriously.

I've only been driving it for one day now, so I'm still getting used to the
new feel.  But so far, I'm in love.

Gus Schlachter
Austin, TX
VIN# 4695