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Date: Saturday, July 13, 2002 11:54 AM

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There are 6 messages in this issue.

Topics in this digest:

1. Re: speeding tickets? was Re: bad jokes we get... :)
From: illyana delorean <>

2. Finding My Dream, even if miles are nessasary... Please Help
From: "treehouse2000us" <>

3. Re: Math

4. Re: speeding tickets in AZ?
From: "Ian Foster" <>

5. A/C Bearings Replaced!
From: "therealdmcvegas" <>

6. Electrical Gremlin.
From: "therealdmcvegas" <>

Message: 1
Date: Fri, 12 Jul 2002 19:37:44 -0700 (PDT)
From: illyana delorean <>
Subject: Re: speeding tickets? was Re: bad jokes we get... :)

i live in AZ and have been pulled over quite a few times (about half the
times i have been ticketed). every cop that has pulled me over has been
very nice to me. however, i was once pulled over on I-10 near Casa Grande
(between phoenix and tucson) and was put in a scary situation. the cop had
been tracking me for several miles and had me at a top speed of 90+.
however, my average speed was 80, and because he was nice and didn't want
me to get a criminal ticket (criminal speeding is above 80), he gave me a
civil ticket. i was really freaked out when he pulled me over and was
questioning me - especially because he made me get out of the car
(something i had never been asked to do) and he was pretty mad at me at

anyway, what i'm trying to say is that i have never encountered a really
strict AZ cop. neither have most of my friends, and we're all in our early
20's - i am sure cops are rougher with the younger croud, so i find it
strange that we're let off pretty easy.


you said:

I think it has more to do with the person behind the wheel.  Every 
time I've been pulled over, the officer usually walks up to me and 
says, "Sign here."  How do you talk your way out of that?

Anyway, it is interesting that you bring this topic up, because 
recently in Arizona I got a criminal speeding ticket.  Is anyone 
familiar with AZ?  How strict/corrupt are the courts?

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Message: 2
Date: Sat, 13 Jul 2002 02:43:40 -0000
From: "treehouse2000us" <>
Subject: Finding My Dream, even if miles are nessasary... Please Help

A few weeks ago I made my original debut message on this list, if you 
dont remeber, a punny kid from Maine, (19.m).  Anyway, It is time for 
me to live my dream, even if that includes driving it :(.  In the 
middle of August, I am visiting my grandmother who lives in Fort 
Myers, Florida, and that is my one and only shot this year to get a 
DeLorean.  I have around 15 k which I can spend.  As to my original 
plan, I wanted an early 1981 with gas flap and black interior, but at 
this point I shouldnt be so picky.  The only stipulation is that this 
car must be drivable back to Maine, or about a 3,000 mile trip, lol, 
there goes my therory on keeping the milege low. :)  So the car needs 
to be somewhere in Florida, and I do need help getting one.  I plead 
with any owner and enthusisast, please email me if you know of any 
good drivible DeLorean in Florida for sale, any year, any color 
interior, and any milege below 70,000.  But it must be stainless.   
email me at   Thanks a lot, and hopefully 
buy the end of the summer, I have a will to be living the dream that 
has been a part of my life for over ten years.

Thinking the same: Microsoft Windows (At least its ME)
Not Living the dream yet: Mecury Capri Convertible

But hopefully the dream will be alive in me...    :) 


Message: 3
Date: Sat, 13 Jul 2002 00:04:31 EDT
Subject: Re: Math

Car were totaled by the workforce after assembly at the factory (accidents) 
Joe Murray told me some great stories how they crashed some. 
There were cars that were totaled during the shipping process on the boat 
crossing the Atlantic and by truck & trailer.
Why don't you ask the DeLorean Owners Association about their production 


Message: 4
Date: Sat, 13 Jul 2002 12:38:10 +0800
From: "Ian Foster" <>
Subject: Re: speeding tickets in AZ?

A Foreigner's experience in Arizona!

I drove cross country in my DeLorean in '98. I left CA and was heading on I-10 to Phoenix for the first night. It was dark, the roads were empty, and I was following a speeding Ford 'something' at about 95mph. I reckoned I'd see the flash of the Cops radar camera on him and be able to slow down before it got me! 

WRONG, next thing I knew the dark surroundings lit up in a cascade of white, blue, and red lights ... initially I thought it was an "extra-terrestrial experience" but then released it was a Cop behind me!!! I pulled over and opened up the door. 

From the darkness the Cop ordered me to get out of the car and to keep my hands in sight. In my broadest N.Irish accent I told him to calm down that everything was cool. He asked for my papers. I showed him my British passport and Hong Kong and International drivers licence. He mellowed and came forward into sight.

He told me that it was just too much hassle writing me up as I'd be abroad in a few days. He warned me to slow down and that there was another Cop sitting at a certain junction about 30 mins further down the road. He noted that the Ford in front was also speeding but asked "which would you stop if you were me!!!"

Lesson of this storey ... if you want to speed in USA, learn to speak with a European accent and get an overseas drivers licence. I have also gotten off tickets this way in W.VA (98mph near Marlinton in 2000) and in CA (102mph on I-5 near Bakersfield in 2002) on motorcycles.

Regards,             IAN

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Message: 5
Date: Sat, 13 Jul 2002 06:32:31 -0000
From: "therealdmcvegas" <>
Subject: A/C Bearings Replaced!

Thanks to everyone for the advice for my initial question on replacing the A/C 
bearings on my car. As it turns out, the job really was not that difficult at all. 
But, there were a couple of interesting items I discovered along the way.

Removal of the bearings is pretty much a snap. Once removed, you can 
unbolt the the pulley bolts by holding the brackets in your hands. A vice isn't 
totally nessisary. For the smaller bracket, just slide the curved end thru the 
bolt slots on the large bracket, and it will lock in place to give you enough 
leverage to hold it down with your hands. The bolt on the smaller bracket was 
more difficult one to remove. When the cam cover was last installed (or first), 
the mechanic who put it in pinched the 'O' ring, and it allowed a good amount 
of oil to leak out. What oil got onto the bolt had "cooked" and burned into 
place. It took a bit of force and a few soakings of WD-40 to break it loose. To 
reseal the cam cover, I just used instant gasket. It was clean, simple, easy, 
and held the cover in place when I reinstalled the brackets.

Removal of the bearings was a snap! Once you unbolt the assembly from the 
brackets, the bolts slide out. Then you just need to remove the retaining clips 
on either side of the pulley. I had recieved a few e-mails advising to use an 
old socket head to drive the bearings in and out. It tried this on the old 
bearings to get them out. But it didn't give me enough leverage, and I got a 
metal sliver in my hand in the process. Long story short, I found that a 4-way 
lug wrench was a perfect fit! This coupled with a 3 lb. sledge hammer, and the 
old bearings came out with only a few hits! The inside of the pulleys, that hold 
the bearings in place are steel. Since it is closer to water spray, the adjustable 
pulley had more rust, and took an extra couple of hits to remove.

Inserting the bearings was simple, as everyone else stated. I first used 400 
grit sandpaper to remove the rust, and then reassembled. First clip went in, 
and the bearings just slid most of the way in. A couple of *gentle* taps, and it 
was in place. Then it was reverse.

If the idler bearings on anyones car are a bit noisy, and/or hard to turn, just go 
ahead and replace them. It's an easy job, and one that's inexpensive.

vin 6585 "X"


Message: 6
Date: Sat, 13 Jul 2002 06:55:30 -0000
From: "therealdmcvegas" <>
Subject: Electrical Gremlin.

I recently replaced my alternator with a brand-new 150 amp one. But ever 
since then, the oil pressure gague on the dash sticks straight up. I haven't 
checked the wiring yet, so I don't know if perhaps a wire has been shorted 
somehow by something that I did, or if maybe the unit itself has gone bad. 

vin 6585 "X"

ps. A/C works just fine in the Nevada heat, and the radiation suit would be 
useless. Car doesn't have a flux capacitor, therefore I don't need the 
plutonium sent here. But thanks anyway! :p


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