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1. DMC Electrics Yahoogroup
From: Martin Gutkowski <>

2. Re: dead battery blues?

3. Re: Pacific Rim and John Lane

4. Re: Delorean wiring

Message: 1
Date: Sun, 04 Aug 2002 12:29:59 +0100
From: Martin Gutkowski <>
Subject: DMC Electrics Yahoogroup

Hi all

NO, this is not just another new group! I just thought given the current
threads now might be a good time to plug the dmc_electrics groups that I
created several months ago for detailed discussion of the DeLorean's
electrics. Us "leccy" types can get a bit carried away with tech-talk so
what goes on on this list is only of interst to those who are happy
working with a multimeter, can read the wiring diagram without a second
thought, know what a capacitor does etc etc.

It's a quiet list with low traffic, and if you have any electrical
gremlins which you'd like to try and solve yourself, please feel free to



Message: 2
Date: Sun, 4 Aug 2002 10:11:30 EDT
Subject: Re: dead battery blues?

Brian, Most common is the door light switches didn't turn off and it ran the 
battery down.
John hervey

<< Well, just the other day I planned to take the D for a spin around 
 the block, because it has been sitting for a few weeks. when I tried 
 to start it the battery was dead. So I charged the battery for a few 
 hours and it fired right up. The folowing day I went to drive it 
 again and the battery was dead and it is a new battery What could 
 this be? I have never had this problem before. Any ideas would be 
 very helpfull
 thank you


Message: 3
Date: Sun, 4 Aug 2002 10:21:33 EDT
Subject: Re: Pacific Rim and John Lane

I also had a bad experience with Mr. Lane, He didn't read the instructions 
with the alternator I sold a person and he burned up two of them. He didn't 
hook up the 
brown/yellow light wire and burned up two regulators. It seems nobody could 
tell him anything. He may be good on engines, but on other things I would 
watch out.
John Hervey  

<<  Had John Lane do some work on my Delorean about two years ago, which 
 was not engine related.  I do not doubt that he is quite good at working 
 with the PRV, and that he can get a lot of power out of them at a 
 price.  Nevertheless, he does not seem to know much about the REST of 
 the car. 


Message: 4
Date: Sun, 4 Aug 2002 10:31:52 EDT
Subject: Re: Delorean wiring

Bill and group. As already stated is's current not voltage that kills the 
switch over time. I can normally take the switch apart clean the contacts and 
reposition them and should work fine. 
I am also working on a fix to divert the current away from the switch.
John Hervey

<< Wasn't going to say anything, but thread Re: voltage (I think you all
 mean amps) thru headlight switch prompts the following:
 When I got my D first thing I did was study its wiring. Initially
 thought was asinine (differs greatly from contemporary Detroit or
 Kenosha). Now see some wisdom behind the design. Martin Gutkowski is
 correct -- amperage thru headlight switch isn't enough to melt
 anything (not counting the bulb). This applies for all other dash
 controls as well. Makes sense to keep the amps behind the seat, does
 it not?
 FWIW: My headlight switch is squirrely too. Sometimes routes the
 juice, sometimes does not. At one point had to drive w/ relay jumpered
 (can you say "language barrier" -- since when does "main beam" mean
 all 4!). I rigged up a concealed switch to pypass the dash control
 when it wants to be cantakerous. Has behaved itself since. I think
 it's intimidated.
 Now, if I could only find a decent ground on a plastic car ...
 Bill Robertson


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