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Date: Friday, February 08, 2002 5:57 AM

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There are 26 messages in this issue.

Topics in this digest:

1. Re: Tranny filler plug frozen
From: "Joe Thome" <joethome_at_dml_jps.net>

2. Factory Radio
From: "Digital Devices" <delorean_at_dml_digital-devices.net>

3. Re: RE: Optima Delorean Battery
From: "Walter Coe" <Whalt_at_dml_att.net>

4. Re: Tranny filler plug frozen
From: Martin Gutkowski <webmaster_at_dml_delorean.co.uk>

5. Customizing a DeLorean
From: "Sean Spurlock" <sean_dmc1_at_dml_hotmail.com>

6. Re: Luggage Rack Measurement . . .
From: Dick Ryan <deloreanbiker_at_dml_yahoo.com>

7. Unknown Object
From: "andy_verbrugghe" <Verbrugghe_at_dml_delorean.com>

8. Re: Tranny filler plug frozen
From: DHughes030_at_dml_aol.com

9. Re: D REX!
From: "Walter Coe" <Whalt_at_dml_att.net>

10. V8 DMC on E-Bay
From: "jamesrguk" <dmc12_at_dml_btinternet.com>

11. Hello Ohio
From: "Palatinus, Joe" <jopalatinus_at_dml_davidson.edu>

12. Re: Tranny filler plug frozen
From: "DMC Joe" <dmcjoe_at_dml_att.net>

13. Re: Windshield mounting
From: "DMC Joe" <dmcjoe_at_dml_att.net>

14. low volts at idle
From: Christian Williams <delorean_at_dml_framezero.com>

15. Old Polls
From: "Kevin Creason" <dmc4687_at_dml_mindspring.com>

16. Re: Unknown Object
From: "therealdmcvegas" <DMCVegas_at_dml_lvcm.com>

17. Re: low volts at idle
From: "therealdmcvegas" <DMCVegas_at_dml_lvcm.com>

18. Re: Old Polls
From: "tmpintnl" <tobyp_at_dml_katewwdb.com>

19. Re: Re: Old Polls
From: "Kevin Creason" <dmc4687_at_dml_mindspring.com>

20. Re: Unknown Object
From: "William F. Lane" <blane_at_dml_triad.rr.com>

21. Re: low volts at idle
From: dherv10_at_dml_aol.com

22. Re: Tranny filler plug frozen
From: "jtrealtywebspannet" <jtrealty_at_dml_webspan.net>

23. Re: Customizing a DeLorean
From: "DMC Joe" <dmcjoe_at_dml_att.net>

24. Re: Customizing a DeLorean
From: "DMC Joe" <dmcjoe_at_dml_att.net>

25. Tranny filler plug out. Happyness!
From: "Joe Thome" <joethome_at_dml_jps.net>

26. Re: Unknown Object
From: "Walter Coe" <Whalt_at_dml_att.net>





Message: 1
Date: Wed, 6 Feb 2002 20:55:49 -0800
From: "Joe Thome" <joethome_at_dml_jps.net>
Subject: Re: Tranny filler plug frozen

Many thanks for that idea. I may end up having to try that but I'd like to
do it without using a flame to avoid a possible explosion and/or fire.
Wouldn't you say that an explosion and/or fire could occur using that
method? What procedure could I follow to make that procedure safe?

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Sent: Wednesday, February 06, 2002 7:13 PM
Subject: Re: [DML] Tranny filler plug frozen


> Try using a small hand held butane torch to heat the plug. It'll come out.
>
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Message: 2
Date: Thu, 7 Feb 2002 01:02:37 -0500
From: "Digital Devices" <delorean_at_dml_digital-devices.net>
Subject: Factory Radio

I have a factory CRAIG radio .. but unfortunately it is BROKEN..
 
Just wondering if anybody on the list still has a working one that they
would like to sell?
 
Please let me know
 
You can email me privately at --> ken_at_dml_digital-devices.net
 
Thanks so much
Kenneth
 


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Message: 3
Date: Thu, 7 Feb 2002 02:47:03 -0500
From: "Walter Coe" <Whalt_at_dml_att.net>
Subject: Re: RE: Optima Delorean Battery

I hope this thread isn't getting off topic, but since the DeLorean's
electrical system does not charge well at idle while the radiator fans are
running, it is important to select a battery that can stand up to this
abuse.

I seriously considered buying a deep cycle Optima for my DeLorean, but what
made me get the red top instead was a matter of higher cold crank amps and
the fact that I don't let the car sit for extended periods without use.  If
I were doing it again, I just might get the yellow top since the Optima has
an incredibly high CCA capacity for a deep cycle.  This is a relatively new
thing as batteries go -- combining spiral glass mat technology with deep
cycle chemistry .  In the past I was accustomed to the fact that deep cycle
batteries just could not produce the CCA needed to reliably start a car.  So
when I was shopping for my last Optima, I passed up the yellow top while
telling myself that the manufacture's claims seemed unrealistically high.
Another factor that I considered is that the DeLorean's CCA needs tax the
upper limits of what the yellow top can produce.  I'm not sure whether or
not this could cause it to fail prematurely.

The tip that Jason quoted from the web site applies to all lead acid
(typical car) batteries in general -- not just the Optima brand.  Deep cycle
batteries have a different chemistry that allows them to be fully discharged
for prolonged periods of time without significant damage.  This is very
unlike typical car batteries (including the Optima red top) which have the
longest life when stored in a fully charged condition.  A good way to think
of this is to compare it to storing milk.  Storing a lead acid battery while
discharged is equivalent to storing milk in the hot sun.  It will spoil
quickly that way.  And to any degree that a lead acid battery is cyclically
discharged is just like repeatedly taking milk from the refrigerator and
allowing it to get warm.  This all contributes to how soon the rest of the
milk will eventually spoil or how soon the battery will not have enough CCA
capacity left to start the car.  This is why some people are so particular
about keeping trickle chargers on their batteries.  It can make an enormous
difference in the life of batteries in cars that are seldom driven.  And
with the DeLorean in particular, consider driving home with the a/c on,
radiator fans running & head lights on.  Even with a high performance
alternator, there may not be enough current output with typical city driving
to keep the car running and keep the battery fully charged at the same time.
If you regularly subject your battery to this kind of abuse, don't expect it
to last very many years.  Using deep cycle batteries in cars is not at all
customary, and I certainly don't know everything about batteries.  Can
anyone say if taxing the upper limits of a deep cycle battery (as in
automotive use) will cause it to prematurely fail?  If not, then my opinion
is that the Optima yellow top would be the best choice for the DeLorean.
Yet the red top Optima is still a great choice because it recharges more
quickly & with less effort than old fashioned wet cell batteries as well as
better tolerates being stored partially discharged and cannot leak acid on
the carpet or explode.

I really should apply for a job with Optima!  :-)

Walt    Tampa, FL





> Well after much research, and help from the list (big thanks to
> Marty) I purchased a Optima Yellow-Top battery.
> Jason
> #16665




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Message: 4
Date: Thu, 07 Feb 2002 12:14:38 +0000
From: Martin Gutkowski <webmaster_at_dml_delorean.co.uk>
Subject: Re: Tranny filler plug frozen

If I remember correctly, the filler plug is on the right side, about 3/4 
the way up - it has a square head, and access is good. Surely you can 
get an open ended spanner to it and enough leverage? I didn't have any 
problem with mine and with only 2500 miles from new and a long period in 
storage, it had probably not been removed since the box was manufactured

I would disagree that heating it would initially help - letting it 
subsequently cool may help. Usually you heat the surrounding area to 
make it expand from the jammed thread, but in this case, the surrounding 
area is the gearbox case and as such would make a wonderful heat sink!. 
Can you get hold of some dry ice? If you're worried about using a flame, 
have a go at substantially COOLING the plug to make it contract.

Personally I wouldn't worry about the careful and directed use of a 
blowtorch under there. The heat from a butane flame is extremely 
localised. You'l most likely create a fair amount of smoke from all the 
penetrating oil and WD40 you've put on it though!

Martin
#1458

Joe Thome wrote:

>Many thanks for that idea. I may end up having to try that but I'd like to
>do it without using a flame to avoid a possible explosion and/or fire.
>Wouldn't you say that an explosion and/or fire could occur using that
>method? What procedure could I follow to make that procedure safe?
>





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Message: 5
Date: Thu, 07 Feb 2002 09:32:55 -0600
From: "Sean Spurlock" <sean_dmc1_at_dml_hotmail.com>
Subject: Customizing a DeLorean



Group,

       Well, I am finally back on the list and about to purchase another 
DeLorean, having sold my first one a few years ago. Here are some questions 
for you veteran DeLorean owners. Please don't hate me for asking these 
questions!!! I know many of you are purists!

I want to customize my next DeLorean:

1. Updating engine - DMC Houston can take care of that...but any other 
ideas?

2. Suspension - lowering the car is nice...any recommendations on shock and 
struts (or any other improved suspension components???

3. Brakes - any ideas here??? Larger cross-drilled rotors? Any sizes or 
brands?

4. Electrical updates - aside from the Zillas, any ideas for improving the 
Lucas design?

5. Exhaust - IMPORTANT!!! Any idea of a borla or performace set up???

6. Air Intake - any K&N filters or cool-flo intakes???

7. Wheels - I want larger wheels and tires (especially in the front) 17inch 
wheels??? and wider tires. Has anyone tackled this one??? I want greater 
roadability and looks!!!

8. The question you will all hate - is there a method for painting a 
DeLorean??? Doesn't it involve acid etching or prep??? if anyone has done 
this let me know.

9. Cooling system - any low temp switches or thermostats available??? HD 
radiators???  KEEP THAT ENGINE COOL!!!

I am very interested in sharing info on any ideas for making the DeLorean 
"better". Obviously, it is already a great car...I just want to update it 
more and make it more like the sports car it wants to be!!! Let me know if 
any of you have ideas and / or are interested in discussing ideas!!! Thanks 
a lot and it is good to be back!!!

Best Wishes,
Sean Spurlock
-formerly VIN 7003


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Message: 6
Date: Thu, 7 Feb 2002 08:11:28 -0800 (PST)
From: Dick Ryan <deloreanbiker_at_dml_yahoo.com>
Subject: Re: Luggage Rack Measurement . . .

Shannon

Nice to see you on the list.  I often wonder how you
are doing in the DeLorean acquistion arena.

My car is under wraps for the winter, but if no one
else gives you the info, I'll gladly get the
measurments for you.  I converted my luggage carrier
to a bicycle carrier.  My bike is an unpainted
titanium road bike.  Get lots of comments about my
unpainted car and unpainted bike.  
When people say "gee, you must have a bundle of money
to have a DeLorean and a titanium bike."   I point out
that I am so poor that I couldn't afford to have
either one of them painted.

Later

Dick Ryan
--- Shannon Yocom <ssdelorean_at_dml_yahoo.com> wrote:
> Can someone take a quick measurement for me?
> I'm shopping around for a travel case (h2o resistant
> & hard case) to put on the rack when I get my
> car. 
> What is the surface area measurement of the luggage
> rack?
> Left to Right and Top to Bottom.
> 
> Please reply off list . . . I don't think this
> warrents starting a thread.
> 
> Shannon Yocom
> VIN# Not Yet!
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Message: 7
Date: Thu, 07 Feb 2002 16:53:17 -0000
From: "andy_verbrugghe" <Verbrugghe_at_dml_delorean.com>
Subject: Unknown Object

Hello everybody

I have uploaded two pictures of a little thing I found in the trunk 
of my Delorean. You can find them under 'Unknown Object'.

Is there anybody who knows what this is and where it's suppose to 
go ? It's not very big (about 2.7cm x 5cm) with two little hooks on 
each side. I've even tried looking it up in the manuals, but no luck.

I'm also a member of the Dutch DeLorean Club, but nobody there seems 
to know what this is.

Thanks in advance.

Andy Verbrugghe (BELGIUM)
VIN#04610




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Message: 8
Date: Thu, 07 Feb 2002 14:03:09 EST
From: DHughes030_at_dml_aol.com
Subject: Re: Tranny filler plug frozen

First, clean off all lubes and oils that you have tried and ues a macro torch, Sometimes they can be found a Wal-Mart.  They are small and have a very percise flame. I dont think you'll have to worry much about "torching" your D if your are a little careful, so be very careful.  D.Hughes #6860



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Message: 9
Date: Thu, 7 Feb 2002 14:19:40 -0500
From: "Walter Coe" <Whalt_at_dml_att.net>
Subject: Re: D REX!

I would like to suggest to Rich that he add some custom fabricated SS panels
to fill in the holes where the original wheels used to be.  That would give
the 'car' a more finished look.

BTW, I haven't seen an e-mail address for Rich anywhere.

Walt    Tampa, FL

> http://www.entermyworld.com/rich (Progress Site of the last five weeks of
work)





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Message: 10
Date: Thu, 07 Feb 2002 19:46:00 -0000
From: "jamesrguk" <dmc12_at_dml_btinternet.com>
Subject: V8 DMC on E-Bay

Hi all,

Just in case you hadn't seen it, the Norstar V8 DeLorean is currently 
for sale on e-bay.

http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/aw-cgi/ebayISAPI.dll?
ViewItem&item=601655057&r=0&t=0

I don't want to start anouther thread on DeLorean speeds ect.. but 
does anyone know what the 0-60mph time is in the Norstar V8 DeLorean.

Just Wondered.


James RG
England




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Message: 11
Date: Thu, 7 Feb 2002 15:34:08 -0500
From: "Palatinus, Joe" <jopalatinus_at_dml_davidson.edu>
Subject: Hello Ohio

I know there is a large delorean population in Ohio, so I I just wanted
to give a heads up that I am taking my roommate to a karate competion in
Toledo Ohio this weekend, I will be driving my Delorean up there, and I
will probably not be doing much during the early part of the day on
Saturday if any owners would like to get together for luch or something
e-mail me before 1:30 friday
cya
Joe Palatinus
VIN 17167 6808



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Message: 12
Date: Thu, 7 Feb 2002 12:39:41 -0500
From: "DMC Joe" <dmcjoe_at_dml_att.net>
Subject: Re: Tranny filler plug frozen

I don't recommend changing the manual transmission oil unless you are
prepared to change several oil seals and gaskets (requires trans. removal
and disassembly). Like the clutch cylinder seals, replacing old fluid with
new can cause *rapid deterioration of seals & gaskets.

Keep in mind that the transmission gear oil is not subjected to the high
heat and pressure as crankcase motor oil. In over 17 years of record keeping
we have no reports of premature manual transmission parts failures (due to
wear) including transmissions with 150k miles plus, Several auto
manufacturers (Saab, etc.) say that it is not necessary to change the
transmission oil, ever.

DeLorean transmission removal is very labor intensive and costly, if you
have deep pockets and you feel the need to change the trans oil than do so.
If you decide to skip this service procedure and someone asks "have you ever
changed your manual transmission oil? ; you can tell them that "DMC Joe said
its OK not to".

PS: If the manual trans is removed for service you should replace the oil,
seals, and gaskets before returning the trans to service.

*50% incident rate

DMC Joe
DeLorean Help dmchelp_at_dml_att.net
www.dmc.tv
http://shopping.oraclesmallbusiness.com/dsvstore


----- Original Message -----
From: "Joe Thome" <joethome_at_dml_jps.net>
To: <dmcnews_at_dml_yahoogroups.com>
Sent: Tuesday, February 05, 2002 8:42 PM
Subject: [DML] Tranny filler plug frozen


> Hello fellow list members,
>
> The filler plug on the 5-speed transmission on my '81 VIN 6467 is frozen
tight. I've tried WD 40 and some penetrating oil called Blaster. I also
tapped lightly on the plug but it won't budge. Is there any way to re-fill
this transmission other than through the filler plug hole?
>
> Joe Thome
>
>
>
>
> [Non-text portions of this message have been removed]
>
>
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Message: 13
Date: Thu, 7 Feb 2002 12:45:44 -0500
From: "DMC Joe" <dmcjoe_at_dml_att.net>
Subject: Re: Windshield mounting

The DeLorean windshield uses standard automotive windshield mounting
procedures including rear view mirror attachment. If the installer broke
your glass and is unable to properly attach the mirror, you need to find
another glass installer.

DMC Joe
DeLorean Help dmchelp_at_dml_att.net
www.dmc.tv
http://shopping.oraclesmallbusiness.com/dsvstore

----- Original Message -----
From: <mrvideosawyer_at_dml_netscape.net>
To: <dmcnews_at_dml_yahoogroups.com>
Sent: Wednesday, February 06, 2002 10:28 AM
Subject: [DML] Windshield mounting


> Well I had my windshield replaced for the second time, after the installer
broke the first one.  The installer then installed the rear view mirror with
the same mounting sticky stuff, it looked like double stick tape.  So to
make a long story short my mirror is now sitting in my hand and not on the
window.  I asked the question because it seems as though the way the mirror
mounts is diffrent than any other I have put on and I don't want to replace
another windshield.
>
> Jim Sawyer
> --
> Jim Sawyer
> DeLorean Vin #41499





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Message: 14
Date: Thu, 7 Feb 2002 13:34:05 -0800 (PST)
From: Christian Williams <delorean_at_dml_framezero.com>
Subject: low volts at idle

The other night I was leaving work, started up the car, and before moving,
rolled up both windows at the same time. As they reached the top, my radio
(aftermarket) rebooted. The headlights also dimmed, binacle dimmed, etc.
After letting off the window switches, everything was fine. I tried
pushing up on the window switches while I was driving and everything
seemed to be fine. I tried again at a red light and the radio rebooted.

When at idle that night, the voltmeter was at the tick below the 13
(ack!). At speed, the needle sits juuust above the 13 mark. I notice that
normally at idle (after driving around for a bit), the voltmeter shows a
little below 13.

What options should I explore? New, high power battery? The one that's in
it now is what came with the car when I bought it a year and a half ago.
Possibly a new higher power alternator?

BTW, the D-REX is quite impressive. I've seen the "before" pictures and
it's amazing that Rich got it to where it is in only 5 weeks. Great work.

-Christian




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Message: 15
Date: Thu, 7 Feb 2002 18:24:53 -0600
From: "Kevin Creason" <dmc4687_at_dml_mindspring.com>
Subject: Old Polls

I have several old polls running on the poll site at
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/dmcnews/polls

If you haven't voted yet, please do. I've been wondering if I should
conclude those polls or just leave them running forever. Comments? (and
don't say "make a poll to find out")

Current polls include:
age range (separate owners and "someday")*
TAB failure*
window tint
other car style

(*=ones that I might close out)
-Kevin
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Message: 16
Date: Fri, 08 Feb 2002 01:05:34 -0000
From: "therealdmcvegas" <DMCVegas_at_dml_lvcm.com>
Subject: Re: Unknown Object

It's a striker panel. It fits on the doors, and is what the courtesy 
light switches hit when the door is closed. My guess is that it's 
supposed to protect the switches from rubbing the vinyl on the 
door panels from being damaged when the switches rub up 
against them. The parts manual simply calls it "Plate", and it is 
part # 108169. You can find it in section 8-7-1 of the parts 
manual.

-Robert
vin 6585 "X"



--- In dmcnews_at_dml_y..., "andy_verbrugghe" <Verbrugghe_at_dml_d...> 
wrote:
> Hello everybody
> 
> I have uploaded two pictures of a little thing I found in the trunk 
> of my Delorean. You can find them under 'Unknown Object'.
> 
> Is there anybody who knows what this is and where it's 
suppose to 
> go ? It's not very big (about 2.7cm x 5cm) with two little hooks 
on 
> each side. I've even tried looking it up in the manuals, but no 
luck.
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Message: 17
Date: Fri, 08 Feb 2002 01:13:04 -0000
From: "therealdmcvegas" <DMCVegas_at_dml_lvcm.com>
Subject: Re: low volts at idle

--- In dmcnews_at_dml_y..., Christian Williams <delorean_at_dml_f...> wrote:
> The other night I was leaving work, started up the car, and 
before moving,
> rolled up both windows at the same time. As they reached the 
top, my radio
> (aftermarket) rebooted. The headlights also dimmed, binacle 
dimmed, etc.
<SNIP>
> After letting off the window switches, everything was fine.
> What options should I explore? New, high power battery? The 
one that's in
> it now is what came with the car when I bought it a year and a 
half ago.
> Possibly a new higher power alternator?
<SNIP>

Before you purchase a single upgrade, you should first clean the 
grounding contacts on your car. You would be amazed at how 
much it helps! The quickest thing I found to work is foamy engine 
cleaner. It will take the dirt right off!

-Robert
vin 6585 "X"




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Message: 18
Date: Fri, 08 Feb 2002 01:24:41 -0000
From: "tmpintnl" <tobyp_at_dml_katewwdb.com>
Subject: Re: Old Polls

Kevin - Thank you for spearheading some of these poll efforts.  On the 
TAB poll, replies are still dribbling in, but I was wondering if a 
slight tweak to the poll might prove enlightening.  The only "failure" 
that was not mentioned in the poll was "bolts becoming loose", which 
(in my opinion) represents a near-term future failure, and could 
perhaps be viewed as a failure in and of itself.  Loosening can mean 
improper torqueing, but it can also mean bolt stretching and yielding 
(which is bad).  Just a thought to bring more data to the table.

BTW - Stay tuned for upcoming information on availability and 
ordering for the new "TOBY-TABS".

Toby Peterson  VIN 2248
Winged1

--- In dmcnews_at_dml_y..., "Kevin Creason" <dmc4687_at_dml_m...> wrote:
I've been wondering if I should conclude those polls or just leave 
them running forever. Comments? 

> Current polls include:

> TAB failure*

> (*=ones that I might close out)
> -Kevin
> #4687




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Message: 19
Date: Thu, 7 Feb 2002 20:43:09 -0600
From: "Kevin Creason" <dmc4687_at_dml_mindspring.com>
Subject: Re: Re: Old Polls

unfortunately, any changes to a running poll zero out all entries....
But, y'all heard Toby-- if you've had a loose TAB, feel free to change your
vote to a Catastrophic failure.

----- Original Message -----
From: "tmpintnl" <tobyp_at_dml_katewwdb.com>
To: <dmcnews_at_dml_yahoogroups.com>
Sent: Thursday, February 07, 2002 7:24 PM
Subject: [DML] Re: Old Polls


> Kevin - Thank you for spearheading some of these poll efforts.  On the
> TAB poll, replies are still dribbling in, but I was wondering if a
> slight tweak to the poll might prove enlightening.  The only "failure"
> that was not mentioned in the poll was "bolts becoming loose", which
> (in my opinion) represents a near-term future failure, and could
> perhaps be viewed as a failure in and of itself.  Loosening can mean
> improper torqueing, but it can also mean bolt stretching and yielding
> (which is bad).  Just a thought to bring more data to the table.
>
> BTW - Stay tuned for upcoming information on availability and
> ordering for the new "TOBY-TABS".
>
> Toby Peterson  VIN 2248
> Winged1
>
> --- In dmcnews_at_dml_y..., "Kevin Creason" <dmc4687_at_dml_m...> wrote:
> I've been wondering if I should conclude those polls or just leave
> them running forever. Comments?
>
> > Current polls include:
>
> > TAB failure*
>
> > (*=ones that I might close out)
> > -Kevin
> > #4687
>
>
>
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> moderator_at_dml_dmcnews.com
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Message: 20
Date: Thu, 07 Feb 2002 22:01:12 -0800
From: "William F. Lane" <blane_at_dml_triad.rr.com>
Subject: Re: Unknown Object

Andy,

My guess is that it is the cover that covers the engine cover release 
mechanism which is located just to the left of center of the rear facia 
on the inside of the engine compartment.  Mine screws in place, but I 
guess they could have made them to snap in place just as well.

Bill Lane
#3635




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Message: 21
Date: Thu, 7 Feb 2002 23:28:30 EST
From: dherv10_at_dml_aol.com
Subject: Re: low volts at idle

Christian, The Delorean 150 alternator would cure the problem for the most of 
it. 
There are some other things you can do for the wiring to get the needle above 
13 volts.
John hervey
http://www.specialtauto.com/alternators.shtml



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Message: 22
Date: Fri, 08 Feb 2002 04:35:06 -0000
From: "jtrealtywebspannet" <jtrealty_at_dml_webspan.net>
Subject: Re: Tranny filler plug frozen

I could agree with you in not having to change the trans oil but there 
are still some things short of changing it that could be done. Remove 
the level plug and verify the correct level. Remove the drain plug and 
install a magnetic if not already done. Drain some of the fluid out 
and inspect for bronze dust, water, and metal chips. Feel the oil with 
your fingers for grit and viscocity. If it is clean put it back in or 
top off with a little fresh oil (A little fresh oil shouldn't affect 
the seals). On the manual trans the oil not only is for the 
transmission but also the final drive. Inspect the exterior of the 
trans and final drive for any evidence of leakage by the seals or 
gaskets, a little seems to be normal on most Deloreans, especially 
where the case splits.
David Teitelbaum
vin 10757


--- In dmcnews_at_dml_y..., "DMC Joe" <dmcjoe_at_dml_a...> wrote:
> I don't recommend changing the manual transmission oil unless you 
are
> prepared to change several oil seals and gaskets (requires trans. 
removal
> and disassembly). Like the clutch cylinder seals, replacing old 
fluid with





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Message: 23
Date: Thu, 7 Feb 2002 23:43:17 -0500
From: "DMC Joe" <dmcjoe_at_dml_att.net>
Subject: Re: Customizing a DeLorean

You said:
         "> 7. Wheels - I want larger wheels and tires (especially in the
front) 17inch > wheels??? and wider tires. Has anyone tackled this one??? I
want greater
> roadability and looks!!!"

The Lotus design engineers did an excellent job on the wheel size spec.'s
for the DeLorean. Any alteration to the original size will result in
negative results.

DMC Joe
DeLorean Help dmchelp_at_dml_att.net
www.dmc.tv
http://shopping.oraclesmallbusiness.com/dsvstore

----- Original Message -----

From: "Sean Spurlock" <sean_dmc1_at_dml_hotmail.com>
To: <dmcnews_at_dml_yahoogroups.com>
Sent: Thursday, February 07, 2002 10:32 AM
Subject: [DML] Customizing a DeLorean


>
>
> Group,
>
>        Well, I am finally back on the list and about to purchase another
> DeLorean, having sold my first one a few years ago. Here are some
questions
> for you veteran DeLorean owners. Please don't hate me for asking these
> questions!!! I know many of you are purists!
>
> I want to customize my next DeLorean:
>
> 1. Updating engine - DMC Houston can take care of that...but any other
> ideas?
>
> 2. Suspension - lowering the car is nice...any recommendations on shock
and
> struts (or any other improved suspension components???
>
> 3. Brakes - any ideas here??? Larger cross-drilled rotors? Any sizes or
> brands?
>
> 4. Electrical updates - aside from the Zillas, any ideas for improving the
> Lucas design?
>
> 5. Exhaust - IMPORTANT!!! Any idea of a borla or performace set up???
>
> 6. Air Intake - any K&N filters or cool-flo intakes???
>
> 7. Wheels - I want larger wheels and tires (especially in the front)
17inch
> wheels??? and wider tires. Has anyone tackled this one??? I want greater
> roadability and looks!!!
>
> 8. The question you will all hate - is there a method for painting a
> DeLorean??? Doesn't it involve acid etching or prep??? if anyone has done
> this let me know.
>
> 9. Cooling system - any low temp switches or thermostats available??? HD
> radiators???  KEEP THAT ENGINE COOL!!!
>
> I am very interested in sharing info on any ideas for making the DeLorean
> "better". Obviously, it is already a great car...I just want to update it
> more and make it more like the sports car it wants to be!!! Let me know if
> any of you have ideas and / or are interested in discussing ideas!!!
Thanks
> a lot and it is good to be back!!!
>
> Best Wishes,
> Sean Spurlock
> -formerly VIN 7003
>
>
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Message: 24
Date: Thu, 7 Feb 2002 23:44:38 -0500
From: "DMC Joe" <dmcjoe_at_dml_att.net>
Subject: Re: Customizing a DeLorean

You said:
        "......... any ideas for improving the Lucas design?"

The DeLorean electrical system was not designed by Lucas!

DMC Joe
DeLorean Help dmchelp_at_dml_att.net
www.dmc.tv
http://shopping.oraclesmallbusiness.com/dsvstore

----- Original Message -----
From: "Sean Spurlock" <sean_dmc1_at_dml_hotmail.com>
To: <dmcnews_at_dml_yahoogroups.com>
Sent: Thursday, February 07, 2002 10:32 AM
Subject: [DML] Customizing a DeLorean


>
>
> Group,
>
>        Well, I am finally back on the list and about to purchase another
> DeLorean, having sold my first one a few years ago. Here are some
questions
> for you veteran DeLorean owners. Please don't hate me for asking these
> questions!!! I know many of you are purists!
>
> I want to customize my next DeLorean:
>
> 1. Updating engine - DMC Houston can take care of that...but any other
> ideas?
>
> 2. Suspension - lowering the car is nice...any recommendations on shock
and
> struts (or any other improved suspension components???
>
> 3. Brakes - any ideas here??? Larger cross-drilled rotors? Any sizes or
> brands?
>
> 4. Electrical updates - aside from the Zillas, any ideas for improving the
> Lucas design?
>
> 5. Exhaust - IMPORTANT!!! Any idea of a borla or performace set up???
>
> 6. Air Intake - any K&N filters or cool-flo intakes???
>
> 7. Wheels - I want larger wheels and tires (especially in the front)
17inch
> wheels??? and wider tires. Has anyone tackled this one??? I want greater
> roadability and looks!!!
>
> 8. The question you will all hate - is there a method for painting a
> DeLorean??? Doesn't it involve acid etching or prep??? if anyone has done
> this let me know.
>
> 9. Cooling system - any low temp switches or thermostats available??? HD
> radiators???  KEEP THAT ENGINE COOL!!!
>
> I am very interested in sharing info on any ideas for making the DeLorean
> "better". Obviously, it is already a great car...I just want to update it
> more and make it more like the sports car it wants to be!!! Let me know if
> any of you have ideas and / or are interested in discussing ideas!!!
Thanks
> a lot and it is good to be back!!!
>
> Best Wishes,
> Sean Spurlock
> -formerly VIN 7003






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Message: 25
Date: Thu, 7 Feb 2002 21:07:54 -0800
From: "Joe Thome" <joethome_at_dml_jps.net>
Subject: Tranny filler plug out. Happyness!

Tranny filler plug unfrozen.

A most sincere thank you to DMC Joe, Less Huchins, D. Hughes, Martin Gutkowski and others who may have responded to my plea on how to unfreeze the filler plug on my manual transmission. If I had not already drained the oil I would have followed DMC Joe's advice to leave well enough alone as the car has less than 15,000 miles on it. After applying WD 40 and some stuff called Deep Creep, the plug came out tonight using vice-grip pliers. What a relief that was.

Joe Thome

VIN 6467 




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Message: 26
Date: Fri, 8 Feb 2002 02:09:01 -0500
From: "Walter Coe" <Whalt_at_dml_att.net>
Subject: Re: Unknown Object

> Is there anybody who knows what this is and where it's suppose to
> go ? It's not very big (about 2.7cm x 5cm) with two little hooks on
> each side. I've even tried looking it up in the manuals, but no luck.

I think that your unknown object belongs on the lower door panel (of either
door).  It is the piece that dome light switch hits when the door is closed.
The little hooks go through the upholstery of the door panel.

Hey, this would make a cool trivia game.  Take photos of various odd
DeLorean parts and have a contest to see who can identify them.

Walt    Tampa, FL




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