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Date: Wednesday, October 29, 2003 7:58 AM

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1. Re: what an outrage!!!
From: "Brian" <>

2. Ignition system failure = faulty coil
From: "cruznmd" <>

3. does this story have any merritt?
From: "Michael Paine" <>

Message: 1
Date: Tue, 28 Oct 2003 16:41:03 -0000
From: "Brian" <>
Subject: Re: what an outrage!!!

I would agree that the Delorean should NOT be on that list. The list 
stating that the car is overweight, under developed, and over 
complicated baffles me. 

The DMC-12 is just over 2800lbs and its design is quite intelligent. 
There is no mention of it being underpowered. Considering the time 
period in automotive history the Delorean was by far one of the 
better cars on the road.

Like most automotive magazines I take their opinions very lightly. 
Most of their content is driven to spur on sales of the publication 
and to boast new products that are sponsored by their respective 


Message: 2
Date: Tue, 28 Oct 2003 21:05:25 -0000
From: "cruznmd" <>
Subject: Ignition system failure = faulty coil

Ok peoples, here's what went down:

After spending some time with John on the phone, I got back to the 
car and started running tests. I had vdc when cranking, (blu/yellow)  
vdc in the "run" position, The resistance across the pulse (pickup) 
coil was correct, the coil had the correct voltage, resistance across 
the coil from + to - was correct, the resistance from + to the socket 
was correct.

I used an icepick light to see the pulse on the coil, I heard the RPM 
relay doing it's thing. I couldn't find anything wrong except for the 
fact that a test plug in the coil wouldn't spark. Now if the coil is 
defective, I'd expect to find a bad resistance reading but I didn't.

But hey, follow the bouncing ball. I had "flow" everywhere except the 
coil tower so a new coil and $47.00 later I'm back on the road.

Here's the sand in my eye:

I had bought a "new" Accel SuperStock coil. When I opened the box, 
the paint was a much lighter/worn out shade of yellow than I 
expected. It had small ding in the bottom and some scratches. I 
shrugged and put it in. I -should- have gone back to Pep Boys and 
asked them "What the hell is this?!"

Apparently someone took an old coil and slapped a shiny sticker on 
it. Now, for my trouble I have a stock coil in the car because the 
parts house didn't have anything else and I had to get the car out of 

Oh well. At least the solution was simple..and it wasn't raining.
Thanks for the help guys.



Message: 3
Date: Mon, 27 Oct 2003 23:02:04 EST (-0500)
From: "Michael Paine" <>
Subject: does this story have any merritt?

[10/27 22:52] (244) Digger: Minox - I have a funny Delorean story for 
you if you would like
[10/27 22:52] (2) Minox: sure thing
[10/27 22:53] (244) Digger: Minox - an old girlfriend of mine used to 
work at a volvo dealership. On occasion, she would get Delorean 
nuts...err..clients in looking for parts. One day this fellow comes in
[10/27 22:53] (2) Minox: ok...
[10/27 22:54] (244) Digger: Minox - looking for a fuel pump. Her 
response was, "What colour is the interior?" As you know, they changed 
fuel pumps and that went along with the interiour colour change
[10/27 22:54] (2) Minox: not true
[10/27 22:54] (2) Minox: but go on
[10/27 22:54] (244) Digger: Minox - one fuel pump was readily 
available, one was not. The easiest way to tell was by the interiour of 
the car colour.
[10/27 22:54] (2) Minox: not true
[10/27 22:54] (2) Minox: Deloreans were grey or black from 1981 to 1983
[10/27 22:55] (2) Minox: no note in fuel pump changes in regards to 
[10/27 22:55] (244) Digger: Minox - well the client mis-understood, and 
they went several rounds akin to "Who is on First?" before he 
understood what she was driving at
[10/27 22:55] (2) Minox: in 81 they were mostly black but some were 
[10/27 22:55] (244) Digger: Minox - gotcha, I'm just relating to what 
she had told me
[10/27 22:56] (244) Digger: and for her dealer, if the interiour was 
black, they were good to go, otherwise the client was SOL
[10/27 22:56] (244) Digger: Minox - only Delorean story I know, me I 
just drive the Italian stuff

vin 6067


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