Sent: Saturday, March 18, 2006 7:34 AM
Subject: [DML] Digest Number 3160

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Topics in this digest:

1. Re: Pearce Design Correction
From: "Dave Swingle" <>

2. Bump!!!
From: "drrrh_1" <>

Message: 1
Date: Fri, 17 Mar 2006 22:01:35 -0000
From: "Dave Swingle" <>
Subject: Re: Pearce Design Correction

The way it attaches to the frame is significantly and structurally different from the stock trailing arm, and it would attach in places that DMC never intended and did not reinforce. 

At the risk of continuing one of those "what if" threads... but having seen/installed a Pearce frame, it occurs to me that installing the Pearce TA setup on a standard frame would require the body to be off the car, cutting out of the original mount, welding in reinforcement steel, re-coating the disturbed areas, etc. All of which would drastically reduce the potential market for the product and increase the cost of installing it to within range of swapping out the whole frame. Not to mention having to engineer it without knowing all design parameters of the original frame. 

Dave S

--- In, "d_rex_2002" <rich_at_dml_...> wrote:
> Marc and others,
> With so many issues of OEM frame tolerances and the many more issues 
> of OEM frame rust, I do not think that PDC would want to go down the 
> route of trying to make a kit that would work on OEM frames, IF the 
> frame was within tolerances and IF the frame was in very good, rust 
> free condition and IF the OEM trailing arms are also rust free.
> Of course, proper installation would be critical to correct operation 
> and there are way too many IF's to insure that all these conditions 
> have been met.  The one an only retrofit to use stock trailing arms 
> was done on Bryan's proto SS frame.
> However, if there is enough interest, maybe PDC can build a more cost 
> effective, powder-coated steel frame with all the PDC improvements, 
> for those who are unwilling or unable to "pull the trigger" and go 
> with the full, PDC SS frame setup.
> With steel surcharges still at record levels, this may be something 
> that can be explored for the future.
> Later,
> Rich W.
> --- In, Marc Levy <malevy_nj_at_dml_> wrote:
> >
> > Byran,
> > 
> > The idea of a SS frame has an obvious appeal to all of us DeLorean 
> > nuts, but the price is somewhat prohibitive.
> > 
> > However, we could all benefit from a "kit" to modify stock frames to 
> > use your trailing arm system (and you get to sell them!).
> > 
> > Can you explain why this system can not be retro-fitted to a 
> > standard frame?
> > 
> > Thanks.


Message: 2
Date: Fri, 17 Mar 2006 22:39:15 -0000
From: "drrrh_1" <>
Subject: Bump!!!

I have a strange symptom. I just had my rack replaced and a day after bringing my D home this started:

When driving over a bump the battery light blinks and the tach drops to zero then spins up quickly plus I feel the engine sputter.

Today while driving on the interstate I went over a series of bumps which caused the engine to just die. I pulled the car over and tried to start it, it cranked but no ignition. My Daughter who was in the car with me said do what Marty did when the time machine would not start. Well I banged the top of the steering wheel hard and it started!

I carefully drove it home noticing over every little bump the tach and battery light would jump as the engine sputtered.

Once back in the garage with the engine still running I banged the steering wheel again, the engine died.

Might there be some kind of cable harness that runs down the steering cocolumn that could of gotten loose when the rack was changed out?

Any ideas? It really looks like some kind of loose connection.



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