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03-04-2017 10:31 PM  18 months agoPost 1
heliVoY

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It had to be done .. I don't know how long I'll keep it, but I can now get having a Delorean DMC-12 off of my bucket list ... I had been glancing over these in classifieds here and there and watching the prices really go up over the past few years ... then I came across this one 2 hours away in queens NY at Gull Wing Motor Cars (you want to talk about a candy store ? look the place up! multi-million $ inventory of incredible European classics )

So its a 1981 DMC-12 with only 3276 miles on it! The car has sat around for over 20 years in a garage since 1993. Of course it did not start, however it did turn over, has good compression, and oil is still golden. That is all I needed to know! Of course it won't start, it needs restoration of all that has deteriorated, including the fuel system... I picked her up for what 50K mile cars go for . Delorean.com has all the parts i need and I am looking forward to working on this thing! Oh yea, it has a whopping 130HP !! lol, and is one of the worst designed poor quality cars ever ( then again, this was the 80s )

It is only last year I started doing work on cars, and I really enjoyed it.. A heck of a lot more than building RC jets and helis :P too ...

So here is what im looking at to get into brand new shape:

- new fuel system, including primary pickup, lines, accumulator, filters etc .. I should be able to clean the injectors of any gunk
- original exhaust headers are rusty, so I hope its just a sand blast and coating.
- new brake master cylinder, caliper rebuild, and new hoses
- clutch master and slave cylinders, and possibly new lines.
- new tires
- headliner needs to be remounted
- steering column bussing is rotted and needs replaced.
- new performance tuned and lowering shocks and springs.
- i might do a pair of side and bumper-skirts.

Aiming for late spring summer speeds of 88mph

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03-05-2017 12:49 AM  18 months agoPost 2
AgentOrange

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Nice car

Trying not to put them in the dirt.

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03-05-2017 01:25 AM  18 months agoPost 3
xcellgasman101

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WOODWARD, OKLA....

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Congrats!!!! XGM/VGM

John Crotts
www.soonerhelicamproductions.com

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03-05-2017 01:47 AM  18 months agoPost 4
Sceadu Flyer

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Horseheads, NY

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Sweeeeeeet

Fly it like you stole it!

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03-05-2017 02:20 AM  18 months agoPost 5
tommytt1

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Mercerville, NJ, USA

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Very cool.

I made a mistake once, but I was wrong?

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03-05-2017 02:51 AM  18 months agoPost 6
BeltFedBrowning

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If you are going to replace the brake hydraulics anyway, use dot 5 brake fluid in the new system. All my classic cars have this in the brakes. It is not corrosive like dot 3 and will withstand storage without rusting everything up. You must not mix any dot 3 or dot 4 fluid, so flushing the lines with lacquer thinner if you dont replace them.
Works with hydraulic clutches too.

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03-05-2017 02:59 AM  18 months agoPost 7
BeltFedBrowning

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Sandblast the exhaust and coat them with some calyx.
http://www.eastwood.com/calyx-manifold-coating.html

Here is a pic of the engine in my "70 Cuda with the manifolds coated in Calyx.

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03-05-2017 03:22 AM  18 months agoPost 8
Gearhead

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man, that thing looks like a time machine

Jim
Buzz Buzz Buzz

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03-05-2017 04:04 AM  18 months agoPost 9
heliVoY

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thanks guys .. I'll keep this thread updated on the restore ..

BeltFedBrowning, Calyx! I was looking for what that product was... thanks for the link ... that is a super nice clean bay on that Cuda btw !

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03-05-2017 05:14 AM  18 months agoPost 10
Gearhead

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my god man, put a Chevy Small Block in it, or even a 400HP Chevy 4.3 V6, they do it with Spitfires and MGB's, it's the California thing to do

Watch at YouTube

?t=12

Jim
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03-05-2017 05:21 AM  18 months agoPost 11
outhouse

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have fun man !!! sweet project

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03-05-2017 01:13 PM  18 months agoPost 12
Pistol Pete

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Sweet ride.

Ive heard those cars drive best when in roads with white lines.

~~Enjoying the hobby one flight at a time~~

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03-06-2017 02:17 PM  18 months agoPost 13
heliVoY

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Hey Jim,
An engine swap went through my mind right away when I syarted going through the list of parts and work needed to get the DMC-12 in tip top like new shape. The 130HP is definitely a a little sad, then again this is by far not the best engineered car .. more like a Frankenstein composed of parts and design by Volvo, Renault, Lotus, Delorean, and a few others ... The European version ran at 170HP, but that is mostly because they did not run catalytic converters. I will most likely end up bypassing the CATs, and investigate some other options to maybe get closer to 200hp out of the engine. Im not going for performance, as much as what I consider a regular driving car. I'm getting my speed fix on something else ...

An engine swap is not that easy especially with the transmission layout. It is actually a rear engine car ( not mid ) I can not just drop another engine/trany combo in there. Even if i adapted another engine ( someone did an LS5! lol ) then drive train is not designed to handle it.

So all in all, I am looking to enjoy the car for a few years, and the way prices are going, make a substantial profit at some point. Then again, I might want to hold on to it until those hover car conversions come out in the future

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03-06-2017 03:31 PM  18 months agoPost 14
spaceman spiff

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Tucson

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Here is an interesting V8 swap.
Be fore warned, the you tube video attached to the page is quite possibly the most irritating video ever made, but it does give an idea of what is possible.

http://www.roadandtrack.com/car-cul...we-ever-wanted/

Perhaps a "Mr Fusion" energy converter upgrade?

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04-09-2017 12:58 PM  17 months agoPost 15
jds2000

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What ever you do to get more power make sure you stay away from 88mph!! We may never hear from you again.

One Truth

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04-25-2017 05:11 PM  17 months agoPost 16
heliVoY

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So I have all the parts in, and have slowly started a go at the restore. I decided to get the messy parts of the project over first.

So the fuel tank, sender, float and pump assemblies. Absolute disaster ! lol . I am glad i just bought a whole replacement for the entire system . All the rubber on the original set up had deteriorated into a thick black tar that mostly settled to the bottom of the tank. Nasty stuff to get out. Most of the intake tubing seals are rotted also, so i think I will completely redo this area also. It is incredible what damage time alone can inflict on a vehicle. at least I don't have to worry about rust ( for the most part)

I also pulled the old deteriorated headliners off. And i found some super fine Irish engineering there! Factory duct tape holding wiring harnesses in place.. in fact, they used duct tape throughout the car ! lol

I took a break as I prepare to do the brakes and clutch hydraulics next, and i finally installed some BCM high flow filters and new air boxes in the other ride

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