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ALEXAKOS
03-08-2013, 04:11 AM
Here is the thread I promised you.
Before I start may I send out my thank you's first off to member LordFly for giving me the heads up & direct contact details of Steven and Tony over in DMC Florida.
LordFly is the reason I own a DeLorean today.
Further on my thank you's go to Tony Ierardi for a wonderful service offered and the great deal he made me. Looking forward to further business with you Tony!

My best wishes to JohnZ frm Italy in fulfilling his dream soon and to any future DeLorean owner. May I say it is a great feeling having part of automotive history. Seize the day and get one TODAY!

Finally to my Greek friend, Pete Rosakis, who is a great sport getting the job done in dealing for a Car purchase & parts and shipping it over to Europe.

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Having passed this Oskar's moment of "Thank the Lord and my family" I am commencing with the description on this threads' purpose.
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As Vin# 5992 has just traveled on the back of the truck from DMC Florida to Fort Lauderdale Fl, it will be waiting for its que on the end of March, to be pushed into a container for the trip across the big pond, through the Gibraldar strait to land in the port Peiraus, Athens Greece some time early April.

So having a good month ahead, I will be posting images at hand on different fixes to be made, having your opinions on them and get a task portfolio ready to work on when the car gets here. Who said Greeks are not very good with organizing???:yesss:

Plus, it is more fun to have a restoration thread on which you can mentally work along with me.

So I am looking forward to your contribution in saving this old bugger and I thank you in advance for your support.

ALEXAKOS
03-08-2013, 04:32 AM
Presenting Vin 5992
Looking at the VIN Database created I see 5992 has other details than the ones I got.

Firstly, it has been in Michigan for many years and it only had one owner. See also its old fashioned Michigan license plate.
http://i821.photobucket.com/albums/zz135/alex-akos/DSC09666_zpsacecd731.jpg

Front to back, the body shows minor dents and issues. As most nothern States vehicles, the trouble lies below.....:facepalm:

http://i821.photobucket.com/albums/zz135/alex-akos/DSC09675_zps406b3db7.jpg

And the interior is just a charm! No cracks or tears, just the steering column cover is missing & the glove box button...:tongue2:

http://i821.photobucket.com/albums/zz135/alex-akos/DSC09671_zpsd3f7047b.jpg

http://i821.photobucket.com/albums/zz135/alex-akos/DSC09669_zps1c8680c4.jpg

Finally we have an engine @ 17500 original miles, that hasn't started in years and I am leaving this as my first surprise fix. Gasoline should be all gluey and I am hoping no rats have been chewing on the cables.... :bash:

http://i821.photobucket.com/albums/zz135/alex-akos/DSC09679_zpse9919d82.jpg

Note this will probably be the ONLY DELOREAN in Greece.
There was one impounded but the police several years back from a drug dealer, that I think was scrapped over 10 years ago. I have been looking for that VIN for years and it can not be found in any documents of the Greek authorities :(

JohnZ
03-08-2013, 08:54 AM
Lovely!

Domi
03-08-2013, 09:00 AM
Great story, congratulation on your purchase ;)
Keep us update :)

Chris Burns
03-08-2013, 09:23 AM
Congrats on your purchase man!:aniclap:

That car needs a lot of work, but can be saved.

ALEXAKOS
03-08-2013, 09:35 AM
Congrats on your purchase man!:aniclap:
That car needs a lot of work, but can be saved.
Thanx guys!
Yes you are right on the money there Chris :)

Actually this is what I like about it. It needs the frame removed, sandblasted, repaired and then powder painted. And that is only the start of it.
It was the same procedures I did with all my previous project cars.

I truly find it boring buying a car, adding gas and driving off....:bash:
Saving them is what intrigues me. Especially being mentally escorted by a friendly bunch like you guys in here.

On Monday I will add "Task discussion number one".

LordFly
03-08-2013, 11:38 PM
Before I start may I send out my thank you's first off to member LordFly for giving me the heads up & direct contact details of Steven and Tony over in DMC Florida.
LordFly is the reason I own a DeLorean today

Glad I could help :D Tony is a fantastic guy to deal with. Even though he knew nothing in his showroom was for me, he still took the better part of an hour out of his day to show me some cars, things to look for, gave me some magazines, etc. Glad I could help him to bring car and buyer together. Now if I can just get myself one....

Dangermouse
03-08-2013, 11:59 PM
Well done Alex. Looking forward to a picture outside the Acropolis :)

Or as close to it as you can get.

ALEXAKOS
03-09-2013, 02:13 AM
. Now if I can just get myself one....
Wow, I didn't realize you don't own one yet. Tony has another one at a good price having done several repairs on it. But I m sure you know that already since you are on the inside lane at DMC Florida.


Well done Alex. Looking forward to a picture outside the Acropolis :)
Or as close to it as you can get.

That is actually a great idea D-Meister:)
In fact, let us open a DeLorean around the world thread that has images of a DMC in front of global landmarks!

You want to take this up?

Spittybug
03-09-2013, 10:58 AM
Alex, I think that is a great idea!! If we started a thread where the purpose was to post pictures of your Delorean prominently displayed in front of a "iconic" landmark, that would be really awesome. Think too if we could somehow standardize the shot... They could then all be montaged into a video; the kind where the subject remains fixed on the screen while the rest of the images change. Some of the more creative people on this forum probably know how to do this already.

Obviously our cars do differ in appearance, but far less so than any other car. If the shot were say, open doors, taken from ~3' off the ground, driver side, from the driver's 7 o'clock position or so, about 20' away..... or something comparable. Food for thought.

Eiffel tower from Trocadero
Colosseum in Rome
Stonehenge
Brandenburg gate
etc...

cool.

ALEXAKOS
03-09-2013, 11:10 AM
DONE OWEN:)
http://dmctalk.org/showthread.php?6462-DeLoreans-around-the-WORLD-PHOTO-ALBUM&p=93831#post93831

thank you for the nice video idea.

Sidaries
03-10-2013, 02:50 PM
Always good to see a fellow European Deloreanowner. Have fun with your car!

ALEXAKOS
03-12-2013, 11:13 AM
sorry I, wanted to start this yesterday but was quite busy..
Ok so here it is. The Speculations section of the Thread:


Task Discussion Number One
Stainless Steel Recovery

I have seen plenty of YouTube videos on how to get it back shining or remove a small dent. But THIS is beyond your average dent.
http://i821.photobucket.com/albums/zz135/alex-akos/DSC09680_zps46b72368.jpg
http://i821.photobucket.com/albums/zz135/alex-akos/DSC09681_zps4f9cb3dc.jpg
I am afraid knocking this even is not an option? Has anybody dealt with such a freak?

I have read this very interesting article on filling the antenna hole (http://www.pjgrady.co.uk/GenericContent.aspx?PageType=Delorean_Repairs&ShowContent=Project_11_Antennae_Hole.html).
Could I possibly cut out that section and fill it in with a dent free stainless steel replacement, by simply erasing the welding marks?
It mentioned 304 stainless steel panels along with 316 welding rods.

ccurzio
03-12-2013, 11:14 AM
As much as it sucks, my vote is "replace the door".

ALEXAKOS
03-12-2013, 11:31 AM
As much as it sucks, my vote is "replace the door".

as much as I hate to disagree....:wiggle:

I hate the easy way out!

Else I would have bough a PERFECT DeLorean:meditation:

Dangermouse
03-12-2013, 11:40 AM
You would need a skilled SS welder to repair that. Not impossible, but not common either.

If you were to replace the door, it would be much cheaper to do it before it leaves the US. Shipping a door internationally from the US, safely, would be expensive.

One possibilty would be to see if Ed Uding in DMC-EU, Netherlands has a door. Would be easier to get/ship tahn one from teh US.

ALEXAKOS
03-12-2013, 11:45 AM
I own a Catering venture. 90% of all my equipment is made of Stainless steel.
Believe me, I have the best available task force to handle stainless steel.

I would like to see if this has been done before or if I will be the first to accomplish it.

I have seen ordinary fenders that were damaged "beyond repair" to be straightened out into as smooth as a baby's behind.
Tools? Hammer and fire. The guy is the original God of metal. Also known from the Greek mythology as Haephaestus.

LordFly
03-12-2013, 01:26 PM
I'm sure it could be repaired if you have a skilled enough person, and it would be really cool to see it repaired, but I think the labour hours required would make it more expensive than a new door.

ALEXAKOS
03-12-2013, 01:36 PM
I'm sure it could be repaired if you have a skilled enough person, and it would be really cool to see it repaired, but I think the labour hours required would make it more expensive than a new door.

You are right! But with the going hourly rates in my country, I could have this done for less than USD100 :wiggle: So no worries for me here.
Anybody else seen or heard of such a job done with a patch?
I looked all over this forum but could not nail anything with the search engine

Dangermouse
03-12-2013, 03:00 PM
I own a Catering venture. 90% of all my equipment is made of Stainless steel.


On first reading, I thought a "Catering Venture" was some sort of boat :8ball:

The were a couple of pictures of a car on here that the PO had cut huge rectangles out of the rear quarter panel for ducting or something. The new owner was going to patch a new piece of SS in.

Unfortunately, I can't find that picture/thread at the moment. But it will turn up.

Jimmyvonviggle
03-12-2013, 03:05 PM
On first reading, I thought a "Catering Venture" was some sort of boat :8ball:

The were a couple of pictures of a car on here that the PO had cut huge rectangles out of the rear quarter panel for ducting or something. The new owner was going to patch a new piece of SS in.

Unfortunately, I can't find that picture/thread at the moment. But it will turn up.

Here you go, I hope Olivier doesn't mind me posting a pic of his car. I'm sure he will get this car back, he seems to,have a good skillset.

Dangermouse
03-12-2013, 03:14 PM
See, I knew it would turn up.

I saw it in this thread

http://dmctalk.org/showthread.php?6250-Wheels&p=90200#post90200

You may want to follow his progress

ALEXAKOS
03-12-2013, 03:47 PM
A ship? hahahahah
Then I would have added something "SS Catering Venture" :)

Thank you Dangermouse!!!! I am still in the search of those Diver licence covers you acquired for.:race:

ALEXAKOS
04-18-2013, 08:05 AM
My D is still not in from Florida. But I finally have something to hold on to. My original EVO DMC wheel.
I may not have a Delorean, but I am pretty well prepared for it, don't you think?
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ALEXAKOS
04-18-2013, 08:26 AM
Another project that I like to work on along with the long restoration of my D, is a BTTF replica / stock Delorean Hybrid.
That is, create a removable props set for the car that would take about 20 minutes to take on and off.
Why? Simply because I hate to watse another good D with drillings and such and because it also looks DAMN FINE with those huge smoke throwers in the rear!
I know it can not become 100% screen accurate, but I will give my best not to make it look like a clown.

Here are my recent purchases for that aswell:

Mr Fusion stickers
18311

Mr. Fusion body (Krups Coffina)
18312

The plates:
18314

The bumper letters
18315

Now this next one is not for the car but it is a FUN hand held item: A Mini flux capacitor. Anybody knows where that comes from? (sorry image is blurred. will post better one when it arrives)
18313

As times have evolved the old time circuit is a bit out dated. So I will be replacing it with an ipad app
https://encrypted-tbn3.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcTaxQEcJsCV39WdGqyOcpXLOD6jQRFv1 axtUJbRHtGZJb674q4acg

Dangermouse
04-18-2013, 09:30 AM
The mini-FC is a badge/pin that was produced by Steve Clarke at BTTF.com. At least that's where I got mine from. He may just have been reselling something made by others.

ALEXAKOS
04-18-2013, 09:50 AM
Was that pin lighted?
Oh you are right I found this Vid

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qgQAMDB25c0

Watch the comments.... The guy who posted it makes and answers his own questions :P

ALEXAKOS
05-09-2013, 08:22 AM
Car still sailing across the Atlantic....
Some of you may have read my post intending on replacing the stock exhaust with a Porsche 997 turbo set.
Well, the tips are here and I have already worked on them, to give them the D stainless steel look. (not seen on the attached image)
Onwards...
18978

OverlandMan
06-05-2013, 03:50 PM
Did you ever get your car?

ALEXAKOS
06-05-2013, 03:57 PM
Nice to see someone still thinking of my anxiety:)

Thank you!
Actually my car is going rounds in the Mediterranean sea.
It left the Evergreen port FL on the MADRID EXPRESS on May 14th.
Then got unloaded on the Italian island of Sardinia (Port Cagliari) on May 23rd. Sat there for about 10 days and got reloaded on the Ship ROZA A to be expected at the port of Piraeus (athens) on June 10th. I am expecting a 3-4 day delay on that.

Right now is has sailed back to Valecia in Spain, on to Costellon de la Plana and finally, I hope, to Barcelona, to finish its long journey.

In the mean time I have built, by my self killing time, several BTTF props.

As I have mentioned before, I am not looking to make a replica. But I may create a Hybrid replica set. On and off!


Two deloreans in one

OverlandMan
06-05-2013, 04:58 PM
Nice to see someone still thinking of my anxiety:)

Thank you!
Actually my car is going rounds in the Mediterranean sea.
It left the Evergreen port FL on the MADRID EXPRESS on May 14th.
Then got unloaded on the Italian island of Sardinia (Port Cagliari) on May 23rd. Sat there for about 10 days and got reloaded on the Ship ROZA A to be expected at the port of Piraeus (athens) on June 10th. I am expecting a 3-4 day delay on that.

Right now is has sailed back to Valecia in Spain, on to Costellon de la Plana and finally, I hope, to Barcelona, to finish its long journey.



Wow - I don't think I'd be able to handle that! I stress out over little things enough as it is. I hope you get your car soon and look forward to your initial pictures upon arrival.

Dangermouse
06-05-2013, 05:46 PM
Actually my car is going rounds in the Mediterranean sea.
It left the Evergreen port FL on the MADRID EXPRESS on May 14th.
Then got unloaded on the Italian island of Sardinia (Port Cagliari) on May 23rd. Sat there for about 10 days and got reloaded on the Ship ROZA A to be expected at the port of Piraeus (athens) on June 10th. I am expecting a 3-4 day delay on that.

Right now is has sailed back to Valecia in Spain, on to Costellon de la Plana and finally, I hope, to Barcelona, to finish its long journey.



Wait. Your car went from Sardinia to Pireaus (correct direction) to Valecia (wrong direction) and then Barcalona? Are you collecting it in Barca? Doesn't seem right. I must be missing something.

Or is it going Sardinia-Valencia-Barca-Pireaus?

LordFly
06-08-2013, 02:19 AM
When is your car due to arrive? I'm anxious to see it :)

ALEXAKOS
06-08-2013, 11:17 AM
Right folks!
Its time for me to cover a part of this thread's title "trip to Greece".

Here goes My whole Timeline:

February 17th
I become member of this forum

February 20th
I start looking for a project Delorean on sale.

February 22nd
Member Lordfly mentions one being sold in DMCFL and sends me a PM with direct emails to them

February 23rd
I get the first reply from a new salesman in DMCFL with a couple of images and ask for more details
http://i821.photobucket.com/albums/zz135/alex-akos/delorean/DSC05616_zpsf9d18431.jpg
http://i821.photobucket.com/albums/zz135/alex-akos/delorean/DSC05621_zpse398f59a.jpg

February 24th to 29th
I keep pushing Tony @ DMCFL for more images to close the deal

March 3rd (at night at a bar having had less than 12 beers)
I get a batch images (posted at the first post of this thread) and give my confirmation of prebooking to Tony over my smart phone (see I am not a show off to write iPhone.DOHHHH!!), while at my 12th beer....
http://i821.photobucket.com/albums/zz135/alex-akos/delorean/DSC09675_zps190acad4.jpg



March 7th
The purchase is closed! The VIN 5992, is now destined to be the only Delorean in Greece. Now it is awaiting for my connection in FL to head to Bonita springs for the pickup and payment.

March 8th
I open this thread.:headbang:

March 10th
VIN 5992 gets loaded onto a U-HAUL trailer and gets driven across Florida to be stored at Fort Lauderdale until its shipping date.
http://i821.photobucket.com/albums/zz135/alex-akos/delorean/CIMG2538_zps0965de1c.jpg
http://i821.photobucket.com/albums/zz135/alex-akos/delorean/CIMG2540_zpsd4d1b101.jpg


March 10th to May10th
Stored at a yard, the day has come to be loaded into its container of CMA CGM # ECMU9125161
http://i821.photobucket.com/albums/zz135/alex-akos/delorean/CIMG2544_zps949019df.jpg
http://i821.photobucket.com/albums/zz135/alex-akos/delorean/Picture004_zps52ab1613.jpg


May11th
Container gets transported to Port Everglades FL

May 14th
Container carrier vessel MADRID EXPRESS of Hapag-Lloyd, sets sail to Cagliary Italy.
http://images.vesseltracker.com/images/vessels/midres/Madrid-Express-394303.jpg

May 27th
First leg completed and container is now unloaded at the port of Cagliari, on the island of Sardinia, Italy. It will stay here for another 7 days until its next Vessel will load it up.
http://i821.photobucket.com/albums/zz135/alex-akos/1stleg_zps4d28c6b3.jpg

June 3rd
Vessel Roza A loads up the container and starts its Mediterranean tour with VIN 5992.
Valencia, Castellon le la plana, and now anchored at Barcelona
http://cdn2.shipspotting.com/photos/middle/5/6/0/1347065.jpg
http://i821.photobucket.com/albums/zz135/alex-akos/second-leg_zps009a128f.jpg

It was supposed to make the Cagliari - Barcelona - Piraeus (Athens) trip, but it took another 2 ports along the way.

It will not surprise me it its next stop will not be Athens Immediately as expected on June 10th....:mad2:

ALEXAKOS
06-08-2013, 11:29 AM
As I am awaiting my D... I am killing time by creating props.
TFD switch handle (battery cleaner) dyed mate black
http://i821.photobucket.com/albums/zz135/alex-akos/null_zpsccb352ed.jpg

Dayton switch completed
http://i821.photobucket.com/albums/zz135/alex-akos/null_zps7f255220.jpg

Plutonium gauges
http://i821.photobucket.com/albums/zz135/alex-akos/delorean/null_zps8aa22822.jpg

The flux-er
http://i821.photobucket.com/albums/zz135/alex-akos/delorean/IMG_0761_zps00d0c969.jpg
http://i821.photobucket.com/albums/zz135/alex-akos/delorean/IMG_0772_zps8182988c.jpg

The coffee grinder into Mr fusion
http://i821.photobucket.com/albums/zz135/alex-akos/delorean/107a3746-633c-4564-a6db-ad1c62808062_zpsf7e7b9b8.jpg

and an couple more that I have no photos yet.:drunk:

ALEXAKOS
06-08-2013, 11:30 AM
oh... YES I KNOW MR fUSION LOGOS WERE LANDSCAPE.
CORRECTED THAT:worship:

OverlandMan
06-08-2013, 03:41 PM
Interesting breakdown on your illustrated timeline. So you should have your car Monday if I read this correctly?

ALEXAKOS
06-08-2013, 03:45 PM
I'd go with a safe bet next Monday as soon as the customs get their paperwork all done, to release it.
It is being imported as an ITEM (collectors item) and not a vehicle. I will register it as a classic vehicle and not a daily driver, so a classics car specialist has to put his "John Hancock" on the customs form.:sing:

ALEXAKOS
06-09-2013, 04:45 AM
DAMN!
Ship sailed (http://www.marinetraffic.com/ais/shipdetails.aspx?mmsi=271001057&header=true) from Barcelona and is heading to Fos France..... I bet this will not be the last stop until it reaches Piraeus (Port @ Athens)

I suppose I will have my D for another 20 days at sea touring the Mediterranean coasts:mad2:

DeLorean03
06-09-2013, 02:57 PM
I know the feeling (of waiting), bud. Back in 2003, I made the commitment to buy my car, and I sent monthly payments for August, September, and October before finally taking ownership of it on November 11, 2003. Your DeLorean wil be there soon, and we'll all celebrate with/for you when it does!

Your props look really good!

ALEXAKOS
06-09-2013, 03:18 PM
I know the feeling (of waiting), bud. Back in 2003, I made the commitment to buy my car, and I sent monthly payments for August, September, and October before finally taking ownership of it on November 11, 2003. Your DeLorean wil be there soon, and we'll all celebrate with/for you when it does!

Your props look really good!

Thanx for the support chief:)

BTW your signature reads "Me: I bought my DeLorean in 3 months with no research."
I bought mine in 3 days with no research:elmo3:

DeLorean03
06-09-2013, 05:44 PM
Thanx for the support chief:)

BTW your signature reads "Me: I bought my DeLorean in 3 months with no research."
I bought mine in 3 days with no research:elmo3:

O_O ... wow. I might have to finally update my 10 yr old signature D: ....

ALEXAKOS
06-10-2013, 04:52 AM
Notice we have double 9ers vin..
Maybe all double niners are to keep you waiting:angry_whip:

ALEXAKOS
06-10-2013, 06:04 AM
EXCITING NEWS....for me.... :driving1:

My D is expected to arrive at our port on Monday June 13th.
The Vessel ROZA A has left Fos, France, to a direct course to Piraeus, Athens GR. :strongman:

OverlandMan
06-10-2013, 10:03 AM
EXCITING NEWS....for me.... :driving1:

My D is expected to arrive at our port on Monday June 13th.
The Vessel ROZA A has left Fos, France, to a direct course to Piraeus, Athens GR. :strongman:

Monday June 13th? Today is Monday the 10th. I'm confused.

ALEXAKOS
06-10-2013, 10:46 AM
Monday June 13th? Today is Monday the 10th. I'm confused.


Monday? Did I write Monday??? Oh boy!

Actually you're Fine!
My excitement turns thursday to Monday...

Dangermouse
06-10-2013, 11:35 AM
I have to say, that this is just too cool.

http://www.marinetraffic.com/ais/default.aspx?mmsi=271001057&centerx=7.27505&centery=40.25722&zoom=10&type_color=7

You can actually track where the ship is in real time, as well as other ships in the vicinity.

http://dmctalk.org/attachment.php?attachmentid=19764&d=1370874876

"Ship Type: Cargo - Hazard A (Major)" - Nothing to worry about there, then :dead:

OverlandMan
06-10-2013, 12:07 PM
Monday? Did I write Monday??? Oh boy!

Actually you're Fine!
My excitement turns thursday to Monday...

Gotcha. That's exciting. Here's hoping you take possession of it Thursday! :cheers:

LordFly
06-10-2013, 01:30 PM
Awesome! Can't wait for pics :)

ALEXAKOS
06-10-2013, 02:55 PM
I have to say, that this is just too cool.
"Ship Type: Cargo - Hazard A (Major)" - Nothing to worry about there, then :dead:


Yes way cool... but also very nerve wrecking!~~:dead:
Seeing that ship sail into opposite directions for 10 days and just mooring outside harbors due to high traffic for 2 days.. Oh boy talk about patience!!!!

Fortunately I started tracking the container after it reached the Gibraltar. Cause for the 10 day Atlantic crossing, I would be treatment ready....
Monday morning I will be at the customs to get the paperwork done and transport the D into my "Hardware shack" for the disassembly :strongman:

Domi
06-10-2013, 04:02 PM
Funny, I was close to Fos/Mer a few days ago :)

ALEXAKOS
06-11-2013, 03:55 AM
So close yet so far.... and all boxed up! hahaha

ALEXAKOS
06-13-2013, 09:10 AM
5992 "landed" in Greece just an hour ago.
Will get a first look on Monday when I pick it up from the Port.

Dangermouse
06-13-2013, 09:11 AM
:Headspin:

OverlandMan
06-13-2013, 10:34 AM
Just read an article on CNBC about the 24-hour Greek labour union strike that's supposed to disrupt transport services. Hopefully this doesn't affect your acquisition. Stay safe over there.

ALEXAKOS
06-13-2013, 10:40 AM
hahhahaha
You're right there buddy. The government is FINALLY shutting down its terrible TV organization that was sucking out so many funds...
And for what? Nobody watches those 3 channels... But everybody paid them for aprox. $30/month.

So the whole public sector is striking. I hope they won.t on Monday, cause I WANT MY DELOREAN after 3+1/2 months of patience:bootyshake:

JohnZ
06-14-2013, 03:35 AM
BTW your signature reads "Me: I bought my DeLorean in 3 months with no research."
I bought mine in 3 days with no research:elmo3:

And I've been researching for 5 months and I still do not own one!

:histerical1:

who offers more?

:approve:

Anyway, c'mon Alexakos... you're near!

ALEXAKOS
06-14-2013, 03:42 AM
And I've been researching for 5 months and I still do not own one!

:histerical1:

who offers more?

:approve:

Anyway, c'mon Alexakos... you're near!

Buddy, you are not researching. You know what you are looking for. You are searching for the right one.:cheers1:

ALEXAKOS
06-17-2013, 10:23 AM
FINALLY SAW A DELOREAN in my life... My Delorean...


HAIR??? WHERE I AM GOING I DON'T NEED HAIR!!!
http://i821.photobucket.com/albums/zz135/alex-akos/delorean/IMG_5800_zpsf28374bc.jpg

Chris Burns
06-17-2013, 10:38 AM
FINALLY SAW A DELOREAN in my life... My Delorean...


HAIR??? WHERE I AM GOING I DON'T NEED HAIR!!!
http://i821.photobucket.com/albums/zz135/alex-akos/delorean/IMG_5800_zpsf28374bc.jpg

Congrats man!

Dangermouse
06-17-2013, 10:38 AM
congrats!!!!


As always, you are nothing like the mental image I had built up in my head :tongue_stick:

Now to get it home, and then the fun starts.

ALEXAKOS
06-17-2013, 10:48 AM
congrats!!!!
As always, you are nothing like the mental image I had built up in my head :tongue_stick:


I hope I am improvement of that! hahahaha

OverlandMan
06-17-2013, 10:48 AM
NICE! What a journey!

ALEXAKOS
06-17-2013, 10:59 AM
WHAT A CAR!!!!

Having seen D images all my life but none in real life./...
I can honestly say that there is ABSOLUTELY NO CAPABLE photographer or director to possibly catch its true greatness.

Its like those jokes that you say "I guess I had to be there".

My wishes go out to all the future owners.:rollin:

LordFly
06-17-2013, 11:12 AM
Awesome! Glad to see you finally got it. Can't wait to see the project updates :)

DeLorean03
06-17-2013, 11:13 AM
Congrats bud :D!!!! Glad to see you got your car! Now, get ready for your life to forever change ;).

Andy
06-17-2013, 11:14 AM
Congratulations on your purchase!! I hope you have a great time with your DeLorean!! Probably the only DeLorean in Greece, isn't it?

PS. Is that forklifttruck in the back connected to your DeLorean? Or is it the other way round?

ALEXAKOS
06-17-2013, 11:17 AM
PS. Is that forklifttruck in the back connected to your DeLorean? Or is it the other way round?
hahahah
Why would I be towing a forklift? They pulled it out of the container.

thanx guys..

A long time of wrenchin is ahead of me and you support will be dearly appreciated;)

JohnZ
06-17-2013, 11:29 AM
Very moving, my man.

Again congratulation!

:) :)

ALEXAKOS
06-17-2013, 12:16 PM
Awesome! Glad to see you finally got it. Can't wait to see the project updates :)

Again, YOU are the man who gave me the first stepping stone. This thread is dedicated to you buddy!:wiggle:

dvonk
06-17-2013, 03:08 PM
congratulations! well worth the wait! :partyhat:

Domi
06-17-2013, 04:18 PM
Congratulation, let's the story begin!

refugeefromcalif
06-17-2013, 07:19 PM
Congratulations! :bigclap:

I'll bet it doesn't seem like a Long wait now. (I know, It seemed Longer)...

How long will it take to get it home, and start wrenching on it? :wrenchin:

George

ALEXAKOS
06-18-2013, 02:27 AM
Thanx all of you guys!
I will accept your congratulations more rightfully when I am done with the restoration.
God knows (and so do most of you) that it has several issues. But this is what I was looking for. An almost wasted D.:wrenchin:

ALEXAKOS
06-18-2013, 02:28 AM
How long will it take to get it home, and start wrenching on it? :wrenchin:
George
Shipping was about a month and from purchase to shipping 2 months.

Denver DMC
06-18-2013, 09:19 AM
Thanx all of you guys!
I will accept your congratulations more rightfully when I am done with the restoration.
God knows (and so do most of you) that it has several issues. But this is what I was looking for. An almost wasted D.:wrenchin:

Great thread; great story. Really like your enthusiasm for this project. Keep us posted.

ALEXAKOS
06-18-2013, 09:25 AM
Great thread; great story. Really like your enthusiasm for this project. Keep us posted.

Thanx buddy.
Anybody not having an enthusiasm about his Delorean should sell it so somebody worthy.

Yes I am excited but I am also amazed at the willing power of future owners in here and some already owners whom I really cant match;)

ALEXAKOS
06-18-2013, 11:39 AM
Here is a nice post on what it looks like opening the container of my goodie:)

After several (Greek) excuses I managed to enter behind the scenes of the Piraeus Port Customs warehouse.

Never seen how high those containers are stacked. You may see it in movies and pics, but driving by a 6 container stack is pretty impressive!!!!

First we got picked up by the new owners of the Piraeus port.

http://i821.photobucket.com/albums/zz135/alex-akos/delorean/IMG_5801_zps88f355c3.jpg

A Chinese company had recently invested and bought the place. The expansions are amazing

http://i821.photobucket.com/albums/zz135/alex-akos/delorean/IMG_5802_zpseaca7f1d.jpg

We got in the warehouse were the small items were removed from the container.

Then we were left down to the two vehicles. A 65 Mustang that the Delo was rearending all across the Atlantic !!!!:hysterical:

http://i821.photobucket.com/albums/zz135/alex-akos/delorean/3_zpsd9dba70c.jpg

Real tight you say?
http://i821.photobucket.com/albums/zz135/alex-akos/delorean/2_zpsa76ce83d.jpg

Love how the Delo is almost as high as the Mustangs rear end!
http://i821.photobucket.com/albums/zz135/alex-akos/delorean/1_zpsc7334b12.jpg



Later the crane moved the container on to another location on the ground and the cars were unloaded. First the Mustang and then the delo

http://i821.photobucket.com/albums/zz135/alex-akos/delorean/4_zps30d12f39.jpg

HERE COMES!!
http://i821.photobucket.com/albums/zz135/alex-akos/delorean/6_zps6a880da8.jpg

Heart is pumping crazy by now....
http://i821.photobucket.com/albums/zz135/alex-akos/delorean/7_zps51021286.jpg

and TOUCHDOWN 5992: THE FIRST in GREECE!!!!!
http://i821.photobucket.com/albums/zz135/alex-akos/delorean/8_zpsa99fda0f.jpg


Next they attached the forklift to the D to pull into the vehicle checking area
http://i821.photobucket.com/albums/zz135/alex-akos/delorean/9_zps385af1c2.jpg

Customs official pulling in my D
http://i821.photobucket.com/albums/zz135/alex-akos/delorean/IMG_5793_zpsd18fb274.jpg

rolling
http://i821.photobucket.com/albums/zz135/alex-akos/delorean/10_zpsa1a0a16d.jpg

Customs official (in red), Transport manager from Florida (in blue) and my Customs rep in (beige) preparing my documents
http://i821.photobucket.com/albums/zz135/alex-akos/delorean/11_zps6ad8d286.jpg

STUPID DELOREAN COMMENT OF THE DAY! (By the customs official)
"What color are you going to paint this?"
http://i821.photobucket.com/albums/zz135/alex-akos/delorean/paint_zpsab8e69fb.jpg

and TAAARAAAAA... But you have sen that pic;)
http://i821.photobucket.com/albums/zz135/alex-akos/delorean/IMG_5800_zpsf28374bc.jpg

Dangermouse
06-18-2013, 12:46 PM
Awesome stuff. Never seen one unpacked before. Kinda though the cars would have been better secured in the container. Was there bracing and stuff that they removed?


Sadest picture:

http://i821.photobucket.com/albums/zz135/alex-akos/delorean/IMG_5793_zpsd18fb274.jpg

Is it now at your house? How far from Piraeus to home?

ALEXAKOS
06-18-2013, 01:15 PM
I was wondering the same thing...
Especially all that loose stuff in the container...
Well I was hoping for something to fall on my D and have the insurance pay for some of the things I need to replace !hahahhaha:Headspin:

Piraeus is a 40 minute drive to my Garage;)

Saddest picture.... If it was to go to a chop shop. This baby is being pulled into rejuvenation for a NEW FUTURE ;)

ALEXAKOS
06-18-2013, 01:18 PM
BTW mouse,
The front left wheel is tilted inwards on the top.
Any first ideas? Maybe frame gave way? :bawling:

I figured from its condition at first glance and my expertise in watching all those lousy US CSI series....

The car must have been left outside in the hands of vandals.
Broke the window and removed parts from it. Several interior parts are missing and so is the spare.
I figures somebody (with absolutely NO love for Deloreans) was stealing stuff for resale or own use.:target:

Dangermouse
06-18-2013, 02:14 PM
btw first rule : location is always given from the drivers seat, so the pictures show the front Right wheel tilted (is the left also?).

Could be something as simple as a really bad alignment, maybe replaced the tie-rod ends and didn't adjust properly (aka - track rod ends; not sure what they would be called in Greece). Could be ball joints though. Possibly something got bent in the various transportings it has done - tow companies are good at miraculously finding the weakest link and then attaching their winch to it.

A quick look underneath would show any frame damage. If you get a chance on the way home and you pass somewhere with a car lift, if they would let you push it on and let you take pictures of absolutely everything under there - could be invaluable in the coming months (assuming you don't have a lift at home).

Was the window broken since you bought it? It may still be there and it's just that they window regulator has failed in the down position.

Don't feel too bad, my car came without a spare too. You should be able to source one from an 80s car in your local scrapyard (or whatever they are called in Greece) just get the bolt pattern correct.

ALEXAKOS
06-18-2013, 03:00 PM
Mouse,
are you available on house calls for family sessions? :)
Thank you for pushing my chin up. Yes, I have seen the car from underneath in photos but the wheels were hanging and nothing was to be seen there. I had also noticed it when it was on the U-haul trailer in FL.

Yes right on. My second thought was that the window just dropped in there..

DAMN! did I write left wheel? Yes I know the rule but I easily get carried away:wrenchin:

More in a couple of days in my garage.

ALEXAKOS
06-20-2013, 01:12 PM
Well, all of you owners know what this feels like.....
http://i821.photobucket.com/albums/zz135/alex-akos/delorean/null_zps89841695.jpg

5992 finally found her resting place at my garage after an exhausting trip.
http://i821.photobucket.com/albums/zz135/alex-akos/delorean/null_zps269ba5ef.jpg
"she" feels very tired and looks neglected. Might take her another year or so to see the light of day for a spin.
My story... JUST BEGINS!

ALEXAKOS
06-20-2013, 02:39 PM
Found this on the floor

HANDS OFF!!! THIS IS MINE!!!!
http://i821.photobucket.com/albums/zz135/alex-akos/delorean/null_zps6fc7dc00.jpg


My first Cave painting
http://i821.photobucket.com/albums/zz135/alex-akos/delorean/null_zps5e60bf19.jpg
Right door

Like the fix??? :mad2::mad2::mad2:
Now this door are more issues than it actually seems too. Can't figure out what happened to it that it needed so much repair.
@ MOUSE
Good news.. window is in there:)

JohnZ
06-20-2013, 04:01 PM
:thumbup:

Dangermouse
06-20-2013, 04:39 PM
I don't recall if you mentioned it, but you know that door was originally on VIN 7154?

ALEXAKOS
06-20-2013, 04:49 PM
I noticed that 7154 VIN on the door. I though that parts were originally meant to go at a specific vehicle but along the way they ended up on another one. Like the frame etc
Was that VIN up for parts? And why would they buy such a crappy door? :tongue2:

Anyway... more disassembling coming up. :clown:

ALEXAKOS
06-20-2013, 04:51 PM
PS, Love the DMCFL note on " we have heard all the flux capacitor jokes"

OverlandMan
06-21-2013, 10:39 AM
PS, Love the DMCFL note on " we have heard all the flux capacitor jokes"

Yea that's pretty dang funny and true.

ALEXAKOS
06-25-2013, 12:51 PM
Ladies and Gentlemen.
The fight is about to commence.
On the left corner, weighing 2250 Lbs, the Goldwing brothers with their jetski support.
http://i821.photobucket.com/albums/zz135/alex-akos/delo%20resto/DSC00003_zpsf9a2c5e0.jpg

On the right corner weighing 2600 Lbs, the stainless Gullwing DMC-12.
http://i821.photobucket.com/albums/zz135/alex-akos/delo%20resto/DSC00004_zps95dddcb3.jpg

But wait a minute! What do I see there? It has a tool box!!!

Can the DMC-12 win the fight with that toolbox?

Only time will tell.

For starters let's gain some height
http://i821.photobucket.com/albums/zz135/alex-akos/delo%20resto/DSC00001_zps9539ebc5.jpg

ALEXAKOS
06-25-2013, 12:53 PM
And look at some details.

Mickey mouse has created a nice shack fro him self here:
http://i821.photobucket.com/albums/zz135/alex-akos/delo%20resto/DSC00015_zps74604336.jpg
here
http://i821.photobucket.com/albums/zz135/alex-akos/delo%20resto/DSC00014_zps68527f37.jpg
and here:
http://i821.photobucket.com/albums/zz135/alex-akos/delo%20resto/DSC00006_zpscea3209d.jpg

but was kind enough to chew ONLY on the turning signal extension wiring!
Thanx for that Mickey;)

ALEXAKOS
06-25-2013, 12:55 PM
Next up front end stripping:

http://i821.photobucket.com/albums/zz135/alex-akos/delo%20resto/DSC00010_zps07dd0aa1.jpg

http://i821.photobucket.com/albums/zz135/alex-akos/delo%20resto/DSC00011_zps6d840522.jpg

http://i821.photobucket.com/albums/zz135/alex-akos/delo%20resto/DSC00008_zpsca6d690d.jpg

ALEXAKOS
06-25-2013, 12:56 PM
On the left inner fender I noticed the sticker of the VIN it was supposed to be for

http://i821.photobucket.com/albums/zz135/alex-akos/delo%20resto/DSC00005_zps904f74e1.jpg

Who's got VIN 5697 out there? We are soul mates!

ALEXAKOS
06-25-2013, 01:01 PM
final stage for the day, I removed the rear engine covers and the air filter.
http://i821.photobucket.com/albums/zz135/alex-akos/delo%20resto/DSC00009_zps1155cfd5.jpg

My best friend for the next days: WD40
http://i821.photobucket.com/albums/zz135/alex-akos/delo%20resto/DSC00013_zps7a24b00e.jpg

This D looks like it was pulled out of the bottom of the ocean. NOT ONE SCREW has been left without corrosion... :nervous:


Oh.
and your opinion guys....:meditation:

IS THIS BAD>>???:nervous:
http://i821.photobucket.com/albums/zz135/alex-akos/delo%20resto/DSC00002_zpsccd65266.jpg

JohnZ
06-25-2013, 02:40 PM
Last picture sounds like a sort of "fuel tank contamination".

Man you've got a lot of work there to do!

"This is where the fun begins!"

:D

Domi
06-25-2013, 04:53 PM
Wow, a lot of job is waiting for you!
Good luck for the next step, you'll need it!
Keep us update ;)

vwdmc16
06-25-2013, 10:44 PM
Getting right to it! Nice. Yeah maybe the car needs a WD40 bath before you continue. I hope it isnt all rusted shut.

Keep us updated, this is great.

DeLorean03
06-26-2013, 01:11 AM
Can you give us some history as to where this car came from? And I don't mean "from DMCFL" - where did they get it ????

LordFly
06-26-2013, 01:29 AM
My best friend for the next days: WD40
http://i821.photobucket.com/albums/zz135/alex-akos/delo%20resto/DSC00013_zps7a24b00e.jpg

Hey, I have that exact same ratchet! :D

Awesome start to the project, you've got tons of stuff pulled apart!

ALEXAKOS
06-26-2013, 02:24 AM
Awesome start to the project, you've got tons of stuff pulled apart!

This was all day one in 3.5 hours done.

Yeah, I wanted to ask DMCFL where that came from. All I know is that it was an abandoned car for 20 years in Michigan.

And all I see is that a few smart ass technicians tried making a few things right but went all the way to wrong :(

dvonk
06-26-2013, 04:20 AM
i love restoration threads, especially ones with lots of pictures! keep it up! :biggrin:

the "Maroon" bumper sticker on the rear fascia has me intrigued. Pontiac stopped using the Native American logo after 1957, but perhaps some dealers continued using the logo? a quick google search reveals there used to be a Maroon Pontiac in Wayne, New Jersey... did 5992 ever spend time there?

ALEXAKOS
06-26-2013, 07:01 AM
i love restoration threads, especially ones with lots of pictures! keep it up! :biggrin:

the "Maroon" bumper sticker on the rear fascia has me intrigued. Pontiac stopped using the Native American logo after 1957, but perhaps some dealers continued using the logo? a quick google search reveals there used to be a Maroon Pontiac in Wayne, New Jersey... did 5992 ever spend time there?

RIGHT ON! |Great job buddy.
Yes the VIN chronology file reads it to be a Wayne NJ car.;)

It is now a Maroon KIA Dealership.
What a disappointment. From a glorious Pontiac to KIA:(

Well at least John Z would be proud to have his D's dealt from a Pontiac dealer.

I think I will write the a mail about it and see what I come up with. ;)

Dangermouse
06-26-2013, 09:49 AM
According to the VIN list and Dealers List, the original dealer for your car was in fact Maroon Pontiac in Wayne NJ, so that must be the original dealer sticker. You should try and keep it on there if/when you respray the fascia.

The autocheck report is next to useless as it just has DMCF info on it.

ALEXAKOS
06-26-2013, 11:17 AM
According to the VIN list and Dealers List, the original dealer for your car was in fact Maroon Pontiac in Wayne NJ, so that must be the original dealer sticker. You should try and keep it on there if/when you respray the fascia.
The autocheck report is next to useless as it just has DMCF info on it.

Thanx mouse. Yes I was willing to remake that sticker (high res photography and print it on a silver paper) as the fascia is going to be painted. Unfortunately my sticker is already missing the top two corners already. Somebody tried peeling that off:
http://i821.photobucket.com/albums/zz135/alex-akos/delo%20resto/IMG_5808_zps5e2e525b.jpg

dvonk
06-26-2013, 04:46 PM
Yes I was willing to remake that sticker (high res photography and print it on a silver paper) as the fascia is going to be painted. Unfortunately my sticker is already missing the top two corners already. Somebody tried peeling that off

the missing corners shouldnt be too hard to fix on a computer before the sticker gets printed! :)

JohnZ
06-26-2013, 05:15 PM
A few weeks ago I saw a Pontiac Catalina in Gent (Belgium)... live! I had never seen one before!

They're just GIANT!

:D

ALEXAKOS
06-27-2013, 03:13 AM
the missing corners shouldnt be too hard to fix on a computer before the sticker gets printed! :)

Fixing it on an image software is not an issue for me. I just wanted to keep the original on it and that is why I mentioned the missing corners. :(

Roman Legion
06-27-2013, 03:33 AM
Fixing it on an image software is not an issue for me. I just wanted to keep the original on it and that is why I mentioned the missing corners. :(

Could you not just make the picked off edges straight and add new corners to it? Match the colour in a program with a close photograph? Just my idea of how to save the decal. Personally, I'd remove it, but I understand the significance of keeping it.

ALEXAKOS
06-27-2013, 08:42 AM
There are several things I can do.
To be honest... when I first saw it I was like " yup that's gota go"
But when the car arrived in Greece and saw it again, I felt like it is its birthmark. There is no other Delorean for about 5000 miles to have it stand out but It still felt like a keeper.
Having no idea what that was Ι looked on ebay to see if there is a replacement. I first thought its a sports team of some kind.
Especially when I realized its importance and rarity, I set it as target to keep.:wrenchin:

Jimmyvonviggle
06-27-2013, 08:50 AM
I'm curious, is everyone saying that the decal should be preserved and left on the car? And if not salvageable a new one created and reapplied to the car?

Dangermouse
06-27-2013, 09:08 AM
perhaps my use of "should" earlier was too emphatic. It's Alex's car and he can do what he likes with it.

As a matter of course, on new/used DDs, I remove all dealers stickers, tag plates etc. (the old "why should I advertize for them" thought). But one day I realized that if my D had an original dealer sticker, I would be kinda pleased. Possibly because the dealer would not currently be in business, but mainly because it now falls into the category of original documentation, like a window sticker, imo.

ALEXAKOS
06-27-2013, 02:20 PM
Mouse is right!
This is not your ordinary dealer sticker. If DMCFL had put on a sticker, I would have removed it.
But having the 1982 original dealer sticker on a historic car is something to work on. | PLUS I find that Native American logo on the side kinda cool:)

Would love to brag about having the original sticker on, but the torn edges are taking off its value. As the whole car will be freshly painted and will get many new parts, likewise the sticker will have to be a repro.
So I will reproduce it the best way possible. And while I am at it, if ANYONE happens to have a MAROON WAYNE NJ origin car, I am happy to send you a sticker repro out to you ;)

CHEERS for all your thoughts,


PS
MAROON KIA seems to care less about my story. Ha vent replied to my mail nore my FB post (https://www.facebook.com/MaroonKIAWayneNJ)

JohnZ
06-27-2013, 04:22 PM
If I were you, I would keep the sticker but definitely away from the bumper! I mean it is a precious piece of history, but I would keep it apart and not on my Delorean! I wouldn't attach anything on my car!

ALEXAKOS
06-28-2013, 09:05 AM
Gio,
I think a sticker of such a historic importance you would appreciate, and not remove;)

Other members spend as much as $50 to buy repro sheets of their original car dealership when first sold.

ALEXAKOS
06-28-2013, 02:52 PM
Another hour and a half in my garage working on my rear fascia.

I know nothing you ain't seen before. And nothing that requires skills. The disassembly is a no brainer really.:chairfall:

Tail lights off, Centre plate off.
PS All you following the MAROON STICKER STORY. That sticker has a reflective background. Hence the glow when I take flash photos. Makes it harder to make a repro....
http://i821.photobucket.com/albums/zz135/alex-akos/delo%20resto/DSC00016_zps91d9eb08.jpg

How do you like them apples???:angry0::angry0:

All but one, screws snapped when I screwed the off. And they were not rusty all the way through... Gives me a fright of what happens to screws on the engine block...
http://i821.photobucket.com/albums/zz135/alex-akos/delo%20resto/DSC00017_zps8d2e6bb0.jpg
Sorry for the daze.... :rant:

So My lower fascia has no screws left to get it back on the heat protector.
http://i821.photobucket.com/albums/zz135/alex-akos/delo%20resto/DSC00018_zpse0456f35.jpg

Will have to create some other way to mount it on.

Fascia down.
http://i821.photobucket.com/albums/zz135/alex-akos/delo%20resto/DSC00019_zps0e7d426d.jpg

Naked booty
http://i821.photobucket.com/albums/zz135/alex-akos/delo%20resto/DSC00021_zps52d06bda.jpg

aaaand the engine's rear
http://i821.photobucket.com/albums/zz135/alex-akos/delo%20resto/DSC00022_zps620b96f0.jpg

Notice all the spots I WD-40ed them! hahahahaha
That is my second bottle already. (2 bottles in 3.5 hours that is!)

Here I noticed some old coolant leak by the water pump.
http://i821.photobucket.com/albums/zz135/alex-akos/delo%20resto/DSC00023_zps64ca3018.jpg

From a quick glance the VOD seems clean.:wiggle:

Domi
06-28-2013, 03:09 PM
Good luck for the next step!

Dangermouse
06-28-2013, 03:17 PM
Lots of work going on. :)

Btw, in the US we have a product called PB Blaster which is much more effective at releasing stuck bolts etc than WD40. I'm not sure if it is sold in Europe but you may want to check for it, or an equivalent, as it looks like you are going to need all the help you can get ;)

Keep up the good work.

ALEXAKOS
06-28-2013, 03:20 PM
PB Blaster you say?? Does it come in 50 gallon barrels?:frantic:

Thanx for the tip mouse and...

Merci aussi mes Francais amis;)

Domi
06-28-2013, 03:22 PM
You're welcome :)

ALEXAKOS
06-28-2013, 03:27 PM
Okay, You are right (AGAIN) mouse!

PB blaster its the best for loosening rusty screws. Trouble is, its is not available in the open EUR market.

I may find it at some individual importer. Will begin scouting!
Cheers:hihi2:

ALEXAKOS
06-28-2013, 03:29 PM
hahahahahahha

Okay Just got a message froma Greek raper "snik wins" (on facebook) and heard there is a DELOREAN in greece and wants it for his video clip...:rollin:

Oh That will have to wait!

Dangermouse
06-28-2013, 03:32 PM
Please tell me you mean rapper and not raper 8)

I'm sure there must be a European equivalent to PB Blaster. Ask your local classic car repair shop what they use.

ALEXAKOS
06-28-2013, 03:39 PM
Please tell me you mean rapper and not raper 8)

I'm sure there must be a European equivalent to PB Blaster. Ask your local classic car repair shop what they use.
OH SNAP!!!!!

YES RAPPER!!!! Not RAPIST!

dmc6960
06-28-2013, 03:44 PM
A good homemade penetrant I found works better than even PB Blaster is a 50/50 mix of acetone and ATF. Mic it up and put it in a spray bottle.

ALEXAKOS
06-28-2013, 03:57 PM
A good homemade penetrant I found works better than even PB Blaster is a 50/50 mix of acetone and ATF. Mic it up and put it in a spray bottle.

Ah! Your home chemist! :hihi2:

Will that get me high if I sniff on it too?:wiggle:

Will try it. Thanx!!!!

dmc6960
06-28-2013, 04:03 PM
Yea pretty much take all the precautions you would handling strait acetone. It's strong stuff but mixed with the right oil that makes it a great penetrant as well. Don't get it on your skin, don't breath it directly, ad don't get it on any painted surfaces. I've had it leach out of my spray bottle as well (somehow forced its way out through the "shut off" nozzle) so be cautious where you store it as well.

ALEXAKOS
07-01-2013, 12:02 PM
Just purchased my PORSCHE 997 exhaust system from Germany wiht just 5k Miles on, to fit the Delorean.
I am curious to see what that sound is like!!! :bigclap::bigclap::bigclap::bigclap:
20213

ALEXAKOS
07-05-2013, 03:47 PM
Lots of stuff came down today.
Started with the rear bumper and a little surprise!
http://i821.photobucket.com/albums/zz135/alex-akos/delo%20resto/DSC00024_zpse483c043.jpg
No wonder my car is all rusted!!!

Next came the rear fenders
http://i821.photobucket.com/albums/zz135/alex-akos/delo%20resto/DSC00025_zps89607fc4.jpg


My D is the fastest of em all! Frame 6000 came onto my 5992!!
http://i821.photobucket.com/albums/zz135/alex-akos/delo%20resto/DSC00026_zps67edbe7b.jpg

some driver door cave paintings
http://i821.photobucket.com/albums/zz135/alex-akos/delo%20resto/DSC00027_zpscca77a7b.jpg

My k-jetronic all rusty.... but with fresh fuel... :eek1::eek1:
http://i821.photobucket.com/albums/zz135/alex-akos/delo%20resto/DSC00030_zps595b7d1c.jpg

The engine has Fresh engine oil, coolant and fuel.. Who in the world would just waste all that on a car like this???? DMCFL trying too see what they got??



some engine shots
http://i821.photobucket.com/albums/zz135/alex-akos/delo%20resto/DSC00031_zps3b516a16.jpg

http://i821.photobucket.com/albums/zz135/alex-akos/delo%20resto/DSC00032_zps987449e1.jpg

Exhaust off... Next one coming in is the Porsche 997 turbo exhaust system.
http://i821.photobucket.com/albums/zz135/alex-akos/delo%20resto/DSC00033_zps08cde835.jpg

A/C compressor off
http://i821.photobucket.com/albums/zz135/alex-akos/delo%20resto/93bf40e6-540d-4592-aa33-6cd07fbdd8be_zps24598150.jpg

Windscreen frame off
http://i821.photobucket.com/albums/zz135/alex-akos/delo%20resto/DSC00037_zpsad67fe8a.jpg

power window motor out
http://i821.photobucket.com/albums/zz135/alex-akos/delo%20resto/DSC00038_zpsf4f0cafa.jpg

Dynamo out. (this mas made in 1978, so it must be a replacement.)
http://i821.photobucket.com/albums/zz135/alex-akos/delo%20resto/DSC00039_zpsbbfe8067.jpg

Rear coolant piping out
http://i821.photobucket.com/albums/zz135/alex-akos/delo%20resto/DSC00040_zpscca5a369.jpg

Now k-jetronic removal and VOD expedition
http://i821.photobucket.com/albums/zz135/alex-akos/delo%20resto/DSC00043_zpsa8bbc8e9.jpg

http://i821.photobucket.com/albums/zz135/alex-akos/delo%20resto/DSC00044_zpsb3497f6a.jpg

VALLEY OF DEATH??? More like valley of life! That place has been very busy. and full of crap!!! YUCK!!!!
http://i821.photobucket.com/albums/zz135/alex-akos/delo%20resto/DSC00045_zps67889f23.jpg

sucked most of the stuff out with the vacuum.
http://i821.photobucket.com/albums/zz135/alex-akos/delo%20resto/DSC00046_zpscc71edd2.jpg

Coolant pump was full of gue!!!
http://i821.photobucket.com/albums/zz135/alex-akos/delo%20resto/DSC00047_zpsbcfb1c0d.jpg

and so were the hoses
http://i821.photobucket.com/albums/zz135/alex-akos/delo%20resto/DSC00048_zpsa4f75430.jpg

Well that's it for today. More disgusting stuff from 5992 soon:P

Domi
07-05-2013, 04:16 PM
A lot of job is waiting for you, wish you good luck for the next step, you'll need it!

Dangermouse
07-05-2013, 04:16 PM
:vomit_2:

Good grief, I hope that looks worse than it actually is.

ALEXAKOS
07-05-2013, 07:07 PM
:vomit_2:

Good grief, I hope that looks worse than it actually is.

It is pretty bad. Took me 2 hours to clean the VOD.

And I have not started with the frame yet! That is even worse:(

refugeefromcalif
07-05-2013, 07:15 PM
Lots of stuff came down today.
Started with the rear bumper and a little surprise!
http://i821.photobucket.com/albums/zz135/alex-akos/delo%20resto/DSC00024_zpse483c043.jpg
No wonder my car is all rusted!!!

http://i821.photobucket.com/albums/zz135/alex-akos/delo%20resto/DSC00030_zps595b7d1c.jpg

The engine has Fresh engine oil, coolant and fuel.. Who in the world would just waste all that on a car like this???? DMCFL trying too see what they got??

Well that's it for today. More disgusting stuff from 5992 soon:P

The little fish things are Cool. What are they made of and how are they attached?

I have to ask. When you contacted DMC Florida on 5992, Is this the condition that you expected? Were you planning on this much work to restore the car?
I bought 6599 from them on their Reputation as a seller of of Quality DeLoreans. (Based upon a buyers price range).

George

JohnZ
07-05-2013, 07:56 PM
I'm following your restoration with much curiosity and fun! I'm looking forward to see the final result, with A LOT of patience of course!

:)

I like those fishes, leave 'em there!

:cool:

LordFly
07-05-2013, 10:37 PM
The fish are what got it safely across the ocean ;)

You're making amazing progress! Just don't forget where it all goes.

vwdmc16
07-06-2013, 01:29 AM
looks like the fish are just the bumper absorber coating cut off in that shape.


This all is reminding me of how rusty and...scruffy my car was when I got it. Im so glad its nicer now.

Keep the progress!!

ALEXAKOS
07-06-2013, 05:04 AM
I have to ask. When you contacted DMC Florida on 5992, Is this the condition that you expected? Were you planning on this much work to restore the car?
I bought 6599 from them on their Reputation as a seller of of Quality DeLoreans. (Based upon a buyers price range).

George

I bought mine also based on reputation. The more I work on it I get the feeling they could have told me more about it. But Tony was clear. "This needs a lot of work" I could also see it as a parts carrier.


I'm following your restoration with much curiosity and fun! I'm looking forward to see the final result, with A LOT of patience of course!

:)

I like those fishes, leave 'em there!

:cool:

Can't remove the fishes. :p tick tock Gio! Soon to be Delorean owner;)


The fish are what got it safely across the ocean ;)

You're making amazing progress! Just don't forget where it all goes.

Thank you godfather! Yes I suppose them fishes are my lucky charm!!



looks like the fish are just the bumper absorber coating cut off in that shape.


This all is reminding me of how rusty and...scruffy my car was when I got it. Im so glad its nicer now.

Keep the progress!!


Right! Those fishes are made by carving out the protective black coat and the eyes are the screws.

Your restoration has been an inspiration my friend. It amazes me of you courage to disassemble it so many times!!! But I guess that is the price you pay when your D is at a running state. Fortunately for me mine is still dead:)

vwdmc16
07-06-2013, 05:42 PM
Thanks mate!, Im planning on taking it apart again soon, going even deeper inside.

ALEXAKOS
07-06-2013, 06:02 PM
Thanks mate!, Im planning on taking it apart again soon, going even deeper inside.

Great!
Well I hope you get there before me so I can read your posts and go by your instruction:)

LordFly
07-07-2013, 12:24 AM
I bought mine also based on reputation. The more I work on it I get the feeling they could have told me more about it. But Tony was clear. "This needs a lot of work" I could also see it as a parts carrier.

Just so you know, I never actually saw this car. Tony merely mentioned it to me when we were discussing prices of the cars he currently had. But it's awesome to see you fixing it up! Every parts car is one less D on the road :(

ALEXAKOS
07-07-2013, 03:11 AM
Just so you know, I never actually saw this car. Tony merely mentioned it to me when we were discussing prices of the cars he currently had. But it's awesome to see you fixing it up! Every parts car is one less D on the road :(

So you are calling it a parts car too??? :bang:
I am happy to have saved a double digit D and ESPECIALLY ad 4 fish design:fancy:

ALEXAKOS
07-09-2013, 04:13 PM
Not much done, but some progress is always welcome;)
Those are out of the way...
http://i821.photobucket.com/albums/zz135/alex-akos/delo%20resto/DSC00049_zps5520fd39.jpg

giving a better view of the rusty trouble on the rusty exhaust system
http://i821.photobucket.com/albums/zz135/alex-akos/delo%20resto/DSC00050_zpsea726531.jpg

Bought my self a mini handheld camera spy. Was looking inside my engine and them valves are in bad shape! This engine must have run for several miles with a very bad fuel/air mixture
http://i821.photobucket.com/albums/zz135/alex-akos/delo%20resto/DSC00053_zps45ffc171.jpg

Lost EVERY hope there was to unscrew those trunk covers. I even cut a screwdriver slot in order to get them loose.. Only manage two. All the rest just turns crazy....:( Need to cut those out.
http://i821.photobucket.com/albums/zz135/alex-akos/delo%20resto/DSC00055_zpse7e52fc8.jpg

Then started on the front system disassembly.
http://i821.photobucket.com/albums/zz135/alex-akos/delo%20resto/DSC00067_zps6a9ffc5a.jpg

ALEXAKOS
07-09-2013, 04:20 PM
Now what do you make of that??

1+1 makes 2 or 11?

Check these images out:

Passenger door Torsion bar crooked!
http://i821.photobucket.com/albums/zz135/alex-akos/delo%20resto/DSC00065_zpse9811a3f.jpg

Rear t panel alignment crooked.....
http://i821.photobucket.com/albums/zz135/alex-akos/delo%20resto/DSC00062_zps13b3e2e6.jpg

Passenger door power window motor rod repaired
http://i821.photobucket.com/albums/zz135/alex-akos/delo%20resto/DSC00064_zps237d54fc.jpg

http://i821.photobucket.com/albums/zz135/alex-akos/delo%20resto/DSC00063_zps7139da76.jpg

Plus the passenger door was been replaced in the past.

Does this make you feel like the car was in a side collision and they had to replace the passenger door side.... creating these alignment differences?

Dangermouse
07-09-2013, 04:36 PM
The torsion bar does normally have a slight bend to it, and it does look like your roof box has started to separate. It can be fairly easily bolted back down again which will level this bracket up better. There is a "How To" on here somewhere.

edit: try here

http://dmctalk.org/showthread.php?3857-seperation-near-torsion-bar-area-what-to-do&highlight=separation

and here

http://dmctalk.org/showthread.php?4207-Something-doesn-t-look-right-with-this-torsion-bar-support&highlight=carriage

LordFly
07-10-2013, 12:21 AM
Are you stripping the car bare and rebuilding the whole thing?

ALEXAKOS
07-10-2013, 03:00 AM
The torsion bar does normally have a slight bend to it, and it does look like your roof box has started to separate. It can be fairly easily bolted back down again which will level this bracket up better. There is a "How To" on here somewhere.

edit: try here

http://dmctalk.org/showthread.php?3857-seperation-near-torsion-bar-area-what-to-do&highlight=separation

and here

http://dmctalk.org/showthread.php?4207-Something-doesn-t-look-right-with-this-torsion-bar-support&highlight=carriage


Mouse! What can I say!:)))) THANX!!!


Are you stripping the car bare and rebuilding the whole thing?
YES!!!!!!:hippo::hippo::hippo::hippo:

LordFly
07-10-2013, 03:21 AM
YES!!!!!!:hippo::hippo::hippo::hippo:

Haha, awesome! It's going to amazing when you're done!

ALEXAKOS
07-10-2013, 05:44 AM
Haha, awesome! It's going to amazing when you're done!

You mean when IT is done.....

I am done with every panel or cover I remove and see what's going on beneath it....
:dead::dead::dead:OH SHHhhhhhhh&%$:dead::dead::dead::dead:

AugustneverEnds
07-10-2013, 10:16 AM
Υασου Αλεξακος! Πος εισαι;

You will get it done, who cares if it takes five years? :wink: hahaha

I may be making a trip to Hellas in october, maybe I can help out a bit?

Καλή τύχη!

ALEXAKOS
07-10-2013, 04:00 PM
Υασου Αλεξακος! Πος εισαι;

You will get it done, who cares if it takes five years? :wink: hahaha

I may be making a trip to Hellas in october, maybe I can help out a bit?

Καλή τύχη!
That's Great NEWS!!!

Yes I think I will still be in my garage "screwing" around my D...8)

ALEXAKOS
07-14-2013, 10:38 AM
My 997 exhaust arrived today and I placed it in position for fitting testing.
Nick was right. I need to have the manifold got around the frame to connect to the exhaust.
Also on Nick's well noticed speculations, the exhaust barrels are quite large and will have to mod the rear fascia's lower part.

I tried the fitting with the system up side sown to have the bulky part on the top


Here are the images
http://i821.photobucket.com/albums/zz135/alex-akos/delo%20resto/DSC00069_zpsb92cb6ba.jpg

http://i821.photobucket.com/albums/zz135/alex-akos/delo%20resto/DSC00070_zpsc76f4559.jpg

The fitting
http://i821.photobucket.com/albums/zz135/alex-akos/delo%20resto/DSC00071_zpsda344cbf.jpg
http://i821.photobucket.com/albums/zz135/alex-akos/delo%20resto/DSC00074_zpsd4676424.jpg

Catalyst looking behind the frame
http://i821.photobucket.com/albums/zz135/alex-akos/delo%20resto/DSC00073_zps8089d7ec.jpg

ALEXAKOS
07-14-2013, 10:47 AM
Damn that crank pulley is tough to open!

I stabilized the crank with tension mounting straps with the frame!
That damn crank was pulling the frame together!!!!:bang::bang::bang::bang:

Anybody have another way of getting this done?
I can't:
Push the car (got no wheels)
Start the engine (got no battery)
I am aware of both those tricks. That damn crank disk does not have any holes to stabilize it!

See here my failed effort:
http://i821.photobucket.com/albums/zz135/alex-akos/delo%20resto/DSC00080_zps1b840336.jpg

http://i821.photobucket.com/albums/zz135/alex-akos/delo%20resto/DSC00083_zps29b14b2e.jpg

http://i821.photobucket.com/albums/zz135/alex-akos/delo%20resto/DSC00082_zpsffbba6bb.jpg

http://i821.photobucket.com/albums/zz135/alex-akos/delo%20resto/DSC00081_zps2bdf09e3.jpg

Josh
07-14-2013, 01:22 PM
You have to stop the engine from spinning. I usually use a prybar in one of the flywheel teeth. A member on here also has a little tool that bolts to the bellhousing and meshes with the teeth to stop it from moving. Soak the nut in wd-40 or something similar for a few days. I removed mine with a 3ft breaker bar with another 3 foot cheater bar (a box piece of metal I slid over) to maximise my torque (leverage). Using an impact gun would also work, assuming it has enough torque. Just for clarification the nut uses normal threads (counter clockwise loosens the nut), they are not reverse threads.

ALEXAKOS
07-14-2013, 01:34 PM
Hey josh,
Yes I have soaked it in wd40 for 3 days now. My cargo belt also had a great grip but the frame was too weak!! :p
That was my next try, to remove the gearbox and block the flywheel. The member selling the tool is a fellow Greek living in NY but I can't wait for 2 weeks until it gets here.

Thanx josh!

Josh
07-14-2013, 01:40 PM
Hey josh,
Yes I have soaked it in wd40 for 3 days now. My cargo bet also had a great grip but the frame was too weak!! :p
That was my next try, to remove the gearbox and block the flywheel. The member selling the tool is a fellow Greek living in NY but I can't wait for 2 weeks until it gets here.

Thanx josh!

No problem Just letting you know how I did it. Mine was tight but it came off fairly quickly. If you are removing the gearbox, you might as well just pull the engine, then remove the gearbox. Much easier that way. I removed the crank pulley when the engine was on an engine stand.

ALEXAKOS
07-14-2013, 01:55 PM
I wish I could. I don't have a tool to lift engine ad gearbox out. So I am removing it piece by piece from the frame.

Josh
07-14-2013, 02:00 PM
I wish I could. I don't have a tool to lift engine ad gearbox out. So I am removing it piece by piece from the frame.

Hmmm interesting. Well I wish you the best of luck! To remove the gearbox, remove the starter, line to the slave cylinder, the shift pivot and the crossgate cable. There are four bellhousing bolts, two on the side and two on the top. Also the transmission mounts, unbolt the two bolts that go into the transmission on each side. Im sure you can figure it out, just giving the overview I would have liked when I was pulling my engine!

ALEXAKOS
07-14-2013, 02:15 PM
I am right behind you josh;)
Love of what you are doing to your frame. I am still considering my options. Paint, powder coat or your idea.

Josh
07-14-2013, 02:28 PM
I am right behind you josh;)
Love of what you are doing to your frame. I am still considering my options. Paint, powder coat or your idea.

Well please dont cut it like I did, haha. As far as I know these are the options:

You have to strip the epoxy. This can be done through a chemical dip, burn off, or sandblasting (heavy media such as steel shot). When sandblasting you need to remove sections of metal to gain access to the box sections and reweld. Most chemical dips cant touch the epoxy so proceed with caution.

If you plan on galvanizing, the surface doesn't need to be perfect. A burn off will do. For powdercoating you need to have a chemical dip or sandblasting. The surface must be all down to the clean bare metal. Another surface treatment for the full out DIYer is coating the frame with POR15. Very labor intensive. I am not a big fan of POR15 either. The PO used it on my car and it went on very drippy (thin) and turned to absolute mush when a little brake fluid touched it.

Another combination ensure total protection with factory looks. Burn off, then galvanize, then sandblast and powdercoat. This ensures all the box sections are completely covered and the factory look is maintained. Also very expensive. Burn off may be replaced with a chemical dip. The frame must be lightly sandblasted after galvanizing to allow the powdercoat to stick.

Some final things to consider. Powdercoat and sandblasting are line of sight. Cannot get into box sections. Chemical dip and galvanizing ensure 100% coverage.

And thats a quick summation of my few weeks of research and experience.

ALEXAKOS
07-14-2013, 02:55 PM
Thanx for laying all options down for me at a buffet layout:)
I won't find any chem dip around my area.

I am afraid I will have to go with sand blasting and cut-n-weld. My rusty frame will not avoid cutting some large chunks off it.

Galvanizing would be my favorite option, but I am not sure I will find an oven big enough. Plus galvanizing, hardens the metal and takes away its flexibility.
Powder coating also makes a hard crust that at first hit, it may peel off starting the whole mess over.

Well, I suppose I will go with what I can find. My options are limited.

LordFly
07-15-2013, 12:17 AM
I wish I could. I don't have a tool to lift engine ad gearbox out. So I am removing it piece by piece from the frame.

For a project this big, you might want to consider an engine hoist. I don't know about over there, but in Canada, you can get one for a couple hundred bucks. Could come in handy in the future too. Or you could always sell it to someone when you're done with it.

ALEXAKOS
07-15-2013, 04:12 AM
That is a brilliant plan my Lord.
But in our market, an engine hoist is hard to resell. I almost had a complete used garage set with car lifts and tools but it slipped through my hands.:cry:

So watch me do the unthinkable (again!) :meditation:

dmc6960
07-18-2013, 05:15 PM
Since the engine and transmission are still on the car, use an impact wrench to remove the nut. You have the hard part of removing the exhaust/fascia for access already tackled. Put the tranny in (1st) gear, set the parking brake, and crank away. If you dont have an impact you can usually rent large electric ones here in the states at general tool rental locations.

Farrar
07-18-2013, 07:21 PM
Put a breaker bar on the nut and hang bricks from the breaker bar.
Spray 50% ATF/50% Acetone on the nut.
Wait. ;)

ALEXAKOS
07-19-2013, 03:52 AM
Put the tranny in (1st) gear, set the parking brake, and crank away.
Wheels are off, no parking brake available.
Gearbox is out already. Will tackle with flywheel blocking.:angry_whip:


Spray 50% ATF/50% Acetone on the nut.
Wait. ;)
U forgot "pray" :)




:thumbup: Thanx guys

ALEXAKOS
07-22-2013, 04:17 PM
I just noticed the Greek customs Bar code sticker. It reads "DHORIA" instead of Delorean :P
http://i821.photobucket.com/albums/zz135/alex-akos/delo%20resto/DSC00084_zps4bf8262e.jpg

Onto so progress...
It way seem like a small job... but this damn manifold took me 3 hours to come off.
Unfortunately I had to cut the rear bridge as corrosion has welded it together with the manifolds.
http://i821.photobucket.com/albums/zz135/alex-akos/delo%20resto/DSC00085_zpsa8a7b47f.jpg
http://i821.photobucket.com/albums/zz135/alex-akos/delo%20resto/DSC00086_zps12bf3515.jpg

Same goes with the calipers.... Rust just makes each disassembly 3-6X harder to remove:bang:
Front
http://i821.photobucket.com/albums/zz135/alex-akos/delo%20resto/DSC00087_zps3a80ddf7.jpg
Rear emergency break was "welded" together with the caliper. Had to knockout its living daylights!
http://i821.photobucket.com/albums/zz135/alex-akos/delo%20resto/DSC00089_zpsfc7ee32b.jpg

Next off the starter motor.
http://i821.photobucket.com/albums/zz135/alex-akos/delo%20resto/DSC00090_zpsa191d7a4.jpg
Flywheel peek
http://i821.photobucket.com/albums/zz135/alex-akos/delo%20resto/DSC00091_zps90fcc550.jpg

Gearbox removal procedure
http://i821.photobucket.com/albums/zz135/alex-akos/delo%20resto/DSC00092_zps29dc7420.jpg

Added some old tires (thanx to the neighbor's contribution) for a soft landing when it pops out
http://i821.photobucket.com/albums/zz135/alex-akos/delo%20resto/DSC00093_zps50c07f6c.jpg

ALEXAKOS
07-22-2013, 04:18 PM
Here is some work for you guys!

NAME THAT LOOSE WIRE!

RH
-top white plug:
http://i821.photobucket.com/albums/zz135/alex-akos/delo%20resto/DSC00094_zps22ada4c8.jpg

LH
- Big black controller plug
- Ground screw
- White fuse plug, Fuse missing . What is that fuse for?
http://i821.photobucket.com/albums/zz135/alex-akos/delo%20resto/DSC00095_zpsf21f8897.jpg

Under Binnacle
White poly plug and small black plugs
http://i821.photobucket.com/albums/zz135/alex-akos/delo%20resto/DSC00097_zps821fe455.jpg


Does it normally have some sort of dashboard cover underneath or is it all exposed like so?
http://i821.photobucket.com/albums/zz135/alex-akos/delo%20resto/DSC00098_zps889854e5.jpg

As you can see the interior is in GREAT shape as opposed to the exterior condition.

The frame's left side is also more heavily corroded. I guess it was parked outside and was loaded with every winter's salt on the road side

Josh
07-22-2013, 05:22 PM
For the electronics behind the drivers seat i can help you out. The Big black plug is for the lambda computer which appear to be missing entirely. You will need this is you are sticking with the K Jet. The ground and fue are not factory. You will need to trace these. For the fuse box I believe that upper plug is supposed to be unplugged. Dont quote me on that though...

JohnZ
07-22-2013, 05:35 PM
There is some liquid Kryptonite under the flywell as well!

:D

ALEXAKOS
07-23-2013, 03:55 AM
For the electronics behind the drivers seat i can help you out. The Big black plug is for the lambda computer which appear to be missing entirely. You will need this is you are sticking with the K Jet. The ground and fue are not factory. You will need to trace these. For the fuse box I believe that upper plug is supposed to be unplugged. Dont quote me on that though...
Thank you on those hints. Nope the K-jet will be left out. Webers are coming in.
So any clues on the dashboard wiring?



There is some liquid Kryptonite under the flywell as well!:D
Yup That is the coolant that came out of the heater hoses when I pushed them down.

Josh
07-23-2013, 04:18 AM
Thank you on those hints. Nope the K-jet will be left out. Webers are coming in.
So any clues on the dashboard wiring?


I believe the large plug connects to the steering column. There should be three connections to the steering column if memory serves me correctly.

As for the other plugs, they are also disconnected on 11408, so I have not a clue!

ALEXAKOS
07-23-2013, 08:11 AM
Gotta be right Josh! I am missing all the switches on my steering column. Do you know if there is some sort of a cover that closes up underneath the dashboard on the driver side?

dmc6960
07-24-2013, 12:21 AM
Here is some work for you guys!

NAME THAT LOOSE WIRE!

RH
-top white plug:

"Hot Start Relay" plug. Unused, leave alone.



LH
- Big black controller plug
- Ground screw
- White fuse plug, Fuse missing . What is that fuse for?

As mentioned, LAMBDA computer (part of K-Jet).
Also for LAMBDA computer.
Fuse is for Factory "style"/QAC/Dealer power antenna. That wiring is not "stock" from the factory on an '81 but is standard issue for all earlier cars installed with the original power antenna. You can put a fuse in it and see if antenna works. I dont know what its supposed to be rated, but I'd imagine a 5a should be plenty if its working right.



Under Binnacle
White poly plug and small black plugs

White plug for the turn signal switch. Small plugs for the drivers door swiches (one does dome light, other does door ajar)



Does it normally have some sort of dashboard cover underneath or is it all exposed like so?

All exposed, but there is a finishing bezel that goes over the top and bottom of the steering column around the ignition switch and combination switches.

ALEXAKOS
07-24-2013, 10:06 AM
Thank you Jim! That was an excellent walk by:)
Yes I have a power antenna in my LH rear compartment.:headbang:

I just love those since the 80's. Very crappy items as they break easily but totally awesome the way they appear from nowhere!!

ALEXAKOS
07-24-2013, 04:49 PM
Leverage gives to tiny David the strength of Goliath.
http://i821.photobucket.com/albums/zz135/alex-akos/delo%20resto/leverage_zps6e355a95.jpg

Like wise I am back to tackle that Crank pulley.... after 3 days of efforts and read several threads with most people having failed it.

I use for extra leverage the hydraulic lift's bar as an extension of my tool.
http://i821.photobucket.com/albums/zz135/alex-akos/delo%20resto/DSC00099_zps72824f74.jpg
If I need more power... I simply extend it :blahblah:

Next I blocked my flywheel with two sturdy screwdrivers. One horizontally right over the original position of the starter
http://i821.photobucket.com/albums/zz135/alex-akos/delo%20resto/DSC00101_zpsa60a3c5e.jpg
and the other diagonally pressed between the flywheel and the anti sway bar.
http://i821.photobucket.com/albums/zz135/alex-akos/delo%20resto/DSC00100_zpsd74fba69.jpg


I started giving it some pressure.... extended my leverage bar... Then some more.... and suddenly.... CRACK!!!!


CAN YOU FEEL THAT!????:headbang:
HUH? CAN... YOU.... FEEL... THAT...
http://i821.photobucket.com/albums/zz135/alex-akos/delo%20resto/ace_ventura_zpsfac6b83b.gif

SUCK IT CRANK PULLEY BOLT!!!
http://i821.photobucket.com/albums/zz135/alex-akos/delo%20resto/DSC00102_zps489064f0.jpg

Sorry I had to do that after a weeks fight!:banghead:
http://i821.photobucket.com/albums/zz135/alex-akos/delo%20resto/DSC00103_zps453cf5ba.jpg


So having that said and done here are my images of the cylinder heads and valves....:mooning:
What a mess....
http://i821.photobucket.com/albums/zz135/alex-akos/delo%20resto/DSC00104_zps203c1887.jpg

http://i821.photobucket.com/albums/zz135/alex-akos/delo%20resto/DSC00105_zps77458898.jpg

Coolant has created a gew all over those....


and the valves... Oh man....

http://i821.photobucket.com/albums/zz135/alex-akos/delo%20resto/DSC00106_zps73ce4690.jpg
http://i821.photobucket.com/albums/zz135/alex-akos/delo%20resto/DSC00107_zps24e61067.jpg

That car must have been sitting for 8 years and somebody filled it up with fluids and just took it for a drive... until it finally died on him. RIP:wave2:

OverlandMan
07-24-2013, 05:11 PM
Like wise I am back to tackle that Crank pulley.... after 3 days of efforts and read several threads with most people having failed it.

I use for extra leverage the hydraulic lift's bar as an extension of my tool.
http://i821.photobucket.com/albums/zz135/alex-akos/delo%20resto/DSC00099_zps72824f74.jpg
If I need more power... I simply extend it :blahblah:

Next I blocked my flywheel with two sturdy screwdrivers. One horizontally right over the original position of the starter
http://i821.photobucket.com/albums/zz135/alex-akos/delo%20resto/DSC00101_zpsa60a3c5e.jpg
and the other diagonally pressed between the flywheel and the anti sway bar.
http://i821.photobucket.com/albums/zz135/alex-akos/delo%20resto/DSC00100_zpsd74fba69.jpg


I started giving it some pressure.... extended my leverage bar... Then some more.... and suddenly.... CRACK!!!!



Alex - I think the trick to the crankshaft nut is an pneumatic impact wrench. I'd be worried about breaking off a tooth of the flywheel using a screwdriver like that. Sounds like you were able to break it loose and achieve your objective, which is the main point... but thought I'd share for future reference.

http://www.expeditionexchange.com/hogue/DSC05633.jpg

ALEXAKOS
07-25-2013, 02:20 AM
Hi Jeff.
I was aware of the risks. Thank you for the advice. This is why I tackled two consecutive teeth on the flywheel and the horizontal screwdriver one was not putting pressure on the tooth but in between teeth keeping the flywheel jammed.:cool1:
I was more worried of the screwdriver snapping in half and a sharp point flying my way. :hititbanana:

Main point..
I GOT THE SUCKER!!!!!:mooning:
hahaha

ALEXAKOS
07-26-2013, 04:58 AM
Okay!
Engine is out and "rolling"
http://i821.photobucket.com/albums/zz135/alex-akos/delo%20resto/DSC00111_zpsc4277b25.jpg
Damn those old tires in the garage came in handy :)

http://i821.photobucket.com/albums/zz135/alex-akos/delo%20resto/DSC00112_zps24489d3c.jpg

Next was the down fall of the frame! Eight screws gold the frame to the body. a few hoses and wires... and off it comes.
Honestly.... After separating those two after 30 years, I feel bad that the D is mostly raised by the body. The frame having all that weight on it burdens the two screws that are under the center console.

http://i821.photobucket.com/albums/zz135/alex-akos/delo%20resto/DSC00116_zps0182b251.jpg
http://i821.photobucket.com/albums/zz135/alex-akos/delo%20resto/DSC00117_zpsb17e1013.jpg

Also managed to strip the interior.
http://i821.photobucket.com/albums/zz135/alex-akos/delo%20resto/DSC00114_zpsfe938834.jpg
http://i821.photobucket.com/albums/zz135/alex-akos/delo%20resto/DSC00115_zpsbc3acd2f.jpg
Easy peazy!

Josh
07-26-2013, 05:58 AM
Great progress!

To my count there are 12 bolts holding the frame to the body. But I do agree, this isnt much when the the car is raised by the tub and the frame is hanging off these bolts. Hmmm

ALEXAKOS
07-26-2013, 08:30 AM
Great progress!

To my count there are 12 bolts holding the frame to the body. But I do agree, this isnt much when the the car is raised by the tub and the frame is hanging off these bolts. Hmmm
Actually ten.
2 Rear engine compartment sway bar
2 Rear engine compartment sides
4 Centre console
2 front fender hubs
---
10

where did I miss the other two? Seat belt?:headscratch:

Josh
07-26-2013, 01:35 PM
I believe there is 6 in the interior!

ALEXAKOS
07-27-2013, 05:55 AM
I believe there is 6 in the interior!

Yes you are counting the seatbelt clip screw! Fair enough;)

Josh
07-27-2013, 01:23 PM
Yes you are counting the seatbelt clip screw! Fair enough;)

Hey, safety first :)

ALEXAKOS
07-30-2013, 01:54 PM
As you may imagine the interior was just a layer of tar and rust pieces from the components.
After a VERY hot shower spray in my home tub and several latex gloves... I got a pretty good result for starters.

Images from the interior:
Right side is botom
http://i821.photobucket.com/albums/zz135/alex-akos/null_zpsfc1be066.jpg

Now bottom is... bottom
http://i821.photobucket.com/albums/zz135/alex-akos/null_zpsc37acdb2.jpg

Part of the scraped tar goo
http://i821.photobucket.com/albums/zz135/alex-akos/null_zps9221fb14.jpg


Ah yes... used a lot of paper too...
http://i821.photobucket.com/albums/zz135/alex-akos/null_zpsbb367bee.jpg

And tonight I left it with a gallon of Unleaded to soften the rest of the tar from the walls so I can get the final cleaning.

dvonk
07-31-2013, 01:25 AM
As you may imagine the interior was just a layer of tar and rust pieces from the components.
After a VERY hot shower spray in my home tub and several latex gloves... I got a pretty good result for starters.

Images from the interior...

ew. :dead:

ALEXAKOS
07-31-2013, 04:26 AM
ew. :dead:
ALLRIGHT!!!!:hihi:
The first respond of disgust in my thread!!

ALEXAKOS
08-05-2013, 04:19 AM
Cleared frame prep for sand blasting

http://i821.photobucket.com/albums/zz135/alex-akos/delo%20resto/DSC00119_zps39310ab4.jpg

http://i821.photobucket.com/albums/zz135/alex-akos/delo%20resto/DSC00118_zps857f85fd.jpg

ooo that one was evil!! Would not let me unscrew it!
http://i821.photobucket.com/albums/zz135/alex-akos/delo%20resto/DSC00120_zps68f10e86.jpg

Front partial clearance
http://i821.photobucket.com/albums/zz135/alex-akos/delo%20resto/DSC00121_zps195d9766.jpg

http://i821.photobucket.com/albums/zz135/alex-akos/delo%20resto/DSC00122_zps4d1a50c1.jpg

LordFly
08-05-2013, 12:53 PM
http://i821.photobucket.com/albums/zz135/alex-akos/delo%20resto/DSC00118_zps857f85fd.jpg

6000 is pretty close to 5992 ;)

ALEXAKOS
08-05-2013, 03:52 PM
yeah. Pretty awesome to have an even number vin like 6000:)

ALEXAKOS
08-11-2013, 01:10 PM
I have placed the frame on two carts so I can swing it round while working on it.
http://i821.photobucket.com/albums/zz135/alex-akos/delo%20resto/DSC00127_zps26623612.jpg

There I started to work on the rust... and noted the frame's weak spots. There are 6 hollow points that have holes on the top and NONE on the bottom for water draining. So after a rainy drive or powerfull wash, water gets in there and has NO EXIT. So it basically sits in there until it evaporates. That could take quite some time during the winter....

Here they are:

REAR FRAME.
Engine mount column.
(you'll see what I discovered cutting open the exterior cover)
http://i821.photobucket.com/albums/zz135/alex-akos/delo%20resto/DSC00130_zps8800bfc5.jpg
Four entry points with No.1 Being wide open! The other three are tapped but may give water some minimal access over time

Right next to that, close to where the transition is mounted and behind the lower arm is mounted:
http://i821.photobucket.com/albums/zz135/alex-akos/delo%20resto/DSC00131_zps0834624e.jpg
Two entry points, again no escape hole underneath. The larger one may assist the escape of vapors.

Finally, FRONT FRAME
Where the fuel tank is mounted and the metal line clips are in.

http://i821.photobucket.com/albums/zz135/alex-akos/delo%20resto/DSC00132_zps44936c19.jpg
http://i821.photobucket.com/albums/zz135/alex-akos/delo%20resto/DSC00133_zps736d16f6.jpg
Five entry points. Again NO EXIT!!!:nono:
This is corrosion's Paradise!

ALEXAKOS
08-11-2013, 01:16 PM
So I started cutting out a section of the rear frame's cover.
This is what I saw:

http://i821.photobucket.com/albums/zz135/alex-akos/delo%20resto/DSC00128_zps1e174936.jpg
I removed the epoxy that was no longer a part of the metal.
http://i821.photobucket.com/albums/zz135/alex-akos/delo%20resto/DSC00129_zps82891503.jpg

What happened here is, water created its own siphon. Started eating away the components to get out.

Wonder what your frame looks like from the inside?

http://i821.photobucket.com/albums/zz135/alex-akos/delo%20resto/DSC00124_zpsf0d973e7.jpg


So I am hard at Rust removing work that will be patched with clean sheets of metal welded with tic weld.

Also cleared the frame of other parts.

As soon as I am done clearing the heavy rust sections it will be sand blasted.

Josh
08-12-2013, 03:37 AM
Thanks for the picture, it does satisfy my curiosity!

It looks not too bad in there. With the side off blasting will be nice and easy like you said.

Sometimes I think they designed these frames to hold water. Some really strange compartments and sections of this frame...

ALEXAKOS
08-12-2013, 04:41 AM
Sometimes I think they designed these frames to hold water.
Exactly Josh!
On that last image you can clearly see by the rust marks how the water was entering that top hole slowly detaching the epoxy from the metal and creating its own space.

All that just kept moving by the years until it finally breached out on the lowest point eating away the metal and creating a gateway of exit.

ALEXAKOS
08-15-2013, 12:53 PM
Today I did some bench working.
Cleared all arms of the old bushings (tutorial here (http://dmctalk.org/showthread.php?7923-HOW-TO-Remove-an-old-bushing&p=116759#post116759)).
http://i821.photobucket.com/albums/zz135/alex-akos/delo%20resto/null_zps426b0b40.jpg
Removed disc brakes and all components to prep for sand blasting.
http://i821.photobucket.com/albums/zz135/alex-akos/delo%20resto/null_zps1122f49f.jpg

I also straitened out the arms from a few dents.

BEFORE
http://i821.photobucket.com/albums/zz135/alex-akos/delo%20resto/null_zps2dd1008f.jpg
http://i821.photobucket.com/albums/zz135/alex-akos/delo%20resto/null_zps6459a2f0.jpg

HAMMER TIME!!!!
http://25.media.tumblr.com/9bbfd5ea7b2acf5cb70c6776f844c654/tumblr_mi2utg3sgw1s559c9o1_500.gif

AFTER:
http://i821.photobucket.com/albums/zz135/alex-akos/delo%20resto/null_zpsa1be3b49.jpg
http://i821.photobucket.com/albums/zz135/alex-akos/delo%20resto/null_zps93b3850f.jpg

ALEXAKOS
08-15-2013, 12:57 PM
Finally I cleared the interior.

Removed the head liners
http://i821.photobucket.com/albums/zz135/alex-akos/delo%20resto/null_zps1f8d2c74.jpg

Steering and binnacle
http://i821.photobucket.com/albums/zz135/alex-akos/delo%20resto/null_zps00dbb5c2.jpg

Removed pax door torsion bar (almost ended in a tragic breaking of the rear window :smokelot: )
http://i821.photobucket.com/albums/zz135/alex-akos/delo%20resto/null_zpsbd5b2380.jpg

and I keep filling my Sandblast cases:)
http://i821.photobucket.com/albums/zz135/alex-akos/delo%20resto/null_zps0989eb09.jpg

Josh
08-15-2013, 01:21 PM
Interesting method to suspend the doors!

Just a note, if you are planning to get zinc parts replated, DO NOT sandblast them. They look like garbage afterwards. I just unbolted all my zinc plated parts, but them in a container and gave them to the plater. They will clean and plate them, its all part of the process.

Edit: It might be a good idea to re-enforce the LCAs with a weld bead along the bent area. Mine were very bent, and when I bent them back they cracked at the bend. So I chucked them and got new ones. Expensive but shouldn't have any more problems. Also came with the ball joint and bushing already installed, so that saved time and effort as well. There are a few options for LCAs.

ALEXAKOS
08-15-2013, 01:48 PM
Just a note, if you are planning to get zinc parts replated, DO NOT sandblast them. They look like garbage afterwards. I just unbolted all my zinc plated parts, but them in a container and gave them to the plater. They will clean and plate them, its all part of the process.
I am not sure if I want to zinc plate those again. Most of those parts are in places where you never see them and get very dirty. Especially the disc brake dust shield.


I It might be a good idea to re-enforce the LCAs with a weld bead along the bent area. Mine were very bent, and when I bent them back they cracked at the bend. I got them all straight and dandy:) Secret is to heat up the metal before starting to hit it. Metal crack either when it is too cold, or no good as a metal.

Any ideas what to do with the extremely rusty disc brakes? I would just have the interior brushed.

Yeah the doors are good like that! Helps me work in the interior while I have the torsion bars out.

Josh
08-15-2013, 03:37 PM
I am not sure if I want to zinc plate those again. Most of those parts are in places where you never see them and get very dirty. Especially the disc brake dust shield.

I got them all straight and dandy:) Secret is to heat up the metal before starting to hit it. Metal crack either when it is too cold, or no good as a metal.

Any ideas what to do with the extremely rusty disc brakes? I would just have the interior brushed.

Yeah the doors are good like that! Helps me work in the interior while I have the torsion bars out.

That is true. Youre making me sad that my shiny chassis will get dirty, haha.

Are you refering to the rotors or calipers? The rotors make good anvils, stands, or scrap metal. I wouldnt think of reusing 32 year old rotors.

For the calipers I completely disassembled mine (save all the pins on the rear, there are no replacements) and sandblasted them with a steel shot. The bore can be cleaned with brake cleaner and finished with a hone.

ALEXAKOS
08-21-2013, 01:26 PM
Took a trip down town to the MASTER of engines overhauling.
Bit my ass price wise, but he is second to none. http://i821.photobucket.com/albums/zz135/alex-akos/delo%20resto/null_zpsaedf8f50.jpg
He has been in the business for over 40 years and is called "Gramps" (Grandfather). Business now run by his two following generations but he still runs the place and calls the shots
A fat $1300 will it cost me to have the valve heads as well as the complete engine block overhauled with new components.

The naked PRV
http://i821.photobucket.com/albums/zz135/alex-akos/delo%20resto/null_zps1a576d75.jpg

Then went back home for some bench work. Taking apart he calipers to overhaul.
http://i821.photobucket.com/albums/zz135/alex-akos/delo%20resto/DSC00141_zpsa8a23411.jpg

On to 5992, steering wheel column removal
http://i821.photobucket.com/albums/zz135/alex-akos/delo%20resto/DSC00140_zpsd0d34805.jpg

Seat disassembly
http://i821.photobucket.com/albums/zz135/alex-akos/delo%20resto/DSC00139_zpsa6b1ec88.jpg
http://i821.photobucket.com/albums/zz135/alex-akos/delo%20resto/DSC00136_zpse6b54d7c.jpg

Break cylinder removal
http://i821.photobucket.com/albums/zz135/alex-akos/delo%20resto/DSC00138_zps5510ac9b.jpg

Rear side covers, speakers and heat/sound gard removal
http://i821.photobucket.com/albums/zz135/alex-akos/delo%20resto/DSC00143_zpsd46ec33a.jpg
http://i821.photobucket.com/albums/zz135/alex-akos/delo%20resto/DSC00144_zps33f29812.jpg
http://i821.photobucket.com/albums/zz135/alex-akos/delo%20resto/DSC00149_zps200a8d1c.jpg


Engine cover opening repair
http://i821.photobucket.com/albums/zz135/alex-akos/delo%20resto/DSC00148_zps3937823a.jpg
http://i821.photobucket.com/albums/zz135/alex-akos/delo%20resto/DSC00147_zps0fdada77.jpg
I mean HONESTLY!!!! :shameful: Who the hell thought of fastening that by puncturing the wheel haul. Where the water sprays with immense speed on to... Another Delorean engineering failure. :hmm:

front speakers and Craig radio removal
http://i821.photobucket.com/albums/zz135/alex-akos/delo%20resto/DSC00146_zps40b6d89a.jpg
http://i821.photobucket.com/albums/zz135/alex-akos/delo%20resto/DSC00145_zps03ab8290.jpg

ALEXAKOS
08-21-2013, 01:29 PM
I then took my seats to remove the leather covers. As easy as 123...
http://i821.photobucket.com/albums/zz135/alex-akos/null_zps13734dcd.jpg
http://i821.photobucket.com/albums/zz135/alex-akos/null_zpsd1cfe73a.jpg
http://i821.photobucket.com/albums/zz135/alex-akos/null_zps38211b34.jpg
http://i821.photobucket.com/albums/zz135/alex-akos/null_zps3a54ec95.jpg
http://i821.photobucket.com/albums/zz135/alex-akos/null_zps2ec58666.jpg
http://i821.photobucket.com/albums/zz135/alex-akos/null_zps58e08c96.jpg

ALEXAKOS
08-21-2013, 01:32 PM
BTW,
I saw this sticker on the lower part of the passenger seat.
It seems Greek to me.. No really! It looks Greek!
http://i821.photobucket.com/albums/zz135/alex-akos/null_zps138c44f8.jpg

Anybody got a clue?

LordFly
08-21-2013, 01:40 PM
Wow, love seeing all the work you're doing. I'd love to get that far into the car, but I just don't have the time, or the space. It's going to be awesome when you're done!

ALEXAKOS
08-21-2013, 01:47 PM
Wow, love seeing all the work you're doing. I'd love to get that far into the car, but I just don't have the time, or the space. It's going to be awesome when you're done!

Thank you my lord... I am afraid the deeper into it I go, the more disappointed I am with the construction quality. At some parts this car is truly amateur work! :shameful:
It better be good when I am done..:eek5:

JohnZ
08-21-2013, 02:05 PM
Why removing the seat covers? Weren't they flawless as I can see from the pics?

ALEXAKOS
08-21-2013, 02:17 PM
Why removing the seat covers? Weren't they flawless as I can see from the pics?

I will let you in on a little secret Gio.
Yes flawless but 30 years old and a leather as hard as time makes it.

The market does not sell partial but only complete sets. So for an individual ho was one of the seats part torn, he would rather buy an older seat to match his old leather if not willing to spend $600.

So I am, actually selling the old ones getting new ones for the same money. Driver's seat already SOLD. Passenger's pending offers..

Sneaky aren't I?

JohnZ
08-21-2013, 02:22 PM
Smart enough! But I hope you won't put on the new DMC covers... they're too much soft and rounded for my tastes! I love how the original leather literally embraces the foam so tight! Elegant yet sporty!

ALEXAKOS
08-21-2013, 02:25 PM
Smart enough! But I hope you won't put on the new DMC covers... they're too much soft and rounded for my tastes! I love how the original leather literally embraces the foam so tight! Elegant yet sporty!
I disagree :(
Mine were like sitting on wood and it had absolutely no grip on you. Soft leather holds you in place on tight cornering.

JohnZ
08-21-2013, 02:32 PM
I disagree :(
Mine were like sitting on wood and it had absolutely no grip on you. Soft leather holds you in place on tight cornering.

Yeah that could be true, but visually let's say that the new covers look like "21th century" to me. The original finish screams "seventieeees" 8)

Anyway, I'll tell you my whole impressions when I will get that leather under my own rear end! :tongue_stick:

Farrar
08-21-2013, 08:18 PM
I saw this sticker on the lower part of the passenger seat. ... Anybody got a clue?

Looks like "DYNA_APE"

I put the _ in there because I can't read that character. An S, possibly, so "DYNASAPE"? Just a guess.

andyd
08-22-2013, 12:28 PM
DYNASAFE

A subsidiary of Britax I believe? Maybe Nick Sutton could confirm?

andy

ALEXAKOS
08-22-2013, 01:34 PM
This information nails if Andy! Thanx :)

ALEXAKOS
08-27-2013, 05:00 PM
further bench work:

Took drive axles apart for grease change.

My D had only 17K miles on the meter and that grease had become as hard as drying clay.
ANYBODY not sure when this job was done on yours no mater how many miles on your speedo, 30 year old grease in a semi airtight compartment like that can get sufficient for lubricating.

Please schedule your change as well. It is an easy job, yet time consuming and messy. Or just have a shop do it for you.

Here is the picture:
This one didn't look too bad. In fact it was the only one which the grease was still in good shape.
http://i821.photobucket.com/albums/zz135/alex-akos/delo%20resto/DSC00150_zpse6bb8dad.jpg

The other three ends looked like this:
http://i821.photobucket.com/albums/zz135/alex-akos/delo%20resto/DSC00151_zps2150771e.jpg

before cleaning
http://i821.photobucket.com/albums/zz135/alex-akos/delo%20resto/DSC00152_zpsb6246ce0.jpg

after
http://i821.photobucket.com/albums/zz135/alex-akos/delo%20resto/DSC00153_zpsfd705134.jpg

ALEXAKOS
08-27-2013, 05:04 PM
Did some on vehicle work as well.

Removed the windshield wiper water container
http://i821.photobucket.com/albums/zz135/alex-akos/delo%20resto/DSC00154_zps62d1f362.jpg
Notice the plug contacts. Need some WD-40 contacts spray

And secured that lower t-top body panels. First with some screws and further on with two stainless bolts that will go through the rood and secured under the rear head liners.
http://i821.photobucket.com/albums/zz135/alex-akos/delo%20resto/DSC00155_zps4391d3f4.jpg

Bolt hole
http://i821.photobucket.com/albums/zz135/alex-akos/delo%20resto/DSC00158_zpsf22080c0.jpg

ALEXAKOS
09-11-2013, 03:36 PM
Sorry folks!
Was on a 10 day Vacation.
A few hours before my outbound flight... I did some further benchwork and cleaned the steering rack.
Wife was going nuts!!!:devil::devil::devil::devil:

Rod end joints
http://i821.photobucket.com/albums/zz135/alex-akos/delo%20resto/null_zps42f8aff8.jpg

Steering column joint
http://i821.photobucket.com/albums/zz135/alex-akos/delo%20resto/null_zps19488a07.jpg


Got a call today from the shop and the engine overhauling is done.
Had a complete seal pack fly in for the job, from Germany off a German Alpine parts specialist.

More soon.

LordFly
09-11-2013, 04:13 PM
You're putting a lot of other restoration threads to shame. Very thorough, I love it!

Josh
09-11-2013, 08:29 PM
You're putting a lot of other restoration threads to shame. Very thorough, I love it!

I resent that... lol

ALEXAKOS
09-12-2013, 02:58 PM
You're putting a lot of other restoration threads to shame. Very thorough, I love it!

Very strong compliment there my Lord. Appreciate your support:D


I resent that... lol
Lord said "a lot" not "all" ;)


Ok, picked up my engine today... Cant' take any credit for it... Apart from the redit deducted from my account!!!:chairshot:
Most cash I have spent so far... Autsch!

Here are the images.

Block front
http://i821.photobucket.com/albums/zz135/alex-akos/delo%20resto/null_zps8fa50821.jpg

Block top (VOD has been filled with a special heat resistant paste / glue to cover all the corroded aluminum that made the block housing too thin at some places)
http://i821.photobucket.com/albums/zz135/alex-akos/delo%20resto/null_zpse0311b9d.jpg

Valve intake
http://i821.photobucket.com/albums/zz135/alex-akos/delo%20resto/null_zps3c690d37.jpg

Valves
http://i821.photobucket.com/albums/zz135/alex-akos/delo%20resto/null_zps28441b66.jpg

heads
http://i821.photobucket.com/albums/zz135/alex-akos/delo%20resto/null_zps2d12df7d.jpg

Manifold side
http://i821.photobucket.com/albums/zz135/alex-akos/delo%20resto/null_zpsf2a7ebdd.jpg


Not to forget, they removed a dozen rusted broken screws that were stuck in the block from the rusty manifold as well as other places around it.!!!



Quick reminder what it looked like:
http://i821.photobucket.com/albums/zz135/alex-akos/delo%20resto/DSC00111_zpsc4277b25.jpg
http://i821.photobucket.com/albums/zz135/alex-akos/delo%20resto/DSC00086_zps12bf3515.jpg
http://i821.photobucket.com/albums/zz135/alex-akos/delo%20resto/DSC00106_zps73ce4690.jpg

Domi
09-12-2013, 05:13 PM
Sure it looks better now!

DGI
09-13-2013, 11:40 AM
Finally got to read every page so far!

Looks like a great project and I admire that your handling most of the tasks yourself. Hopefully next time Im in Athens we can arrange a visit :thumbup:

Let me know if your having any issues with parts also, willing to help anyway I can.

Dimitri

ALEXAKOS
09-13-2013, 01:31 PM
Finally got to read every page so far!

Looks like a great project and I admire that your handling most of the tasks yourself. Hopefully next time Im in Athens we can arrange a visit :thumbup:

Let me know if your having any issues with parts also, willing to help anyway I can.

Dimitri

YES!!!!
One more Greek in the forum:) Welcome Dimitri!!!!
Hopefully you get your own D soon... After the birth of your first child! We are all here to support that cause:)

Thanx for the offer.

PS member 1batt4u is also Greek living somewhere in NY

DGI
09-13-2013, 01:38 PM
YES!!!!
One more Greek in the forum:) Welcome Dimitri!!!!
Hopefully you get your own D soon... After the birth of your first child! We are all here to support that cause:)

Thanx for the offer.

PS member 1batt4u is also Greek living somewhere in NY

Sweet! Maybe we can have a Greek DMC Owners Group sticker made up sooner or later :)

Im actually very glad to hear that you had little issue with the port and customs. Back in 2000 we shipped a Wrangler over to Greece and took delivery of it via the same port your D got shipped into. It was a paperwork nightmare.

How are you registering your car there? From what I understand anything over a 2 litre gets heavily taxed and the taxes go up the older the car is... any type of Antique registration that bypasses all of that mess?

Also, if you havent already, the Hellenic Auto Museum is a must see since your local to there. http://www.hellenicmotormuseum.gr/maincat.php?wh=1&lang=1&the1id=1&theid=1&open1=1&open2=5

ALEXAKOS
09-13-2013, 03:54 PM
How are you registering your car there? From what I understand anything over a 2 litre gets heavily taxed and the taxes go up the older the car is... any type of Antique registration that bypasses all of that mess?

Also, if you havent already, the Hellenic Auto Museum is a must see since your local to there. http://www.hellenicmotormuseum.gr/maincat.php?wh=1&lang=1&the1id=1&theid=1&open1=1&open2=5

Well, all vehicles over two years of age are (financially) impossible to bring in. They are charged with a 400% over the initial new selling value tax.

But over 30 years of vehicle age you can declare it as a collectors item so they get an old-timer license plate and registration which is ONLY allowed to drive at days when there is an old-timer get together etc. :smoke1:

LordFly
09-13-2013, 04:11 PM
Ouch, that's pretty harsh. I bought and insured mine as a standard vehicle :)

Dangermouse
09-14-2013, 12:00 AM
I thought that being part of the EU meant that those import tariffs were done away with. Sure they can charge "sales tax" but they would raise more money at 25% tax that would encourage guys to import a car, rather than a prohibitive 400% that no one would pay.

Sorry, didn't mean to apply logic to taxation matters. Silly me.

JohnZ
09-14-2013, 02:39 AM
Yep 400 % is talking nonsense, I will have to pay about 33 % of taxes here in Italy and I still feel that is a large amount of money.... I wouldn't imagine a 400 % taxation!

Who's in charghe there? The sheriff of Nottingham?

:hihi2:

ALEXAKOS
09-14-2013, 04:10 AM
Who's in charghe there? The sheriff of Nottingham?
:hihi2:

The same Government that destroyed Greece.... :flamed:

They are just avoiding the import of old cars to keep the inside used car market rolling and at high prices:)
Don't forget we are just under 10 million in population.

DGI
09-14-2013, 09:52 AM
Ouch, that's pretty harsh. I bought and insured mine as a standard vehicle :)

Im looking forward to "Historic" car status with the D. No emissions, no safety inspections, etc. Drive at your own risk :headbang:

My 1993 Mustang that I've owned since 2000 was always a new adventure every two years trying to pass emissions. Had to get very creative to accomplish that without cats and OBDI lol

ALEXAKOS
09-19-2013, 03:45 AM
No much happening these days in my garage due to high traffic at the office.
I did manage to escape for a couple of hours with my company's semi, load the frame and drive it to sandblastland!:hihi2:

http://i821.photobucket.com/albums/zz135/alex-akos/delo%20resto/null_zpsd0ad30e5.jpg

http://i821.photobucket.com/albums/zz135/alex-akos/delo%20resto/null_zps27438bb1.jpg

ALEXAKOS
09-19-2013, 11:11 AM
Today with the first few passes for the sandblaster....
http://i821.photobucket.com/albums/zz135/alex-akos/delo%20resto/null_zps5878e979.jpg

Tomorrow I will pick it up...;)

vwdmc16
09-19-2013, 01:58 PM
Wow, nice. I see a few rotted spots.

ALEXAKOS
09-19-2013, 02:56 PM
Wow, nice. I see a few rotted spots.

A few? hahahahha
You Sir, are a real Gentleman :giggle:

ALEXAKOS
09-25-2013, 11:47 AM
Alright, several PM's are asking how am I doing.
Well actually today was day 12 on working on it.
I got my frame hope along with all parts.
This is the current condition of the sutuation. (sorry all phone photos)
http://i821.photobucket.com/albums/zz135/alex-akos/delo%20resto/null_zpsd28e3206.jpg
and the few parts that did not make it to the powder paint.
http://i821.photobucket.com/albums/zz135/alex-akos/delo%20resto/null_zpsd1dbfeb1.jpg

ALEXAKOS
09-25-2013, 11:53 AM
I assembled the joints back together today. In the beginning it feels like one of those IQ tests that you tray to remove a ball from a cube.
http://i821.photobucket.com/albums/zz135/alex-akos/delo%20resto/null_zpse2fd6c4e.jpg

But after a few tries I got the hang of it and
THESE ARE THE TWO SECRETS:

1 Place the inner wide spaces across the exterior narrow spaces.
http://i821.photobucket.com/albums/zz135/alex-akos/delo%20resto/null_zps4ededcc4.jpg

2 keep the two interior cylinders raised with your hand from underneath and rotate the so you insert the balls for the outside one at a time.

http://i821.photobucket.com/albums/zz135/alex-akos/delo%20resto/null_zpsa3b085b7.jpg

Taraaa...

Then add PLENTY OF GREASE!!!
http://i821.photobucket.com/albums/zz135/alex-akos/delo%20resto/null_zps2108a5a6.jpg

BEFORE IMAGE
http://i821.photobucket.com/albums/zz135/alex-akos/delo%20resto/DSC00151_zps2150771e.jpg

Make sure to tap on the grease with every addition. It has to move downward and then do the same procedure from the lower side.

Did some aesthetic touching...
http://i821.photobucket.com/albums/zz135/alex-akos/delo%20resto/null_zpsce6584bc.jpg

ANOTHER BEFORE IMAGE (don't you just love those??)
http://i821.photobucket.com/albums/zz135/alex-akos/delo%20resto/DSC00049_zps5520fd39.jpg

and I am pretty happy with the result.
http://i821.photobucket.com/albums/zz135/alex-akos/delo%20resto/null_zps387f63e7.jpg

OH... BTW Apart from the grease and soap... ZERO parts purchased!

ALEXAKOS
09-25-2013, 11:56 AM
Also refurbished the Servo power unit along with its bracket.
http://i821.photobucket.com/albums/zz135/alex-akos/delo%20resto/null_zps0954a922.jpg

http://i821.photobucket.com/albums/zz135/alex-akos/delo%20resto/null_zps8b855fc1.jpg

Domi
09-25-2013, 04:29 PM
This is much better, great job, keep us update please ;)

Dangermouse
09-25-2013, 05:28 PM
There must be more than 24 hours in a Greek day.

Lookin' good Alex :headbang:

ALEXAKOS
09-26-2013, 09:02 AM
There must be more than 24 hours in a Greek day.

Lookin' good Alex :headbang:

Well I am getting sponsored a couple of hours support per day from the US :meditation:

To bad there are no other Deloreans in my country... This is fun!

LordFly
09-27-2013, 04:18 PM
There must be more than 24 hours in a Greek day.

Lookin' good Alex :headbang:

I think he meant WEEK 12 ;)

ALEXAKOS
09-27-2013, 06:38 PM
I think he meant WEEK 12 ;)
Nope!
That's day!
Tomorrow will be day thirteen and I will be working on the frame. Cutting welding painting. Full day job!!!!
Should I skip day thirteen just for good luck and name it fourteen?

refugeefromcalif
09-27-2013, 06:52 PM
Nope!
Should I skip day thirteen just for good luck and name it fourteen?

Better Safe than Sorry... :tongue:

George

ALEXAKOS
09-28-2013, 03:58 PM
I said it didn't I?
Passed Day thirteen with minimal work cleaning the frame of corroded steel sheet covers from the front section and preparing the replacement steel sheets.
Did a first pass of the antitrust primer.

BUT! As it is the THIRTEENTH DAY, photobucket is going nuts and is not working. Can't upload images. Can't even open the page.... :clown::clown::clown:


Looking forward to day FOURTEEN tomorrow!!!! :wow:

ALEXAKOS
09-30-2013, 01:03 PM
Aaah Photobucket working again.

Ok.
Placed frame against the wall to have a better working angle of the lower side and most rust affected.
http://i821.photobucket.com/albums/zz135/alex-akos/delo%20resto/null_zpscf6905c4.jpg

Started removing welded covers to clear of rust.
http://i821.photobucket.com/albums/zz135/alex-akos/delo%20resto/null_zps5428023d.jpg
http://i821.photobucket.com/albums/zz135/alex-akos/delo%20resto/null_zps6a9b697c.jpg

Rust be gone
http://i821.photobucket.com/albums/zz135/alex-akos/delo%20resto/null_zps65e653a8.jpg

this is a very slow process cause I needed to paint the interior parts with antitrust primer. and the each part that is to be attached from the inside also.
http://i821.photobucket.com/albums/zz135/alex-akos/delo%20resto/null_zps14a741b6.jpg

Forgot to take a picture of the internal column I added for stability and durability (adds also about 4 Lbs to the front of the car :P) Hence the welding spots.

Speaking of welding... my TIG tool
http://i821.photobucket.com/albums/zz135/alex-akos/delo%20resto/null_zps59239350.jpg

and finally the first front cover of the frame. Two more to follow at the front tips for stability to strengthen them.
http://i821.photobucket.com/albums/zz135/alex-akos/delo%20resto/null_zps9efdf93c.jpg

vwdmc16
09-30-2013, 10:06 PM
How thick s that new metal? I need to do the same on my front crossmember and rear, however I wish to weld in some really thick metal like 1/8" so bottoming out and jacking the car up won't leave visible damage

ALEXAKOS
10-01-2013, 03:30 AM
How thick s that new metal? I need to do the same on my front crossmember and rear, however I wish to weld in some really thick metal like 1/8" so bottoming out and jacking the car up won't leave visible damage

I measured the existing panels at 15mm
The interior reinforcement I used 20mm panels

Josh
10-01-2013, 03:35 AM
I measured the existing panels at 15mm
The interior reinforcement I used 20mm panels

20mm? that is like 3/4"! Something isn't right there...

Anyways, great work as usual. I am jealous of your welder! Hopefully the weather cooperates for you since you are welding outside (wind blowing gas away)

ALEXAKOS
10-01-2013, 12:13 PM
20mm? that is like 3/4"! Something isn't right there...

Anyways, great work as usual. I am jealous of your welder! Hopefully the weather cooperates for you since you are welding outside (wind blowing gas away)

It was a beautiful sunny day. Absolutely no wind. Plus I am covered 270 degrees with walls and at 90 degrees from a slope. :) Even got a tan below the t-shit sleeves and my neck:hippo:

vwdmc16
10-01-2013, 04:51 PM
I think he meant 1.5 to 2mm.

1/8" =3mm

Dangermouse
10-01-2013, 05:05 PM
That's what I was assuming too.

Josh
10-01-2013, 05:52 PM
Ah that makes more sense. However I was not aware US citizens knew the metric system? Isn't it banned country wide?:tongue_stick:

vwdmc16
10-02-2013, 02:05 AM
Nearly yes, however the smart ones at least know of it.