So I have a few quick questions that maybe some of you guys might be able to help me with.
I've grown up working on cars vastly different than a DeLorean, this is a new venture for me haha.
My previous restoration was a 1953 Ford Coupe with a flathead V8, so things that are DeLorean specific will take some time to figure out.
My first batch of questions:
Firstly, the binnacle is cracked on my car, is it possible to recover it in vinyl?
I read the pdf on fixing the warping on the bumper, that's not too much of an issue anymore, however they it will need to be repainted. Does anyone have a paint code for the bumpers?
Since the car has been sitting since '96 the gas tank is probably full of nasty old gas. What's the best way to clean it out?
What are the most cost effective ways of getting the most horsepower from the stock motor?
I've seen the Stage I exhaust, various turbo kits, Stage II upgrades, ect., but I don't know the best route to go. I really like the idea of adding turbos though.
Has anyone had issues when lowering the car with the upgraded suspensions kits? I plan on doing that as well.
My car also needs a lot of interior work, is DMCH the only source for interior pieces?
And lastly, what is the best source for the gas struts for the louvers/front hood/doors? I've seen several sources for them.
It's going to be a few months before I can start to seriously work on the car. I'm leaving in a few days for Detroit to work for GM. So for now, I'm trying to figure out my budget for the repair work.
While I don't know many answers to what you asked I can offer some info I learned with mine. You'll most likely need the relay update kit. I'd also check all of the fuses. I know some people have had theirs melt. Mine were almost all incorrect. I'm also assuming you'll need tires and dmcmw told me they go with 225 instead of 235 in the rear. Thatll open you up to some matching tires.
Location: Atlanta OTP GA
My VIN: 2743
Club(s): (SEDOC) (DCH) (DCUK) (DOC-UK)
For your questions, Search is your friend as there are multiple threads on most if not all of them
Yes, the binnacle is repairable with filler & vinyl, finished product obviously dependant on skill
Paint codes : http://dmctalk.org/showthread.php?349-Paint-Codes
Gas tank - empty tank with cheap pump, clean out thoroughly with acetone (need small arms or some sort of improvides tool.
Engine HP - everyones opinion of cost vs benefit is different. General advice is to get it running as stock and see if you really need it. 130HP isn't too bad as it is a light car, and it will depend on how you want to use the car. There are several threads in the "custom" section about various turbo/DPI/EFI upgrades. Does your engine even turn over (manually, I mean?)
No real issues with lowering, but of course that is dependent on how low, and what size tires you put on it.
DMCx are the best source for the majority of interior parts. Selected non-OEM parts, like shift plates, can be got at other places. DPI keep a stock of SS trim items too.
Struts for the hood/louver can be got anywhere (DMCx/DPI/SpecialT) without any issue. Door strut performance can be an issue based on climate. (Personally I have a set from SpecialT and they have worked well, but others have had differing experiences)
engine and interior pics would be appreciated too, btw
Last edited by Dangermouse; 05-21-2015 at 02:18 PM. Reason: begging for photos
VIN 2743, B/A, Frame 2227, engine 2320
I don't always drive cars, but when I do, I prefer DeLoreans
No-one is to stone anyone, even, and I want to make this absolutely clear, even if they do say "carburetor"
Thanks for the info, I really appreciate it! It's going to be around three months before I come back from Michigan, so for now I'm going to start researching and purchasing some parts.
I'll get some engine and interior pics ASAP.
Just placed an order for some new hood/louver/door struts.
I'm also considering powder coating the wheels in the early production dark gray. I like how it matches the facias.
The color is fairly close, it might even be the same color.
You guys think it's better to repaint them to the correct silver or go with the darker color? My car does have all of the other early production features: (grooved hood, gas flap, console clock, ect.)
June '81, manual, black inter. VIN 2087
Other cars: 2007 Mazda 6, 2000 Corolla, 1999 Jeep Cherokee
DeLorean blog: http://deloreanblog.blogspot.com/
Location: Hopkins, MN
My VIN: 1121
Club(s): (DOA) (DCUK)