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    VIN 4728 Running Resto

    Posting my resto blog to both forums, 'cause sometimes I feel like a nut...sometimes I don't!

    VIN 4728 arrived on 3-27-15. It stayed in my driveway until 5-1-15 while waiting for VIN 10372 to be picked up and transported to it's new owner (*sniff*.)

    While parked in the driveway, I cleaned the exterior, changed the oil, and replaced the choke coil (it has a carb conversion....might keep it, go back to stock, or engine swap.) The car would start, run, and drive, but developed an awful rapping noise under the passenger side valve cover. For the rest of the time that it was parked in my driveway I avoided starting it, only cleaned & assessed it.

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    I learned a lot about owning/restoring a DeLorean in the year that I owned 10372, and learned the approach that works for me. I make a spreadsheet to track costs, progress, and maintain a prioritized to-do list. For 4728 I have 3 lists I'll work on simultaneously to reach my goal of having it on the road for short drives before snow season this year:

    Get it safely running/driving

    Fuel System
    Carburetor adjustment/fine tune running
    Valve adjustment
    Replace Cooling System Hoses
    Rebuild Calipers
    Replace Master Brake Cylinder
    Replace Belts
    Replace Plug Wires
    Replace Oil Sender
    Check all grounding points following Bill's diagram
    Exhaust Manifold Gasket
    Oil change

    Cosmetics to stay motivated

    Repair/Paint Rear Facsia
    Paint Sunshade Louvre, Black Trim & Side Mirrors
    Clean/Shampoo Carpets, detail interior
    Front & Rear Headliners
    Convex Side Mirrors
    Restore Seats
    Door Seals
    Steering Column Bushing
    LED's
    Clean & Paint Frame and Closing Plate
    Modify pull-straps to later VIN style
    Replace Cargo Net Bungee


    While I'm in there

    Brake Booster clean & paint
    Dynamat
    Fix Tail Lights
    Run speaker wire for future use


    Since I want all items checked off before the car leaves my garage, my approach is to disassemble everything necessary and place part orders as I determine what I need. I'll have what I need on hand for multiple projects, so if I get stuck needing something for one project I can hop to a different project while waiting for additional parts/materials (or paint to dry.)

    Here's the current status:

    -Car on stands
    -All wheels off
    -Driver's side front caliper removed (frozen piston.)
    -Closing plate removed
    -Rear fascia removed & disassembled
    -Headliners removed
    -Seats removed
    -Passenger side valve cover removed
    -Interior vacuumed
    -Parts on hand, part orders pending
    Restoration of VIN 4728 in progress...

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    Seat removal

    Removing the seats is one of my favorite "first" things to do. Something about it feels especially productive and "familiarizing" to me.

    The seats are in decent condition, these pics don't show it well but there are cracks and a small tear. I'll get better pics when I post before/after shots. I'm planning to restore them for now, then probably will replace them someday(a few years from now.)

    I contacted Leatherique; they have the OEM grey dye, and a repair kit for fixing cracks.

    I'm also going to re-paint the adjustment bars, any suggestions on a close paint match are very much appreciated.


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    Hey man, nice to see some pics and whatnot on your new car. One forum is all the nuts I can handle, lol.

    Nice angle on the pic with your driver's seat removed. Your driver's seat belt receptacle end made me realize something likely not right on my car. My seatbelt buzzer wire doesn't go through the hole and behind the carpet as it does in your pic. Mine stays on the outside of the carpet and then meets up with the harness end of the wire somewhere behind the seats and under the parcel shelf, I like the through the hole idea much better as that wire can get pinched in the seat tracks at times. Thanks for the addition to my to-do list, lol!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jonathan View Post
    Hey man, nice to see some pics and whatnot on your new car. One forum is all the nuts I can handle, lol.
    Hahaha!
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    Headliners

    The headliner material is disintegrated as much as I'd expect it can be. The headliner attachment things came off with the with the headliner & visors attached. They appear to be salvageable, so I think I can rivet them back on for re-use.

    I removed the material from the boards, gave the boards a once-over with a shop-vac and put them up for now. I'll likely return to the headliners after I have the car driveable. I plan to clean them up and would like to coat them with fiberglass.

    Anybody have tips on cleaning them? They look like something that can fall apart if I use the wrong type of stuff on them.

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    Rear Fascia

    The rear fascia looks like hell. The paint is peeled (I think it was parked under a tree and sap dripped on it.) and there's a poor quality repair from [what appears to be] a fender-bender. I'm going to repair the crack and repaint the fascia. The backing panel has a fiberglass repair that appears to have been done without removing it from the car; it doesn't look like it affected the cosmetics, but I might redo it anyway.

    Removing it was easy and all the studs are in very good condition; nothing is rusted or broken-off.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rich_NYS View Post
    Removing the seats is one of my favorite "first" things to do. Something about it feels especially productive and "familiarizing" to me.

    The seats are in decent condition, these pics don't show it well but there are cracks and a small tear. I'll get better pics when I post before/after shots. I'm planning to restore them for now, then probably will replace them someday(a few years from now.)

    I contacted Leatherique; they have the OEM grey dye, and a repair kit for fixing cracks.

    I'm also going to re-paint the adjustment bars, any suggestions on a close paint match are very much appreciated.


    Sup Rich!

    Absolutely, my share on exp is to use Krylon's Satin Black (MAXX) rattle can that can be found at Walmart. I sprayed the rails with about 5 coats with 1-2 hours per coat (a full day) on a nice sunny day. Sand them down with 220 grit and if rusted or pitted sand them down with 150 and smooth them back up-to 220 to 320 grit. Coat and recoat. Let them hang freely using metal clothes hangers. Clean with acetone and spray. Take your time with these rails and they will come out great. The rails will end up smooth and nice.



    If you end up redoing/ reupholstering the seats and removing I have a thread on here on how to use my double Zip-Tie technique if in case you can not reuse your original witch-hat tie downs for your seat covers! - bri
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    Double Zip Tie seat cover technique, I found the thread I gave input on; http://dmctalk.org/showthread.php?11...-cover-install

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    Quote Originally Posted by skill View Post
    Sup Rich!

    Absolutely, my share on exp is to use Krylon's Satin Black (MAXX) rattle can that can be found at Walmart. I sprayed the rails with about 5 coats with 1-2 hours per coat (a full day) on a nice sunny day. Sand them down with 220 grit and if rusted or pitted sand them down with 150 and smooth them back up-to 220 to 320 grit. Coat and recoat. Let them hang freely using metal clothes hangers. Clean with acetone and spray. Take your time with these rails and they will come out great. The rails will end up smooth and nice.
    Excellent info, exactly what I'm looking for...thanks Brian!

    Quote Originally Posted by skill View Post
    Double Zip Tie seat cover technique, I found the thread I gave input on; http://dmctalk.org/showthread.php?11...-cover-install

    gl!
    Looks good, when I did the seats on my first DeLorean last year I did something similar....great minds, eh?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rich_NYS View Post
    Excellent info, exactly what I'm looking for...thanks Brian!



    Looks good, when I did the seats on my first DeLorean last year I did something similar....great minds, eh?
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