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Thread: VIN 6298's restoration

  1. #21
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    My VIN:    6298

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    That last water pump bolt only took 5 minutes of my lunch break today. I was so lucky nothing broke tearing things down to the VOD (except my own screw up with the coolant drain).

    There was a considerable amount of corrosion including this white powdery and chunky crap that was everywhere. I am concerned about what is in my engine and potentially putting it into the new cooling system parts after I install them. Maybe I can flush from where the water pump was attached through to the coolant drains on the engine blocks. I found one thread on that but it's not clear I can totally clean the engine this way.

    New Parts -

    Best case is that I keep my "upgraded" ~1999 fans (not sure exactly what they are yet) but I am still looking at a hefty parts order to get the VOD put back together assuming the rest of my coolant pipes look like the ones in the engine compartment. That kit is almost $500. I've got small holes where the hoses connect.

    I still need to get a rebuilt FD (has a stuck plunger) and haven't figured out how to assess the WUR condition yet. I basically need to figure out if any part of the fuel system was not messed up (FV, CSV, etc...). Like the cooling system, I don't want one bad part to ruin all of the new/rebuilt parts. I did flush the fuel hard lines when I cleaned the tank.

    Lot to think about as I remove the radiator and clean the VOD this weekend. I am building a parts list offline but this could easily be $2-3 for this phase.

    Last night I realized I did not check the valve clearances. Someone in the archives suggested skipping this until the OP could get someone experienced to make any adjustments. I am probably in the same boat but might check the clearances as a baseline before putting things back together.

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    Bill

    VIN 6298 - '81 Gray Auto

  2. #22
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    My VIN:    6298

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    Costs

    I am looking at anywhere from $3-7K to get it on the road and that's not counting a few components. The best case is probably a bit low because I cannot un-stick the Fuel Distributor plunger and seem to have lost my old injectors, new seals, and new clips when I moved. I've tried everything suggested in the archives on fixing the FD except putting it in the oven (per Dave S) but I may carefully try that.

    https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets...WoA/edit#gid=0

    It's still a rough draft so putting aside any mistakes on cost or whether I really need to replace something, does anyone see something missing that would normally be replaced after 15-20 years?

    Thanks
    Bill

    VIN 6298 - '81 Gray Auto

  3. #23
    Not a DeLorean Guru
    Join Date:  May 2011

    Location:  Rochester, NY

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    My VIN:    01049

    Adjusting the valves isn't difficult, but it is tedious. I'd be glad to walk you through it if you'd like.
    -Mike
    1981 DeLorean, heads/cams/exhaust, EFI
    1999 Corvette, heads/cam/exhaust, 440 BHP
    2005 Elise, stock
    2016 Chevy Cruze

  4. #24
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    Quote Originally Posted by opethmike View Post
    Adjusting the valves isn't difficult, but it is tedious. I'd be glad to walk you through it if you'd like.
    I appreciate that. Looks like I have a bit of work to get setup. Since I have an auto and I assume the original muffler, it appears to be in the way to turn the crankshaft. There's no way I can get a socket down there.

    I might get lucky. Odds are this was done 10K miles ago albeit in 1999. I might not need to adjust a heck of a lot.

    I did find two good videos on youtube which helps. I imagine the catch is to understand how much drag/tension there should be on the feeler.

    Thanks

    Edit - I might try to buy a low profile 3/8 drive socket. That might fit with the heat shield removed.
    Last edited by Bill6298; 04-04-2017 at 11:11 PM.
    Bill

    VIN 6298 - '81 Gray Auto

  5. #25
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    Well, I found my missing injectors and frequency valve. Also found my old fuel pump and sender although I have a combo unit still NIB. Found a bunch of mason jars to do the injector spray test when it's time. I wish I could figure out a way to bench test the entire K-Jet system so I can validate the other components. Since everything I have touched so far has been gunked up or stuck (FD), this might a fairly expensive part of my restoration.

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    Bill

    VIN 6298 - '81 Gray Auto

  6. #26
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    My VIN:    4877

    Looks like alotta work on the engine.
    Rob Depew
    Tacoma, Wa
    '81 DeLorean 4877 Grey, Auto, 4 wheels
    The Ressurection of 4877......
    Now Accepting Donations to get her back on the road

  7. #27
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lwanmtr View Post
    Looks like alotta work on the engine.
    You mean the welding? or what needs to be done in the future? I am hoping I don't have to do much to the engine block other than clean it up a little bit and do a valve adjustment.
    Bill

    VIN 6298 - '81 Gray Auto

  8. #28
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    My VIN:    4877

    It look all torn down to me...so a lotta work....hehe.
    Rob Depew
    Tacoma, Wa
    '81 DeLorean 4877 Grey, Auto, 4 wheels
    The Ressurection of 4877......
    Now Accepting Donations to get her back on the road

  9. #29
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lwanmtr View Post
    It look all torn down to me...so a lotta work....hehe.
    Yep, for sure. It's going to be a lot of work but I don't think I can buy all the parts at one time. So, it will be split up into smaller projects over a longer period of time.
    Bill

    VIN 6298 - '81 Gray Auto

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