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    Driving 4728

    Instead of mucking up my resto thread with my random comments regarding experiences with my car, I'm starting a "post-resto" thread (credit: Jonathan.)


    When I first got the car, I still had 10372 (sold, waiting to be picked up.)

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    The initial plan was to drive while restoring, but it developed a horrible rapping noise under the valve cover (saga begins early in my resto thread: http://dmctalk.org/showthread.php?11...ing#post173562.) I sidelined the idea of driving it while diagnosing the noise and began working on other areas of the car. "While I'm in there" turned into dismantling the car to being a half frame-off. So, the 2-month plan turned into 2 years, but now I'm back on the road....this time with 5 gears instead of 3 (totally worth it, BTW.)

    Last year I set a goal of being ready for driving season 2017, and very glad to say I accomplished it.....been driving for a few weeks now.



    So....


    Today I went for a drive to diagnose an odd stumbling at 2500 RPM.. I've been able to drive, but had to flutter-pump the pedal at 2500-32800 RPM....appears it was a vacuum line (I think.) Everything is 90% better now.

    I stopped for gas and encountered a first: a female paparazzi. She was about my age and remembered when the car first came out. She asked for a few minutes of my time to have a closer look at the car. She was very nice and genuinely interested. I also had a dude ask for a closer look, his wife stayed at a distance from the car like my wife does (lol.)

    Saw a few young guys looking shell-shocked....I think it's great that even the younger crowd really digs it.

    Got the usual questions:

    What type of engine, how many were made, what year is it....etc. And as usual, no cocaine jokes....total ripoff, I like the cocaine jokes.


    Today was a great day!
    Last edited by Rich_NYS; 05-28-2017 at 08:27 PM.
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    So badass man....i am close. Can't wait for first drive .

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    Quote Originally Posted by powerline84 View Post
    So badass man....i am close. Can't wait for first drive .
    Yer almost there, bro!
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    Earlier this week I took my family for a drive to Martha's [famous] Ice cream place.....yep, family....as in; family of four -lol!

    My 9 & 11 year old kids talked my wife into it. So picture this: my wife (who's not a DeLorean fan,) is squished into the front seat with my eldest while my youngest is in the back. She's paranoid about me getting pulled over, while I'm driving through busy Lake George (so I can drive slowly) and she's trying to ignore the DeLorazzi....lol. She said she's never gonna do that again...!

    When we got home, I took her across town with just the two of us....she liked that much more, I think she's coming around.


    While at the ice cream place, I had a few young guys come running up for pics. A nice family with two young boys pulled in; the boys where running laps around the car so I came over & opened the doors so they could sit in it for pics. My wife stays as far away as possible, but my youngest loves the excitement.

    Awesome.
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    Lol...yeah I had the same idea to drive mine while restoring it slowly....funny didnt work out that way...

    What'd you put a luggage rack on the back and strap your kids to it? Or just put 'em on leashes and said 'now try n keep up kids'?
    Rob Depew
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    Someone please tell me about "cars & coffee" gatherings. I usually don't go to car shows (with/without my car) but have been to a cruise-in twice, and once went to a show with Jimmy & his car.

    I'm making plans to meet with a friend I haven't seen in a few years. He currently has a Porsche and is going to a cars & coffee at a Porsche place tomorrow...he invited me to bring my car.

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    There are cars and uhm....coffee.
    Rob Depew
    Tacoma, Wa
    '81 DeLorean 4877 Grey, Auto, 4 wheels
    The Ressurection of 4877......
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rich_NYS View Post
    Someone please tell me about "cars & coffee" gatherings. I usually don't go to car shows (with/without my car) but have been to a cruise-in twice, and once went to a show with Jimmy & his car.

    I'm making plans to meet with a friend I haven't seen in a few years. He currently has a Porsche and is going to a cars & coffee at a Porsche place tomorrow...he invited me to bring my car.

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    Iíve been to many of them. I always have a good time. Youíll get a few haters who just have to go out of their way to walk over to you and say something bad about your car but fortunately theyíre the minority. Even though there are other owners in my area my car is usually the only DeLorean that shows up and it never fails to draw a crowd. Most of these events are catered and have food/coffee available, or they are located in an area where food is nearby.
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    Iíll also add that you donít need a ďperfectĒ car in order to go to a Cars and Coffee. Apart from the dozens of common cars that show up (Mustangs, Chargers, etc) youíre likely to see at least a few works in progress. Several times Iíve seen cars towed in for the show.
    DMCF rebuild 2008, Stage II, Eibach

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