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Thread: DeLorean Limousine - Fiberglass Fabrication Phase Photos

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    Custom DeLorean Builder Rich W's Avatar
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    DeLorean Limousine - Fiberglass Fabrication Phase Photos

    Again, looking through my DeLorean Project Photo archives, I came across
    some fiberglass fabrication photos, taken in three phases, back in 2009.

    P1 photos are Phase 1, P2 photos are Phase 2, and P3 photos are Phase 3.

    Phase 1 was underbody (pods) arrangement and alignment.
    Phase 2 was underbody (pods) attachment and fabrication.
    Phase 3 was underbody (single entity) finish work and paint.

    Attaching first sets of photos below, for all three phases, and more may be
    added at a later date, using the P1, P2 and P3 designations.

    Thanks,
    Rich W.

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    Custom DeLorean Builder Rich W's Avatar
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    DeLorean Limousine - Fiberglass Fabrication - Phase 1 Photos

    Phase 1 was the arrangement and the alignment of the underbody pods.

    This was made easier by the use of my full steel deck, 36ft flatbed trailer,
    to use as a relatively uniform base to align underbody pods on my SS frame.

    String alignment was used on several areas of the car (top and both sides)
    for reference alignment. (strings were moved out of way, with doors open)

    Reference photos just before fiberglass fabrication was to begin, April 2009.

    DeLorean-Limousine-P1-pods-front-view-doors-up.jpg

    DeLorean-Limousine-P1-pods-side-rear-qtr-view.jpg

    Later,
    Rich W.

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    Custom DeLorean Builder Rich W's Avatar
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    DeLorean Limousine - Fiberglass Fabrication - Phase 2 Photos

    Phase 2 was the primary fiberglass fabrication process phase, creating one
    DeLorean Limousine underbody from the three donor underbody pods.

    Of all three of these phases, this phase may have the most photos added,
    moving from the floor/tunnel sections, to side wall sections, to roof sections.

    The first set of fiberglass fabrication photos show the raw fiberglass sections
    completed, prior to any final detail work and prior to most fiberglass painting.

    Reference photos just after fiberglass fabrication was completed, May 2009.

    DeLorean-Limousine-P2-raw-fiberglass-pass-side-doors-open.jpg

    DeLorean-Limousine-P2-raw-fiberglass-interior-view.jpg

    Later,
    Rich W.

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    Custom DeLorean Builder Rich W's Avatar
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    DeLorean Limousine - Fiberglass Fabrication - Phase 3 Photos

    Phase 3 had work begin on the DeLorean Limousine underbody as a single
    underbody entity, and the first steps were to apply some black paint.

    The exterior raw fiberglass was painted first, followed by the floor section,
    the side wall section and the roof section, but NOT the tunnel section.

    Drilling and installing the tunnel underbody bolts would be "easier" with raw
    fiberglass rather than painted fiberglass, since light passes through this raw
    material (using a flashlight), making the alignment for drilling much easier.
    Paint will be applied to the tunnel once the underbody is fully attached.

    DeLorean-Limousine-P3-painted-fiberglass-pass-side-doors-open.jpg

    DeLorean-Limousine-P3-painted-fiberglass-front-view.jpg

    Later,
    Rich W.

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    Best one yet!

    This creation is my favorite to date. I can't wait to see its completion. What power plant will you be using, and will it still be rear mounted?

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    Custom DeLorean Builder Rich W's Avatar
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    The DeLorean Limo has retained all the stock locations for installation
    of a PRV drivetrain, so that it still the initial intention for a powerplant.

    I have not yet decided whether to install my custom 3.0L PRV engine
    built by Marty Maier or save the engine for my Roadster engine upgrade.

    I do not intend to "race" the limo, so as long as the engine has plenty
    of torque, like a SuperCharged PRV, that should be more than enough
    to help the limo "get out of its own way" and up to expressway speeds,
    but most of its driving will most likely be low speed cruising anyway.

    Thanks,
    Rich W.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rich W View Post
    The DeLorean Limo has retained all the stock locations for installation
    of a PRV drivetrain, so that it still the initial intention for a powerplant.

    I have not yet decided whether to install my custom 3.0L PRV engine
    built by Marty Maier or save the engine for my Roadster engine upgrade.

    I do not intend to "race" the limo, so as long as the engine has plenty
    of torque, like a SuperCharged PRV, that should be more than enough
    to help the limo "get out of its own way" and up to expressway speeds,
    but most of its driving will most likely be low speed cruising anyway.

    Thanks,
    Rich W.
    I just don't see a stock PRV being able to push around so much weight..especially when loaded down with a Limo full of people.
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    Custom DeLorean Builder Rich W's Avatar
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    Who said anything about stock PRV?

    First paragraph was about stock engine location,
    retaining the rear engine configuration.

    Engine options were both based on PRV, but the
    options were custom 3.0L PRV or a SuperCharged
    PRV (more specifically either 2.8L or 3.0L PRV).

    No mention of stock PRV here.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rich W View Post
    Who said anything about stock PRV?

    First paragraph was about stock engine location,
    retaining the rear engine configuration.

    Engine options were both based on PRV, but the
    options were custom 3.0L PRV or a SuperCharged
    PRV (more specifically either 2.8L or 3.0L PRV).

    No mention of stock PRV here.
    Sorry Rich, I failed to see that you said that. Carry on.

    How do you plan on hooking up the linkages to the front of the car?
    Living The Dream Since 2005 - VIN#3997

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    The limo looks like it is coming along great but I foresee one problem. Rich probably won't be completing the limo any time soon if he needs a new binnacle from DMCH. I can see it now, a brand new and shiny limo riding around with no binnacle. Ouch!

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