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    The Dream is Real-My DeLorean #16985

    Much like the legend itself, my DeLorean story has been one of many emotions ranging from sheer excitement to painful letdown. There seems to be an aura of intensity that surrounds the DMC and it can affect anyone who becomes involved with the cars in any number of ways. I couldn't be happier though with where this search has led me, and I am still struggling to comprehend the incredible chain of events that led to the acquisition of my 1983 DeLorean. I owe so much thanks to my girlfriend for the support and help getting the car out of what we think was 30 years or more spent in a backyard and to my Dad for his support as well. Also many thanks to the seller who is truly a great person and blessed me with the opportunity.
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    Senior Member Dangermouse's Avatar
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    Congrats.

    some doubted that car was real Look forward to seeing it restored.
    Dermot
    VIN 2743, B/A, Frame 2227, engine 2320

    I don't always drive cars, but when I do, I prefer DeLoreans

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    Guy with a DeLorean Mark D's Avatar
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    Congratulations! Hope you are enjoying ownership so far even though it looks like it'll be a while before your car is moving under its own power.

    I've had some of the most fun in my life working on and restoring my car so don't forget to enjoy that journey as well as the destination. As you start to fix things up take lots of photos of everything you do for documentation... I can't tell you how many times I've looked back at old photos for reference when figuring out the correct installation of a certain part or figuring out what order to stack certain washers, etc. Plus then you'll be able to go back and compare before and after to really appreciate your progress.

    Don't be afraid to ask questions either if you can't find an answer when searching the forum. If something needs to be fixed there is almost 100% chance that someone here has done it before and can help.
    Mark Dehlinger

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    Senior Member Domi's Avatar
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    Congratulation on your purchase

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dangermouse View Post
    Congrats.

    some doubted that car was real Look forward to seeing it restored.
    Thank you and I cannot deny that I also had my doubts initially on the existence of the car.

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    Wow, 30 years??? Come up with a check list and who will be doing the work.

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    Quote Originally Posted by About time View Post
    Wow, 30 years??? Come up with a check list and who will be doing the work.
    Yes the car has only 7,000 or so miles and one owner. I'll be the only one turning the wrenches

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    be sure to list where you are located in your profile! Congrats!
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    Congrats on the purchase!

    As you restore the car, this forum and the helpful community is very valuable.
    Dana

    1981 DeLorean DMC-12 (5 Speed, Gas Flap, Black Interior, Windshield Antenna, Dark Gray)
    Restored as "mostly correct, but with flaws corrected". Pictures and comments of my restoration are in the albums section on my profile.
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    Thanks for the comments and recommendations, I am happy to have a great resource like this as I begin the journey with this car. I got a chance to look over a few things on it yesterday, and it appears to retain 3 of the 4 original NCT tires and judging by the tread depth they are hardly worn even though they are shredded from decades of neglect.

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