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    Testing the sales waters....

    I've owned my car since 2006 and have enjoyed it. That said, we are building a house out in Hill Country NW of San Antonio and I'm going to be pretty busy with a new house and all that goes along with landscaping and taking care of 6.5 acres. I'm seriously considering selling my Delorean and letting someone else enjoy it rather than just have it sit. My son might not be too happy about it, but the wife has never enjoyed how low to the ground it sits. I haven't listed on any sites since I'm not 100% sure I want to let it go. We are going on vacation in May so I'll think more on it. If I do sell it, it would be my preference to have it go to someone through this community rather than to just a 'drive by', of which I seem to get plenty...

    It's a 1981, gas flap, grooved hood, power antennae in driver's side rear pontoon car.
    • Total EFI conversion; fuel and spark all controlled by Megasquirt. Bluetooth or wired for tuning. Runs great. Laptop/tablet tuning - not needed for driving. IE: No more K-jet. No carburetor. All EFI electronics located behind driver's seat with one wire harness from fuse area to feed it. Clean. Documented.
    • LT1 throttle body on top of Peugeot intake manifold. Custom aluminum welding for fuel injector bungs and intake adapter.
    • 5 speed manual, secondary shaft in transmission properly affixed.
    • Black seats, gray carpets.
    • Custom made lower control arm braces improve handling.
    • Momo-style steering wheel with custom walnut center and DMC logo.
    • Cold air intake from passenger pontoon, K&N filter.
    • Custom exhaust; dual straight back 2" pipes, in-line cats, Thrush mufflers (pair of Flowmasters too). SS tips.
    • All new carpeting and rear vertical wooden board behind seats.
    • Ground bus from front of car to battery.
    • Wings aloft system & alarm, joystick added in old rheostat position to lock/unlock, pop each door.
    • Blue LED lighting for rear parcel shelf, user selectable colored LEDs for binnacle and footwells. Blue LED in door handle recesses.
    • Recently rebuilt steering rack.
    • Hi-Low horns added with dedicated power.
    • Roof box just refurbished. Surface rust removed, converted and sealed with POR-15 from inside. Outside coated in Flex seal. Additional screws added to prevent roof box lift. Doors properly aligned. New struts. New door seals.
    • Window tinting.
    • Toby radiator fans.
    • Window motors replaced with light weight ones.
    • New DMCH fuel pump/sender assembly. New hoses to hard lines.
    • Lifetime Autozone alternator.
    • R-12 air conditioning had Schraeder valves replaced and now doesn't leak. Cold.
    • Tires like new.
    • Alpine head unit, amp mounted on back wall, JL subwoofer in cubby.
    • Clunky armrest switches replaced with modern paddle switches.
    • Wiring throughout has been extensively upgraded/removed. Documented. New single bulkhead connector to all engine compartment connections.
    • Dave M.'s fan fail module (newest) & climate control panel.
    • I've probably forgotten a bunch of other stuff............about 73,500 on the odometer.
    • Only body issue is a dent in the lower portion of the driver's door. Only really visible with door open.
    • Drives great. And well, it's a Delorean!
    • No pictures now because I'm still not certain.... tons when I am.


    I haven't really thought about a price yet, but given the condition, the upgrades and what not, it's got to be worth ~$40K I'd say. I welcome suggestions/feedback.
    Owen
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    I agree about having it go to an enthusiast involved in the community. Any operational issues with the EFI setup? This can be an unsettling topic for many as they would not want to tackle any running problems since they are not aware of the details. Any repair history/rust issues with the frame?
    ~LXA~

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    Generally speaking, I do not think the Megasquirt setup will add value to the car. perhaps even negatively impact the value.

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    I hear you about the Megasquirt and it may indeed deter the meek. I'm perfectly OK with that. I learned it all myself from scratch, built it, installed it and tuned it to the point where it is performing beautifully. Any deterioration of tune is a result of something mechanical (O2 sensor, injectors, temp sensor....) just like in a stock setup. EFI systems have the benefit of providing tons of data to analyze if you wish and to improve things without having to guess. No more hot start issues, stuck WURs, bad frequency valves, high pressure fuel sitting in 40 year old fuel lines or having to rely on DMCH for spare parts.

    The difficult part has been done, documented and the install is super clean. Unnecessary relays, wiring, ECUs, frequency valves, warm up regulators, fuel distributors, etc.. have all been removed, considerably simplifying the car's systems. All updated on my electrical schematics. There are more people able to tune a Megasquirt setup in this world by now then there are people to diagnosis and fix the ever increasing K-Jet problems I would dare say.

    Frame is just fine as far as I can tell. I have a lift and I use it..... The TABs get regularly checked, any areas showing epoxy crack or peel get cleaned up and POR15'd to seal them up.
    Owen
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    May I hug the car?
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    1981 DeLorean, Carb LS4 swap completed
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    Quote Originally Posted by opethmike View Post
    May I hug the car?
    At the right price.
    Owen
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    May I hug the Owen?
    -Mike
    1981 DeLorean, Carb LS4 swap completed
    1999 Corvette, cam/headers/intake manifold, 400 rwhp
    2005 Elise, stock
    2016 Chevy Cruze

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    Quote Originally Posted by Spittybug View Post
    [*]Momo-style steering wheel with custom walnut center and DMC logo.
    I would like to see photos of said steering wheel.

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    Sell the car? Move? Say it isn't so!!

    I know Owen since he lives close and he does have a very nice car. It would be a good car for anyone to buy.
    Shannon

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