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Thread: Bought a Project Car - Restoration of Vin 1800

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    Senior Member StainlessBullet's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by JAZ_DMC View Post
    Very cool! I'll look forward to following along. I'm a big fan of the early cars. I just bought VIN 952 a little over a month ago.
    Thanks! Iíve always been a fan of the early cars as well. Iíve wanted one for quite awhile! Congrats on your purchase!

    Quote Originally Posted by Mark D View Post
    Awesome car! Looks like you've definitely got projects to work on but overall pretty solid.

    I'm also interested to hear what it was like owning a Viper for a couple of years. It's on my bucket list of cars to own but I'd probably have to sell my DeLorean to get one. Was it a worthwhile purchase and did you enjoy it for the time you had it?
    I absolutely loved my Viper. The car had unreal performance. Iíve been in many fast cars over my lifetime but the way the Viper delivered itís power was unbelievable. The thing was a torque monster. It got a lot of attention everywhere I went. Random people come up to you all the time, kind of like another car I know of lol (just not as bad as a DeLorean). It was a very reliable car. I put 22k miles on mine during my ownership and a lot of those miles were very hard miles as I tracked the car in several races. Feel free to shoot me a PM if you have more questions about them. I might be able to help answer some.

    Quote Originally Posted by Domi View Post
    Congratulation on your purchase, and good luck for the job you'll have to do.
    Thanks! I appreciate it!

    Quote Originally Posted by Iznodmad View Post
    Congrats Nathan! Iím glad you and Scott could work out a deal. He texted me after yíall made the deal, figured you would eventually make a thread for it here. Canít wait to see your progress with 1800!
    Thanks! I appreciate you helping me out. Itís exactly what I was looking for. Feels good to have one again!

    Quote Originally Posted by Patrick C View Post
    VIN 1880 says hello! And believe it or not, the screws in the DMC side sills are from the Quality Assurance Center. VIN 1880 had them as well, and upon replacing them with new sills, you can see how the plastic tabs on the bottom were redesigned from the early cars so they fit better.
    Interesting. I never knew that. Iíve also never had this early of a car before. My earliest one before this car was 2923 and it was an Aug build. Iím noticing a lot of issues on this car that my past three did not have, mainly fit and finish issues. But thatís the joys of an early car. Itís a love hate relationship LOL
    Nathan D.

    Current owner of #1800 - June '81, Black Interior, Manual

    Former owner of #3455 - Twin Turbo - Aug '81, Custom Interior, Manual

    Former owner of #2923 - The "Cornfield" DeLorean - Aug '81, Black Interior, Automatic

    Former owner of #5788 - Oct '81, Grey Interior, Manual

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    Quote Originally Posted by Patrick C View Post
    VIN 1880 says hello! And believe it or not, the screws in the DMC side sills are from the Quality Assurance Center. VIN 1880 had them as well, and upon replacing them with new sills, you can see how the plastic tabs on the bottom were redesigned from the early cars so they fit better.
    VIN 2282 (July '81 build) also has those screws in the side sills. I learned at DMC Convention from DMC Employee Nick Sutton (such a nice man) that by around May/June they started to get things right with the workers and build quality of the cars. Then they brought in a bunch of additional workers around July when JZD wanted to increase production. New workers that got thrown on the lines without much training. July/August were the learning curve months. By September/October the quality was back up again. Honestly, it's been nearly 40 years, so issues with the early cars have been or can be addressed now. The most important thing is condition, and it seems like your frame is good , which puts you already ahead of the curve. I used to favor the latter cars until I started looking to buy and then the earlier cars started to appeal to me. My brain said later car, but my heart said early car haha. Plus, my wife liked the all black interiors best, so there you go! I purposely searched for one with black interior, gas flap hood, windshield antenna, and lighter wheels. Mike at DMC MW happened to have that exact combo come in, and I got it. Couldn't be happier. Enjoy, and congratulations!
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    Senior Member StainlessBullet's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hill Valley PD View Post
    VIN 2282 (July '81 build) also has those screws in the side sills. I learned at DMC Convention from DMC Employee Nick Sutton (such a nice man) that by around May/June they started to get things right with the workers and build quality of the cars. Then they brought in a bunch of additional workers around July when JZD wanted to increase production. New workers that got thrown on the lines without much training. July/August were the learning curve months. By September/October the quality was back up again. Honestly, it's been nearly 40 years, so issues with the early cars have been or can be addressed now. The most important thing is condition, and it seems like your frame is good , which puts you already ahead of the curve. I used to favor the latter cars until I started looking to buy and then the earlier cars started to appeal to me. My brain said later car, but my heart said early car haha. Plus, my wife liked the all black interiors best, so there you go! I purposely searched for one with black interior, gas flap hood, windshield antenna, and lighter wheels. Mike at DMC MW happened to have that exact combo come in, and I got it. Couldn't be happier. Enjoy, and congratulations!
    Thanks! That explains why my Oct car had a much better fit and finish than this one. My doors are aligned terribly. Passenger door bumps the T-panel while opening. Doesn't want to shut properly. Drivers door is a little better but not by much. Very noticeable gap between drivers door and LF fender (gives the appearance of the door being sunken in near the front). Lots and lots of issues. With all that being said, I'm really enjoying wrenching on this car. lol
    Nathan D.

    Current owner of #1800 - June '81, Black Interior, Manual

    Former owner of #3455 - Twin Turbo - Aug '81, Custom Interior, Manual

    Former owner of #2923 - The "Cornfield" DeLorean - Aug '81, Black Interior, Automatic

    Former owner of #5788 - Oct '81, Grey Interior, Manual

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    Senior Member StainlessBullet's Avatar
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    Cleaned out the gas tank of any old gas. I didn't think it was too dirty surprisingly. Added new fuel with a fuel treatment. Took my first 20min drive in the car yesterday. I didn't want to drive for too long or at high speeds because the car has an exhaust leak and the tires are in terrible shape. After the drive this is what I noticed,

    The Good: Overall the car drives nicely. Holds a straight-line going down the road. Has good throttle response. Temp gauge works and fans kick on at proper temp. Gas gauge works and low fuel light comes on. Ride quality is smooth.

    The Bad: Speedo is erratic. One min it shows proper speed and then the next the needle is bouncing 10mph to 15mph over or under correct speed. Brakes are terrible. While under braking my steering wheel vibrates. AC doesn't work and windows don't roll down (hotter than hell right now too lol). Oil pressure gauge isn't working and had oil covered all over the sender. Radio doesn't work but it's an aftermarket so I don't really care. Passenger brake light not working. Turn signal on passenger side doesn't work.

    Overall I'm impressed with how well the car did. The engine started up and ran without issues whether engine was cold or hot. Next up on my to-do list is going to be exhaust manifold gaskets. I'm going to order the kit this week and hopefully within two weeks try to install them. I'll post another update soon!
    Nathan D.

    Current owner of #1800 - June '81, Black Interior, Manual

    Former owner of #3455 - Twin Turbo - Aug '81, Custom Interior, Manual

    Former owner of #2923 - The "Cornfield" DeLorean - Aug '81, Black Interior, Automatic

    Former owner of #5788 - Oct '81, Grey Interior, Manual

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    Quote Originally Posted by StainlessBullet View Post
    Cleaned out the gas tank of any old gas. I didn't think it was too dirty surprisingly. Added new fuel with a fuel treatment. Took my first 20min drive in the car yesterday. I didn't want to drive for too long or at high speeds because the car has an exhaust leak and the tires are in terrible shape. After the drive this is what I noticed,

    The Good: Overall the car drives nicely. Holds a straight-line going down the road. Has good throttle response. Temp gauge works and fans kick on at proper temp. Gas gauge works and low fuel light comes on. Ride quality is smooth.

    The Bad: Speedo is erratic. One min it shows proper speed and then the next the needle is bouncing 10mph to 15mph over or under correct speed. Brakes are terrible. While under braking my steering wheel vibrates. AC doesn't work and windows don't roll down (hotter than hell right now too lol). Oil pressure gauge isn't working and had oil covered all over the sender. Radio doesn't work but it's an aftermarket so I don't really care. Passenger brake light not working. Turn signal on passenger side doesn't work.

    Overall I'm impressed with how well the car did. The engine started up and ran without issues whether engine was cold or hot. Next up on my to-do list is going to be exhaust manifold gaskets. I'm going to order the kit this week and hopefully within two weeks try to install them. I'll post another update soon!

    That sounds like a good first ride. Here are a couple related threads if they help:

    Exhaust:
    http://dmctalk.org/showthread.php?14...-stock-exhaust

    A/C:
    http://dmctalk.org/showthread.php?15...rly-A-C-System

    Cheers,
    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.
    2006 Dodge Magnum R/T (D/D)
    2010 Camaro SS (Transformers Edition)

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    Quote Originally Posted by DMC-81 View Post
    That sounds like a good first ride. Here are a couple related threads if they help:

    Exhaust:
    http://dmctalk.org/showthread.php?14...-stock-exhaust

    A/C:
    http://dmctalk.org/showthread.php?15...rly-A-C-System

    Cheers,
    Thanks for the threads! They'll come in handy for sure.

    I ordered a few parts and waiting on them to get here. A few of the parts were on back order and I didn't realize it when I placed the order. Told DMCH to go ahead and ship the parts that are in stock and I'll wait on the others. I'm anxious to start working on this thing!!
    Nathan D.

    Current owner of #1800 - June '81, Black Interior, Manual

    Former owner of #3455 - Twin Turbo - Aug '81, Custom Interior, Manual

    Former owner of #2923 - The "Cornfield" DeLorean - Aug '81, Black Interior, Automatic

    Former owner of #5788 - Oct '81, Grey Interior, Manual

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    Quote Originally Posted by StainlessBullet View Post
    Thanks for the threads! They'll come in handy for sure.

    I ordered a few parts and waiting on them to get here. A few of the parts were on back order and I didn't realize it when I placed the order. Told DMCH to go ahead and ship the parts that are in stock and I'll wait on the others. I'm anxious to start working on this thing!!
    You're welcome. Glad to help.
    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.
    2006 Dodge Magnum R/T (D/D)
    2010 Camaro SS (Transformers Edition)

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    Quote Originally Posted by StainlessBullet View Post
    Thanks! That explains why my Oct car had a much better fit and finish than this one. My doors are aligned terribly. Passenger door bumps the T-panel while opening. Doesn't want to shut properly. Drivers door is a little better but not by much. Very noticeable gap between drivers door and LF fender (gives the appearance of the door being sunken in near the front). Lots and lots of issues. With all that being said, I'm really enjoying wrenching on this car. lol
    Those issues can be adjusted, but I am not competent to do them. DMC MW adjusted mine. Do your doors have the sticker guides installed on them? It was another Quality Assurance Center fix.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hill Valley PD View Post
    Do your doors have the sticker guides installed on them? It was another Quality Assurance Center fix.
    I'm not sure. Do you have a picture of what they look like? I've never adjusted doors on these cars before. Out of the four cars I have owned, only one had perfectly aligned doors that shut without having to slam them or without them catching somewhere. The doors on this car need adjustment worse than any I've ever seen before. I'm afraid to even open my passenger door as it keeps catching the T-panel and is very hard to shut.
    Nathan D.

    Current owner of #1800 - June '81, Black Interior, Manual

    Former owner of #3455 - Twin Turbo - Aug '81, Custom Interior, Manual

    Former owner of #2923 - The "Cornfield" DeLorean - Aug '81, Black Interior, Automatic

    Former owner of #5788 - Oct '81, Grey Interior, Manual

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    Quote Originally Posted by StainlessBullet View Post
    Thanks for the threads! They'll come in handy for sure.

    I ordered a few parts and waiting on them to get here. A few of the parts were on back order and I didn't realize it when I placed the order. Told DMCH to go ahead and ship the parts that are in stock and I'll wait on the others. I'm anxious to start working on this thing!!
    You may never get some of those "back ordered" parts. Hell, after 3 years, I still haven't gotten a glove box insert...

    Good luck with the car and welcome to the quirkiness of the early vins.
    Rodolfo
    Toy: VIN 831- VR6 Swap in Progress...
    Delorean.eu Roof Box, Double Din, Custom Instrument Cluster w/Cruise, QA1 Suspension.
    Cruiser: 1982 Mercedes 300SD TurboDiesel
    Tow Rig: 2004 Dodge Ram 3500 Cummins TurboDiesel

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