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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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    Location:  Jackson, TN USA

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    My VIN:    1800

    Bought a Project Car - Restoration of Vin 1800

    Hey everyone! After going a year and a half without a DeLorean and going through DeLorean withdrawals as a result, I decided it was time to sell the Viper and get another D'.

    Spent a few months searching for the "right" one for me. I knew I wanted an early car and it had to be a drivable project car. A car that I could work on, restore into "my" car and also be somewhat drivable so I could still enjoy the car on the days I just don't feel like wrenching. With the help of Darren here on the forums I found exactly what I was looking for.

    Meet Vin 1800. June '81 Build, Black interior, 5-speed manual, gas flap hood, dark wheels.







    Unfortunately the car has a small dent on a quarter panel



    Frame is solid. Small amount of surface rust near the extension. That will be taken care of very soon!






    The seats are an interesting recover. Cloth and vinyl mix. Will be getting new leather eventually.







    Missing original spare and trunk panel has been cut around new fuel pump



    After a quick wash job got her loaded up and headed home! Truck didn't even notice it was back there lol






    My overall first impressions of the car is that it's going to need ALOT of work. The previous owner said he had a local shop do most of the work on the car. I do know whoever worked on this thing in the past had no clue what to do and just did things half-assed. There are literally screws drilled into different things on the car instead of installing the correct way. The seat backs for one. The DMC logo side sills for another. The panel in the trunk above the fuel pump was cut to make room for the DMCH pump. It looks like a class A hack job lol. Aftermarket alarm system. Wires everywhere. ETC ETC ETC
    With all that being said.... this car has alot of potential and I'm super happy with the purchase. The previous owner was very fair on the price and gave me quite a few new parts and misc paperwork and manuals etc.

    Looking foward to posting updates of my progress in the future! Boy does it feel good to be back! 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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    Junior Member Quinn's Avatar
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    Location:  Rio Vista, CA

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    My VIN:    5999

    I installed that DMCH fuel pump in my car and have the same issue with the cover not fitting. I'll have to hack it up at some point. Maybe with my Dremel tool, I can make it look halfway decent. Good luck with the project, looks like a good starting point.

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    Senior Member StainlessBullet's Avatar
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    Location:  Jackson, TN USA

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    My VIN:    1800

    Quote Originally Posted by Quinn View Post
    I installed that DMCH fuel pump in my car and have the same issue with the cover not fitting. I'll have to hack it up at some point. Maybe with my Dremel tool, I can make it look halfway decent. Good luck with the project, looks like a good starting point.
    Thanks! Yeah the way this cover was cut looks terrible. If it has to be cut for the pump, someone could have took their time and it could have been made to look a lot better.
    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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    Administrator Ron's Avatar
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    Congrats!

    Quote Originally Posted by StainlessBullet View Post
    Yeah the way this cover was cut looks terrible. If it has to be cut for the pump, someone could have took their time and it could have been made to look a lot better.
    I haven't seen one that the correct orientation and a heat gun wouldn't take care of...

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    Senior Member DMC-81's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ron View Post
    Congrats!


    I haven't seen one that the correct orientation and a heat gun wouldn't take care of...
    Congrats Nathan! Welcome back.

    Just to add to this, sometimes attaching the bottom screws to the cover and then the top ones helps, because the bottom of the spare tire well has some give to it.
    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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    Building VIN 952.
    Join Date:  May 2019

    Location:  PA

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    My VIN:    952

    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.

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    Guy with a DeLorean Mark D's Avatar
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    My VIN:    6125

    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?
    Mark Dehlinger

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    Senior Member Domi's Avatar
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    Congratulation on your purchase, and good luck for the job you'll have to do.

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    Nit-picking customer(as seen on TV) Iznodmad's Avatar
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    Location:  Lexington, NC

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    My VIN:    #5000 (Grey, manual, SS chassis, intercooled twin turbo), #16128 (Grey, auto, efi twin turbo), #888

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    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!

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    Senior Member Patrick C's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by StainlessBullet View Post
    I do know whoever worked on this thing in the past had no clue what to do and just did things half-assed. There are literally screws drilled into different things on the car instead of installing the correct way...The DMC logo side sills for another.
    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.
    Patrick C.
    VIN 1880
    Modifications done to my car can be seen in this video: https://youtu.be/ncMjW2pI2e4

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