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  1. #21
    Junior Member gluaisrothaii's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by mark w View Post
    Welcome !

    Yes please join us on Norcal Delorean Facebook group.

    I love black cars!

    Mark W
    Joined! Thanks!

    Ken
    1981 DMC 12- Black
    VIN 46**
    Alameda CA

  2. #22
    Junior Member gluaisrothaii's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ron View Post
    Awesome!

    ...so are you going to make her fly?
    Well....she will spend a lot of time at the airport at least.
    1981 DMC 12- Black
    VIN 46**
    Alameda CA

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    Junior Member gluaisrothaii's Avatar
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    Talk about rites of passage! Here's the work so far:

    - New tires front rear
    - New flexible brake lines, bled brakes. Fortunately the PO replaced all calipers.
    - Dave's RPM and fan fail relay
    - Full relay panel refresh. Found the changeover relays here.
    - Headlight switch replaced
    - Mode switch rebuilt and AC working (found low pressure switch contact corrosion)
    - Steering bushing installed
    - AC clutch clamping diode installed
    - Console removed
    - Header tank installed
    - LEDs installed front and side...
    - One new front speaker
    - Modified aux lighting relay to bring AC panel lights on only with headlight switch
    - Drained coolant, started stripping rotten old rubber hoses
    - Found (and made work) automatic antenna "easter egg"
    - Bypassed a crispy #7 (sounds like a takeaway order) with a Klixon 20a pull type breaker.
    - Grease and new boots on steering ball joints

    Next few weeks:
    - Accumulator and line (yes it is original)
    - Fuel lines. Fortunately it has a new fuel pump and filter
    - Clutch line- braiided
    - Blower motor (banshee scream)
    - Rad Fan motors
    - Silicone hose refresh- entire cooling system
    - Fiberglass repair to engine cover
    - Rad auto bleeder kit
    - New exterior mirror glass
    - Spark plugs, distro cap, rotor
    - Front end recall kit
    - Figure out rear speakers/amp and decide whether to sent Craig radio out for bluetooth upgrade...
    - Shield brackets
    - Battery cutoff (or master relay) mod
    - Tail light boards
    - LED headlamps
    - Alternator
    - Possibly Stage 1 exhaust







    Last edited by gluaisrothaii; 10-21-2019 at 09:12 AM.
    1981 DMC 12- Black
    VIN 46**
    Alameda CA

  4. #24
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    Location:  Virginia Beach, Virginia

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    My VIN:    5312

    Quote Originally Posted by CFI View Post
    Id add fuel injection lines to the list. Old lines have been known to leak and cause fires.
    Cant sing this enough. Advance search engine fire on this forum to see why
    - OCT81 DeLorean DMC-12 Vin 5312 "DeLores"
    - 1978 Lotus Esprit S2 "Problem Child"
    - 1995 Mazda Miata Turbo "Happy Daily Driver"

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    Junior Member gluaisrothaii's Avatar
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    This weekend’s work:

    - Replaced stock fans with DMCH pancake units. Cleaned all connectors and grounds. Found two grounds on front subframe (both sides of frame extension). Cleaned and tested good. Nice amp reduction with the new fans.
    - All four headlamps replaced by Hella 4x6 H4 units with LEDs. All four have high/low. Total amp draw is less than half of previous. Light is amazing.
    - Clutch hydraulic hose replaced with braided Deloreango unit. Found the new cable a little short and bleeding was difficult (access to bleeder screw). Not happy with result- feels like a flow restriction on the clutch. Will plan to replace master and slave.
    - R&I main body ground. Was spotless- quite surprising.
    - Installed DPI front end recall kit. Hard to get everything aligned and bolts in without cross threading, but it all came together.
    - Added discrete ground to inertia switch.
    - New radiator lower brackets, cleaned and painted horn brackets. Cleaned horns (both work fine).
    - Late last week I submitted title paperwork to DMV. Paid the purchase tax, now just need VIN verification and smog to register.
    - PJ Grady tail light boards via DPI. Works of art they are, compared to the original Commodore 64 garbage.
    - Deloreango blower motor.

    Waiting for new silicone rad/heater hoses for the next big push. DPI fuel lines and accumulator are sitting at home waiting for love as well.

    Decision to make- I bought a DIN mount console. Trying to decide whether to keep the Craig (updated with Bluetooth) and a rear amp/speakers or just go modern and fit the DIN console. Love to hear the over/under on that.

    Best,
    Ken
    Last edited by gluaisrothaii; 10-27-2019 at 09:38 PM.
    1981 DMC 12- Black
    VIN 46**
    Alameda CA

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    Senior Member BladeBronson's Avatar
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    My VIN:    10644

    You're killing it, Ken. Great work!

    Here's my take on the radio situation. When I bought my first DeLorean, it already had a single DIN aftermarket head unit in it. I replaced it with another single DIN and cut holes in the back wall to add speakers. I added an amp in the trunk beneath the spare tire. It sounded fine. When I bought my second DeLorean, it had the original ASI radio in it ('82 model) and some ugly enclosed speakers mounted to the rear wall with brackets. The stupid speakers had to go, but I really liked the look of the ASI. Virtually everything that I listen to is on my phone, so I opted to install a small amp with Bluetooth behind the glove box and replaced all of the original speakers in their original locations.

    The one thing I wish I could do is control the volume of the music with the knob of the radio. Instead, I have to use the volume buttons on my phone. An upside to a Craig Bluetooth mod is that you'll be able to use the volume knob. The downside, I guess, is that it's not future-proof. If another wireless standard becomes popular, you'll have to find somebody to take apart your Craig again. I'll just need to replace the amp.
    Christian Williams, Bay Area
    #3452 from 2000-2005
    #10644 since 2015

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    Junior Member gluaisrothaii's Avatar
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    So far this week:
    - Pulled seats and removed all carpet except for rear arches and door trim. The carpet was very clean but the foam smelled awful.
    - Cleaned floor pan
    - Added Killmat to center of panels to reduce booming. Less is more with that stuff.
    - Stripped foam from center hump and firewall, replaced with Killmat and foam/loaded vinyl composite
    - Replaced fuse box, crimped and soldered new terminals. Easier with the pax seat out.
    - Replaced fuel accumulator and line. Way overdue. The nylon line crumbled and leaked as soon as I touched it.
    - Added 250amp fuse at battery positive terminal. Removed original terminal and crimped on a 5/16" lug to interface with the fuseholder.
    - Replaced alternator- well started to, then realized I needed a longer M10 bolt. McMaster....Removed, cleaned and dielectric greased alternator bracket.
    - Made alternator tensioner from McMaster parts
    - Removed/cleaned up most of the aluminum coolant lines. Ready to reinstall and pressure test
    - Added the trailing arm shield bracket kit from DMCH
    - Replaced exterior screw kit with PJ Grady stainless
    - Removed engine lower cover for composite repair
    - Removed excess electric antenna wiring. I use these splices when I don't solder/heatshrink. Aircraft grade, actually preferred over solder for aircraft wiring.
    - Repositioned firewall grommets for throttle cable and lambda sensor
    - Removed rust, primed, remounted coolant pipe brackets. When I reinstall I'll use self amalgamating tape as a buffer.


    Today I need to rebuild the main gear actuators on the Commander to address a delayed retraction issue- hoping it's that vs. a OH powerpack, then get ready for a hangar inspection on Monday. I'll order a DMCH carpet kit and possibly a DeloreanGo valley kit for delivery week after next. Thinking about doing a 12V busbar near the battery post and converting all main wiring (hot and ground) to MIL 22759/16 in 4 gage. If I do that I will run the battery ground direct to the gearbox, jumper back to the body. I'll do heatshrink red/black bands on the Tefzel. I also have the DPI fuel lines, self bleeder and vacuum lines. I figure no point adding the new fuel lines until after the VOD cleanout as I would need another set of copper washers.

    Trying to decide on doing a DMC stage 1 exhaust sooner or later. My exhaust is in ok shape. Unknown how the cat is performing. The DMCH stage 1 kit is California legal with a CARB EO.

    I have a line on a local CHP officer who might be able to stop by to perform the VIN verification- one step closer to registration.

    Tonight I'm going to drop the fuel tank closeout plate for a look-see, and possible realignment of the coolant pipes in there.

    Best,
    Ken
    Last edited by gluaisrothaii; 11-02-2019 at 11:29 AM.
    1981 DMC 12- Black
    VIN 46**
    Alameda CA

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