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Thread: Weight of S.S. frame vs. Stock, coated frame

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    Weight is not a big enough difference to be a deciding factor in going to a SS frame. Of more concern would be work hardening and cracking. I would assume there are some of the stainless frames out there with considerable mileage, so the trouble areas should already be corrected/reinforced. As mentioned already, it would be easy to repair such areas because you donít have to repaint. (Possibly on the car)

    The only real concern is price. I think if I was already going to buy/install a new frame, I would go SS. Itís kind of hard to justify tearing down a running car that doesnít have a frame problem to go that route.

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    While S/S is heavier than CRS, it has a much higher tensile strength. That means you can reduce the gauge (thickness) to achieve some weight savings in lower stress areas. I don't think they did that with the current S/S frames though. Weight is a problem with the Delorean. Besides being underpowered it doesn't have a lot of useful load before you go over max weight. Do the math and you will see with just 2 average weight passengers you are already very close to the max weight limit. Sticking a heavier frame on the car only makes that problem worse. Marty was right when he said "That's Heavy"!
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    Quote Originally Posted by MrChocky View Post
    Almost as much as a single "heavy" quarter panel!
    Absolutely. Thatís why I took mine off. Quarter panels are overrated anyway.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CFI View Post
    Absolutely. Thatís why I took mine off. Quarter panels are overrated anyway.
    Good idea. And despite all this real or alleged heaviness, the DeLorean, magically, somehow is still able to drive just fine.

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    There is a chap in the UK who manufactures both mild steel and stainless steel DeLorean frames.

    When chatting to him recently at an event the subject of weight came up.

    He advised (having worked/manufactured using both materials) that once a coating was applied to the mild steel version i.e. galvanising/power coating, it was actually slightly heavier than the bare SS frame.

    I thought that was quite interesting but I suppose when you galvanise or epoxy coat something you are effectively adding another layer of material over the whole surface and that is bound to add significant weight.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jamesrguk View Post
    There is a chap in the UK who manufactures both mild steel and stainless steel DeLorean frames.

    When chatting to him recently at an event the subject of weight came up.

    He advised (having worked/manufactured using both materials) that once a coating was applied to the mild steel version i.e. galvanising/power coating, it was actually slightly heavier than the bare SS frame.

    I thought that was quite interesting but I suppose when you galvanise or epoxy coat something you are effectively adding another layer of material over the whole surface and that is bound to add significant weight.

    J
    Interesting
    Makes sense I guess

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    Quote Originally Posted by jamesrguk View Post
    There is a chap in the UK who manufactures both mild steel and stainless steel DeLorean frames.

    When chatting to him recently at an event the subject of weight came up.

    He advised (having worked/manufactured using both materials) that once a coating was applied to the mild steel version i.e. galvanising/power coating, it was actually slightly heavier than the bare SS frame.

    I thought that was quite interesting but I suppose when you galvanise or epoxy coat something you are effectively adding another layer of material over the whole surface and that is bound to add significant weight.

    J
    Hi James, Is that the guy produce the Frame for Arran at Delorean GO?

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    Yes it is

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