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Thread: DeLorasaurus Rex - the Pre-Historic Era (photos)

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    Custom DeLorean Builder Rich W's Avatar
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    DeLorasaurus Rex - the Pre-Historic Era (photos)

    Prior to becoming D Rex, the DeLorean 4x4 was built in TX in the early 1990's.

    DeLorean 4x4 sightings became more numerous by the mid-1990's, including
    some pre-Internet photos being faxed around within the DeLorean community.

    After I acquired the DeLorean 4x4 in late 2001 and created the D Rex in 2002,
    I began getting more and more reports about "Hey, I saw that thing in Texas".
    After DCS 2002, I received even more reports (and emails) from people who
    saw the DeLorean 4x4, in and around Round Rock, TX, but no actual photos.

    Until December 2002...I received an email from a DeLorean Owner/Enthusiast
    who actually took some photos of the DeLorean 4x4 as is sat on an auction lot.
    Sorry, I forgot the person's name, but if I can locate the name in one of my
    email archives, I will give them full credit for the photos attached below:

    4wddmc2.jpg

    4wddmc7.jpg

    More Pre-Historic photos to follow.

    Later,
    Rich W.

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    Custom DeLorean Builder Rich W's Avatar
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    The original Classic Car Trader ad photo for the DeLorean 4x4

    The first red-letter date in D Rex pre-history for me was the day I saw the ad.
    Friday, December 21, 2001, just before a very long Christmas holiday weekend.

    It was one very small, low resolution photo, in an ad listed only as a DeLorean.
    A very unassuming ad which I am sure many people did not see, as the ad had
    appeared just before the Christmas holiday, which then led into the New Years
    holiday, and by then, the DeLorean 4x4 had already arrived in IL from TX.

    Although I was "sold" on just that one, low resolution photo, I requested many
    more via email before I made my "final offer" and completed the deal.

    I have been sifting through my archives and uncovering many photos I have not
    previously posted, so make sure to check back for more old photos to be posted.

    dmc-4x4-ad-photo.jpg

    Later,
    Rich W.
    Last edited by Rich W; 06-23-2011 at 06:14 PM. Reason: Fixed type-o

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    Custom DeLorean Builder Rich W's Avatar
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    First Set of emailed photos from Round Rock, TX

    After initial contact was made on the ad on Friday, December 21, 2001
    I requested some additional photos and received them later that day.

    Attaching a few of the photos that show the poor condition of the 4x4
    at the time of sale. The LF fender was the only un-damaged SS panel.

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    dcp_0011.jpg

    Later,
    Rich W.

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    Wow, it makes me apreciate it more now that I can see how sad it was. Great job, Rich!

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    Custom DeLorean Builder Rich W's Avatar
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    Display Board with some Before and Progress photos

    Yeah, it is one thing telling people how bad the vehicle was before the complete
    refurbishing and transformation, which was all done in less than one month !!

    I am thinking of putting together a presentation display board with photos of the
    Before condition, along with some of the In-Progress refurbishing photos.

    When you see the Before, the Progress and the Result, it is quite an impact.

    Later,
    Rich W.

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    Second Set of emailed photos from Round Rock, TX

    Second set of emailed photos arrived on December 23, 2001.
    Attaching a few of the photos below.

    Again, these photos show the pre-sale condition of the DeLorean 4x4
    as it sat in Round Rock, TX. A couple more exterior views, one view
    of the interior from the open driver's side door and one view of the
    radiator (mounted at nearly a 45 degree angle) and power steering.

    open-1.jpg

    open-2.jpg

    drv-int3.jpg

    rad-steer6.jpg

    Later,
    Rich W.
    Last edited by Rich W; 06-27-2011 at 01:32 PM. Reason: Fixed type-o

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    Custom DeLorean Builder Rich W's Avatar
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    Third Set of emailed photos from Round Rock, TX

    Third set of emailed photos arrived on December 24, 2001.
    Yeah, still negotiating on Christmas Eve.
    Attaching a few of the photos below.

    Again, these photos show the pre-sale condition of the DeLorean 4x4,
    primarily the interior condition, as it sat in Round Rock, TX. As with
    most older Texas vehicles that have sat outside for decades, most of
    the interior of the DeLorean 4x4 was "toast", especially dash/binnacle.

    Note the passenger side knee pad condition and the big "slot" cut into
    the side of the center console, for the high/low range selector for the
    4x4 transfer case. Since most of my D Rex driving is at low speed, the
    selector was eliminated and a different console cover was put in place.

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    Int-Dash2.JPG

    Int-Dash3.JPG

    Int-Dash4.JPG

    Later,
    Rich W.
    Last edited by Rich W; 06-28-2011 at 03:39 PM. Reason: Fixed type-o...again

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    DeLorean Owner, Missouri jmrydholm's Avatar
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    Awesome! So this is D-Rex during the Triassic period?

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    Custom DeLorean Builder Rich W's Avatar
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    You Bet Jurassic !!

    To take the analogy (or theme) all the way through...(nerd alert!).

    I would contend the end of DeLorean production can refer to the Triassic-Jurassic
    extinction point in time, and the DeLorean 4x4 would be built in the Early Jurassic
    Period, while the evolution of the D Rex occurred during the Middle Jurassic Period.

    Of course, this is all taking place in the mid-Mesozoic Era, so it would be difficult
    to pin-point the exact moments that this all took place. I guess I will have to try
    to carbon date some of the unnecessary parts removed from the DeLorean 4x4.

    All these details are provided with the help of the DeLorean Time Machine. (LOL)

    Later,
    Rich W.
    Last edited by Rich W; 06-28-2011 at 07:12 PM. Reason: at least one type-o fix per post lately

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    Custom DeLorean Builder Rich W's Avatar
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    Fourth Set of emailed photos from Round Rock, TX

    Fourth and final set of emailed photos arrived on December 26, 2001.
    Yeah, I did not hassle Tammy (PO) for more photos on Christmas Day.
    I made my offer after seeing this set. Attaching a few photos below.

    Again, these photos show the pre-sale condition of the DeLorean 4x4,
    primarily the exterior and suspension, as it sat in Round Rock, TX.
    As you can see by a couple of these photos, the initial "lift" done to
    the chassis was only "old-school" axle blocks, with bigger shackles.

    The original leaf springs were wrapped to help keep mud out, so God
    only knows what was done to this beast, off-road, during the 1990's.
    It is a little hard to see, but the front springs are virtually "inverted"
    (arcing the wrong way), while the rear leaf springs are virtually "flat".

    And, in honor of the July 4th weekend this weekend, I am including a
    couple photos of the "front and rear BBQ grills" as we named them,
    once they were removed, after the DeLorean 4x4 arrived in Illinois and
    the evolutionary process began, to create the DeLorean Monster Truck.

    dcp_00061.jpg

    dcp_00081.jpg

    dcp_00091.jpg

    dcp_00101.jpg

    Later,
    Rich W.
    Last edited by Rich W; 06-29-2011 at 01:44 PM. Reason: Yet another type-o fixed

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