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Thread: DeLorean Roadster Convertible - Sketch to Stainless (photos)

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    Custom DeLorean Builder Rich W's Avatar
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    Club(s):   (DMWC) (DCUK)

    Thanks Ryan and Farrar.

    Yes, the seats will have the DMC logo in the centers
    of the seats...cloth centers with sim. leather around
    the edges (leather not great if/when it gets wet).

    Not sure if it will be on the set of seats with the mesh
    headrests (as in the sketch) or the mid 80's Recaros
    with the speakers in the headrests (maybe both?).

    Yes, I plan on having the Roadster and the Limousine
    at DCS 2012 (I have enclosed trailers for both) and I
    hope to have the Roadster mostly complete by then.

    I plan to have a presentation on both of these vehicles
    at DCS 2012 (maybe one Thursday and one Friday?)
    and I will have plenty of progress photos to display.

    If I have time, I will plan to bring Power Point driven
    photo progress displays on my laptop with me to the
    DMCH Open House, if anyone wants to see them then.

    I dropped off a donor rear wing at the fiberglass shop
    today, so I may have some progress photos, with wing,
    in the next week or so, mild weather permitting.

    Later,
    Rich W.

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    Custom DeLorean Builder Rich W's Avatar
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    Donor Wing and pre-setup (mock-up) wing placement

    Adding a couple photos of the donor wing in the pre-setup (mock-up), prior to
    making the re-shaping, actual placement, and without the extended stands.

    Current wing ends will be removed and new winglets will be added in the shape
    seen on the C&C, Inc. Concept Sketch, hopefully within the next few days.

    Today's weather is great for fiberglass fabrication, with temps in the low 70's
    and only 45% humidity. Hoping for significant wing progress by next week.

    Wing-photo-1.jpg

    Wing-photo-2.jpg

    Later,
    Rich W.

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    Voice For Hire Farrar's Avatar
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    Rich,

    Will there be a little "ram air" intake where I see the hump in the fiberglass there over the engine compartment behind the seat? I can picture it there in my mind, but I don't recall anything in the sketches. Just wondering what your plan was for that little raised area there -- looks like a perfect spot -- or "slot"? -- for such.

    Wing looks great!

    Farrar
    DeLorean status: 3.0L installed and running

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    Custom DeLorean Builder Rich W's Avatar
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    Farrar,

    The "bump" in the deck lid is being made to appear similar to the C&C sketch,
    most easily seen in the middle image of the three images in the sketch.

    Although I am not considering a "ram air" modification to this bump in the deck
    lid (primarily since there will most likely be significant turbulence in this area),
    I am considering opening the sides and rear sections of the bump, to have better
    ventilation of the engine compartment while the car is at idle or at low speeds.

    The openings on the sides and/or rear of the bump will most likely have some
    SS mesh in the openings, painted either to match the deck or painted flat black.
    I have been very happy with the results of using a SS mesh section on the engine
    cover of the Grand National powered DeLorean, to dissipate the extra turbo heat.

    The two NACA Air Ducts should allow airflow into the engine compartment when
    the car is at speed, either with the top down (or off) or with a top in place.
    I have not yet decided whether to use NACA Air Ducts with single or dual outlets,
    but I will have a better idea once I have the molds made for each of the styles.

    Later,
    Rich W.

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    Ryan > Ruben Ryan King's Avatar
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    Rich -

    Is the convertible sticking with an original DeLorean PRV? Or were you planning on going a different route?
    Living The Dream Since 2005 - VIN#3997

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    Custom DeLorean Builder Rich W's Avatar
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    My VIN:    A few, by name... DeLorean Monster Truck, DeLorean Roadster, DeLorean Hovercraft, DeLorean Limo

    Club(s):   (DMWC) (DCUK)

    Staying with PRV power, for now

    Hi Ryan,

    The Convertible will have PRV power, although it may
    not stay with a stock PRV when I do the frame repairs.

    I have a unique hybrid 3.0L PRV purchased last year
    from Marty Maier and that may find it's way in there.

    Later,
    Rich W.

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    Custom DeLorean Builder Rich W's Avatar
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    My VIN:    A few, by name... DeLorean Monster Truck, DeLorean Roadster, DeLorean Hovercraft, DeLorean Limo

    Club(s):   (DMWC) (DCUK)

    Custom Rear Wing Progress

    Adding a couple photos of the custom rear wing progress, taken last week.

    Roadster-Wing-Progress-1a.jpg

    Roadster-Wing-Progress-2a.jpg

    This rear wing was fabricated completely from scratch, when I determined
    the donor wing required too much re-working to try to get it close to the
    original design in the Cars and Concepts sketch. Still finializing a few of
    the details (lowering it 3/4" more, etc.), but it is getting close to complete.

    Winglets on the ends is the next part of the project on the list "To Do".

    Later,
    Rich W.

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    Custom DeLorean Builder Rich W's Avatar
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    My VIN:    A few, by name... DeLorean Monster Truck, DeLorean Roadster, DeLorean Hovercraft, DeLorean Limo

    Club(s):   (DMWC) (DCUK)

    NACA Air Ducts added to rear deck lid

    The functional NACA Air Ducts have been added to the rear deck lid,
    with the ducts installed just in front of the leading edge of the wing.

    NACA-duct-1.jpg

    NACA-duct-2.jpg

    The revised rear deck lid (with custom rear wing) is nearing the end
    of its fabrication phase. Planned completion before mid-December.

    During the rear deck fabrication phase, the bottom of the interior
    underbody section was re-inforced with a heavy carbon fiber cloth
    lamination, to stiffen the underbody, for use without a roof section.
    Not much to "see", but I will take some future photos, for reference.

    Note: Hard to "see" dark carbon fiber cloth, on a black underbody.

    Later,
    Rich W.
    Last edited by Rich W; 11-30-2011 at 02:00 PM. Reason: Added Carbon Fiber note

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    Custom DeLorean Builder Rich W's Avatar
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    My VIN:    A few, by name... DeLorean Monster Truck, DeLorean Roadster, DeLorean Hovercraft, DeLorean Limo

    Club(s):   (DMWC) (DCUK)

    Carbon Fiber added to Inside of Underbody (Passenger Area)

    Adding a few photos of the "initial lay-up" of the Carbon Fiber added
    to the passenger area of the underbody on the Roadster Convertible.

    Initial-CF-lay-up-1.jpg

    Initial-CF-lay-up-2.jpg

    The Carbon Fiber was added to strengthen the underbody both from
    the side sills and the center tunnel, as well as a little of the floor too.

    As mentioned previously, it is hard to see black on black, but the initial
    lay-up photos have less resin applied (at the time) and easier to see.

    Later,
    Rich W.

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    Can't wait to see all this finished and running!

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