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Thread: VIN 516 shows up at a repair shop in Alabama

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    VIN 516 shows up at a repair shop in Alabama

    This Delorean is being fixed to drivable condition after sitting for at least 20 years. Interesting how it has a flat hood but itís VIN 516.

    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=Qm5w_l...sg_M4TOkVfb6CI

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chris Burns View Post
    This Delorean is being fixed to drivable condition after sitting for at least 20 years. Interesting how it has a flat hood but itís VIN 516.

    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=Qm5w_l...sg_M4TOkVfb6CI
    IIRC, the first 50 or so cars werenít meant to be sold. Instead they were used for crash testing, emissions certification, etc, then used for spare parts. Itís possible the original hood was swapped at the factory or by a previous owner. Some people do not like the gas flap.

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    I didn't watch the full 22 minutes, so maybe this is covered in the video, but did the owner give the mechanic permission to give people joyrides in the car? If I brought my car to a mechanic and then he started offering rides without permission I'd be upset.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Chris Burns View Post
    Interesting how it has a flat hood but itís VIN 516.
    The hood is a ridiculously changeable part.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CFI View Post
    IIRC, the first 50 or so cars werenít meant to be sold. Instead they were used for crash testing, emissions certification, etc, then used for spare parts. Itís possible the original hood was swapped at the factory or by a previous owner. Some people do not like the gas flap.
    Yes, and apparently some early owners of the 63 split window Corvette didn't like it and had the separation cut out and modified to a one piece window.

    Oh well, it was their car.
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    People swap hoods on a DeLorean?



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    Quote Originally Posted by DMC-81 View Post
    Yes, and apparently some early owners of the 63 split window Corvette didn't like it and had the separation cut out and modified to a one piece window.

    Oh well, it was their car.
    My dad owned and operated at speed shop back in the 70's. He said he had multiple people come in over the years with '63 split window Corvettes and ask him to cut out the split and install a '64 rear window. I guess back then lots of folks saw it as a nuisance rather than a commodity. To be honest I don't blame them for feeling that way at the time. The one opportunity I've had to sit in a split window I took note to look in the rearview mirror and turn around; the visibility is pretty terrible (and that's coming from a DeLorean owner!)

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    I think everyone is missing the point, that woman was so giddy and happy over having a ride in the car! That is what it is ALL about! For us nerds, the fact that is it a very early car misses the point. It does make it more interesting but the whole experience is about the car. I, for one, would appreciate more of the "backstory" on the car, how it was acquired and why it sat for so long and why, now, it is being revived. And what, if anything, can be done to Title and register the car. Even if you aren't going to drive the car, many insurance companies won't insure a car unless it is at least Titled so you can prove ownership.
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    Quote Originally Posted by David T View Post
    I think everyone is missing the point, that woman was so giddy and happy over having a ride in the car!
    Sure - except that she was, possible, giddy about being given a ride in car without the owners knowledge. That's the point that David P was making.
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