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Thread: 1982 Frame Off Restoration

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    I bolted up the vent valve with some nice CAD plated Allen bolts that I had in the shop.

    We discovered that we are missing the fitting for connecting to the clutch mc. I'm pretty sure that it never came with my new clutch line.

    I put a post on the FB Delorean technical page. In the meantime, I also messaged Josh at Delorean Industries.
    Tam was really upset. To her, it seems like this has happened 100 times during this project. She thinks that every part should come as a complete kit with every part included as well as installation instructions with pictures. In a perfect world.....
    Before we left for the night I remembered that I still had the D-go clutch line kit. I found it and was happy to see that it had an adapter on it.

    I tested the adapter in the old MC. It fit perfectly.

    Next I tried it in the clutch line connection. It fit but....I didn't like how it fit. The threaded connection was really sloppy for some reason. Also the taper didn't seem quite right. Hmmm..


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    Before we left we installed the clutch MC through the body. Quite a pain in the butt. I replaced the Philips bolts with some nice Allen head bolts.
    The clevis for the clutch mc was kind if weird. There was room to fit the washer in between the clutch arm and the clevis. Yet the picture in the manual showed the washer on the outside of the assembly. So against my better judgment I squeezed the clevis together enough for the washer to fit on the outside.


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    Today I ran to the hydraulic hose shop to see what they had for a fitting. I really got the feeling that the D-go part was the right part but maybe the tolerances were off. I brought the D-go hose and fitting to the store with me. They quickly found the correct fitting...which was basically thier version of the same fitting. Well...what do you know? It fit better onto the connection on the clutch line. BINGO!! They really stuck it to me charging me $18.00 for the one fitting but I gladly paid it.






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    We went to install the brake master and came to the conclusion that it can't be installed with the clutch mc fully installed....fun.
    I've been dreading installing the brake mc. Sure enough it was a horrible experience. I felt like I was some POW being tortured or something.



    I really hate that bar made into the tub where the seat goes. Eventually I got all of the washers and lock nuts on and tight. Then we put the clutch mc back in place. I played around with the hose routing to the mc. I wanted to make sure that the steering shaft wasn't going to rub on the hose.
    I started with it running this way but it left it right in the path of the steering shaft.

    I ended up swooping around and coming in from the passenger side of the car.

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    Worked on the car tonight after work from 4-7. It was a scorcher today in the 90s with a "feels like" over over 100. We were happy to be in the shop vs. Outside. Not that we have ac but it is cooler than outside.
    We started with sending brake fluid through the clutch system. Not too many pictures taken of this. I was too cheap to buy a remote bleeder but an hour into wrestling with the slave bleeder screw I would have gladly paid $200 to have a remote bleeder.
    We had to use a wire to pull the heater hose up off from the slave cylendar.

    Tam pumping up the clutch hydraulics.


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    With the clutch system bled and no leaks so far we tried shifting though the gears which went well.


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    Next we put a battery in the car and turned the key on for the first time in over 20 years. I jumped out the RPM relay and the fuel pump came on.
    We ran it quite a while and it wasn't building pressure. I tried to double check the wiring but my colors on the harness end didn't match what the instructions for the fuel pump said the colors should be.

    I managed to figure out which wire was supposed be positive and negative so I checked the wires with a meter. It tested out as being wired correctly.


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    So...maybe the fuel supply check valve is installed backwards. So I wrestled out the line. We looked for a direction of flow arrow but found none.

    Tam said "Could it be too low on gas?" I said "No, I dumped a lot of gas in the tank." She insisted we need more gas so I said whatever and dumped more gas in the tank. We hooked the battery back up. Within seconds we heard fuel moving then eventually the fuel pressure went way up.
    She was right...


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    We had one injector pulled and in a bottle. It was spraying fuel. I checked the mixing assembly disk and it went down with no resistance. The fuel distributor piston was not dropping down out of the F.D.

    So we pulled a couple lines off the F.D., of course gas went everywhere,..unbolted the F.D., tipped it up, and tried to free up the piston. No luck...

    So we ended up taking all of the hoses off and brought the F.D. over to the bench vise.
    I tried and tried but couldn't get the piston to budge.
    We thought that today was the day that we were going to hear the engine try to start but unfortunately that was not to be so.
    I felt bad for Tam. She was really upset and started to cry. Now you have to understand my wife does cry...ever. She purposely watches tear jerker movies, doesn't cry, and makes fun of me if I have one tear. Her dad is a Marine..not just a Marine but a purple heart Vietnam vet. So she's a tough girl. But this car has really taken a toll on both of us.
    Well,...we left the fuel distributor soaking. Hopefully it will free up.


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    When I got my car, the piston was stuck. I have a smooth jaw pliers that I grabbed it and was able to free it. But it took way more force than I wanted to do it. If the pliers didn?t have smooth jaws, it would have marked it. If the oil doesn?t do the trick, you might try some kind of heat.

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