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Old 04-09-2013, 10:23 PM
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My son passed his 1983 DeLorean onto me. It hasn't ran in 20 years. It has 34455 original miles. Its a rare DeLorean as Production ended late 1982, so only a few 83s built. Just hoping to learn a little about these cars. Im still convinced John DeLoreans greatest work wasn't this car... it was the 1964 GTO!!!
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Old 04-09-2013, 10:26 PM
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PIC OF THE DeLorean.........
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I've always wanted one but haven't heard good things
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Holy time warp Ed! Should I bring over a copy of Back to the Future for us to watch on VHS?
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Originally Posted by SLO VETTE View Post
Holy time warp Ed! Should I bring over a copy of Back to the Future for us to watch on VHS?
Great Idea!!! If the Flux capacitor works, The first time travel I do will be to go Back to the Summer of 2009.. Just to sit on the Beach again and watch your Dad [the mayor] Hold Court by the water. Miss the Wildman!!! Anyway if you down this way stop by....
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Delorean's are built like 70's Lotus's. Central stamped steel backbone, fiberglass tub, but with stainless exterior panels. Volvo/Renault V6 and a Renault transaxle. While the body wont rust, the chassis can. Also the V6 has Bosch CIS Injection, and they really dont like sitting. The camshaft in the engine does not ride in bearings, just in the block, so if there is an oil shortage at all it wipes the cam. There is one company in Texas doing parts for these, I think they bought all the old parts and tooling and are making "continuation" cars in limited numbers.
I worked on one that had a "factory" twin turbo conversion done. It had been sitting for 15 years and just to go through the fuel system and hydraulics for the clutch and brakes, hoses, some wiring, the bill got expensive fast. He walked from the car once he realized how much more $$$ it was going to take.

These are neat cars that garner a lot of attention, but they are not fast, and do not handle particularly well. They are rear engined, like a 911, but the engine is at knee/waist height, not ankle/shin height like a 911, so the center of gravity is UP there.

Like all old neat cars, they have a following and a good support group, however I would make sure I really like it before it begins to drain the wallet.

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Old 04-12-2013, 10:09 AM
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Oh and John DeLoreans greatest work may have been convincing the Irish Govt to finance him!
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I drove a particularly nice example of one a few years ago (car had taken 3rd at the DeLorean owners club show that year). The car was not quick or fast, nor did it handle very well. What it did do extremely well was get a ton of attention. I had people taken pictures of it in traffic, honking, and a small crowd gawking at the mall. So if you are into that. Go for it.
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Originally Posted by ED77KATR View Post
PIC OF THE DeLorean.........
Ed the DeLoreon looks great but I liked it better when your vette was parked there.
Have you got it to run yet?
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From what I have seen, deloreans are really expensive now a days. I have seen some on ebay for $20k. Probably more than they cost new. It would be cool to drive around in full costume dressed like the Doc.
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google delorean.com,theres a guy that owns the name and rebuilds them from the ground up
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The poster at88mph had one. He used to post in OT quite a bit. Haven't seen him in a while.
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Originally Posted by AaronDoud View Post
I've always wanted one but haven't heard good things
It had a very weak---even by early '80s standards---commuter grade Peugot V-6. I guess the brushed aluminum exterior, fancy leather interior and Back to the Future made it seem exotic, but it really wasn't. Performance wise, it was between the Chevy Beretta V-6 and mid '80s 300ZX. Not exactly Le Mans material.
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I have stopped by the dealership in Houston. Pretty cool. They have about 10-15 onsite at all times and a lot of spare parts and "new" parts as well. They have a whole warehouse of stuff to keep these things going strong.
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I saw two at a car meet in the woodlands a few months ago, cool looking cars.
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