[DML] Re: What else used our alternators?
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Re: What else used our alternators?


If your orignal alternator is going or dead,TRY to stay away from a 
orignal DMC alternators,One of the MAIN reasons for Delorean engine 
fires(on the lower bottom part of the engines)was in  fact from the 
low amperage(output) of the factory alternators,as they were marginal 
AT BEST,when working correct,but when they started having 
problems/acting up watch out!,And as explained in previous posts,when 
the original alternators,don't produce enough current,
(ie:failing,granted the battery acts to satisfy this demand,but only 
to a certain extent)to satisfy THE demands of running the engine
(ie:spark)some fuel may not get burned,which in turn gets passed down 
the line,into the catholic Converter,and if enough unburned fuel is 
allowed to get into the catholic converter,it in itself,becomes it's 
own combustion chamber!! Which in turn burns this unburned fuel,BUT 
unlike the engine(it has no radiators or cooling system,except for 
air flow,and being WAY back of the car in the Delorean,when 
overheated) has nowhere to expel this white hot heat,that is 
generated,so the Catholic converter in itself,now becomes a white hot 
glowing radiator,which in turn,is now trying to expel the heat into 
the air,BUT being in a confined area,in this case(in a Delorean)it is 
incased in a BIG plastic box!!  So the first things to transfer this 
heat to is ANY shields,then to any metal(namely the frame rail
(s),since the frame rail is coated in epoxy,it shields(takes) some of 
the heat,up to a certain point,then that starts melting/or burning
(the epoxy),which then completes the cycle which is to expand(or 
radiate) onto the fiberglass sides of the engine pontoons,once that 
happens,then it becomes a melting pot of fuel,which the heat/ fire 
could feed upon itself. I would stress not to use the original 
alternators(especially the Ducies or is it the Motorolas,either 
way),and go with the vendors updated GM higher amp alternators.LOOK 
at any Delorean that had a lower case engine fire,and 99% of them 
started at or by the converter.(where the burn started from)
Granted,some were started by electrical or gas line failures,or poor 
repair,but those are usually on the top side of the engine,NOT the 
bottom side of the engine.Malcom Bricklin saw a issue in that and 
USED NO CAT converters on his car.That is when,you usually hear the 
stories about someone cruising along in their D,and their cars catch 
on fire mysteriously in the engine compartment.

Hope this helps


--- In dmcnews@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx, "dmcchaser" <dmcchaser@xxxx> wrote:
> Hello all,
> I'm trying to find out what other vehicles used our Motorola and 
> Ducillier alternators.
> Does anyone know of a make and year that used the same?  
> Also can someone take a look at their Motorola alternator and tell 
> the part number?  Not the Delorean part number, the Motorola number.
> Matt

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