Re: [DML] Re: General lack of engine power. what's going on?
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Re: [DML] Re: General lack of engine power. what's going on?

On Nov 10, 2005, at 12:24 PM, Joe Angell wrote:

> I had a similar issue after I got my DeLorean.  I just thought
> DeLoreans had really pathetic performance (I knew they weren't
> exactly the fastest things out there); in reality, the transmission
> had been rebuilt by someone who didn't know DeLoreans, and the torque
> converter from a different car had bee put in.  The net result was
> that although the car shifted gears properly, it acted like it was
> always in 3rd.  This made going up a hill from a stop or any kind of
> acceleration in traffic difficult at best.
> Finally, the strain became too much, the transmission destroyed
> itself, and I had to get a new one at DeLorean Motor Center.  The car
> runs a lot better now, although most any other car on the road can
> out-accelerate it. :)
> Admittedly, this was a pretty unique case.

Well, actually, it is not so unique.  Almost exactly the same thing  
happened to me:

My transmission gave out, so I bought a NOS transmission and matched  
torque converter from a highly reputable vendor. I put it in (without  
ever removing the converter) and had exactly the same "no power"  
symptom that you describe, and with the same final catastrophic  
effect on the transmission.   Upon investigation, we discovered that  
transmission came (apparently from the factory!) with the wrong  
converter.  The only apparent difference was that the bad converter  
had a course spline on one of the shaft fittings, rather than the  
correct fine spline. So, I guess this is something worth checking.

The end of the story, BTW, is that, since I was dealing with a  
"proper vendor"  :-), he stood behind the sale, and made it right.

--Pete Lucas
    VIN #06703

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