Re: [DML] Re: Rule of 20
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Re: [DML] Re: Rule of 20

In a message dated 1/25/2006 3:02:52 P.M. Central Standard Time,  
valleyrat12@xxxxxxxxx writes:

If I  were to "restore" the car it would need a lot of cosmetic 
parts; new  louvres, various interior parts, right rear quarter panel 
and a passenger  front fender but these things do not affect the 
reliability of the  car.  So, what is this "rule of twenty"? Are 
there really people that  have had to put 8-10 thousand dollars into 
their cars before they could  even drive them?? Or are we talking 
about cosmetic  issues?



We are talking about making a car that not only runs like it should as if  it 
were new, but also a car that looks good but isn't necessarily totally  
restored or a concours winner.  As in, the exterior is near-flawless, the  interior 
doesn't have fade or cracking and looks fresh and comfortable, all  vehicle 
features work properly, all recalls/service bulletins have been  addressed, 
most of the updates have been done, all fluids are replaced and ready  'for the 
longhaul' and the car is turn-key to get anywhere in the country on a  moment's 
notice. I would expect this description to be what most owners would  like 
their car to eventually be.
We are not talking about a car that simply gets you around town and isn't  
dilapidated.  We also are not talking about a car that has been, in  addition 
the description above, frame-off restored with a rebuilt engine  and most of the 
parts on the car refurbished or replaced with NOS parts, or in  other words 
the ultimate DeLorean (for me anyway)!
Of course, each owner has different personal goals, the type of the car the  
"rule of 20" describes is pretty much what most owners expect their car to be  
'when they are done'.  Does that make sense?
Fargo, ND  
1982 DeLorean DMC12 VIN 11596

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