Re: [DML] Frame Flex? (weight of galvanising)
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Re: [DML] Frame Flex? (weight of galvanising)

I just met with Ralph Stechow. He is a Lotus factory-trained and
authorized repair station for Lotus in Closter, New Jersey. He has
extensive experience with all things Lotus. There was a problem on the
95 S4's. There is a plate bolted into the frame around the cut-out
hole for the shifter. On one car that didn't have the plate but was
supposed to have it an owner found cracks in the corners. The plate
was obtained and installed. It was a high mileage car. I don't think
you can translate this into a problem with Deloreans but it could be
an area for investigation. IMHO the frame of the Delorean is VERY
stiff and unless you really throw the car around and it is high
mileage this is not a problem but it can't hurt to keep an eye on this
for the future as our cars get older. I would be more worried about
rust. BTW on American cars they do use mild steel with a zinc coating
on one side. It is called "Galvaneel" and the process is patented and
used extensively by the Canadian Steel industry for the automakers.
Most body panels are made with it. The main problem is that processing
the metal (cutting and welding) damages the coating. It is more
difficult to spotweld and corrosion starts there because the coating
is damaged by the welding. It is one reason cars made today don't rust
out like they used to.
David Teitelbaum
vin 10757

--- In dmcnews@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx, "John Dore" <dmcjohn@...> wrote:
> Hi S & others,
> I put some pics of Aaron's galvanised frame on the Irish DeLorean 
> Owners website. I think you'll agree after seeing the pics that Aaron 
> has done a really good job so far. Some of the work shown includes 
> how he replaced 50% of the metal in the front frame extension, and 

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