[DML] Re: Front Ride Height Intentions
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Front Ride Height Intentions 

Sorry I *should* have removed the "Documented Proof" part from the 
response line,
I have from the history I gathered from the reports from vin 5520,and 
how it crashed,and the end results,and examining the remains of the 
nose and black body, from 5520.
If you have ever seen a bare black body,and studied/looked at them 
and how the engineering was designed for impact front and rear(and 
side)you will see the weak link in the design that is in the nose 
section,if it is pitched too low,and the impact is not dead on the 
black rub strip area,where it was designed to take the frontal 
impact,there is nothing there to absorb the impact.And in fact can 
crush downward,losing it ability,to do it's engineered job,of 
absorbing the impact!!Since it is cantilevered.(the reason for the 
ribbing as explained below) The top half where 
the headlights sit is hollow,and useless in a impact,and could force 
the hood to move towards the interior/cowl.
If you look under the "skin" you will find a impact absorbing high 
density foam bumper followed by a cantilevered section of the black 
body where inside that is more HDF 
and filled with HDF,and beyond that is some metal 
ribbing to help keep the area secure in a impact,for a total of 
approx.one foot of HDF absorbing materials and metal ribbing,this and 
only this is the only area in the nose section that can take any kind 
of hard impact,if this area is pitched to low,it will lose some or 
possibly most of it's ability to protect the passengers from harm.
Now if you look at the back of a Delorean THE HDF impact bumper is 
Bolted HIGH and directly onto the frame,so that in a rear 
collision,the ONLY thing that can crush is the rear frame,something 
that the front of the Delorean does NOT have protection from,in a 
nutshell,what I am trying to say is that the front of a Delorean has 
little protection,except in the black strip zone,the frame is to low 
to the ground to afford much protection,(the major thing the frame 
does for collision purposes is tie in and make the combination very 
rigid)(for front and rear impact )in fact on vin 5520 the front part 
of the frame sustained very little damage,yet the nose was totally 
wiped into pieces(sheared totally off)and into a bunch of pieces,(the 
hood went flying away from the car)and again the cabin section stayed 
fully intact and the impact stopped at the windshield,as the roof T 
panel was NOT even distorted,and the doors opened just fine.Again if 
you reread what I wrote I DID NOT say that was what happened I said I 
suspected that might have been what could have happened,DMC decided 
for liability purposes to raise the nose,and NOT any goverment 
thing.But again, if you study the dynamics of how a Delorean nose 
crushes,you will see that it only makes COMMON sense to bring up the 
nose to offer better protection,in the same sense as the rear of the 
Delorean is protected with the HDF bumper at a higher stance. 

Hope that explaines it a little better 

--- In dmcnews@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx, Jake Kamphoefner <jakekamp@...> wrote:
> Claude,
>   I'm almost afraid to ask, but do you have any real proof here?? 
(note the "Documented Proof" in the subject line)  This is exactly 
the kind of speculation we're *not* looking for.
>   Jake Kamphoefner
>   1063
> cbl1739 <cbl302@...> wrote:
> THE main reason for bringing the nose upwards on a Delorean,was 
> because of a safety concern,as the impact zone on the nose of a 
> Delorean is ONLY AND ONLY in the Black bumper/ strip zone on the 
> front fascia,with the heightened springs it brought the Black rub 
> strip area on the fascia in a level plane should it collide or 
> into another vehicle,you can simply check this out by playing 
> with your Sunstar Delorean models,if you put another model of the 
> same size in the front of a Delorean model,in my case I used a 1978 
> Corvette Pace Car model,the black rub strip,or impact zone,with the 
> <snip>

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