[DML] Re: Die-Hard DMC-12 Enthusiast Seeking Your Support!
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[DML] Re: Die-Hard DMC-12 Enthusiast Seeking Your Support!

Hi Dan ~

Sorry it took me so long to get back to you.  I invariably was so busy
these past 2 weeks that I forgot to check for replies.  My fault.

To answer your questions in a nutshell and a few others that have
replied, I do have extensive experience rebuilding engines and
restoring automobiles of varying types.  I will be the first to admit
that there has never been a vehicle I worked on that I did not learn
something from, however.

I do appreciate the detailed replies regarding advice, but truth be
known I like spending time and money on vehicles.  It's a past time. 
Problem is, my dream car wasn't a Chevy or a Ford.. it just had to be
a DeLorean.  I've been following these cars for years (and picking up
the parts along the way.. (joke) and finally decided to set a goal.

Im not an unrealistic fellow.  I'm looking to buy a DMC-12, but can't
afford it right now.  This year's been tougher than we expected. 
However, it couldn't hurt to ask and see what was available so that's
what we did.  Someday we'll get there, but we are resigned to patience
and will see our goal met someday.

Mark M.

--- In dmcnews@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx, "Dan" <djdanwilson@...> wrote:
> Mark - I'm not sure exactly what you're seeking in your original post.
> You mention $15+ K is not an amount you're comfortable with spending
> on a D. You then say "I've been searching in vain offering to take a
> DeLorean (even a project car) off of someone's hands". Are you saying
> you are able and willing to pay less than $15K for a car, even if it's
> a project, or when you say "...take a DeLorean off of someone's hands"
> are you seeking someone to to just donate one to you? If it's the
> former, Kevin is 110% correct. Read this and see why:
> http://www.dmcnews.com/Techsection/restoration.htm
> What you will read there applies to any classic car, not just the
> DeLorean. If you cannot swing a min of $15K for a D right now, then
> you certainly can't afford to spend $25K+ to turn a $10 car into a
> $15K car. Only buy a project car if you have a VERY large budget for
> it, the know how, experience, ability, tools, space, desire, patience
> and time to undertake such a monumental effort. If you do not have
> those things, in no time will the mess bring stress into your life and
> probably your marriage too. Trust me, the desire to own one of these
> cars can be strong, but until you get there, you have no idea what the
> stresses of ownership can be like as well, especially if your income
> is limited. The grass is always greener on the other side, right?
> Now, in your original post, if you were actually seeking someone to
> just simply donate one to you, as in "free", well, I think that's
> asking, or expecting a bit much. Even a junker is worth something in
> parts to it's owner. I doubt anyone is simply going to give their car
> away, no matter what the condition. James can correct me if I'm wrong,
> but I think even DMCH will give an owner around $10K for a "project
> car" that has the potential to be refurbished by them at some point,
> and if DMCH turned it down due to condition, no money anyone could put
> into would make it worth saving, even if free. So why would someone
> give you something to "fix up" on a limited budget when they might get
> around $10K for it, and that car will most likely end up being 100%
> resurrected and  properly restored by pros, putting it back in
> circulation in the best possible way?
> I understand your desire. I certainly was there, and not that long
> ago. My advice. If this is something you REALY want in your life, turn
> the dream into a goal, and properly map out a realistic way to achieve
> it, even if it means taking years to get there. In the mean time,
> learn as much as you can about the car. Get involved in the DeLorean
> community as an enthusiast. Meet and join your local DeLorean club.
> Most are open to non owner members. Attend the events, involve the
> family. You do not have to own a D to take part. You already have what
> you need - The passion. Good luck!
> Dan W.
> VIN 16192
> AZ-D
> --- In dmcnews@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx, Kevin Abato <delorean@> wrote:
> >
> > Mark:  You do realize that a project car can cost you 20-30$K of
more to
> > restore based on its condition!   So in the long run, spending 15-20
> will
> > get you a car you can drive day 1.   Taking on a project car might
> mean you
> > will not be able to have it on the road reliably for 3-4 years and
> > spending a considerable amount of money.
> >  
> > Kevin Abato
> > Vin# 16680

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