Re: [DML] "The Sacrilege of the PRV " or "To Swap or Not to Swap (the E
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Re: [DML] "The Sacrilege of the PRV " or "To Swap or Not to Swap (the Engine)"

In my opinion, I like to keep #10715 as stock as practicality
dictates, while maintaining normal, but prudent updates.
(i.e.-electrical system revamps, maybe buy a better alternator soon,
update the relays etc.) The PRV isn't the *greatest* engine per se,
but it's not that bad, IMHO. There's always room for improvement
though. If I was going to go juice her up, so to speak, I'd most
likely try out the standard Stage I upgrade at the very least. Maybe
mod the air intake box, get a better coil and resistor or something.
I've already picked up a box of those nice high-amp plug wires. I'm no
mechanic, but I'd love to eventually get even a small turbo on my D
someday. That would probably take some time and effort on the cams and
pistons, I'm sure, as that's all stock on my car.

DeLoreans are like Voltron- the more cool parts you hook up, the
better it gets. :)

If it were at all physically possible, I'd probably swap a V-12
Countach engine out. But that ain't gonna happen so I'll stick with
some sort of realistic goal lol


--- In dmcnews@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx, "Tom Tait" <TTait@...> wrote:
> Think about JZD - his big move at GM was specifically putting a kick ass
> engine into a car that didn't have one before.  After that it was about
> style, lifestyle and fun.
> Many cars do have their engine for a heart, but I wouldn't call the
> Delorean one of them.  At the time the PRV was the right fit from a
> pricing, marketing, and engineering point of view.  John knew the car
> deserved more power, and talked with Legend about fixing that.  Why
> turbocharge that engine instead of putting in a better one?   Because
> there ware a lot of constraints on the fledgling car and company and
> that was the best solution for the time, but not necessarily the
> ultimate solution.
> For a concurs car, its obviously a deal killer.  For a novice who would
> lose a lot of technical support from the community if he did a swap -
> equally a bad idea.  But to ask if the soul of a Delorean suffers if you
> replace the PRV strikes me as an ironic question, if you think about who
> DeLorean was.  
> Just my opinion and I totally respect those who would disagree.  
> ________________________________
> From: dmcnews@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:dmcnews@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf
> Of Rob Greenhaw
> Sent: Wednesday, January 31, 2007 11:14 AM
> To: dmcnews@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
> Subject: [DML] "The Sacrilege of the PRV " or "To Swap or Not to Swap
> (the Engine)"
> A buddy who owns a D was mentioned having no love for the PRV. I can
> totally understand where he is coming from but the statement got me to
> wonder about swapping engines and keeping the car's "essence" intact.
> This is an issue I've debated for a long time, but now is the time to
> bring it to the DML and ask opinions. 
> The thing I've always wondered is this: if you swap the engine out, is
> it still a DeLorean?
> We've known about the various engine swaps folks have done to their cars
> to juice out more power and make the DeLorean what it was meant to be. 
> Sure, the name is there and the body is the same, but I've always seen
> the engine as a car's "heart", so to speak. If you take that out and put
> say, a Chevy 350, is the car not a Chevy with a DeLorean body?
> That's the sort of reckoning I've always had. Sure, the PRV is weak as
> hell and was not meant for performance, but there are race versions out
> there that produce 650hp! 
> I would rather extensively modify a DeLorean engine than replace it with
> something else unless it was something related to the DeLorean like the
> Alpine set up or maybe even the Esprit. But even with the Esprit engine
> it would be an American Lotus. The Apine I could handle, since it is the
> same engine block.
> Anyway, you get my drift. Feel free to comment on it and maybe help me
> overcome that sort of "sacrilege" of replacing the DeLorean's powerplant
> since this is the only car I feel that way about.
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