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



Hmm, novel concept.  I have a 1938 Buick that I acquired with a '37 engine. 
Aqua, the correct '37 color. I have since painted it Forest Green, correct 
for '38.  Is it still a "1938 Buick"?     Drive Stainless  Robert  VIN 6024


From: Rob Greenhaw <wylldshark@xxxxxxxxx>
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Subject: [DML] "The Sacrilege of the PRV " or  "To Swap or Not to Swap (the 
Engine)"
Date: Wed, 31 Jan 2007 11:14:23 -0800 (PST)

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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