Re: [DML] Now That I Got It, What Should I Fix First?
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Re: [DML] Now That I Got It, What Should I Fix First?

Hi Robert,
  Congrats on the new car!
  The first thing is a good wash.  Clean everything, and yes, thoroughly hose down the undercarriage.  Make sure you get into all the boxed sections of the frame, or anywhere that salt could have made its way.  While you are cleaning, do a good inspection of everything you see.  You can notice a lot of issues before they become a failure by doing this.
  As for the doors, it is not uncommon for early cars to have problematic doors.  -But they can be fixed to work as well as the later cars.  First, does your car have door guides?  They are a big chunk of metal or plastic held on with several screws at each door latch.  I have uploaded a picture in the photos section in the album called "Early Door Style" (I think?) that shows my door a couple years ago before I installed the guides.  If yours looks like this, you will need to find a set of guides.  Also make sure you are closing the door in the proper spot.  Push down on the door near the area just behind the power window glass when you close; this the "center" of the door and will prevent flexing while you close.  Next, buy a good new set of inner door seals and replace your old ones.  These are also a key to a door closing properly.  When you put them on, stretch them tightly as you beat them on the lip, then adjust any problem areas so the seal doesn't "fold" as it rubs
 the door while closing.  You should also periodically treat the rubber with some silicone lube.  Finally, if your doors are not working properly, you may need a striker pin/ latch adjustment.  If you do not have enough movement in the strikers, there is a procedure for cutting the fiberglass on early cars to allow more adjustment room.
  I know that's a lot.  Start with one project at a time.  As you drive it (and I know you will), things will break and you will work all the bugs out.  Go over ALL your major systems (fuel, electrical, coolant, etc.) before you spend too much time driving it.  A fuse is cheap, a melted down fuse block is not.
  Good luck,
  Jake Kamphoefner

Rob Greenhaw <wylldshark@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:

__,_Hey guys,

I'm a little confused on where to start with fixing my DeLorean.

I need to get the salty brine and other road grime off the car from hte transpot between Denver and Alabama. The car was loaded on the top at the back so it got the brunt of the road mess.

I 'm going to hose off the car ang sponge wash the body, but can I squirt the undercarriage with the hose??? 

The doors do not shut right, the rubber seals are shot to hell and they are off the guide some. I think it may be due to the shoddy, dryrotted rubber. Fortunately the torsion bars and door struts are great!!! When I shut either door it won't shut tight and I'm not about to slam it! The door latch next to the seats is a little marred where the doors do not hit the latch even.

Also, the engine runs great, but I need an air filter and want to drain the fluids and replace them with fresh fluids. The gas, thank God, was not terribly old; the engine runs and sound great, but can I drain the gas out of the tank??

The body is excellent and the engine is very clean and works so I am VERY thankful of that.

Where should I start though???

Thanks guy, if I think of anything else I'll post again.


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