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?



Rob,
 
Did the previous owner provide you with any receipts of work performed recently?  That's the first place to start so you know if you should start replacing hoses, performing a tune-up, etc.
 
As for cleaning the car, go ahead and spray the car all over.  Just be careful not to directly spray the thin muffler heat shield or the heat shield under the catalytic converter.  They are fragile and made of asbestos.  I would also avoid spraying a lot of water where the spark plugs are.  If the engine is dirty, it is best to take it to an engine steam cleaner shop.  Might charge $85 for a thorough job, but once the engine is clean, you will be able to keep it that way, if you are anal like me!
 
After the car is hosed off (I like to go to those self-serve car washes where you use quarters), use a soft towel and scrub the car, then rinse.  Dry with old beach towels or chamois if you want to get fancy.  I use Eagle-1 wet tire dressing to shine up the black parts like the moldings and vents on the exterior.  just spray some on a towel and get to work - don't get it on the stainless though or else you will have to wipe it off with Windex and a towel.  
 
Once the car is clean and detailed, you can use a little bit of windex and soft towel to remove fingerprints or light dust between washes.  One of those California Duster things works great too.  Scrub the wheels really well with wheel cleaner and a brush, then finish the tires with Tire Dressing spray.  The Eagle-1 works great but I have also used the Maguires in an aerosol can, and that stuff works great too.
 
Have fun!  
 
Andy
 
 
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From: wylldshark@xxxxxxxxx
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Sent: Tue, 20 Feb 2007 7:02 PM
Subject: [DML] Now That I Got It, What Should I Fix First?


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.
   
  Rob
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