[DML] Re: DeLorean gets a Wankel Engine
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[DML] Re: DeLorean gets a Wankel Engine

I defer to your judgment, Martin.  

It's nice to see so much attention going into studying the failure
modes of that transmission.  Delorean owners are in debt for that
expertise.  I didn't mean to bring up a tired topic.  I've been out of

Rick Gendreau.

--- In dmcnews@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx, Martin Gutkowski <martin@...> wrote:
> *sigh* that old chestnut :-)
> Someone correct me if I'm wrong, but the DeLorean transmission is known 
> for breaking input shafts only where an aftermaket Chevvy bellhousing 
> has been used? The problem is the alignment on these bellhousings NOT 
> the transmission.
> I know a guy who is pretty much THE expert on the PRV and Renault UN1 
> tranny (basically the same as the 369), and who originally funded the 
> development work on the Quaife LSD for the UN1 as well as 500+hp 200mph 
> gearsets (60 sets so far with no failures). His opinion on the standard 
> transmission is 5th gear is by far the weakest link, then the
> outputs, THEN the input shaft coupler, then the crownwheel and pinion. 
> In that order. 300ft-lbs is the upper limit for a stock transmission, 
> and I'd be surprised if Jim's rotary got near that.
> I installed the ECU on the UK's most powerful GTA and at 360ft-lbs, the 
> owner has been warned to go easy on the transmission! (chargecooled 3 
> litre turbo PRV)
> Today I was busy reinstalling this rear subframe in a GTA Turbo.
> miles at 200hp and the transmission came back from rebuild with a 
> totally clean bill of health.
> http://www.delorean.co.uk/subframe.jpg
> Martin
> www.delorean.co.uk
> twinenginedmc12 wrote:
> >
> >
> > Everybody rags on the Delorean transmission, but I bet if you replace
> > that pesky input shaft, and stop trying to drive it with an odd-fire
> > engine (boo!), it would pass a little more torque without breaking.
> >
> > Rick.
> > >
> >
> >  
> [Non-text portions of this message have been removed]

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