[DML] Re: Torsion bar update
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[DML] Re: Torsion bar update

Hi there,

Thanks for following up on this - it would be great to have a 
solution to the drivers side torsion bar shortage. 

If you think about it, it is the most important piece of the car - 
balanced gullwing doors are the key feature of our cars, and no door 
strut is strong enough to replace the function of the torsion bar 
when no more of them can be bought. Also, obviously 1 strong strut 
would not work anyway, as all the force would be on the rear of the 
door, making it twist when opening and closing. So, the only solution 
is to come up with either a repair procedure or a method of 
reproducing them.

Anything else on the DeLorean can be either repaired or replaced with 
something else that would work fairly easily - dashboards can be 
recovered, headlight switches can be remanufactured (still waiting 
for my prepaid one!), frames can be repaired and galvanised, 
stainless panels can be reworked, windshields can (and are being) 
remanufactured, fiberglass can be repaired, etc etc.

The only part of the car that there is no good plan for either repair 
procedures or remanufacture is the torsion bar. Paying 1500 dollars 
for this item in used condition just because it is rare is not a 
solution to the problem in my opinion!

Even though I don't need one myself at the moment, I appreciate the 
effort you are going to with this - good luck with it and I hope it 
works out for you and the rest of us!

John Dore, Ireland.

--- In dmcnews@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx, "jrc2905" <jrc2905@...> wrote:
> I had an appointment with the welder who is going to repair my 
> bar. He is a metal/engineer/welder. He showed me his welding 
> and it is ultra sophisticated. He does work for NASA. He said the 
> repair is not a problem but he wants as much information about the 
> torsion bar as possible. The type of metal, and the process it went 
> through in it's production, heat treatments that type of stuff. He 
> examined the fracture and the metal and he thinks he knows what it 
> but likes more information. The information is also important 
> he said with the proper information he can treat the metal and make 
> a new torsion bar that will work. If I can get that information I 
> pay him to make the bar and try it on my car.
> He showed me some of his work. Two-quarter inch pieces of metal the 
> thickness of tin foil with perfect welds on all sides, I think I 
> found the best welder for the job.
> This is an opportunity to address the torsion bar issue so any 
> information will really help. My email is jrc2905@...

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