[DML] Restoring my DeLorean... A 2nd Time.
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[DML] Restoring my DeLorean... A 2nd Time.



Well I finally have a garage, and in about 2-3 weeks, my car will be
returning to Vegas so I can work on it. With my crazy schedule it's
going to be somewhat difficult to work on it, but I'm hoping to have
her back on the road by Spring or early Summer.

The time table is to first rebuild the replacement engine, then
install it and a new clutch, and overhaul the fuel system to get the
engine running to complete the torque sequence for the heads and get
the car mobile. After that I need to rebuild the cooling system, brake
system (save for the SS Hoses), completely replace the suspension &
A/C systems, new tires, and repair the electrics not to mention the
emissions controls and a fresh exhaust system.

It's now been almost 4 years since the D went derelict, and now I'm
starting the 2nd restoration on it. It's been a strange experience to
become that guy who owns the car that's broken down outside that
everyone who sees it wants to buy it, but you won't sell it because
you have plans for it. I became what I always hated. When it get the
time, I'll write an essay on it. Because just as there is an
enlightenment to repairing something and making it work again, so is
there also a Personal Hell to watching that same thing deteriorate
because of your own inaction. But still that is a story for another
time...

Anywho with restoration soon to be underway, I do have some questions
here that I want to ask.

1. Is an adaptor needed to mount the engine onto an Engine Stand?
I don't believe so, but for some reason I keep thinking that I once
read that something has to be fabricated bolt the engine up.

2. At what point will "Hot Tanking" an engine no longer save it?
6 years ago I started to see chunky oil due to water in the pan (no,
it never looked like Chocolate Milk to me). Before the car was parked,
it was draining the cooling system every 3-4 days of daily use, and I
never bothered to drain the oil and water out. How bad could the rust
inside be now?

3. I see there are gasket kits to rebuild the PRV, but are there any
hardware kits as well? If I'm going to go all the way with a complete
engine rebuild, I don't want to skimp out on the hardware.

4. How far should the engine be torn down? Should replacing the timing
chains and head gaskets be enough? At what point should I consider
replacing Piston Rings and engine bearings? New motor has 23K miles or
so on it, and ran fine before the car was wrecked. I'm just looking to
keep it naturally aspirated for the next several years. If the old
motor is ok for rebuilding, THAT one will be configured for forced
induction before it goes back into the car.

Thanks in advance!

-Robert
vin 6585 "X"



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