[DML] Re: Lotus Engineering
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I'd put a frame that can not be exposed to winter weather in the
catastrophic category.

A broken trailing arm bolt is pretty catastrophic too (DMC should have
used a movable joint, as Bryan Pearce does).

Our cheap little stamped lower control arms are a catastrophy waiting
to happen. While we're at it, even though it's not catastrophic, DMC
should have made the front end adjustable for more than just toe in.

I thought it was pretty catastrophic when my headlight dash switch
caught fire.

BTW: The angle drive was not a normal item on any American car of the
DeLorean era. Never has been. Owners of domestic cars simply took it
for granted that speedometer cables they paid good money for would
work reliably for more than 30,000 miles without disassembly and
lubrication twice per year. Of course owners of domestic 
cars also took it for granted that they could drive their vehicles
between the months of November and March without the frame breaking in
half....

Bill Robertson
#5939
 
>--- In dmcnews@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx, Martin Gutkowski <martin@...> wrote:
>
> I'm doing a chassis restoration and turbo engine swap on an 82 daily  
> driver with over 70k miles on its original angle drive. The state of  
> the chassis and evidence of previous repairs on it (a canadian car)  
> tells me the angle drive did not have an easy life!.
> 
> I think angle drive failures could well fall into that category of  
> "damned if you do and damned if you don't". ie is killed by use as  
> much as lack of use.
> 
> THE ANGLE DRIVE IS NOT UNIQUE TO THE DELOREAN AND WAS A PERFECTLY  
> NORMAL ITEM ON MANY CARS OF THIS ERA.
> 
> Let's face it, the DeLorean has very few known design flaws (door lock  
> module, fan fail module, angle drive...) none are exactly  
> catastrophic. Be thankful.
> 
> Martin
> www.delorean.co.uk
> 




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