[DML] Re: DeLorean Frames
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[DML] Re: DeLorean Frames

Even better would have been to use sheet metal galvanized at the mill.

A higher carbon content wouldn't have hurt either, especially since
the frame is welded rather than stamped.

Bill Robertson

>--- In dmcnews@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx, "David Teitelbaum" <jtrealty@...> wrote:
> The sheet metal frames are NOT JZD's first choice. He was pushing for
> the EPRM body. It was essentially a fiberglass unibody. Because of
> crash safety, cost, Lotus's experience with the metal backbone frame,
> and production time frame requirements they decided on the sheet metal
> frame. The concession to longevity (which JZD wanted as part of his
> ethical sports car) was to epoxy coat the frame. It did hold up for a
> long time. Much longer than most other cars of the period but it was
> not meant to last forever. Unfortunetly (for us anyway) it is NOT a
> long term (20 years +) solution. Eventually the epoxy gets brittle,
> cracks, and allows moisture to get between it and the metal. The
> better choice would have been to hot-dip galvanize the frame. Even
> that has it's drawbacks. It adds weight and can distort the frame. The
> choice of the frame was one of the worst compromises IMHO on the whole
> Delorean project. It made the car heavier than originally intended and
> hurt the performance badly. Making a car that would last for 20 years
> was not a priority item. Getting them into production at the right
> price-point became the overriding priority.
> David Teitelbaum
> vin 10757

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