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

I didn't say you couldn't build a frame out of galvanized sheet metal,
I only said there are enginering compromises which must be made. Later
model Lotus Esprit's all have galvanized frames. The zinc coating adds
weight and cost. It also costs more to weld. The tips on the
resistance welders must use a much more expensive materiel and they
have to be dressed and changed more often. There are also toxic fumes
that must be controled. The welds must be retouched after welding to
repair the zinc coating. You have to keep in mind that the costs of
building the car kept going up and it was taking them longer than they
had planned to get the first cars off the line. For all we know the
epoxy coated frame was only used to get things going and future plans
would have been to perfect the EPRM or maybe galvanize the metal
frame. What we have is really 2 years worth of production with a  lot
of it in the beginning rolling prototypes! On most production lines
the product matures. They get better and better and cheaper and
cheaper to build. DMC did not have that.
David Teitelbaum
vin 10757 

--- In dmcnews@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx, "content22207" <brobertson@...> wrote:
> For the morbidly curious, I've uploaded to #5939's Yahoo photo album a
> page from my 1981 AMC buyers literature that explains the galvanized
> sheet metal, among other rust proofing measures.
> If AMC could build an entire car from galvanized sheet metal, DMC
> could certainly have done the same with its frame.
> Bill Robertson
> #5939

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