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

Esprit frames were coated after they were assembled, avoiding the problems
with welding zinc-coated steel.


-------------- Original message from "David Teitelbaum" <jtrealty@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>: -------------- 

> 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 

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