RE: [DML] Re: clutch
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RE: [DML] Re: clutch



David and Group 
The DeLorean is a car and not a God or a something that can't be worked on
by other mechanics. Put it up in the air have a mechanic stand under it and
then take the blindfold off the mechanic and see if he can tell you what
kind of a car it is. 
Have you taken or gone to a DeLorean Proper vendor other than Rob as James
used to say to have a clutch job done. Take along your first born, a bank
officer and the home mortgage. I have been told of quotes and people charged
as much as $1200.00 labor + the clutch kit for a standard replacement and
told my factory original Valeo kit was no good and that it wouldn't work.
One week you need to tap onto my phone and hear the problems. How about a
clutch fork clip that was broken and was told to put a tie wrap on it to fix
it. Then the shop called me because they told him the fork was no longer
available so they called me and I sold them a new one. 
I have shops all over the US if any one is interested in saving a little
money and getting a good job done. Replacing the clutch isn't a hard job and
there are a lot of DeLorean people to offer advice.
John Hervey
www.specialtauto.com
 
   

-----Original Message-----
From: dmcnews@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:dmcnews@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of
David Teitelbaum
Sent: Thursday, April 10, 2008 9:11 AM
To: dmcnews@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: [DML] Re: clutch

If you are doing "just" the clutch on a lift with all the tools, all
of the parts, and nothing unusual happens it should be doable in under
4 hours. I am sure the vendors can give you a better estimate.
Unfortunetly things never go smoothly. Broken bolts, leaky seals,
wrong parts, not knowing exactly which bolts and where they are, are
all things that can go wrong. They may find a broken motor mount, have
to adjust the shift linkage, bleed the clutch (or find a leaky
cylinder) etc and this can add a lot of time. Many shops are very
hesitant to use a customer's parts because if they don't fit the car
is stuck on their lift all apart. They also can't mark up the parts
and make money on them too. In these cases they will quote a high
price and not go by an hourly rate. Expect to pay around $500 with the
possibility it could go higher. As for the "clutch kit" it should
include a pressure plate, a friction plate, a throwout bearing and a
pilot bearing. All bets are off if the flywheel is burnt. It will have
to be removed and ground. The grinding is only worth around $60 but
with the labor to R&R and the extra time it will take it can raise the
costs a lot. You are probably better off if you can get the car to one
of the vendors. They will have all of the necessary parts on hand,
know exactly what to do, and can give you a firm estimate. If you do
have to go elsewhere let them read the Workshop Manual. It will give
them a better idea of what they are in for.
David Teitelbaum
vin 10757

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