[DML] Mass Production DeLorean Prototypes
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[DML] Mass Production DeLorean Prototypes

After reading Message #75518, I went back and studied the situation.
There is indeed a slight indentation to the evaporator box. I guess
the designers thought that condensed water would collect in the lower
portion and flow out the frame drain, leaving nothing but air in the
upper hose. In actual practice that is not what happens.

BTW: Do not blame my frame drain. I long ago removed its hose, leaving
only the elbow through the fiberglass. Condensed water through it
simply washes over the frame. And mine is totally clear, thank you
very much. Removed it Tuesday just to be sure.

As with the fan fail relay, door lock module, trailing arm bolts,
radiator bleed hose, headlight circuit/switch, etc, etc, etc, this
"cooling tube" appears to be yet another bright idea that just doesn't
hold up in actual practice. Remember: These cars were never properly
vetted. DMC built *ONE* prototype (Proto1 was a concept car, bearing
no resemblance to the production automobile). The company bellied up
before most design flaws were revealed in real life service. Even the
word "real life" should be in quotation marks given the abnormally
limited use most DeLoreans receive (it is extremely abnormal for a 27
year old car to have only 40-50K on the odometer -- assuming the angle
drive still works). They did catch the fan fail relay, and I burn
their recommended fix to this day. Anyone who feels self conscious
about his or her 3 way jumper should simply read ST-06-9/82 (forget
the fused jumpers, which always melt -- the circuit is breaker
protected already). 

We are all driving around in mass production prototypes. The wonder
isn't that the cars have flaws -- the wonder is that they aren't so
riddled with them as to be unusable. The car is delightful to own &
drive, but to claim that it was properly vetted is nonsense.

Anyway, back to the "cooling tube." Note that none of my other
vehicles have such, and all of them continue to burn their original
blower motors more than 100,000 miles later (214,000 miles later in
the most extreme instance). DeLoreans have a tube, and their blower
motors sometimes die in less than 20,000 miles. You do the math.

If an owner must have such a tube, I'd recommend running it from the
side of the box. Of course there will be condensation there as well,
but in far smaller quantities than the bottom of the box.

Just my 2 cents, after driving 1,403 miles, burning the A/C 13 hours
straight, getting into DC 2:30 am, with Louie's wet feet the only
casualty. #5939 can be accused of many things, but a limited use
garage queen is not among them.

Bill Robertson


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