[DML] Re: DeLorean Thoughts While Raking Pine Straw ( Very Long)
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Hi David.

I'm prone to that sort of "everybody reasonable thinks similarly to
me" thinking  (They don't.) You seem prone to it too.  And the "right
reasons" to change or maintain ones Delorean are one's own, and not
properly subject to second-guessing by others.  So I'm sticking up for
Bill.  His arguments for old vs. new technology may not make sense in
one value system (yours), but it's a safe bet he didn't say to himself
"Okay, I'm gonna list all the different things I can do to my
Delorean, and pick the one that benefits me least."

A Delorean's resale value is but a small part of its actual value,
most of which is intangible, and tied up in the mind of the owner.  I
suspect that the value of your Delorean is partly tied up in the joy
you get talking on this list, and sharing your considerable expertise
and desire to be of service with people who need it.  The big value of
my Delorean is the people I meet who I wouldn't have met otherwise. 
(Both you and Bill are in that list)  Another very important source of
value to my Delorean is its function as an outlet to my creativity and
manic compulsive inventiveness, and the desire to find solutions to
problems that wouldn't exist if not for my manic compulsion to cause
problems so I can invent solutions.  (huh?)  Resale value of my car
may be a little bit, may be nothing, or even a negative dollar value.  

Last year, I met a guy and his son who bought a Delorean, and fixed it
up as a joint project.  What a nice bonding experience that must have
been.  Now that is bang for your buck.  You won't see that value
reflected in the resale value of the car.  (it's carburated)

Economics don't usually enter into it much, as most Deloreans are toys
for their owners.  For the people for whom Delorean aren't toys, but
an actual source of transportation, on which they have to rely,
economics do matter.  For them, it might make sense to keep it going
in the cheapest way they can.  OEM Delorean parts are expensive. 
Anybody who bought a Delorean (other than the historically significant
ones)as an investment, and who worries about its resale value, has my
sympathy.  It'd be money better spent on booze and women and slot
machines, you know, something with a better ROI.

I don't know whether Bill's Delorean is his only driver, or his toy,
but it's absolutely plain that he loves it, and is proud to own and
drive it, and he'd probably rather walk on hot coals, or at least
endure an incessant bunch of derision from snobby people, than give it up.

My Delorean has BOTH fuel injection AND carburetion.  What does that
make me?  Progressive, with an eye to the future, regressive, stuck in
the past, or just schizoid?  (I like that last one)  

Rick.


>--- In dmcnews@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx, "David Teitelbaum" <jtrealty@...> wrote:
>
> Your arguments for old vs new technology make no sense. No one is
> going to trade their car in for a horse! Or their transistor radio for
> a tube type. Technology marches on. Economics matter here. If you make
> major changes to the car away from stock you must consider the
> consequences to the value of the car in the eyes of prospective
> buyers. You say it doesn't matter to you, it will matter to whoever
> eventually winds up with the car (if you care). For the time, money,
> and effort you will spend on converting (especially if you must hire
> soemone to do it) it will make more sense to get the K-Jet system
> running right. With all of your knowledge and time I am sure you could
> do it if you decided you wanted to. I have no problem with anyone who
> does convert to carbureation, just do it for the right reasons, not to
> save money or make the car run better. If you are a MAC person or a PC
> person. Some people just want to be different and do things their
own way.
> David Teitelbaum
> vin 10757
>





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