RE: [DML] Complete suspension overhaul - any references?
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RE: [DML] Complete suspension overhaul - any references?



Andy, Lord knows my plate stays full but I do have my own bead blasting in
my shop as you may know because of the calipers and all the other hardware
parts I repair, blast and then either plate of paint. 
I have been using my own acid etching primer like POR 15 and painting system
for the calipers and that has worked out good. 
Now I have on order 3 different colors of the POR 15 colors and their Acid
etch before I paint the front lower control arms for a customer. I can take
parts out to be powder coated but if you read what POR15 does if metal is
prepared and applied correctly it might be just as good a choice. This is at
a customer request I'm doing this and I also want to see how it works out. 
John Hervey
  www.specialtauto.com
 

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Sent: Sunday, March 08, 2009 9:52 PM
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Subject: [DML] Complete suspension overhaul - any references?

Hey Group,
 
Though I am a moderator on the DML, I have been somewhat dormant the last  
year or so in the DeLorean world because I just haven't had a lot of time
for  
it.  But this spring I plan to begin the next phase of my restoration
process 
- refurbishing the suspension.
 
My '82 has a black-coated frame and suspension, which is probably hiding  
some rust.  There are areas where the steel edges are slightly perforated
or 
bent.  It also has that nasty rubber coating on everything and I'd  rather
it be 
painted gray, or better yet powdercoated gray or black!  I  want to take
care 
of this stuff before it gets to be beyond repair and I have to  actually buy

all new stuff.
 
I have plenty of experience in rebuilding the brakes, replacing  bushings, 
shocks, etc.  But what is the best method of making the trailing  arms,
upper 
and lower links, and other large parts 'like new'?  Is there a  place I can
send 
all this stuff to and they will refurbish and it and powdercoat  it or 
something?  I am mostly concerned with sending it somewhere that  knows what
they 
are doing and they can check for warpage, add  reinforcement if needed, weld
it 
if needed, etc.  I don't want to get  the parts back and find I have bad 
alignment because something didn't get put  back to spec.  Or find that
bushing 
don't fit or whatever because they  filled it in too thick with paint.
 
What is usually done about this?  I bet a vendor can tell me...
 
Andy 
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