Re: [DML] REBUILD OF STEERING RACK
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Re: [DML] REBUILD OF STEERING RACK



The DeLorean is obviously a case study in a machine that is more than the  
sum of its parts.  Though somewhat flawed, as Bill never hesitates to  
furiously type, most car enthusiasts would agree that the DeLorean is certainly  
unique, if not ahead of its time.  If you don't believe, take a look at the  
interior of a 1982 Chevy Caprice.  Dreadful.  Stepping into a DeLorean  in 
1981 was definitely like getting into a spaceship.
 
Andy
 
 
 
 
In a message dated 4/16/2009 12:02:38 P.M. Central Daylight Time,  
brobertson@xxxxxxxxxxxx writes:

>---  In dmcnews@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx, rmclemns@... wrote:
>
> One thing to  remember, our car is "cutting edge", 1970's technology, 

Actually it's  pretty pedestrian 1970's technology. The engine dates to the 
late 1960's.  K-Jet was introduced in 1975. Lotus has been using backbone 
frames since the  early 1960's. The list goes on: standard brakes, standard 
steering rack  (albeit filled with oil rather than grease), standard 
headlights, etc. Even  our substandard Lucas components were off the shelf.

A plausible  argument can be made that VARI was cutting edge. Even Lotus 
wasn't using it  yet in 1981. 

Torsion bars are not cutting edge -- Volkswagen had been  using them in its 
suspensions since the 1930s. 

Gull wing doors are a  styling cue, not technology.

That is why I smile to myself every time I  buy gas and somebody off the 
street comments that DeLorean was "ahead of its  time." If they only knew....

Bill  Robertson
#5939




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