[DML] Re: New SS frame
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$10,000 was for the frame and trailing arms only. Upper and lower control arms had to be purchased separately. Price for a complete frame and suspension, before truck freight, was nearly $11,500. This was 3-4 years ago.

Its unavailability does not appear to have reached mass consciousness yet. I run into owners all the time who dream/plan buying a Pearce frame in the future.

Owners also casually mention stainless LCA's as an OEM alternative, but those clearly are NLA on both Bryan's and Houston's websites (OEM LCA's are NLA too, as are John's aluminum arms -- at this time there is only one source of newly manufactured lower control arms). 

Bill Robertson
#5939


--- In dmcnews@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx, "Matthew" <matthew.spittle@...> wrote:
>
> Marc,
> 
> From everything I've gathered recently, it is going to be very difficult to ever purchase another individual SS frame should you need one.  DMCH acquired all of the SS frame plans, jigs, materials, etc from Pearce Design, and indicated to me that they will not be offering frames for sale.  
> 
> If you want a new stainless frame, which they are not currently producing, Cameron told me that will have to bring your car to DMCH, and they will perform the swap.  Considering an SS frame costs at least $10,000, I would factor in at least $5,000 for labor and miscellaneous parts (bushings, ball joints, wheel bearings, etc), so the entire operation would cost very close to the price of another used DeLorean.  I wonder, Marc, how they would respond to an inquiry from you for such a frame swap, having your Nissan engine installed.
> 
> Cameron also indicated that all of the steel frames are now being galvanized and powder coated.  Again, the same applies, where they will not sell you a frame, nor will they galvanize and powder coat your frame as a service.  You must instead bring your whole car, and they would perform the swap.    
> 
> I've contacted Bryan Pearce about this directly to explore the possibilities of making another stainless frame, and he tersely explained that the cost of producing another stainless frame from scratch would be very, very high ($50,000+++).  He did mention that "We did all of the engineering."  Not knowing who "we" is, my curiosity gave way, and I asked how he, with a computer science degree, became qualified to design and build an automobile frame in the first place.  Well, I believe this may have offended his ego, because he never did answer back.  Absent any additional explanation from him, it would seem questionable whether anyone should *want* to acquire a SS frame based on the Pearce design.
> 
> My question is the following:
> 
> Does anyone in the USA have a procedure for properly stripping and galvanizing a DeLorean frame?  I understand in the UK, the frames are baked in a zero-oxygen oven to remove the epoxy inside and out.  I have no idea where we would find that here as of yet.
> 
> 
> Matt
> #1604
>




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