[DML] Re: New SS frame
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[DML] Re: New SS frame

--- In dmcnews@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx, "Matthew" <matthew.spittle@...> wrote:
> 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

I was going to comment on the Pearce status but I see Bryan covered it well. 

To your other question - Both us (Midwest) and Houston have done galvanized frame refurbs. It is an arduous process requiring a bunch of outside vendors:

Take all the parts off
Strip (chemical or oven+blast - I have used both)
Weld Repair (crumple section, other repairs as needed)
Retap/thread lots of holes
Sandblast again (lightly)
Put all the parts on

It is a LOT of manual labor and, at least in my case, a lot of dragging the frame all over the city as you don't find vendors capable of dealing with a piece this size on every corner. 

The reason we don't sell them outright is that we don't have much in the way of cores - and the "weld repair" cost has to be appropriate to how your car comes in. The frames are sometimes rusted past refurb, then you need to find a rebuildable used frame which adds more to the cost. After analyzing what it took us to do it, the frame rehab ends up being a low-profit part of a much larger process. 


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