[DML] Re: JZD Was Brilliant!
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[DML] Re: JZD Was Brilliant!



A DeLorean sits so low that in many accidents the crumple extension would not even be part of the impact, especially a rear end collision where both vehicles are plowing down in the front. And of course the crumple extension plays no role in any side impact from the middle of the front wheel well back.

That YouTube video is not an accurate representation of what metal can do. A better comparison would have been with a 1978 full size domestic (post Nader).

I totaled a Grand Am with a 1978 Lincoln Mark V once. Pushed the Grand Am's trunk at least half way to the back window. Did ~$150 damage to my Lincoln, including black spray paint for the replacement fender (car skewed as I was braking so the fender knifed into the Grand Am, which had ABS and was stopping true). As stated above, I plowed underneath the Gran Am's rear "bumper" (gigantic piece of plastic). The Lincoln's front bumper didn't even get a scratch.

Speaking of which: I can not in clear conscience recommend rear ending a late 1970's full size Ford. Ford was so traumatized by the Pinto lawsuit that they started putting massively thick steel tubes inside the bumper, bolted directly to the frame. That is why their rear suspensions start to sag so badly with time.

Bill Robertson
#5939


--- In dmcnews@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx, robert parker <roberthparker@...> wrote:
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> 
>   There is a video (on Youtube?) on a staged off-angle head-on with a '58 Chevy (I believe) and an '08. No contest! you say. Well, interesting results. I'm thinking the Delorean would fair better than both---I think.    I whacked a taxi (compliments of a drunk driver) at ~40 MPH in my '38 Buick Bus. Cpe. Yep, it got ~$8,000 damage, and I bonked my Rt. knee on the ignition switch. But we were both, really, no worse for wear. Love that real steel!       Drive Stainless     Robert   VIN 6924
> > To: dmcnews@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
> > CC: dmcnews@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
> > From: gmfm1@...
> > Date: Thu, 15 Mar 2012 18:43:26 +0000
> > Subject: Re: [DML] Re: JZD Was Brilliant!
> > 
> > I like old cars. My oldest is a 65 Mustang convertible, but I think that the new cars are better made than the old ones and they are safer and will last longer with just good maintenance. My 98 Grand Marquis is running strong and after 80M+ miles, you still can't feel the engine running at a stop light. My 2001 Sport Trac is almost at 100M miles and still going strong. Back in the 60's & 70's you didn't even look at a car if it had high milage.
> > 
> > Gary Masie
> > 
> > ----- Original Message -----
> > From: content22207 
> > Date: Thursday, March 15, 2012 1:27 pm
> > Subject: [DML] Re: JZD Was Brilliant!
> > To: dmcnews@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
> > 
> > > No vehicle built after 1985 is even worth gas money.
> > > 
> > > IMHO.
> > > 
> > > Here's a good question: I use vehicles that are 30-35 years old 
> > > as daily transportation, and regularly drive them 1,000+ miles 
> > > on trips. Can you seriously imagine anything built in the year 
> > > 2012 still being used as daily transportation by the middle of 
> > > this century? We've crossed the Rubicon as far as vehicle 
> > > longevity is concerned. Vehicles now are as disposable as 
> > > diapers. That is why they all look so drab and uninspired -- 
> > > vehicles are no longer meant to kept as treasured possessions. 
> > > You use them up in a couple of years then throw them away.
> > > 
> > > IMHO.
> > > 
> > > Bill Robertson
> > > #5939
> > > 
> > > 
> > > --- In dmcnews@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx, Bob Brandys wrote:
> > > >
> > > > As some of you know, we only drive old cars with our DeLoreans 
> > > being our newest car. 
> > > > 
> > > > We were at a new car show last we and I tried to get into the 
> > > cars. I could not get into these
> > > > cars unless I crouched down. I don't have this problem with 
> > > our old cars. This was extremely annoying
> > > > especially since the roof lines are so low that they hit you 
> > > in the side of the head if you don't crouch over.
> > > > 
> > > > 
> > > > I also got to test drive a Tesla once and would never go it 
> > > again. You have to be a contortionist to get in and out of 
> > > that car.
> > > > 
> > > > So I wondered why don't I have this crouching over problem 
> > > with the DeLorean. After all
> > > > it is a very low car.
> > > > 
> > > > Well, it is the Gull Wing door design! Sure gull wind doors 
> > > are cool. BUT- they make it easy to get in and out of a low 
> > > sports car.
> > > > 
> > > > Another example of JZDs Brilliant design!
> > > > 
> > > > Bob
> > > >
> > > 
> > > 
> > >
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