[DML] Re: Delorean Owner
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[DML] Re: Delorean Owner

The problem is twofold: 

First: limited use. In the United States K-Jet was never more than a niche fuel delivery system. There is a documentary floating around where James Espy puts his hand on a DeLorean fuel distributor and says something to the effect "the DeLorean was unique at the time for using fuel injection -- nearly every other car then for sale in the United States was carbureted." Pretty much sums it up -- over here we basically went straight from carburetion to electronic fuel injection with extremely limited mechanical injection in between.

Second: age. Most of the limited number of cars that did use K-Jet over here reached the end of their useful life long ago and have been scrapped. DeLoreans are unique for having so few miles (as a rule) for cars of their age. Most DeLoreans have been sitting idle for most of their loves rather than being driven 20,000 miles per year. 

I agree with Matt: finding a third party mechanic in the United States who is familiar with K-Jet will be challenging.

As far as giving a mechanic the Workshop Manual and telling him to learn K-Jet is concerned: good luck with that. Most mechanics have too much business already with cars they know & understand. There is absolutely no incentive for them to spend precious time learning an obscure fuel delivery system for what may be a one time only repair. 

A useful analogy is my church's International Harvester Loadstar bus. In the late 1970's Loadstars were extremely common in this country, especially in the school bus world. International Harvester was the biggest single chassis supplier to Thomas, the largest school bus manufacturer. Loadstars were also darlings of the grain industry, especially in the midwest (International Harvester's home turf). Fast forward to 2012, when my church is the proud owner of an orphaned vehicle nobody other than me wants to mess with. If my church were to take the bus to a third party mechanic and ask him to work on it, they would likely be laughed out the door as Matt was with his DeLorean. I keep my church's Loadstar on the road as a hobby, just like my DeLorean.

Bill Robertson

--- In dmcnews@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx, "Kevin" <kevin.milliken@...> wrote:
> Hi Guys 
> Over here in the UK the K Jetronic according to Wikipedia was used on the
> following cars 
> Porsche <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Porsche> , Volkswagen
> <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Volkswagen> , Audi
> <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Audi> , BMW <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/BMW>
> , Mercedes-Benz <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mercedes-Benz> , Rolls-Royce
> <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Rolls-Royce_motor_cars> , Bentley
> <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bentley> , Lotus
> <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lotus_Cars> , Ferrari
> <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ferrari> , Peugeot
> <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peugeot> , Renault
> <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Renault> , Volvo
> <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Volvo> , Saab
> <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saab> , DeLorean
> <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/DeLorean>  and Ford
> <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ford>  automobiles. The final car to use
> K-Jetronic was the 1994 Porsche 911 Turbo 3.6 
> Mainly European manufacturers, but I thought you would have Mercs  and
> Porsches over there and may be a couple of BMW's. 


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