Re: [DML] used frame?
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Re: [DML] used frame?



I have posted details before. It must be almost 25 years since I did the 
frame project...WOW!

Nick


deloreanernst@xxxxxxx wrote , ----On 7/2/2013 10:56 AM 
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>
> Thanks, Nick, and all who responded.
> Nick, do I remember you posting your frame off procedure on the DML 
> many, many years ago? Haven't searched that far back yet, I'm just 
> beginning to nail down the details.
>
> -Wayne
> vin 11174
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Nick Kemp <nkemp@xxxxxxxx <mailto:nkemp%40bwig.net>>
> To: dmcnews <dmcnews@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx <mailto:dmcnews%40yahoogroups.com>>
> Sent: Fri, Jun 28, 2013 10:01 am
> Subject: Re: [DML] used frame?
>
> I refinished mine many years ago... before there was a lot of good
> DeLorean info as there is today. Here are my thoughts
> - Parts of your frame may look bad. These are mostly where the frame
> flexes and takes rock chips.
> - The central tunnel on mine looked as good as the day it was made. The
> suspension areas not so good
> - It is hard to media blast the original coating off. It is also getting
> very hard to find someone that can chemically strip the finish. The best
> route is finding an oven large enough to bake it off.
> - You "might" find a galvanizer that will dip the frame. That will burn
> most of the original finish off (depositing it in his tank)
> - This may stress relieve the frame causing it to warp
> - Plug all holes that you do not want to fill
> - A welding shop can patch the frame. Costs more if you want the welds
> ground smooth
>
> As for finish, here is what I did (Again, this was 20+ years ago and
> things may have changed)
> - Patched the bad spots
> - Blasted what would come off. Left the good stuff on
> - Had it dipped in zinc chromate
> - Used a zinc rich powder coat base layer (best corrosion protection at
> the time)
> - Covered with a regular powder coat layer. Note that the zinc rich
> layer was not UV protected)
> - As it turns out, the finish layer was black by mistake and it got
> another grey layer.
> - I replaced the trailing arms with new, had them galvanized and then
> powdercoated.
>
> - No ideas on cost. Times have changed and it depends on your frame's 
> damage
> - Took a week or so to disassemble. A week or so to reassemble and a
> while in-between because of "life happening"
> - Put all fasteners back where they came from. You do not want a bag or
> parts.
> - I laid out parts on a 4x8 sheet of plywood relative to their location
> to help remember
>
> The expensive part is not the frame repair... it is the "Mize-wells"
> - Mize-well replace this part as long as you are there
> - Mize-well upgrade that part as long as you are there
> - Mize-well powder coat these parts.... and so on
>
> That's all for now,
> Nick
>
> deloreanernst@xxxxxxx <mailto:deloreanernst%40aol.com> wrote , ----On 
> 6/27/2013 10:25 PM
> ---------------------------:
> >
> > I'm moving toward redoing my frame. It might be easier to swap it out,
> > if mine proves to be too rusty, after I get to see it naked. A new one
> > is not in the budget. Any thoughts, anyone? Powdercoating? Cost?
> > Whatever. Mine is for the manual tranny.
> >
> > -Wayne
> > 11174
> >
> > [Non-text portions of this message have been removed]
> >
> >
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