[DMCForum] Rob Grady, The Roman Circus and #5335
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[DMCForum] Rob Grady, The Roman Circus and #5335

I agree in principal with most of what Rob said.

Perhaps I shouldn't have bought my car. I'm on a pretty tight budget. 
I may not be able to give it the care that it needs. Like I once 
said: I have money for parts or labor but not both. I've always 
wanted to take my car to a vendor for real, professional work.

I don't for 2 reasons: 
1. I can't afford it.
2. I am afraid to.

Re: #2: Why? Because I knew the car was in trouble when I bought it. 
The last thing I want to hear, is an expert telling me how hosed up  
my car is, and how it'll take more money than I'll make in 10 years 
to make it right. It's just too daunting.

So in denial, I have stumbled along trying to learn everything Rob 
has learned in 23 years in one year. In one year I have put $5,000 
very thinly spread dollars into my DeLorean. That's a pittance and I 
know it. I honestly wish I could spend more than that and that I 
could support all the vendors, but I can't.

Thanks to Dave Stragand, I have been made aware of the "Project Car 
Spiral". His formula is basically: T x $=c where T is time, and "c" 
is the condition of your car. My point: Whether or not I should sell 
the car to a better person is related to my forward progress.

If the car ever sits for one year in a non-running condition or does 
not measurably improve, and there is no expectation of change, I will 
sell it. I don't want to be like the PO's before me who let it decay.

Fortunately, despite my ignorance and lack of real funds I have made 
significant forward progress in exactly one year. Mike Choee and Bill 
Robertson might even back me up on this. If I can keep it up, I can 
keep the car.

Louie, you and Mike C. agree that I have the worst luck. That's ok. 
I've always been like that. That's why I haven't given up. I am one 
year into the "2 year shakedown". If I can be more stubborn than the 
metal, I'll make it past that.

I don't agree that the Forum should be moderated, but I'm glad the 
DML is. I like both for different reasons. I do believe however, that 
if you shoot your mouth off here, that you should be held 
responsible. It's not Walt's job to save us from ourselves. 

I also kind of agree with Bill. No matter how loud one person 
screams, Rob's rep as one of the best, or the best DeLorean service 
center in the country with 23+ years of experience will not be 

I salute Rob and I ask the purists to forgive my small bank account.

Rich A.

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