Re: [DMCForum] ground up biuld.
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Re: [DMCForum] ground up biuld.

> I have access to everytool to do the job and the
brains exept a left, so cinder blocks will have to do untill
I come
up with something.

Let me get this right, Josh.  You are missing your left
brain, but that's okay because you have cinder blocks to
fill the empty space?

Well seriously... Cinder blocks / concrete blocks are a very
bad idea.  Some relative of mine got killed because the
cinder blocks broke.  Every time my sister sees me crawl
under a car, she reminds me of it.  I'm surprised how often
it happens when people should know better.  I even heard
about someone dying under a DeLorean this way.  I don't mean
to jump all over your ass about it.  Like not wearing
Nike's, "Just DON'T do it!"

About building your dream car... Any DeLorean that has been
sitting for too long (or is still original) will need
several systems completely gone through.  If you are
mechanically inclined then you will probably get a lot of
satisfaction from doing all the work yourself and knowing
that it is done right.  Or you can be like me and maybe do
it wrong, but then you can do it over until you get it
right.  :-)  The biggest disadvantage is that my car can end
up sitting for weeks at a time until I can get around to
finishing a job.  In the 4+ years that I've owned this car,
it has been drivable about 50% of the time.  I've put around
20K miles on it, but would have done considerably more if I
had the time to keep it running.  I started with a $17.5K
garage queen with 8600 miles.  Once I started driving it,
things were breaking all over the place.  And I discovered
that it had been in an apparently mild front-end collision
which had been mostly repaired.  Well, the point I'm making
is that if you want it done right then do it yourself.  Or
pay a DeLorean specialist to do it right.  Or have a
garage/lawn ornament.

If you start with a high mileage DeLorean, then expect that
a lot of work & modifications have been done to it.
(Otherwise it won't be a high mileage car.)  That's fine as
long as the work was done right.  But typically that's not
the case.  My preference would be to start with an original
low-mileage non-runner than risk having to deal with a
previous mechanic's hack jobs -- stripped & cross-threaded
fasteners, cut & spliced wires, etc.

I don't recommend starting with a rust bucket unless you
have a lot of time & money & space to take the body off the
frame.  One of my project cars is like this.  A young guy
bought it, started taking it apart, realized he was in over
his head, sold it to me, then bought a running DeLorean
instead, wrecked it, sold it to me...  I really think he is
going to buy both of them back eventually.  I hope so cuz I
don't have the time, space, money, etc.


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