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  1. shmark

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    #153 shmark, Sep 28, 2012
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    We've put a new fuel accumulator on. *This is located inside the frame directly in the center of the car. *We will also be replacing the fuel distributor and the pressure regulator (cold start valve) so we'll have a new fuel system front to back.
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    Our car was stored in a wet warehouse up north for many years and the factory coatings (some painted, others dipped) were peeling on the bottom side and allowing surface rust. *We chipped it off where it was cracking and steel brushed everything. *We then brush painted with por 15 grey and black. *It's a decent repair that will last for many years and our intent mainly was to "knock the ugly off it" and seal it up.
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    The muffler was solid, just not much to look at. *It is somewhat visible from the rear so we cleaned it up and painted it with vht.
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    Good work. Every time I think about buying another DeLorean, I see the interior & change my mind. The late 70's / early 80's were not known for interior design.
     
  8. JeremyJon

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    fantastic work! :) ...and other great cars, 120/140xk and race prepped cougar! :)
     
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    Wondering who would notice those. :)

    The Cougar is a Gurney tribute car, very faithful to the real car and is an amazing machine. The Jag is an XK140 that just arrived and is going in for a full restoration. Might have to post pics of that one when it's underway.
     
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    Been a while I know, but the DeLorean is ALIVE! After clearing a couple other projects from the shop, Steve was able to double down on the DMC and get it finished. There are a couple minor details to complete, but the car should be delivered within the next week or so. Here come a few updates.
     
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    #162 shmark, Nov 17, 2012
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    I replaced all the fuel sysytem and got fuel to the intake but couldn't start or keep the car running without depressing the air flap. *Vacuum leak instantly comes to mind but it was actually a combination of the pop pipe seal (o ring) and the iac motor *stuck closed. *Most iac's (not sure what dmc calls it) are a pinter valve, spring setup but the dmc uses one that spins in a vacuum tube coming off the valve cover coupled with a cold start valve (gives it a shot of fuel) and provides a vacuum assist if you will to the lower intake. *Once I replaced the o ring, broke loose the iac with a pick and hosed the port in the parts washer and reinstalled it busted right off and held throttle response. *I had a hunch about this and was right, after wasting much time on the forums reading posts. *I even found one with the same issue (car that sat for decades like ours) but no answers... From there it was just a matter of drilling out the tamper proof plug on the mixture control and dialing in the new fuel distributor with an allen wrench.
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    So I know the powertrain works now on the lift but I want to make sure it will stop before I get too carried away. *No brake fluid at any caliper sent me to the master cylinder and wow, crystals in the reservoir like rock salt. *I've seen rust, mud, and dirt but never that. *I'm not sure what dot 4 in 1981 was made out of but I can tell you that brakekleen melts it eventually.
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    After I took the master off and cleaned it, removed the tank and reinstalled and checked the plunger for pressure I moved on to the lines. *I cleared the splitters and steel lines one at a time with brakekleen followed by air pressure but had to give the rubber hoses an enema with welding wire. *I ran it back and forth like dental floss and then more brakekleen and air.
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    After I put all the brake parts back together I had fluid at all 4 and was now ready for my maiden voyage, a short few laps around the shop. *It went great and we are getting really close to finishing this project. *Check out the video on facebook at Fast Fine Classics, LLC. More to come soon!
     
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    Keep up the good work!!
     
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    Just started the same mission. Wish me luck
     
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