VIN 4566 Restoration

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Re: VIN 4566 Restoration

Postby Dan Willis » Tue Mar 29, 2022 12:38 pm

Hello all, here is a little update as it has been a while...

I've held off on registration because the DVLA are being unhelpful. Despite the car's age, they insist I pay a year's road tax because the rule for mine isn't true until 1st April, so on Friday I'm sending the docs (i.e. after the 1st, and who knows how long they'll take to do it).

In the meantime, there's still a laundry list of things to do on the car, not least running the engine in and getting it tuned (chicken/egg).

I had Covid last week so in order to keep out of my wife/daughter's way, I had a few hours to myself on the car (I wasn't ill, but I'm on a vaccine trial programme so they literally bled me dry for science!) and did a few jobs.

The battery died; despite being on a trickle charger, I think I bought it when I got the car so it's been nearly 8 years and it died a death. I had to roll the car out of the garage to get to the battery and the bloody seat wouldn't move. I had to remove the seat, and whilst it was out I oiled up the runners and got a nice smooth action. I put it back in...

ImageDeLorean works by Dan Willis, on Flickr

...and it still won't move. I guess I'll need to washer the bolts and raise it ever so slightly as it must be interfering with the carpet. I'll have to do that when I get a new battery as my back did not enjoy doing that :)

I put the new steering wheel on too:
ImageDeLorean works by Dan Willis, on Flickr

I was missing a door strap, so two new ones:
ImageDeLorean works by Dan Willis, on Flickr

I was missing this lense too, so I switched out the bulbs for LEDs and replaced this:
ImageDeLorean works by Dan Willis, on Flickr

My luggage net was... ruined, so I replaced it. I may repair the old one; the elastic had turned to dust but the webbing itself is fine:
ImageDeLorean works by Dan Willis, on Flickr


The plate mounting the rear bumper to the frame was missing (there were odds and sods from the partial engine disassembly missing over the years), so this tightening things up a bit:
ImageDeLorean works by Dan Willis, on Flickr

And lastly I removed the lights. I have new boards and LEDs and my existing boards are a bit rusty and the lights don't all work very well. I have a fog light kit and reverse-sensor kit to go in so I had to stop here as that is going to be a lot of work:
ImageDeLorean works by Dan Willis, on Flickr

I also removed the door sill trim (from the doors) as mine was brittle and solid. I have new rubber to fit but it'll need cutting up; so again, another job for another day. I have a new gear knob and a piece of missing trim from the frunk to fit too, but it requires bonding, so... yeah, time.

Whilst doing the work I realised I have no rear view mirror (it never did) and the airbox to pontoon hose is missing, so they're now on order. Once the battery arrives I'll be fitting a cut-off switch and cabled-in trickle charger to keep things neat.

Hopefully between that lot and a set of number plates I'm not far off getting her out for a run!
Dan
VIN 4566
Ex VINs 5284, 5641
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VIN #: 4566

Re: VIN 4566 Restoration

Postby cis6409 » Tue Mar 29, 2022 3:13 pm

Great to see the updates, it's coming along very nicely!
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Re: VIN 4566 Restoration

Postby Dan Willis » Sun Nov 20, 2022 4:22 pm

Ohhhkay, so somehow the year just disappeared. Hmm, that's disappointing.

In any case, as of yesterday afternoon... then not for a bit, and now again (for a bit?) I have a driveable DeLorean. The last few months have been trying to get my rear lights working correctly. I bought new boards and LEDs and the fog light kit (and some parking sensors, since.. why not?) and proceeded to fit it all. Then, well, it all went wrong. For a while I had double fogs and no brakes, then neither, then.. well, you get the picture. Then when it DID all work, the lights wouldn't go back on as the screw clips were worn out, so I've had to replace them all.

THEN, well, the clutch reseviour popped and dropped all the fluid. And I've noticed a gearbox and engine oil leaks (luckily they both look like from the drain plugs, so they're being replaced soon).

So yesterday, it was all working (and as of today, the rear lights BOTH work since one stopped.. but you know, old car). I even drove it up the end of the road - all 100m maybe - and back.

Shame the weather sucks!

ImageDeLorean lights by Dan Willis, on Flickr
Dan
VIN 4566
Ex VINs 5284, 5641
Dan Willis
 
Posts: 80
Joined: Wed Jul 29, 2009 9:54 am
Location: Denmead, Waterlooville
VIN #: 4566

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