vin 814

Describe these cars here or do a restoration blog of your DeLorean

Re: vin 814

Postby jamesrguk » Sat Jun 15, 2019 12:37 pm

Good effort with the cage nuts.

They can be a better solution to riv-nuts where possible as they are very unlikely to spin, especially when set in a plate as you have done, and being steel far less likely to strip out or weld them-self to a stainless bolt.
User avatar
jamesrguk
 
Posts: 1076
Joined: Sun Jun 07, 2009 10:03 pm
Location: Colchester, Essex, UK
VIN #: 5462
Spaxed

Re: vin 814

Postby andyd » Sat Apr 18, 2020 12:38 pm

Ok, now its a year down the line from sorting out behind the rear fascia and (and the fascia itself) prior to painting.

So I thought it would probably be a good time to do everything around the front fascia, before that gets a spray gun pointed at it at the same time.

Both corners had been crunched in the past, and hairline cracks existed but weren't serious enough to merit it getting painted. However I had also tipped both corners myself, one on MOT day after the MOT man had commented that the handbrake wasn't that hot, and I should be careful. Half an hour later it ever so slowly rolled down my driveway, resting on the garage doors!! :doh:

TFXM5619.jpg
TFXM5619.jpg (597.64 KiB) Viewed 363 times


EQIR8309.jpg
EQIR8309.jpg (556.53 KiB) Viewed 363 times


I had previously changed the outer headlamps for H4 Hella units, but these had gone cloudy

20200410_124904.jpg
20200410_124904.jpg (996.94 KiB) Viewed 363 times


I'm not sure of the reason for this, but I think it's likely that when they get hot, something evaporates off of either the bulb, or the reflector of the headlamp unit. This then condenses on the cold glass, forming an opaque film.

So I wanted to try to sort this too. In addition, the inners were still sealed beam units, so I wanted to make them H4 as well. My idea was that once the fascia was on, and painted, I didn't want to have to fight it off again, potentially cracking/ marking it again. My fascia is extremely close to the headlights, meaning that I can't easily get to the adjustment and retaining screws, so I will likely have to make little adjustments or cut-outs so that the headlights can be taken out for bulb replacement without removing the whole fascia...

Most of the wiring I had already sorted out when I did the outer headlamps. But I wanted to paint the rusty brackets, and re-instate the side markers (rear done previously, just left the lamps out).

So I removed the fascia, snapping all the pre-requisite studs in the process.

RSWI2883.jpg
RSWI2883.jpg (681.28 KiB) Viewed 363 times


Then I had to clean up the new (well, not now, but quite new!) H4 outers. I bent up a couple of toothbrushes to help. I think there have been a few instances of this cloudiness, and am not sure if other owners have sorted this themselves. Nonetheless, the product I have developed is unique and novel. I call these the "D-brush", and hold worldwide rights to IP, manufacture and marketing. US Delorean vendors take note!!

20200410_145444.jpg
20200410_145444.jpg (1.44 MiB) Viewed 363 times


I used swarfega, and the D-brush, rinsed with tap water, and a final polish with DI water, as I am a bit over-analytical.

But the results are very pleasing indeed!

20200410_153151.jpg
20200410_153151.jpg (1.5 MiB) Viewed 363 times


I also cut out the back of the headlamp buckets for the inners to take the new (second hand) H4 Hellas, with the big rubber boots. I have ordered some new hardware (screws, captive nuts and bolts, headlamp bucket springs etc) for putting it back together. With new springs I'll put the buckets back in and then start the process of getting it back together. I'll adjust the fascia as its just so tight round the headlamps. Not sure how yet, but it may well involve the dremel!! :o

(And of course, this is a great time to realise that the silicone hose joints on the DMC.eu rad are weeping a bit, so new T-clamps beasted right up will sort that... And they did. So lets run it up to temperature... Except this the thermostats not opening.... Oh well, onwards!)

a
andyd
 
Posts: 1083
Joined: Wed Jan 26, 2011 6:24 pm
Location: North London
VIN #: 814

Re: vin 814

Postby jerzybondov » Sat Apr 18, 2020 1:36 pm

Nice work Andy. Getting that fascia back on is going to be fun!! Keep us posted :)
VIN 7176
Official Club Reaper Extraordinaire.
User avatar
jerzybondov
 
Posts: 2436
Joined: Sun Jun 07, 2009 10:24 pm
Location: London NW2
VIN #: 7176
Spaxed

Re: vin 814

Postby andyd » Sat Apr 18, 2020 2:42 pm

Its ALL fun, Jez....

Yep, soon as I get the springs, I can put the buckets on, new headlamps, and then the fascia.

Then the on-off-on-off that I had to do at the back till its happy and I know I can get the headlamps out without fascia removal.

Actually- I am assuming its theoretically possible to remove the H4s without removing the whole fascia. Is this right???

Because taking the bonnet off to change a headlight bulb would just be too DeLorean for words...!

a
andyd
 
Posts: 1083
Joined: Wed Jan 26, 2011 6:24 pm
Location: North London
VIN #: 814

Re: vin 814

Postby Dan 6511 » Sat Apr 18, 2020 9:53 pm

Top work Andy. Out of interest what is the benefit on changing the lights to H4's ?
Vin: 6511 Reg: TDV 102W (Totaly Diabolical Vehicle)
Ex Vin: 6457 Reg: DGS 803X (DoGS 80lloX)

Delorean road trips:

2008: Mervyn's D Weekend Ireland
2008: DMC Europe Open House
2009: DMC Europe Open House
2009: Royal D Weekend, Ireland
2010: Silvercoast
2010: Shanefest, Ireland
2010: Luxemburg & Nurburgring
2011: Eurofest Belfast
2019: Hamburg D Meet
User avatar
Dan 6511
 
Posts: 3372
Joined: Fri Jun 05, 2009 5:10 pm
Location: Essex
VIN #: 6511

Re: vin 814

Postby andyd » Sat Apr 18, 2020 10:09 pm

Hey Dan,

I originally had 4x sealed beams. I changed the outer 2 when one filament failed, but left the two inner (hi beam) as sealed beams cos I am tight.

Before getting the fascia painted, I wanted everything sorted- wiring, lights, brackets etc.

Also if a sealed beam fails, I like the simplicity of changing a bulb, rather than changing the whole unit (and where the fuck would you get a sealed beam unit? Not the fucking Esso station, thats for sure!! Unlike a H4 bulb)

H4 bulb probably gives a better light as well?

A
andyd
 
Posts: 1083
Joined: Wed Jan 26, 2011 6:24 pm
Location: North London
VIN #: 814

Re: vin 814

Postby Spudmurphy » Sat Apr 18, 2020 10:56 pm

Hi Andy.
Nice work!
I'm "feeling" every twist n turn from your narrative.

I'm 3/4 a way through a nice bottle of South African Sauvignon Blanc so the brain's a bit addled ...., I 've had those fascias on n off more times that a whores knickers and I can't think that there is an easy way to change the H4 bulb ... even with the mods you have carried out?
In theory my 3 year stint is about ready to have an MOT - I hope that I can persuade plod that it's necessary in lockdown?
Vin 11789 one of the 50 Middle Eastern Cars
Spudmurphy
 
Posts: 491
Joined: Mon Jul 07, 2014 1:29 pm
Location: Cardiff, UK.
VIN #: 11789

Re: vin 814

Postby Dan 6511 » Sat Apr 18, 2020 11:02 pm

Good point about being able to buy a replacement bulb at the services!! Mine is still running all 4 sealed beams, I find them to be nice and bright and have an unused spare set of 4, but they aren't exactly small enough to pop in the spare bulb kit to keep in the car :lol:
Vin: 6511 Reg: TDV 102W (Totaly Diabolical Vehicle)
Ex Vin: 6457 Reg: DGS 803X (DoGS 80lloX)

Delorean road trips:

2008: Mervyn's D Weekend Ireland
2008: DMC Europe Open House
2009: DMC Europe Open House
2009: Royal D Weekend, Ireland
2010: Silvercoast
2010: Shanefest, Ireland
2010: Luxemburg & Nurburgring
2011: Eurofest Belfast
2019: Hamburg D Meet
User avatar
Dan 6511
 
Posts: 3372
Joined: Fri Jun 05, 2009 5:10 pm
Location: Essex
VIN #: 6511

Re: vin 814

Postby Spudmurphy » Mon Apr 20, 2020 10:37 pm

On reflection, yes the lights and lightbulb can be roved without taking off the fascia - learn some new swearwords though.
DMC talk have a thread which may help ..... but not much !!!
http://dmctalk.org/showthread.php?11166 ... -Headlight
Vin 11789 one of the 50 Middle Eastern Cars
Spudmurphy
 
Posts: 491
Joined: Mon Jul 07, 2014 1:29 pm
Location: Cardiff, UK.
VIN #: 11789

Re: vin 814

Postby andyd » Tue Apr 21, 2020 8:03 am

Hmmm. Not a very practical car is it?! Bonnet removal, and a day's work to replace a headlamp bulb!

I know its not going to be a very common event, but a good point to replace all 4 bulbs if ever you have to go in there.

Am going to try to make my units as removable (and beams adjustable) as can be with the fascia on, with as little damage to the fascia as possible.

In fact no. Best not to drive it. Ever. POS!
andyd
 
Posts: 1083
Joined: Wed Jan 26, 2011 6:24 pm
Location: North London
VIN #: 814

PreviousNext

Return to Members Cars or Unique DeLoreans

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 1 guest

About us

The DeLorean Club UK forum for European DeLorean owners and enthusiasts. The largest DeLorean forum in Europe.

Registration is FREE and all registered users get full access