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5609: The Story of a Remanufactured DeLorean Part 4 of 5

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Over the years my car it has went from what I would consider a very nice DeLorean to an exceptional DeLorean. So what does "Exceptional" mean? As far as I'm concerned, it's not original, and certainly not Concurs. I have said it time and time again, I wouldn't trust even a concours original car to the quicky mart and back. A original DeLorean was plagued with quirks and problems that would easily leave you by the side of the road...and that was when they were BRAND NEW! That's just my opinion though, I know of one person who drives his concurs car regularly with the original belts and hoses and tires. I think he may be dead now though

Really, "Exceptional" probably relates to the owner's intended purpose. If he wants a museum piece to never drive, then maybe 100% original is the way to go, but for me, it's different.

People derive pleasure from these cars in different ways. Some drive, some like to put them on a pedestal and rub on them, some modify, some just drive on rare occasions....as long as they are enjoying the ownership experience, who are we to say what's the right way or the wrong way. The point is to enjoy it and as long as that criteria is being met, then the car is doing its job, no matter how much or little its getting driven. I never get 5609 out on anything other than a sunny day, why? because I spend a lot of time and energy keeping the chassis clean, so it would not bring me much joy to drive it in the rain. In fact, no matter what car I happen to be in, it's just not fun to go for a Sunday drive in a downpour and try to enjoy the scenery.

So with that said, in my world exceptional is defined as a immaculately clean car where originality takes a back seat to reliability and canon steps aside for personal preference. I have turned my car into me, outside the box, but one foot still in.

I think my first repair was installing an alternator, pretty easy. I have also over the years replaced my steering rack, fuel pump, one ball joint, replaced rear shocks, ad a few other odds and ends. Probably more than I would have done if I bought a brand new car, but certainly not out of the question for a Delorean. Even remanufactured cars need a little love over the years. I did notice the weep hole on the waterpump staying moist last Fall, so I had it replaced early this year...no sense in putting off a waterpump until it starts leaking, they never get better. Other than "nipping the water pump in the bud" the car has been problem free for the last year or two.

Most of my time spent on my car is either cleaning and detailing or doing small cosmetic mods. One thing about doing these things to your car...You do sooner or later get finished. Some people know when that time comes, some don't. They enjoy it so much they keep doing little things to their car until it's just over the top. I think the most rewarding modification is without a doubt the door launchers. I bought the kit months before but was so intimidated by it, I put it off. One day we got a forecast for 6 solid days of rain so I decided to tackle this project. Installation though involved, was straightforward. One or two hiccups but for the most part easy. It took me about 7 hours from start to finish....ask me to do it again and it will take me 3 hours. It's so cool to be walking up to your car and having the door (or doors) rise up for you.

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The stainless label kit is quite unique. I saw this on Tamir's site and passed it up, it's 200 bucks and after all, they are labels. Something kept them in the back of my mind however, I wanted them. They were expensive, but they were unique, and 5609 deserved it. They give it such a distinctive look.

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The bonnet lid is one of those things that really bugged me....it never lined up with the fender. It looked like it was unlatched at certain angles. I realized that it was the factory trunk seal that was causing the problem. Not only was it too thick, it was a straight run of wide weather seal. It was not molded in the shape with the curves needed. It was just cut in the sides to make it bend around the corners ad haphazardly glued into place with even more of my old friend, black silicone. I used a very nice flexible weather strip with 3m adhesive on the back. This worked like a charm. The bonnet now aligns perfectly with the fenders. It's watertight and it looks so much better and cleaner than the factory seal.

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Sometime ago when on Talk, a member posted that he had one left and it was for sale...I was immediately intrigued. It was a strut tower reinforcement bar. DMCMW sold these for awhile and I think they still do. Anyway, he was offering it at a discount and I thought why not? I didn't know what to expect if anything but let me tell you, this thing made a huge difference in the way this car took the curves. I always felt the car felt a little unplanted during "spirited driving. This remedied that perfectly. For the longest time I thought of tower braces as a rice add on, and maybe for most cars it is, but I can vouch that it's almost a necessity for the Delorean. The roads around here are very curvy and tight in places so I appreciate this strut bar every time I take 5609 out. The downside is that you do indeed have to remove the bar if you ever do need access to the spare, that and you must cut holes in the factory trunk carpet and backer board to mount it.

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Of course when you drive one (even periodically), they do need to be serviced. In the last 5+ years I have put a little over 20k miles on mine. At 20k I needed to have the valve adjustment done. This was a perfect time to replace the AC compressor since it was spring and I noticed the clutch was slipping a little the previous summer. Me making the most of the opportunity, made quick work of refinishing the dingy valve covers. It was hard not to go with a more appealing color like metallic charcoal, but in the end I went with he factory silver/pewter color. The engine bay LED lights would reflect more if the color was silver which was the deciding factor. I used a high end engine enamel for the job and they turned out great.

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I was also curious as to what my valve train looked like after 20k miles. I remember the infamous Stage II car from Wilson Hitchens which somehow needed to be completely rebuilt just a few years after him buying it due to "nuclear sludge" ( DPI's words) being found in the coolant passageways, or maybe it was the oil passages, I don't remember. I do remember Wilson losing his alternator belt and overheating his engine before this so it's possible he lost a head gasket and at that point being the catalyst for the future problems. Needless to say I wanted a peek and I was so relieved to see this:

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20k miles and she looks flawless under the covers. This is what 3,000 mile oil changes do for your car, no matter what kind it is. I would like to finish this up here but I'm limited to the number of files I can attach. So, my final thoughts coming soon.
Part 5: http://dmctoday.com/entry.php?24-560...an-Part-5-of-5
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