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    Started work on 1269

    Got her home today and unloaded. I started going through the car, checking it out, getting somewhat of an idea of what will need to be cleaned and fixed up. I'm going to document the progress of the restoration here, day by day as I work on it. My goal is to slowly get it restored, so someday it will be returned to its former glory. Don't get me wrong though, as is, it's still a beautiful car, despite some flaws.

    Day 1:

    Problems:

    Front fascia/bumper has a huge crack
    Grill appears to be falling off
    Car starts up and runs, but gas is flooding, and after getting it off the trailer, it died, so it had to be pushed the rest of the way
    Steering wheel shakes
    An interior panel is falling off on the passenger's side
    Crack in the dash
    Tachometer appears to be stuck, not sure if it even works yet
    Horn doesn't work
    Emergency brake is non operational
    Phone wire used under the hood???
    Coolant leak
    Dents on grooved hood
    Couple of carpet stains in the back
    Interior/ carpets are slightly dirty

    Progress:

    Removing various junk from shifter (tire gauge, rocks, a lighter (which happened to be full), some coins, and screws
    Put driver's seat back together
    Wiped down the seats with Meguiars leather cleaner; now they shine again
    Removed sticky foam from driver's door stainless panel
    Cleaned out storage compartment

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    Here's the best advice I can offer for some of those issues:

    Front fascia/bumper has a huge crack
    Needs to be replaced.
    Grill appears to be falling off
    Due to broken fascia

    Steering wheel shakes
    Steering column bushing

    An interior panel is falling off on the passenger's side
    Missing fir trees

    Crack in the dash
    Ignore it; there is on good solution to a cracked dash and that is a minor one.

    Tachometer appears to be stuck, not sure if it even works yet
    They all hover when off; it was working fine when the car was running. If it did fail, let me know.

    Horn doesn't work
    They were missing when I got the car back; did not have time to acquire spares, as it's not a piece I stock.

    Emergency brake is non operational
    Moot point, automatic. They never worked on any DeLorean, anyhow.

    Phone wire used under the hood???
    That's a spare release cable in the event that the one on the driver's foot well detaches; a standard recommended mod for easy access and insurance against being unable to unlatch the hood if the cable comes loose.
    -Chad K.
    Previous owner of VINS: 6982, 1601, 1265, and 1269

    Dammit, Jim. I'm an undertaker, not a mechanic.

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    Thanks, that helps a lot!

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    -Chad K.
    Previous owner of VINS: 6982, 1601, 1265, and 1269

    Dammit, Jim. I'm an undertaker, not a mechanic.

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    A properly functioning cooling system does not leak coolant. I would fix that too. Apparently Chad sold a car that not only leaks fuel, but leaks coolant as well. Personally I wouldn't do such. For example, the engine I recently transplanted into Farrar's car leaked coolant from a rusted freeze plug, so I replaced all three freeze plugs on that side of the engine. My practice is to deliver a car that does not leak, but that's just me.

    Bill Robertson
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    Quote Originally Posted by Greasy DeLorean Mechanic View Post
    A properly functioning cooling system does not leak coolant. I would fix that too. Apparently Chad sold a car that not only leaks fuel, but leaks coolant as well. Personally I wouldn't do such. For example, the engine I recently transplanted into Farrar's car leaked coolant from a rusted freeze plug, so I replaced all three freeze plugs on that side of the engine. My practice is to deliver a car that does not leak, but that's just me.

    Bill Robertson
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    It will get fixed, but in Chad's defense, he was very honest with me and said the car needed work. For the price he sold it for, I did not expect it to be 100% "perfect".

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    Where is your car leaking coolant from? I would address that right away.

    And the flooding issue, hmmm, does your car have the stock K-Jet? Mixture may be too rich
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    Coolant is leaking from the water pump and also dripping out under the car.

    Nope, no K-Jet anymore. Has a carburetor instead.

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    It's the hoses or water pump itself; when the car is in use, it's a very minor leak, but it's noticeable when sitting.
    -Chad K.
    Previous owner of VINS: 6982, 1601, 1265, and 1269

    Dammit, Jim. I'm an undertaker, not a mechanic.

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    Day 2:

    Problems:

    Car started up then immediately died. After that, it merely sputtered and coughed and refused to start so I shut it off and went to inspect under the hood. Carb. filter appears to be flooding
    Plastic shifter (will get replaced)
    Plastic door handles (will get replaced)
    Defrost + window switches popped out
    Fiberglass showing through stainless on multiple panels
    Shifter cover foam missing/ damaged (will get replaced)
    Trunk button is broke, completely detached
    Some frame rust (That worries me a little)
    Steering wheel cracked

    Progress:

    Major cleaning!
    Interior carpet stains removed
    Interior vacuumed
    Rear louvers now close properly
    Windows + glass cleaned
    Door lift cylinders lubricated
    Food crumbs removed from seats
    Stainless panels washed
    Seat adjustment buttons fixed
    Trunk vacuumed
    Leather parts wiped down and conditioned

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