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    VIN 4519: Rich's 14-year "garage find"

    I brought 4519 home today; it's a very nice condition non-runner, was "running when parked" ~14 years ago.

    Oct. '81 build
    Grey interior
    5-Speed
    Grooved hood
    25,362 (I believe) original miles
    Three(?) owners
    Always garaged, and appears well cared-for.


    I began the purchase process in October; the PO is a really nice older guy and we have become friends. I hope to return for a visit someday and take him for a ride. I intend to put this car on the road and sell 4728.

    Here is an Andrew-style list of the good, bad, and ugly...

    The Good:

    The stainless: close to #1 condition
    The interior: close to #1 condition
    "Always garaged"
    Binnacle and dash are in perfect condition
    Miles appear to be original at 25,362
    Original trip reset is still intact
    Fascias are very straight
    Haven't yet found a rodent nest
    Solid frame
    Engine turns freely by hand
    OEM fuse box looks new, has no melted positions
    OEM Craig radio
    Sunshade louvre is in perfect condition
    It appears the roofbox is secure
    Small stash of parts



    The Bad:

    It's dirty/dusty
    Engine cover stay is broken
    Leaking steering rack
    A few areas of surface rust on the frame
    Passenger side tow loop broken-off
    Sagging headliners
    Needs tires
    Needs a few lugnuts replaced
    Antenna doesn't work
    Hood release is wonky
    Original coolant bottle
    Door lights and one taillight doesn't work
    Steering column canopy needs a threaded insert replaced
    Needs a lift piston set
    Steering wheel and hazard switch are upside down


    The Ugly:

    Needs a fuel system rebuild, and smells like bad gas
    Brake & clutch hydraulics need rebuilding


    ICYMI...In my other thread I mentioned Jimmy sent me his working K-Jet parts, so that should put me miles ahead since it appears the running issue is fuel-related. Thanks again Jimmy!
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    Day 1 pics:
























    (That isn't a line on the binnacle, it's something on my lens.)






    (Invoice for a box of brand new parts.)






    The PO had a one-page printout from a DOD list, Bill's name is on it.

    Bro....do you own a DeLorean?


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    Rich,

    Very nice car. You have to be on cloud 9.

    Now you need to get that poll started on keeping 4728 and building a bigger garage.
    Now you can have a Mrs. & Mr. DMC. Can she drive a 5 speed?

    We know what you will be doing this winter once you right side heals up.

    Congratulations.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr. Jim View Post
    Rich,

    Very nice car. You have to be on cloud 9.

    Now you need to get that poll started on keeping 4728 and building a bigger garage.
    Now you can have a Mrs. & Mr. DMC. Can she drive a 5 speed?

    We know what you will be doing this winter once you right side heals up.

    Congratulations.
    Thanks Mr. Jim!

    She won't drive a 5-speed or a DeLorean -lol. She doesn't like manual shift or the lack of visibility of a DeLorean.....she likes a lot of glass!

    Ya....this injury really threw a curve at my plans, but within a few months I'll get at it. I'll likely accomplish some one-handed operations: clean the car, maybe start draining the tank....etc.
    Bro....do you own a DeLorean?


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    That is a damn fine specimen sir!
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    1: Always use the right tool for the job.
    2: A hammer is always the right tool for the job.
    3: Anything can be used as a hammer.

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    If I can ask, why do you think you will end up wanting to live with this one over 4728? It's starting at a better place?
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    Thatís a nice car. Did you send a thank you note to Chris Burns?


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    Quote Originally Posted by Duplicate Account View Post
    If I can ask, why do you think you will end up wanting to live with this one over 4728? It's starting at a better place?
    Yes, starting at a better place, but also [so far] it appears to be a nicer car overall. I sense 4728 was neglected, whereas 4519 appears well-cared for.

    Also, I haven't yet "bonded" with 4728 the way I'd like. My buying experience had a few negatives:

    -Long-distance eBay purchase.
    -Seller was a "curb-stoner."
    -When Steve went to inspect it for me, the owner aggravated him.
    -The car had a few parts removed before it was shipped to me.
    -There was undisclosed damage.


    I put a lot of work into 4728 and it's now a very nice car. Steve rode in it and said it's like an entirely different vehicle. Even so, I'm the type that has trouble releasing a grudge, so I don't have the connection [to the car] I'd like.
    The new owner of 4728 will have a very positive experience with me, and I will be "whole" again...lol.


    I already have good vibes with 4519:

    -The PO and I have a great rapport....I plan to visit him with the car someday.
    -He's a really nice guy; very honest, sincere, and "old school."
    -The story of how I was able to buy the car has a bit of a cliffhanger element to it.
    -I got the car for a very fair price, so that helps too..lol.

    I anticipate I will feel very connected to this car, and will feel good about passing it on to the next generation.

    Some of that sounds a bit corny, but I actually think it's something DeLorean owners understand.
    Bro....do you own a DeLorean?


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    I told Rich not to buy 4728. He bought it and honestly he did pretty good despite all the things I didnít like about that transaction.


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