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Category: Exterior
Posted by: Derek
Also this weekend I got around to the following tasks:

- Replaced side marker gaskets with new rubber as the old were shredded.

- Replaced rear side marker lights as the old red lenses were cracked or damaged.

- Replaced side marker bulbs with LEDs

- Cleaned up engine compartment

- Placed plastic loom around loose engine wires to give it a more uniform look
Category: Interior
Posted by: Derek
Well, the car has made its return from storage back home yesterday. Got a LOT accomplished. In regards to the stereo system, with the help of a friend we first started by cutting and splicing in the new radio harness to the old car wiring, and removing all the old speaker wire. We ran new wire to the front speakers and through the center console area to the back shelf for the rear speakers.

We then began to mount the panel bracket that I had cut with the stereo and vents preinstalled. Slowly and carefully we reconnected each switch, ground, and light to where it should go in the bracket. We lined up the A/C vents and screw holes, and connected the radio to the rear mounting bracket. Everything went good, but took some time. Tested the stereo out and it had power. Thought we were good to go.

Went to install the rear speakers. Removed the weather stripping and sliced through the rear panel. Removed the seatbelt and screw. Were able to pry the panels out enough to loosen the clamp and take out the old speakers. Fished through the new wire and had the new speakers hooked up in no time. Tested the stereo speakers and everything worked well. Reglued the panels and reattached the weatherstripping. Looks good and stock.

Went to start messing with the stereo and realized it would not save the memory of what it was doing last. After some fishing we found out that the constant and switched wires were hooked up backwards. A quick fix and everything was set. Reassembled the center console and went to put the A/C panel back on when the new sticker started to peel apart. Ugh. No big deal, contacted DMCH and hope to get a replacement soon. Once its in, everything will be back together.

Category: Interior
Posted by: Derek
The 4x10" rear speakers came in today. Here are some pics:



Category: Exterior
Posted by: Derek
So I am sitting around with not a whole lot to do today, and thought I would tidy up a few things that need it. First was my engine compartment right rear panel. The sticker was crooked & yellowed, and the latch was disgusting. It looks likt it had been brass coated, but I just sanded it with a very fine dremel pad. Cleaned it up nice. Look at the below before and after pictures to see what the DeLorean has in store for it when I get to reinstall it next weekend...







Feb 15, 2006: Rear speakers purchased

Category: Interior
Posted by: Derek
I went ahead and also ordered replacement speakers for the rear panels of the DeLorean. When I received the car only one speaker, the front passenger side, had worked. The rest, nothing. When I went and replaced the front speakers, for some reason the front drivers side still had no sound until I spliced the sound off the working passenger side speaker. Odd. So right now all my speaker wiring is screwed up.

Since I have the console apart I want to run the new wiring to all speakers and connect it right to the head unit to bypass all of the 1980's wires. I also want to reroute them as right now the wires are run simply draped under the carpeting behind the drivers and passenger seat.

I ended up going with the Eclipse SE-8405 speakers, purchased off of eBay. I went with these because it is what DMCH uses (along with my front speakers) in their car audio upgrades. It is also the only 3-way speaker I could find in the 4x10" size. The following link has information on the speaker and specs:

http://www.eclipse-web.com/integrated/se8405.html

Feb 14, 2006: New part order placed

Category: General
Posted by: Derek
Just got off the phone with Warren at DeLorean Motor Company Houston and placed an order for assorted parts to fix several things on the car. Ended up ordering an A/C decal, fan switch, and several screws to finish the odd work needed on my A/C center panel when I finish installing the stereo.

Also picked up the side marker light rubber gaskets, as all of my lights have the rubber shedding on them. Along with that grabbed two red lenses as one is cracked, and the other is scraped from where the previous owner hit something. And screws to hold those in and some more screws to replace the decaying ones in the license plate bracket.

Still more parts! Finishing up the order was the steel ducting in the engine compartment near the coolant bottle. Mine is rusting out, and I want to replace this when I get to the coolant bottle.

Now on the list of parts to get (either today or soon):

-Stainless coolant bottle, brackets, & cap
-4x10" rear speakers to install while the center console is out
-LEDs: need to get rid of the green in the dash as the new sticker has white letters, and maybe grab some for the side markers.
Category: Interior
Posted by: Derek
Today I also finished piecing back together the kneepads and steering wheel cover that I removed when cleaning/adding LEDs to the binnacle of the DeLorean. I had stripped a bolt and fixed it which is why it was not finished with the original work. But, the big task accomplished was the removal of the center console and A/C dash bracket. I wanted to take this out to cut out a DIN socket for the new radio rather than cut it while still in the car. While doing this I decided to pop out the ash tray of the center console to look at for possibly modifying into a iPod dock, and remove the rheostat to replace with a radio remote control. In addition, I am going to clean up the A/C vents as I think they had a bit of dead mold on them. As the car is away and in storage, I can't wait until the weather warms up and I can put the DeLorean back on the road again.

Category: Mechanical
Posted by: Derek
Finally got around to completing some work on the DeLorean today. First up was replacing the oil light pressure sender to stop an oil leak. It was best to do this job with a 3/8 ratchet, extension, swivel socket, and 15/16" deep socket. The 15/16" socket can be replaced with a 23mm socket (the correct one) if you would like a tigher fit, but good luck finding one. I replaced my sender with a newer version from DMCH that is supposed to hold up better against leaks. They sent a copper washer, but I had also purchased one from Gradys. Even though they were the same size, DMCH's was rounded where Gradys was flat. I decided to go with the flat one which looks like it would provide a tighter seal.

Not too bad of a job, the picture below shows the "after" shot as compared to the "before" shot a few posts down. I spent about 15 minutes trying to clean under the car with simple green to remove the caked on oil, but I didn't have the car on a ramp and it was cold in the garage, so I'll have to finish cleaning it when it warms up. The second picture shows the sender electrical plug that was on the car, looks like it had touched the catalytic converter and melted the heat tubing and half of the wire. Decided to cut it off, pull it out, and replace it (didn't finish that today, its on my list).