Ed's D

My 1983 De Lorean DMC-12, VIN 16908

New Headlight Switch

Thursday night, I went to drive the D, and the headlight switch broke. I know the OEM switches were prone to breaking, and the supply of OEM switches was gone. DMCH had new switches made featuring an auto-off feature found on modern cars, and a LED light inside the switch. I placed the order Friday morning with DMC Midwest. To my surprise, it showed up Saturday afternoon!

I found the directions easy to read. I also found there might be some wires spliced into my headlight wires, and there wasn’t enough length to pull the wires through the console. So I pulled the wires out from behind the console, into the footwell, and cut the wires as close to the connector as possible:


The switch probably could be repaired, but I opted for a new one. Here’s my old switch and connector after removal:


After installing the new connector, installation was easy. You can see my old switch was worn, so the new one adds a little aesthetic value.


Costs:

Headlight Switch – $57.95 – DMC Midwest
Shipping – $10.93 – FedEx
Tax: $4.49

Winter Projects finished

New Parts: Radiator, condenser, cooling fans, coolant hoses, AC hoses, transmission hoses, transmission cooler, stainless nuts and bolts.

Maintenance: cleaned undercoating off coolant pipes, other parts. Removed extra transmission cooler. Removed, drained AC compressor. Converting from R12 to R134a. Painted parts with black POR-15.

I installed the passenger side AC line, so I could zip tie it to the governor wiring, and suspend it above the exhaust. I’ll have DMC Midwest do the rest of my AC work.

I’m not sure I want to add up all the costs…

Costs

Autozone Loan-A-Tool

Deposit (refunded since I returned within 30 days)

Tax

CV Clamp Tool

15.00

1.20

Coolant Pressure Tester

75.00

6.00

 

Supplier

Item

Cost

Tax

Shipping

PJ Grady

Split AC Hoses

288.35

 

13.50

DMC Midwest

Wings-B-Cool Fans

199.95

15.63

 

DMC Midwest

4 Trailing arm shield clips

1.76

DMC Midwest

New Radiator

299.00

38.29

 

DMC Midwest

NOS Condenser

195.00

PJ Grady

Auto Transmission Cooler

34.95

 

6.00

PJ Grady

Auto Transmission Hose Kit

29.95

NAPA

1-1/4 Coolant Hose

29.97

2.40

 

Name Withheld

Used Auto Transmission Hose

20.00

   

Menards

18MM Wrench

8.19

   

www.por15.com

POR-15 Starter Kit

19.80

 

6.75

Home Depot

Organic Solvent Respirator

19.97

1.92

 

Home Depot

Shop Towels

1.97

Home Depot

3 paint brushes

2.55

Home Depot

2 paint brushes

1.70

0.13

 

Ace Hardware

Stainless Nuts, Bolts

20.30

1.57

 

Ace Hardware

Stainless Nuts, Bolts

4.20

0.33

 

True Value

Stainless Nuts, Bolts

3.00

0.24

 

True Value

Stainless Nuts, Bolts

8.35

0.67

 

Dollar Store

Foil Pan

1.00

   

O’Reily Auto Parts

Castrol 20w 50 oil

14.99

2.58

 

O’Reily Auto Parts

Castrol 20w 50 oil

14.99

O’Reily Auto Parts

2 Hose Clamps

2.29

True Value

2 Hose Clamps

3.58

0.29

 

Sears

18 mm wrench

11.89

   

Sears

22 mm wrench

14.89

2.93

 

Autozone

Permatex Ultra Black RTV

6.29

0.50

 

Autozone

PAG 150 AC oil

6.99

0.56

 

Home Depot

2 Organic solvent masks

7.97

0.96

 

Home Depot

20 Nitrile gloves

4.47

 

Delorean Performance Industries

Auto Transmission Governor Clamp

13.00

   

Autozone

Coastal / 1 gal. D/M auto trans fluid

11.99