Ed's D

My 1983 De Lorean DMC-12, VIN 16908

DMC Midwest Connect Spring Tech Session, New Battery

My car club held their spring tech session on Saturday, April 28th. The weather was great, and we had eight Deloreans attend. I assisted with oil changes, and a Mode Switch Rebuild. I also had purchased some items from DMC Midwest, and Dave S was nice enough to bring them.

We didn’t get a good group photo, but here is one with four Deloreans. Mine is second from the right:

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My old battery is about six or seven years old, and seemed to be getting weaker. With a long distance trip planned for the future, I wanted to get it replaced now. Dave told me about how Interstate Batteries get swapped after they’ve been on the shelf for a while. This one looks to be manufactured in March, 2013!

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Another owner was having trouble with his battery, and it wasn’t holding a charge. I gave him my old battery.

Costs:

Item Vendor

Cost

Tax

Total

MT78 Interstate Battery DMC Midwest

$ 125.95

$ 9.76

$ 135.71

Trans, Final Drive Fluid Change

Time to change the transmission fluid, and final drive fluid. My automatic transmission leaks, and one common leak spot is the dipstick tube. An otterstat seal is recommended as a replacement for the problematic O rings. I’ll give it a try.

Castrol trans fluid, gear oil for the final drive:
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I had a gear oil bottle with a little left from a previous fluid change. I also got a piece of tubing to make filling the final drive easier.

Draining the final drive:
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Draining the trans and final drive:
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Pesky dipstick tube:
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Old O ring, new Otterstat seal
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Installed:
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It seems the dipstick tube will sit a little higher with the otterstat seal. I’ll be sure to adjust my readings with the dipstick.

Costs:

Item Vendor

Cost

Tax

Total

Otterstat Seal (for dipstick tube) SpecialTAuto.com

$ 2.00

$ –

$ 2.00

Crush Washer SpecialTAuto.com

$ 0.10

$ –

$ 0.10

Crush Washer SpecialTAuto.com

$ 0.10

$ –

$ 0.10

Castrol Dex/Merc Trans Fluid Walmart

$ 17.68

$ 1.46

$ 19.14

Castrol 80W-90 Gear Oil O’Reily Auto Parts

$ 5.99

$ 0.49

$ 6.48

Castrol 80W-90 Gear Oil O’Reily Auto Parts

$ 5.99

$ 0.49

$ 6.48

$ 34.31

 

Rear Window, Wall And Shelf Maintenance

When I took delivery of my car in 2007, the rear window wasn’t glued onto the underbody. The car was delivered with a tube of sealant, so I did my best to glue on the window.

5 years later, the window separated from the underbody in some spots, and the wind noise was strong. I cut away lots of the excess glue, used masking tape to mask off the glue area, and attempted to get a better seal on the window. I applied the sealant from inside, and outside the cabin. The car is once again watertight, and sounds quieter!

I also repainted the rusty brackets for the rear wall and cargo net. Sure enough, I broke the plastic nozzle off the spray paint can, and cracked off the tube coming out of the can. The can was rendered useless, and I had to buy another can. Here they are after some sanding and grinding:
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I previously removed all the insulation in the back of the car, and put down dynamat. I glued new foam onto the back of the rear wall, which I had left over from recovering some dining room chairs. To match the height of the plywood compartment covers, I added some styrofoam sheets that I had with some packaging materials.IMAG0692 20130311_212725

Item Vendor

Cost

Tax

Total

GE Silicone II Black Home Depot

$ 6.53

$ 0.54

$ 7.07

2 inch Masking Tape Home Depot

$ 3.98

$ 0.33

$ 4.31

Rustoleum Black Spray Paint Menards

$ 3.77

$ 0.32

$ 4.09

Rustoleum Black Spray Paint Home Depot

$ 3.98

$ 0.33

$ 4.31

$ 19.78

Oil Change

Yes, that says $9.95 on the containers of oil. I got some API SM rated oil on discount, when the SN oil was coming out awhile back. The oil filter and crush washer were purchased a while ago.
Mileage: 31,615

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Item Vendor

Cost

4 QT Castrol 20W-50 Oil Advance Auto Parts

$ 9.95

4 QT Castrol 20W-50 Oil Advance Auto Parts

$ 9.95

Bosch Oil Filter On Hand

$ –

Crush Washer On Hand

$ –

$ 19.90

 

Coolant Drain, Refill

It had been two years since I last changed the coolant. Time for a drain and refill. The drain plug on the new aluminum radiator helps out a lot, and my bleeder kit makes burping the system easy. I also replaced a coolant hose leading into the auto transmission cooler. The hose had a slight kink in it, so I swapped it with a piece I had on hand, and repositioned everything to avoid another kink.

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Costs:

Item

Vendor

Cost

Tax

Total

Coolant Hose

(On Hand)

$ –

$ –

$ –

Prestone Coolant

Meijer

$ 12.24

$ 1.04

$ 13.28

Distilled Water

Meijer

$ 1.39

$ 0.12

$ 1.51

  

  

  

  

$ 14.79