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mydmc5898
10-04-2013, 10:16 PM
I will be looking for a new DeLorean in the near future. I'm really happy with any configuration.
However these won't hurt: grey interior and grooved hood. The Miss would like an automatic, however I'm sure I can teach her how to drive stick.
I know for $15k it will need plenty of work and much much $$$ spent. I'm willing to look at cheaper cars and accept lesser quality cars as well.
I would prefer it be in PA, NJ, or NY areas. However I'm willing to see others. I would also like to have any documentation of work preformed too.
If you or know of anyone selling or soon to be selling please pass my info on to them, or send me theirs.

Again the above is preferred but I wouldn't turn down a good deal either.
I will take great care of this one as well. I would like to be able to start new memories and be able to pass this one down.

Thanks again,
Darryl Givens
MyDMC5898@yahoo.com
570-328-1363

NightFlyer
10-04-2013, 10:25 PM
My honest advice is if you're going to lay out $15k for a car, be willing to travel cross country for it. As long as you don't limit yourself geographically and are patient, I'm 100% certain that you'll find a hell of a car for $15k. I only paid a little more for mine, which was/is in near flawless concours condition.

Greasy DeLorean Mechanic
10-04-2013, 10:30 PM
I transported my second DeLorean from New Jersey to DC on a UHaul tow dolly (thence on a friend's trailer). Anybody who tells you a DeLorean can't be dollied is just plain wrong (#5939 also was dollied to/from Fayetteville for its windshield replacement). If you buy a distant DeLorean, I recommend borrowing somebody's truck and dollying it home. Tow dollies are *EASY* to control (much easier than a trailer). They also place less stress on the tow vehicle. And you don't need a trailer brake controller. If you get an automatic remember to remove the drive axles otherwise you will destroy the transmission (straight drives can be dollied in neutral).

Bill Robertson
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Josh
10-04-2013, 10:36 PM
If you do not have the time, I have had great luck with Uship. Put out a bid and several shippers will bite. Talk back and fourth (get a feel for the quality of the shipper) with them or just pick the cheapest, lots of success stories going through that site.

Had my car shipped for Nashville, TN to Portal, ND

NightFlyer
10-04-2013, 10:37 PM
I trailer'd mine from Louisville, KY (even though it was fully capable of being driven back, I purchased it in March and there was still salt on the roads in the northern midwest). 1,300 mile round trip. Trailer didn't cause any extra stress on my tow vehicle - with my truck, you don't even realize you're pulling a trailer :)

805

mydmc5898
10-04-2013, 10:38 PM
I don't mind waiting, honestly there is no rush. I have a good month before 5898 is settled.

I don't mind teaching her to drive. 5-speed. But an auto would be easier since we live in a city. We were thinking of moving to Philly some day too.


As for towing it, I didn't know that about autos... Interesting. Right before 5898 automatic crapped out it was towed for a bit on a dolly by some local garage.


I will be patient, just figured I would put it out there. Just in case someone knows someone etc...

-thanks
Darryl

Greasy DeLorean Mechanic
10-04-2013, 10:57 PM
Trailers can be woggley, especially if you're not experienced pulling them (which includes me -- I only pull one once or twice per year). Tow dollies by contrast are very unwoggley.

One word of caution is the wheel straps. I don't trust them any further than I could throw one. I always lash the front suspension to the dolly cradle with ratchet binders.

Bill Robertson
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stevedmc
10-04-2013, 11:33 PM
Doesn't Bill know of a $15k car somewhere in Kentucky?

Greasy DeLorean Mechanic
10-04-2013, 11:45 PM
5 speed -- doesn't qualify.

Bill Robertson
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mydmc5898
10-05-2013, 12:01 AM
She is open to learning how to drive a 5 speed. An auto would just be better for our area. Any easier for her.
If the car in Kentucky is in good shape I would be very interested!

I just need to know what was done and what's left etc...

Bill you can pass my info to them or the other way around.

The more local the better just because Lauren is seeking a teaching job and works two others besides subbing. And I have school and work. So traveling is hard. I would need a trusted owner or expert to look

Greasy DeLorean Mechanic
10-05-2013, 12:10 AM
You don't want this car -- it's a museum piece with extremely little sunlight exposure and only 1,000 miles of real world use. Looks more like a showroom display than a road warrior.

Bill Robertson
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mydmc5898
10-05-2013, 12:13 AM
Ahhhh, yeah I want something I can drive with. I'd like to steer away from a garage concourse car.

Plus 1000 miles means it will more than likely need everything

mydmc5898
10-05-2013, 12:14 AM
Btw if one is found with a bad injection system I'm open to carb 😉

Greasy DeLorean Mechanic
10-05-2013, 12:16 AM
Engine isn't locked up, but the K-Jet doesn't work (car runs on starting fluid). Would probably need one of those bolt on & go carb conversions.

Bill Robertson
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NightFlyer
10-05-2013, 12:39 AM
Here's a list of cars currently offered within $5k of your $15k target (as we all know that prices are negotiable).

http://medford.craigslist.org/cto/4072081468.html
http://www.autabuy.com/Vehicles/Details.cfm?VID=829633
http://www.2buycars.net/Listing.asp?Listing=68735
http://www.autabuy.com/Vehicles/Details.cfm?VID=826683
http://www.ksl.com/auto/listing/795311?ad_cid=11
http://www.autotrader.com/cars-for-sale/vehicledetails.xhtml?zip=48890&endYear=2014&showcaseOwnerId=0&startYear=1981&makeCode1=DELOREAN&searchRadius=0&mmt=[DELOREAN[][]]&listingId=321736486&listingIndex=1&Log=0
http://www.autotrader.com/cars-for-sale/vehicledetails.xhtml?zip=48890&endYear=2014&showcaseOwnerId=0&startYear=1981&makeCode1=DELOREAN&searchRadius=0&mmt=[DELOREAN[][]]&listingId=351537412&listingIndex=9&Log=0
http://www.autotrader.com/cars-for-sale/vehicledetails.xhtml?zip=48890&endYear=2014&showcaseOwnerId=0&startYear=1981&makeCode1=DELOREAN&searchRadius=0&mmt=[DELOREAN[][]]&listingId=343616854&listingIndex=10&Log=0
http://www.easyexport.us/vehicle-finder/lot-26658823/?a_aid=trovit
http://www.hemmings.com/classifieds/dealer/delorean/dmc_12/1455767.html
http://www.hemmings.com/classifieds/carsforsale/delorean/unspecified/1557551.html
http://www.hemmings.com/classifieds/carsforsale/delorean/unspecified/1596540.html
http://www.hemmings.com/classifieds/carsforsale/delorean/dmc_12/1596718.html
http://www.carsforsale.com/used_cars_for_sale/1981_DeLorean_DMC-12_208612853_1
http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/1981-DeLorean-DMC-12-Back-future-/281178574900?pt=US_Cars_Trucks&hash=item41778c9034
http://southjersey.craigslist.org/cto/4015473054.html

Chris Burns also has a few private sales listed on his facebook page. Also doesn't hurt to scan the completed eBay auctions for cars that didn't sell during their auction cycle.

mydmc5898
10-05-2013, 04:24 PM
I called about one in Philly and spoke to the owner. I'm interested in his. And he isn't more than 2hrs away either.
He is just taking offers for now but said he will keep me posted.

I called about the one in MI, it's for $15,9?? They admitted they didn't know anything about it. I'm a little hesitant about it because when I bought 5898 it had all it's records and updates as well. The TABs were the only thing safety wise I changed. They did inform me the car was in Pittsburg Pa orignially any the owner sold it to them.
But they don't has any records or info besides the price. If they were to bring it down a few thousdand I would be willing to take a look.

As for the Red one in NJ, I wouldn't mind that. I may have to look into that one. However that paint has to go!


How do you search Craigslist for DeLoreans in the entire site?
It usually shows me a handful and mostly salvage cars. Apparently two salvage Ds may be with mine or near it. Scranton has one and Duryea, the town mine is sitting in so shows one too.


I want to possibly bid on that own that is at $7000 now. It has a clean title and runs. I'm sure the price will go up, if not. I'm sure the work will be there.

I sent Chris Burns a friend request as well a message about what cars/conditions/prices he has

Thanks for the links too!

NightFlyer
10-05-2013, 04:36 PM
I called about the one in MI, it's for $15,9?? They admitted they didn't know anything about it. I'm a little hesitant about it because when I bought 5898 it had all it's records and updates as well. The TABs were the only thing safety wise I changed. They did inform me the car was in Pittsburg Pa orignially any the owner sold it to them.
But they don't has any records or info besides the price. If they were to bring it down a few thousdand I would be willing to take a look.

Which one in Michigan - the one in Flint or the one in Marquette? If you're a serious as cancer buyer, I could check out the one in Flint for you whenever, and either I or another owner could probably check out the one in Marquette in the next couple of weeks.


How do you search Craigslist for DeLoreans in the entire site?

It's not the best search engine, but it's what I use:

http://www.adhuntr.com/

NightFlyer
10-05-2013, 06:05 PM
Here's a few more:

http://philadelphia.craigslist.org/cto/4107536764.html
http://philadelphia.craigslist.org/for/4100386246.html
http://miami.craigslist.org/brw/cto/4052208351.html
http://nh.craigslist.org/ctd/4023425621.html
http://newhaven.craigslist.org/cto/4070057494.html
http://houston.craigslist.org/cto/4076920774.html
http://sfbay.craigslist.org/eby/ctd/4098765821.html
http://stockton.craigslist.org/cto/4094090113.html
http://orangecounty.craigslist.org/cto/4077051506.html

mydmc5898
10-05-2013, 07:05 PM
The one in Flint seems good, I just don't know how that auction works. It has a future sales date too.

The other car is the one I called on. Not happy with the rust on the frame but it looks like surface rust. So as long as it's not that bad. I'm happy.
I would jus need to know what's new, or looks new and what needs attention.

The second set of ads you sent me, the first Philly car. I called the other day. Seemed very nice and made the car avaliable to me to go down and look through. I just have about 4-5 weeks until I can commit to a buy.

The other Philly car for 10k turned out to be a prank. Oh well.

I also called about a Florida car on there for $11,500.

Thank you very much for the research!

I am very serious about buying. I want to try pre qualifying for a car loan just to see what is avaliable to me fund wise. My banks seem optomistic though.

I was thinking of asking owners near these cars if they can take a look for me. After all who better than a seasoned owner!

Thanks again!
Darryl

NightFlyer
10-05-2013, 08:16 PM
First and foremost, I should probably preface the fact that I'm not one of those who believe that everything needs to be changed out / upgraded / replaced / etc in order to make a DeLorean reliable/dependable. I base this belief on my own experience.

I purchased my car 12 years ago. I'm currently still running the Ducey, still running the plastic header/overflow bottle, still running the stock Lucas electrics, still running the stock radiator with the plastic side tanks, still running all the original rubber cooling hoses, still running the original door struts from '81, still running the original belts from '81, still running the original Sylvania headlights from '81, still running the original wiper blades, up until a couple months ago I was still running the original Goodyear NCTs (I only changed those out to preserve the NCTs for special events), still running the stock suspension, still running the stock TABs, still running all the original fuel hoses in the engine bay, etc. My car is 99.8% exactly as it left Dunmurry and the Troy, MI, QAC. I think you get the picture.

My point is that a properly maintained / loved / cared for all original car can be just as reliable / dependable as one that has had every single upgrade under the sun done to it, and maybe even more or so. I've taken my car on 2,000 mile cross country trips and wouldn't hesitate to do so again. The only time it ever left me stranded was close to home (luckily) due to a blown fuel steel/hard line - which actually turned out to be my fault, as I had excessively twisted that line when changing the fuel accumulator.

Another point I'd like to make is that the pricing of DeLoreans is premised on how badly the owner wants to sell. Again, my experience is a case in point. The PO of my car originally listed the car (a near mint, low mileage concours example that had been stored in a carcoon for much of its life) for sale on DMCNews for $36k, and it was well worth every penny of that. I ended up offering and paying exactly half that price though, as I guess I was the only serious buyer around when they wanted to sell. You never know who might just say yes until you ask...

In fact a new owner from WI just picked up a hell of car for under $10k that was for sale in Fenton, MI, about a month or two ago. That story is over on Talk.


The one in Flint seems good, I just don't know how that auction works. It has a future sales date too.

I'm not exactly sure either. It's a copart auction and the original page can be found here:

www.copart.com/c2/homeSearch.html?_eventId=getLot&execution=e1s1&lotId=26658823&returnPage=SEARCH_RESULTS

If you wanted to find out, I'd be more than willing to go take a look, get detailed photos, and inspect the car for you. Just let me know.


The other car is the one I called on. Not happy with the rust on the frame but it looks like surface rust. So as long as it's not that bad. I'm happy.
I would jus need to know what's new, or looks new and what needs attention.

The frame rust is the only concern that I had about this car, but I concur that from the pics, it would appear to be mostly surface rust. An in person inspection would be absolutely necessary. I could do it, but it would require a couple weeks to work out exactly when. Again, just let me know.

That's about all the online ads that I could currently find within $5k of your target price range.

Best of luck with the search and shoot me a PM if you want me to check out any of the MI cars.

Greasy DeLorean Mechanic
10-05-2013, 09:18 PM
... My point is that a properly maintained / loved / cared for all original car can be just as reliable / dependable as one that has had every single upgrade under the sun done to it, and maybe even more or so....

I've heard rumors that upgrading to carburetion is more reliable than OEM K-Jet.

Bill Robertson
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NightFlyer
10-05-2013, 09:34 PM
I've heard rumors that upgrading to carburetion is more reliable than OEM K-Jet.

Bill Robertson
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Personally, I'd say that's highly debatable. But I'd definitely agree that carburetion is much easier and cheaper to trouble shoot if/when you experience a problem with it (unless your name happens to be Farrar).

Greasy DeLorean Mechanic
10-05-2013, 09:45 PM
Be nice....

Goodness only knows what's going on with #2613, but I do know this: if core health of Farrar's block can be verified, everything else is just window dressing. Core engine permitting, the car *CAN* be made to purr like a contented kitten [/gratuitous cat remark for Farrar's benefit]

Bill Robertson
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NightFlyer
10-05-2013, 09:46 PM
Be nice....

Goodness only knows what's going on with #2613, but I do know this: if core health of Farrar's block can be verified, everything else is just window dressing. Core engine permitting, the car *CAN* be made to purr like a contented kitten [/gratuitous cat remark for Farrar's benefit]

Bill Robertson
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Of that, I have no doubt! :)

That boy really needs to do a compression check! :p

Greasy DeLorean Mechanic
10-05-2013, 10:05 PM
Should probably also pick up a capillary oil pressure gauge to verify the bearings are OK.

Bill Robertson
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Boo
03-01-2014, 07:57 PM
Be nice....

Goodness only knows what's going on with #2613, but I do know this: if core health of Farrar's block can be verified, everything else is just window dressing. Core engine permitting, the car *CAN* be made to purr like a contented kitten [/gratuitous cat remark for Farrar's benefit]


Bill Robertson
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My Boo purrs more like a Lion with the headers and thrush turbo mufflers. I think it even sounds smoother than the K-Jets I've seen. No idle hunting. Just smooth carberated goodness ! Starts up every time right away, no worries with the 2100 on there.

LOVING IT !

Greasy DeLorean Mechanic
03-01-2014, 11:06 PM
no worries with the 2100 on there.

Picked up my AMC parts car this afternoon. Has a 2100 sitting on top of its AMC 304 block (not just Ford used them: AMC and Chrysler also used 2100's).

Bill Robertson
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Byrne Heninger
04-26-2014, 07:18 AM
Have VIN 16022 for sale and would install all new carburetor to close the deal.

sedated
05-07-2014, 06:19 PM
Have VIN 16022 for sale and would install all new carburetor to close the deal.


Just out of curiosity, does it have your LCA's and door struts installed?

Byrne Heninger
05-08-2014, 07:12 AM
Good Morning,
Not at this time but thank you for your interest in our DeLoreanupgradeparts.com products. Byrne

Dead Lesbian Goat
06-13-2018, 08:30 PM
I saw a bot reading this thread and I had to click on it. My how values have changed in such a short period of time. 15k would get one barely outside of "parts car" status today.