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Drewlorean
04-07-2014, 09:58 PM
Am I the only conversion owner on this forum? Probably so. Dmctoday sucks. Like Primus.

I'm bored and surfing the forums, so I figured I'd start this BTTF thread. If the initials BTTF make you cringe and want to vomit, I suggest you simply ignore this thread from now on.

stevedmc
04-07-2014, 10:07 PM
I'm pretty sure Drew has the only Robertson equipped Delorean.

Farrar
04-07-2014, 10:11 PM
i'm pretty sure drew has the only robertson equipped "time machine."

ftfy.

Dead Lesbian Goat
04-07-2014, 10:17 PM
Well personally I could never bring myself to drill holes in my car...but on the other hand I would LOVE LOVE LOVE to have a BTTF car next to mine. There is a guy on talk working on a non intrusive BTTF kit and it's looking pretty good!

I couldn't imagine what a summer night would be like here with me behind the wheel of a time machine. Now for my back to Earth moment: I think it would get old quick unless I could restrain myself to driving it only on very special occasions.

stevedmc
04-07-2014, 10:20 PM
ftfy.

Oops.

Drewlorean
04-07-2014, 10:32 PM
Well personally I could never bring myself to drill holes in my car...but on the other hand I would LOVE LOVE LOVE to have a BTTF car next to mine. There is a guy on talk working on a non intrusive BTTF kit and it's looking pretty good!

I couldn't imagine what a summer night would be like here with me behind the wheel of a time machine. Now for my back to Earth moment: I think it would get old quick unless I could restrain myself to driving it only on very special occasions.

Trust me, I almost cried when I drilled into the stainless for the first time. Now it doesn't bother me at all, especially when the car falls apart on it's own.

A non-invasive kit is a great idea, and I'm all for it. However, something like that could never be 100% accurate. Actually, no replica is truly 100% accurate. The best ones out there are 95-99%, IMO. I'd say my car is 70%.. it IS a work in progress though.

There are times I'm just cruising around, and it's awesome. Being in a Delorean is quite a unique experience. On the flip side, yes, it can get old. Very old. Especially when you've committed the sin of making it your daily driver.

Every once in a while, I look at the car and smile.

Boglin
04-07-2014, 10:47 PM
What i would actually want and pay for is a good removable kit for the exterior props. I dont need the inside all junked up with uncomfortable crap.

stevedmc
04-07-2014, 10:49 PM
A non-invasive kit is a great idea, and I'm all for it. However, something like that could never be 100% accurate. Actually, no replica is truly 100% accurate.

Paging Mr Chad.

NightFlyer
04-07-2014, 10:57 PM
BSTTF time machine conversions are the bomb - and actually attract chicks :)

Drewlorean
04-07-2014, 10:57 PM
What i would actually want and pay for is a good removable kit for the exterior props. I dont need the inside all junked up with uncomfortable crap.

At first, I avoided converting the interior for that same reason. Currently, I have a few smaller parts installed, mainly wires. And the aluminum rear bulkhead. It's actually not that bad to drive. Like most things, you get used it.

Drewlorean
04-07-2014, 10:58 PM
BSTTF time machine conversions are the bomb - and actually attract chicks :)

Damn straight.

NightFlyer
04-08-2014, 12:26 AM
I think it's pretty SWEET that you use it as a DD :)

Kudos on that!

Drewlorean
04-08-2014, 12:52 AM
Thanks man! It's either the most ballsy or most idiotic decision I've ever made.

It is interesting grocery shopping in a time machine...

Dead Lesbian Goat
04-08-2014, 07:07 AM
It is interesting grocery shopping in a time machine...

Yeah if all you want for the week is a 6 pack and a few boxes of macaroni.

Drewlorean
04-08-2014, 11:05 AM
I stack grocery bags on the passenger seat like Jenga blocks.

Drewlorean
04-10-2014, 12:11 AM
Once a lady asked if the D was "the google maps car."

Some guy asked if it was "one of those storm chasing vehicles."

A kid once pointed and said "the beetle juice car!" (?????)

Ok. I'm going to bed.

NightFlyer
04-10-2014, 12:23 AM
A kid once pointed and said "the beetle juice car!" (?????)

Maybe he just thought that you looked like Michael Keaton :)

Farrar
04-10-2014, 08:12 AM
The funny thing is, you'd get all of those comments even without the props all over your car. I get that crap with a plain old DeLorean just sitting in the garage.

Drewlorean
04-10-2014, 01:19 PM
Maybe he just thought that you looked like Michael Keaton :)

Then he would've called it "The Batmobile" :D


The funny thing is, you'd get all of those comments even without the props all over your car. I get that crap with a plain old DeLorean just sitting in the garage.

Exactly. Back before I even started the conversion, I'd get "is that the one from the movie?" If it was, I wouldn't be driving it around Baton Rouge, Louisiana. That's for sure.

NightFlyer
04-10-2014, 02:22 PM
Then he would've called it "The Batmobile" :D

Michael Keaton is the best Batman!

Boglin
04-10-2014, 02:52 PM
Saw a thing yesterday that said William Dafoe would have been a good joker. I agree!!!

Drewlorean
05-01-2014, 07:37 PM
Finally got around to installing footwell lights. It definitely took longer than it should have. Turns out the LED pads were wired backwards. With a little bit of soldering, they're now good as new.

I decided to go with warm white LEDs to mimic the incandescent look.
For such tiny pads, they get somewhat hot. Anyone else notice that?

Once the sun goes down I'll snap a couple more photos.

1842

1843

Drewlorean
05-01-2014, 08:04 PM
Nice and bright :)

1844

1845

stevedmc
05-01-2014, 08:06 PM
That lighting looks pretty spiffy to me. I do kinda prefer the white looking LEDs though.

Drewlorean
05-01-2014, 08:15 PM
I have a couple of LED rope strips that I might attach to the side panels where the aluminum bulkhead (bttf) meets. That would give the interior more of an even, balanced glow... rather than light blasting only from the front.

Drewlorean
05-12-2014, 03:10 PM
Today I received my GPS digital speedometer that I purchased on Ebay. It looks awesome and operates nicely. And, comes in handy when your stock speedo breaks (mine has broken repeatedly and still is). Gotta love new toys.

http://youtu.be/wWJzR0K8bNQ

(camera shutter is not in sync with the display, hence the weird scanning)

NightFlyer
05-12-2014, 03:41 PM
Today I received my GPS digital speedometer that I purchased on Ebay. It looks awesome and operates nicely. And, comes in handy when your stock speedo breaks (mine has broken repeatedly and still is). Gotta love new toys.

http://youtu.be/wWJzR0K8bNQ

(camera shutter is not in sync with the display, hence the weird scanning)

That video is in desperate need of Alan Silvestri's score being played in the background :)

NightFlyer
05-12-2014, 03:45 PM
For the record, this is the score I was referring to:


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SQUeQOIlcDM

Drewlorean
05-12-2014, 03:46 PM
That video is in desperate need of Alan Silvestri's score being played in the background :)

There's an optional feature that allows you to set an alarm at a specific speed limit. If you go over, it plays the theme song in 8-bit :)

Drewlorean
05-12-2014, 03:48 PM
Chuck Norris could take a crap on my car and everything would magically be fixed.

NightFlyer
05-12-2014, 03:55 PM
Chuck Norris could take a crap on my car and everything would magically be fixed.

That's what cured all of my car's ills - although Chuck's fee is somewhat high (I was splurging)....

2628
05-29-2014, 06:59 PM
Today I received my GPS digital speedometer that I purchased on Ebay. It looks awesome and operates nicely. And, comes in handy when your stock speedo breaks (mine has broken repeatedly and still is). Gotta love new toys.

http://youtu.be/wWJzR0K8bNQ

(camera shutter is not in sync with the display, hence the weird scanning)

Damn! I want one of those! What seller and how much???

Drewlorean
05-29-2014, 11:41 PM
The Ebay seller is "hello_systems". Unfortunately I don't see any units available, but definitely send him a message. They're located in the UK, and the price was $150 or so.

Drewlorean
05-29-2014, 11:45 PM
Also, www.moretto-electronics.com has various props, including the speedometer... but it's NOT the same model I purchased. The difference is price. And I believe you have to buy an additional GPS unit for the moretto version.

NightFlyer
06-20-2014, 07:33 PM
Hey Drew, can you post some pics of your engine cover, both closed and open - we've had some requests to see how much crap you guys load up on the engine cover in doing the time machine conversions.

Also, any estimate as to the amount of weight you have sitting on the engine cover? Did you have to re-enforce it any (as the stock/OEM covers are pretty flimsy)?

Thanks dude :)

stevedmc
06-20-2014, 10:41 PM
Drews car is getting less sulky day by day. Tonight we replaced his front passenger bearing and the car sounds very nice in the front now.

NightFlyer
06-20-2014, 10:42 PM
Drews car is getting less sulky day by day. Tonight we replaced his front passenger bearing and the car sounds very nice in the front now.

Nice job! :)

Drewlorean
06-20-2014, 11:17 PM
Hey Drew, can you post some pics of your engine cover, both closed and open - we've had some requests to see how much crap you guys load up on the engine cover in doing the time machine conversions.

Also, any estimate as to the amount of weight you have sitting on the engine cover? Did you have to re-enforce it any (as the stock/OEM covers are pretty flimsy)?

Thanks dude :)

Sure man, I'll shoot a few pics tomorrow and share.

Right, the stock covers are super flimsy.. we actually remove them altogether and mount a reinforced aluminum cover in it's place (bolted onto the hinges) just like the film car(s).

I'm not sure how much it all weighs but it's somewhat heavy. I have to lift the cover with 2 hands and prop it open with a broom stick.

NightFlyer
06-20-2014, 11:35 PM
Sure man, I'll shoot a few pics tomorrow and share.

Right, the stock covers are super flimsy.. we actually remove them altogether and mount a reinforced aluminum cover in it's place (bolted onto the hinges) just like the film car(s).

I'm not sure how much it all weighs but it's somewhat heavy. I have to lift the cover with 2 hands and prop it open with a broom stick.

Cool - thanks Drew!

We'll be waiting for the pics - I'll be sure to let the members who were interested in this know :)

Drewlorean
06-21-2014, 11:29 AM
Wide open with my trusty broomstick.
2223

2224

Plenty of holes for heat ventilation.
2225

Mounted to original hinges.
2226

Engine closed, lots of time machine crap.
2227

2228

What I like about the aluminum cover setup is that the engine bay is much more water proof, while still allowing heat to escape. The trade off is a living with a heavy cover. Either way, when I'm not hating my car, I love it :)

Drewlorean
06-21-2014, 11:35 AM
Sorry for the crappy quality. This site compresses the hell out of images... unless there's another option I'm unaware of.

Dead Lesbian Goat
06-21-2014, 11:49 AM
You can upload them to your album and link them in your post. I do that sometimes. See my sig?

Drewlorean
06-21-2014, 11:56 AM
Actually I don't see it... I am using the Tapatalk app on iPhone, btw. Maybe that's the problem.

NightFlyer
06-21-2014, 12:47 PM
Thanks Drew! :)

Already received a couple thanks from those who were interested - now if I could only get them to post to the forum for themselves...

Rich_NYS
06-21-2014, 01:05 PM
Very cool, thanks for sharing. I posted on Talk asking about how that works, I figured the engine cover was replaced....the replacement sure looks beefy!

NightFlyer
06-21-2014, 01:20 PM
Very cool, thanks for sharing. I posted on Talk asking about how that works, I figured the engine cover was replaced....the replacement sure looks beefy!

Your interest got a few more people interested, as I received a few PMs from lurkers :)

stevedmc
06-21-2014, 01:33 PM
If you add the image as an attachment instead of as an image it will have good quality visa tapatalk

Drewlorean
06-21-2014, 01:35 PM
No prob guys!
Yeah, the replacement is very beefy. Even more than Byrnes LCAs.

I wonder, why are these people interested? Are they considering doing a conversion or just curious?

Drewlorean
06-21-2014, 01:39 PM
If you add the image as an attachment instead of as an image it will have good quality visa tapatalk

Thanks for the info.. though I don't see an attachment option anywhere. Only a camera icon, picture icon, and twitter icon.

Rich_NYS
06-21-2014, 03:08 PM
No prob guys!
Yeah, the replacement is very beefy. Even more than Byrnes LCAs.

I wonder, why are these people interested? Are they considering doing a conversion or just curious?

I don't know about anyone else, but I was just curious....no plans of doing or having a conversion.

Drewlorean
06-21-2014, 03:42 PM
no plans of doing or having a conversion.

Smart man.

NightFlyer
06-21-2014, 03:52 PM
I wonder, why are these people interested? Are they considering doing a conversion or just curious?

I think a lot of people saw the conversion cars that were at DCS and got interested, but as the owners of those cars weren't accessing the engine bays at all while at the show, it peaked several people's curiosities as to how exactly you guys do it.

I really like the beefy aluminum cover - one of the biggest let downs of the car to me is that wholly inadequate, flimsy, and stupid (in how there are so many pieces to it with the vents and hold down strips instead of being one solid piece) stock/OEM cover.

Drewlorean
06-21-2014, 04:45 PM
I was more than happy to do away with my OEM cover.

NightFlyer
06-21-2014, 05:20 PM
I was more than happy to do away with my OEM cover.

Did you get your cover from a vendor, or was your cover custom made?

If I wasn't keeping my car concours original, I'd love to have a custom cover that appeared stock but made out of a single piece of aluminum or magnesium.

Boo
06-21-2014, 06:52 PM
Magnesium Josh ? ... Really ?!?

Boo
06-21-2014, 06:54 PM
I do have fun on this forum even though I contribute absolutely nothing intelligent.
:rolleyes:


I know, I'm the comic relief. And I look like the piss-boy !

NightFlyer
06-21-2014, 06:59 PM
Magnesium Josh ? ... Really ?!?

Yeah, should have said Duroplast instead ;)

Boo
06-21-2014, 07:29 PM
What about Unobtainium? Or can't you get that? :rolleyes:

Drewlorean
06-21-2014, 09:27 PM
Did you get your cover from a vendor, or was your cover custom made?

If I wasn't keeping my car concours original, I'd love to have a custom cover that appeared stock made out of single piece of aluminum or magnesium.

It was custom made by a friend in my hometown. He owns a shop and is an awesome welder.

NightFlyer
06-21-2014, 09:29 PM
It was custom made by a friend in my hometown. He owns a shop and is an awesome welder.

Definitely looks like a quality job - very nice! :)

Unfortunately, I have to suffer with my crap stock/OEM cover.... :(

Boo
06-21-2014, 09:53 PM
Definitely looks like a quality job - very nice! :)

Unfortunately, I have to suffer with my crap stock/OEM cover.... :(

No need to suffer, get the grinder and the welder out and go to town my boy!

NightFlyer
06-21-2014, 10:35 PM
No need to suffer, get the grinder and the welder out and go to town my boy!

My car has historical significance - it's the only documented QAC parts car known to exist (and as such, it's also the most assembled by company employees in the USA that's known to exist).

If I altered it, it would greatly reduce its value. In fact, the historical significance is what led me to want to keep it concours original.

Farrar
06-23-2014, 12:32 PM
If I altered it, it would greatly reduce its value.

What does putting a ton of miles on it do to its value? Most people I know with "garage queens" do so in an attempt to hold value.

My car used to have historic significance, but no one remembers who Bobby Allison is anymore, so it's just as worthless as any other non-running DeLorean now.

Drewlorean
08-03-2014, 07:50 PM
Better video of the BTTF speedometer..

https://vine.co/v/M9ixli1eTZA

Drewlorean
09-01-2014, 02:18 AM
Today my compressor starting making a funny noise.. sounded like metal scratching. On the way home I lost cold air, then eventually discovered the belt was gone. The compressor has bit the dust. I believe it was original. Luckily, I already have a brand new spare. Now I just need cover- working in an open apartment complex parking lot in BR is not fun. The swim after is nice though.

NightFlyer
09-01-2014, 03:01 AM
While most of the time, the sun and heat aren't as bad here, I can otherwise relate - I once changed a radiator on a '96 Cadillac Eldorado in my old apartment complex's parking lot. And yes, the swim after is something I always looked forward to as well :)

Drewlorean
09-01-2014, 03:38 AM
If only I could combine the two and work on the car while swimming.

"A floating Delorean?"

NightFlyer
09-01-2014, 03:54 PM
If only I could combine the two and work on the car while swimming.

"A floating Delorean?"

If you ever get that perfected, let me know :D

Drewlorean
09-02-2014, 12:48 AM
Today was a success.
New compressor and new r134. Time to shower, I look like a mechanic.

Dead Lesbian Goat
09-02-2014, 07:15 AM
If you ever get that perfected, let me know :D

Dear Santa,


http://youtu.be/eA4U-6GmkUw

NightFlyer
09-02-2014, 07:25 AM
Today was a success.
New compressor and new r134. Time to shower, I look like a mechanic.

Good job Drew :)

NightFlyer
09-02-2014, 07:27 AM
Dear Santa,

"Flying DeLorean - I haven't seen one of those..... in 30 years?"

Drewlorean
12-05-2014, 04:13 AM
http://tapatalk.imageshack.com/v2/14/12/05/26fd3f39ec54a4a0ae2d4c8798dbca8e.jpg

The overhead button array is mostly finished!

Boglin
12-05-2014, 08:48 AM
That looks nice Drew!

stevedmc
12-05-2014, 10:00 AM
Flashy blinking lights. Oooooooooooooo

Dead Lesbian Goat
12-05-2014, 10:44 AM
That looks prett cool! Are you going to assign functions to some of the switches?

Drewlorean
12-05-2014, 01:27 PM
Thanks guys!
I've thought about assigning functions but honestly I have nothing to assign! Everything I use already has a switch/power button. You can turn every individual light on and off, at least.

And Steve's just jealous that his fancy new dash doesn't light up. Man, I hope my rotors come in soon. It's not fun hearing CLANK CLANK CLANK CLANK CLANK CLANK while driving.

Drewlorean
03-27-2015, 11:23 AM
Last night's gala. Huey Lewis and the News up on stage!

http://tapatalk.imageshack.com/v2/15/03/27/2a7b8c88919e23d530ac0fe5bce94517.jpg

http://tapatalk.imageshack.com/v2/15/03/27/6662073ee895bf6122402c02dad530a9.jpg

http://tapatalk.imageshack.com/v2/15/03/27/bf0e82a122a940194de022f155e2bbfc.jpg

stevedmc
03-27-2015, 12:53 PM
Wow dude. Where was that at?

Drewlorean
04-02-2015, 03:42 PM
River Center downtown.

Drewlorean
04-08-2015, 10:27 AM
For anyone interested, my car has a FB page now. It'll be used for documenting build progress, as well as event details.

https://www.facebook.com/drewstimemachine

prestonbradys
08-13-2015, 06:39 AM
The BTTF movie is pretty much good, i am really inspired by Marty Mcfly even i found his costume to look stylish.

Dead Lesbian Goat
08-13-2015, 06:54 AM
The BTTF movie is pretty much good, i am really inspired by Marty Mcfly even found his costume to look stylish.

You better not be a bot. Your ip is in Pakistan...how many DeLoreans are there in Pakistan anyway? How many automatics? Want to buy a filter?

Drewlorean
11-18-2015, 04:41 PM
Not really BTTF related, but my car has a couple of weird issues:

1. My driver window now blows it's fuse every time I attempt to click it up or down. This started after I recently changed a wire connector on my passenger window motor (old one was badly corroded), but I don't see how or why that would cause this issue. Is there a specific area I should check before ripping apart the doors and center console? I also tried swapping the window switches.. made no difference.

2. Might've mentioned this before- At idle, my AC system works fine. But at higher RPMs, the compressor and relay click on/off rapidly.. click click click click click click click. Lately I just leave the AC off as I'm scared the compressor will burn up or something. Any ideas of what's causing this? Seems like if the relay was bad, it would simply not work at all. Adding more freon didn't make a difference either. One factor may be the cheap 134a adapter port on the compressor... over time it somehow unscrews itself, and I periodically retighten it with a wrench.

In the meantime I'm spraying down the old steering components, waiting for Spec .01 parts to arrive.

NightFlyer
11-18-2015, 04:57 PM
6634

NightFlyer
11-18-2015, 05:02 PM
The window motor could be drawing excessive current if it's going bad, but given that the problem started when you replaced the wire connector, my guess is that it's directly related to that work. Check to make sure that when you reassembled things in that area that the wires/connectors aren't grounding out on something metallic or each other. Wrap the outside of the connectors in electrical tape if necessary to prevent a ground out.

No idea on the compressor issue. I'd try a new relay just to see what that does, and then go from there.

Best luck :thumbup:

Dead Lesbian Goat
11-18-2015, 05:09 PM
For the window you have probably pinched a hot wire to ground, of something is dead shorting when you push the switch. If you pull the panel and visually look at the wire (s) that you were messing with chances are you will find it. Using dead reckoning, it was probably something you did when it was apart. If nothing is obvious, time to break out the multimeter and wiring diagram and go to town.

The AC compressor problem: sounds like the system is low on freon, or perhaps the pressure switch is bad. It might also have a bad clutch, but since it cools well and only cycles at speed, I would be suspicious of the freon level being a bit low. Probably best to make sure the amount is OK, (I assume you have gauges).

Boglin
11-18-2015, 07:04 PM
Bad relays will also do the *click click click click* thing. I've seen it before.

Drewlorean
11-22-2015, 07:27 PM
Thanks for the tips guys. I just wrapped up Spec .01 steering on my car but will try a new relay, topping off freon level, and digging around in the door(s) as soon as I get a chance.

Matt, I'm glad you mentioned a relay acting up. That'd be a super easy fix.

Timebender
11-25-2015, 12:44 PM
Some guy asked if it was "one of those storm chasing vehicles."


And you didn't reply back "It's a weather experiment"? I'm SO disappointed in you.

Drewlorean
11-25-2015, 01:06 PM
Hah yeah that would've been a great response. I was too busy laughing because the storm-chasing comment was a first. That, and the guy concluded with "man I'm high as shit."

Rich_NYS
11-25-2015, 07:27 PM
And you didn't reply back "It's a weather experiment"? I'm SO disappointed in you.

haha....awesome!

Drewlorean
12-04-2015, 05:46 PM
Well the window issue has resolved itself after I spent an afternoon trying to pinpoint the problem. I dismantled both doors and found nothing out of the ordinary. I disconnected the passenger window motor to see if it affected the driver side. Nothing. I dug around in the center console, no issues there. It wasn't until I accessed the relay compartment and moved stuff around that the issue resolved itself. Still no idea of exact cause but at least now I know where to look for next time.

NightFlyer
12-04-2015, 06:51 PM
Well the window issue has resolved itself after I spent an afternoon trying to pinpoint the problem. I dismantled both doors and found nothing out of the ordinary. I disconnected the passenger window motor to see if it affected the driver side. Nothing. I dug around in the center console, no issues there. It wasn't until I accessed the relay compartment and moved stuff around that the issue resolved itself. Still no idea of exact cause but at least now I know where to look for next time.

Bad contact / loose connection of some sort.

Drewlorean
12-28-2015, 05:25 PM
I went to top off my AC and have discovered a problem. First, a quick back story:

I have one of those 134a retrofit adapters on my low side compressor port. Checking it periodically, I noticed that it would somehow come loose over time, as if it was unscrewing itself. So I would tighten it little by little. I guess it was eating the threads, because now I have almost none. Nothing will stay screwed on, and obviously this presents a big problem for adding freon. I thought of buying a rethreading tool, but there's no "meat" left unless I go down a size. My question is, are there smaller sized compressor fittings that will work for r134?

http://images.tapatalk-cdn.com/15/12/28/c083838f12fba180ee0d1bcd4e69b31b.jpg

http://images.tapatalk-cdn.com/15/12/28/7a1a86bfac14063c8a7fc10a86f88b35.jpg

Just FYI, the port is the end of a new Hervey hose. It would really suck to have to buy another one.

On a positive note, hope everyone had a great Christmas!

stevedmc
12-28-2015, 05:28 PM
I'd send pictures of it to Hervey. The good news is it won't be a lot of work to replace the section since it's a two piece hose. Other than having to pull vacuum and recharge, it will be about as easy as doing an oil change.

Drewlorean
12-28-2015, 05:32 PM
Surely Hervey has never had one of these fail. That's impossible.

I know going that route would be an easy fix, but my wallet will be upset with me. Surely there's another option out there? Plus if I buy another hose, I'd be paranoid about this happening again and again.

stevedmc
12-28-2015, 05:36 PM
True. I don't know the answer for rethreading but you could find out by purchasing on of those universal adapter sets at walmart.

If there is a smaller adapter, take that fitting to a real hardware store and buy a tap that will let you cut that size thread into the hose.

Also, I think Fred knows of a shop in Houma that makes AC lines. They might be able to put a new connection on that hose instead of you having to deal with Hervey. It would be worth a shot if retapping doesn't work.

Dead Lesbian Goat
12-28-2015, 05:40 PM
You might try running the right sized die over the threads to clean them up and a few wraps of teflon tape, Just don't stand too close when recharging it.

stevedmc
12-28-2015, 05:43 PM
I wonder if he could tap it and then JB weld a propper NAPA fitting onto it.

Drewlorean
12-28-2015, 05:52 PM
Those are good ideas. I didn't even think of Teflon or JB weld.
I've searched in person and online for the NAPA fitting... still can't find the damn thing.

NightFlyer
12-28-2015, 06:32 PM
I went to top off my AC and have discovered a problem

Is it just me, or is your schrader valve core depressor/pin extremely bent?

Did your old adapters necessitate the removal of the schrader valve cores from the service ports, or did you leave them in?

stevedmc
12-28-2015, 06:33 PM
I think this is the fitting. But you better bring your old adapter in thr store to make sure you are buying the right thing.

http://m.napaonline.com/Tablet/parts/PartDetails.aspx?Id=TEM801402_0483037141

stevedmc
12-28-2015, 06:37 PM
Oops. The link I just posted was for the high side. Buy it if you don't already have a napa one for the high side.

This is for the low side.

http://m.napaonline.com/Tablet/parts/PartDetails.aspx?Id=TEM801401_0006362875

But like I said, bring one of your old adapters in to make sure the threads are the same. The threads are identical on high and low sides.

Drewlorean
12-28-2015, 06:43 PM
Nightflyer, yes the schrader pin is bent. When I press it in, it gets caught on the upper lip and remains open. So I have to quickly "unstick" it.

The adapter piece just screws on and has a plunger device that reaches down to depress the schrader pin. I didn't have to remove anything.

Thanks for the link(s) Steve. I don't have anything on the high side except a plastic cap. At what point do I need to service the high side? Can it be used for charging? I've never messed with it before.

stevedmc
12-28-2015, 06:47 PM
You never really need the high side unless something goes wrong and you have to troubleshoot.

But at $4 for an adapter you might as well install one the same time you put one on the low side.

This is one of those jobs you want to do when the system is already evacuated which you will have to do anyway to install the napa fitting on the low side.

Evacuate the system, remove both shader valves and then screw on the new fittings.

Autozone has a tool for removing the shader valves thay only costs a few dollars. It's made by slime.

stevedmc
12-28-2015, 06:50 PM
http://m.autozone.com/tire-repair-and-tire-wheel/tire-valve-stem-core-remover-tool/slime-4-way-valve-tool/487510_0_0/?location=

NightFlyer
12-28-2015, 07:22 PM
Well, I'd try to resurrect what's left of the threads as best as I can and then JB Weld a proper adapter (one with its own self-contained schrader valve so that you no longer need the service port valve) onto the port.

Best luck :thumbup:

Drewlorean
12-29-2015, 11:28 AM
Got a response from Hervey:
"Drew, Never saw this problem in 16 years. The only thing I could do would be another hose."

So, JB Weld it is. I picked up a low side adapter from Napa yesterday. The high side was out of stock so I'll either order one online or check a different location today. I also picked up the Slime tool. Turns out it'll fit inside the high side but not the low side. I can't tell whether Hervey's hoses are made this way or mine is just boogered up. I'll have to drill out the hole slightly.

Drewlorean
12-30-2015, 10:54 PM
Question:
Would red Loctite (the kind made for threaded metal) work better or just as well as JB Weld?

NightFlyer
12-31-2015, 04:33 AM
Question:
Would red Loctite (the kind made for threaded metal) work better or just as well as JB Weld?

Good question.

In this application, you're bonding aluminum (service port connector) and what I'd assume to be brass (the R-134a adapter). Both bonding products are a form of epoxy. The biggest difference is that the JB Weld has the suspended steel/iron particles in the solution.

Personally, I think that either would work sufficiently for your purposes, so go with whatever you currently have readily available to you.

Best luck :thumbup:

Drewlorean
02-15-2016, 12:52 AM
I ended up red-loctiting the fitting on. Seems to be holding up fine, as my system retains pressure and blows cold. I'm still getting the weird sporadic clicking, though. Anyone know which relay turns the compressor on and off? I also suspect that my low pressure switch is either loose or bad.

NightFlyer
02-15-2016, 02:54 PM
I ended up red-loctiting the fitting on. Seems to be holding up fine, as my system retains pressure and blows cold. I'm still getting the weird sporadic clicking, though. Anyone know which relay turns the compressor on and off? I also suspect that my low pressure switch is either loose or bad.

The compressor isn't triggered via a relay, but rather directly via current passed from the low pressure switch.

It's possible that the clicking you're hearing is the LPS. Check to make sure that the contacts are clean (on both the switch and the plug) and that the wires to/from the plug haven't been compromised in any way.

Best luck :thumbup:

BTW - If your A/C isn't getting as cold as you think it should when in Max on the mode switch, check the heater control valve and makes sure it's functioning properly. If not, you can replace with AutoZone Everco #74612.

Drewlorean
02-16-2016, 01:16 AM
Ahh thanks for the info!

Drewlorean
04-28-2016, 08:15 PM
Question:
Can r134 eat away the rubber seal inside of the low-side plastic cap?

Mine is totally gone, and the system no longer has pressure. I think the "plunger" doesn't fully close, allowing a tiny bit of freon to escape.

I have the worst luck with AC. I don't remember how many times I've recharged the system.

Dead Lesbian Goat
04-28-2016, 08:28 PM
The seals in the cap ideally would never be in contact with any freon. If they are then the schrader valve was probably leaking.

I have heard the "primary seal" for a schrader valve is the plastic cap, but I don't buy it. If you are out, the best place to start is vacuum, test to see if it holds vacuum and if so, replace the drier and recharge with freon, oil, and dye and make sure all the pressures look Ok and everything is working then inspect after a few days of running the AC.

Edit, got my refridigerants mixed up...just realized you are running 134 and I don't think R-134 uses schrader valves do they?

stevedmc
04-28-2016, 08:33 PM
Nah, not shader on the adapters but it's still a valve.

Is drew using the NAPA adapters or the Walmart garbage? I Think I Remember DRWW Saying SOMETHINY About YHE Threads Being messed up on one of his hoses. Maybe that's the leak.

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Drewlorean
04-29-2016, 04:05 PM
I have the NAPA adapters. They're loctited onto the hoses.

Just tried pulling vacuum but it's not holding pressure. I unscrewed the little "plunger" valve and it looked boogered up, so I installed a new one. Pulling vacuum again to see if it makes a difference.

A friend wants me to make a Delorean appearance at their art show tomorrow evening in Baton Rouge. Hopefully I can get the AC back up and running in time. It's getting hot outside.