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5609: The Story of a Remanufactured DeLorean Part 1 of 5

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Every DeLorean has a story, this is 5609's

5609 is a remanufactured DeLorean. A car that was parted out, a car that had no future left, a car that was given a second chance.

In November of 1981, vin 5609 left her plant in Dunmurry and soon found her first home in the United States. She lived a life of most DeLoreans, she was driven and enjoyed, then eventually abandoned and forgotten about. Stored by people who have no idea how to properly put a car in long term storage. She was parked on moist ground that pooled water for years. The gas that had been left in the tank turned to varnish, and the years of unprotected sunlight had taken the life from the dash and Bridge of Weir leather. Around 2003, the well known Ken Koncelik had acquired 5609 in hopes of restoring her like so many before her, but after seeing the extent of the decay, he decided it was not feasible to do so. In one of the DML archives, (dated August 2003) you can read a little about the previous history of 5609 and her condition.

Hi Everybody,

My name is Josh Haldeman, and I'm a Deloraholic. (haha)

I owe Ken Koncelik money...so I have agreed to relieve him of his
DeLorean disassembly duties...It's a horrible, sad job, but somebody's
gotta do it.

..... Anyway, I've been disassembling VIN 5609 for about a week now and have
almost been brought to tears more than once. This is a perfect example
of what was a well made car, that was treated very poorly. If it hadn't
sat in a mud puddle up to it's axles, with gas in the tank for around 6
years, it would be a stellar example of our marque. Unfortunately time
and the elements have taken their toll, and the patient has, most
assuredly, passed on.
Here is a pic of her just before being dismantled. You can see she wasn't in bad shape...on the outside that is. The frame is a different story. There are always those who think every DeLorean should be saved, but they don't have to write the check. It's easy to give financial advice when you have no money at risk. Even though Ken had rescued several DeLoreans in the past, he was still chastised for sentencing 5609 to such a fate, but she was indeed doomed, there would be no restoration, and she would soon be lost. One look at the pictures and you can see why 5609 was beyond any cost prohibitive restoration.
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5609 was now being cut up and dismembered. If there is anything worse in the DeLorean world than a wrecked DeLorean, it's the sight of a parted out one.


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After the carnage, and all the good parts were scattered across the globe, 5609(what was left of her) began her sunset years. She was to share the same fate like so many before her, to slowly rot away and become lost on a thicket of bushes and weeds....but there was a faint light at the end of her journey. A light that might offer a new life and one like she never had before. This was not the end, this was 2003, and a new program was in the works 1,500 miles away. This second chance spawned by DeLorean Motor Company of Humble was to rebuild, restore, replace, or refinish every single part of the DeLorean DMC-12. The new venture would take a donar car in any condition and replace every single panel, interior trim, electrical part, nut, bolt, hose, clamp, rubber weatherstrip...whatever it took to make a DeLorean everything it could and should be. The remanufacturing process would include brand new 0 mile NOS engine and transmission, a frame stripped of the epoxy coating and powdercoated in the original factory color, the underbody would have all cracks or damage repaired before being refinished in factory satin black. The flaky shift computer would be replaced with a modern solid state unit, as would be the door lock module, and several other parts that were problematic in the 80's would be replaced with modern day reliable remanufactured replacements. This was to be an ultimate restoration program, and people would pay for it...almost double what a nice condition used DeLorean would sell for. This would be the salvation 5609 needed, and DMCH needed candidates. Around 2004, 5609 was sold to DMCH. After the vultures picked away at her, there wasn't much left, but that didn't matter. All DMCH really needs is a set of vin plates and a clean title...they can provide the rest, and for the most part that's exactly what happened.

In late 2005, a remanufactured DeLorean was to be commissioned. This car would have all the stops pulled out. It would have the Stage II engine package which included hotter cams, an upgraded ignition, head work to the intake and exhaust ports, a cold air intake, headers and a performance exhaust. The interior would house the Alpine/Genesis sound package which included the Alpine head unit, CD Changer under the bonnet, speakers, and a JL Audio 8" sub behind the driver. To drive all this would be the Genesis Profile 5 amplifier. These components all tuck away out of sight. The amplifier although large, was very thin which allowed it to be placed behind the parcel shelf. Only a small fan opening is visible.

Also desired was the Eibach spring and performance shock package which gives the car the proper aggressive stance and a firmer sport tuned ride. Headlights were upgraded to xenon boosted halogen Cibie headlamps. Machined finished wheels, 140 mph speedometer, and a fitted cover rounded out the optional accessories. This guy knew what he wanted...everything. James Espy described the soon to be owner as a demanding PITA who often sent an employee to check in on the status of his dream machine. Here are a few photos of the car being brought back to life:
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On May 1, 2006, 5609 was finished and on May 9, the new owner took possession of his DeLorean. I'm sure it was an exciting day, after all how many of us get to custom design our own DeLorean? Shown here for the first time ever is the original invoice for my remanufactured DeLorean.
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In the months that followed, his business fell on hard times, and 5609 was put up for sale after logging only 1,700 miles on her. It did not sell until he shipped it with 3 other cars from his collection to a car broker friend of his in Boca Raton Florida, who promptly put it up on ebay.

Enter me. A fresh faced fellow who had been searching off and on for a few years, never too serious at times, and at other times ready to drive home in the first thing I saw. Around December 2008, I got very serious and decided to double my efforts. After lurking for months, I joined DMCTalk.com and began PMing members and pestering the crap out of everyone with a DeLorean for sale. I already drove a 300 mile round trip to drive one car, and was looking hard at a second when I saw 5609 on ebay. Wow! A remanufactured DeLorean maxed out with a Stage II and only 1,700 miles on it? Is this real? After several phone calls, we negotiated a price and I bought it right over the phone. I would send a deposit to him and pay the balance in person. I took a chance, but he had 100% feedback, and I still had the cashier's check and the option of backing out if I didn't like what I saw.

Several condescending members assured me that I would not buy it for what I was going to offer and I was just dreaming. One member (JIMJAM) rubbed me the wrong way with his doom and gloom ownership stories too. He had a lot of problems with his car, so he believes they are all just as frustrating as his was. He tried to be the big man, know it all type with his scare stories about this car beating you up all the time, but I saw right through that. I personally think a lot of people were steering me away of this one so they could have a shot at the bidding...but I had already beat them all to the punch since I convinced the seller to end the auction early and accept my offer. After receiving my deposit check that I overnighted to him, he ended the auction and I made plans to fly down and drive it home pending the inspection. To be honest, I am still surprised I got it, (in other words, I stole it). I think there were two reasons why I lucked out: One, he didn't know anything about these cars, he was just unloading them. Two, the economy was in trouble. The '07 housing bubble was still hurting a lot of people(and still is), and on the day I picked up my car, the Dow was around 7,500....panic was in the air, the collector car market was soft, and this was the right time and place for me to be if I was ever going to make this move. In short, it was now or never.

Part 2: http://dmctoday.com/entry.php?21-560...an-Part-2-of-5
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  1. NightFlyer's Avatar
    This is a really cool series

    And this whole time, I had thought that your frame was stock/OEM epoxy coated - I had no idea that it was powder coated. Very interesting. I finally understand why you wax the frame (I had honestly thought that it was just an oc eccentricity).

    That's really too bad about the PO (1st owner post rebuild) - he obviously over extended himself if liquidation of his car collection was his only way out.

    The Genesis amp is really kinda fitting for the car, considering that they're made in England. Specs show it to be a very clean sounding amp, class G. Do you happen to know what speakers DMCH used for the 4 main channels (doubt they used NOS Craig Road-Rated PowerPlays)?

    So the Talkers gave you some shit, hey? Why is it that I'm not at all surprised by that.....

    Looking forward to Part II
  2. Dead Lesbian Goat's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by NightFlyer
    This is a really cool series

    And this whole time, I had thought that your frame was stock/OEM epoxy coated - I had no idea that it was powder coated. Very interesting. I finally understand why you wax the frame (I had honestly thought that it was just an oc eccentricity).

    That's really too bad about the PO (1st owner post rebuild) - he obviously over extended himself if liquidation of his car collection was his only way out.

    The Genesis amp is really kinda fitting for the car, considering that they're made in England. Specs show it to be a very clean sounding amp, class G. Do you happen to know what speakers DMCH used for the 4 main channels (doubt they used NOS Craig Road-Rated PowerPlays)?

    So the Talkers gave you some shit, hey? Why is it that I'm not at all surprised by that.....

    Looking forward to Part II
    I believe the speakers were Eclipse( except for the sub which was JL) since the manual was in the paperwork. I searched the amp online, it's not a bad piece actually, got good reviews and it sold for $1,500.00 back in 2006. I will say this, DMCH didn't cheap out on the audio equipment, even the cables were high end.
  3. NightFlyer's Avatar
    Thanks for the info - I bet that system sounds pretty sweet compared to the stock/OEM Craig system (which wasn't at all bad for the time).

    Curious about something and don't know if this was previously discussed or not, but when DMCH did their rebuild, did they reset the odometer?
  4. Dead Lesbian Goat's Avatar
    No you can't reset the odometer(legally). The mileage follows the title around like a ghost. Even with the new speedo, the mileage must be set to the mileage shown on the title at time of transfer to DMCH...even though it has a brand new engine and transmission. That's why I said all DMCH needs is a clean title and a set of vin plates. I guess that's the soul of a Delorean.