DeLorean Mailing List - 08/05/96


Monday, 5 August 1996       Volume 02 : Number 150

       In this issue:
        leather seat refinishing
        Re: leather seat refinishing
        Tires, Steering Rack & Custom Rims
        DeLorean Mailing List, Face-to-Face
        Another DeLorean for Sale
        Re: Custom Plates
        Is this your favorite e-mail list?
        Front end lowering

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From: olsond@dgabby.mfldclin.edu
Date: Fri, 2 Aug 1996 15:31:31 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: leather seat refinishing

What is the latest wisdom on turning old leather seats soft and supple 
once 
again.  I have original, black leather seats without a crack or a tear, 
however there are some spots that are faded and all the leather is stiff. 
 
Since I have gotten the car (about 12 months) I have used the Lexol 
products. 
This may be good prevention but is there a product that actually does 
make 
the leather soft again.  I have some literature from COLOR-PLUS Leather 
Restoration Systems,LL on products called SOFFENER and SURFLEX (as 
advertised 
in Hemmings Motor News).  These are touted to work miracles.  Any 
experience 
with these products or other solutions?             

David Olson                                                               
                                                                          
                                                     

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From: Don_Gowler-CFPO01@email.mot.com
Date: Fri, 2 Aug 1996 16:29:53 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Re: leather seat refinishing

Neat's-foot Oil does a great job of softening leather.

Regards,        The Silver Fox
___________________________________________________________________________
____
David wrote:

>What is the latest wisdom on turning old leather seats soft and supple once
>again.  I have original, black leather seats without a crack or a tear,
>however there are some spots that are faded and all the leather is stiff.
>
>Since I have gotten the car (about 12 months) I have used the Lexol
>products. This may be good prevention but is there a product that actually 
>does make the leather soft again.  I have some literature from COLOR-PLUS 
Leather
>Restoration Systems,LL on products called SOFFENER and SURFLEX (as
>advertised in Hemmings Motor News).  These are touted to work miracles.  Any
>experience with these products or other solutions?



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From: stormrider@socketis.net
Date: Sat, 3 Aug 1996 10:53:40 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Tires, Steering Rack & Custom Rims

Well, after a week of hell trying to obtain tires for my car, I finally
settled for a set of BF Goodrich Radial T/A from Sears. I wanted Pirelli 
of
Firestone Firehawks, but could not find any within 150 miles or special
order them and have them by today. Seems a lot of tire makers have trimmed
production and local stores or in short supply or experiencing delays from
back-ordered items. Other tires I found that were in stock, but rejected
include Cooper Cobra, General Hoosier and Western Auto Viper.

When having my car realigned I was informed that everything was OK except
that the steering rack had a lot of "memory". What he meant was that the
rack was binding even though the car has only about 20,000 to 30,000 miles
on it to date. He said he might wear itself loose if it was just rusted
from lack of use over the years, but I doubt it since I have already 
driven
the car more than 6,000 miles since November and average about 250 to 300
miles per week.

Also, I need to correct a previous statement about my custom wheels. They
are NOT chrome, but are brushed aluminum that has been polished. Exact
knock-offs of my wheels actually are being made by American Racing right
now and evidently are a popular item according to Sears. The salesperson
said they run about $175 apiece and as everyone that has seen my car 
knows,
they look exceptional on it.

~Chase



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From: mikasa@goodnet.com
Date: Sat, 3 Aug 1996 23:15:26 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: DeLorean Mailing List, Face-to-Face

For all those attending the expo in Nashville, there will be a DML-F2F 
(DeLorean Mailing List, Face-to-Face) get-together. When would YOU like 
it to be? The two possible times are Thursday night (for those NOT taking 
the General Jackson paddle wheel boat cruise) or Friday night after 
dinner (for those skipping the Grand Ole Opry). If you're going to 
Nashville, and would be interested in meeting the people you heretofore 
only read about, let me know which nght is best for you. Majority rules.

James "Mikasa" Espey 
Moderator, DeLorean Mailing List  

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From: mikasa@goodnet.com
Date: Sat, 3 Aug 1996 23:15:28 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Another DeLorean for Sale

Car is in mettro Phoenix area - 1981, #6115 (no flap, but with lines on 
hood), 5-speed, gray interior. Appears to be almost entirely original 
(lacks the original Craig radio - hasn't someone on the list been trying 
to sell one?). 50,XXX miles. Very clean, nice dash and binnacle, great 
seats (possible re-cover, but very nicely done). Body immaculate, facias 
in great shape, fresh tune, relay update kit from D1, etc. Seller is a 
member of my local chapter and needs to sell this car. He is asking 
$12,900, recently reduced from $14,500. If seriously interested, EMAIL ME 
and I will hook you up the seller.

James Espey

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From: Ray Haug, Raymond_Haug@lamg.com
Date: Mon, 5 Aug 1996 02:15:21 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Re: Custom Plates

For all you Back to the Future Fans an appropriate plate that I have is:

Calif  88 2 FUTR

And for your Other Car, get a License Frame  "My Other Car is a DeLorean"
from the DeLorean Owners Association Products Division at
"www.delorean-owners.org"

Ray Haug






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From: mikasa@goodnet.com
Date: Mon, 5 Aug 1996 10:37:08 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Is this your favorite e-mail list?

Qualcomm is having a contest in which you tell them about your favorite 
e-mail list, and you may win a free copy of Eudora Pro or a Qualcomm 
T-shirt. Do something good for yourself and the list! 

Tell 'em you like DMC-News! Go to 
http://www.eudora.com/fun.html#contest and check it out.

Thanks!

James "Mikasa" Espey
Moderator, DeLorean Mailing List

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From: Knut S Grimsrud, Knut_S_Grimsrud@ccm.jf.intel.com
Date: Mon, 5 Aug 1996 12:47:04 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Front end lowering

I finally have the front suspension all disassembled and the springs 
out as part of a front suspension restoration project. After having 
the springs out, it is clear that shortening them is not as trivial as 
people make it sound.

The springs are wound tighter near the ends so that they sit flat in 
the recessed seats. If one cuts a winding off the spring, then it will 
no longer sit flat in its seat, and even if one grinds the sharp end 
off the cut a bit, it seems likely that the cut end of the spring 
would eventually penetrate the seat it rests against. Also, I 
anticipated taking one winding's worth of height out of the spring (I 
hope to lower about 1.5-2"), but since the spring is wound tighter on 
the ends I would likely need to take closer to two windings out. How 
much is usually cut off the spring? With fewer windings to cover the 
travel, doesn't the spring get stiffer? Should the spring be cut at 
the top (so that the isolator pad covers the cut end) or at the bottom 
(so the cut end sits directly in the lower seat). Should the spring be 
rotated so that the cut part sits at the inner portion of the seat or 
the outer?

Does anyone who has first-hand knowledge of the procedure have any 
insight on the procedures necessary to get this to turn out right? 
There used to be an outfit that advertised shorter springs in DeLorean 
World, but they have not advertised for several years and I assume 
they are defunct. Does anyone know a source for shorter DMC springs?

                                                Knut Grimsrud
                                                DOA Chapter 41

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