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December 18-24, 1999

Now on to the rear. The last things I had to do were install the trailing arm bolts (P.J. Grady) and mount the shock/spring combo to the hub carrier. The problem though, was the KYB shocks have a bushing that's just a tad too small for the 1/2" bolt that runs through them. Luckily, I had a nice brand new 1/2" drill bit, and carefully drilled out the bushing (about 1/16"). The bolt slid right through, the nut was tightened, and a little bit of torque later... the rear suspension is done.

Note on the KYB's from Marty -- WING2D@aol.com

"On a different note, the KYB shocks you've got. I spoke with a guy at KYB today about this setup ( I just HAD to know the story ). He told me the shocks you've got are some units that Fred Lockett used to get from them back in the 80's and then modify himself to make them fit the Delorean. Fred used to install the bottom rings and do some other stuff to them to make them fit. They are NOT something KYB ever made specifically for, or recommended for, the Delorean, nor are they interested in making any now. ( I tried! but they weren't interested ) Sounds like you've got some collectors items there!"

As luck would have it, I found an old catalog from Fred Lockett (He was DeLorean Specialties of Philadelphia a few years back). It answered my question about the non-stock coils I received with the car. It turns out that I have the complete suspension setup that Fred used to sell... Lowered & softer springs (2" front, 1/2" rear, manufactured by the original equipment DeLorean spring manufacturer in England), rear sway bar, KYB gas-adjust shocks, etc. 

Now I mentioned that the front bearings seemed a bit too small for the spindle, and Marty helped me out again: 

"The tight fit on the wheel bearings to the spindle are something I've run into many times. It seems the aftermarket wheel bearings ( SKF- etc ) are about 1 thou smaller then the originals, why I don't know, but anyway. I've had some go right on and others hang up, like you said, to almost be a press fit. Use some emery cloth and work on the spindle a little until you get the wheel bearing to slide on. It needs to be a slip fit, not a press fit. Make sure to tighten the spindle/wheelbearing nut to 125 ft/lb. I know its a lot of torque, but it's what is required with everything designed like it is." 

He was right on the money. I did as he suggested, and now they slide on with just a bit of wiggling. Perfect.

 

The front brakes go on on Wednesday, and the wheels shortly thereafter. I got the rest of the lines I needed for the frame today, so with a bit of luck, the body will be resting on the frame, frame resting on the wheels, wheels resting on the ground, by Thursday. 
 

Costs for Week 9:

Date Purchase Store

Price

23-Dec-99 Drill Bit Pep Boys 2.29
23-Dec-99 Screw Extractors Pep Boys 6.99
23-Dec-99 Bolts Pep Boys 1.56
24-Dec-99 8mm tap Pep Boys 3.49
24-Dec-99 Bolts Pep Boys 0.58
Week 9 Total: $14.91
Running Total: $5834.07

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