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April 21-27, 2002

 


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Quite a bit different quality of speaker than the Mirages seen last week.  Dave needs a center channel for watching Backside to The Future in surround sound while in the garage. Everyone needs some inspiration!

- Radio Shack, 1974


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I've made a bit of headway with my idling problem. Berryman's ChemTool B-12 has helped to smooth things out a bit, as well as replacing the o-ring seal under the fuel distributor and adjusting the idle mixture.

I've got a new problem though now, of course. It seems that once the car has been idling/running for about 2-3 hours, any attempt at acceleration is met with at best a "bogging" condition, and at worst, a stall. This has happened every time I have ran the car for a while in the last few weeks. Now with the luxury of a fuel pressure gauge, I can see that when this situation occurs, the following conditions are true:

- The fuel pressure (not control pressure, but system pressure) dips to between 3 and 3.5 bar, and fluctuates heavily. (Test done with pump jumpered at RPM relay, engine off)
- Control pressure remains at around 3.5 bar, with slight fluctuation.
- Rest pressure starts at 3 bar, dropping to around 2 bar in 2 minutes, and sinks to zero in about 30 seconds thereafter.
- Car will restart easily, but dies after a few seconds.
- Fuel temperature is very warm.

 

 
meWow, that's a good analysis!  I especially like the fuel pressure readings.  It would help to have a comparison though.

 

 


It would help to have a comparison, eh? 'Nuff said. With the engine running for only 5-10 minutes (warmed up from a cold start), I can turn it off and find the following:

- The fuel pressure (not control pressure, but system pressure) steady at 4.9 bar. (Test done with pump jumpered at RPM relay, engine off)
- Control pressure remains steady at around 3.5 bar.
- Rest pressure stays above 3 bar for about 15 minutes or longer.
- Car will restart easily and stay running.
- Fuel cold.

 

 
I bet the suction tube is collapsing when warm.  You can't rule that out!  Dave should install a spring to stop that.

 

 


I believe the warmed-up-from-cold-start figures all fall within specs. (By the way, I installed a spring in the suction tube last week, so I can rule out the tube collapsing when warm).

With these facts in mind, I'm leaning away from a leaky injector (rest pressure would drop faster initially then slower later, right?), and a bad accumulator (rest pressure is great when cold). According to my figurin', that leaves four possibile causes to the problem:

1) The pressure regulator in the fuel distributor failing only when hot (not likely)
2) A fuel filter building back pressure only when hot (never even heard of that one).
3) An accumulator failing only when hot (but that's in the return line, isn't it? Would it affect running system pressure?)
4) A fuel pump (or fuel pump check valve) failing only when hot. (It's a new late-style pump from DMC Houston).

 



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When the DeLorean plant closed, there were a lot of extra parts left over. Somehow, it doesn't seem right that Dave has piles of parts left over from putting that engine together. Are those cylinder liners?  No wonder it runs so badly.

- Extra Engine Parts, PRV 1981


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In other news... I'll be heading to Long Island this Friday night / Saturday to visit PJ Grady and pick up my new undented passenger door and a few other miscellaneous pieces and parts. Hopefully both doors and the front end will be fully installed by the weekend of May 11th. I may as well leave her rear panels off until I get the engine in top-notch running condition. It has -got- to be easier to work on that engine without the fascia and quarters in the way. With time running out before Memphis, I'll take all the small luxuries I can get!
 

 
Time wouldn't be running out if Dave could figure out how to wire in that @#$%*# Flux Capacitor.  Then he'd have all the time he needed before Memphis!
 


I just have to wonder about my sanity though, when after this weekend, I will have travelled over 8,000 miles gathering parts for a car with only 1721.4 miles on it.

#-#-#
 

 
John Z. DeLorean built 8,500 cars in less time than it's taking for Dave to assemble just this one.

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Costs for Week 131:
Date Purchase Store Price
16-Apr-02 Mount and balance one tire Demor's Lincoln Mercury 16.29
22-Apr-02 Springs - fuel line Home Depot 3.24
  Week 130 Total $19.53
Running Total $17,763.10
 


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