Time to get some tunes in the DeLorean

One thing that’s bugged me since I got 11477 roadworthy was the lack of sounds.

Don’t get me wrong – I’ve enjoyed without any radio, I enjoy driving the D.
But having a non functioning radio is annoying. So I wanted to address that.

Enter the Retrosound Santa Barbara. I toiled for a few months over this as I’ve read reviews fitted to DeLoreans and the older model 1 didn’t seem great. But this newest model seems to have it sorted.

On to the fitting…. firstly I removed the old ARA tape deck which I’d hoped to have used but there was literally no saving it. Static was loud and tapes extremely quiet.
I was presented with a load of disgusting wiring….. and yes those scotch locks had to go!!!

As you can see in this next pic, the 80s aftermarket radio installer scotch locked the ARA’s loom to the ASI loom. Naaaaaaasty.

The old ARA “professional series”

Scotch locks removed and loom is now tidy.

Time to unbox the radio to see what I’m dealing with…..(pictured with the ASI loom)

The ASI loom is now soldered and insulated to the ISO loom supplied with the radio.
Also the ignition and constant feed soldered to the other side of the ISO plug.

Then the radio could be built. All quite easy, but time consuming as you need to line up the spindles with the old radio and bend the brackets to fit in the car.

Further adjustment was made when fitting to the car.
I used the supplied fascia behind the dash in order to fill the gap for the smaller radio face.
Then used the ARA radio face to finish the look.

I’m really pleased with this. Not least because I now have 4 functioning speakers, DAB radio, 2 aux inputs, Bluetooth music streaming, hands free calling, usb flash drive input and 32,000 colour options for the screen!!! (I opted for green lol)

And the radio saves the colour option and the radio presets once power is removed from the car. So it’s perfect when hibernating your D!

All in all. I love it….. can’t wait to fit my newly recovered (Lee Pattison) seats and go for a drive!!!

Headliner done! But also sad news

Firstly, the sad news, and the reason for such a long gap in posting here.

It is with great sadness that I announce the loss of my Father, Elwood Clive Carroll.
As you’ve read on these blogs, my Dad had a significant input on the DeLorean. If it wasn’t for him I wouldn’t have been able to achieve my dream.
He’s sorted wiring on the car, helped get it running smoothly and so many jobs that it would take many more posts to list.

Dad passed away after a battle with cancer on October 9th 2018.
He will live on in spirit as part of the DeLorean.

It’s fitting then that today I completed a job that we started together. The headliner.
It’s a pretty simple job, but one I was daunted by – thankfully Dad was there to start the job and give me the confidence to complete it today.

I only have the completed pic – but as you can see, it looks pretty good.
Thanks Dad.

It’s been a while! And there’s been a small issue…..

It’s been over a month since my last post. Mostly because I’ve just been enjoying the DeLorean.

In total I’ve now put around 600 miles on her since I took ownership.

I managed to get the aircon working. I took it to my Jaguar specialist as they are the best aircon guys I know and they maintain classic jags. As a result they keep the correct drop in gas for the R12 system.

The AC system still had a small amount of R12 and held pressure! Not bad for sitting for 10 years. So she was regassed and I had ice cold aircon. And it was welcome.

The following day I took her on a 90 mile round trip. Everything was perfect. Running sweet and it was cool in the cabin.

BUT – 45 miles in and there was smoke from the rear….. I pulled in to check. Thankfully it was not overheating. But the AC belt was slipping  and therefore started smoking. And also spread rubber shavings everywhere.

She was still running fine, but for some reason idling quite high at around 2,000 rpm……

I completed the journey back to my garage 45 miles away – she ran brilliantly. But the high revs were a bit of a pain.

So I’m now working on fixing that and some other niggles, which I’ll pick up on in my next blog.

For now, enjoy this beauty shot of 11477 I took in Mumbles, Swansea.

Putting the miles on 11477

There’s really not a lot to report, other than I’ve put around 200 miles on 11477 since her being roadworthy and registered.

And they were 200 trouble free miles in the height of our 30+ degree Celsius heatwave !

Amongst the travels were a commute to work and a pick up of one excited daughter from school.

Needless to say I was a popular Dad that day.

Nothing more to report. I will be tackling a few jobs over the summer, such as the headlining, bumper repaint and rejuvenation of the leather seats.

I could recover the seats, but they are original to the car and in pretty good shape. So if I can rejuvenate them and fill the cracks, I’ll do that. I will keep you up to date.

It’s registered!!!

Yes folks, 11477 is now registered for U.K. roads. I had already purchased an Irish registration “TCZ 585” – I liked it because well, TC are my initials, and Z could be read as apostrophe “S”

Ok, so enough analysis of my registration mark.

June 30th 2018, I finished some longstanding jobs. One was the temperature gauge (yes it’s fixed!!) and the other was a new otterstat.

At the end of that day, I took 11477 out for a little run with Dad, who also got to drive her. (Of course!)
She drove extremely well, drew lots of attention and was just a joy to drive.
Driving on the left of the car takes some getting used to on British roads….. but I’m getting there.

The day after, July 1st 2018, it was time for a longer run. I took 11477 (with the Mrs) up to the Black Mountains and stopped at the top for some fresh air. We were immediately greeted by some lovely bikers who were all over 11477.
As I got out I was greeted to “you’ve made my day mate” 😀

From there we travelled to the Owls Nest in Llandovery. It’s a regular stop for me when on the motorbike, so this place was a must. So much lovely cake to eat there!!
Again, many many people wanting to talk about the car. Many photos taken of her and the obligatory flux capacitor questions were asked. Lol 😀

From there we travelled home, stopped for a KFC, where many more people came to have a look, ask questions and take photos.
It’s a very sociable car this DeLorean 😀

A very enjoyable day (except for the non functioning aircon!)
It was around 50 miles in total, and it was a great test run for the DeLorean – the cooling system was great and the fans kicked in and out. All was awesome!!

Fiddling while I wait for the V5

Today (June 23rd 2018) was just a fiddling day, while I wait for the DVLA to get 11477 registered.

1. Attempt to fix temperature gauge.
Attempted…. and failed… grrrr
I have already installed a new temperature sender. So I tried grounding the cable from the temp sender. Doing this should send the gauge up when ignition is on. Well, for me, it didn’t.
Unfortunately this means there’s a bad connection somewhere.
I checked for continuity between the sender and the connectors on the bulk head and this was fine.
Next is to check between the bulk head and the binnacle…… so I left that for today. I really didn’t want to pull off the binnacle right now.

2. Remove the headliner.
This should be simple…. remove the 4 screws holding the sun visors in place and this will allow you to slide the headlining back and down.
But of course…. all the screws were rusted solid!
Every one snapped off and one took me over 30 mins with mole grips to break off. What an absolute pain.
Once they were out, the headlining dropped down, ready to be recovered.
Then I removed the 4 rusty brackets and put them in a vice to remove the remainder of the rusty screws. Then I just need to find some new screws to fit the brackets for when I put the headliner back. I’ll have to rivet brackets back in place before that.

3. Bolt down the roof box and re-align the louvres
I’d already bolted the box down, but I wanted to tighten the bolts some more before aligning the louvres.
The louvres can be a pain. But first loosen the 4 bolts and remove the struts.
Then close the louvres and use a 13mm socket to tighten the louvres in place. I used a universal joint on a socket extension to achieve this.

4. One reverse light not working
It wasn’t that important, but I want it to work!! Lol
Anyway, I removed the driver side light, cleaned the contacts on the connector and boom, 2 reverse lights. Easy! Yay

5. LED license plate lights
While I was at the back I thought I’d get the led festoon bulbs installed. They give off a warm glow, so they look light incandescent bulbs.
I’ll just say, these things are a pain in the backside to put back on! I had to remove the tail light to get my hand inside the bumper in order to hold the brackets in place for the license plate lights!! What a faff!! 🙂

Next time I think I’ll try to tackle the temp sender for the umpteenth time!! So it’ll be a removal of the binnacle!!! 😮

Also, if I have time, perhaps re covering the headliner boards and re-install. That would be a nice thing to have done.

MOT Day June 16th 2018

Before I could set off for the MOT, I had to fix the leaky fuel line on the frequency valve.
I have a full braided set of replacement hoses, so I just replaced the leaky one to get me to the MOT – the rest will be done soon after.

My dad and I completed a few final basic checks. Lights, horn, wipers, etc. All was good.

Then the time came to hop in and drive 11477 for the first time!!

The MOT station was 15 miles away, so it would certainly be a good shake down for the car – plus, as is the norm here in South Wales, it was pouring with rain!

She ran perfectly! Such a beautiful drive and with no problems whatsoever! Gears were smooth, acceleration was excellent and handling… well, that was spot on to. The best description I gave my Dad was that is was like a go-kart!
Honestly, she drove so well….. I’m even more hooked on these cars now I’ve driven one properly!

So, sorry, down to the topic we’re here for, the MOT.

In short, SHE PASSED!
Yes, passed with zero advisories I might add. It was really nice to get a good look underneath. She was really clean and solid under there.

The MOT guy doesn’t really know what a DeLorean is, in a way, this was good, because he was complimenting how nice the car was and how much work had been done to get her where she is.
So that meant a lot to me as Dad and I had certainly put many hours into the car to get her here.

So, she passed, and then I got to enjoy a spirited 15 mile drive back home and it didn’t disappoint. Once again the drive was so very enjoyable……

Now, to fill in the registration forms and get the DVLA to get 11477 road legal!! Just 2 or 3 weeks to wait and I should have the new owners certificate and I can drive her on the road!!!

I still have work to do on her. Mostly cosmetics now. I’ll update here as I complete work……

Lastly…. WOOOOO HOOOOOO !!!!!

Final jobs pre-MOT – but there’s a problem…

Saturday June 9th was a long and tiring day.

Actually it was the most tiring of the whole project!
I thought it was going to be the easiest, as the jobs left were to be minimal……..

1. Finish the chassis protection now it’s off the blocks.
This was a nice easy start and was really the only thing needed to ensure she was presentable for the MOT.
But I had other jobs I thought I could squeeze in…..

2. Reverse switch
Nice and easy to swap out while I was under the car sorting the chassis. Unscrew the old, screw in the new. And hey presto, reverse lights!

3. Temperature sender
This was a job I’ve dreaded since day one of having the car in the garage.
It was easy enough once you figure out how best to get your hands down there.
Prepare to lose water!! So make sure you have some coolant on hand to top it off afterwards.

4. And here’s the problem…. Fuel leak!!!
Yes, whilst accessing the temp sender, we moved the fuel lines attached to the fuel frequency valve out of the way. As I’m doing this it broke the seal on one of the lines…… and damn….. fuel leak onto the engine……
Heart sank……

But as I’ve been told, these are 37 year old fuel lines….. and they cause engine fires!!! So it happened at the right time.
As a result, I’ve ordered a full set of replacement stainless braided fuel lines.
An absolute must!

5. Roof box bolt down.
I bought the kit from DGo and it was really quite easy to do. And well worth £16 for the peace of mind.

Next Saturday the 16th is MOT day. So between now and then I will have to fit the frequency valve fuel line to get me to the MOT. Then I will fit the rest of lines after the MOT.

Watch this space….. hopefully my next post will be some news from the MOT station…. good or bad, I will report it here.

New fuel sender, oils, light boards!!

I’m afraid this post will be rather light on media – so bear with me 🙂

The latest works carried out:

1. New fuel sender fitted.
I’m so glad this is now in place! I can actually see the amount of fuel I have – and the low fuel light works!!
Very pleased with this.

2. New rear light boards installed.
These were manufactured by DeLorean Europe. The old ones worked…. but unreliabley. Whilst these were plug and play, I had to modify the connectors slightly to allow me to install the rear fog light conversion…….

3. Fog light conversion.
Yes so whilst quite simple, it is a little time consuming. But I’m working things out as I go along, so it will take a little longer. I won’t bore you with details, because I’d only be re bashing someone else’s instructions.
But if you’re stuck, give me a shout 🙂

4. Engine oil and filter change.
I went with 10w/40 Castrol GTX semi-synthetic and a Mahle oil filter.
There’s a few methods on the refill amount.
She should take up to about 8 litres.
I stopped at 7 litres, ran the car a little and then rechecked the level.
Then topped it off a little so that the level on the stick is in between the notches.

5. Gearbox oil change.
For this I used Comma 75w/90 GL5 spec, as recommended.
IMPORTANT TIP: Remove the filler bolt BEFORE the drain bolt! It might seem obvious, and it’s usually mentioned most places when you’re google about the oil change.
But it’s worth mentioning here too I think.


And that’s it for this instalment. It was a long day of important work. These last important jobs basically mean I can get her MOTd ready to register her.

My next few jobs are just tidying up some final bits on the chassis and a final check over pre MOT……. ooooooooo, I can’t wait!!!!!!

11477 is back on her wheels!

It’s been a while since I updated the blog. I’ve been working on 11477 every weekend though!

What’s happened? Well here’s a little list:

– recoated the chassis
– fitted new trunk release cable (use bicycle brake cable! They are perfect)
– fitted new steering gaitors (pain in the backside!)
– fitted new suspension mount bushes and washers
– fitted new horns (beep beep)
– fitted LED rear lights, markers and front sidelights
– fitted a neat battery cut-off behind the passenger seat
– refitted the wheels !

Here’s a few videos.