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(YouTube)   The real Delorean from "Back to the Future" is being restored -- and farker concotelli (me) is on the team. So, here's a video we made of the restoration in progress   (youtube.com) divider line 65
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2012-11-15 01:04:24 PM
I'll also do my best to answer questions you have about the car or the restoration.
 
2012-11-15 01:29:11 PM
As a fellow car guy, I really dig what y'all are doing. I do have a question about the quality of the car. I know that movie cars tend to be built to look good on-screen, but have a tendancy to look very cheap, when you see them up close (I'm lookin' at YOU, K.I.T.T. from Knight Rider, and YOU, General Lee). Did you guys restore this DMC 12 to be a high-quality restoration, or did y'all do it as a faithful re-creation of the car, as it was used in the movies? For example, I know that a guy found the original General Lee (Lee-1), and restored it EXACTLY as it appeared prior to making the famous jump that appeared in the opening credits of the show (right down to the overspray on the windows, and a cracked windshield), whereas several people have done high-end recreations of the General Lee.

Either way, thanks for doing what y'all are doing. It's so nice when someone takes a car destined for the scrapheap, and returns it to it's former glory.
 
2012-11-15 01:31:57 PM
 
2012-11-15 01:43:40 PM
Great question -- and it's one we've been struggling with too. Does "screen accurate" mean the way it actually appeared, or the way it was INTENDED to appear.

We're restoring it exactly as it was during the first film, flaws and all. Except for the time circuits. In the film, the A car's time circuits were never seen (those were the C car's). And of course, none of the time circuits actually worked the way they appear in the film.

In that case, we have to make the car appear the way it was INTENDED to. So we're adding time circuits you can program, with sound effects, etc.
 
2012-11-15 01:49:55 PM

concotelli: I'll also do my best to answer questions you have about the car or the restoration.


Which one is you in the video? :)
 
2012-11-15 01:57:28 PM
DeLorean DMC-12 specs:

General specifications
Country of origin Great Britain
Numbers built 8583
Produced from 1981 - 1982
Body design Giugiaro / Italdesign

Engine
Configuration Renault PRV6 V6
Location Mid, longitudinally mounted
Construction aluminium alloy block and head
Displacement 2.849 liter / 173.9 cu in
Bore / Stroke 91.0 mm (3.6 in) / 73.0 mm (2.9 in)
Compression 9.5:1
Valvetrain 2 valves / cylinder, OHV
Fuel feed Bosch Fuel Injection
Aspiration Naturally Aspirated
Power 156 bhp / 116 KW @ 5700 rpm
Torque 235 Nm / 173 ft lbs @ 3000 rpm
BHP/Liter 55 bhp / liter

Drivetrain
Chassis stainless steel body on backbone chassis
Front suspension double unequal length wishbones, coil springs, anti-roll bar
Rear suspension diagonal radius arms, upper and lower links, coil springs
Steering rack-and-pinion
Brakes discs, all-round
Gearbox 5 speed Manual
Drive Rear wheel drive

Dimensions Weight 1290 kilo / 2844 lbs
Length / Width / Height 4267 mm (168 in) / 1989 mm (78.3 in) / 1141 mm (44.9 in)
Wheelbase / Track (fr/r) 2408 mm (94.8 in) / 1590 mm (62.6 in) / 1588 mm (62.5 in)

Performance figures
Power to weight 0.12 bhp / kg
Top Speed 177 km/h (110 mph)
0-60 mph 10.5 s
0-100 mph 40.0 s


Neat little cars, but that Peugeot, Renault, Volvo V-6 didn't pack a lot of punch. I wonder if you could cram an LS-1 or an LS-3 into a DeLorean. Probably not...
 
2012-11-15 02:00:36 PM

vartian: concotelli: I'll also do my best to answer questions you have about the car or the restoration.

Which one is you in the video? :)


I'm the one holding the camera. You might see my shadow or reflection.
 
2012-11-15 02:10:23 PM

concotelli: I'm the one holding the camera. You might see my shadow or reflection.


That's all you ever see of me as well. Nice work.
 
2012-11-15 03:27:34 PM
I like this!

So, what was the car's story after the movies and before the restoration began? Was it sitting outside somewhere? Did a collector own it?
 
2012-11-15 03:35:16 PM

L.D. Ablo: So, what was the car's story after the movies and before the restoration began? Was it sitting outside somewhere? Did a collector own it?


The "A" car (the one we're restoring) has been owned by Universal Studios the whole time.

Here's a good synopsis of all the cars that were used. Bottom of the Page
 
2012-11-15 04:57:01 PM
While I have no problems doing contractor type work or fine woodworking I can't stand working on cars or small engines, that requires a level of patients that I can't muster and in short order I want to smash the shiat out of whatever mechanical thing I am trying to fix. So bless you subby and others like you... also neat vid.
 
2012-11-15 05:16:30 PM

concotelli: The "A" car (the one we're restoring) has been owned by Universal Studios the whole time.


Who owns the car now? Are y'all restoring it for the studio, or did they sell it?
 
2012-11-15 05:19:19 PM
Who owns the car now? Are y'all restoring it for the studio, or did they sell it?

Universal Studios still owns the vehicle. We are restoring it for them.
 
2012-11-15 05:21:25 PM
Thanks for sharing subby, csb
 
2012-11-15 05:23:39 PM
That is a really cool that you guys are doing that. Wish I could help out on that gig.

Have fun, guys!
 
2012-11-15 05:25:28 PM
When the exhibit is complete, will people be allowed to sit in the car?  Or will it be roped off?
 
I assume the latter because of how concerned you guys are about it falling into disrepair again.
 
2012-11-15 05:26:34 PM

concotelli: I'll also do my best to answer questions you have about the car or the restoration.



Why did it get in such bad shape?  Why wouldn't Universal have at least kept it in a garage?
 
2012-11-15 05:41:25 PM
Since the car also flew at the end of the first film, I'll give you 'til 2015 to make those parts work too.
 
2012-11-15 05:45:28 PM

ABQGOD: Since the car also flew at the end of the first film, I'll give you 'til 2015 to make those parts work too.


Exactly.

Oh yeah. Make it go back in time, too.
 
2012-11-15 05:51:22 PM
Is there a mr fusion on the back and an alarm clock on the dash?
 
2012-11-15 06:11:41 PM

bulldg4life: Is there a mr fusion on the back and an alarm clock on the dash?


I'm not sure what the final configuration will be. But it's pretty easy to switch between the nuclear reactor and Mr. Fusion version.
 
2012-11-15 06:18:40 PM
Two things I've always wanted to do but never found the time:

1) Build a clock that looks just like the time circuits, complete with controls and sounds. Something you could put on a console in the living room or something.

2) Build a flux-capacitor, or many of them, and hang them around various control boxes inside our business where it's open to the public.

#1 I know how to do, but I have no idea what it would take to do #2.
 
2012-11-15 06:20:32 PM
Wait, I do have two questions:

1) How much does all of the "fluff" add to the weight of the car? Is it still driveable?

2) How many man hours are you looking at here?
 
2012-11-15 06:24:24 PM
Can you divulge the budget for this project? I'd really be interested in knowing how much money is involved in a project of this nature.
 
2012-11-15 06:30:51 PM
1) How much does all of the "fluff" add to the weight of the car?
2) How many man hours are you looking at here?


-The additions do add a lot of weight. I couldn't tell you exactly how much.

- It takes a LOT of hours. It's unmatched by anything I've ever seen before. And it's all to ensure that everything matches exactly as it was -- even down to the precise placement of every screw on the car.
 
2012-11-15 06:40:55 PM
Reminds me of when ECTO was being refurbished...seeing these iconic, classic cars that are practically more famous than the movies themselves, just rusting away nearly makes me weep.

/nearly...
 
2012-11-15 06:41:49 PM
Awesome work. I look forward to visiting the car at Universal Studios!
 
2012-11-15 07:56:23 PM

concotelli: -The additions do add a lot of weight. I couldn't tell you exactly how much.


Dagnabbit. I was hoping for any kind of number. Then I could reply, "That's heavy!"

concotelli: - It takes a LOT of hours. It's unmatched by anything I've ever seen before. And it's all to ensure that everything matches exactly as it was -- even down to the precise placement of every screw on the car.


Likewise I was hoping for any number. Then I could reply, "Great Scott!"

Meh, I tried setting up a joke but it failed. Oh well.

Regardless, I do like the idea. I'm not sure what it is about the BTF triology that I like so much but I've remained a fan since I was a kid. If I had to hazard a guess it would be that they never engaged any pseudo-science. I never got a kick in the balls as I got educated to tell me that BTF wasn't possible. Well, not a concrete one. I know travel back in time isn't possible, but since nobody ever explained how it all worked I never got that "nut shot" so to speak.
 
2012-11-15 08:03:41 PM

jbuist: Meh, I tried setting up a joke but it failed. Oh well.


D'oh! Sorry to blow your jokes by being too cautious in my responses.

Slacker!
 
2012-11-15 08:11:01 PM
That's cool, but who's going to save the Good Burger Mobile?

www.burgerweb.com

I read it was also Garth's car in Wayne's World but I don't know if that's true.
 
2012-11-15 08:11:34 PM

concotelli: D'oh! Sorry to blow your jokes by being too cautious in my responses.


Why don't you make like a tree and get out of here?

Ok, we're good. I got to use an actual movie line.
 
2012-11-15 08:15:58 PM

jbuist: I know travel back in time isn't possible, but since nobody ever explained how it all worked I never got that "nut shot" so to speak.


Yeah, they did. The flux capacitor ... it's ... what ... makes ... time ... travel ... possible.
 
2012-11-15 09:55:31 PM
Are you telling me, you're rebuilding a time machine...out of a Delorean?
 
2012-11-15 09:57:53 PM
So I saw like...5 dudes on the crew? you said a lot of time, and this kicked off in March, completed in december, so imma sume 1572 manhours each. Assuming you charge $200/hr, which is not at all unreasonable for first-class restoration....


Is this a >$1m dollar project? is Universal spending a million and a half bucks on this? farking craaaaazy.
 
2012-11-15 10:17:12 PM
Not much to add here, concotelli. Just wanna say I've been following you guys on FB for a while now and the whole process has been rather fascinating. Beautiful to see "A" car getting the attention it deserves!

/I'll just leave this here...

theawesomer.com
 
2012-11-15 10:21:46 PM
The car's cool, but I'd like to know if that was the original Gibson ES-345TD (w/ Bigsby) from the movie that I caught a brief glimpse of in your vid! That is a very cherry axe - 'tho it didn't actually exist until eight years after 1955.
 
2012-11-15 10:36:12 PM

Wookie Milson: The car's cool, but I'd like to know if that was the original Gibson ES-345TD.


I'm not sure about the guitar. But I do know that the picture was taken during the "Enchantment Under the Sea Dance" during the 25th Anniversary Celebration back in 2010. The dance was even held at the same place they filmed the original. It was very cool. And everybody was lined up to take pictures in the stairwell where Marty says goodbye to his parents (myself included!)
 
2012-11-15 10:46:09 PM

concotelli: Wookie Milson: The car's cool, but I'd like to know if that was the original Gibson ES-345TD.

I'm not sure about the guitar. But I do know that the picture was taken during the "Enchantment Under the Sea Dance" during the 25th Anniversary Celebration back in 2010. The dance was even held at the same place they filmed the original. It was very cool. And everybody was lined up to take pictures in the stairwell where Marty says goodbye to his parents (myself included!)


Fantastic. Good luck with the rest of the project; let's see if you bastards can do 90!
 
2012-11-15 10:59:19 PM
When does Obama receive his new time machine?
 
2012-11-15 11:15:39 PM
That's really neat.
 
2012-11-15 11:54:15 PM
Is this where I say "you didn't build that!" There is no way that is the "actual" car that was in the moving picture show.

Props on them to try to rebuild a facscimile of the "original movie delorean". Good jorb.
 
2012-11-16 12:31:51 AM

concotelli: I'll also do my best to answer questions you have about the car or the restoration.


/gristle here. How did the car get so messed up over the years to need to be completely torn down? And parts missing? How did that happen?
 
2012-11-16 12:42:15 AM
Just don't let these guys drive it. Link
 
2012-11-16 01:20:14 AM
That's pretty cool and all, but it doesn't really compare to the modern-day time machine.

i112.photobucket.com
 
2012-11-16 01:24:41 AM
Now if someone could find the Spinner and restore that...

4.bp.blogspot.com
 
2012-11-16 01:29:07 AM
I do have a question...

I always thought that once you dented or got hit you couldn't really fix the stainless steel properly... thus a few people ended up just painting them.

I looked at one back in the day. The dealer said they used baby oil instead of wax to make it look like it just came off the showroom floor.
 
2012-11-16 06:50:45 AM

Tsar_Bomba1: I do have a question...

I always thought that once you dented or got hit you couldn't really fix the stainless steel properly... thus a few people ended up just painting them.

I looked at one back in the day. The dealer said they used baby oil instead of wax to make it look like it just came off the showroom floor.


There are people out there that specialize in restoring the stainless steel body panels. It is a bit tricky, since you can't use body filler, but minor dings CAN be repaired.
 
2012-11-16 08:06:28 AM
well done, looks great.

/in the mid 90s a friend of a friend had a Delorean and let a friend of a friend sit in it. Dbag didn't drive stick and ploughed it into a wall in front of an audience. no-one laughed. i might have cried a little.
//drive manual or go home
 
2012-11-16 09:31:41 AM

Bit'O'Gristle: How did the car get so messed up over the years to need to be completely torn down? And parts missing? How did that happen?


The car was parked outside, as part of the Studio Tram Tour. Weather, time, tourists and souvenir hunters took their tool on the car.

Here's a great thread with plenty of pictures
while the car was still at Universal. Keep in mind, there are 2 cars in the pictures. The daylight pictures are a replica. The night time pictures are the "A" car we're restoring.
 
2012-11-16 02:50:36 PM
Serious question: Will the car be able to travel through time when the restoration is complete?
 
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