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  • Nov 21st 2012 at 12:45PM
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Since first hearing about the restoration project to bring the Back to the Future DeLorean DMC-12 time machine back to life, we haven't heard that much about the progress. The project was supposed to be "concluded" over the summer, but it turns out finding original parts or creating all new ones for a fictional time machine isn't as easy as it sounds... actually, it doesn't even sound that easy.

As an update for the museum-quality restoration being given to the neglected "A car" from the original BTTF movie, Bob Gale, co-writer and producer of the movie trilogy, shows us some of the painstaking work that goes into bringing such an iconic movie car back to life.

Joe Walser and Terry Matalas have led the restoration team, which has completely disassembled Doc Brown's DeLorean, and are working to rebuild the car from the ground up. This includes redoing the interior, all of the electronics (with the critical flux capacitor) and even the car's signature stainless steel body parts. One of the remade pieces includes the metal receptacle in which plutonium was placed to get the required 1.21 "jiggawatts" of power to make time travel possible; this was the original time machine, so no Mr. Fusion here.

Scroll down to see what's been done to the car so far, and check out the updates on the Time Machine Restoration Facebook page. Like the first BTTF move, this story is "to be... continued," but Gale says that the project is now expected to be completed next month, and it will be on permanent display inside Universal Studios Hollywood.


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      HAT1701D
      • 2 Years Ago
      Well, the standard DeLorean parts in reality should not be an issue. There is a company in Texas that specializes ONLY in DeLorean components and will build an entire vehicle from the ground up. They have the complete set of stamps and molds for the vehicle.
        Claude
        • 9 Days Ago
        @HAT1701D

        Not true..the dyes for the Stainless Steel panels lie in the bottom of the ocean off the British coast..they were sold at auction to the highest bidder..and a fisherman bought them to help anchor down his nets..it is said the British Government gave them to the fisherman to dump in the ocean..because  the British government never wanted to see that car back into production..because of all the tax payers monies that were lost on that venture

      doubledang1973
      • 2 Years Ago
      21.1 jigowatts, Marty! Do you know what this means? It means this damn thing doesn't work!!
      davistpd1
      • 2 Years Ago
      car must of been pretty heavily modified... wink wink..brand new stock DMC would be pretty hard pressed when new to even make it to 88 mph.
        ohger1
        • 2 Years Ago
        @davistpd1
        Not true. While certainly not a powerhouse by today's standards, the car was fairly light. Top speed was about 110. The bigger question is whether the car could get to 88 in a mall parking lot.....
          Claude
          • 9 Days Ago
          @ohger1

          The speedometer only went to 85..so there was no way to tell..besides the bulk of the deloreans have broken speedometers..because of the screwed up engineering on the speedometer setup

      Jason
      • 2 Years Ago
      What an awesome project car, I can't wait to see this completed.
      evilleo22
      • 2 Years Ago
      Um, isnt there a company that bought all the rights and tooling and is remaking the DMC? Mightve been easier to buy new body panels than reworking Stainless steel. Just saying.
        Claude
        • 9 Days Ago
        @evilleo22

        NOT the rights..just the parts and tooling..SS parts are very expensive..drivers side fender is about 4000.00 NOS

      Paul C. Duncan
      • 2 Years Ago
      LETS DO THE TIME WARP AGAIN!!
      4gasem
      • 2 Years Ago
      This wouldn't have been here if they'd have gone with a refrigerator as the time machine, as first conceived early on when writing the trilogy.
        yankeedoug1121
        • 2 Years Ago
        @4gasem
        can the refrigerator hit 88 MPH
        Claude
        • 2 Years Ago
        @4gasem
        would have had a LOT of dead kids by now had they used a refrigerator..besides how would Marty have outrun the Libyans in a Refrigerator
          Claude
          • 9 Days Ago
          @Claude

          That's the funny part the Delorean could not even outrun a air cooled 4 cylinder 1 barrel Volkswagen Van..just shows what a slow poke it really is..the only way he was able to outrun them was by time traveling

        Pj Taintz
        • 2 Years Ago
        @4gasem
        what about the hot tub?
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