RE: Elon Musk is falling apart
The pre-orders are a hundred bucks down, so yes.
The pre-orders are a hundred bucks down, so yes.
roberto said:Does anyone actually believe that they've taken 200,000 pre orders?
Leonard D Neubache said:Built in ramp.
Why has this never happened before?
Simeon_Strangelight said:Elon Musk seems to have a ton of elite backing and the niche car maker can likely make it if he can deliver on the below 40.000$ price tag.
Rush87 said:I like the design.
antman333 said:Does this thing have crumple zones? I thought the reason older cars with these types of hard bodies can be dangerous is that they absorb none of the impact.
Captainstabbin said:Outside of battery fires, the Model 3 was, generally, very safe in a crash so I trust that the Tesla people have thought of crash safety. But, it's a single sheet of stainless steel, does the entire thing need to be replaced in even a minor accident? There's no paint so you can't just weld a new patch panel in place and grind it down.
CynicalContrarian said:Captainstabbin said:Outside of battery fires, the Model 3 was, generally, very safe in a crash so I trust that the Tesla people have thought of crash safety. But, it's a single sheet of stainless steel, does the entire thing need to be replaced in even a minor accident? There's no paint so you can't just weld a new patch panel in place and grind it down.
Speaking of paint.
Fair bet there'll be the odd rapper or two who'll have the damned things chrome lined or painted gold or some such gaudy colour scheme.
VIN 1542 with a manual transmission and black interior was privately plated by it's owner in New York in 1981 and last known to have been sold to someone in the Toronto, Canada area. The owner of the car at the time recounted this story on the car:
This was 30 years ago, so I will do my best to describe the sequence of events that took place.
In 1981, I took delivery of the first DeLorean on Long Island, NY and paid about $28,000 including a premium for getting the car early. I had received an offering by American Express describing 100 24K gold Deloreans to be built and sold at the price of $85,000 each and I thought how cool was that. I did some research and figured I could do it on my own and located an electro-chemical plating business in Laurel, MD called Brushtronics Engineering and arranged to have my car gold plated. It was not done by dipping each individual panel into an electroplating bath as were the 3 that were done for Amex...my car was already assembled and that was too impractical. Rather, a process known as brush-plating was done...one panel at a time. Since stainless steel develops an oxide coating, the first step on each panel was to electrochemically clean the surface to remove the oxide and contaminants. Since gold does not adhere well to stainless steel, each cleaned panel was then nickel plated first and finally plated with 23K hard cobalt gold by dipping cloth coated wands hooked up to an electrical current into a clear solution containing the gold ions and then "brush" the panel depositing the gold onto each panel. After each panel was finished, a levigated aluminum oxide white powder was used to polish the gold to a high luster. This procedure was repeated on the same panel several times to build up the gold thickness. I believe it took at least 2-3 months to complete the entire car in MD and then I drove it home and took it to a local body shop to have the wheels and soft bumpers sprayed with gold paint to match the plating. The gold plating also included the exhaust tips. I also had a neighbor make up a rectangular brass plate that was engraved 24K Gold Plated Delorean and glued to the passenger side dashboard.
I have numerous photographs of the car which appeared on TV in the DC, MD area news (have video tape with me on it) as well as TV in Atlantic City, NJ where I had put it up for auction (did not sell). None of the photos are digital though as they were taken in '81 before digital photography.
Brushtronics submitted an article in a "Plating and Surface Finishing" trade journal and sent it to me. It shows my car when it was being filmed for TV and also shows a great picture of it sitting with gull wings high and sitting next to John Lennon's psychedelic Rolls Royce as the show cars of the Atlantic City auction.
Many months later, I sold the car to a man from Canada and the picture of the car sitting in the driveway of my first house in North Woodmere, LI NY appears on the link that I sent in my previous mail. This picture was taken by the buyer the day he picked up the car and later appeared in Road and Track magazine for sale as I understand that he could not bring the car into Canada due to some technicality and stored it in a garage for some time near Niagra Falls, NY. I don't know where the car eventually wound up...but that's my story. Oh yes, the entire project including travel, hotel, painting wheels/bumper and the gold electroplating cost me about $8,000 in 1981.
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