It were the Aliens making atmospheric entry coming in from the Pacific.  Bright 
lights and booms in the sky at night


1974 450sl -  Frosch - Two tone green
1986 SDL - Polei
1982 300 SD - Allen

retired models-
2002 s430 - Victor, a Stately & well tailored crap
1976 300D - Blei Vanst - it looks silvery
1972 220D - Gump - She was green, simple and ran
1995 E300D - Gave her life to save me against a Dame in a SUV
POS 1987 SDL - Beware Nigerian Scammers

> On Mar 12, 2018, at 5:14 AM, Buggered Benzmail via Mercedes 
> <> wrote:
> Did the temporal rift over the weekend consume the sun?
> --R
> Sent from iPhone
>> On Mar 12, 2018, at 12:08 AM, clay monroe via Mercedes 
>> <> wrote:
>> We are in a rare solar event this weekend.  The rain will return soon, so I 
>> am scrambling to pack lots of little tasks while I can.
>> Allen seems to not have parking brakes.  I thought they were there, but the 
>> pedal goes to the floor and the wheels roll with no resistance, so I tried 
>> to adjust the shoes.  No impact spinning the star.  Up on driver/down for 
>> passenger.  Maybe it will visit a shop instead of spending many hours trying 
>> to make the ($**!!*%#%) wee spring to actually hook up.  
>> That led to hooking the working antenna cable to the head unit.  Current 
>> wire was snipped off to splice into an chinese aftermarket antenna.  Had to 
>> pull up carpet, a seat, and dig into the console.  May as well hook the 
>> speakers directly to the radio instead of trying to make the fader work 
>> right.  Noise was only coming out the driver rear speaker with this unit.  
>> Now I can control media from a touch screen, plucked from PnP for $10, over 
>> installing one of the vintage Grand Prix that would fetch multiples of that 
>> investment flogged on Fleabay.  I am not trying to make this a show car.
>> While wrestling the driver seat, the power wires to the motors had to be 
>> reseated, as they fell out somehow.  The MBTex seat I installed, came minus 
>> the back, so, I needed to make holes to fit the OE panel.  That done, I had 
>> to liberate the seatbelt dock, as it had become high-centered on a bolt and 
>> would not allow the seat to be re-installed.  
>> I popped the trunk and tested the vacuum pump.  No vac holding, and pump 
>> would not power.  Will need to trace where I have a hole, so will not hook 
>> the replacement  pump to power.  Which somehow flowed to under the hood 
>> looking at the EGR.  That holds vacuum, but will not open.  I pulled out and 
>> gave it a cleaning.  Valve opened by digital manipulation, but not vacuum.  
>> Stuff It!  Put it back, at least it is clean now.
>> A side trip to the hardware store to secure some Schedule 40 to build a few 
>> stands so I can refinish the Bundt wheels I pulled from PnP.  Many $$$ later 
>> I had a square base with a set of posts along the middle side arms rising to 
>> an apex to hold the rims by the centers of the teepee.  A fast wipe down 
>> with acetone (I cleaned, filled and sanded rims last month) and I was 
>> shaking the rattle cans to prime, paint and clear the backsides of the 
>> Bundts.  It will be warmer in the morrow, so I will tackle the fronts after 
>> lunch.
>> Last task this night was to blast the console switches with contact cleaner 
>> on the off chance they needed it.  At least it could not hurt.  


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