Re: [MBZ] What idiot parts out a 87 300td

2014-01-03 Thread Alex Chamberlain
On Wed, Jan 1, 2014 at 8:52 PM, Dieselhead 126die...@gmail.com wrote:

 A good share of 'merkuns are ijits.

 somewhere around half are on the goobermnt dole.  Not all them are ijits,
 but there are probably an equal number of working ijits.

 You  have about a 50/50 chance that the owner of the 300TD, or any car,
 are ijits.


Why are you an ijit if you don't want to put $3,000 into a 25-year-old,
expensive to maintain, unreliable car?

Strikes me as sensible.

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Re: [MBZ] S600 eBay Deal

2014-01-03 Thread Alex Chamberlain
On Fri, Jan 3, 2014 at 7:48 AM, Craig diese...@pisquared.net wrote:

 On Fri, 03 Jan 2014 05:38:45 -0500 Dan Penoff d...@penoff.com wrote:

  Windows, seats, etc., were all hydraulic on the Grosser.  No vacuum or
  electrics.

 Interesting. What about the ever-present oozing that hydraulic systems
 tend to do?


Heh.  I've wondered about that too.  Seems like any example in
less-than-perfect shape would constantly stink of hydraulic fluid inside
and out.  All it takes is one bad fitting in the interior and you would
have a heck of a cleanup job on the leather and carpets.

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Re: [MBZ] Car Picsynutyqu5

2014-01-01 Thread Alex Chamberlain
On Jan 1, 2014 6:57 AM, Dan Penoff d...@penoff.com wrote:

 Yeah, I could really do without the
 chromed wheels, but

 If anyone knows of some stock
 wheels, even if they need
 refinishing, let me know.


Can't the chromed wheels be bead-blasted and powder-coated silver?  Around
here you can have that done for about $50 a wheel at a custom bike
shop--the Harley guys like to powder-coat everything in sight.

Stock R129 takeoff wheels are going to be harder to find than most--didn't
they have a unique offset?

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Re: [MBZ] MB vs. BMW

2014-01-01 Thread Alex Chamberlain
On Jan 1, 2014 9:58 AM, rickknoble rickkno...@hotmail.com wrote:

 Online privacy is an oxymoron.

Craig has mentioned a set of plugins he uses with Chrome, or maybe it was
Firefox, to block ads and increase privacy.  Craig, can you tell us about
your browser configuration again?

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Re: [MBZ] What idiot parts out a 87 300td

2014-01-01 Thread Alex Chamberlain
On Wed, Jan 1, 2014 at 3:55 PM, Kaleb C. Striplin ka...@striplin.netwrote:

 Just because of a cracked head, unless it has many more problems.


A new head from M-B, plus installation, costs more than the blue-book value
of the car. Not everyone has a Pick-N-Pull handy and can do a head swap
themselves.

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Re: [MBZ] S600 eBay Deal upe1ujyz

2013-12-30 Thread Alex Chamberlain
On Mon, Dec 30, 2013 at 4:51 AM, Dan Penoff d...@penoff.com wrote:

 What's so special about a VW Phaeton?



You're kidding, right?  Every car guy has to know about the Phaeton.  It's
VWAG's W140 combined with the original BMW 750iL, only more so.  Massively
overengineered, poorly marketed in the US, a sales flop, and incredibly
cheap on the used market but a total money pit unless you can DIY and buy
parts at wholesale.

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Re: [MBZ] This is interesting

2013-12-30 Thread Alex Chamberlain
On Mon, Dec 30, 2013 at 9:08 PM, Dieselhead 126die...@gmail.com wrote:




 IMHO, a business doesn't really start a downhill slide until the
 accountants take over.



 A brilliant, and accurate observation.


Rather an incoherent comment, Loren, considering that you just said that
you thought GM's brand consolidation following its bankruptcy proved that
Geo and Saturn were superfluous brands.
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Re: [MBZ] This is interesting

2013-12-29 Thread Alex Chamberlain
On Dec 29, 2013 4:29 PM, Dieselhead 126die...@gmail.com wrote:

  I never could see any need for a
 geo or a saturn.

What are you talking about?  Nobody mentioned Saturn.  The point was the
hypocrisy of people in the '90s who said Buy American and then went to
their Chevy dealer to buy a Geo (all of which were captive imports).

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Re: [MBZ] S600 eBay Deal upe1ujyz

2013-12-29 Thread Alex Chamberlain
On Dec 29, 2013 6:54 PM, Mitch Haley m...@voyager.net wrote:

 For comparison, there are 6 VW
 Phaetons on eBay right now, all are
 V8s, and only
 one has a current bid less than the
 buy it now on the S600.

They're both money pits, but I'd rather have the Phaeton--it's rare enough
to be a future classic.  Gotta have the W-12 if you're going to bother,
though.

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Re: [MBZ] VW Diesel ute u6u8u0u7

2013-12-27 Thread Alex Chamberlain
On Dec 27, 2013 7:55 AM, Mitch Haley m...@voyager.net wrote:

 Curt Raymond wrote:

 while a pickup isn't required a real SUV is, that is something with
real offroad prowess, not a soft-roader like a Jeep Compass...


 So an e320 is out?
 How about an ml?



The first-gen ML is an odd duck.  It looks so much like a car-based
crossover that I was very surprised to find out it is body-on-frame and has
a real low range transfer case, just like my 'Burb.

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Re: [MBZ] OT: Color printers

2013-12-26 Thread Alex Chamberlain
On Dec 26, 2013 10:43 AM, Jim Cathey j...@windwireless.net wrote:

 I picked up a used Xerox 8560
 spray-on crayon printer.  It's
 fast, and prints are very punchy.
 (It's huge!)  $240.

 Any thoughts on this matter?


They make great iron-on T-shirt transfers!

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Re: [MBZ] OT: Color printers

2013-12-26 Thread Alex Chamberlain
On Dec 26, 2013 11:51 AM, Jim Cathey j...@windwireless.net wrote:

 They make great iron-on T-shirt transfers!

 Really?  I thought that heat was one of the big no-no's.


Heating the print is a big no-no because it loosens the wax from the paper,
which is exactly what you want to transfer it to a t-shirt.  Of course you
have to print a mirror image.

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Re: [MBZ] Christmas day repair...

2013-12-26 Thread Alex Chamberlain
On Dec 26, 2013 7:23 AM, Peter Frederick psf...@earthlink.net wrote:

  the intentions of the Founding
 Fathers.  They were very definitely
 Rationalists, firmly (and correctly)
 believing that humans are quite
 capable of running their own
 government without the intervention
  of Supernatural Beings.

Close, but no cigar.  That's not what Rationalism means.  As Enlightenment
thinkers go, I'd put Jefferson firmly in the opposite camp, the Empiricists.

He did, however, flirt with Deism, which posits an all-powerful God as the
creator of the universe--what Aristotle called the Prime Mover--but denies
the possibility of personal knowledge of God or influence by Him in human
affairs.

Alex gave up partway to a philosophy PhD
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Re: [MBZ] Christmas day repair...

2013-12-26 Thread Alex Chamberlain
On Dec 26, 2013 8:25 AM, Craig diese...@pisquared.net wrote:

 I must take strong exception to those
 statements on several grounds.

[... lots of quotes from the Founding Fathers on religion...]

Great quotes, Craig!  Nothing like going back to primary sources!


Those who say that our founding
 fathers were
 merely Deists or Rationalists are
 revising history.


I think that's a little strong.  There's evidence for both sides,
particularly in the case of Jefferson, who was a complex man and brilliant
thinker.  At times he made public statements befitting a typical
God-fearing Protestant of the 18th century (as in the quotes you gave).
But he also had strong enough Deist inclinations that he edited and
intended to publish a revised King James Bible that omitted all references
to miracles.

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Re: [MBZ] Brake Fluid

2013-12-26 Thread Alex Chamberlain
On Dec 26, 2013 4:56 PM, Andrew Strasfogel astrasfo...@gmail.com wrote:

 The Burmese have an expression,
 translated  to decorate your [sh*t],
 meaning don't be so stuck on eating
 gourmet food, because that's all your
 really doing.  The same holds true for
 the blue stuff, whatever it is
 you're talking about.

No, it doesn't.  Expensive brake fluid is expensive for a reason, just like
oil.  Your calipers and hoses really do last longer with it.  And the blue
color makes it easy to tell when you're done with a flush if you alternate
with the regular straw-colored stuff.

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Re: [MBZ] Land rover thoughts?

2013-12-25 Thread Alex Chamberlain
On Dec 25, 2013 5:19 AM, dsereta...@yahoo.com wrote:

 She doesn't like the looks of the other
 MB SUVs and won't drive anything
 Japanese- my influence:). Any
 thoughts?


First-gen BMW X5?  I think Jim C is pretty happy with his.

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Re: [MBZ] Merry Christmas!!!!

2013-12-25 Thread Alex Chamberlain
On Dec 25, 2013 12:35 PM, Mountain Man maontin@gmail.com wrote:


 This is not the first *new* car I have
 noticed this, but... the window
 starts too far up the side for a guy to
 put his elbow on the open
 window sill.  All you can do is use the
 inside armrest.  Not for me.


That's been the fashion at least since the Chrysler 300.  It's become
practically universal since the start of the Great Recession.  Not a
coincidence.   Marketroids think it makes people feel more secure about
life if they're riding around in a WWII pillbox on wheels with gunslit
windows.

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Re: [MBZ] Land rover thoughts?

2013-12-24 Thread Alex Chamberlain
On Tue, Dec 24, 2013 at 3:02 PM, Dieselhead 126die...@gmail.com wrote:


 Why not just get a domestic exploder/clone or a santafe or whatever? At
 least those you can get parts for.


No parts availability problem for LRs newer than '85 or so (around the time
of the first generation Range Rover that was imported to the US, the really
boxy ones with the amazing approach angles).  Portland has quite a big LR
fan club, at least judging by the number of LR-only indies (three that I've
seen, as opposed to five MB-only shops).

That being said, my impression is that they are pretty darn unreliable,
with the notable exception of the ones built when BMW briefly owned the
company.

My question would be, why have a Gelaendewagen if you aren't going to drive
it in the winter?  Yeah, I know, salt.  It still seems like a waste.

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Re: [MBZ] Anyone want a 450SL?

2013-12-24 Thread Alex Chamberlain
On Tue, Dec 24, 2013 at 11:39 AM, Jaime Kopchinski jaime...@gmail.comwrote:

 Hi all,
 I suddenly find myself with too many cars and not enough garage space, so
 one has to go.  I'm probably going to put it on eBay later this week, but
 if anyone has any interest, let me know.

 Photos:
 http://images.jaimekop.com/2013_12_24_450SL/


That's a beauty.  Wish I could fit in an R107.  In the '80 280SLC I used to
have, I always felt like there wasn't enough room in the footwell for my
size 13-5E feet to move quickly from pedal to pedal.  And I had to swap the
steering wheel for one from a W201 to make enough room for my thighs
between the wheel and the seat.

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Re: [MBZ] OT: Is Microsoft still updating Windows XP?

2013-12-21 Thread Alex Chamberlain
On Sat, Dec 21, 2013 at 12:28 PM, Craig diese...@pisquared.net wrote:

 After booting my laptop (a Dell Inspiron 600m) into Linux and updating
 the software there, I booted it into Windows and went to update the OS.

 ...



 I noticed that svchost.exe taking
 99% of the CPU. I then used Task Manager to end the svchost.exe process
 and saw the CPU usage drop, eventhough svchost.exe was automatically
 restarted. I restarted Windows Update, which started IE. I saw
 svchost.exe again taking 99% of CPU and ended its process again.


Sounds like you are running into this issue:

http://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2013/12/exponential-algorithm-making-windows-xp-miserable-could-be-fixed/

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Re: [MBZ] Fwd: FYI - sensible Oz gun laws

2013-12-20 Thread Alex Chamberlain
On Dec 20, 2013 9:14 PM, Gary Hurst jabbahur...@gmail.com wrote:

 when the chinese take over
 completely (if there is anything left
 worth
 taking over -- we might just be one
 giant detroit in 20 years), they will
 set us straight on such matters


You make it sound like this is desirable.  I will go out fighting.  I would
rather die than live as a subject in a culture that has for 4,000 years
taught that individual rights are literally a meaningless concept, and
conformity and subservience to the state are the highest virtues.

Unfortunately I fear you may be right; democracy is a flash in the pan, and
the natural state of man is totalitarianism.

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Re: [MBZ] Civil Service, Oh Yeah!

2013-12-19 Thread Alex Chamberlain
On Dec 19, 2013 4:10 PM, Dan Penoff d...@penoff.com wrote:


 You don't get to start teaching out of
 the gate. You're essentially an intern
 after you complete some courses
 within the District, mostly things
 dealing with pedagogical skills, ...

 Sadly, the attrition rate was
 frighteningly high when the program
 was going full bore, about 95% after
 five years. Seems that teaching wasn't
 as easy as a lot of people thought

Or people gave up because pedagogical skills are usually code for a bunch
of politically correct pseudo-scientific hooey.

Around here the M.S. in education required to teach in the public schools
is regarded universally as a joke degree to be gotten through as quickly as
possible.

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Re: [MBZ] Tire blowouts [hey Kaleb, you and your spamblocker can go emamuqur yourselves]

2013-12-19 Thread Alex Chamberlain
On Dec 16, 2013 2:54 PM, Dieselhead 126die...@gmail.com wrote:

 blizzaks are great.


Yep, nothing but Blizzaks for me when it comes to serious winter tires.
I've experimented with other brands in the studless snow/ice category,
but no other maker seems to be able to copy the magic Blizzak formula.

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Re: [MBZ] Alternator casualty

2013-12-18 Thread Alex Chamberlain
On Dec 16, 2013 8:59 PM, Gary Hurst jabbahur...@gmail.com wrote:

 do i even like this guy?  i think i ought
 to like him if i'm going to
 support him for such a position


Why would you?  This is the same Peter who wants to enact punitive taxes on
private car ownership -- the latter being the reason we're all on this list
-- as social engineering to encourage the development of nationwide
high-speed rail.

He's a victim of the delusion all too common to the scientifically and
technically minded, that social and political problems admit to easy,
logical solutions, and that the best people to decide and enact those
solutions are those same scientists.

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Re: [MBZ] Glow plug relay

2013-12-17 Thread Alex Chamberlain
On Dec 17, 2013 12:42 PM, Dieselhead 126die...@gmail.com wrote:


 Easiest way is to remove th intake manifold.

It can be done on a 603 with the intake in place, but you need a full kit
of 1/4 extensions and swivels, nerves of steel, and hands like a raccoon.

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Re: [MBZ] Fwd: FYI - sensible Oz gun laws

2013-12-17 Thread Alex Chamberlain
On Dec 17, 2013 8:24 PM, Dieselhead 126die...@gmail.com wrote:

 I had a chance to put a full belt
 through a WW I water cooled BAR a
 few years ago, courtesy of Brownells.

That wasn't a BAR--it's air-cooled and feeds from a box magazine.  Maybe a
Browning M1917?

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Re: [MBZ] Hendrik's Funny Money

2013-12-16 Thread Alex Chamberlain
On Dec 16, 2013 9:22 AM, Andrew Strasfogel astrasfo...@gmail.com wrote:

 I spent 3.5 yeas in Fiji as a PCV.  What were you there for?



Positive crankcase ventilation?

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Re: [MBZ] Speaking of snow

2013-12-16 Thread Alex Chamberlain
On Dec 16, 2013 3:40 PM, Jaime Kopchinski jaime...@gmail.com wrote:

 Rich, which wheels are they?  I'm looking for a set a 14x6.5 bundts, as
 found on V8 107s and 1980-1985 126s.


Should've said something before I had the scrap-metal vultures haul away my
'82 500SEL Euro mit Hydramat...

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Re: [MBZ] removing Bleed Valves

2013-12-16 Thread Alex Chamberlain
On Dec 16, 2013 4:15 PM, Mountain Man maontin@gmail.com wrote:

 Dieselhead wrote:
  I agree about channellock.

 Dr Loren is back?
 mao


Ah, now we can all again enjoy witty banter about Frods, Dogdes, and
Toadas.

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Re: [MBZ] happy hunting

2013-12-11 Thread Alex Chamberlain
On Dec 11, 2013 4:15 PM, Mountain Man maontin@gmail.com wrote:

 Alex wrote:
  You're looking in the wrong places.  Innovation today is all in
genetics,
  nanotechnological materials, and biomedical engineering.
 

 These are all mere refinements of present and old tech

If you're going to define new that way, sure.  I guess nothing to do with
computers counts either since it's all just a mere refinement of the work
of Chomsky, von Neumann, Turing, and Boole.

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Re: [MBZ] bought the 1987 190D 2.5, a few issues

2013-12-11 Thread Alex Chamberlain
On Dec 11, 2013 3:37 PM, Curt Raymond curtlud...@yahoo.com wrote:

 W201 (and 124 I believe) don't use engine generated vacuum for door
locking so you could ignore the lack of central locking when
troubleshooting slow shutdown and those issues.



Yeah, that's right, I was thinking of the rear headrest release on the 124
which has been a common source of lost vacuum on my cars.

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Re: [MBZ] WinXP with Rootkit virus: Continued.....

2013-12-10 Thread Alex Chamberlain
On Dec 10, 2013 8:54 AM, Curt Raymond curtlud...@yahoo.com wrote:


 The Mac OS strings crap all over the
 place and makes it super hard to
 uninstall things

You misspelled Windows.  Hope this helps.
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Re: [MBZ] WinXP with Rootkit virus: ury0erys

2013-12-10 Thread Alex Chamberlain
On Dec 10, 2013 8:00 AM, Dan Penoff d...@penoff.com wrote:

 I don't believe it's been released yet, but I saw a demo of a Microsoft
product a couple of months ago that was a complete Windows OS on a flash
drive. You could effectively stick this in a piece of hardware, fire up the
box, and the OS would run virtually in the USB drive.



Way to join the 21st century, Ballmer!

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Re: [MBZ] 240D Battery

2013-12-10 Thread Alex Chamberlain
 i'm also curious about this topic, and
 would like to solicit comments on the
 MBZ batteries.


There is nothing at all special about the Mercedes-branded (there is no
such company or car as a MBZ) batteries.  They're just a relabeled
Johnson Controls or Exide like 95% of the lead-acid batteries sold in the
USA.

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Re: [MBZ] OT need a laptop

2013-12-10 Thread Alex Chamberlain
On Tue, Dec 10, 2013 at 6:44 PM, Greg Fiorentino gf...@dslnorthwest.netwrote:

 There are a lot of Thinkpad T60s and T61s coming off lease recently.  I
 bought a couple recently for SWMBO and son recently for about $100-$120
 each.


Another vote here for used Thinkpads.  The T60, T61, and X60 all do great
with any recent Linux distribution--sound, graphics, all ports, touchpad,
etc. will all work without any fuss.  It'll be a lot faster than Windows,
too.

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Re: [MBZ] bought the 1987 190D 2.5, a few issues

2013-12-10 Thread Alex Chamberlain
On Tue, Dec 10, 2013 at 7:53 PM, Kevin Allen Kraly
kevinpadd...@gmail.comwrote:

  It needs some vacuum troubleshooting since it shuts off slow and, of
 course, the shifting situation or lack thereof.  The ACC system is only
 working on defrost


Unmistakable symptoms of a big vacuum leak somewhere, probably in the doors
or in one of the lines under the hood.

Alex
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Re: [MBZ] WinXP with Rootkit virus: Continued.....

2013-12-10 Thread Alex Chamberlain
On Tue, Dec 10, 2013 at 8:57 PM, Peter Frederick psf...@earthlink.netwrote:


 All hard drives have the same connector, either standard parallel ATA or
 serial ATA, they are usually attached to a custom sled of some sort, but
 they are ALL the same.  The only thing specific to a particular laptop is
 the cable that the drive plugs into and perhaps the cradle is it screwed
 to, but those interchange.


Bzzt, wrong.  2.5 drives vary in thickness, and some laptops will only
take the thinner ones.  There are no standards though and it's difficult to
find measurements.  From my limited experience any drive will go into a
recent Lenovo or IBM laptop, and Sony's are the opposite extreme, really
fussy.  No idea about other brands.

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Re: [MBZ] happy hunting

2013-12-10 Thread Alex Chamberlain
On Tue, Dec 10, 2013 at 6:18 PM, Mountain Man maontin@gmail.com wrote:



 Sure.
 But tech has not been inventive like it was 100 years ago.  Smaller
 tech today still uses electrons the same as Alex Bell did.  Fly
 machines still fly based on airfoil and engine.  But nothing new in
 tech is being pondered.


You're looking in the wrong places.  Innovation today is all in genetics,
nanotechnological materials, and biomedical engineering.  If you have a kid
in college, tell them to study as much biology and chemistry as they can,
and start playing around with 3-D printing.  They can get rich inventing
the next artificial knee joint, or some kind of engineered organism that
eats pollution and excretes clean water.

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Re: [MBZ] Going Asian

2013-12-04 Thread Alex Chamberlain
On Tue, Dec 3, 2013 at 6:39 PM, Peter Frederick psf...@earthlink.netwrote:

 Nothing at all wrong with an Elantra so long as you lease it and get rid
 of it at the end of the lease.

 They are NOT 400,000 mile cars -- all the plastic in the interior will
 fail after about 5 years, they look like crap and nothing works.  Just like
 a Toyota/Lexus.


You have absolutely no idea what you are talking about.  My 15-year-old
Lexus LS400 has no appreciable wear on the interior plastics or leather,
and neither did any of the other half-dozen LS and GS models I looked at
when I was shopping for one earlier this year.  Also, everything electrical
works perfectly, and I have all service records from day one, showing that
the only work it's required has been scheduled maintenance, wear parts like
the shocks, and a starter.  Contrast that to any M-B made around 2000 when
their quality was at an all-time low.

Hyundai/Kia (they're the same company) makes some excellent cars, as good
as anyone does.  I'd certainly rather have an Elantra than a Corolla,
although I'd go for a used 3- or 4-year-old Sonata first (the one that
looks like a Jaguar).

That being said, if you want a large, safe, comfortable rear-wheel-drive
car that drives like a Mercedes and you are on a tight budget, your best
bet is a Dodge Charger or Chrysler 300.  Heresy to some here, I know.  No,
it's not a W123.  Nobody makes 123s anymore, not even Mercedes.   The
global car business is a completely different place than it was 40 years
ago.  As Gary points out, the European manufacturers are now gladly
assembling Chinese parts like Legos and calling the resulting thing a VW or
a Mercedes.  The Japanese don't do that so much.  The Americans do, but at
least they're honest about their role being basically that of designers and
final assemblers, not manufacturers.

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Re: [MBZ] 124 glow light

2013-12-04 Thread Alex Chamberlain
On Dec 4, 2013 9:08 AM, WILTON wilt...@nc.rr.com wrote:

 My '87 300D has no glow light today.
  But I haven't noticed any difference
 starting, yet; ambient temp = 55F.

Two or more plugs out.  Hope they're the ones you can get at without taking
off the intake!

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Re: [MBZ] [PhilosophicalM] FW: Gates vs Ford Motors

2013-12-02 Thread Alex Chamberlain
I've seen that one before, but it's especially apt now that Ford is pushing
for open standards based on Android for in-car computers, which is
antithetical to everything Gates stands for.

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Re: [MBZ] OT - Diesel Smart and other non-MB Diesel cars

2013-12-02 Thread Alex Chamberlain
On Dec 2, 2013 5:28 PM, OK Don okd...@gmail.com wrote:

 Welcome to the group Tom.
 What is the fuel economy for the Diesel Smart car?

And how on Earth did you get one past EPA/NHTSA/etc.?
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Re: [MBZ] Hood Stars and Ice

2013-11-26 Thread Alex Chamberlain
On Nov 26, 2013 7:44 AM, Rich Thomas richthomas79td...@constructivity.net
wrote:

 I even read of the heresy of the new E
 being available with a poseur star in
 the grill instead of where it belongs.

But that was standard on 140 coupes, so there's some precedent.

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Re: [MBZ] First Casualty of the WI Deer Hunt

2013-11-26 Thread Alex Chamberlain
On Nov 25, 2013 1:14 PM, WILTON wilt...@nc.rr.com wrote:

 Yep, I've missed out on it again.
  Pauvre moi.  Who the etc. is Jay
 Leggett?

Redneck comic a la Jeff Foxworthy or Larry the Cable Guy who extolled the
virtues of deer hunting, hence the irony...

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Re: [MBZ] S65

2013-11-25 Thread Alex Chamberlain
On Nov 25, 2013 3:57 PM, Rich Thomas richthomas79td...@constructivity.net
wrote:

 I'm thinking most owners probably
 don't even know how to open the
 hood.


You didn't know they were sealed for life and maintenance-free?

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Re: [MBZ] OT--Cookware Snob Opines

2013-11-24 Thread Alex Chamberlain
On Nov 24, 2013 5:25 PM, Curt Raymond curtlud...@yahoo.com wrote:

 Some of the Coleman guys hose the
 rusty pan with oven cleaner and stuff
 it in a plastic bag.

Brilliant idea, considering the porosity of cast iron and the extreme
toxicity of oven cleaner.  But then I suppose these guys spend all their
time sniffing kerosene, so they don't have long to go anyway.
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Re: [MBZ] Car Hunting - W129

2013-11-23 Thread Alex Chamberlain
On Nov 23, 2013 1:01 PM, Dan Penoff d...@penoff.com wrote:

 I would like to find him a W129 of
 some sort.  Since these are pretty
 much ubiquitous I figure I can find a
 decent one for a reasonable amount.
  How much?  I have a budget of
 between $3k-$5k.

Conventional wisdom has it that R129s are cheap for a reason.  I love their
looks and the fact that the running gear is basically a mix of the best of
the 124 and 140.  I've always been scared off, though, by stories of $5K
repair bills to fix the automatic top mechanism.  Also, the V-8s are
crammed in there really tight, even more so than in the late 124s.  Ask
Craig how much fun it was to RR the PS pump in his E420.

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Re: [MBZ] Tar

2013-11-23 Thread Alex Chamberlain
On Sat, Nov 23, 2013 at 7:25 PM, Mountain Man maontin@gmail.com wrote:

 Alex wrote:
  Yes, in the country about 25 miles northwest of Portland.
 

 Do you know Long Beach Washington?  My son was interested in a job
 there several years ago.
 mao


A bit of a slum, but cheap living if you don't mind the sales tax.  The
Oregon side of the mouth of the Columbia is much nicer.

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Re: [MBZ] Tar

2013-11-23 Thread Alex Chamberlain
On Sat, Nov 23, 2013 at 7:52 AM, Jim Cathey j...@windwireless.net wrote:


  Yes, in the country about 25 miles northwest of Portland.


 My old stompin' grounds!  You talking St. Helens?  Or something
 more Woodland-ey?  I suppose I should remember...


Near St. Helens.  It smells a lot better than you probably remember, since
the plywood mill closed.  Of course, now nobody has a job.

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Re: [MBZ] Oregon [was: Re: Tar]

2013-11-23 Thread Alex Chamberlain
On Sat, Nov 23, 2013 at 8:34 AM, Craig diese...@pisquared.net wrote:

 I was going to reply, You mean there is actually country near Portland?,
 but I looked on Google Maps and saw that that is really the case.


Well, the country has to start somewhere, doesn't it?  ;)

Portland's suburbs are tightly constrained by a controversial draconian
anti-sprawl law enacted in the '70s called the Urban Growth Boundary--to
overgeneralize, inside the UGB is all row houses and infill development,
outside is all ranch land, federally protected forest, and wineries.
 Beyond that, Oregon's far less populous than either Washington or
California.  The greater Portland metropolitan area is the only densely
populated area in the state (although Bend in the south-central part of the
state is getting there, thanks to lots of Californian retirees).

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Re: [MBZ] Tar

2013-11-23 Thread Alex Chamberlain
On Sat, Nov 23, 2013 at 8:37 PM, clay redgh...@comcast.net wrote:

 They should have left the Trojan plant active.  Damn green weenees.  Could
 have cheap electrons and high tech jobs.



Yup.  And the latter is what I agitate for whenever I go to a town meeting
or yell at your state congresscritter type of event. People here are
mostly stuck on the idea that the only thing that will fix the economic
problems of the rural Northwest, which has been a mess for twenty-some
years, is for federal restrictions on logging to be lifted, bringing all
the old timber jobs back. Ain't gonna happen, sez I.   I don't want
Columbia County to turn into the next Silicon Forest with an Intel chip
plant around every corner, but it has potential to become a high-tech
telecommuting hub, if people would get their act together and extend the
Internet backbone that runs down the I-5 corridor out along the Columbia.
 Or we could become leaders in biodiesel production or something.  Just as
long as it's forward-looking, not backward.

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Re: [MBZ] iPad Air catches fire; fire department called.

2013-11-23 Thread Alex Chamberlain
On Nov 23, 2013 6:52 PM, Gerry Archer arche...@embarqmail.com wrote:

 Burning computers, burning cars.
  Welcome to the battery age.


Whine, whine.  As if cars powered by hydrocarbons never catch fire.

IC engines are dead--in 50 years they will seem as quaint as steam power.
Biodiesel and fracking might stretch that out a little, but the era of
all-electric transportation is nigh.

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Re: [MBZ] Tar

2013-11-22 Thread Alex Chamberlain
On Nov 21, 2013 4:07 PM, Gary Hurst jabbahur...@gmail.com wrote:

 yeah, well, i'm about the ultimate
 costco jockrider.  my current position
 is that if costco doesn't have it, i don
;'t want it.  great produce!



You are delusional as a human being and shooting yourself in the foot as a
businessman.  Costco is almost as bad as Wal-Mart when it comes to
destroying domestic manufacturing and small business.  Every time you buy
something at a big box store, a little piece of America dies.

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Re: [MBZ] Tar

2013-11-22 Thread Alex Chamberlain
On Nov 22, 2013 9:31 AM, Gary Hurst jabbahur...@gmail.com wrote:

 im sorry your hero left you and his
 hand picked successor disappointed.


You have me confused with somebody else.  I never thought much of Rusty.  I
have given up on old M-Bs entirely now that Peachparts Phil is gone.  There
's nobody competent selling parts as far as I'm concerned.

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Re: [MBZ] Tar

2013-11-22 Thread Alex Chamberlain
On Nov 22, 2013 12:14 PM, Dan Penoff d...@penoff.com wrote:

 I put Continentals on it from Tire Kingdom not long after.



I know some people here have a problem with Continental, but I've always
been happy with their tires in the all-season touring and all-season
performance categories (pretty much the only kind of tires you need in the
rainy part of the ONE).

Also really happy with the Goodyear Eagle GT all-season high performance
tires I just got from Tire Rack for the Lexus.

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Re: [MBZ] OT - Sondy Tale

2013-11-22 Thread Alex Chamberlain
On Nov 22, 2013 4:01 PM, WILTON wilt...@nc.rr.com wrote:

 Well, here's one, anyway.

 JUST DON'T MESS WITH THE PEPSIS
 By Wilton Strickland


Another great one, Wilton, thanks.

So did you manage to stay well-supplied with Pepsi throughout your tours in
Greenland?  I would think you'd want something warmer!  My dad always says
that he acquired the habit of drinking coffee all day long on guard duty in
Korea where it was the only way to stay warm.

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Re: [MBZ] Tar

2013-11-22 Thread Alex Chamberlain
On Nov 22, 2013 8:14 PM, Craig diese...@pisquared.net wrote:

 The rainy part of the ONE? Is that where you are Alex?



Whoops, that was the Android Gmail client's auto-correct feature running
amuck.  Should have been PNW as in Pacific Northwest.

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Re: [MBZ] Tar

2013-11-22 Thread Alex Chamberlain
On Nov 22, 2013 8:33 PM, Craig diese...@pisquared.net wrote:

 On Fri, 22 Nov 2013 20:25:34 -0800 Alex Chamberlain
 apchamberl...@gmail.com wrote:
 
  Whoops, that was the Android Gmail client's auto-correct feature running
  amuck.  Should have been PNW as in Pacific Northwest.

 Ah, I see. [How in the world did it correct PNW to ONE?]


It (at least on my phone running an elderly version of Android) is just
looking at adjacent keys on the onscreen QWERTY keyboard that might spell a
more plausible word than the one you have just mistakenly typed with your
imperfect human thumbs.

 So are you in the PNW, Alex?


Yes, in the country about 25 miles northwest of Portland.

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Re: [MBZ] Fw: 1980 Mercedes Benz 380sl for parts (Salem)

2013-11-21 Thread Alex Chamberlain
On Nov 21, 2013 2:07 PM, Andrew Strasfogel astrasfo...@gmail.com wrote:

 There was only a 450SL in 1980.


Maybe it's a gray-market 280.

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Re: [MBZ] OT: The glow plugs came on!

2013-11-20 Thread Alex Chamberlain
On Nov 20, 2013 9:42 AM, Curt Raymond curtlud...@yahoo.com wrote:


 Another interesting part of this ('98
 Jetta TDI) car is how long it takes to
 get heat. Right now it takes just about
 twice as long as my '84 190D. On the
 TDI boards they put this down to the
 efficiency of the engine.

My ex's '00 diesel bug had a 5th glow plug as part of the climate control
that comes on with the other four to heat up the cabin.

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Re: [MBZ] horsepower

2013-11-20 Thread Alex Chamberlain
On Wed, Nov 20, 2013 at 7:43 PM, OK Don okd...@gmail.com wrote:

 I think there are two ways to have fun driving - with lots of power to play
 with, and with very little power, requiring you to get the max all the
 time.


I'm pretty amused by the reviews of the new Toyota/Subaru joint-venture RWD
sports car that describe the driving experience as the latter--making the
most of little power.  The thing weighs no more than 3,000 lb and has a 200
hp engine.  More than enough power in my book.

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Re: [MBZ] 1984 380SL

2013-11-19 Thread Alex Chamberlain
On Nov 19, 2013 1:08 PM, OK Don okd...@gmail.com wrote:

 Check for the double row timing chain update - otherwise, the usual - the
 ACC, etc.



All 380s had the double-row chain by '84 IIRC.

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Re: [MBZ] I am about to be ill

2013-11-19 Thread Alex Chamberlain
On Nov 19, 2013 5:09 PM, Mountain Man maontin@gmail.com wrote:

 ).
 

 You seem to be in this part of the tech world?
 Go ahead and tell us what the fiasco about healthcare is all about.


Ha! I'm not touching that one.  Suffice it to say there are both political
and technical reasons,  from what i've observed, why the state health
exchanges and healthcare.gov  aren't working.

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Re: [MBZ] 1984 380SL

2013-11-19 Thread Alex Chamberlain
On Nov 19, 2013 7:56 PM, OK Don okd...@gmail.com wrote:

 I once read that the trunk of the R107
 was designed to hold two golf bags
 full of clubs - if that helps.

Yes, but golf bags were a lot smaller back then!

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Re: [MBZ] [Banned_misfits] My, but I'm one boring driver.

2013-11-18 Thread Alex Chamberlain
On Nov 18, 2013 2:48 PM, Dwight Giles dwight.gi...@gmail.com wrote:

 I might just be paranoid but no
 amount of ins co savings would
 convince me
 to let them have my data.

You're not paranoid.  Ins cos are out to screw you any way they can.  Why
give them extra ammunition?

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Re: [MBZ] I am about to be ill

2013-11-18 Thread Alex Chamberlain
On Nov 18, 2013 6:28 PM, Rick Knoble rickkno...@hotmail.com wrote:

 On Nov 18, 2013, at 11:38 AM, Craig diese...@pisquared.net wrote:

  Actually, clicking on the link works on a desktop, too.
 
  One question: Why?


 I *think* the web site can detect your web browser (and OS) and
determines how to deliver content by that.


It's called responsive design in the web programming world, no big deal
to implement if you know what you are doing (which most people don't).

But surely Craig is asking, why a monster-truck Heckflosse?

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Re: [MBZ] Polishing concrete

2013-11-17 Thread Alex Chamberlain
On Nov 16, 2013 7:25 PM, dsereta...@yahoo.com wrote:

 I'm building a new garage and the
 slab is poured. I'm thinking about
 having a polished concrete surface.

Is properly polished concrete resistant to oil to the same degree as
epoxy?  If not, I don't see the point for a garage.  First time you tip
over a pan full of dirty oil by accident, it's ruined.

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Re: [MBZ] Polishing concrete

2013-11-17 Thread Alex Chamberlain
On Sun, Nov 17, 2013 at 5:11 PM, OK Don okd...@gmail.com wrote:

 
  Is properly polished concrete resistant to oil to the same degree as
  epoxy?  If not, I don't see the point for a garage.  First time you tip
  over a pan full of dirty oil by accident, it's ruined.
 


 What? A little oil stain will make the car fall through the floor? I can't
 fathom the obsession with spotless garage floors. Old cars park on it, why
 would it need to be spotless? Who cares what it LOOKS like? I don't get it.


Actually, I agree.  That was my point.  If a polished floor is both
expensive and also doesn't protect well against stains, then it seems like
the worst of both worlds, assuming you are concerned about the looks of
your garage floor.

The main reason why I'd paint a garage floor would be that white paint on
the floor, like on the walls, makes the room a lot lighter in general. I
imagine it'd also be easier to spot dropped fasteners, too.

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Re: [MBZ] Lorinser W124 Coupe, Anyone?

2013-11-17 Thread Alex Chamberlain
On Sun, Nov 17, 2013 at 6:55 AM, Dan Penoff d...@penoff.com wrote:

 Just saw this on BW:


 http://www.benzworld.org/forums/sale-wanted-trade-giveaway/1799225-1988-300ce-lorinser-coupe.html#post6622865

 The lack of working AC is a little scary on this model, but if you're into
 the Lorinser stuff it might be a nice catch.


I like the body kit, but the interior mods don't do anything for me--in
particular the door-panel add-on speakers with exposed screws look awful.

A long list of repairs and replaced parts but no mention of the suspension.
 In my experience, you have to budget $1,500 right off the bat on any used
Mercedes with the multilink rear suspension (201, 124, 201, 210 at least)
for a complete rebuild (or $500 for factory parts plus a couple of
unpleasant weekends lying on your back doing it yourself).  That plus a
possible evapectomy (or at least partial dash removal to replace dead
climate control vacuum pods) makes the price pretty silly, IMHO.

Also, Eureka is right on the ocean--I'd be worried about rust, even if he
says there isn't any.

On the plus side, once you get it sorted out, a 300CE is a heck of a nice
ride.  I'd hold out for a Southern California unmolested one with the
'91-later interior upgrades and 24-valve engine.

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Re: [MBZ] OT--Watch Snobs Opine

2013-11-15 Thread Alex Chamberlain
On Nov 15, 2013 2:15 PM, Randy Bennell rbenn...@bennell.ca wrote:

 Like a lot of other collectible stuff.
 Worth a bunch when folks want to
 buy it, but after a while those folks
 fade away and the next generation
 has no interest and dumps the
 parents' collection. Suddenly there is
 lots of it out there and no one wants it.


Sell your grandparents' electric fence insulator collection while you can!

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Re: [MBZ] OT--Watch Snobs Opine

2013-11-15 Thread Alex Chamberlain
On Nov 15, 2013 4:22 PM, Rich Thomas richthomas79td...@constructivity.net
wrote:

 So you want all the taxpayers to subsidize your transpo choices.



Jabba also has no clue what life is like west of the Mississippi.
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Re: [MBZ] Is fuel from various quickie marts trustworthy?

2013-11-11 Thread Alex Chamberlain
On Mon, Nov 11, 2013 at 7:16 PM, Fmiser fmi...@gmail.com wrote:

 So when I read fuel, generally interpret that as not-gasoline -
 typically diesel, though it could be CNG (compressed natural gas),
 kerosine [paraffin], propane, hydrogen, uranium, bunker oil, WVO,
 etc - or even gasoline [petrol]!


Hendrik will probably chortle at this, but when I visited rural Australia I
was baffled by fuel station signs listing prices for petrol, diesel,
and gas, until I realized gas meant CNG, or possibly propane.

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Re: [MBZ] OT One for Milt

2013-11-11 Thread Alex Chamberlain
On Mon, Nov 11, 2013 at 4:35 PM, Scott Ritchey ritche...@nc.rr.com wrote:


 With current liability laws and a lawsuit-happy society it is
 liability-prohibitive to develop and build a new general aviation aircraft
 design.  Practically every general aviation commercial aircraft is based on
 50-year-old designs.


So why didn't the new daylight-hours-only sport pilot license lead to
vastly increased interest in general aviation, driving down the prices, as
was speculated would happen a few years back?

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Re: [MBZ] OT One for Milt

2013-11-11 Thread Alex Chamberlain
On Nov 11, 2013 9:57 PM, Scott Ritchey ritche...@nc.rr.com wrote:

 The aircraft are prohibitively expensive
 because of government regulation and liability.  How is the number of
pilots
 factor in except (maybe) to increase demand which (all things being equal)
 also increases price.

No, it drives down price because of competition and economies of scale.
The sport pilot license was supposed to usher in a new era of general
aviation when ordinary guys with $100K burning a hole in their pocket would
buy a small plane instead of a Corvette or Porsche.

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Re: [MBZ] Heated Windshield Washer Hose? Oh, Pru-NELLA!

2013-11-10 Thread Alex Chamberlain
On Nov 10, 2013 6:01 AM, Peter Frederick psf...@earthlink.net wrote:

 Disconnect the hose to the nozzles
 and force water through them from
 the ouside.  Doesn't take much crud
 to clog them up, and the best cure is
 to back-flush.


Don't know about 210s, but on 124s, the nozzles pop out from the hood quite
easily.  Soaking them in vinegar before flushing loosens the crud and is
gentle on the old plastic.

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[MBZ] '83 300D Euro 4spd on CL SF

2013-11-08 Thread Alex Chamberlain
http://sfbay.craigslist.org/nby/cto/4140972067.html

Looks like it could be a nice one for a fair price.  Who on the list is in
NorCal besides Ernie?

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Re: [MBZ] Cord for Block Heater

2013-11-07 Thread Alex Chamberlain
On Thu, Nov 7, 2013 at 4:32 AM, Larry T l02tur...@comcast.net wrote:

 for those offering to sell me a block heater cord - the one I need has a 2
 plug connection on the end that attaches to the block heater connection. I
 saw some that have 3 connections -- here's one on eBay that looks like mine
 -
 item #  300363192433


That looks like the aftermarket one I had on my '87 300D for a while.
 Terrible design.  The socket end stays on the block purely by friction,
which means engine vibration will make it fall off after a while.  There's
a more expensive type that actually screws in.  That's the one you want.

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Re: [MBZ] All alone again.

2013-11-06 Thread Alex Chamberlain
On Tue, Nov 5, 2013 at 5:07 PM, Craig diese...@pisquared.net wrote:

 On Tue, 5 Nov 2013 15:26:55 -0800 Alex Chamberlain
 apchamberl...@gmail.com wrote:
  From many of your posts here, Craig, i've thought you were best
  suited to a teaching role.

 Thank you, Alex, for the feedback. I've been tossing between industry
 employment and teaching. Your feedback helps me make that decision.


Glad to be of help.  I wish you the best. I've been following the saga of
your job hunt with interest as you've posted updates to the list over the
last couple of years, for a couple of reasons--one being that it sounds
like you would be a good fit for academia, especially at a small teaching
college, and I think it's a crime that more people who are suited to that
job don't end up in that sort of position (and many people who *do* end up
in that sort of position have little ability or interest in teaching, from
my experience on both sides of the podium).

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Re: [MBZ] All alone again.

2013-11-05 Thread Alex Chamberlain
On Nov 5, 2013 12:56 PM, WILTON wilt...@nc.rr.com wrote:

 'Wish you well with the Gordon application.


Ditto.  From many of your posts here, Craig, i've thought you were best
suited to a teaching role.

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Re: [MBZ] Interesting Cargo Van

2013-11-02 Thread Alex Chamberlain
os.

On Nov 2, 2013 7:46 PM, Gary Hurst jabbahur...@gmail.com wrote:

 strikes me as just so much more
 nissan cube at first glance.  i like it!


They are all over the place here in Portland too.  About twice the size of
a Cube--they must be built on the same chassis as the Titan pickup and
Armada SUV.

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Re: [MBZ] Roger

2013-11-01 Thread Alex Chamberlain
On Oct 31, 2013 1:23 PM, Mountain Man maontin@gmail.com wrote:

 Here is the news:


Was there any family contact info given where one could send condolences?

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Re: [MBZ] 1974 450SL First $8k takes it

2013-11-01 Thread Alex Chamberlain
On Nov 1, 2013 6:23 PM, clay redgh...@comcast.net wrote:

 Not mine, no interest, doing my Indy a favor.  SPITE SALE

 Palomino 450SL needs to meet a new
 owner.  First guy with $8.000 cash

Does a '74 have Euro bumpers and the high-output engine, or was '73 the
last year for that?

What kind of shape are the seals and soft top in?  Hard top included?

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Re: [MBZ] OT Sexiest aircraft. was: One for Milt

2013-10-31 Thread Alex Chamberlain
On Oct 31, 2013 9:39 PM, OK Don okd...@gmail.com wrote:

 Yes, we ARE forgetting the Edsel, for
 good reason.


I have seen plenty of Edsels (there's a local club) and I really don't
think they are that different looking from any other '50s car.  As I heard
the story in business school the brand was a failure not because of the
looks of the cars but that it was the wrong time to introduce a new
nameplate that wasn't sufficiently distinct from Ford's other makes--they
pretty much had the market covered with Ford at the bottom, Lincoln at the
high end, and Mercury as the aspirational brand in between.

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Re: [MBZ] Roger

2013-10-31 Thread Alex Chamberlain
On Oct 31, 2013 1:34 PM, Kaleb C. Striplin ka...@striplin.net wrote:

 That sucks. Where did you get this info?


What, you think he's making it up?

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Re: [MBZ] R12 Replacement

2013-10-30 Thread Alex Chamberlain
ES-12 aka Envirosafe
www.autorefrigerants.com

Alex Chamberlain
apchamberl...@gmail.com
Sent from my Android phone.  Please excuse brevity and typos.

On Oct 30, 2013 11:31 AM, Dan Penoff d...@penoff.com wrote:

 What is the R12 replacement based on propane that people here on the list
 have been using?

 I can't recall the name.

 I have a coworker who is into old Toyotas, and he has one that needs some
 major AC work and he doesn't want to convert it to R134a due to the crappy
 performance he's seen in similar vintage cars with the conversion.

 Thanks,

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Re: [MBZ] M(ac)B question

2013-10-30 Thread Alex Chamberlain
On Oct 30, 2013 10:18 AM, Gary Hurst jabbahur...@gmail.com wrote:

 i don't get it.  i have 10.5.8 here.  seems to work fine



No security updates for 10.5 since 8/1/12 IIRC.  You are best off upgrading
to 10.6.8.

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Re: [MBZ] M(ac)B question

2013-10-29 Thread Alex Chamberlain
On Oct 29, 2013 8:42 AM, Curt Raymond curtlud...@yahoo.com wrote:
t I'm starting to think my Retina
 Macbook Pro was a mistake,
 everything about it is a pain in the ass,
 no optical drive, no firewire, stupid
 external monitor port nobody else
 uses.

You can get converters to HDMI and FireWire easily enough.  The ports on
the MBP are going to be the next standards and like it or not Apple is
leading the way as they did with USB and FireWire in the '90s and '00s.

Or are you just trolling?  We already know you hate Macs, Curt.

Honestly I can't imagine why anyone defends Microsoft or the Wintel
ecosystem.  The only reasonable responses to Windows range from disgust to
indifference.  Anyone who actually likes Windows has a screw loose.

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Re: [MBZ] W123 grille insert?

2013-10-29 Thread Alex Chamberlain
On Oct 29, 2013 10:05 AM, Andrew Strasfogel astrasfo...@gmail.com wrote:

 If you purchase from Curt my feelings won't be hurt

To quote the Sicilian in The Princess Bride:
No more rhymes!  I mean it!

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Re: [MBZ] Here's one for Alex!

2013-10-29 Thread Alex Chamberlain
On Oct 29, 2013 6:53 PM, Dan Penoff d...@penoff.com wrote:

 http://washingtondc.craigslist.org/mld/cto/4160028443.html


Do you mean Andrew, or a different Alex?  I am indifferent to the alleged
charms of 123s.  Now if you want to find me a 124 300CE with a V-8 swap...

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Re: [MBZ] 1000SEL

2013-10-28 Thread Alex Chamberlain
On Oct 27, 2013 7:09 PM, Mitch Haley m...@voyager.net wrote:

 Hendrik and Fay wrote:


http://www.carsales.com.au/dealer/details/Mercedes-Benz-560SEL-1986/AGC-AD-13909220/?Cr=3sdmvc=1
 All you need is someone to do the driving or chuck the kids in the back
and forget about em.


 Is V126 the name of the extra long
 126 chassis, or does the engine have
 two banks of 63 cylinders each?

Only if a regular W126 has a Volkswagen-style W engine with three banks
of 42 cylinders.  (You've heard mention of long-wheelbase S-classes?  Now
you know why.)

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Re: [MBZ] M(ac)B question

2013-10-28 Thread Alex Chamberlain
On Oct 27, 2013 3:18 PM, Rich Thomas richthomas79td...@constructivity.net
wrote:

 Actually it is a Mac 9 question, which
 they call Maverick for some reason
 completely unclear, but whatever...

Because (Apple CEO) Tim Cook got tired of the big-cat naming scheme and all
new versions of OS X are to be named after famous surfing destinations.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mavericks_(location)

As far as the OS upgrade itself, many people at my work have already
upgraded and are pretty happy with it.  We use Macbook Pros as development
boxes and typically load them down pretty heavily with lots of virtual
machines, so we would uncover stability issues pretty quickly if there were
any to speak of.

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Re: [MBZ] 68 200D

2013-10-28 Thread Alex Chamberlain
On Oct 28, 2013 8:24 PM, Andrew Strasfogel astrasfo...@gmail.com wrote:

 The steering wheel is so full of patina that it cracked.


I've never seen a wheel on any '60s car, outside of a museum or show, that
wasn't cracked.  Probably something you could buy from the Classic Center
if you had the scratch.

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Re: [MBZ] W123 grille insert?

2013-10-28 Thread Alex Chamberlain
So where was Ernie to set us all straight when we were discussing that
silly ad for the Cherokee?

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Re: [MBZ] it's off topic, but i'd like to point out

2013-10-28 Thread Alex Chamberlain
On Sat, Oct 26, 2013 at 9:36 PM, Jim Cathey j...@windwireless.net wrote:

 that i am likely the only person here to be using a pre intel PowerPC mac
 as his main computer.


 Hardly, all my email is on this 233MHz G3.  Though most days I'm
 using Vine server and Chicken of the VNC to run it from this G3
 pismo.


If it weren't for Jim I think I'd be the winner here in the oldest Mac in
regular use sweepstakes.  I have a 1999-vintage G4 tower that gets turned
on almost every day, although it is mostly used only for film scanning,
video conversion, and sound editing. It's been upgraded with the maximum
amount of memory, a CPU accelerator, new hard drives, an SATA card, newer
video card, and a USB 2.0 card (hard to believe it came with USB 1.0 on the
motherboard!), but amazingly is still running the original power supply (I
do have a spare handy just in case).

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Re: [MBZ] DIN instrument panels?

2013-10-26 Thread Alex Chamberlain
On Oct 26, 2013 3:12 PM, M. Mitchell Marmel marme...@gmail.com wrote:

 Anyone know if anyone makes an
 instrument panel that fits in a radio DIN
 slot?

You can definitely get plain blank filler DIN panels.  People who strip
their cars of unnecessary weight for racing, or replace a factory
double-DIN stereo with an aftermarket single-DIN one, use them.  Then cut
your own holes with a plumber's hole saw.  Most aftermarket gauges i've
seen are a standard size.  1 3/8 IIRC.

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Re: [MBZ] OT - a mess

2013-10-24 Thread Alex Chamberlain
On Oct 24, 2013 4:15 PM, dsereta...@yahoo.com wrote:

 I would scrape all that $hit off!


Aren't you supposed to be a doctor or something?

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Re: [MBZ] Alone again

2013-10-23 Thread Alex Chamberlain
On Oct 23, 2013 12:27 PM, Gary Hurst jabbahur...@gmail.com wrote:

 maybe you need to get a boat like veryone else



To tinker with or to live on or both?

If I didn't get seasick so easily I'd live on a houseboat, the type with
engines  that's capable of occasionally venturing out of port on
adventures.  Just call me Travis McGee.

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Re: [MBZ] Alone again

2013-10-23 Thread Alex Chamberlain
On Oct 23, 2013 6:01 PM, Curt Raymond curtlud...@yahoo.com wrote:

 I took the Jetta to the airport a week
 ago today and on the way drag raced
 a Prius from a stoplight. Beat 'em but
 seem to have picked up some crud
 from the fuel tank for my troubles as
 it was getting decidedly pokey by the
 time I got to Boston. I ordered a
 couple filters,

You might want to go to a VW dealer and pick up the Mickey Mouse clip for
the lines on top of the main fuel filter.  It almost always breaks when you
take it off.

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Re: [MBZ] cold weather - heater etc

2013-10-22 Thread Alex Chamberlain
On Oct 22, 2013 1:59 PM, Randy Bennell rbenn...@bennell.ca wrote:


 It was producing good heat at lunch
 when I went out with it. The one thing
 is that it smells - sort of like heated
 rubber.

What model?  124s have a foam-covered flap under the wiper transmission
that activates the recirc function of the ACC.  When the foam starts to rot
it blows onto the heater core and melts fragrantly.  Solution is to take
out everything in the way and scrape the flap clean.  No idea if or how
this relates to 123s.

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Re: [MBZ] POS Wagon

2013-10-21 Thread Alex Chamberlain
On Mon, Oct 21, 2013 at 6:36 AM, Michael Canfield slozuk...@gmail.comwrote:

 Only reason I would consider over $1000 is lack of rust.  Rusty 123's suck
 to work on.  Well, rusty anything sucks to work on in my book.



Come out to the West Coast and you will find all the rust-free Mercedes you
want, along with plenty of other old cars you thought you'd never see
again.  The Portland area is like the Island of Lost Toys for '70s and '80s
European and Japanese cars.  When I lived on one side of Portland and
worked on the other, I used to see every day on my commute not just 123s,
116s and 126s, but also RX-7s, 240Zs, Alfas, air-cooled VWs of all kinds,
and the occasional Peugeot, just to name a few.

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