Re: [MBZ] OT: Series on Global Warming

2007-02-07 Thread David Brodbeck
Michael Baker wrote: David, I must have made some sense to you as you only objection is semantics. However, there's no confusion here. Climate is merely the tapestry woven by every day's weather. If one is predicting climate then one is merely predicting what the weather will be like over

Re: [MBZ] OT - Global Warming rebuttal

2007-02-07 Thread David Brodbeck
[EMAIL PROTECTED] wrote: I find it interesting that allot of US citizens (who by the way make up 5% of the worlds population but consume 26% of its energy) refuse to believe what we are doing cannot harm the 20 mile deep ocean of air we have surrounding us. It doesn't surprise me. People

Re: [MBZ] OT - Global Warming rebuttal

2007-02-07 Thread David Brodbeck
Tom Hargrave wrote: Oh, I agree that we are polluting the air and we need to stop ASAP. My only issue is with the current Global Warming mass hysteria. It's to the point where the experts were blaming this year's earlier warm weather on global warming but now that it's actually cold in the

Re: [MBZ] OT: Series on Global Warming

2007-02-07 Thread David Brodbeck
Michael Baker wrote: I refuse to have a battle of wits with an unarmed person! If that were true, it'd be an even match.

Re: [MBZ] Drive shaft removal steps, 85 300TD

2007-02-06 Thread David Brodbeck
Harry Watkins wrote: Hi Ralph No, yours was the first. Don't know what I am doing wrong. This is the second time its happened. Gmail, by default, hides your own posts from you. You'll only see responses to them.

Re: [MBZ] OT - Global Warming rebuttal

2007-02-06 Thread David Brodbeck
Tom Hargrave wrote: It's also true that today's temperature changes are tracking lock step with increased sun spot activity. Any ham will tell you sun spot activity increases and decreases on a 22-year-cycle. Are you saying there's a similar 22-year cycle of temperature increases and

Re: [MBZ] OT - Global Warming rebuttal

2007-02-06 Thread David Brodbeck
Mitch Haley wrote: David Brodbeck wrote: Any ham will tell you sun spot activity increases and decreases on a 22-year-cycle. Are you saying there's a similar 22-year cycle of temperature increases and decreases? I can remember the nature magazines telling us that global cooling

Re: [MBZ] Wolwo safety

2007-02-06 Thread David Brodbeck
Peter Frederick wrote: Japanese cars DO require less work than American ones -- I've had way too many friends who have driven them hundreds of thousands of miles with nothing but tires, oil changes, and brakes -- and sometimes not even brakes. They can be a pain to work on when they *do*

Re: [MBZ] OT: Series on Global Warming

2007-02-06 Thread David Brodbeck
Michael Baker wrote: Those guys cannot accurately predict next week's or next year's weather much less weather trends over the next 100 years. You're confusing weather with climate.

Re: [MBZ] OT: Series on Global Warming

2007-02-05 Thread David Brodbeck
It was revealed recently that American Enterprise Institute offered $10,000 of Exxon-Mobil's money to any scientist who would write a paper critical of the U.N. report, back in July. I wonder how many of the people saying global warming doesn't exist have been well payed to come to that

Re: [MBZ] Luckiest man in the world!

2007-02-05 Thread David Brodbeck
Werner Fehlauer wrote: Sounds like another good reason NOT to give extra $$ to a shop to flush a transmission. Other than a good profit maker for the shop, a flushing process can do more harm than good, since it can bypasses the built-in filter system, and puts a fluid of unknown quality

Re: [MBZ] Pressure vs flow

2007-02-03 Thread David Brodbeck
Peter Frederick wrote: Speaking of pressure vs flow, I remember hearing that in the 70's, Alfa Romeo had big warnings in their owner's manuals about not exceeding 2000 rpm until the oil pressure came down off the peg at idle -- seems that oil in those days was viscous enough at low

Re: [MBZ] Oh man

2007-02-03 Thread David Brodbeck
Curt Raymond wrote: I *think* its the gasket thats failed but I won't know for awhile, she's got AAA so they're towing it here. The trans fluid was changed in '06, maybe 10,000 miles on it but they did the full flush thing so maybe, just maybe the pan gasket let go and tomorrow I can crawl

Re: [MBZ] Uh oh - fuel leak

2007-02-03 Thread David Brodbeck
Curt Raymond wrote: Okay, I had to clean the vent on my 240D, where does the vent land on the 190D? This car is alot less fun to work on, I could pretty well crawl under my 240D while it was sitting on the ground... I'm thinking to get a set of those drive up ramps for stuff like this.

Re: [MBZ] battery recharge and driving with the lights on

2007-02-02 Thread David Brodbeck
Christopher McCann wrote: and this could vary from one voltage regulator to another, depending on how it is designed to work, correct? Yes. In old cars they were all pretty much the same, but in some modern cars the engine computer actually controls the alternator field windings, and will

Re: [MBZ] WOW!

2007-02-02 Thread David Brodbeck
[EMAIL PROTECTED] wrote: That's better than watching the obituaries. For getting big old heaps, gently driven, with low mileage, it's hard to beat making friends with someone who works at a nursing home.

Re: [MBZ] WAS 123 Blower Motor failure - NOW Diesel glow plugs RR

2007-02-02 Thread David Brodbeck
Allan Streib wrote: Wrenches. If you have deep sockets and flex adapters that will help, stubby combination wrenches are also useful. Getting at the plugs can be a little tight unless you have really small hands. I haven't done a Mercedes, but on VW diesels I find those ratcheting

[MBZ] Speaking of safety...

2007-02-01 Thread David Brodbeck
A guy in Bellevue drove his S430 over a 20 foot drop and escaped without serious injuries: http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/localnews/2003549931_webcaraccident31.html?syndication=rss

Re: [MBZ] Speaking of safety...

2007-02-01 Thread David Brodbeck
Rich Thomas wrote: A woman in Texas drove her S430 over her 6 ft husband, and she escaped injury, but not fromjury! Unlike any other.

Re: [MBZ] [Fwd: Sorta OT: Kia Optima tumbles 500 feet down a cliff]

2007-02-01 Thread David Brodbeck
Striplin Admin account wrote: 2007 Kia Optima goes over edge, driver survives. Looks like a cheaper alternative to the 50ft Benz! http://www.rockymountainnews.com/drmn/local/article/0,1299,DRMN_15_5320189,00.html It was a rental too, PS! Kia should buy the car off of Hertz to use

Re: [MBZ] Key help

2007-02-01 Thread David Brodbeck
Bob Hamilton wrote: Now, my questions. We only had one key for the 300D so I had a friend who is a locksmith come over on Saturday and he made some new keys. We found that the ignition key and the door keys were different. Is that the way these cars were originally? No, but broken

Re: [MBZ] Somebody Did Somebody Wrong....

2007-01-31 Thread David Brodbeck
Billr wrote: Do not ever, ever, ever go into a legal situation without an attorney. Attorneys are not allowed in small claims court without special permission from the judge, at least not where I live. You're free to consult with one before you go, of course.

Re: [MBZ] Somebody Did Somebody Wrong....

2007-01-31 Thread David Brodbeck
Bob Rentfro wrote: Holy crap...the last time I was in small claims court the limit was $1K It's $4K where I live. Decisions on amounts less than $250 can't be appealed.

Re: [MBZ] my 280CE destroyed by gang bangers

2007-01-30 Thread David Brodbeck
Gary Hurst wrote: when it comes to having their hand out and demanding money, they are not shy nor busy but now they don't even have the time to take a police report over the phone Well, it *is* the South. I'm a Yankee and I've only visited, but people always tell me that stuff moves at

Re: [MBZ] my 280CE destroyed by gang bangers

2007-01-30 Thread David Brodbeck
Chris Kueny wrote: Maybe America has moved into a small town. In my town (Cayce, SC), the cops would have done a lot more. In the small towns I grew up in, it would have depended on whose kid did it. If it was the kid of someone important, they'd have let it go.

Re: [MBZ] Somebody Did Somebody Wrong....

2007-01-30 Thread David Brodbeck
R A Bennell wrote: Most people would pay no attention to something like this and just write the fellow off as some sort of nut case. So he is pretty much wasting his time I would think. When I see stuff like that I usually flag it as 'discussion.' Apparently other people do, too, because

Re: [MBZ] [OT] The Imperial Presidency

2007-01-29 Thread David Brodbeck
Zoltan Finks wrote: Does anyone but me get irritated at obama's face? It just looks too young - out of place. Some people might consider that a virtue, like they did with Kennedy.

Re: [MBZ] Head gasket sealant?

2007-01-29 Thread David Brodbeck
LarryT wrote: Depends on how deep it is. Also, head gasket sealants are not usually effective - although I;m sure there may be some that work - perhaps someone has some 1st hand experience? A lot of guys swear by Hylomar. YMMV.

Re: [MBZ] my 280CE destroyed by gang bangers

2007-01-29 Thread David Brodbeck
Gary Hurst wrote: when i ask my government to take a police report on this matter (i am not even so unreasonable as to ask them to actually take an interest in the gang perpetrators who are likely not even supposed to be in this country), they basically tell me don't call us, we'll call you.

Re: [MBZ] OT: Imperial Co-President

2007-01-28 Thread David Brodbeck
LT Don wrote: I'm trying to remember if I saw protection when Senators came thru town during the 2004 election cycle. Don't think they rate Secret Service. I think Secret Service is limited to people associated with the Presidency -- the President, the President's family, and major

Re: [MBZ] [OT] The Imperial Presidency

2007-01-27 Thread David Brodbeck
LT Don wrote: It is unfortunate that our leader must ride around in bullet-proof vehicles, insulated from interaction with the common man over whom he Lords. That's been the trend ever since Kennedy. The Henry Ford Museum has a collection of Presidential vehicles. It's interesting to see how

Re: [MBZ] Frankenheap status

2007-01-27 Thread David Brodbeck
Jim Cathey wrote: The floats in the 115 are much harder/messier to get out. I suppose someday I'll have a look. I ran a couple tanks of B100 in my '83 300D and the fuel gauge suddenly started working better. Probably had something to do with all the black crud that promptly plugged up my

Re: [MBZ] Terminology

2007-01-27 Thread David Brodbeck
Marshall Booth wrote: He was referring to hi-test in a diesel. I'd like to know what he means by that. Shell sells a premium diesel that they think is worth a substantial premium over everyone else's brew. I assume they put some kind of additive package in it.

Re: [MBZ] beyond crack

2007-01-27 Thread David Brodbeck
Mitch Haley wrote: In fairness, a mid-1980s 190d, especially a turbo, would have cost more than a 1986ish Jetta. I think the main Mercedes price advantage is that they had good diesel cars, including turbos, in the 1970s, while VWs are all newer and more valuable due to age. (I did not want

Re: [MBZ] [OT] The Imperial Presidency

2007-01-24 Thread David Brodbeck
Rich Thomas wrote: Has the airport been closed for a couple hours while he gets a haircut? Ah, yes...some Clinton urban legends just never die. FAA records showed almost no commercial flights were delayed by Clinton having his hair cut while Air Force One was on the ramp (one air taxi

Re: [MBZ] [OT] The Imperial Presidency

2007-01-24 Thread David Brodbeck
Peter Frederick wrote: Gore's involvment with the Internet was when he was a Senator and instrumental in getting the legislation passed to create ARPANET, the original military and research institution network. He really was one of the fathers of the internet, not because he was a computer

Re: [MBZ] OT: Psychological Insights Today

2007-01-23 Thread David Brodbeck
Rich Thomas wrote: David supplied answers to problems that have vexed me for a long time, since college and when I started driving. My engineering degree makes me well qualified to make blind guesses about psychological matters. ;)

Re: [MBZ] OT: Psychological Insights Today

2007-01-23 Thread David Brodbeck
[EMAIL PROTECTED] wrote: Ah! I see you haven't had your glass bellybutton installed yet! ;) No, because I fear it might be a handicap if I ever want a career in upper management.

Re: [MBZ] Pimp my ride ...

2007-01-22 Thread David Brodbeck
Rich Thomas wrote: I have for some time been trying to figure out why certain styles appeal more to certain demographics than to others. Because people tend to hang around with people who are in their demographic group, and people determine what's normal by constant reference to people around

Re: [MBZ] [OT] Radial Engines

2007-01-22 Thread David Brodbeck
Rich Thomas wrote: My neighbor in Massachusetts had many hours in B-17s, and visited Germany several times in them, making some deliveries of American industrial products, but never got the opportunity to stay any length of time. He was also afraid of heights, couldn't climb a 6ft ladder,

Re: [MBZ] OT House Build Quality

2007-01-21 Thread David Brodbeck
On Sat, 20 Jan 2007 17:39:36 -0600, Rich Thomas wrote I bought a copy of the National Elec Code and state plumbing code, they are excellent references as it appears most plumbers and electricians are not, um, the National Merit Scholar folks, so everything is spelled out in simple detail

Re: [MBZ] [OT] Radial Engines

2007-01-21 Thread David Brodbeck
On Sun, 21 Jan 2007 09:21:31 -0500, Allan Streib wrote Heh. Yeah. We had a B-17 on display at the local airport here a couple of years ago. The were offering rides, but it was too rich for my blood (couple of hundred $$ for a 30 minute flight). I did spend a fair chunk of change for a

Re: [MBZ] [OT] Radial Engines

2007-01-21 Thread David Brodbeck
On Sun, 21 Jan 2007 08:07:53 -0800, Jim Cathey wrote Probably the same plane that flew over our house last fall. Loud, I recall that. And shiny. My 5yo boy recognized it from a book of military planes that grandpa had given him. Aren't too many operable B17's left, and I know a guy that

Re: [MBZ] Bluetec word used in place of Diesel?

2007-01-21 Thread David Brodbeck
On Sun, 21 Jan 2007 15:33:24 -0500 (EST), John W. Reames III wrote tempted to drop a 250 or 500 gal double-wall in the back yard and have Tevis come fill it up with Biodiesel every so often. -j. You'll probably find an above-ground tank is easier to permit, even with the required spill

Re: [MBZ] OT- Wireless networking

2007-01-21 Thread David Brodbeck
On Sun, 21 Jan 2007 12:48:01 -0800, Redghost wrote I am trying to figure out how to use two wireless routers to make a network. I want to use the radio part to link the two routers, but have the computers on both ends wired. I had heard there was a way to have the DHCP router be sort of

Re: [MBZ] Bluetec word used in place of Diesel?

2007-01-20 Thread David Brodbeck
On Fri, 19 Jan 2007, kevin kraly wrote: It's funny that a Diesel car isn't cool, but any pickup powered by such an engine is clearly visible, D I E S E L! That's because most truck owners are like Harley riders -- they think noise and rough operation is a mark of quality.

Re: [MBZ] Bad gas recourse - was Saab stranded me in cold

2007-01-20 Thread David Brodbeck
On Fri, 19 Jan 2007, Jim Cathey wrote: Could the gas really be bad enough to cause my engine to flat quit? I think so. Either by slugging the FI system with water, or by just plain clogging up the filter. Don't modern EFI systems run high volume/pressure and return quite a lot to the

Re: [MBZ] Bluetec word used in place of Diesel?

2007-01-20 Thread David Brodbeck
On Sat, 20 Jan 2007, Bob Rentfro wrote: It's all crazy. Smell what you're putting in if there is a question. Generally, if you're standing in a massive puddle of oil and sawdust, you're at the right pump.

Re: [MBZ] Media Bias was Expensive M-B driving

2007-01-20 Thread David Brodbeck
On Fri, 19 Jan 2007, Dwight E. Giles, Jr wrote: Well -note that the media made A point of saying she ran over him in her MB. There was discussion of that on this list in 2002-if it had been a Chevy or Acura-would they have noted the make of car? I don't like the implications-that the make of

Re: [MBZ] [OT] Radial Engines

2007-01-20 Thread David Brodbeck
On Fri, 19 Jan 2007, E M wrote: If you even hear a radial idle on the ground, you think they're going to fall apart. hee hee Gotta love that rough, cammy idle. To me it somehow suggests raw power better than the whine of an idling jet engine.

Re: [MBZ] OT House Building

2007-01-19 Thread David Brodbeck
Harry Watkins wrote: My wife and I built our 1800 sq ft steel frame home on a full size basement, clear span through out. Sounds like a pretty rewarding project. Having watched a commercial remodeling project in one of the local suburbs, though, I have to say around here just dealing with the

Re: [MBZ] OT House Build Quality

2007-01-18 Thread David Brodbeck
Mitch Haley wrote: I googled that to make sure what you were talking about (OSB I-Beam). Google gave me lots of links to builders who explained why TGI was far superior to 2x12. ;-) Before using OSB I-beams, you might want to check with your local fire department. When they first became

Re: [MBZ] OT House Build Quality

2007-01-18 Thread David Brodbeck
Jim Cathey wrote: standard for industrial construction and should be for any multifamily structure (they don't burn easily, for instance). But they do melt. Tests show that wood beams hold up longer in fires than steel, due to the self-insulating capabilities of wood. This would

Re: [MBZ] Driving safety while covered with ice

2007-01-17 Thread David Brodbeck
LarryT wrote: I think most truck offenses are expected to be caught at Weigh Stations - I suspect the CB/CellPhone communications network keep the 18 wheelers informed of the locations of radar - they know when to go fast and they know when to slow down. Yeah, and like any industry

Re: [MBZ] Heavy lifting

2007-01-17 Thread David Brodbeck
[EMAIL PROTECTED] wrote: www.boeing.com/news/releases/2007/q1/070116d_pr.html When they were test-flying that airplane earlier late last year, I had a what the heck is that? moment when I was driving on I-5 and saw it sitting at Boeing Field. A couple weeks later I was sitting in a

Re: [MBZ] Mercedes Quality

2007-01-17 Thread David Brodbeck
Tom Hargrave wrote: I'm sure that today's Mercedes are more reliable (better quality) than those manufactured in the 90's and those manufactured in the 90's are more reliable (better quality) than those manufactured in the 80's, etc, etc. A lot of the complaints seem to be in the fit and

Re: [MBZ] Mercedes Quality

2007-01-17 Thread David Brodbeck
Peter Frederick wrote: Lawn mower engines aren't all that balanced, and the hp output is so low the resultant vibration isn't much of a problem. A single cylinder 50 hp motor has to weigh a ton or so to keep it from dancing under load, and that's with a huge flywheel. I remember seeing a

Re: [MBZ] front lug bolts 300SDL

2007-01-17 Thread David Brodbeck
Tom Hargrave wrote: I guess neither of us will ever know for sure which is more damaging. I just know that both practices lead to over torqued lug nuts or bolts. Given the choice between using anti-seize and having them slightly over-torqued, and not using anti-seize and not being able to get

Re: [MBZ] Number of cylinders

2007-01-17 Thread David Brodbeck
Jeff Zedic wrote: I wonder how VW has done it with te engine I saw in a Passat the other day. It's a V5! Yes, I read t twice just to be sure! Their narrow-angle V6 is interesting, too. A pretty clever solution for transverse-engine cars without much space under the hood. The bank angle is

Re: [MBZ] Heater Monovalve questions

2007-01-17 Thread David Brodbeck
andrew strasfogel wrote: Then it's the monovalve or the crumbly foam connector pipe behind the glovebox. If it were the crumbly connector pipe he'd still get heat in defrost mode, which ignores the temperature sender. It's almost got to be the monovalve.

Re: [MBZ] OT Passat Jetta Country of Manufacture quick question

2007-01-16 Thread David Brodbeck
R A Bennell wrote: Don't know if it is coincidence or not, but several vehicles that I saw abandoned along the road last week when it was really cold were mostly Passats and Audis. We see all sorts of beater cars along the road when it is really cold but the above noted brands were all

Re: [MBZ] Driving safety while covered with ice

2007-01-16 Thread David Brodbeck
Werner Fehlauer wrote: So how do Canadian Semi drivers keep any snow and ice from collecting on the tops of their trailers? Seems like a law against dropping mother nature's benevolence is pretty hard to justify in the real world! I've seen some pretty monster ice sheets blow off semi

Re: [MBZ] OT Passat Jetta Country of Manufacture quick question

2007-01-16 Thread David Brodbeck
Curt Raymond wrote: Fuel injected cars today will tolerate much worse gas than years ago while still performing reasonably well so I bet people don't use drygas like they used to. An iced gas line will stop a car totally dead with no regard to how good a winter car it is. I've never

Re: [MBZ] Mercedes Quality

2007-01-16 Thread David Brodbeck
Allan Streib wrote: There's a really clean Volvo 240 with a 5 speed sitting outside where I work. Apparently abandoned. No plates, and has not been moved in weeks. Which I could just say finders keepers. Allan You could always wait for it to be towed and then try to pick it up when

Re: [MBZ] Driving safety while covered with ice

2007-01-16 Thread David Brodbeck
Steve MacSween wrote: Okay, I'll bite, why do they dip the tanks? Make sure the drivers are using taxed diesel, instead of off road diesel (which is dyed) or home heating oil. A while back they busted a street sweeping company in Seattle for using off road diesel in their sweeper trucks, to

Re: [MBZ] OT: volvo transmission

2007-01-16 Thread David Brodbeck
Allan Streib wrote: David Brodbeck [EMAIL PROTECTED] writes: If it's an actual five speed (instead of a four speed plus overdrive) it may have a bad trans. They had a lubrication problem with 5th gear, due to the fill hole on the case being drilled too low. They're reasonably durable

Re: [MBZ] OT: free will, etc.

2007-01-15 Thread David Brodbeck
LarryT wrote: So, it;s not a God given right after all. Gods can be so fickle...

Re: [MBZ] Mercedes Quality

2007-01-14 Thread David Brodbeck
Chris Kueny wrote: Somebody who knows more than me should point out the difference in Japanese QC vs German QC. The Germans accept a certain amount of bad cars, and try like heck to catch them and fix them before shipping them, while the Japanese see any bad car as a problem in the

Re: [MBZ] Watch Quality

2007-01-14 Thread David Brodbeck
Sunil Hari wrote: It's not a watch, it's a piece of jewelry that happens to tell time. No one poo-poohs a $2k diamond ring, and it doesn't -do- anything. Yup, and what makes it valuable is the craftsmanship and the exclusivity. It doesn't take much to turn out an accurate quartz watch, but a

Re: [MBZ] Rear Brake Job - 1983 240 D

2007-01-13 Thread David Brodbeck
[EMAIL PROTECTED] wrote: The W210 chassis is cute about that; it throws an error in the cluster (instead of the odometer) that the parking brake is on and chirps at you, then if your speed goes above 10mph or so (maybe 15mph) it will change the illumination color of the message area from

Re: [MBZ] Turbo hp boost percentage

2007-01-13 Thread David Brodbeck
Jim Cathey wrote: Such as all the MB turbo diesel engines. Or the Cummins. Probably others too, but I have no knowledge of them. VW turbodiesels also have oil squirters to cool the pistons. It's the main difference between a turbo block and a non-turbo one.

Re: [MBZ] Mercedes Quality

2007-01-13 Thread David Brodbeck
Gary Hurst wrote: and yet they sell more cars then ever before. people just like junk? A lot of people these days only keep a car for a couple years anyway. They only care that they hold together for the lease term.

Re: [MBZ] Mercedes Quality

2007-01-13 Thread David Brodbeck
LarryT wrote: Bob wroteHistorically, the bad ones were the infrequent exception. It seems it's not that way anymore You know, the internet has changed things more ways that we can even dream - communication is probably one of the biggest changes - I wonder if perhaps owners who have

Re: [MBZ] UNconfirmed Diesel Runon and Bus Accident

2007-01-12 Thread David Brodbeck
Zoltan Finks wrote: Was just overhearing the TV and a news brief stated that there was a bus accident in PA (involving the thing rolling unmanned? - need more info). The driver said he or she tried to shut off the ignition but could not stop the bus. Can happen. Some diesels have an

Re: [MBZ] Why are the FEDS boycotting diesel cars? (used to be) Ford Diesels?

2007-01-11 Thread David Brodbeck
Hans Neureiter wrote: Funny how that thread veered off from Diesels in NA to Mazda. The article exclaims that cars with diesels don't sell in the USA. They are not available, that's why. VW TDIs tend not to stay on the lot long, but I suspect VW is carefully limiting supply to make sure

Re: [MBZ] Why are the FEDS boycotting diesel cars? (used to be) Ford Diesels?

2007-01-11 Thread David Brodbeck
Hans Neureiter wrote: And our infamous EPA, in bed with the Detroit giants, has everything and all to do with that. Oh, one more thing...if the EPA was in bed with Detroit, I wouldn't expect them to be pushing hybrid tech. The Big 3 are way behind in that area. They'd have an easier time

Re: [MBZ] Why are the FEDS boycotting diesel cars? (used to be) Ford Diesels?

2007-01-11 Thread David Brodbeck
kevin kraly wrote: My '06 Dodge/Cummins is smooth, quiet, and doesn't have the TRADITIONAL diesel smell. I can smell that sooty smell when a PowerCHOKE goes by, powerCHOKE since one practically CHOKES when smelling the exhaust. To be fair, the Powerstrokes burn pretty clean as they come

Re: [MBZ] defrost/heat questions (83 300SD

2007-01-10 Thread David Brodbeck
kevin kraly wrote: My '83 SD sure does have a GREAT heater! Is the temperature of the heat regulated by the ACC system when the defrosters are on? I'm pretty sure defrost commands full heat, regardless of the cabin temperature. It's kind of annoying, because in bad weather you have to keep

Re: [MBZ] What kind of oil would I use for this?

2007-01-10 Thread David Brodbeck
Levi Smith wrote: I go the other way and fill them with that sodium chloride or whatever it is they use to weight tractor tires. Gets better traction in the winter and gets better mileage cause all that extra mass just keeps going so I can just let off the accelerator and my 300D just keeps

Re: [MBZ] Ford Diesels?

2007-01-10 Thread David Brodbeck
kevin kraly wrote: I had a Mazda diesel pickup a couple years ago, tired and ugly, but enough for the moving job it was purchased to do. I believe that this engine was put into Ranger pickups, and there was a turbodiesel of some sort up to '87 or 88. The Ranger pickup *is* a Mazda. Same

Re: [MBZ] Vergasser vs. Diesel, was 87 TD for sale

2007-01-09 Thread David Brodbeck
LarryT wrote: And to make one more stretch of the assumption - and say *all* gassers are better than *all* diesels - and if this change in the longevity maintanence of gas and diesel engines is industry wide, will we see big 18 wheelers changing to big gas engines? Or will they be staying

Re: [MBZ] rusty turd

2007-01-07 Thread David Brodbeck
[EMAIL PROTECTED] wrote: Kaleb I happen to like the Sears Bias Ply tires and snow tires on the rear. And the spare. Hey, it's only flat on one side!

Re: [MBZ] To start or to let slumber

2007-01-07 Thread David Brodbeck
Zoltan Finks wrote: Would it be better for the vehicle's health if I started it periodically? If so, how often? - or - Would it be better for the vehicle's health if I let it sit undisturbed until I intend to actually drive it? And why would it be better? I vote for undisturbed. Starting

Re: [MBZ] Octane and detonation....

2007-01-07 Thread David Brodbeck
Peter Frederick wrote: Diesels WILL run with a fuel/air mix, but there is no control over the ignition timing that way. I know at least one person who had a VW diesel get return holes in the head plugged up, and when the oil filled the valve cover and spilled over into the intake on the

Re: [MBZ] Brake Calipers

2007-01-07 Thread David Brodbeck
Zoltan Finks wrote: Is this a just kidding, or do you mean it literally? Just curious for future reference. It really does seem to help to tap on the end of a rusty bolt for a while with a hammer. It breaks the rust bonds, or wakes up the sleeping thread demons, or something.

Re: [MBZ] Trying out 0Wxx Mobil 1

2007-01-07 Thread David Brodbeck
LarryT wrote: I believe it happens like this - you turn the key, a spritz of fuel is injected to the proper cylinders, concurrently, the GPs start heating the prechamber or cylinder depending on model... Actually, at least in a mechanical-injection engine, no fuel is going to get spritzed

Re: [MBZ] Trying out 0Wxx Mobil 1

2007-01-06 Thread David Brodbeck
Zoltan Finks wrote: Yup. I know pumping is bad - my foot just wants to do it. I'ts like, come on, baby, you can do it! I've been known to talk to the car to try to coax it into starting. Probably about as effective as pumping, and less wear on the throttle linkage. ;) Repeated pumping doesn't

Re: [MBZ] Dakar Rally starts today

2007-01-06 Thread David Brodbeck
[EMAIL PROTECTED] wrote: Dakar Rally Begins January 6! I've programmed my PVR. Thanks for the reminder!

Re: [MBZ] compression ratio 300SL

2007-01-05 Thread David Brodbeck
James Zavesky wrote: I'll bring in E320's from time to time and irregardless if it's a small 6, 8 or 12 cylinder they all ping when run on back to back tanks of regular. We alternate tanks between Shell premium and super with no ill effects on all the cars. knocking is non existant. Won't run

Re: [MBZ] OT: Just when it can't get any worse

2007-01-05 Thread David Brodbeck
Be sure to call all three credit agencies and have them put a fraud alert on your account. Also pull a credit report from each of them. If the identity thieves have gotten that far they may already have some cards you don't know about yet!

Re: [MBZ] Sorta OT: Octane rating question

2007-01-05 Thread David Brodbeck
Rich Thomas wrote: I got to wondering why this was. I was thinking it might have something to do with altitude, and lower octane being OK, but that does not take turbos into account. Or the MBTE/ethanol lack? So, can someone explain this? From what I've read in the Gasoline FAQ, it's

Re: [MBZ] compression ratio 300SL

2007-01-05 Thread David Brodbeck
TimothyPilgrim wrote: Funny, my motorcycle (1999 Honda CBR1100XX) has a ratio of 11:1 and it runs on RUG-87. It also Compression ratio can't be the only factor in determining octane rating required. Modern electronic ignition and fuel injection have allowed manufacturers to run higher

Re: [MBZ] Washington State

2007-01-05 Thread David Brodbeck
For $25k you can find some land on the escarpments of low lying mountains on the dry side of the state. Around 22k sqft with no utilities for miles Did you see a while back when someone was auctioning off an old Titan missile silo near Moses Lake? Had power on site and everything.

Re: [MBZ] Kludges

2007-01-04 Thread David Brodbeck
OK Don wrote: I did that - until I got home and found the nylon cord. Wire breaks, rattles, has no stretch, and is too Okie. Nylon is much classier! In a pinch I once used a hunk of Category 5 network cable. A friend declared it to have been the geekiest possible way I could have solved

Re: [MBZ] Trying out 0Wxx Mobil 1

2007-01-04 Thread David Brodbeck
Allan Streib wrote: Agree with crank until it starts... Me too. A VW mechanic once told me he instructed his customers to crank it until it starts or until it becomes clear it's not going to, because if you stop and then try again, you've essentially started the process all over again. In cold

Re: [MBZ] 300CD damage and value.

2007-01-04 Thread David Brodbeck
woodlandtaylors wrote: So the body shop has had it for two weeks and done a small amount of work on it and the estimate is $2300 for repairs. Now the insurance company is wanting to total vehicle and offer the $2300 as pay out. I say not enough... they state value in Washington State is what

Re: [MBZ] Washington State

2007-01-04 Thread David Brodbeck
Zeitgeist wrote: Dude, I've met folks just like that. I'm just the messenger. This state is plum full of kooks. I think people just got kind of tired, during the 90s, of Californians moving into the area, driving rent up to extraordinary levels, and then whining about the rain.

Re: [MBZ] Washington State

2007-01-04 Thread David Brodbeck
Zoltan Finks wrote: I'm a vegetarian environmentalist who is against gay marriage and handouts for illegals (for example). Homosexuals seem to be one of the few minorities it's still okay to discriminate against. I've always found it striking that the arguments against gay marriage are mostly

Re: [MBZ] rear exhaust hanger question

2007-01-04 Thread David Brodbeck
Zoltan Finks wrote: Any word on whether Washington state requires vehicle inspections? Or are all you WA guys boycotting me because I'm getting ready to add two more people to your paradise? No vehicle inspection except an emissions test. The diesel emissions test is ridiculously

Re: [MBZ] Gas vs. diesel prices?

2007-01-04 Thread David Brodbeck
Werner Fehlauer wrote: A car that is designed with a high compression ratio that requires fuel that has good antiknock properties will perform better and more efficiently with the proper grade fuel. Generally you want to go by what the owner's manual says. If the manual says 87 octane,

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