Re: [MBZ] 178 in a SUV down I-95

2022-05-11 Thread Jim Cathey via Mercedes
> A bigger problem is flying at 180mph, even for fixed wing craft. (100+mph > quadcopters exist, but the battery life is miniscule, and I've never heard of > one going 150mph) If nobody's chasing them, the perps don't go that fast, either. -- Jim ___

Re: [MBZ] Diesel prices going back up

2022-05-11 Thread Jim Cathey via Mercedes
> The fuel island pumps reserved for semi articulating tractor trailers. The > nozzles are larger than that for automobiles, Notably, the fuel filler on my 1997 Dodge (w/Cummins) will accept the large nozzle. I've filled up at those islands many a time. My dad's 1990 Ford could not. > Can I

Re: [MBZ] 600SL - Runs and drives mechanic special - $2,000

2022-05-10 Thread Jim Cathey via Mercedes
>> "everything original everything works just needs a little bit of work" >> https://chicago.craigslist.org/chc/cto/d/chicago-mercedes-600sl-runs-and-drives/7481708180.html > > How's that compare with Floyd's $1700 SL600? Maybe the extra four cylinders are in the trunk? -- Jim

Re: [MBZ] Merz Car - $4,875 (Valdese NC 28690)

2022-05-09 Thread Jim Cathey via Mercedes
> ?? What could it be? >> NO LOBALLERS I DON'T NO WHAT I GOT Could be anything, but probably rampant stupidity. -- Jim ___ http://www.okiebenz.com To search list archives http://www.okiebenz.com/archive/ To Unsubscribe or change delivery options go to:

Re: [MBZ] Am I correct in my assumption about alternator?

2022-05-08 Thread Jim Cathey via Mercedes
> Am I correct this should not be moving like this? Correct. -- Jim ___ http://www.okiebenz.com To search list archives http://www.okiebenz.com/archive/ To Unsubscribe or change delivery options go to:

Re: [MBZ] This is beyond belief

2022-05-07 Thread Jim Cathey via Mercedes
> Car owner is sued when his vehicle kills a shop employee. > https://news.yahoo.com/michigan-car-owner-sued-jeep-075228792.html > That's one jury trial I'd try to get ON! -- Jim ___

Re: [MBZ] Shop shut down and disappeared with customers parts. No transmission. 1990 Mercedes-Benz 190e 2.6 Sedan 4D, $800

2022-05-02 Thread Jim Cathey via Mercedes
That would be a good body donor for the rusting and tatty 190D 2.5 my son is currently driving. But, it's geographically challenged! -- Jim ___ http://www.okiebenz.com To search list archives http://www.okiebenz.com/archive/ To Unsubscribe or change

Re: [MBZ] This is really a feeler post…1984 Mercedes-Benz e-class,$5,000

2022-05-02 Thread Jim Cathey via Mercedes
I feel that the most valuable part of this now-ruined car are the Euro headlights! -- Jim ___ http://www.okiebenz.com To search list archives http://www.okiebenz.com/archive/ To Unsubscribe or change delivery options go to:

Re: [MBZ] OT - B-52 Flight Simulator Trains

2022-05-02 Thread Jim Cathey via Mercedes
> We had a 737 electronic cockpit simulator driven by CDC 6000 and 7000-series > computers I got to sit in the F101 cockpit simulator in the early 70's while my Dad 'flew' it. I know it was connected to a bank of 60's computing tech, but I suspect it was largely analog computing. Several

Re: [MBZ] Oh wow I might have to have this

2022-04-30 Thread Jim Cathey via Mercedes
I thought key-start was a W123 thing. -- Jim ___ http://www.okiebenz.com To search list archives http://www.okiebenz.com/archive/ To Unsubscribe or change delivery options go to: http://mail.okiebenz.com/mailman/listinfo/mercedes_okiebenz.com

Re: [MBZ] Walmart AGM battery

2022-04-30 Thread Jim Cathey via Mercedes
There's a lot of thermal mass in a battery. Could still be warm from the charging, plus slight heating from the draw-down. What is 'tests good'? That covers a lot of ground, all the way from "has two terminals and isn't gushing through a hole in the side", to brand new. There are six cells,

Re: [MBZ] Walmart AGM battery

2022-04-30 Thread Jim Cathey via Mercedes
> What would cause a battery to discharge after a week or 2 of sitting on the > shelf but tests good? An internal current leak. You can only prove those exist indirectly. -- Jim ___ http://www.okiebenz.com To search list archives

Re: [MBZ] Walmart AGM battery

2022-04-29 Thread Jim Cathey via Mercedes
Run it flat, then hook up a dumb charger in reverse? -- Jim ___ http://www.okiebenz.com To search list archives http://www.okiebenz.com/archive/ To Unsubscribe or change delivery options go to: http://mail.okiebenz.com/mailman/listinfo/mercedes_okiebenz.com

Re: [MBZ] Will need to be towed away 1980 MERCEDES BENZ SL500 - $3, 500 (Greensboro)

2022-04-29 Thread Jim Cathey via Mercedes
> Ask him for the VIN. He’ll probably think you’re trying to steal it though, > because, you know, CL You don't need all the VIN, just the first part. -- Jim ___ http://www.okiebenz.com To search list archives http://www.okiebenz.com/archive/ To

Re: [MBZ] Struck an Elk head-on near Grand Canyon in Dec 2021 Mercedes Sprinter 2500 2016: Doesn't Run - $17, 000 (St Petersburg)

2022-04-29 Thread Jim Cathey via Mercedes
So why didn't any airbags go off? That much damage should certainly have done it. His ask is laughable. -- Jim ___ http://www.okiebenz.com To search list archives http://www.okiebenz.com/archive/ To Unsubscribe or change delivery options go to:

Re: [MBZ] Will need to be towed away 1980 MERCEDES BENZ SL500 - $3, 500 (Greensboro)

2022-04-29 Thread Jim Cathey via Mercedes
In theory that's the vaunted 500SLC, the homologated race car. -- Jim ___ http://www.okiebenz.com To search list archives http://www.okiebenz.com/archive/ To Unsubscribe or change delivery options go to:

Re: [MBZ] Missing engine cover

2022-04-28 Thread Jim Cathey via Mercedes
I think cosmetic engine covers are stupid. WTF is the _hood_ for? -- Jim ___ http://www.okiebenz.com To search list archives http://www.okiebenz.com/archive/ To Unsubscribe or change delivery options go to:

Re: [MBZ] BAT insanity

2022-04-28 Thread Jim Cathey via Mercedes
> I would not have paid $31,000 for any car just because it has low mileage. People do, all the time. Ask any dealer... -- Jim ___ http://www.okiebenz.com To search list archives http://www.okiebenz.com/archive/ To Unsubscribe or change delivery options

Re: [MBZ] Fwd: The MB Market Daily Update & Auctions Ending Today (April 28, 2022)

2022-04-28 Thread Jim Cathey via Mercedes
> If I had won the Powerball last night I’d be on that 240D like a hobo on a > hotdog. And it has the TruCoat! -- Jim ___ http://www.okiebenz.com To search list archives http://www.okiebenz.com/archive/ To Unsubscribe or change delivery options go to:

Re: [MBZ] Hey Curt….VW BioDiesel Question

2022-04-28 Thread Jim Cathey via Mercedes
> Drove from home to PA and back to CT, 630 miles, on one tank of fuel. I had a 240D once where I drove around WA State, from Spokane to Vancouver to Seattle and back to Spokane. Just over 1000 miles, on one tank. Of course, it had a 20-gallon auxiliary fuel tank in the trunk! MPG was 23.5 on

Re: [MBZ] 1987 560 SL - 116k miles - $11,000

2022-04-27 Thread Jim Cathey via Mercedes
> Ambitious price for needing front seats although the rear “seats” are > interesting Mine has that. A not-uncommon upgrade. Not for adults! -- Jim ___ http://www.okiebenz.com To search list archives http://www.okiebenz.com/archive/ To Unsubscribe or

Re: [MBZ] Mr. Spock's Mercedes

2022-04-27 Thread Jim Cathey via Mercedes
That has been, and always shall be, a great commercial. -- Jim ___ http://www.okiebenz.com To search list archives http://www.okiebenz.com/archive/ To Unsubscribe or change delivery options go to:

Re: [MBZ] This is a sad story about what was once a beautiful white & tan Mercedes Benz 320 SL CONVERTIBLE.

2022-04-26 Thread Jim Cathey via Mercedes
> Moral of the story: Don't let the car go before you have received payment or > items being traded. > https://kalamazoo.craigslist.org/cto/d/climax-mercedes-320-sl-1994-white-tan/7475530214.html > >

Re: [MBZ] I wonder how hard or expensive this would be to have fixed

2022-04-25 Thread Jim Cathey via Mercedes
> Bang it out and bondo and paint, or weld in a new piece and paint it. Or just > drive it as-is. >> https://www.copart.com/lot/38860372/clean-title-2007-mercedes-benz-s-550-ok-oklahoma-city >> >>

Re: [MBZ] OT: Self crashing vehicle?

2022-04-24 Thread Jim Cathey via Mercedes
Clearly can't avoid low-flying aircraft. What about potholes? Caltrops? -- Jim ___ http://www.okiebenz.com To search list archives http://www.okiebenz.com/archive/ To Unsubscribe or change delivery options go to:

Re: [MBZ] 1984 MB 300CD steering box

2022-04-23 Thread Jim Cathey via Mercedes
Notchy bearing in the steering column itself? -- Jim ___ http://www.okiebenz.com To search list archives http://www.okiebenz.com/archive/ To Unsubscribe or change delivery options go to: http://mail.okiebenz.com/mailman/listinfo/mercedes_okiebenz.com

Re: [MBZ] OT - Valkyrie

2022-04-22 Thread Jim Cathey via Mercedes
> Designed with slide rules by MEN with pocket protectors, skinny ties, and > horn rimmed glasses. People with slide rules understand, intuitively, that when you attempt to calculate the weight of a hummingbird, a result of 158.9572456 pounds is NOT a good answer! Most kids these days will

Re: [MBZ] OT - Valkyrie

2022-04-22 Thread Jim Cathey via Mercedes
That looks familiar. I might have had a model as a kid. -- Jim ___ http://www.okiebenz.com To search list archives http://www.okiebenz.com/archive/ To Unsubscribe or change delivery options go to:

Re: [MBZ] 1984 M.B. 300CD Steering Box

2022-04-21 Thread Jim Cathey via Mercedes
Les Schwab, a regional tire store, had the spreader bar and used it when they did the last car I had aligned there. (But I forget which car it was, or exactly when.) -- Jim ___ http://www.okiebenz.com To search list archives http://www.okiebenz.com/archive/

Re: [MBZ] recently minority damaged 2000 Mercedes-Benz e-class E 320 Sedan 4D, $975

2022-04-21 Thread Jim Cathey via Mercedes
Can't trust those minorities with _anything_! -- Jim ___ http://www.okiebenz.com To search list archives http://www.okiebenz.com/archive/ To Unsubscribe or change delivery options go to: http://mail.okiebenz.com/mailman/listinfo/mercedes_okiebenz.com

Re: [MBZ] 1984 M.B. 300CD Steering Box

2022-04-21 Thread Jim Cathey via Mercedes
For whatever reason a lot of laptop optical drives crap out, whether you use them or not. The big boys seem to be a lot more durable. -- Jim ___ http://www.okiebenz.com To search list archives http://www.okiebenz.com/archive/ To Unsubscribe or change

Re: [MBZ] Truth On Repairability

2022-04-19 Thread Jim Cathey via Mercedes
IMHO the designs should be required to be escrowed, and the escrow is released as soon as the manufacturer can/will no longer supply replacements. -- Jim ___ http://www.okiebenz.com To search list archives http://www.okiebenz.com/archive/ To Unsubscribe or

Re: [MBZ] Truth On Repairability

2022-04-19 Thread Jim Cathey via Mercedes
When I wrote that white paper, for work, I was surprised at just how many failure mechanisms were in play. This, on top of any other common electronic failure mechanisms. (Die contamination, metal fatigue, electrophoretic migration, tin whiskers, oxidation, etc.) -- Jim

Re: [MBZ] Truth On Repairability

2022-04-19 Thread Jim Cathey via Mercedes
> IIRC they were doing a lot of writing of data to solid-state storage and > wearing it out. Yep, we had some customers that turned on the debug logging features, to '11', and left them on. Took out the onboard flash in about a year. Not too cool, losing six-figure network backbone systems

Re: [MBZ] OT Frontier no start

2022-04-17 Thread Jim Cathey via Mercedes
With bright headlights it indicates that the bad connection MUST be on the starter end, if that's what is wrong. Not at the battery. Or the starter itself is going out. Which gear for push-starting depends on how many gears you have, and how fast you can get it going before you pop the clutch.

Re: [MBZ] OT Who's into old tractors? Saved From the Crusher! Will this 80+ Year old Ford 9N Ever Run Again???

2022-04-16 Thread Jim Cathey via Mercedes
My grandfather, a mechanic, hated Ford tractors. Said he saw too many of them at the shop. (Not sure if he calibrated against numbers produced and in the field.) He bought a Minneapolis Moline UTS when he got one. And later, a Farmall 200. My brother still has them. -- Jim

Re: [MBZ] Unimog truck with Case 580C mounted on it 2005 Mercedes Unimog 419 see tractor, $22, 000

2022-04-15 Thread Jim Cathey via Mercedes
> Buy it and drive it from the right coast to the left coast! > (Can you imagine what torture that would be?) Yes, since I drove mine from Tacoma to Spokane. Let's call it ten times the fun of that trip... -- Jim ___ http://www.okiebenz.com To search list

Re: [MBZ] Unimog truck with Case 580C mounted on it 2005 Mercedes Unimog 419 see tractor, $22, 000

2022-04-15 Thread Jim Cathey via Mercedes
> I need this really bad > https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/737627663932446 > You and me both. It's the perfect mate to my crane/winch/dump Mog. -- Jim ___ http://www.okiebenz.com To

Re: [MBZ] Cargo trailers

2022-04-15 Thread Jim Cathey via Mercedes
> 5x8 is not very big. What are you looking to haul? Those seem kinda high > but given prices these days... D'accord. But, drop by your nearest NEW trailer sales place to get your scale calibrated. And, as always, divide the price by the RENTAL price for same. How many times can you rent

Re: [MBZ] OT: Ford F150 5 speed

2022-04-15 Thread Jim Cathey via Mercedes
> I was thinking this might be a good deal for when I need a truck until I read > "starts with pliers" It looks like a good basic truck. Is it really a 6-cyl with 5sp manual? Didn't know they still made those that late. Doesn't sound like the hardest repair ever, and what's wrong with pliers

Re: [MBZ] No more 116/201/107 keys

2022-04-14 Thread Jim Cathey via Mercedes
I didn't realize that the 116 (which I have never had one of) used those dinky little 201 keys. The 107/126/123 keys we have are all the same. Chunky side-cut keys. IIRC, our older 107 was an edge-cut key, as is the 114 and 115. -- Jim ___

Re: [MBZ] OT - Planespotting

2022-04-14 Thread Jim Cathey via Mercedes
> ...about the rich getting richer during covid is 100% true. Prices > of private jets are out of sight. If people have the means to fly private > they do, and there are a lot of people with the means. Buying a jet in order to avoid riding in plague-tubes makes you less rich, no matter how you

Re: [MBZ] Wow, I could have had a V12

2022-04-14 Thread Jim Cathey via Mercedes
I hope one of these never comes my way, I'd be tempted. It seems doubtful that these cylinders would be all that much harder to deal with, individually, than was the rear strut in the 560 SEL. See: http://formicapeak.com/~jimc/SELlog.html#21Dec2010

Re: [MBZ] WARNING!!!! 30 in rims Brand New Sound systems 2001 Mercedes-Benz s-class S 500 Sedan 4D, $8, 000

2022-04-12 Thread Jim Cathey via Mercedes
It probably has lengths of steel rod for shock absorbers, holding the suspension at full extension. -- Jim ___ http://www.okiebenz.com To search list archives http://www.okiebenz.com/archive/ To Unsubscribe or change delivery options go to:

Re: [MBZ] has a high idle when it warms up. 1991 Mercedes-Benz sel 560, $2, 500

2022-04-12 Thread Jim Cathey via Mercedes
> Isn't this usually a vacu > https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/549808743143309 > No. Either the idle control 'relay' is failing or, more likely, the idle control 'motor' is sticking. You can resolder the former and clean out

Re: [MBZ] OT generator expert expert opinion

2022-04-10 Thread Jim Cathey via Mercedes
If those were anywhere near me, I'd be all over them. -- Jim ___ http://www.okiebenz.com To search list archives http://www.okiebenz.com/archive/ To Unsubscribe or change delivery options go to:

Re: [MBZ] Dead SL? 1991 Mercedes-Benz 500 sel,$600

2022-04-09 Thread Jim Cathey via Mercedes
Nothing is more fun than a cheap-cheap-cheap convertible, provided you can get it running. The secret is to avoid going lipstick shopping for a pig. We're not talking hood stack, but we're not far off either. -- Jim ___ http://www.okiebenz.com To search

Re: [MBZ] OT - RaspberryPI

2022-04-08 Thread Jim Cathey via Mercedes
I use them, but not the wifi. Dr. Google is your friend. -- Jim ___ http://www.okiebenz.com To search list archives http://www.okiebenz.com/archive/ To Unsubscribe or change delivery options go to:

Re: [MBZ] Laurentian anyone?

2022-04-08 Thread Jim Cathey via Mercedes
>> Every other manual shift 4WD I've owned had the low range and transfer >> case on the same selector, so your options were 2WD High, 4WD High, >> 4WD Low. Not the case of a Unimog, which has yet another system where the Hi/Lo range is a side-gate on the main shifter. (2wd/4wd/4-locked-diff is

Re: [MBZ] Stealerships

2022-04-05 Thread Jim Cathey via Mercedes
> Umm, isn't "air" 79% nitrogen? > >>> And don't forget the nitrogen fill in the new tires. >> >> I do that, but I'm not too rigorous. I figure if it's at >> least 3/4 nitrogen I'm doing good. >> >> -- Jim That was the joke! -- Jim ___

Re: [MBZ] Has anybody ever rebuilt a backup light switch?

2022-04-05 Thread Jim Cathey via Mercedes
> This guy bought a lathe just to make replacement parts for his dad's old 180D. > But I never expected him to take a switch apart and make new internals. Sweet! > And then he got a bunch of pop cans and smelted them for aluminum repairs... As I read it, he didn't. He was _going_ to, but then

Re: [MBZ] Stealerships

2022-04-05 Thread Jim Cathey via Mercedes
> And don't forget the nitrogen fill in the new tires. I do that, but I'm not too rigorous. I figure if it's at least 3/4 nitrogen I'm doing good. -- Jim ___ http://www.okiebenz.com To search list archives http://www.okiebenz.com/archive/ To Unsubscribe

Re: [MBZ] Dead battery

2022-04-04 Thread Jim Cathey via Mercedes
> I’d say yes while revving the engine but at idle it seems high and > furthermore the voltage doesn’t change while revving engine. It’s permanently > around 14V which doesn’t seem right to me. It does seem odd. Does your meter have a peak-hold function that you accidentally triggered? --

Re: [MBZ] Dead battery

2022-04-04 Thread Jim Cathey via Mercedes
> amp draw between ground and the negative terminal of the battery and I only > got about 3.4 mA. It is my understanding that 50 mA is the cut off for a > excessive parasitic draw so I’m not sure why my battery is discharging by > just sitting idle for a few days. Not all loads are steady.

Re: [MBZ] OT Battery Charger

2022-04-03 Thread Jim Cathey via Mercedes
Very little to go wrong on one of those, it can be serviced and kept going indefinitely. Most likely problem is a bad connection, particularly inside the switch. (I.e. dirty switch.) It's nice to have a 'dumb' charger like this around, for when your newer, 'smarter' chargers simply refuse to

Re: [MBZ] Benzing yesterday

2022-04-03 Thread Jim Cathey via Mercedes
> Getting things back together was a whole nuther story. IIRC the secret is to get the flare nuts started (by hand) before you mount the spheres back. -- Jim ___ http://www.okiebenz.com To search list archives http://www.okiebenz.com/archive/ To

Re: [MBZ] Dead battery

2022-04-03 Thread Jim Cathey via Mercedes
Remove VR. If parasitic drain of alternator goes down, it was the VR. If it does not, it is the diodes. -- Jim ___ http://www.okiebenz.com To search list archives http://www.okiebenz.com/archive/ To Unsubscribe or change delivery options go to:

Re: [MBZ] Dead battery

2022-04-02 Thread Jim Cathey via Mercedes
Alternator diodes can also get leaky in the reverse direction. Just take an ammeter to it and see the drain, directly. -- Jim ___ http://www.okiebenz.com To search list archives http://www.okiebenz.com/archive/ To Unsubscribe or change delivery options go

Re: [MBZ] 606 tensioner bolt hole stripped

2022-03-29 Thread Jim Cathey via Mercedes
Helicoil or Timesert, your preference. -- Jim ___ http://www.okiebenz.com To search list archives http://www.okiebenz.com/archive/ To Unsubscribe or change delivery options go to: http://mail.okiebenz.com/mailman/listinfo/mercedes_okiebenz.com

Re: [MBZ] 606 tensioner bolt hole stripped

2022-03-29 Thread Jim Cathey via Mercedes
That looks Bad. I think drill and whatever is your best bet, and trailering it also sounds like a win. -- Jim ___ http://www.okiebenz.com To search list archives http://www.okiebenz.com/archive/ To Unsubscribe or change delivery options go to:

Re: [MBZ] OT: '86 Alfa, anyone?

2022-03-29 Thread Jim Cathey via Mercedes
So, was that license plate "Todd", or "To-Do"? -- Jim ___ http://www.okiebenz.com To search list archives http://www.okiebenz.com/archive/ To Unsubscribe or change delivery options go to: http://mail.okiebenz.com/mailman/listinfo/mercedes_okiebenz.com

Re: [MBZ] Batteryminder Sale

2022-03-28 Thread Jim Cathey via Mercedes
I just ordered two more. Phasing out the cheap Harbor Freight battery boilers... -- Jim ___ http://www.okiebenz.com To search list archives http://www.okiebenz.com/archive/ To Unsubscribe or change delivery options go to:

Re: [MBZ] Inop battery charger

2022-03-25 Thread Jim Cathey via Mercedes
Mine don't. Not much to go wrong, but probably easy to fix too. First thing I'd check is the switch, then the cord. -- Jim ___ http://www.okiebenz.com To search list archives http://www.okiebenz.com/archive/ To Unsubscribe or change delivery options go to:

Re: [MBZ] Battery Fun

2022-03-23 Thread Jim Cathey via Mercedes
> I think his problem is his el-cheapo Harbor Freight meter. I've had the cheap > ones and they're junk. They ARE junk. But I threw some $3 (then) meters in the trunks of the active cars anyway. Slightly better than no meter at all. I've been extraordinarily happy with my Fluke 83 and 87

Re: [MBZ] Battery Fun

2022-03-23 Thread Jim Cathey via Mercedes
> Mine has some kind of a rubber handle, I don't love it, it slides around a > little. I've glued it on a couple times... The handle should be able to slip a bit with a loosened grip. There should be a swell at the end to keep it from getting away from you. I can't describe it exactly, but

Re: [MBZ] Battery Fun

2022-03-23 Thread Jim Cathey via Mercedes
> switching the battery "off" removes it from all current draws Once upon a time you didn't need such things. My Falcon, for example, lacking a clock and having the old relay-style generator voltage regulator, has ZERO parasitic current draw when sitting. (Make sure the battery top is clean,

Re: [MBZ] OT: Dexter watch offer

2022-03-21 Thread Jim Cathey via Mercedes
I'm as big a fan of retro styling as any, but that thing is just weird. NOBODY back in the day when these style elements were mainstream would have made anything that looked like this. WTF is up with the mix of "9" and "three" for hour markers on #1? It just seems... off. Also, I'm not really a

Re: [MBZ] OT Electrical question for little welder

2022-03-20 Thread Jim Cathey via Mercedes
Were it me, I'd put a standard 220V welder socket in the garage (or wherever), Buy the mating plug, and a suitable length of cable, and replace the cord on the welder with it. Buy a second socket and a drop box, and use the welder's original cable to make a 110->220 adapter, so you can continue

Re: [MBZ] OT Electrical question for little welder

2022-03-19 Thread Jim Cathey via Mercedes
> I guess the worst thing is it will just trip a breaker. The worst thing is that it will start a fire, and not out on the flamey end. Though this is unlikely. I REALLY don't like the games they're clearly playing with the input cord. Also, their labeled specs are pretty crappy/confusing. On

Re: [MBZ] Porsche?

2022-03-18 Thread Jim Cathey via Mercedes
> The only ship that won't sail is a partnership. You need to spend most of your time on deciding what the exit strategy (-ies) is (are). Do you buy each other out? What if one of you loses interest or dies? What if the car appreciates and A wants to cash out, but B doesn't want to and is

Re: [MBZ] Intense travel jobs?

2022-03-11 Thread Jim Cathey via Mercedes
> Anybody that has done intense travel have any thoughts? I think you ought to watch https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Up_in_the_Air_(2009_film) before deciding. -- Jim ___ http://www.okiebenz.com To

Re: [MBZ] OT microwaves oven

2022-03-10 Thread Jim Cathey via Mercedes
Vintage matters, the older ones are a lot more solidly constructed, and easier to repair. The circuit is actually quite simple, usually a timer, a few safety switches, and a magnetron tube circuit. My Amana has blown the fuse a couple of times in the 30 years I've been using it. Mr. Google is

Re: [MBZ] Perfect Car for AZ Bob's Son?

2022-03-10 Thread Jim Cathey via Mercedes
> So this owner finally answered me and the display on the dash doesn’t work at > all. I paid $100 to have the digi displays in the W210 fixed. I tried myself, once, but it takes some special tools and techniques, and I failed. Rather than flail, and risk destroying it, I sent it in. -- Jim

Re: [MBZ] A story AZ bob and other might find interesting

2022-03-09 Thread Jim Cathey via Mercedes
> uranium fell back to $8/lb. So, a pound of uranium would run my house for how long? At about 20,000 kWH/lb I could run my house at full feed load, electric furnace turned to '11', doors left open, my wife in charge of the lights, and everything else turned on too, for 16 days. Should be able

Re: [MBZ] OT: Flour

2022-03-09 Thread Jim Cathey via Mercedes
> Maybe I should get 50#... You can't keep a bag too long, else the weevils start to grow in it. So, bigger is not better, necessarily. -- Jim ___ http://www.okiebenz.com To search list archives http://www.okiebenz.com/archive/ To Unsubscribe or change

Re: [MBZ] Wow

2022-03-07 Thread Jim Cathey via Mercedes
> Truly, an ugly truck. Why are the manufacturers trying to make the pickup > trucks look so huge? Every time I look at our two '9x Dodge pickups I'm continually impressed by their appearance. They look capable, yet understated. Clean lines. Nothing newer looks as good, IMHO. The Cummins

Re: [MBZ] OT insulation and windows

2022-03-07 Thread Jim Cathey via Mercedes
> How much insulation do you have in the attic? It's probably about 1' deep. -- Jim ___ http://www.okiebenz.com To search list archives http://www.okiebenz.com/archive/ To Unsubscribe or change delivery options go to:

Re: [MBZ] Gas prices and when will they affect used car prices

2022-03-07 Thread Jim Cathey via Mercedes
_All_ we did was double up the attic blown-in insulation. Made a very noticeable difference. We use wood auxiliary heat, maybe 5 cords a year. I've never paid a dime for any of it. Free downed trees, or I cut off of our acreage in a pinch. I dislike sealed multipane windows, they're all

Re: [MBZ] Gas prices and when will they affect used car prices

2022-03-07 Thread Jim Cathey via Mercedes
> I thought the paper/moisture barrier always faced the living space? The moisture barrier always faces the wetter side. Usually that's the inside, but not in all locales. -- Jim ___ http://www.okiebenz.com To search list archives

Re: [MBZ] Gas prices and when will they affect used car prices

2022-03-06 Thread Jim Cathey via Mercedes
> I go through a full 250 gallon tank of oil during the winter... If oil hits > $8 per gallon... I will be paying $2000 per month... Dimensional analysis calls BS. Closer to $2000 per _winter_, not month. Or did you leave out something? -- Jim ___

Re: [MBZ] I think the AC clutch coil on the 99 e300 suddenly died

2022-03-05 Thread Jim Cathey via Mercedes
FIRST thing to check is any connectors down there. Might just need cleaning and tightening up. -- Jim ___ http://www.okiebenz.com To search list archives http://www.okiebenz.com/archive/ To Unsubscribe or change delivery options go to:

Re: [MBZ] W124 Coupe

2022-03-04 Thread Jim Cathey via Mercedes
> I thought there was an issue with coupes and the fit/sealing of the windows > over time and that was a deal breaker. On the 114/123 coupes I believe the between-side-glass seals were NLA. Or perhaps just expen$ive. (The [non-existent] B-piller seals, so to speak.) I know naught of any

Re: [MBZ] It’s 2008 all over again

2022-03-04 Thread Jim Cathey via Mercedes
> "Making fuel" from something always involves vast expenditure of time and > energy which quickly equates to using more energy than you make. While the second law of thermodynamics is inviolate, the point of this was not to make _energy_. It is to make _fuel_ out of waste products, and requires

Re: [MBZ] I busted my twennyfos

2022-03-02 Thread Jim Cathey via Mercedes
> Beauty is obviously in the eye of the beholder. Wheels like that just look > silly. I'll go one step further: they make the owner look stupid. What's next, making the bumper out of glass? ("Oooh, shiny!") -- Jim ___ http://www.okiebenz.com To search

Re: [MBZ] I'm Not Familiar With these Gassers

2022-03-02 Thread Jim Cathey via Mercedes
Fuel pump relay? -- Jim ___ http://www.okiebenz.com To search list archives http://www.okiebenz.com/archive/ To Unsubscribe or change delivery options go to: http://mail.okiebenz.com/mailman/listinfo/mercedes_okiebenz.com

Re: [MBZ] Shop door

2022-03-01 Thread Jim Cathey via Mercedes
> A neighbor of ours had all his tools and the three bladed prop for his > Cessna 210 stolen one night by thieves that removed the screws from a panel > of the sheet metal on his hangar. Instant door. That's why professional mechanics have those spendy big toolchests. They lock, fairly securely,

Re: [MBZ] Fixed the bumper

2022-03-01 Thread Jim Cathey via Mercedes
How ghetto. Use WHITE tape! -- Jim ___ http://www.okiebenz.com To search list archives http://www.okiebenz.com/archive/ To Unsubscribe or change delivery options go to: http://mail.okiebenz.com/mailman/listinfo/mercedes_okiebenz.com

Re: [MBZ] Shop door

2022-03-01 Thread Jim Cathey via Mercedes
> I grew up with memories of the infamous Triangle Fire that trapped hundreds > of women behind exit doors that opened inward. Yet, our entry door opens in > rather than out. In rather than out is safer, in general, because you can't block somebody in just by putting something big in front of the

Re: [MBZ] Shop door

2022-03-01 Thread Jim Cathey via Mercedes
Big knife, machete. Peel your way in like a can opener, would take mere seconds. Wouldn't want the door to swing inwards, very inconvenient regards occupying valuable space. It's probably best the way it is. Are there big-boy versions of those hidden cabinet hinges? -- Jim

Re: [MBZ] hmmmm he don't no what he got? 1992 Mercedes 400 E - $1, 000 (Sanford)

2022-02-26 Thread Jim Cathey via Mercedes
> How would you sort out the title issue? In WA, I would send a registered letter to the last owner of record, contents being the State's abandoned vehicle form. When it is returned by the postal service, take the UNOPENED letter to the licensing agent, and they'll take care of it. That's what

Re: [MBZ] 1992 500SL - 74k miles - $6,900

2022-02-25 Thread Jim Cathey via Mercedes
> Can that [headliner] be glued back up? I've never had good luck with any > adhesive repairs on headliners. No, it never works. The foam body decomposes, and there's nothing but rotten granules to glue _to_. If you scrape off/out all the foam then maybe, but to say that would look bad would

Re: [MBZ] OT Interesting perspective on EVs v V12s THIS is Why I Replaced My EV With a V12! How Green Are Electric Cars?

2022-02-23 Thread Jim Cathey via Mercedes
> Probably the goal of an efficient, reliable, affordable turbine engine is a > question of "pick any two" You left off small! No, it would not be cheap. At first. But they'd be making hundreds of thousands of them, in fairly short order. What I'm talking about is a 20HP-ish unit, very

Re: [MBZ] OT Interesting perspective on EVs v V12s THIS is Why I Replaced My EV With a V12! How Green Are Electric Cars?

2022-02-23 Thread Jim Cathey via Mercedes
> A turbine would be interesting but if I recall they are not particularly fuel > efficient, IIRC, all combustion engines are about equally efficient, at optimum loading. (Whatever that is for the technology.) Turbines have poor throttle response, and poor efficiency at lower throttle.

Re: [MBZ] OT Interesting perspective on EVs v V12s THIS is Why I Replaced My EV With a V12! How Green Are Electric Cars?

2022-02-23 Thread Jim Cathey via Mercedes
> I would never buy a hybrid. I would, maybe, but nobody's making the 'right' one. IMHO, the correct hybrid is a decent plug-in EV, but with an auxiliary turbine-based onboard battery charger for indefinite range. Should be no bigger than a large paint can, and designed for optimum running at

Re: [MBZ] WiFi extender

2022-02-21 Thread Jim Cathey via Mercedes
I use a couple of powerline Ethernet adapters. This bridges a wire from our main switch into the bedroom at the back end of the house. From there, a second Airport Express has been ganged together with the primary one. It's not as fast back there, but it's been fast enough for our needs.

Re: [MBZ] Am I doing this starter voltage drop test correctly?

2022-02-20 Thread Jim Cathey via Mercedes
There is next to no current flowing through your meter. ANY sized wire will be good for that, there will be no significant voltage drop through such wire. A length of old CAT-3 phone wire would be good enough. The alternator does not usually participate in the many-hundreds-of-amperes wiring

Re: [MBZ] Lary T. Mini split

2022-02-20 Thread Jim Cathey via Mercedes
> I don’t know specifically where it might be on your car but on 210s and 163s > the TCM is under the steering wheel above the under dash panel. On my W210's the TCM is under the little hatch in the engine compartment near the firewall on the passenger side. -- Jim

Re: [MBZ] Am I doing this starter voltage drop test correctly?

2022-02-19 Thread Jim Cathey via Mercedes
> Meter is connected between b terminal on starter and positive on battery via > a brand new pair of jumper cables. Meter is set on the 20 scale I believe. > Is that correct? Yes. There's no way the 'welding cable' should have even a measurable drop across it when it's not cranking. Losing

Re: [MBZ] Am I doing this starter voltage drop test correctly?

2022-02-19 Thread Jim Cathey via Mercedes
> Did I have the range set correctly on my meter, or did you notice on that > video? Video? > When I turned the key on it jumped up to around .5 volts and settled down to > .12 BEFORE I started cranking. Then you're not measuring what we're talking about. Somehow. There should be no

Re: [MBZ] Am I doing this starter voltage drop test correctly?

2022-02-19 Thread Jim Cathey via Mercedes
0.9V lost in the cable, _while cranking_, is something near a 10% loss! Sounds unacceptable to me. If this is just while sitting, something else is drastically wrong. Have you tried using your jumper cables to tie battery + to the big terminal on the starter? Bypass what should be perfect heavy

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