[MBZ] I Gotta Go........again

2006-07-06 Thread John Berryman
	As always, it's been real and it's been good. Duty calls and the  
best I can tell, I will be working somewhere in Pa. I'm heading to  
Wilkes Barre today to get a briefing on the disaster and my  
deployment orders.
	No time for fun and games so once again I must unsubscribe from  
these forums until my return. There's no way that I will be able to  
keep up with all the traffic nor do I want to wade through literally  
thousands of messages if I chose another delivery option.
	As usual, I have no idea when I'll be back but I get the feeling  
that there's more to come, so hang onto your hats and stay out of  
harms way. I'll be back.


KALEB,
	IN THE EVENT THAT I SCREW-UP UN-SUBBING, PLEASE DO IT FOR ME AND SEE  
TO IT THAT I WILL NO LONGER BE RECEIVING E-MAIL FROM THE LISTS UNTIL  
I RE-SUBSCRIBE.


Thanks,
Johnny B.
I Mac Therefore I am



Re: [MBZ] 240D Radiator

2006-07-04 Thread John Berryman


On Jul 4, 2006, at 8:29 AM, John Ingram wrote:


List-
I have my 83 240D running again with a new engine, one that
apparently was a factory rebuild 150K miles ago.  My old radiator is
now leaking through a spot somewhere in the core.  Can these
radiators be fixed or should I just start pricing a new one?  What do
they cost?
Thanks.
John Ingram


I just had one successfully repaired last weekfor free.

Johnny B.
I Mac Therefore I am



Re: [MBZ] transmission leak

2006-07-03 Thread John Berryman


On Jul 2, 2006, at 5:53 PM, Sunil Hari wrote:

What's the most likely source of the leak?  Is it something I can  
fix with

my limited tools and knowledge?


	Quite possibly one of the cooler lines was damaged at one of the  
clamps that attach them to the oil pan. The rubber deteriorates  
causing metal to metal contact. Very common failure. There are plenty  
of other places that can leak but this is the most common.


Johnny B.
I Mac Therefore I am



Re: [MBZ] Hmmm, missing oil.

2006-07-03 Thread John Berryman


On Jul 2, 2006, at 10:41 PM, Tom Hargrave wrote:


Curt,

Your oil cooler has sprung a high pressure leak. The oil cooler is  
bolted to
the driver side of the radiator  that's why you see oil on the  
hood. You
need to replace the cooler before the hole opens up more. A good  
used one
makes a great replacement since they rarely fail. Maybe Kaleb has  
one laying

around at a reasonable price?

By the way, this had nothing to do with your Mobil-1.

Thanks,
Tom Hargrave


There should be no oil cooler on Curt's 190D.

Johnny B.
I Mac Therefore I am



Re: [MBZ] Got any spare rear shock units for 300TD?

2006-07-03 Thread John Berryman


On Jul 3, 2006, at 1:48 AM, Euan wrote:

Anyway, I'm needing two units to replace mine. Does anyone have a  
set in
good condition going spare? Part number is A123 320 07 03. My  
vehicle number

is WDB123190 2F 043108.


	I just pulled a pair from a 1983 300TD, as I may have one leaking in  
one of mine. I'm on stand-by with FEMA and I won't be looking into it  
too soon if I'm deployed. If you don't get it taken care of by the  
time I get back and I don't need to replace mine, I can ship them to  
you. Providing that shipping isn't too much $$. The lines can get  
rusted and leak too.


Johnny B.
I Mac Therefore I am



Re: [MBZ] SD TRANS QUESTION

2006-07-01 Thread John Berryman


On Jun 28, 2006, at 9:56 AM, Dan Weeks wrote:


Also, I have recently noticed that the shifter sometimes will not go
past N into R or P. Worn shifter bushings? Could there be a
connection?

Thanks, all.

Dan


Yes, the linkage can cause shift problems. Look there first.

Johnny B.
I Mac Therefore I am



Re: [MBZ] 190d

2006-07-01 Thread John Berryman


On Jun 30, 2006, at 11:55 PM, Kaleb C. Striplin wrote:

http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/Mercedes-Benz-190-Series-190D- 
Diesel-1988-MERCEDES-BENZ-190D-2-5-DIESEL-SUNROOF-AC-L- 
K_W0QQitemZ170003735825QQihZ007QQcategoryZ6328QQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem


Looks just like our 190D Euro, except for the interior and wheels.

Johnny B.
I Mac Therefore I am



Re: [MBZ] Rains back east ...

2006-07-01 Thread John Berryman


On Jul 1, 2006, at 1:29 AM, Craig McCluskey wrote:


Marshall, et al. back east,

You guys doing all right? I've seen pictures of LOTS of flooding.


Craig


	I'm once again on stand-by with FEMA to work  the East Coast floods.  
No problem in my home town but there are Federally declared disasters  
in at least 6 States right now.


Johnny B.
I Mac Therefore I am



Re: [MBZ] Would like to use smaller fan belt and bybass AC pulley. What size do I need? For 1987 300D turbo

2006-06-27 Thread John Berryman


On Jun 27, 2006, at 2:08 AM, RICHARD FIne wrote:

I would like to bypass my AC compressor and use a smaller fanbelt  
that will not attach to the AC compressor pulley. My system does  
not work, and would rather get the somewhat improved mileage.


Thanks,

Richard


	A 603 engine without AC from the factory uses a 2080mm belt. I don't  
know if the layout is the same but just missing the compressor.
	What fuel saving are you attempting to realize by omitting the  
compressor. It acts as an idler pulley when the compressor clutch is  
disengaged.


Johnny B.
I Mac Therefore I am



Re: [MBZ] A THING of BEAUTY

2006-06-27 Thread John Berryman


On Jun 27, 2006, at 4:36 AM, Stephen MurD Murrell wrote:

?!?!?; 240D engine; I would be lucky to get 1/2 of their starting  
price
for my (WHOLE CAR)  1979 240D with my remanufactured engine in it  
with
MOST all NEW parts, pistons  sleeves; mine looked better, when  
rebuilt

in my CLEAN kitchen, has about 25,000 miles since rebuild; crank,cam,
valves  rockers only things not NEW?;  Steve



	It's doubtful that anyone will bite, priced how it is. Not saying it  
isn't a quality rebuild but as you stated, entire good-running cars  
can be had at a fraction of what they are asking.


Johnny B.
I Mac Therefore I am



[MBZ] Was**wiring harness, Now mixing Gasoline w/Diesel fuel

2006-06-23 Thread John Berryman


On Jun 22, 2006, at 6:22 PM, Peter Frederick wrote:

I don't want to put more in, as Benz does not recommend adding  
gasoline

to the tank in the 60x series.


	Here's an excerpt, verbatim, from a Mercedes Benz 124 diesel owner's  
manual inclusive of 601, 602 and 603 engines:


	Should standard gasoline have to be used for blending, never exceed  
a proportion of 30%. Premium fuels must not be used. The lower flash  
point of the supplementary fuels increases the danger of explosions.
	Engine power may drop according to the proportion of supplementary  
fuel. For this reason, keep percentage of fuel added to the minimum  
necessitated by the ambient temperature. At ambient temperatures of  
less than -25C the proportion of supplementary fuel must not exceed  
50%.


	The manual from which I gleaned this information is an English  
version of Euro 124Ds #124 584 14 96 Order #6550 5614 02. Regardless  
of  the geographical difference, a 60X is a 60X and gasoline is  
gasoline. Even if available octane ratings differ from country to  
country. You won't be hurting anything by adding 1/70th of a tank of  
gasoline to your diesel fuel.


Johnny B.
I Mac Therefore I am



[MBZ] Was Amazing July specials, Now Windows v. Mac

2006-06-23 Thread John Berryman


On Jun 22, 2006, at 2:48 PM, David Brodbeck wrote:


In my case, it's because I don't feel like buying all new hardware,
software, and peripherals, while paying more money for lower
performance.


	Software and tons of it comes with the hardware. Peripherals will be  
plug and play and performance should not judged using the mini.



For example, my PC's 128 megabyte GeForce4 video card, by
no means a state-of-the-art design, runs rings around the 64 megabyte,
non-upgradable video subsystem in my SO's Mac Mini.


	Again, the mini. How about comparing the fully upgradeable G-5 dual  
processor PowerMac or the new intel dual core G-5 PowerMac or MacBook  
Pro, even the new iMac. Check the specs on these models including  
standard and upgrade video cards, both with 256MB vRam.


I like MacOS X, but not all the other stuff that goes with it,  
frankly.


	And all the other stuff is? Peace of mind, the most stable OS known  
to man, UNIX, zero% chance of your machine being infected by virus, a  
beautiful graphic front-end? Yeah, I hate all that stuff too.


And MacOS X puts you on the same treadmill Windows does, making you  
buy
upgrades on a regular basis as then end-of-life older versions and  
stop

providing bug fixes.


	No one is forced to buy anything from anyone. I have machines from  
the late 1990s to date running from OS X 10.1.5 to the latest OS X  
Tiger 10.4.6. Mac OS X is open source and developers/users frequently  
provide bug fixes in the rare instance that the need should arise.  
Check some of Apple's discussion forums for good and bad news  
concerning Macs.
	In reality, bugs are few and far between and even my oldest computer  
running the oldest version of OS X just sits there turned on 24/7  
(except during electrical storms) and works FOR me, no crashes, ever.
	 I'm sold, whatever works for you, works for you. Enjoy it between  
crashes and virii.




Johnny B.
I Mac Therefore I am



[MBZ] Was Amazing July specials, Now Windows v. Mac

2006-06-23 Thread John Berryman


On Jun 22, 2006, at 3:54 PM, Steve MacSween wrote:


Hear, hear.

Another note is that, based on what I read over about a year on the  
iMac
mailing list, the transition to OS X on older iMacs like mine is  
often *not*

a straightforward issue.


	The only problem with moving up to OS X is on older iMacs (333mhz  
tray loading and older) is that firmware must first be updated, prior  
to installation of Panther. The firmware update is free on Apple's  
website.




Lots of cries for help from people who followed all the steps


	Except for step#1, updating the firmware!!! If the software wasn't  
stolen, there are very clear warnings provided to help users avoid  
that scenario. But who reads instructions and warnings?



, but either
did something out of turn or it just plain did not work. They  
always get it
done in the end, but if I wanted that sort of hassle and grief I'd  
be on a

WinTel platform already.


	Paying attention to and knowing what one is doing is helpful in  
matters such as this. A little easy research goes a long way.


Mac(Sween)




Johnny B.
I Mac Therefore I am



Re: [MBZ] Hylomar HPF

2006-06-23 Thread John Berryman


On Jun 22, 2006, at 10:51 PM, archer wrote:


Has anyone had experience using Permatex Hylomar HPF on water, oil, or
deisel applications?
Thanks,
Gerry
'83 300D and 240D


All of the above. I swear by it.

Johnny B.
I Mac Therefore I am



Re: [MBZ] Was Amazing July specials, Now Windows v. Mac

2006-06-23 Thread John Berryman


On Jun 23, 2006, at 1:43 PM, David Brodbeck wrote:

The G5s are indeed very nice machines.  But the thing that really  
stands

out for me on the website is starting at $1999.  PCs with superior
specs cost half that.  I just can't get past the huge price premium.
Otherwise I'd be more tempted.


	In the long run, it would be worth it. An infinitely upgradeable  
machine that will still be doing its job many years from now. There  
are less costly ones too. Even older iMacs can keep up pretty well  
and they're cheap.


Johnny B.
I Mac Therefore I am



Re: [MBZ] **wiring harness on the W140 Diesel **

2006-06-22 Thread John Berryman


On Jun 21, 2006, at 4:28 PM, Marshall Booth wrote:


Is your 190D an automatic? 32 is really quite poor unless it all city
driving. I ALWAYS drive my 190D 2.x s (5 spd or auto) with the  
pedal to
the floor!! That make remarkably little difference. Highway speeds  
much

above 60 will lower mileage, but on the highway my auto always did
better than 35 and the 5 spds better than 38.. It took a year or more
(20+kmi) after I switched to synthetic oil before they got there  
though!
Had to blow out all the crud that was left from the previous owners  
I guess.


Marshall


	Our 190D Euro 2.5 na, auto gets 36ish no matter what, our 190D 2.2  
5spd hung between 37.7 mixed and 41.2 hwy. Neither was babied. The  
Euro 2.5 improved from low 34s since we've had it. It's very hilly  
around here


Johnny B.
I Mac Therefore I am



Re: [MBZ] A/C problem on 126

2006-06-22 Thread John Berryman


On Jun 21, 2006, at 4:03 PM, Donald Snook wrote:


 The only time I have noticed this phenomenon was climbing
the hills.  It worked great on flat runs.  Any thoughts?



	There are safeguards that cut the AC out when temp is too high,  
pressure drops or engine is at very high revs. Did you observe the  
gauges? Was the tranny kicked-down?


Johnny B.
I Mac Therefore I am



Re: [MBZ] Amazing July specials from BuyMBparts.com

2006-06-22 Thread John Berryman


On Jun 21, 2006, at 4:48 PM, Fmiser wrote:

PDF is quite universal.

For Windows, go get PDFcreator.
http://www.pdfforge.org/products/pdfcreator

It's free and open source. It installs like a printer driver but it
prints a PDF file rather than a piece of paper. Therefore, you can have
a PDF from any program that can print!



And a PDF is easily opened in Mac classic, Mac OS X, Linux, BSD, Unix,
Windows, etc.

-- Philip


	In OS X 10.4.6 and down to at least 10.1.5 PDFs are easily created  
from any application's print dialog by simply clicking the PDF radio  
button on the bottom. No plug-ins, extra software or special shoes  
are needed to perform this feat.
	I still don't understand why the rest of the world is so reluctant  
to trash the worst OS known to man and make the easy transition to  
Mac OS X. It took me about 20 minutes of running OS X to get my  
groove on, as opposed to years of anxiety and pulling my hair out  
over MS's greedy ineptitude.
	Any reasonable person who spent some quality time trying it out  
would be aching to make the switch. There are precious few Windows  
actions that cannot be performed on a Mac, right out of the box.  
Virus? What's that?


Johnny B.
I Mac Therefore I am



Re: [MBZ] Amazing July specials from BuyMBparts.com

2006-06-22 Thread John Berryman


On Jun 21, 2006, at 4:50 PM, Fmiser wrote:


Worse. They are trying to knock Microsoft off the top of the hill...


Wasted effort, MS will fall off on its own, in time.


--  Philip, fond of choices, not monopolies


Aye.

Johnny B.
I Mac Therefore I am



Re: [MBZ] P/S Filter ?? 85 300SD

2006-06-22 Thread John Berryman


On Jun 21, 2006, at 5:42 PM, Chuck Landenberger wrote:


George,

You'll find that filter (like a small donut) at the bottom of the
power steering pump.  Don't know change interval, but they're rather
cheap and once a year would seem sensible.  The knowledgeable listers
will chime in I'm sure.

Take care,

Chuck


	After many years of an educated guess as to the proper fill level,  
it was brought to my attention that there is an arrow on the plastic  
piece that slides over the stud.


Johnny B.
I Mac Therefore I am



Re: [MBZ] Amazing July specials from BuyMBparts.com

2006-06-22 Thread John Berryman


On Jun 22, 2006, at 11:06 AM, Rusty Cullens wrote:


And who is going to feed my father?


I will if I end-up there. LT Don is also well-versed in care-giving.

Johnny B.
I Mac Therefore I am



Re: [MBZ] Amazing July specials from BuyMBparts.com

2006-06-22 Thread John Berryman


On Jun 22, 2006, at 1:17 PM, Rusty Cullens wrote:


But my father is in a nursing home in Atlanta. Not in Oklahoma.


Bring him to the party, if he's fit enough.

Johnny B.
I Mac Therefore I am



Re: [MBZ] P/S Filter ?? 85 300SD

2006-06-22 Thread John Berryman


On Jun 22, 2006, at 1:30 PM, Curt Raymond wrote:


Is Mobil 1 ATF OK in the PS in my 85 300SD? (it is currently in my
transmission)


	Yes, it's fine for your car. Pull out the filter and change the  
fluid 3-4 times. This will get whatever is in there out and all fresh  
fluid in. Driving around for a few minutes (or putting it on jack  
stands) making a lot of turns between changes will circulate fluid  
and help clean. It only takes about a qt to do it this way.


Johnny B.
I Mac Therefore I am



Re: [MBZ] P/S Filter ?? 85 300SD

2006-06-22 Thread John Berryman


On Jun 22, 2006, at 1:56 PM, Dave Wakin wrote:

You do not want to use ATF for PS. The ATF of today is very  
different then
the ATF of the 80's, and the new stuff will eat the seals and cause  
leaks.


Stick with PS fluid.

Dave W


There is absolutely no reason not to use Dexron 3 w/Mercron or  
whatever Dexron# it's up to. Just don't use leak-stop trans fluid or  
anything similar. Mobil-1 or Amsoil synthetic ATF is perfect for your  
car.


Johnny B.
I Mac Therefore I am



Re: [MBZ] Amazing July specials from BuyMBparts.com

2006-06-21 Thread John Berryman


On Jun 21, 2006, at 12:54 PM, Gary Hurst wrote:


that is exactly what i did.  this doesn't work, huh?  better ideas?


	I hate Microsoft but do it in Excel (.xls) and drag it into the e- 
mail. Even we Mac guys should be able to open it in AppleWorks6 (in  
the absence of MS OfficeMax, which I also have) with the proper  
translators installed.
	I suppose you could also scan a copy, reformat it as a jpeg and  
attach it as a photo to e-mail.


Johnny B.
I Mac Therefore I am



Re: [MBZ] Amazing July specials from BuyMBparts.com

2006-06-21 Thread John Berryman


On Jun 21, 2006, at 1:58 PM, Luther Gulseth wrote:

I know, we cannot make it multi-os/multi-email client/multi-word  
processing

program compatible..


	It will all fly on a Mac if the operator knows what they're doing. I  
love my Macs.


Johnny B.
I Mac Therefore I am



Re: [MBZ] Amazing July specials from BuyMBparts.com

2006-06-21 Thread John Berryman


On Jun 21, 2006, at 2:57 PM, Gary Hurst wrote:


i sent it in .xls for you and your mac


Thanks, I got the message first time around.

Johnny B.
I Mac Therefore I am



[MBZ] Bimby July specials. How does this look to y'all?

2006-06-21 Thread John Berryman




Johnny B.
I Mac Therefore I am



[MBZ] 116 300SD radiator and Bendix front calipers.

2006-06-20 Thread John Berryman

OK Folks,
	Here's a chance for someone to pocket some of my hard earned cash.  
The radiator in our 79 300SD has a leak and the left front caliper is  
frozen up.

The radiator may be repairable or maybe not.

	I am looking to purchase a radiator and 2 Bendix front calipers  
(LR) used. Anyone wanting to sell said items, please contact me here  
or privately.
	My intention is to return the 300SD to daily-driver status and take  
the Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo (which is for sale for $3000) off the  
road. This should get us by until I can bring the white 300TD,  
located in Tn. back to life. I plan on using the wagon as my daily- 
driver from that point on.


	I am also offering for sale at this time a 1984 300TD. It has some  
rust but nothing structural, mostly surface. There is a small leak in  
the hydraulics of the SLS that I have not yet identified and it needs  
a driveshaft center bearing to be able to be driven anywhere.  
202,000mi engine and trans are real good. $1800 takes it right now,  
as is where is. I have a few pics that I will send to anyone interested.


	I am pressed for time and space, something has to go. I have not  
advertised locally yet.


Thanks,
Johnny B.
I Mac Therefore I am



Re: [MBZ] air tanks

2006-06-20 Thread John Berryman


On Jun 20, 2006, at 2:22 PM, Luther Gulseth wrote:

I'm trying to build an air compressor out of an inherited air  
compressor from
my grandfather.  He just used an R22 tank, but that's not nearly  
enough for
running air tools.  Anyone have any ideas for finding a 50-100  
gallon air
tank that I can use with the compressor?  I don't want to spend big  
$s on

it, and I'm ok with used.  TIA all,



E-bay, local scrap yards, classified ads.

Johnny B.
I Mac Therefore I am



Re: [MBZ] 240D rescued..

2006-06-20 Thread John Berryman


On Jun 20, 2006, at 2:28 PM, andrew strasfogel wrote:

What does it mean if the tumbler turns fine EXCEPT when the wheel  
is in the
locked position?  Then I have to jiggle and push like mad until it  
frees

up.  If I don't lock the wheel then I don't ahve a problem.

1983 300TD


	Usually the beginning of the end. Try to not take the key out and  
take the pressure off of everything by turning the wheel slightly  
when it is locked.
	It's not always the lock cylinder but it usually is and if you don't  
address it soon you will be sorry. I always try to get a VIN matched  
cylinder with key from the MB dealer. I think they're priced OK.


Johnny B.
I Mac Therefore I am



Re: [MBZ] No speedo - 1990 300TE

2006-06-19 Thread John Berryman


On Jun 18, 2006, at 1:34 PM, Wakin's wrote:


Is there a trick to installing the new one?

Thanks

Dave Wakin


	Not really, the new cable should come with a grommet attached to  
it. Most of the work will be done by the firewall, feeding it into  
the cabin and down to the trans.


Johnny B.
I Mac Therefore I am



Re: [MBZ] OT Powerstroke? Who needs them and why?

2006-06-19 Thread John Berryman


On Jun 19, 2006, at 10:22 AM, Curt Raymond wrote:


The problem with a single cab is theres nowhere to put your luggage.


What about putting a cap on it?

Johnny B.
I Mac Therefore I am



Re: [MBZ] OT Powerstroke?/Who....../BT4 in M37

2006-06-19 Thread John Berryman


On Jun 19, 2006, at 1:39 PM, Smith, Todd wrote:

  I don't have any clues as what to look for but if this one fails  
then no more remanned starters for me.  When I am under the truck  
with my wife turning the key, there is a loud click as the starter  
tries to engage but no bendix movement.


	The integral solenoid is more likely than not, the problem. It is  
responsible for pulling in the bendix-drive and putting the juice to  
the motor. Sometimes, the disc inside the solenoid can be flipped and  
contact is improved as there should be no pitting, due to arcing on  
the other side of the contact disc.


Johnny B.
I Mac Therefore I am



Re: [MBZ] Manufacture Date?

2006-06-18 Thread John Berryman


On Jun 18, 2006, at 3:08 AM, LarryT wrote:



How do I know when it was produced ?


	There should be a metal tag on the B pillar (and maybe even a  
sticker on the door. It will have VIN, DOM etc. Vehicles produced  
from Sept on will be considered as the upcoming model year. So 9/91=  
1992MY.

Johnny B.
I Mac Therefore I am



Re: [MBZ] No speedo - 1990 300TE

2006-06-18 Thread John Berryman


On Jun 17, 2006, at 3:53 PM, Peter Frederick wrote:


 If not, probably the head.  If
it does, definitely the cable.


	Or in rare instances, the gear in the tranny. Or the bolt backed out  
and spit the cable. Luckily it's all simple to diagnose. Was your  
speedo bouncing, especially at lower speeds? Any new leaks under the  
car?
	Just pull the instrument cluster and if the speedo cable is  
attached, unscrew it then unplug the necessary wires and finish  
removing. Pull the inner cable out and inspect it. Both ends should  
be square and no fraying evident. If the cable appears to be intact,  
the drive gears can be verified by either driving the car while  
watching the cable spin (or not). It may seem to jump between pauses,  
that would indicate missing teeth. Spinning the speedo will verify  
its operation. I have a short length of speedo cable that I chuck-up  
in a portable drill for this purpose but you can spin it with your  
fingers too.


Johnny B.
I Mac Therefore I am



Re: [MBZ] 240D Turbo

2006-06-18 Thread John Berryman


On Jun 17, 2006, at 4:08 PM, John Ingram wrote:


I think if I get my 240D going again I might just leave it alone,
but, it is a tempting idea.
John Ingram


	It would be easier and probably cheaper to sell the 240D and buy a  
300D Turbodiesel. Or just buy the 300D and start a fleet.


Johnny B.
I Mac Therefore I am



Re: [MBZ] OT Powerstroke? Who needs them and why?

2006-06-18 Thread John Berryman


On Jun 17, 2006, at 8:48 PM, Mitch Haley wrote:


John Berryman wrote:


I just gotta ask,
What do you guys need these huge expensive trucks for?


My buddy's 2001 F250 club cab has towed horses and forklifts all  
across the
country, the back seat gets used mainly for storage. It's nice to  
have a place

in the cab for an ice chest and a couple of suitcases.
I use it for short trips like hauling a wrecked 190D home from  
Ohio. You can
thank Kevin in Columbus and my friend's F250 for your wife's  
monowiper.

Klebby has a salvage business.
I can't speak for the rest, but when my friend takes a big load of  
horses
or a 9000lb forklift somewhere, he's exceeding the truck's 20k  
GCWR. Wouldn't
want to do it with a smaller truck, but I agree, the same truck  
with a regular
cab would give more performance and better turning radius with less  
cost and

less comfort.

Mitch.


Thanks Kevin. So that truck is doing what it's paid for. As it should.

Johnny B.
I Mac Therefore I am



Re: [MBZ] OT Powerstroke? Who needs them and why?

2006-06-18 Thread John Berryman


On Jun 17, 2006, at 10:21 PM, Mike Canfield wrote:


1968 Dodge M37 3/4 ton 4x4
Hauls scrap metal at least once a week
just hauled 50 locust posts to a local winery today
hauled out 2 loads of firewood to season for winter last weekend
burns junk gas from scrap cars

Top that for a daily driverLOLOL

Mike


I bet it's even paid for in-full too.

Johnny B.
I Mac Therefore I am



Re: [MBZ] A hole in there...

2006-06-18 Thread John Berryman


On Jun 17, 2006, at 10:57 PM, ned kleinhenz wrote:

Finally got the engine pulled out of my '95 E300D. Found quite a  
collection

of vacuum pump bearings and debis in the oil pan.  But with the eigine
hanging on a hook, something I'd never notices before became apparent.
There is a big trapazoidal shaped hole in the front vertical  
surface of the
belll housing.  It is facing forward, perhaps 2 high and 4 wide,  
right

below the oil pan.
Through the hole you can see the fly wheel, ring gear and bolts that
presumably go to the torque converter.
Is this hole supposed to be open? Or should it have a rubber plug  
or some
thing in it? There are no bolt holes or other obvious fastening  
point for a

cover.

Ned Kleinhenz


There should be a plastic thingy in the hole.

Johnny B.
I Mac Therefore I am



Re: [MBZ] OT Powerstroke? Who needs them and why?

2006-06-18 Thread John Berryman


On Jun 17, 2006, at 11:39 PM, Kaleb C. Striplin wrote:

Well I need my truck for long distance car hauling.  I think its  
insane
to spend that much on a used truck, much less 40k or more for a new  
one.

  For the price of an 04 like I am looking at you can buy a hell of a
nice s-class, or would be cheaper to buy a nice 99 E300


	You NEED a truck and use it as one. You'd have to sel[ a helluva lot  
of parts/cars to break even on a new or even late model truck.
	You're talented enough to keep about anything running, I couldn't  
possibly justify a truck in the price-range you mentioned earlier  
either. Especially when we know a decent deal will eventually come  
along and we'll roll up our sleeves and make it worth our while.


Johnny B.
I Mac Therefore I am



Re: [MBZ] OT Powerstroke? Who needs them and why?

2006-06-18 Thread John Berryman


On Jun 17, 2006, at 11:46 PM, Robert  Tara Ludwick wrote:


there's no way I'd even consider dropping 30 grand on a pickup truck,
you could buy a used semi with a small engine and convert it to an rv
for a whole lot less money and get better fuel milage )

--Robert


	It just baffles me how many people shell-out the big bucks and  
launch their boat 3 times a year and then just drive it to work every  
day. Same folks are pissin' and moanin' about fuel prices. Makes no  
cents to me.


Johnny B.
I Mac Therefore I am



Re: [MBZ] OT Powerstroke? Who needs them and why?

2006-06-18 Thread John Berryman


On Jun 17, 2006, at 11:55 PM, Kaleb C. Striplin wrote:


yep.  The only reason I was really looking was for the extended cab to
get more people in if needed.  I will be sticking with my 95 and my
diesel burb


	Dayum, you are smarter than you look!! With the burb, there's plenty  
of seating anyway. Which one is your preferred hauler?


Johnny B.
I Mac Therefore I am



Re: [MBZ] OT Powerstroke? Who needs them and why?

2006-06-18 Thread John Berryman


On Jun 18, 2006, at 12:37 AM, David Brodbeck wrote:


In rural areas I've lived in, where parking ordinances weren't a
problem, it was pretty common for people to have a rusty old truck for
snow plowing and the occasional hauling or boat launching job.  If it
was a *really* rural area the truck might not even have a license  
plate

that had been valid in the last decade. ;)



That's how it works around here.

Johnny B.
I Mac Therefore I am



Re: [MBZ] No speedo - 1990 300TE

2006-06-18 Thread John Berryman


On Jun 18, 2006, at 7:45 AM, Wakin's wrote:


Thanks for the responses guys, I appreciate it.

I asked the wife, and she said the speedo was definitely bouncing  
the last
few times she drove it. I actually seem to remember it bouncing a  
bit myself
the last time I drove it. Does that mean it is the cable, gears, or  
head?


Thanks

Dave Wakin



Most likely the cable was on its way out.

Johnny B.
I Mac Therefore I am



Re: [MBZ] Mercedes Digest, Vol 7, Issue 84

2006-06-18 Thread John Berryman


On Jun 18, 2006, at 9:57 AM, Dan Weeks wrote:


My wife and I are 1/4 owners, along with four other couples, of a
1986 Chevy S-10 2.5 5 speed. Last year it cost my $54 plus whatever
gas I burned to own.


That seems like a good arrangement.

Johnny B.
I Mac Therefore I am



Re: [MBZ] OT Powerstroke? Who needs them and why?

2006-06-18 Thread John Berryman


On Jun 18, 2006, at 10:59 AM, Kaleb C. Striplin wrote:


Also thought about finding a mid 90's
3.4 ton 6.5 td with a 5 speed, that would probably get pretty decent
mileage without the slushbox.


Yeah, the stick has to help the mpgs a bit.

Johnny B.
I Mac Therefore I am



Re: [MBZ] 190Dt Price

2006-06-18 Thread John Berryman


On Jun 18, 2006, at 11:26 AM, Frederick Moir wrote:

To quote those much smarter than me:- There ain't no such thang as  
a cheap Mercedes!

  BUT, I LOVE IT!
  Happy Day.
  Fred Moir



	I beg to differ. I once bought a 300CD for $1 from some wacky MB  
diesel addict and drove it over 35,000mi  to within .003 of its demise.
	I still plan on driving it from Stuart, Fl to Vanleer, Tn (with a  
really bad half-shaft), where it will either be used as a local  
beater or a parts warehouse.
	Then there is The $100 car which gave even longer better service  
with  minimal outlay for parts/repairs. This one is going to be my  
daily driver again real soon.
	Then there is the 1982 300D that I got as a gift and again, with  
very little outlay put over 65,000mi on it before making a long-term  
loan to a close friend. He put another 20,000 or so on it before the  
driver's seat fell through the floor.



Who else here has a similar experience(s)?

Johnny B.
I Mac Therefore I am



Re: [MBZ] 126 Alignment

2006-06-17 Thread John Berryman


On Jun 16, 2006, at 8:50 PM, Constantine N. Polites wrote:


 If
anyone has any comments on this procedure, please let me know.


	The nut probably would have come loose if you attacked it while  
still cherry-red.


Johnny B.
I Mac Therefore I am



Re: [MBZ] MB coolant

2006-06-16 Thread John Berryman


On Jun 15, 2006, at 2:49 PM, George Larribeau wrote:

Recently I serviced the radiator hoses on my 85 300SD. I ordered  
the MB coolant from rusty. I was a bit disappointed that the  
coolant is almost clear. A very pail yellow,  I guess I am just use  
to having colored green coolant. The point here is what over the  
counter coolants are safe in the car? If I was on the road and  
something happened, there has to be something that is safe in it,  
right?


George Larribeau


Zerex G-05 for one.

Johnny B.
I Mac Therefore I am



Re: [MBZ] 87 2.5t Redux

2006-06-16 Thread John Berryman


On Jun 16, 2006, at 11:01 AM, Frederick Moir wrote:


It's alive! It's Alive! Its ALIVE! Yahooo!
  I even washed it.
  Fred Moir
  Lynn MA


	Are you saying that it's going to rain? That's what happens almost  
every time I wash a car.


That 201should be pretty quick. I'm real happy with the 2.5NA in ours.


Johnny B.
I Mac Therefore I am



Re: [MBZ] 190Dt repeat

2006-06-16 Thread John Berryman


On Jun 16, 2006, at 12:17 PM, Frederick Moir wrote:

  General question:- When the head gasket went it leaked a little  
oil into the cooling system. I have the MB citic acid stuff, but  
what is best for de-oiling the cooling system?


	Hopefully, your oil did not defy the laws of physics and floated to  
the top (coolant reservoir) where you can mop it up or wash out with  
soapy water. Dish soap in higher than normal concentrations does a  
pretty good job on oil and grease.
	I have used soapy water in the cooling systems of cars that had a  
particularly bad mess in them. A few fresh water flushes after seemed  
to get it all out. This works best in a warm engine.



Johnny B.
I Mac Therefore I am



Re: [MBZ] MB coolant

2006-06-16 Thread John Berryman


On Jun 16, 2006, at 1:21 PM, George Larribeau wrote:

Now G-05 is not the only antifreeze product from Zerex, right? Must  
be sure
that it is G-05? Is there a MB spec number on the bottle that  
indicates some
documentation / requirement that it meets? Or is this info only  
findable

from the manufacture?



	The jug is clearly marked G-05 I'm pretty sure the jug is a goldish  
color. All G-05 meets the spec, no need to strain your eyes reading  
all that fine print. Thank Marshall for all his hard work concerning  
this type of stuff.
	Auto-Zone had it every time I needed it. Carquest, locally stocks it  
too.


Johnny B.
I Mac Therefore I am



Re: [MBZ] 190Dt repeat

2006-06-16 Thread John Berryman


On Jun 16, 2006, at 2:17 PM, Marshall Booth wrote:

Some liquid Tide will de-oil the system just fine (or you can use  
the

cleaner that Mercedes recommends - if you can find it). Citric acid is
then used to remove mineral deposits (it doesn't de-oil anything).

Marshall


Isn't most soap alkaline anyway?

Johnny B.
I Mac Therefore I am



Re: [MBZ] 300D oddness

2006-06-15 Thread John Berryman


On Jun 14, 2006, at 5:27 PM, Sunil Hari wrote:

What the hell happened?  Kaleb says it's just the car's way of  
telling me to

check the oil.

--
Sunil Hari


	The low oil light can be somewhat sensitive. Checking oil is good  
advice when the light comes on.


Johnny B.
I Mac Therefore I am



Re: [MBZ] looks like steel but actually aluminum W123 spare wheels

2006-06-15 Thread John Berryman


On Jun 14, 2006, at 5:41 PM, Zach wrote:

Anyone else have any of these?  does anyone know what years/models  
they

are found on?



	They are wheels for the spare tire. I'm guessing they used aluminum  
for the weight savings.


Johnny B.
I Mac Therefore I am



Re: [MBZ] ArcticQ Support truck

2006-06-15 Thread John Berryman


On Jun 15, 2006, at 9:44 AM, Curt Raymond wrote:

Looks to me like an IHC Metro but there was a time in the '50s when  
there were a ton of manufacturers putting out panel delivery trucks  
like that.

  Stick and OM 617 in and it could be a really cool ride.

  -Curt


	I didn't see pictures of the vehicle in question but I had a 1961  
International Metro. We used it to haul our Formula Vees to the  
various tracks we raced at in the Northeast. We called our team Team  
Penniless.


Johnny B.
I Mac Therefore I am



Re: [MBZ] DIY AC repair in modern times

2006-06-14 Thread John Berryman


On Jun 13, 2006, at 3:10 PM, Mitch Haley wrote:

The gas dealers always have come pictures on the wall of cars which  
had leaky acetylene
tanks in the trunk, most impressive. A garbage bag full of the  
stuff can take a the
windows out of a few houses. I once drove home from Chicago with a  
couple pair of
tanks in the passenger compartment with me (never in the trunk). If  
I'd smelled
anything like almonds, I would have pulled over, left the door  
open, and run like

heck.


	I knew a young guy who worked for his father's scrap/roll-off  
dumpster business. He had oxygen and acetylene bottles in the cab of  
his Mack heading into manhattan on the Williamsburgh Bridge. Anyone  
who is familiar with driving on this bridge knows that there is a  
jog in the roadway where some of the structure must be driven around.
	This kid hit the structural steel and a few other large immovable  
objects and the tanks exploded. The driver was tall and obese, small  
parts of him were found in the wreckage but nothing anyone would  
recognize as being Dave Jr. or part of any human, for that matter.
	I have transported tanks several times in an unsafe manner but never  
again after that wake-up call.


Johnny B.
I Mac Therefore I am



Re: [MBZ] We never get anything!

2006-06-14 Thread John Berryman


On Jun 13, 2006, at 3:10 PM, Jeff Zedic wrote:


This one would be ok as it has the E320 CDI engine not that guzzling
American junk.


Jeff Zedic


Aw come on now, HEMIs RAWK!!!

Johnny B.
I Mac Therefore I am



Re: [MBZ] 240D wheel question..

2006-06-14 Thread John Berryman


On Jun 13, 2006, at 5:03 PM, Jim Cathey wrote:


 Our mobile 201 is '86 and has the same appearance for
its wheels as every other '86/87 car we have.


	Our 86 190D wheels bear no resemblance to those type wheels at all.  
Even with the hubcaps removed.


Johnny B.
I Mac Therefore I am



Re: [MBZ] W126 Steering box worn out?

2006-06-14 Thread John Berryman


On Jun 13, 2006, at 5:57 PM, Trampas wrote:

Just got a call from the alignment shop, they said that my steering  
box on
the 120k mile W126 was worn out and has a lot of play in it. I had  
never
heard of one wearing out, I have resealed several leaking ones. Has  
anyone

ever had a steering box wear out?

Trampas


	Yes but don't rule out the possibility that they're turning the  
adjusting screw the wrong way. in this case it's Righty loosey, Lefty  
Tighty.
I bet that many folks bought new steering gear because the mechanic  
wasn't aware of that minor difference between MB and American iron.
	I highly doubt the gearbox would wear out in so few miles unless it  
was over-tightened at some time.


Johnny B.
I Mac Therefore I am



Re: [MBZ] W126 Steering box worn out?

2006-06-14 Thread John Berryman


On Jun 13, 2006, at 7:42 PM, Trampas wrote:

The one that pops is not from over tightening it just is noisy, and  
has been
that way for 100k miles. It sounds like the center detent is worn  
an causes

a pop as the it passes.


Maybe the rag-joint is shot. Very common failure.

Johnny B.
I Mac Therefore I am



Re: [MBZ] Insurance rates and cheap living

2006-06-14 Thread John Berryman


On Jun 13, 2006, at 8:46 PM, archer wrote:


  That place is big and its
way up there.  It looks like that from Dave Gilmores place in W.Va  
I could
go to Pittsburgh, take   I-79 to Erie, and I-90 to I-87 which goes  
right

through the Park.


	That'll work. I-87 is known as The Adirondack Northway, North of  
I-90. I'm roughly 10 miles North of exit 22



From there I'm guessing one could pick a route to Maine
that would avoid heavy traffic nearer the coast.


	There are a few routes through Vermont and New Hampshire that'll get  
you away from the major hustle and bustle. Quite scenic too.


Johnny B.
I Mac Therefore I am



Re: [MBZ] upcoming auction

2006-06-14 Thread John Berryman


On Jun 13, 2006, at 9:13 PM, redghost wrote:


Oh,

from the reading all I was able to do was the association of mr. B  
with

Jeep.

Will keep an eye for toyota ness


Tanks!

Johnny B.
I Mac Therefore I am



Re: [MBZ] Instrument Cluster 85 300SD (Again) Sorry

2006-06-14 Thread John Berryman


On Jun 13, 2006, at 11:39 PM, Barry Stark wrote:


George -
Not sure if it is the same on your '85 SD as on my '81 SD but on  
mine I just

remove the left front speaker from the dash with a stubby Phillips
screwdriver and I can reach in that hole to push the cluster out. I  
find
that less work than removing the knee bolster to get behind the  
cluster. If
you haven't had the cluster out for a while it can stick a bit, so  
you may

have to push pretty hard till it gives the first time.

Barry


	The paint can opener tool that is usually free when you buy paint  
works great for hooking it from the front. I use a pair, hooking my  
fingers in the bottle opener end and hooking the bent-over  
screwdriver tip end on the IC edge.
	 Gently pull LR alternately, you can slide the tools up and down  
the sides to get it moving all around. Then just pull it out. No need  
to remove anything but the instrument cluster and un-plug the  
necessary wires. Using hooks is the factory approved method too.


Johnny B.
I Mac Therefore I am



Re: [MBZ] How Much Can I Tow...Really

2006-06-14 Thread John Berryman


On Jun 14, 2006, at 1:33 AM, Luther Gulseth wrote:


Marshall, can you cite your reference for this information?  I've been
asked to cite this before and could not.  Thanks,
Luther


You can now cite it using this information from a very reliable source:



750 kg (1650 lb) unbraked and 1500 kg (3300 lb) braked is permitted  
for

a 123 300D.

Marshall


If asked to provide proof again, simply produce this document.


Johnny B.
I Mac Therefore I am



Re: [MBZ] 240D wheel question..

2006-06-14 Thread John Berryman


On Jun 14, 2006, at 1:23 PM, Marshall Booth wrote:

I assume you have steel wheels with hubcaps (never brought to the  
US) on

your 190D? I have a set with Blizzaks on them for my wagon.

Marshall


This assumption didn't do what assumptions usually do to you and me!!

	The car is a grey market car which I bought from the original owner.  
I like the hubcaps, cloth interior, wind-up windows and the manual  
HVAC even though I need to charge it with R-12. It was never converted.
	I removed the ugly and nearly useless USDOT headlights and put in a  
set of Euro lights w/vacuum pods, fully functional with the original  
dash mounted wheel.



Johnny B.
I Mac Therefore I am



Re: [MBZ] upcoming auction

2006-06-13 Thread John Berryman


On Jun 12, 2006, at 10:30 PM, redghost wrote:


1997 JEEP GRAND CHEROKEE LAREDO 4x4, V8, auto, p/s, p/b, a/c, cruise,
tilt, p/wdw, p/seat, p/lock  Johnny B wanted this?


No, I have this. Want compact Toyota 4x4 pick-up 4cyl 5spd prefered.

Johnny B.
I Mac Therefore I am



Re: [MBZ] Insurance rates and cheap living (was How Much Can I Tow...Really)

2006-06-13 Thread John Berryman


On Jun 13, 2006, at 1:51 PM, archer wrote:

Thanks for the invitation.  I'll definitely come by if I get up  
that way on

the trip.

Gerry


	Feel free to come and inspect our mountains in the Adirondack Region  
of NY, if the wind blows you that far off course. the Adirondack Park  
is comprised of 6,000,000 acres of public and private lands.


Johnny B.
I Mac Therefore I am



Re: [MBZ] SDL using more front shocks than oil.

2006-06-12 Thread John Berryman


On Jun 12, 2006, at 4:34 PM, Harry Watkins wrote:

Anyone out there BTDT.  Anyone with a clue, I can't see a way to  
install them wrong but I could be wrong.


Help!!!

Harry Watkins


	Some require that you install the rubber snubbers on the upper shaft  
of the shock. What brand are you using?  always replace with  
Bilsteins and they live a long service life, like forever.


Johnny B.
I Mac Therefore I am



Re: [MBZ] 190D update

2006-06-11 Thread John Berryman


On Jun 10, 2006, at 11:07 AM, Curt Raymond wrote:

  Oh my wife had new tires put on it and had them nitrogen  
inflated, I can tell you I definately notice absolutely no  
difference. Of course the new tires are nice as they don't  
hydroplane so bad and don't squirm all over the road like the bad  
old ones do


  -Curt


	What tires did you put on? I recently put a set of Falken ZE 512  
Ziex H-rated on, finally Cathy's 190D Euro. I wanted good rain tires  
with a good dry bite for her. The car's getting parked for the  
Winter, so no concern for ice/snow. I have about 2,500mi on them,  
sadly most in the rain. They are great in the pouring rain on the  
Interstates and side roads. Dry traction is fantastic.
	I had 1 bad tie-rod end. So I replaced both tie-rod assys and re- 
bushed the idler arm. I measured the overall length of both tie-rod  
assys, then made some adjustments by eye and by feel before bringing  
to my friends alignment shop.
	If I didn't see it with my own eyes, I wouldn't have believed that  
the toe was right on, the RF Camber was off by only 1/4 of a degree  
on the  - side(not enough to be concerned with) and the rear was  
perfect.
	The car tracks fine and handles like it's on rails.  I paid $207.36  
for the tires from  www.tiresavings.com   and $60.00 for mount and  
balance at a local service station. I couldn't be happier with the  
whole deal.


Johnny B.
I Mac Therefore I am



Re: [MBZ] it left as mysteriously as it came

2006-06-10 Thread John Berryman


On Jun 9, 2006, at 9:48 PM, Kaleb C. Striplin wrote:


Remember all the sudden the SDL tranny wouldnt shift till about 3500
rpm?  Well all the sudden today its back to normal.  Wierd.



	 Whatever it was, it may be wise to change the fluid/filter. A valve  
could have gummed up or stuck with particles in the bore. Isn't there  
a temp switch that delays shifting when cold?
	I love it when cars fix themselves but hate not knowing the cause of  
the trouble



Johnny B.
I Mac Therefore I am



Re: [MBZ] Need help with Power Steering Issues

2006-06-10 Thread John Berryman


On Jun 10, 2006, at 6:52 AM, Wakin's wrote:


Do I have the right hose, and should fluid be coming out? If fluid is
supposed to come out, anyone have any ideas why mine doesn't?

Thanks in advance,

Dave Wakin


	From your description, it seems you have the correct hose. It does  
come directly from steering gear-box doesn't it?  It's odd that no  
fluid finds its way to the return. If little or no fluid gets pumped,  
little or nothing can come out. perhaps the filter is plugged and  
fluid thick. I've come across several MBs with stiff steering where  
the cure was a fluid and filter change.
	I generally opt for the dilution method of change ie; draw fluid  
out, remove filter and leave it out, add fluid, run/drive for a  
little while, draw fluid out etc until your satisfied that it has all  
clean fluid then install filter, top-off and go. I repeat the process  
4-5 times using Amsoil synthetic trans fluid (can't find M-1 ATF  
around here).
	Another thought is that the return line is swollen internally due to  
improper fluid or additives, causing a restriction. I use a large  
hypodermic syringe and found the rubber on the plunger swollen weeks  
after I used it to change my friends PS fluid (which was acting up)  
in a 1986 420SEL .


Johnny B.
I Mac Therefore I am



Re: [MBZ] 617.950 617.952 differences

2006-06-09 Thread John Berryman


On Jun 8, 2006, at 1:44 PM, Marshall Booth wrote:


Lot's of people felt that the 617.950 engine in a 116 was faster than
the 617.951 engine in a 126. Emissions requirements WERE different!

Marshall



	I know my 79 300SD aka the $100 car gets up and goes better than any  
300D, 300CD, 300TD or 81 and later 300SD I have driven. I have owned  
all the models listed, lots of them and driven many, many more. I  
never swapped an earlier turbo engine a la W116 300SD into a later  
123 or 126 but gearing has to have some effect and I believe final  
drive ratios are not the same. Never ran the $100 car until it would  
go no faster but am willing to wager that it will not top out at the  
same speed as any turbo 123 in stock trim.
	Another observation I have made is that right out of the crate,  
without tweaking wastegate and ALDA a 123 turbodiesel from 82 will  
walk all over an 83,84 or 85. Post tweak I detect no difference at  
all. This scenario has been tested by your's truly over and over. Not  
being able to measure actual enrichment besides the tell-tale wisp of  
black smoke at high revs may not be too scientific but I strove to  
attain an even 12psi boost across the board.
	I would expect the 126 w/turbodiesel to lose a drag race against  
123s and 116s. It just stands to reason that being a larger and  
heavier car it should. While I'm at it, in my opinion, nothing  
compares to how the station wagons with good front and rear  
suspension ease on down the road. All the coupes I've owned road  
harsher but cornered flatter and with greater ease.

I love'em all. What was the question?

Johnny B.
I Mac Therefore I am



Re: [MBZ] OM 603 no start

2006-06-09 Thread John Berryman


On Jun 8, 2006, at 1:45 PM, David Brodbeck wrote:

I bet there weren't 15 per square mile back when there were still  
wolves

around.


	Studies in the Adirondack Region of NY show that the wolves still  
exist but they cross-bred with coyotes. Every single coyote that was  
tested had both red wolf and grey timberwolf DNA. The nationwide  
average weight of coyotes is 26#, according to the study. Around here  
it is common to see them well over 40#. They look more like a German  
Shepard than Wiley Coyote. Out West they look scrawny and mangey in  
comparison.
	They have also adopted some of the wolf-pack hunting techniques and  
several hikers, joggers and backroad strollers reported being  
encircled by them and deeply concerned for their own well-being. A  
friend and native resident of my home town and his wife were worked  
by a pack in broad daylight to the point that they fled to a near-by  
farmhouse to call for a ride. They felt they were in real danger.
	Coyotes, by nature are timid animals and rarely hang around in the  
presence of adult humans and domestic dogs. There may be  
environmental factors at play too, many housing developments have  
sprung up in this area.


Johnny B.
I Mac Therefore I am



Re: [MBZ] OT: Grand Cherokee for Toyota Compact pick-up swap

2006-06-09 Thread John Berryman


On Jun 8, 2006, at 1:51 PM, Dave Wakin wrote:


Johnny,

Here is one not to far away from you - needs some work and not 4x4  
though.


Dave W


Thanks but it must be a 4x4.

Johnny B.
I Mac Therefore I am



Re: [MBZ] '82 300CD excessive oil usage-update

2006-06-09 Thread John Berryman


On Jun 8, 2006, at 4:08 PM, Luther Gulseth wrote:


What's the best way to track down a leak like this?


	Run it under water with your thumb on the breather hole and look for  
bubbles?


Johnny B.
I Mac Therefore I am



Re: [MBZ] '82 300CD excessive oil usage-update

2006-06-09 Thread John Berryman


On Jun 8, 2006, at 5:13 PM, Marshall Booth wrote:


Start by cleaning the engine. Then look for new oil deposits over the
next few days.

Marshall


I've suggested the same months ago.

Johnny B.
I Mac Therefore I am



Re: [MBZ] [Fwd: The W124 Bible]

2006-06-09 Thread John Berryman


On Jun 9, 2006, at 5:15 PM, Dwight E. Giles, Jr wrote:

I think the 123 Haynes paper manual is the closest-I got one from  
Rusty.


It's junk in comparison to the MB factory manuals.

Johnny B.
I Mac Therefore I am



Re: [MBZ] Better Living Through Machinery

2006-06-08 Thread John Berryman


On Jun 7, 2006, at 5:14 PM, Luther Gulseth wrote:

Wow.  Put me on your estate sale mailing list please? :)  Though,  
knowing my
luck, that'll be years after I've aquired most of the same  
toolsI'm
nearly there with the addition of Grandpa's 2 houses worth of  
tools


Luther



	At times some were used more than others. I rarely have call for the  
lathe but it has bailed me out of all kinds of stuff. Mower,  
household, automotive, whatever.
	My buddy had his machine shop set-up less than a mile away. He had  
the whole magilla. We picked up a giant vertical mill once it weighed  
like 9500#. The flatbed driver slipped it into the shop after we  
removed the roll-up door and a little trim.
	I'm amazed that something so huge could be as accurate as this  
machine was. It made a Bridgeport look like a hand grinder in the end  
product. Machines are fascinating.


Johnny B.
I Mac Therefore I am



Re: [MBZ] Better Living Through Machinery

2006-06-08 Thread John Berryman


On Jun 7, 2006, at 5:29 PM, Jim Cathey wrote:


I'm close, missing the lathe and press.  (I have a wood lathe
though.)  No forge/foundry, so I'm messed up there too.  It
would be nice to have a good mill, maybe someday.  It's really
nice to know that you can _make_ what you need, if you can't
find it otherwise.  Am I ready for that 600 yet?  Are you?

-- Jim


	I acquired all the stuff over time. Mostly used, high quality stuff  
that was donated, bought cheap, salvaged, you know the drill. The  
foundry guy is about 30 miles from me. I worked on his boat a few  
times, gratis. He makes me his assistant when I need something. Same  
thing, I don't need it much but its good to know its there if you  
need it.
	There are plenty of old machines not being used now due to CNC so  
they're usually pretty reasonable if you don't mind cranking handles  
around.  600 ? splain please


Johnny B.
I Mac Therefore I am



Re: [MBZ] Nearly dead 87 300D battery/neat start

2006-06-08 Thread John Berryman


On Jun 7, 2006, at 6:51 PM, wilton strickland wrote:

Yes Johnny, It's all good.  I understand.  'Just thought an  
absolutely

static start was really neat and indicates well-tuned engine.  'Not
complaining.

Wilton


	I think its cool too. Makes you proud of your maintenance regimen.   
It does kinda remind me of a hang-fire in a black powder rifle.  
Sometimes my bike will sneeze when I turn the key on.


Johnny B.
I Mac Therefore I am



Re: [MBZ] Firewood

2006-06-08 Thread John Berryman


On Jun 7, 2006, at 8:48 PM, Jim Cathey wrote:


Still toying with the idea of building my own splitter for
the Mog's killer auxiliary hydraulic system.  Turns out that
there is no used hydraulic cylinder market, people either fix
'em forever or throw away the unrepairable ones and replace
them.

-- Jim


	Northern Tool has a good selection in the hydraulic dept. Make it  
split it and throw into the mog or a trailer for you too.


Here's a Google Search results page for ya:

	http://www.google.com/search?client=safarirls=enq=Used+Hydraulic 
+Equipmentie=UTF-8oe=UTF-8


Johnny B.
I Mac Therefore I am


Re: [MBZ] '72 350SL

2006-06-08 Thread John Berryman


On Jun 7, 2006, at 8:53 PM, Bob Rentfro wrote:

Putting yourself in traction daily isn't mentioned anywhere in the  
list of

things to do to take it easy.
But, if it works for you and it makes you able to accomplish all those
things, then good for you Johnny B.

Bob Rentfro


	I don't ned it daily now but when I get good and physical with the  
work it helps a lot. I use it as preventative maintenance at those  
times. Being sedentary is worse than keeping moving in my case any way.


Johnny B.
I Mac Therefore I am



Re: [MBZ] '72 350SL

2006-06-08 Thread John Berryman


On Jun 7, 2006, at 8:54 PM, Jim Cathey wrote:



If you're serious about a lift really check your height.  I built
my lower garage at 10' so that I'd have plenty of room for a lift.
Turns out I don't, I'd need more like 11' in order not to be limited
in what kind of lift I could have.

-- Jim


	I've run around with my tape measure to get an idea what I should  
do. I settled on 12'. I'm 5'6, so I should be able to stand erect  
under just about anything that'll fit through the door. I want a  
clear floor model, I know that. Much nicer pulling trannies etc.  
That'll be in right after the framing and roof are up.


Johnny B.
I Mac Therefore I am



Re: [MBZ] JohnnyB's Real Men

2006-06-08 Thread John Berryman


On Jun 7, 2006, at 9:08 PM, Loren Faeth wrote:


So, Johnny, how is that for an opening shot?  Yours is a good one too.

Grumpy ol man  (got the manual ice auger to prove it)  ; )



Right on.

Johnny B.
I Mac Therefore I am



Re: [MBZ] OM 603 no start

2006-06-08 Thread John Berryman


On Jun 7, 2006, at 9:21 PM, Loren Faeth wrote:


Got a question guys!


	How did it run before left idling for the AC work? Is linkage moving  
freely? Is the compressor seizing up?


Johnny B.
I Mac Therefore I am



Re: [MBZ] unobtanium, but on crack

2006-06-08 Thread John Berryman


On Jun 8, 2006, at 10:04 AM, Gary Thompson wrote:


I started to think that's high, but not really high. Then I saw the
salvage title :^(


Gary Thompson



	High? If it really has 127,000, $3500 is real fair. Although, as  
usual the auction is not near over. Why do salvage titles scare  
people so much? What if it was a recovered stolen or something that  
didn't involve chassis damage? What if it was totaled and repaired  
properly?The seller might be truthful if asked about it.
	 I'd gladly pay $5,000 for that car if it checks out. It would last  
a long, long time


Johnny B.
I Mac Therefore I am



[MBZ] OT: Grand Cherokee for Toyota Compact pick-up swap

2006-06-08 Thread John Berryman
	In light of the fact that I will be building soon, I am looking to  
swap a 1995 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo for a Toyota 4x4 compact pick- 
up. Prefer 5spd 4cyl doesn't need to be perfect but no rot-boxes.


	The Jeep has 150,000mi, Amsoil, auto, new ball-joints, brakes, Water  
pump, thermostat, sepentine belt, recent exhaust, will need tires  
before too long. Very solid with some rust showing around rear hatch  
only.
	I replaced the thermostat because it was stuck open. Water pump let  
go all at once, while I was driving it, it didn't overheat, I filled  
it and drove it home to replace pump with a new one. It runs and  
shifts great. The rear wiper is in-op, never checked why. Front wiper  
works on high only and doesn't park automatically, I never tried it  
but Cathy says cruise doesn't work. Other than those items,  
everything else works fine.

Oh, it's white w/ tan leather, CD player, power everything.

Johnny B.
I Mac Therefore I am



Re: [MBZ] 617.950 617.952 differences

2006-06-08 Thread John Berryman


On Jun 8, 2006, at 11:29 AM, Luther Gulseth wrote:


617.950 is listed at 115HP and the .951/2 are 123/125HP.  If
stroke/displacement are the same, what did they change that  
increased the

HP?  Are the shortblocks identical?  TIA all.


	For one the cams are different and possible upper oil pan  
differences, on the 950. I wanna say .951=300D-CD 952=300SD with  
different mount brackets and oil pump housing. 951952 are  
interchangeable noting the items mentioned above.

The engine I mentioned to you is a 952 adapted for 300D.

Johnny B.
I Mac Therefore I am



Re: [MBZ] 240D from VA to PA, need advice..

2006-06-07 Thread John Berryman


On Jun 6, 2006, at 4:47 PM, Kevin wrote:

You guys that buy a lot of cars, what do you do? Once I get it  
back in PA

it's an easy process to get it properly inspected, get the title
transferred and get new plates for it.


	Pa offers temporary cardboard tags. Perhaps Va does the same, call  
the DMV or dig up their website. If I buy a car far from home (I like  
Southern cars and live 150mi South of Montreal) I have the seller Fed- 
Ex the proper documentation and register it (but sometimes I borrow  
the plates and window stickers from one of my many MBs and drive it  
home like that). I've gotten pulled over for speeding and warned (for  
speeding) and the trooper didn't even look any further than the  
papers I handed him. I do what I have to do under the circumstances.
	BTW, Kevin obviously has no sense of adventure. I do and frequently  
fulfill my desire by driving used MBs thousands of miles at a clip. I  
used to carry it on the plane but that doesn't fly anymore.Nowadays,  
I ship a tool kit and some simple spares ie fuel filters,  
hoseclamps, silicone sealer, JB-Weld, and bailing wire to the  
location of the car. You wouldn't believe half of the stories I have  
but I'll tell you I drove every one of them all the way home.


	Didi anyone save Richarde's post stating that doing the above is the  
equivalent of a modern day mastodon hunt? Its a good analogy.



Johnny B.
I Mac Therefore I am



Re: [MBZ] 240D from VA to PA, need advice..

2006-06-07 Thread John Berryman


On Jun 6, 2006, at 5:24 PM, Donald Snook wrote:


Kevin S. wrote:



I'm in need of some advice. I have a car I want to buy that's located
in Virginia.


	What's the story on the car? What is it? Is it in decent shape and  
recently driven? Do you plan on buying sight unseen? Do you intend to  
whip it right into service? How many miles are you going to need to  
drive to get home?

Maybe you can get the seller to drive it to your joint.

Johnny B.
I Mac Therefore I am



Re: [MBZ] need advice A possibly entertaining story.

2006-06-07 Thread John Berryman


On Jun 6, 2006, at 5:11 PM, Rich Thomas wrote:

The TSA will safeguard the flying public and anyone on the ground  
below
by cutting open your bag/lock if it has a padlock on it.  How many  
tools
survive that experience is questionable.  They like to rummage  
around in

bags that have anything solid in them (i.e., non-clothes items).

--R



	This is why I ship UPS, Fed-Ex, etc. I sometimes ship my luggage and  
personal effects to travel destinations and travel real light on the  
plane. I had my luggage misplaced and as a result, had to spend a  
couple of days in a hotel in New Orleans. On the airline's tab,  
meals  and drinks included.
	This was when I bought a 300CD from Jason Stearn. It was the day  
after Christmas 2001 when I flew out, they had just started checking  
peoples shoes for explosives. I was checked. Being right after  
9/11/01 their was a lot of tension regarding security. I knew I  
was'nt getting on the plane carrying tools and license plates. All  
legal paperwork and stickers were in there too. I NEVER, EVER
checked luggage up to then and since. The airline delivered it to the  
hotel intact.
	It was an adventure from the start. There was noise, sounded like  
the diff was gonna blow, it didn't change no matter how I hammered it  
so I sucked it and kept moving. I'm heading out of Baton Rouge to the  
Adirondack Region of NY (note the date). I did'nt realize that  
there's no heat until...yup, you got it. There right rear caliper  
blew. Brakes, who needs 'em?
	I'm running all Interstates all 90-95mph until Tennessee, they'll  
tolerate 80-85 in a 75. The driver's seat is shot, BAD and there's a  
nasty winter storm coming. If I drive straight through, with no sleep  
I can miss the worst of it. Did I mention window regulator broke  
leaving  the window jammed in a cocked position? Well any way, I'll  
have some nice crisp air to help keep me awake, no time to fix, gotta  
beat the storm. Worn Michelin MXVs don't do much on snow and ice.
	You should always behave while driving through Virginia, somehow  
this always slips my mind. The weather got uncooperative in Northern  
Va. and stayed that way for the duration of the adventure. It was a  
weak attempt at a Wintery Mix but still enough to keep one from  
becoming bored riding on those skins. The Norther I go the Colder and  
icier it gets. I'm getting a hint of warm air to the defroster vents  
so I had some de-icing capability and a somewhat clear area for  
forward vision most of the time.
	 I- 81 through Pa was no day at the beach, the icy hilly roads are  
unforgiving and cause massive pile-ups, often with resultant  
fatalities. Those familiar can give testimony to that. Fate would  
have it, as I crest a hill I see about 1/4mile ahead that there's a  
car on its side , half on the median and two young guys who stopped  
to help. I was driving way ahead of myself and keeping the speed real  
sane but it was a real challenge to get her stopped on front brakes  
only and those lovely tires.
	The kids waved me on saying help was on the way and no one was  
seriously injured. In my mirror, I watch a 17 car pile-up as I drive  
off, I heard the number on the news. There were two more pile-ups  
which I was able to navigate around to avoid being the next crushed car.
	Finally I hit the NY border and settle into a good groove, only 3  
1/2 hours from home and my Sugar Pie. Now that the Demo-Derby on ice  
is far behind me, I realize it's colder than a mother-in-laws kiss  
and my feet are numb. I stop in Binghampton for fuel and drive the  
rest of the way home with sweaters wrapped around my legs.
	We're real generous with the salt up here and this coupe had no idea  
what she was being driven into, as she spent her rust-free life  
between SoCal and The Big Easy. She hasn't seen road salt since that  
night. The rest of the ride was relatively uneventful.
	I got in before the brunt of the storm and awoke the next morning to  
18 of snow. I'm always happy to be home after my many sojourns but I  
was ecstatic after this one.
	Aside for the few mechanical inconveniences I mentioned earlier, I  
had no mechanical trouble, no need to pick up a single tool. The  
horrendous sound that I listened to, trying to ignore all the way  
home wound up being a broken tranny mount.



Johnny B.
I Mac Therefore I am



[MBZ] Rube Goldberg would be proud

2006-06-07 Thread John Berryman


http://www.albinoblacksheep.com/flash/honda.php



Johnny B.
I Mac Therefore I am



Re: [MBZ] 240D from VA to PA, need advice..

2006-06-07 Thread John Berryman


On Jun 7, 2006, at 9:08 AM, Kevin J. Slater wrote:


The story on the car is that it has been sitting for almost a year. We
took a trip down to where it's sitting and started it couple of  
weeks ago.
Drove it around a section of private road/driveway. Everything  
seems to be
in good operating condition (with some minor exceptions noted in  
another

thread). The car was well maintained for most of it's life. I don't
anticipate any problems with it becoming a reliable daily driver. The
distance from where it sits to my place north of Pittsburgh is  
roughly 360

miles.



	Should be a walk in the park. If it moved under its own power fro  
more than 1/4mi, top off all the fluids and tires. 360 miles= child's  
play to me.


Johnny B.
I Mac Therefore I am



Re: [MBZ] Coil Spring Compressor

2006-06-07 Thread John Berryman


On Jun 7, 2006, at 12:44 PM, Trampas wrote:

I got my $200 coil spring compressor in and it works like a champ.  
Was very

easy to compress front coils springs and it seemed very stable (safe).

Trampas



	Good for you. I would imagine my tools are used a lot more  
frequently than just about anyone's on these forums. Just about all  
my tools stand the test of time. I have stuff that was my Daddy's  
from the 30s and before that still functions perfectly. Cheap tools  
can wreck your day and possibly some of your body parts. I just won't  
go there.


Johnny B.
I Mac Therefore I am



Re: [MBZ] '72 350SL

2006-06-07 Thread John Berryman


On Jun 7, 2006, at 2:05 PM, Bob Rentfro wrote:

Hey you 107 boys! The is an old fella who has a '72 350SL that runs  
just fine (has been under a car cover in the drive for 10 months  
because he has been rehabilitating from a stroke), has 78K on the  
clock, both tops and he wants $1500.
When I go look at it later, what are the big things should I look  
closely at that, if bad, should make me run away?


He also has something else in his carport under a cover...I think  
it's a '70 250SE. But that's been there a spell (I've been casing  
the joint).


Let me know soon.

Bob Rentfro



	Let me know if you're just tire-kicking and don't intend to buy  
either car. Handsome finder's fee to you. I'm due for another  
adventure.  Still staying close to the phone(my pocket, Ha) due to my  
stand-by status.


Johnny B.
I Mac Therefore I am



Re: [MBZ] Coil Spring Compressor

2006-06-07 Thread John Berryman


On Jun 7, 2006, at 2:09 PM, Rusty Cullens wrote:


What brand is it?



	Taiwan, someone posted a link not too long ago but appears to be a  
decent knock-off in the pretty pictures. You won't catch me screwing  
around with anything less than a Klann Tool made in the fatherland.


Johnny B.
I Mac Therefore I am



Re: [MBZ] Branson

2006-06-05 Thread John Berryman


I don't favor the odds of arguing with a cop that knows damn well  
he is
doing something illegal while alone in the wastelands of Montana.  
While you
are at it, start yelling about civil rights and police brutality  
and your

cousin the lawyer. Been nice knowing you...


http://www.ehowa.com/mythoughts/nospeeding.shtml

Johnny B.
I Mac Therefore I am



Re: [MBZ] '85 190E on CL -- Olympia

2006-06-04 Thread John Berryman


On Jun 3, 2006, at 10:02 PM, Zeitgeist wrote:

Sorry, it's a slushbox.  The spoiler looks like a 16v knock-off.   
The badge
on the right side of the trunk says 2.3, which is correct for that  
model of
190E.  Black w/grey interior is a nice combo, but it's just plain  
beat.


	Anyone want to split it with me? I want the wheels only, willing to  
pay shipping and handling charges to NY zip 12814 on the slow boat.


Johnny B.
I Mac Therefore I am



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