Re: [MBZ] Opinions on window tint

2022-05-14 Thread MG via Mercedes
Might want to look into the clear ceramic films. 
Heard about them a couple of years ago was said to 
work quite well though a bit more expensive that 
others.


I was quite skeptical about them until my SIL in 
Orlando had the windshield done on his new MB 
coupe. I didn't see any difference when I looked 
at it but I could feel the difference between 
holding my hand in the sun and then holding it in 
the car where the sun hit it through the 
windshield. At close to $200 just for the 
windshield I almost had the 300TD done but didn't 
like the price at all when I thought about the 
probable price for the whole car, what with the 
big windows around the back.


MG

Kaleb Striplin via Mercedes wrote:
What is everyone's opinion on window tint as far as brands?  Also, 
opinions on using it on older cars such as 123 etc?  My opinion is that 
it looks fine on anything 124 and newer for sure, I would include 126 in 
that.  I am on the line with 123 but I still think it is appropriate on 
that.  My thought anything 115 or older it is out of place.  What about 
116?  Not sure on that one.  Thoughts?  I am thinking about getting my 
99 tinted to see if it really makes a big difference in the summer 
time.   What is the general cost these days to get a car tinted?  I do 
not want something that looks like crap or turns purple in a few years.


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Re: [MBZ] 123/126 air cleaner bracket

2022-02-28 Thread MG via Mercedes
I have welded them before. They are galvanized so 
do it outside with the air moving away from you. I 
would also add an extra piece of metal across the 
break for a couple of inches as they tend to 
rebreak at the same point.


MG

Buggered Benzmail via Mercedes wrote:

I found a broken bracket in my piles of treasures and since my new welder 
arrived Friday and I have nascent skills it got me thinking…

I’m wondering if it is galvanized or something as there is no rust on it, or if 
it’s some metal that is not stick or mig weldable. Anyone know?

--FT
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Re: [MBZ] Pulling torque converter?

2021-10-26 Thread MG via Mercedes
Don't wait too long to get that TC off and stored 
with a tight cap over the neck to keep dirt and 
water out. If the cap doesn't cover the neck all 
the way down then put some grease on there to keep 
it from rusting. Heck even a baggie and rubber 
band will work for a short time.


Usually you don't want to pull the transmission 
without the TC still in it. That can cause bending 
problems on the input shaft. FOR SURE you do not 
want to try to install a transmission without 
putting the TC in the transmission first. Most 
cases you won't ever get the TC lined up and the 
transmission in place if the TC is bolted to the 
flex plate first. I've seen guys try it, bolt the 
transmission down tight when they think it's right 
and then wonder why they can't turn the engine 
over or why the transmission doesn't work any 
more, even after they take it all out and do it 
right. By then either the transmission or the TC 
insides are damaged.


MG

Floyd Thursby via Mercedes wrote:
so there are bolts somewhere accessible to get at the flex plate?  I've 
got the trans and bell housing off, it just slid out, I could not see 
anything holding the flywheel and the torque conv on unless there are 
some bolts behind (i.e., to the front of the engine) but I don't see how 
that would work. I'll study it a bit more and see if there are other 
hidden bolts somewhere.


--FT
On 10/24/21 3:41 PM, G Mann via Mercedes wrote:
Second that, Torque converter is bolted to the flex plate, which 
drives the

transmission, through the torque converter [fluid coupling, or "liquid
clutch"]. With the engine setting flat on the trailer, your access to 
those

bolts may be restricted.

On Sun, Oct 24, 2021 at 12:31 PM Jim Cathey via Mercedes <
mercedes@okiebenz.com> wrote:

Last time I worked on something like this, there were bolts holding 
the TC

to the flex plate
that was itself bolted to the crankshaft.  Accessed through a cutout in
the front housing.

-- Jim


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[MBZ] Test

2021-07-24 Thread MG via Mercedes
let's see if I get this from the list since I 
haven't gotten any mail in days.


MG

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[MBZ] Test

2021-07-22 Thread MG via Mercedes
I'm not getting any messages since the 19th. did 
the list crash?


Manfred

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Re: [MBZ] heavier 123 front springs

2021-06-25 Thread MG via Mercedes
Yes and 32-250  gives the lengths and resistance 
values for a whole bunch of the springs. The 
problem is that Mercedes does not have all of them 
available any more. It might be possible to have 
an aftermarket spring company build you the 
springs once you figure out which ones you want.


David Bruckmann via Mercedes wrote:

Job 32-010 in the W123 Chassis and Body Service Manual Vol 1 has a three-page 
chart for the permissible spring and shock absorber combinations.



On Jun 24, 2021, Karl Wittnebel wrote:

I decided to drive the 123 wagon with the motor swap. It is pretty great. I
put the cat back on to pass CARB. It is a euro wagon, so if it were not
motor swapped, there would be no way to license it here in CA, lacking as
it does a federal emissions sticker. With a 2006 motor it can be done, as
long as it conforms to stock tune and emissions specs for 2006. Which it
now does.

Adding the cat back cost some performance for sure. But it also made the
car far less stinky to drive. It now drives like any modern car, except
more torque. The exhaust gas recirculation seems very loud also when it is
on, which seems to be mostly when the car is cold for some reason. I think
it shuts the VNT vanes down tight to raise the EGP and shunt the exhaust
back through a cooler to the intake when the cat is cold.

Anyway, the front springs are a little light for the om648. The car is not
super low, but the suspension doesn't have enough travel up front, and oil
pan will hit a concrete parking stop if I drive up too close. I was
thinking of trying some 126 front springs. Anyone know if they are any
stiffer? Thanks.


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Re: [MBZ] OT part of an estate 1961 Austin Healey Bug Eye Sprite, $12, 345

2021-06-04 Thread MG via Mercedes
I very much doubt that as the little 4 banger has 
plenty of room around it. I don't know about how 
that would work with an MGC with the bigger 6 
cylinder it has. I have never looked under the 
hood of one of those though I did get a chance to 
drive one once a long time ago. Quite a nice 
sporty ride and it seemed a whole lot faster then 
the VW bus I was driving back then but then a lot 
of cars would be.


Allan Streib via Mercedes wrote:

Back when I was in High School and toying with the idea of getting an
MGB, a friend told me you had to remove the driver's side fender to
change the oil filter. Not sure if that was right, but seems believable.

Allan

OK Don via Mercedes  writes:


Looks like you'd have to be under the dash to change spark plugs --- worse
than a Sunbeam Tiger!



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Re: [MBZ] OT: don't see these very often

2021-05-29 Thread MG via Mercedes
On the way to get here in June? In any case I'm 
not interested since the steering is on the wrong 
side.


Buggered Benzmail via Mercedes wrote:

Seems to be a lot of concern about the title. Is the vehicle actually in the US 
or Nippon?

--FT
Sent from iPhone


On May 28, 2021, at 10:19 PM, Allan Streib via Mercedes  
wrote:



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Re: [MBZ] OT short ghia update

2021-05-24 Thread MG via Mercedes
Oh well that won't work then. We got rid of all 
the  bolt wheels with the bug.

Good luck.

Allan Streib via Mercedes wrote:

4 bolts, 15" wheel.

The car has 165R15 tires on it currently, and I think they are from at
least 2005 so I'll probably need to replace them before I do any serious
driving. I can't find a DOT date code though. The brand is
Mastercraft. They have a lot of tread left.

I only see one option for replacement at tirerack, so it appears this is
not a common size these days.

https://www.tirerack.com/tires/tires.jsp?tireMake=Vredestein=Sprint+Classic=6HR5SC

Thanks,

Allan

MG  writes:

Is that the big 5 bolt pattern or the small 4 
bolt? I have an old 5 bolt from my long gone pickup.


Allan Streib via Mercedes wrote:

You may recall I picked up a Karmann Ghia last November. Not wanting to
subject it to any salt or winter it has been in the garage since then. I
got it out today and it started up and ran nicely. It ran pretty rough
in the driveway the few times I tried to run it during last winter so I
figured I'd need to clean out the carbs and give it a general tune up.

However it is running much better now. I added about 5g of fresh gas and
half a bottle of Techron but not sure that really made a difference.

It has a dual carb setup with Webers and I took a closer look and they
don't seem to have any choke mechanism at all. So that would explain the
rough running in the cold. I guess the car was set up as a summer
driver. Not sure if such a thing is commonplace?

I found in the documentation that with the rebuilt the prior
owner installed has a 9:1 compression ratio. So I guess I should
probably buy at least mid-grade gas for it? Or premium?

I also discovered some rust on the passenger side rear floorpan. Not
catastrophic but probably need to replace about a square foot of it. A
project for next winter. The rest of the car seems solid.

Need to track down an extra wheel for a spare tire, as that is
missing. Anyone know of a good Aircooled email list?

Allan


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Re: [MBZ] OT short ghia update

2021-05-24 Thread MG via Mercedes
Is that the big 5 bolt pattern or the small 4 
bolt? I have an old 5 bolt from my long gone pickup.


Allan Streib via Mercedes wrote:

You may recall I picked up a Karmann Ghia last November. Not wanting to
subject it to any salt or winter it has been in the garage since then. I
got it out today and it started up and ran nicely. It ran pretty rough
in the driveway the few times I tried to run it during last winter so I
figured I'd need to clean out the carbs and give it a general tune up.

However it is running much better now. I added about 5g of fresh gas and
half a bottle of Techron but not sure that really made a difference.

It has a dual carb setup with Webers and I took a closer look and they
don't seem to have any choke mechanism at all. So that would explain the
rough running in the cold. I guess the car was set up as a summer
driver. Not sure if such a thing is commonplace?

I found in the documentation that with the rebuilt the prior
owner installed has a 9:1 compression ratio. So I guess I should
probably buy at least mid-grade gas for it? Or premium?

I also discovered some rust on the passenger side rear floorpan. Not
catastrophic but probably need to replace about a square foot of it. A
project for next winter. The rest of the car seems solid.

Need to track down an extra wheel for a spare tire, as that is
missing. Anyone know of a good Aircooled email list?

Allan

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Re: [MBZ] New tool — worklight

2021-05-23 Thread MG via Mercedes
Magnet on the other side of the aluminum to 
attract the one on the lamp and hold it?


Craig via Mercedes wrote:

On Sat, 22 May 2021 15:03:04 -0400 Allan Streib via Mercedes
 wrote:


If you have a flat smooth surface maybe a good suction cup?

OK Don via Mercedes  writes:


They need to figure out how to stick them to aluminum --- the magnets
don't work under the instrument panel in the airplane!


Or maybe epoxy a thin strip of steel in the appropriate location?


Craig

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Re: [MBZ] �

2021-05-11 Thread MG via Mercedes
Since I couldn't see the pictures, this is just 
what I was thinking it could be, going by the 
description.


Rick Knoble via Mercedes wrote:

https://youtu.be/s3bAWScMdjs


Rick

From: mercedes@okiebenz.com
Sent: May 10, 2021 7:39 PM
To: mercedes@okiebenz.com
Reply-to: mercedes@okiebenz.com
Cc: mi...@mitchellhaley.com
Subject: Re: [MBZ] It�s not a bus but

That looks like somebody grafted a high front onto a small bumper pull
to make it into a fiver, and then somebody else came along and added a
tongue to make it back into a bumper pull.

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Re: [MBZ] It’s not a bus but

2021-05-11 Thread MG via Mercedes
I would love to see that but I never got the 
original email.


MG

Buggered Benzmail via Mercedes wrote:

That trailer is weird. Why does it have that part that looks like it is for a 
fifth wheel?  It’s not really big enough to be hooked up like that unless on a 
mini truck

--FT
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On May 10, 2021, at 8:07 PM, Rick Hawkins Java Letterpress Cycles Photon via Mercedes 
 wrote:

Folks

Here’s A new camper trailer I just bought ... I was going to tow it behind the 
Isuzu rollback ... I May sell it too. I really want a
13 foot one.  A friend was selling it in bat cave NC  needs some floor 
work, but may be worth $12k after that ... I’m cleaning it up and improving it 
 highly desirable now ... I paid 4.6k which is too much, but a good buy in 
today’s market

Still working on painting and cleaning up windshield hole on dodge sprinter ... 
windshield was falling out  I had some window guys remove it and they will 
reinstall it when I am ready

Xx rick







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Re: [MBZ] OT: Driveway alarm

2021-04-27 Thread MG via Mercedes
On this one you can set the sensing to exclude 
smaller animals. I don't mind the batteries since 
the drive is overhung with trees so based on all 
the other items I have that are solar and don't 
work in the shade after a few days I'm happy with 
what I have, especially since I have all those 
trees between the house and the gate. The second 
one works just as good at over 1000 feet also 
through trees. With the cheaper units I found that 
those trees cut a lot of signal.


Mitch Haley via Mercedes wrote:

On 2021-04-27 09:30, MG via Mercedes wrote:

Oh forgot to mention, they have a vehicle only sensor which you bury
in the ground. I didn't get that because it won't sense people walking
up the drive. I'm willing to put up with the alerts from deer that
wander by there, it helps with knowing when to go hunting
don't-cha-know.


I've had deer in the front yard and deer in the back yard, but never saw 
deer tracks in the driveway anywhere near the house.

So I'm hoping the deer don't wake me up in the night.
Mom's alarm goes off when a cat walks up the driveway.
HF special, first one lasted a year or two, second one going strong 
after more than ten years. I mighjt have bought one but I don't want to 
mess with batteries.

https://harborfreight.com/wireless-driveway-alert-system-93068.html

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Re: [MBZ] OT: Driveway alarm

2021-04-27 Thread MG via Mercedes
Oh forgot to mention, they have a vehicle only 
sensor which you bury in the ground. I didn't get 
that because it won't sense people walking up the 
drive. I'm willing to put up with the alerts from 
deer that wander by there, it helps with knowing 
when to go hunting don't-cha-know.


Mitch Haley via Mercedes wrote:

Floyd could use one of these if it really works from 1/2 mile away.

Had a surprise visitor at 8:30 this morning, not somebody I'd want 
snooping around my house. Would have been nice if I'd known he was here 
before he got out of his SUV. Would have been nice if he'd shut the 
door, started his SUV and left when I sent him packing. Decided I need 
to know if he comes back in the middle of the night, so I ordered this, 
seems pretty cheap at $42 for two transmitters and no disposable 
batteries. The 3 camels say it's never been under $50 (but how's that 
work when it's under $50 right now?).


https://smile.amazon.com/Driveway-System-Up-Adjustable-Sensitivities-Fully-Weatherproof/dp/B08F3BWLYY 



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Re: [MBZ] OT: Driveway alarm

2021-04-27 Thread MG via Mercedes
In 2010 I bought this setup as well as another 
sensor and the handheld portable receiver. That 
way when I am out and about in the yard, 42ac, I 
have communication with the house. I replace the 
batteries once a year before it gets cold and it 
still works flawlessly. Well except for the few 
times when I have to clear out the wasp nests in 
the detector cone which is a problem you will have 
with any detector.


https://smile.amazon.com/Dakota-Alert-MURS-Detection-Kit/dp/B00FJ9S0W2/ref=sr_1_23?dchild=1=dakota+mars+alert=1619528685=electronics=1-23

I have bought a couple of other less expensive 
items before that promised up to 1/2 miles 
reception but delivered less then 200 feet.


Can't say enough good things about that Dakota system.

Mitch Haley via Mercedes wrote:

Floyd could use one of these if it really works from 1/2 mile away.

Had a surprise visitor at 8:30 this morning, not somebody I'd want 
snooping around my house. Would have been nice if I'd known he was here 
before he got out of his SUV. Would have been nice if he'd shut the 
door, started his SUV and left when I sent him packing. Decided I need 
to know if he comes back in the middle of the night, so I ordered this, 
seems pretty cheap at $42 for two transmitters and no disposable 
batteries. The 3 camels say it's never been under $50 (but how's that 
work when it's under $50 right now?).


https://smile.amazon.com/Driveway-System-Up-Adjustable-Sensitivities-Fully-Weatherproof/dp/B08F3BWLYY 



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[MBZ] OT country Preacher's son

2021-04-26 Thread MG via Mercedes

A little light humor

An old country preacher had a teenage son, and it 
was getting time the boy should give some thought 
to choosing a profession. Like many young men his 
age, the boy didn't really know what he wanted to 
do, and he didn't seem too concerned about it. One 
day, while the boy was away at school, his father 
decided to try an experiment. He went into the 
boy's room and placed on his study table four objects:


1. Bible

2. Silver Dollar

3. Bottle of Whiskey

4. Playboy magazine

"I'll just hide behind the door", the old preacher 
said to himself. "When he comes home from school 
today, I'll see which object he picks up."


"If it's the Bible, he's going to be a preacher 
like me, and what a blessing that would be !"


"If he picks up the dollar, he's going to be a 
business man, and that would be okay, too."


"But if he picks up the bottle, he's going to be a 
no-good drunken bum, and Lord, what a shame that 
would be."


"And worst of all if he picks up that magazine 
he's going to be a skirt-chasing womanizer."






The old man waited anxiously, and soon heard his 
son's footsteps as he entered the house whistling 
and heading for his room. The boy tossed his books 
on the bed, and as he turned to leave the room, he 
spotted the objects on the table. With curiosity 
in his eye, he walked over to inspect them.


Finally, he picked up the Bible and placed it 
under his arm.


He picked up the silver dollar and dropped into 
his pocket


He uncorked the bottle and took a big drink, while 
he admired the magazine's centerfold.


"Lord have mercy", the old preacher disgustedly 
whispered, "He's going into politics!!"




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Re: [MBZ] Sort of OT Car totals

2021-01-31 Thread MG via Mercedes
You can see some of them but others are 
under shed roofs. The CD and a D and an 
SD that is a parts car can be seen as 
well as 2 of the Chevy vans  and a white 
Jeep that I still have can be seen. Oh I 
forgot the old 71 Chevy dump truck that 
you probably won't be able to see 
because of trees.
Probably will see my white TD that is my 
daily driver.


Mitch Haley via Mercedes wrote:

On 2021-01-31 08:01, MG via Mercedes wrote:


Still have 18 of them. I really need to haul some to the junkyard.


Can we see your cars from outer space, or just the runway?

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Re: [MBZ] Sort of OT Car totals

2021-01-31 Thread MG via Mercedes

VW: 5
Ford: 2
Chevy: 3
Dodge: 1
Jaguar: 3
Jeep: 2
Toyota: 2
MB: 8 --3-83 300TD
2-83 300D
1-81 300SD
1-84 300SD
		1-83 300CD For sale ready to restore 
with new floors and some new body 
panels. Offers?


Still have 18 of them. I really need to 
haul some to the junkyard.


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Re: [MBZ] And the price keeps dropping...

2021-01-09 Thread MG via Mercedes

We got ours Thursday.

Allan Streib via Mercedes wrote:

What stimulus checks? I haven't gotten anything.


Dan Penoff via Mercedes  writes:


Wonder why stimulus checks haven’t bought this car yet?

https://tampa.craigslist.org/psc/cto/d/palm-harbor-2003-mercedes-e320/7259288771.html 


He keeps dropping the price. Looks decent from what I can see. Too bad I’m not 
in the market, I would look at it otherwise.

-D


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Re: [MBZ] 4X4 Niss-Cedes

2020-12-31 Thread MG via Mercedes
I love our old  03 Tacoma. It has the 
cyl with over 5K miles and no leaks. The 
AC even works without any refills yet. 
The only thing is that it gets about 20 
mpg. The new one a TRD Sport with the 6 
cyl gets 25 and better on the road so 
that is the one we use the most for 
trips to Orlando and such.


MG

Dan Penoff via Mercedes wrote:

Allan,

How do you like your Nissan Frontier?

I ask because I’ve always wanted a small pickup truck for utility purposes, and 
the Frontier was always my first choice. I’ve yet to follow through on this, 
but as I near retirement I will probably pull the trigger.

-D


On Dec 29, 2020, at 9:57 PM, Allan Streib via Mercedes  
wrote:

I've thought about putting an OM617 in my '04 Nissan Frontier. It has a
5-speed manual and the gearing seems about right. But the factory V6 is
running perfectly, the biggest issue with the vehicle is rust.

Allan

Kevin Kraly via Mercedes  writes:


Here’s some competition for the Mazcedes

https://portland.craigslist.org/clk/cto/d/battle-ground-4x4-nissan-turbo-diesel/7254177424.html


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Re: [MBZ] Somebody needs this

2020-12-08 Thread MG via Mercedes
I've seen those on trucks that haul dump 
trailers.


Floyd Thursby via Mercedes wrote:
What is that big tank thing in back?  Hydraulic fluid?  This looks like 
something used to drag trailers around a yard, not really a road-going 
truck


--FT

On 12/7/20 8:26 AM, Mitch Haley via Mercedes wrote:

On 2020-12-06 22:43, Buggered Benzmail via Mercedes wrote:

What’s a “wet kit”?


Something you typically see only in trucks.
Oh, it is a medium duty truck.
In that case, a wet kit is a PTO driven hydraulic system, like for 
running a tilt bed.


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Re: [MBZ] Rental house update

2020-10-28 Thread MG via Mercedes
I hate to be a downer but if he suddenly 
finds out that his company isn't 
relocating and he wants you to send his 
money back YOU MIGHT WANT TO WAIT 
TILL A MONTH AFTER HIS CHECKS CLEAR.


Randy Bennell via Mercedes wrote:

On 27/10/2020 2:57 PM, Kaleb Striplin via Mercedes wrote:
Aside for some small deals such as replacing some outlet covers the 
house is ready to go. Had some interest then nothing. Last couple of 
days we had a flurry of responses. Guy we decided to go with is 
relocating here due to work from Oregon. Everything checks out with 
him and he will be sending us the signed lease and cashiers check 
overnight for first month rent and deposit. This is a sight unseen 
deal. First for us but I guess this sort of thing is common with 
people relocating for work. Guy says he will be here for at least a 
year. My thought is usually with relo with companies if they do leave 
early I suspect the company buys them out of their current lease. Or 
so I have heard. We offered them a walk thru video but they didn’t 
need it.



So, he has not seen the house, but you have not seen him either? What do 
you mean by "everything checks out with him"?  Did you get any 
references? Do a credit check on him? Check with his "company" to see if 
he exists and is being transferred out your way? Ask if he has dogs he 
is bringing with?


Given all of your past troubles with tenants, I should think you might 
be more careful. It strikes me as odd that he didn't care to see what it 
looks like.


RB


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Re: [MBZ] A New Oil Specification for GDI Engines

2020-10-04 Thread MG via Mercedes
If the hose is cut couldn't you just stick the little straw from 
an ether spray can into the hose that goes into the manifold and 
give it a shot there?


Curt Raymond via Mercedes wrote:

 That same engine is in a Pisten Bully PB200, ours actually has an OM352LA 
(turbo/intercooled). It also has the ether injector but ours has the hose cut. 
Is liquid ether available? It'd be awesome to have it working again and not 
have to pull the air cleaner to give it a little snort.
-Curt

On Sunday, October 4, 2020, 10:09:14 AM EDT, Jim Cathey via Mercedes  wrote:  
 
 > Engines have had DDI, Diesel Direct Injection, for quite a while, as

well as DII, Diesel Indirect Injection, ala  Benz OM engines of all
sorts.


The OM352, as used in Unimogs and trucks, is DDI.  You can use
starting fluid on them.  My Mog even has a dash-mount pump for
starting fluid!  (And no glow plugs.)

GDI, if working right, should have better fuel economy.  This is because
the entire charge doesn't have to be mixed at the stoichiometric ratio in
order to prevent detonation.  Same benefit as for diesel engines.

-- Jim


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Re: [MBZ] A New Oil Specification for GDI Engines

2020-10-04 Thread MG via Mercedes
That would explain it. I had myself worried that I'd missed 
something.
Would be nice if our new Toy had that setup. Instead I'm told 
that they do something at idle to help clean the carbon off the 
injectors.


Peter Frederick via Mercedes wrote:

Ignition.  It's Sunday and I'm a quart low on coffee

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Re: [MBZ] A New Oil Specification for GDI Engines

2020-10-04 Thread MG via Mercedes




Peter Frederick via Mercedes wrote:



Daimler "fixed" that in the aero engines (and the original 300 Gullwing) by 
putting the injector in the cylinder wall so it was covered by the piston during 
injection.  Very expensive.



Did you possibly mean "ignition" rather then "injection"?

Can't see how the injector being covered by the piston during 
injection is going to work very well.



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Re: [MBZ] Headlight polishing

2020-09-30 Thread MG via Mercedes
I have also heard of some who used the newer ceramic polishes for 
the paint on a car. Can't remember which one but a search on you 
tube will turn up quite a few ways to go about it.


Allan Streib via Mercedes wrote:

In one of the blog posts I read about this subject, the author used
urethane spar varnish as a clear coat on his refinished plastic
headlights. Claims it stays clear and stops/slows further UV
damage. Using the Focus as a testbed, I might try it on one light and
use 303 on the other light and see how they compare over time.

Allan


Dan Penoff via Mercedes  writes:


Headlight film, such as Lamin-X, won’t prevent UV degradation, but it will slow 
it down. I don’t use it on my plastic lensed cars, but I do on the ones with 
glass lenses, as it eliminates things like “sandblasting” that occur over time.

Good stuff, I highly recommend.

-D


On Sep 30, 2020, at 12:21 AM, Peter Frederick via Mercedes 
 wrote:

Headlight protection film or the glass lenses?  


I've not used any, should show up in a google search though.

Glass lenses are better if you can find them for your vehicle.



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Re: [MBZ] California is banning sales of new gas-powered cars by 2035.

2020-09-30 Thread MG via Mercedes
I have 8 and they are all plastic. Only one showed a leak 
previous to my ownership.


Allan Streib via Mercedes wrote:

Mitch Haley via Mercedes  writes:


Did the W123 have mechanical oil gauge its entire life?


My '83 300D does, and IIRC the line is steel not plastic.

Allan

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Re: [MBZ] 1991 350SDL Vacuum pump

2020-09-23 Thread MG via Mercedes
If this is the same system as the one on my daughter's SD, the 
pump locks and unlocks both the doors and the gas door. So if the 
doors lock and unlock then the pump is not your problem.



If the tubing is good then the next place to look is the air pod 
for the gas door, or there could also be a bend in the rod that 
may be causing friction so the pod is unable to move the rod.




Patrick Atuonah via Mercedes wrote:

Thanks to Dan for your suggestion. I managed to open the fuel door.

The re is no air leak anywhere in the tubing as Max mentioned. I am
suspecting the vacuum pump in the trunk has gone south.

Anyone have a good vacuum pump laying around? This model has an orthopedic
driver's seat.
PM me if you have one.

Thanks for your help

Patrick
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Re: [MBZ] OT: replace fan on video card?

2020-09-19 Thread MG via Mercedes

The river of warrior women will also have them.

Sometimes they have 4 little screws in the corners that go into 
the fins on the heat sink to hold them on.


Allan Streib via Mercedes wrote:

My computer has an older video card, this one specifically:

https://www.techpowerup.com/gpu-specs/radeon-hd-7470-oem.c299

The cooling fan no longer works. When the GPU gets too hot, the screen
goes black and the computer locks up hard.

Seems like it should be straigtforward to replace the fan. Anyone got
good ideas for where to find a compatible one?

Allan


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Re: [MBZ] Highest Mileage MB You’ve Owned

2020-09-11 Thread MG via Mercedes

330K and counting 83 300TD. Still going strong.

Kaleb Striplin via Mercedes wrote:
The 330k mile CDI I got from poos is the highest mile car I have had that I have driven. I do have a 450k mile SDL sitting in the back 40 I got from Curley years ago. 


Sent from my iPhone


On Sep 11, 2020, at 8:30 AM, Bob Rentfro via Mercedes  
wrote:

478K miles, 1977 240D, manual

Bob R

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Re: [MBZ] Long distance car deals

2020-08-19 Thread MG via Mercedes

You are just too nice a person to ever think like that.

Andrew Strasfogel via Mercedes wrote:

Diabolical! Why didn't I think of that?

On Tue, Aug 18, 2020, 6:57 PM MG via Mercedes  wrote:


Tell him to show up with cash and he will get the car and title.

What he wants sounds like enough to register the car in his name
and then send the cops to claim it.

Kaleb Striplin via Mercedes wrote:

I got some dude off benzworld wanting to buy my cab. He says he wants to

wire me the money but wants a copy of the registration, and my ID. I have
had people wire money before on cars but don’t recall them needing this.
Does this sound fishy?

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Re: [MBZ] Long distance car deals

2020-08-18 Thread MG via Mercedes

Tell him to show up with cash and he will get the car and title.

What he wants sounds like enough to register the car in his name 
and then send the cops to claim it.


Kaleb Striplin via Mercedes wrote:

I got some dude off benzworld wanting to buy my cab. He says he wants to wire 
me the money but wants a copy of the registration, and my ID. I have had people 
wire money before on cars but don’t recall them needing this. Does this sound 
fishy?

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Re: [MBZ] cheap 240D 4spd

2020-08-10 Thread MG via Mercedes

That's the ones made for the clown cars!

Craig via Mercedes wrote:

On Sun, 9 Aug 2020 14:37:36 -0400 Floyd Thursby via Mercedes
 wrote:


https://raleigh.craigslist.org/cto/d/cary-1981-mercedes-240d/7174281797.html


   Good little diesel project going for cheap
   145,000 original miles
   Fresh set of Barnum Tires
   Runs rides and stops, just rough around the edges.
   This is the 4 speed manual version.
   Comes with a huge tub of parts including trim, gaskets, filters, clutch
   plates, and a New Old Stock AC compressor


Barnum Tires? As in Barnum and Bailey?


Craig

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Re: [MBZ] ***SPAM*** RE: Samsung refrigerators

2020-07-13 Thread MG via Mercedes
We have a warm water one at the club. Warm being at least 120deg. 
It is a small (for a restaurant unit) 1 rack unit and runs on 110 
but it's not for home use being 36x36x72 inch (wxdxh).
Like Scott says it is noisy and fast at about 90 sec per cycle 
but dishes do need to be pre rinsed and scrubbed of any stuck on 
food as this is more or less just a sanitizer even though it is 
called a dishwasher.


Kaleb Striplin via Mercedes wrote:
How do you hook one of those up in your house?  That would be 
interesting.  So restaurants go out of business so they probably file 
bankruptcy on that business, then start a new business and buy their old 
equipment for pennies on the dollar?  That is the American way isn't?


On 7/12/2020 8:12 PM, Scott Ritchey via Mercedes wrote:
Faster than that, like 1 min per rack.  And the whole rack (usually 
plastic) lifts out to carry the clean load to the shelves or pre-load 
for the next cycle.  There are warm water and hot water vesions.  The 
warm water version requires a disinfectant.  The hot water types are 
so hot that no additive is needed but they put out a LOT of steam.



-Original Message-
From: Mercedes [mailto:mercedes-boun...@okiebenz.com] On Behalf Of
Greg Fiorentino via Mercedes
Sent: Sunday, July 12, 2020 3:06 PM
To: 'Mercedes Discussion List' 
Cc: Greg Fiorentino 
Subject: [MBZ] ***SPAM*** RE: Samsung refrigerators

I think the only fast dishwashers today are commercial ones. My 
cousin is in

the restaurant biz and often attends the frequent going out of business
auctions. At one of these he bought a bunch of commercial dishwashers 
that
complete the cycle in 15-20 min. He has one in his home. I went along 
on one
of these trips and learned some interesting stuff, like that some of 
the stuff
was being purchased by the principals of the restaurants that went 
out of

business, going into a new business.

Greg

-Original Message-
From: Mercedes [mailto:mercedes-boun...@okiebenz.com] On Behalf Of
Kaleb Striplin via Mercedes
Sent: Sunday, July 12, 2020 11:05 AM
To: Mercedes Discussion List
Cc: Kaleb Striplin
Subject: Re: [MBZ] Samsung refrigerators

I think all dishwashers these days take that long or longer due to 
conservation
etc. We had a fairly recent Maytag that we bought 5 years ago they 
took 3-4
hours on the heavy duty cycle. The Bosch we have now takes a little 
under 3

hours on heavy duty.

Sent from my iPhone


On Jul 12, 2020, at 12:46 PM, Andrew Strasfogel via Mercedes

 wrote:

On the subject of dishwashers, our beloved 2006 KithcenAid is acting
like it will give up the ghost any day soon.  Makes an embarrassingly
loud noise during its cycle, although the dishes still emerge 
sparklingly clean.


Price on a comparable replacement KitchenAid has risen to $850 and up,
so I have been looking at Bosch, Samsung, GE and Whirlpool models with
a third rack that are in my price range.

Had a Bosch dw in the old house and it was very quiet but the cycle
took 2+ hours which is way too long.  Don't know if they have solved
that problem by now.  Samsung has the best features but I have heard 
some

bad things.





On Sun, Jul 12, 2020 at 1:33 PM Allan Streib via Mercedes <
mercedes@okiebenz.com> wrote:

I've never had great luck with ice makers. Mostly they clog up and
stop working. The ice maker in my GE started leaking, ruined the
floor and stained the ceiling below before I noticed it. That was
about a year after the in-door water dispenser quit. Design flaw,
they routed the water line too close to the interior and it is 
prone to

freezing up.

Allan

Floyd Thursby via Mercedes  writes:


I have one like that too. Bottom ice maker quit working, called
repair (I bought extended warranty from Lowes), guy came and changed
the filler tube, which froze and burst. some cheap plastic bit.
Bottom ice maker works when it wants to, has been working OK for the
last few months but doesn't put out like it should. I have to
occasionally reset it when it quits cycling. So far temps have been
OK. Repair guy told me that most new fridges are PsOS due to energy
savings issues, the motors run full out when they run, and they
cycle more often, which burns them out more frequently than the old
ones that were big and just ran.

--FT

On 7/12/20 11:08 AM, Kaleb Striplin via Mercedes wrote:

Avoid Samsung refrigerators. They are piles of crap. We bought a
new expensive french door model back in around 2017. The reason we
went with this model was because it had an ice maker in the door
and one in the bottom freezer. At first everything was fine but
within a short time the top ice maker turned into a pile of junk.
It constantly freezes up with big chunks of ice and gets jammed.
90% of the time it does not work unless you thaw it out then it
will work for a day or 2 maybe. Bottom ice maker has always 
worked fine.


I am sitting here in my chair in the living room which is just
right behind the refrigerator on the other side of the wall (open
floor plan), heard 

Re: [MBZ] Turbo Diesal, very good on gas. Duel DVD players

2020-07-12 Thread MG via Mercedes
My diesels don't do so good on gas. Maybe I need to get one of 
these new diesels.


Allan Streib via Mercedes wrote:

FYI -- (not mine)

I am selling a very Nice Mercedes ALL WHEEL DRIVE!
It is a Turbo Diesal Bluetech with only 88,000 miles.
Very Good on gas 24MPG
Fully Loaded with all power options and remote start!!
Back up camera!
Duel DVD players in the rear.
Towing package.
Ice cold ac!
Heated seats!
This Mercedes has to many options to list!!
Just come see for yourself.

LOCATED INDIANAPOLIS IN

12,500$

https://indianapolis.craigslist.org/cto/d/indianapolis-mercedes-gl320-awd-88k/7156624010.html

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Re: [MBZ] So basically it is airborne and anything less than a N95 is a waste of time?

2020-07-11 Thread MG via Mercedes
It is possible that is what he meant but what confused me was 
that he said

===
If it matters, my filters are all in the cold air return grates, 
not in the air handler.


-D
===
Since I consider that what returns to the air handler is warm 
air, the mention of cold air return confused me. Mind you 
something not very hard to do. ;-)


MG

Mitch Haley via Mercedes wrote:

On Fri, July 10, 2020 8:04 am, MG via Mercedes wrote:

Because the dust will probably catch on the interior of the
supply duct before it even gets to any filters that may be in the room
supply vents.


I think Dan said they're in the room return vents.
(in HVAC speak, supply is what comes out of the heating/cooling appliance
and return is what goes into it)

If you see a reduction of dust accumulation in the living area, the dust
is going somewhere.
If the device is downstream of the existing filters it's not going into
the filters.
Therefore the supply duct walls are a likely suspect.

Mitch.

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Re: [MBZ] So basically it is airborne and anything less than a N95 is a waste of time?

2020-07-10 Thread MG via Mercedes
Because the dust will probably catch on the interior of the 
supply duct before it even gets to any filters that may be in the 
room supply vents.


MG

Jim Cathey via Mercedes wrote:

"the charged plasma induces particles to coagulate or stick together making
them bigger and easier for your filter to catch"


And to complete the sentence: "... assuming they ever make it around through the
room and into the filter, which they won't."

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Re: [MBZ] So basically it is airborne and anything less than a N95 is a waste of time?

2020-07-10 Thread MG via Mercedes
So wouldn't it make more sense to have that device in the return 
air flow before the air gets to the filter into the air handler? 
 But then that depends on where your filter is. In my system I 
have two filters, the first is in the return duct grill before 
the air and dust in the house gets into the intake duct and then 
another one before the air handler, so in that case this plasma 
device would be between the two filters so that the dust that has 
coagulated doesn't get into the evaporator fins to eventually 
clog it up.


I may have to get one of these.

MG

OK Don via Mercedes wrote:

From the web site:
"the charged plasma induces particles to coagulate or stick together making
them bigger and easier for your filter to catch"

On Thu, Jul 9, 2020 at 8:12 AM Jim Cathey via Mercedes <
mercedes@okiebenz.com> wrote:


I noticed a lot less dust collecting on surfaces

So, where _did_ the dust end up?  On the walls of the ducts?

-- Jim


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Re: [MBZ] w123 2.88 diff anyone?

2020-07-04 Thread MG via Mercedes
Here is the list that I found. Note that probably the diff from a 
second gen 126 will not bolt into a 123 but the 85 126 will work 
in the 123. So you have 4 vehicles as donors, the 123 300d, 300cd 
and 300td and the 126 300sd. All of those are 85's.


Compatibility

Different final drives

The differential is the same on a w1114, w115, w116, w123 and 
w126 (first generation) a first generation w126 diff will fit on 
a w114,but wont fit on a 1986 w126.


If you are switching to a final drive from a v8 to a car without 
v8, you have to switch the yoke, and with that the “spacer washer”.

Final drive gear ratios
R107

1st Generation mounting
1972-1980, 350 SL/SLC, M116, 3.46, 1.1 Liter
1973-1980, 450 SL/SLC, M117, 2.65 / 3.06, 1.3 Liter
1981-1985, 380 SL, M116, 2.47, 1.3 Liter
1981-1982, 380SLC, M116, 2.47, 1.3 Liter
2nd Generation mounting
1986–1989, 560SL, M117, 2.47 / 2.47 ASR / 2.47 LSD, 1.3 Liter
w114

1968-1976, 230, M180, 3.69 / 3.92, 1.1 Liter
1968-1972, 250, M114, 3.69 / 3.92, 1.1 Liter
1972-1976, 250, M130, 3.69 / 3.92, 1.1 Liter
1969-1976, 250C/CE, M130, 3.69 / 3.92, 1.1 Liter
1972-1976, 280/E, M110, 3.69 / 3.92, 1.1 Liter
1972-1976, 280C/CE, M110, 3.69 / 3.92, 1.1 Liter
w115

1968–1976, 200, M121, 3.92 / 4.08, 1.1 Liter
1968–1976, 200D, OM615, 3.92, 1.1 Liter
1968–1973, 220, M115, 3.92 / 4.08, 1.1 Liter
1968–1976, 220D, OM615.941, 3.92, 1.1 Liter
1973–1976, 230.4, M115, 3.69, 1.1 Liter
1973–1976, 240D, OM616.916, 3.69, 1.1 Liter
1974–1976, 240D 3.0/300D, OM617.910, 3.46, 1.1 Liter
w116

1973–1980, 280S/280SE/280SEL, M110, 3.69, 1.1 Liter
1973–1980, 350SE/350SEL, M116, 3.46, 1.1 Liter
1973–1980, 450SE, M117, 3.06 / 3.07, 1.3 Liter
1973–1980, 450SEL, M117, 2.65 / 3.06 / 3.07, 1.3 Liter
1975–1980, 450SEL 6.9, M100, 2.65 LSD, 1.3 Liter
1978–1980, 300SD, OM617.950, 3.07, 1.1 Liter
w123

1977–1978, 230, M115, 3.69 (3.58) 1.1 Liter
1977–1983, 240D, OM616.912, 3.69, 1.1 Liter
1977–1981, 280E/280CE M110, 3.58, 1.1 Liter
1977–1985, 300D, OM617.912, 3.46, 1.1 Liter
1979–1980, 300TD, OM617.912, 3.46, 1.1 Liter
1981-1984, 300TD, OM617.952, 3.07, 1.1 Liter
1982-1984, 300DT, OM617.952, 3.07, 1.1 Liter
1982–1984, 300CD, OM617.952, 3.07, 1.1 Liter
1985, 300TD, OM617.952, 2.88, 1.1 Liter
1985, 300D, OM617.952, 2.88, 1.1 Liter
1985, 300CD, OM617.952, 2.88, 1.1 Liter
Euro Spec w123

1981-1985, 300TD, OM617.912, 3.46, 1.1 Liter
1982-1985, 300D, OM617.912, 3.46, 1.1 Liter
1982–1985, 300CD, OM617.912, 3.46, 1.1 Liter
1978–1985, 240TD, OM616.912, 3.69, 1.1 Liter
1978–1985, 280TE, M110, 3.58, 1.1 Liter
w126
1st Generation w126

Years,Model, Engine, Differential Ratio, Differential Case Size

1981-1984, 300 SD, OM617.951 3.0L I5, 3.07, from 10.1984: 2.88, 
1.1 Liter

1985, 300 SD, OM617.951 3.0L I5, 2.88, 1.1 Liter
1984-1985, 380 SE+SEL, M116.963 3.8L V8, 3.27,  from 1981-10, 
2.47, 1.3 Liter

1982-1983, 380 SEC, M116.963 3.8L V8, 2.47, 1.3 Liter
1984-1985, 500 SE+SEL, M117.963 5.0L V8, 2.82, from 1981-10, 
2.24, 1.3 Liter

1984-1985, 500 SEC, M117.963 5.0L V8, 2.24/2.24 LSD (2.47?) 1.3 Liter
2nd Generation w126

Years, Model, Engine, Differential Ratio, Differential Case Size
1989-1991, 300 SE, M103.981 3.0L I6, 3.46 1 Liter
1988-1991, 300 SEL, M103.981 3.0L I6, 3.46, 1 Liter
1986-1987, 300 SDL, OM603.961 3.0L I6, 2.88, 1.1 Liter
1991, 350 SD, OM603.97 3.5L I6, 2.82, 1.3 Liter
1990-1991, 350 SDL, OM603.97 3.5L I6, 2.82, 1.3 Liter
1986-1991, 420 SEL, M116.965 4.2L V8, 2.47, 1.3 Liter
1986-1991, 560 SEL, M117.968 5.6L V8, 2.47 ASR/2.47, 1.3 Liter
1986-1991, 560 SEC, M117.968 5.6L V8, 2.47 ASR/2.47 LSD/2.47, 1.3 
Liter


MG


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Re: [MBZ] Happy 220D engine day

2020-06-16 Thread MG via Mercedes
We are driving our OM617 down to Orlando on 6/17. That 
is a 240 mile round trip. Not a very large distance but 
it will get it out to stretch it's legs.


MG

Kevin Kraly via Mercedes wrote:

May your OM615 run well on this 6/15!
Kevin in Hillsboro, OR
2019 Sprinter 12 passenger 144WB 875 miles, Low Mileage Lutgard AKA Der 
DoodleWagen
1982 240D, High Mileage Hildegard with a low mileage engine, no new news 


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Re: [MBZ] URO w124 grille

2020-05-30 Thread MG via Mercedes
Not me. I would give anyone at least $500 for a good 
clean rustfree 300TD. As long as the AC and everything 
else works.


MG

Kaleb Striplin via Mercedes wrote:

Who among us is cheap?

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On May 30, 2020, at 5:53 AM, Dan Penoff via Mercedes  
wrote:

Not easy to find, and often pricey. People will see the OE prices and try to 
price used accordingly.

And because some of us are cheap.

-D


On May 29, 2020, at 10:52 PM, Andrew Strasfogel via Mercedes 
 wrote:

So why didn't either of you buy a good used OE grille?


On Fri, May 29, 2020 at 9:48 PM Dimitri Seretakis via Mercedes <
mercedes@okiebenz.com> wrote:

To be honest, the fit is not terrible, better than the one on my w123. The
biggest issue I have with these grilles is that they rust. This car will be
driven in the winter so it could be a problem, whereas the w123 never sees
salt so much less of an issue.

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On May 29, 2020, at 9:01 PM, Dan Penoff via Mercedes <

mercedes@okiebenz.com> wrote:

I must confess that I bought one of their W124 grilles in an effort to

be frugal a few years ago when I had the 93 400E. It never made it on the
car, I tossed it. The badge opening was not punched out properly as yours,
and the angle of the grille from the centerline was not correct, either, so
it didn’t match the hood line properly, either.

Live and learn, I guess. It just confirmed that everything they make is

garbage. I’ve learned my lesson. I totally understand your position,
though. Better an ill fitting grille frame than none at all.

-D





On May 29, 2020, at 8:51 PM, Dimitri Seretakis via Mercedes <

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I replaced the grille on my (formerly Dwight’s) 300D 2.5 Turbo with an

aftermarket uro grill made in Taiwan ( I know, I know, could not justify
$700 for OE if it exists even). The hole that accepts the star was too
small so I had to grind it wider with a dremel. Aside from that it fit ok
and looks nice. I will expect to start seeing rust within a year because
that’s what the aftermarket grilles do! I will just keep polishing and
waxing it as best as I can.

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Re: [MBZ] 240D rehab/clutch

2020-05-17 Thread MG via Mercedes
If the car hasn't been used for a long time it may be 
that the disk is rusted to the flywheel. That has 
happened more then once on some cars I have had.


If you can start it in gear you should be able to break 
it loose by sudden acceleration deceleration while 
holding the clutch down.


MG

Kaleb Striplin via Mercedes wrote:
Yea but in this case noting does happen, can’t shift it into gear. 


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On May 16, 2020, at 5:02 PM, Jaime Kopchinski via Mercedes 
 wrote:

When the clutches are really good, pressing the pedal does feel like
nothing is connected.  If the pedal comes back up when you push it down,
that’s a really good sign.

Jaime



On Sat, May 16, 2020 at 5:07 PM Kaleb Striplin via Mercedes <
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Got this 81 240D moved into the shop and jacked up. I examined the
underside and discovered it’s going to need all the typical 123 front end
work. Will need ball joints, tie rods, and control arm bushings for sure.
Have not looked at the upper control arms yet. Basically I probably need to
just redo the entire front end. Also needs at least a front flex disk and
center support. Moved on to the clutch. I hooked my pressure bleeder up to
the brake reservoir then opened the bleeder on the slave cylinder and got a
good steady stream of fluid out, no bubbles. Let it run for a while. Does
this mean my issue is not air on the system? When pressing the clutch it
pushed down and comes right back up but does not feel like it is actually
doing doing anything. I pulled the under dash cover and nothing is
disconnected there. How do I go about figuring out what the actual issue is
as far as if it’s a master cylinder issue, slave cylinder or something else?

I want to get the clutch fixed first so I can at least move the car
around. After I do that the next priority is getting the lift going because
I do not want to do all this front end and driveshaft working laying on my
back under the car. Screw that.

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Re: [MBZ] Sticking my neck out

2020-05-15 Thread MG via Mercedes
I'm with you. I read almost all the emails and those 
that don't interest me at the first few words get the 
trash bag.


MG

Allan Streib via Mercedes wrote:

I like seeing the pointers to cars for sale, because I don't use
Facebook nor do I have the time to browse craigslist, copart, hemmings,
eBay, et. al. in their hundreds of locales.

I also like knowing whether people think something is priced high, low,
or about right. I don't have a barometer on that myself. Though
admittedly with an older car it's much more about the condition and
history of the specific example than it is about age or mileage alone.

I get a laugh out of some of them too, such as the recent "made for
Audubon."

I don't know about everyone else but I very often skip dozens of emails
just based on the subject. With the lockdown I'm reading the list a bit
more, but earlier this year I would maybe open about 10% of the emails.

Maybe those of us who don't want to see these can set up a filter in our
own email account to put them in a separate folder or auto-trash them or
whatever.

Allan

Randy Bennell via Mercedes  writes:

OK, I am sticking my neck out here because I am going to complain about 
the list.


It is really going downhill and if this continues we will fade away.

I am tired of reading about how people think that anyone offering an old 
Mercedes for sale is on crack.


There is very little point in posting all of these ads for cars that we 
will likely never buy.


If you want to advise us of a car for sale, just tell us about it and 
post the link. We don't need to know that you think the vendor is on drugs.


We can form our own opinions on the subject.

Let us get back to the real original intention of this list.

Tell us about your car(s). Good or bad. Issues you have or have had and 
repaired.


Trips you have taken with them. Tell us stories.

Go off topic if you have something else interesting to share. Curt's 
Coleman stories are a good example.


Some of you are no doubt interested in other things. Don and his 
aircraft are an example.


RB




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Re: [MBZ] Sticking my neck out

2020-05-15 Thread MG via Mercedes
That's true I have only 330k or so now. My wife's 
Tacoma has over 360 and doesn't leak anywhere.


Randy Bennell via Mercedes wrote:

On 14/05/2020 4:38 PM, MG via Mercedes wrote:
Well the past couple of months my 83 TD has been running exceptionally 
well.
Could it be because of a much higher quality of fuel then we have been 
getting?


How many miles on it? Maybe you finally have it broken in.

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Re: [MBZ] Sticking my neck out

2020-05-14 Thread MG via Mercedes
Well the past couple of months my 83 TD has been 
running exceptionally well.
Could it be because of a much higher quality of 
fuel then we have been getting?


Randy Bennell via Mercedes wrote:
OK, I am sticking my neck out here because I am going to complain about 
the list.


It is really going downhill and if this continues we will fade away.

I am tired of reading about how people think that anyone offering an old 
Mercedes for sale is on crack.


There is very little point in posting all of these ads for cars that we 
will likely never buy.


If you want to advise us of a car for sale, just tell us about it and 
post the link. We don't need to know that you think the vendor is on drugs.


We can form our own opinions on the subject.

Let us get back to the real original intention of this list.

Tell us about your car(s). Good or bad. Issues you have or have had and 
repaired.


Trips you have taken with them. Tell us stories.

Go off topic if you have something else interesting to share. Curt's 
Coleman stories are a good example.


Some of you are no doubt interested in other things. Don and his 
aircraft are an example.


RB


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Re: [MBZ] Amazon is floundering

2020-05-02 Thread MG via Mercedes

Thank you Allen,
That is interesting. The seller has three adds and 
only one is
shipped by Amazon. Amazon may only ship the item 
if you have

prime or pay for 2nd day.

I also see the Free return and wonder if Amazon is 
restocking
those items  and sending them out as new. That 
would account for
a lot of the comments of parts missing and torn or 
damaged boxes

that one sees in the reviews.

MG


Allan Streib via Mercedes wrote:

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07PZ6ZN3R

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Re: [MBZ] Amazon is floundering

2020-05-01 Thread MG via Mercedes

link to part please

MG

Allan Streib via Mercedes wrote:

Ordered a part on Monday. Today, Friday, it has not yet even shipped.

They used to ship most stuff within a day if not hours.

Allan

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Re: [MBZ] Cheap 87 300D in Poosland

2020-04-29 Thread MG via Mercedes
So am I but damed if I'm going to go look at a pig 
in a poke. As long as some people insist on doing 
Fakebook I'm out of contact.


MG

Floyd Thursby via Mercedes wrote:

But you are our Florida Man

--FT

On 4/29/20 10:01 AM, Dan Penoff via Mercedes wrote:

Port Orange is not in my area. Day trip.

-D

On Apr 29, 2020, at 9:54 AM, Floyd Thursby via Mercedes 
 wrote:


https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/619869058868531

1987 Mercedes 300D Diesel
$800
Vehicles

›
Cars

Listed 3 days ago in Port Orange, FL 




Details
…

*
   Condition
   Used - Good

1987 Turbo Diesel Mercedes. Will start and run but has noise in top 
end. Could be a injector, Belt tensioner , or loose valve. . I have a 
video of running. Just ask Located in South Daytona. Clean Title in 
hand. Local delivery available. $950 . O.B.O.

Port Orange, FL

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Re: [MBZ] Cafe au lait oil?

2020-04-29 Thread MG via Mercedes
Disconnect that line from the tank and put it into 
a glass of water and look for bubbles. Keep the 
connection on the tank closed with your finger and 
keep the cap on it.


MG

Dimitri Seretakis via Mercedes wrote:

Right but I don’t have a radiator neck, I have a coolant expansion tank with 
the hose entering the tank up high. How will I see bubbles or coolant surge in 
this situation?

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On Apr 28, 2020, at 8:32 PM, Dan Penoff via Mercedes  
wrote:

The bubble part is what I was saying earlier….

-D


On Apr 28, 2020, at 7:48 PM, G Mann via Mercedes  wrote:

CHANGE THE OIL IMMEDIATELY< AND FILTER.
Oil with water is the kiss of death to bearing surface... DO NOT run engine
till it has clean oil.

Then, run engine and watch for bubbles in radiator tank.. if head gasket is
leaking, engine compression overpowers coolant pressure and compression gas
will bubble up...
If gasket is really leaking, the coolant will surge up the filler neck each
time you rev up the engine...
If it's a little seep leak, you will get bubbles...
If you have bubbles or surge... head gasket replacement...


On Tue, Apr 28, 2020 at 4:01 PM Dimitri Seretakis via Mercedes <
mercedes@okiebenz.com> wrote:

Yes zerex GO5 replaced in 2012, car driven only a few thousand miles
since. Been sitting in unheated garage for 3.5 years without getting
started. Oil was changed 4.5 years ago.

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On Apr 28, 2020, at 5:49 PM, Peter Frederick via Mercedes <

mercedes@okiebenz.com> wrote:

Could just be condensation -- I'd change the oil and filter pronto, no

more idling!

Sadly, it's more likely a head gasket if you have coolant loss.

You did keep proper anti-corrosive coolant in there, not green stuff,

right?

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Re: [MBZ] sheet metal glue

2020-04-13 Thread MG via Mercedes
Oh forgot to say that I used small ductwork sheet 
metal screws. Very sharp point and short. Worked 
great.


MG

Allan Streib via Mercedes wrote:

Long-ish story, but I'm working on making a custom transisition piece
between two non-standard duct sizes. I have mocked up what I need to
make using paperboard, but for the sheet metal I'll need to connect a
few lap seams. I recall that auto panel assembly now uses some sort of
glue rather than spot welds. Is this something I can find at FLAPS or am
I better off using screws or pop-rivets? I don't have a spot welder.

And yes it needs to be sheet-metal not insulated duct board.

Allan

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Re: [MBZ] Wasn't Someone

2020-04-08 Thread MG via Mercedes
I put it in my 83 300TD. The only problem was 
figuring out which wires to connect where. It 
works great but only has a full up and full down 
position. On the original if you have the switch 
in the middle position it only went up half way 
and for full up you had to push the switch to the 
up position. This antenna does not have the extra 
wire or the solenoid to do the half way. I could 
never see the point of that on the original 
antenna as the radio reception would be lousy 
except if the station was close so I always had it 
in the full up position anyway.


MG

Dan Penoff via Mercedes wrote:

You need to report back on how this worked out, and what car you used it on. 
Looks like it could be an economical replacement for the Hirschmann.

-D


On Apr 8, 2020, at 9:15 AM, MG via Mercedes  wrote:

Insane price! I just bought a whole replacement antenna assembly and 10 or more 
different seals for various cars for only $32.99 on Amazon.

https://smile.amazon.com/gp/product/B07XGN8FG3/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o03_s00?ie=UTF8=1

MG

Rick Knoble via Mercedes wrote:

Looking for these a while back?
https://www.atpartsmotor.com/index.php?lay=show=cat_show_pro_detail=156016
Rick

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Re: [MBZ] Wasn't Someone

2020-04-08 Thread MG via Mercedes
Insane price! I just bought a whole replacement 
antenna assembly and 10 or more different seals 
for various cars for only $32.99 on Amazon.


https://smile.amazon.com/gp/product/B07XGN8FG3/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o03_s00?ie=UTF8=1

MG

Rick Knoble via Mercedes wrote:


Looking for these a while back?

https://www.atpartsmotor.com/index.php?lay=show=cat_show_pro_detail=156016

Rick




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Re: [MBZ] OT - No Nuclear Kitty

2020-04-03 Thread MG via Mercedes
I had a dog years ago that needed thyroxine. Vet 
gave me a prescription for it and told me to go 
the the locally owned small town drugstore down 
the street and I would get it for a couple of 
dollars a month. It was always just expired people 
meds and always worked. Doubt that you can now 
adays get this at a CVS or Eckards.


MG

Curt Raymond via Mercedes wrote:

 My parents have a diabetic cat, she's been insulin dependent for I don't 
remember how long, 5-6 years probably. The only reason they can afford it is 
because my mother used to work at an old folks home and the nurses that still 
work there get her expired insulin. Interestingly insulin is insulin, the stuff 
they give to cats is the same as they give to people. Old folks often don't use 
up a vial before it expires and it normally gets tossed out.
The cat is nearing the end time, she can't be bothered to make it to the litter 
box all the time anymore. My mother ends up shampooing their carpet almost 
every day. I wouldn't keep a cat through something like that but its their 
cat...
-Curt

On Thursday, April 2, 2020, 8:29:19 PM EDT, Kaleb Striplin via Mercedes  wrote:  
 
 Good lord I can't imagine people spending money at a vet on a cat.  
There are so many cats out there if it kicks off just go get another cat.


On 4/2/2020 7:24 PM, Dan Penoff via Mercedes wrote:

I’ve mentioned that Kitty has hypothyroidism, a common malady for cats as they 
age, and that we were going to have her treated using radioactive iodine-131,1. 
Part of preparing for the treatment is to have bloodwork done to assess the 
level of thyroid hormones, which is also done at least annually just to get 
levels and assess their drug treatment and dosage if that’s being done.

I had to go into work on Monday on short notice, so the wife takes Kitty to the 
vet. Wife has not takes an animal to the vet in easily 10 years, if that. Kitty 
goes with me every time, she’s calm, doesn’t vocalize, etc., etc. This no doubt 
stressed her. The vet isn’t allowing people into the building, so it’s like a 
drive up/drop off thing and the doctor calls you once they see the animal and 
discusses treatment, tests and so forth. Even more stressful.

So no call for a good 20 minutes, maybe more. Wife is wondering what’s up. Get 
a call from vet, daughter of our original vet who has since retired and sold 
off his practice. She says Kitty has had a “cardiac event” while they were 
trying to draw blood. Said she cried out and slumped over. Doesn’t think Kitty 
will see lunch time. They get a line in her and are putting fluids into her and 
giving her oxygen. Wife is freaking out.

Vet says they want to keep her over night. Nope. If she’s stressed and close to 
crossing the rainbow bridge, we don’t want it happening in a kennel in the back 
of the vet’s office. Vet says she wants to keep her until at least lunch time, 
when she’ll call us and give us an update.

I get home, wife is all worked up, understandably. Vet calls. Kitty is resting 
quietly and responsive. I’m coming to get her.

I get Kitty home and she’s clearly out of sorts. We walk around the house and 
refamiliarize, despite her being a little wobbly. Normal behavior after being 
out of the house. She gets a tin of her favorite turkey and gravy and goes to 
sleep in her favorite place on the couch.

Vet calls later in the day and wants to know if she’s OK. Tells me she probably 
won’t make it to the next day.

She’s sitting on my desk in front of my keyboard right now, asleep. Faced Death 
and kicked it’s ass. She’s definitely not 100%, but close. Based on behaviors 
we’ve seen in other cats we’ve owned it’s likely she suffered some sort of mild 
stroke from the stress. Her vocalizations have changed, which is weird. She 
sometimes sits and stares, like she’s forgotten why she was there. She’s still 
doing all of her daily stuff, like walking around the pool with me every 
morning and taking a few drinks from it.

So it’s unlikely we’ll mess with the nuclear stuff. We’ll let Nature take it’s 
course until she’s in pain or can’t function comfortably then we’ll help her 
go. You hate like heck to lose a pet, but when I think about it I also think 
about when the wife rescued her 16+ years ago from the side of the road in a 
thunderstorm, all 8 ounces of her. Vet said she probably wouldn’t make it to 
the next day then, but like now, she’s not going to let someone dictate when 
she goes, dang it.

-D/King Kitty
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Re: [MBZ] ***SPAM*** ? Aeronca

2020-04-02 Thread MG via Mercedes
I would have to ask my BIL about the details. In 
any case it is all in pieces. The wings are wood 
and partially still covered. Hasn't been flyable 
since probably the 70's when he bought it as a 
student at Embry Riddle. It was in his garage 
since then. Lots of boxes of all kinds of stuff, 
including the complete repair manuals in a counter 
stand. Must be about a foot thick in the binding. 
The engine was a small like 65 hp continental also 
in pieces.


He took it apart with the intention of rebuilding 
it and then life got in the way when he went to 
work for Delta up in Atlanta.


G Mann via Mercedes wrote:

Does it have log books?
Engine?
What year?
How long since flown or had annual?
Wood wing spars?
Stored inside?
I'm interested maybe...

On Thu, Apr 2, 2020 at 3:26 PM MG via Mercedes 
wrote:


If you want another project I have almost all of
the parts for an Aeronca Chief.

MG

OK Don via Mercedes wrote:

I pulled the roller up and down the runway today, and managed to get the
Tailwind onto it's gear today. The second airframe is the Woddy's Pusher
project, with the Cessna in the back.
[image: on wheels 1.jpg]

On Wed, Apr 1, 2020 at 7:08 PM Craig via Mercedes 
On Thu, 2 Apr 2020 00:04:57 + (UTC) Curt Raymond via Mercedes
 wrote:


 I went fishing. Caught one very small brook trout. Saw two others rise
but not take the lure.My equipment was somewhat wanting. Most of the
lures I have are too big. I ordered some more today. -Curt

Do you ever use salmon eggs?

I remember using those when we went camping in the California central
coastal range in about 1964.


Craig

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Re: [MBZ] ***SPAM*** ?

2020-04-02 Thread MG via Mercedes
It has/had an n number and was registered wouldn't 
know where to find the data plate.


OK Don via Mercedes wrote:

I would be, if I thought I'd live long enough to get it to flying condition
...

It needs a data plate and N number to be able to be legal.

On Thu, Apr 2, 2020 at 5:26 PM MG via Mercedes 
wrote:


If you want another project I have almost all of
the parts for an Aeronca Chief.



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Re: [MBZ] ***SPAM*** ?

2020-04-02 Thread MG via Mercedes
If you want another project I have almost all of 
the parts for an Aeronca Chief.


MG

OK Don via Mercedes wrote:

I pulled the roller up and down the runway today, and managed to get the
Tailwind onto it's gear today. The second airframe is the Woddy's Pusher
project, with the Cessna in the back.
[image: on wheels 1.jpg]

On Wed, Apr 1, 2020 at 7:08 PM Craig via Mercedes 
wrote:


On Thu, 2 Apr 2020 00:04:57 + (UTC) Curt Raymond via Mercedes
 wrote:


 I went fishing. Caught one very small brook trout. Saw two others rise
but not take the lure.My equipment was somewhat wanting. Most of the
lures I have are too big. I ordered some more today. -Curt

Do you ever use salmon eggs?

I remember using those when we went camping in the California central
coastal range in about 1964.


Craig

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Re: [MBZ] A new type of fire extinguisher

2020-03-29 Thread MG via Mercedes
I remember about 15 years ago, or maybe a bit 
more, an old Prof at UF was working on something 
like that including a hand grenade smoke bomb 
thing for use by firemen who would just pull the 
pin and throw it into a burning room and the smoke 
of whatever chemical would put out the fire. 
Wonder if this came from that idea.


Dr. Green, if I recall right, was in his early 
20's in the Pacific area during WWII as a 
navigator with the Army Air Force. While doing 
that he came up with the first iteration of the E2 
flight calculator for the bombers to use. He once 
showed me the originals that he made. A really 
interesting character sharp as a tack for all his 
age at the time.


MG

Dan Penoff via Mercedes wrote:

That’s what I was thinking. It sure looks like one when they use it. There was 
some mention of the chemical(s) used in it on their web site.

-D



On Mar 28, 2020, at 12:12 PM, Jim Cathey via Mercedes  
wrote:

It's a flare, essentially, is it not?  One that spews anti-combustants
of some form.

-- Jim


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Re: [MBZ] OT - Kitchen Cabinets

2020-03-25 Thread MG via Mercedes

That's the one!

Randy Bennell via Mercedes wrote:

Don't be so clumsy?

RB


On 25/03/2020 5:20 PM, MG via Mercedes wrote:

Nope, way off.

Randy Bennell via Mercedes wrote:

Rubber dishes?

RB


On 25/03/2020 1:07 PM, MG via Mercedes wrote:

You do know there is a cure for that, right?

MG



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Re: [MBZ] OT - Kitchen Cabinets

2020-03-25 Thread MG via Mercedes

Nope, way off.

Randy Bennell via Mercedes wrote:

Rubber dishes?

RB


On 25/03/2020 1:07 PM, MG via Mercedes wrote:

You do know there is a cure for that, right?

MG

Andrew Strasfogel via Mercedes wrote:
We have the dark brown granite counter tops that were fashionable 20 
years
ago.  They do NOT stain but are truly impressive at breaking 
glassware when

dropped from cabinet height..

On Tue, Mar 24, 2020 at 11:45 AM OK Don via Mercedes 


wrote:

We had granite counter tops installed in the kitchen that got the 
Kraftmaid
cabinets. We were only there 5 years, but had no increase in broken 
dishes,
and no stains. The granite now is factory impregnated with a sealant 
that
is very good. We have had a granite topped table since that last 
kitchen
re-do, 13 years now, and it's been totally trouble free, other than 
being

rather heavy to move - between 400 and 500 pounds I'd guess.

Any bad press for granite staining is obsolete news.

On Mon, Mar 23, 2020 at 10:13 PM Craig via Mercedes 

wrote:


On Mon, 23 Mar 2020 20:35:50 -0400 Scott Ritchey via Mercedes
 wrote:


IMO, granite may be trendy but it's a poor material for a countertop.
Expect to replace a lot of dish and glass ware.
Because we heard of granite's propensity to absorb stains, we 
decided to
go with manufactured stone. The one we chose was LG Viatera, 
ordered from

Lowe's.

We also had porcelain tile installed on the floor; that was the 
source of

some broken dishes, but the counters were not.


Craig

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Re: [MBZ] OT - Kitchen Cabinets

2020-03-25 Thread MG via Mercedes

You do know there is a cure for that, right?

MG

Andrew Strasfogel via Mercedes wrote:

We have the dark brown granite counter tops that were fashionable 20 years
ago.  They do NOT stain but are truly impressive at breaking glassware when
dropped from cabinet height..

On Tue, Mar 24, 2020 at 11:45 AM OK Don via Mercedes 
wrote:


We had granite counter tops installed in the kitchen that got the Kraftmaid
cabinets. We were only there 5 years, but had no increase in broken dishes,
and no stains. The granite now is factory impregnated with a sealant that
is very good. We have had a granite topped table since that last kitchen
re-do, 13 years now, and it's been totally trouble free, other than being
rather heavy to move - between 400 and 500 pounds I'd guess.

Any bad press for granite staining is obsolete news.

On Mon, Mar 23, 2020 at 10:13 PM Craig via Mercedes 
On Mon, 23 Mar 2020 20:35:50 -0400 Scott Ritchey via Mercedes
 wrote:


IMO, granite may be trendy but it's a poor material for a countertop.
Expect to replace a lot of dish and glass ware.

Because we heard of granite's propensity to absorb stains, we decided to
go with manufactured stone. The one we chose was LG Viatera, ordered from
Lowe's.

We also had porcelain tile installed on the floor; that was the source of
some broken dishes, but the counters were not.


Craig

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Re: [MBZ] OT - Ceiling Fan/Electrical Quandary

2020-03-24 Thread MG via Mercedes
That's what I have used. Allows you to move the 
box from side to side and position it just where 
you need it. I also add a drywall screw into each 
claw to make sure it will stay. Suspenders and 
belt you know!


MG

Dan Penoff via Mercedes wrote:

That may be my approach. The (ventilation) fan isn’t far from where the ceiling 
fan will go.

As for a junction box, I’m using one of the retrofit fan brace/junction box 
setups to hang the fan. They’re an expandable rod with spikes in each end that 
dig into the sides of the ceiling joists.The junction box clamps onto the rod 
to secure it. I’ve used them before to retrofit ceiling fans and they work 
quite well.

https://www.amazon.com/Hubbell-Raco-936-Ceiling-Fan-Support/dp/B000HEIYHA 
<https://www.amazon.com/Hubbell-Raco-936-Ceiling-Fan-Support/dp/B000HEIYHA>

-D



On Mar 24, 2020, at 9:42 AM, MG via Mercedes  wrote:

It may depend on what kind of can lights they are. Some are made to be 
installed from below through the hole that they will sit in. Maybe you will be 
lucky and find that that is what you have. Or grab the wire to the light or 
ventilation fan through the hole for the new fan and if there is enough slack 
you can run it into the box for the new fan and not even bother with touching 
the original box. You were planning to have a junction box on the new fan right 
or is it some new thing that doesn't require one? It's been a few years since I 
last installed a ceiling fan.

MG

Dan Penoff via Mercedes wrote:

I didn’t elaborate on the ceiling fan, but it’s a Hunter that runs off a remote 
for everything - light and fan, dimmer and speeds. So I just need power to it 
all the time and nothing else. That’s why I was saying it could easily be on 
the light circuit as any time the lights are off the fan wouldn’t be in use 
anyway.
At this point it’s more of a matter to see if I can get to the junction boxes 
on either the ventilation fan or can lights. If I can get that resolved I can 
do the remote thing to control the ventilation fan. It’s only a foot or two 
away in the ceiling so there’s even the chance I could cut the hole for the fan 
support and get a hand up there to access the junction box. I can do the remote 
thingy from inside the fan enclosure.
Hmm.
-D

On Mar 22, 2020, at 3:32 PM, Buggered Benzmail via Mercedes 
 wrote:

Yeah that’s probably more what it is. I have these fans that I put in, they’re switched but a little RF remote works the light and fan operation. I know there are similar things for lights. So you could leave the power on at the wall switch then turn the fan or light on with their respective remotes. 
There are those Alexa and google lights too but they need WiFi to make the lights work. 
--FT

Sent from iPhone


On Mar 22, 2020, at 11:55 AM, Curt Raymond via Mercedes  
wrote:

"Remote switch" is really a relay. "Alexa turn on the fan" there are a variety 
out there...
-Curt

 On Sunday, March 22, 2020, 11:50:07 AM EDT, Dan Penoff via Mercedes  wrote:  
Example? Not sure what you mean by “remote switches”.


-D


On Mar 22, 2020, at 11:47 AM, Buggered Benzmail via Mercedes 
 wrote:

Get some remote switches, you can leave the power on constantly but switch the 
fixture

--FT
Sent from iPhone


On Mar 22, 2020, at 11:30 AM, Dan Penoff via Mercedes  
wrote:

So here’s the deal:

I want to install a ceiling fan on the ceiling of our master bathroom. The roof 
pitch over this part of the house makes it nearly impossible for me to access 
the area from above. On opposite sides of the bathroom are sink/counter areas 
with can lights in the ceiling. There is also a ventilation fan in the ceiling 
as well.

My initial thought was to connect up to one of the can lights (they are 
controlled together by the same switch) and just run the ceiling fan off of 
their circuit. It’s highly unlikely that the ceiling fan would be needed if the 
lights are off. But - since these are can lights the junction boxes are on the 
outsides of the fixtures, meaning I can’t get to the junction boxes from below 
because the fixtures were installed from the attic space. At least I believe 
that to be the case, that I couldn’t dismantle the fixtures from below and drop 
them out the opening. I can probably snake a wire across the ceiling from one 
of the can lights to the location where the fan would be installed.

The alternative is to utilize the same feed to the ventilation fan, but that 
means it would have to be on if the ceiling fan was to operate unless I rigged 
some means of turning off the ventilation fan locally, like with a chain/pull 
switch or something like that. The proximity to the ceiling fan would probably 
make this impossible. Not an ideal situation.

Worst case scenario would be to run a feeder through the attic space (I could 
possibly get a wire from parts of the attic I can access to the ceiling of the 
bathroom) all the way back to the distribution panel, but that’s all the way on 
the opposi

Re: [MBZ] OT - Ceiling Fan/Electrical Quandary

2020-03-24 Thread MG via Mercedes
It may depend on what kind of can lights they are. 
Some are made to be installed from below through 
the hole that they will sit in. Maybe you will be 
lucky and find that that is what you have. Or grab 
the wire to the light or ventilation fan through 
the hole for the new fan and if there is enough 
slack you can run it into the box for the new fan 
and not even bother with touching the original 
box. You were planning to have a junction box on 
the new fan right or is it some new thing that 
doesn't require one? It's been a few years since I 
last installed a ceiling fan.


MG

Dan Penoff via Mercedes wrote:

I didn’t elaborate on the ceiling fan, but it’s a Hunter that runs off a remote 
for everything - light and fan, dimmer and speeds. So I just need power to it 
all the time and nothing else. That’s why I was saying it could easily be on 
the light circuit as any time the lights are off the fan wouldn’t be in use 
anyway.

At this point it’s more of a matter to see if I can get to the junction boxes 
on either the ventilation fan or can lights. If I can get that resolved I can 
do the remote thing to control the ventilation fan. It’s only a foot or two 
away in the ceiling so there’s even the chance I could cut the hole for the fan 
support and get a hand up there to access the junction box. I can do the remote 
thingy from inside the fan enclosure.

Hmm.

-D


On Mar 22, 2020, at 3:32 PM, Buggered Benzmail via Mercedes 
 wrote:

Yeah that’s probably more what it is. I have these fans that I put in, they’re switched but a little RF remote works the light and fan operation. I know there are similar things for lights. So you could leave the power on at the wall switch then turn the fan or light on with their respective remotes. 

There are those Alexa and google lights too but they need WiFi to make the lights work. 


--FT
Sent from iPhone


On Mar 22, 2020, at 11:55 AM, Curt Raymond via Mercedes  
wrote:

 "Remote switch" is really a relay. "Alexa turn on the fan" there are a variety 
out there...
-Curt

  On Sunday, March 22, 2020, 11:50:07 AM EDT, Dan Penoff via Mercedes  wrote:  


Example? Not sure what you mean by “remote switches”.

-D


On Mar 22, 2020, at 11:47 AM, Buggered Benzmail via Mercedes 
 wrote:

Get some remote switches, you can leave the power on constantly but switch the 
fixture

--FT
Sent from iPhone


On Mar 22, 2020, at 11:30 AM, Dan Penoff via Mercedes  
wrote:

So here’s the deal:

I want to install a ceiling fan on the ceiling of our master bathroom. The roof 
pitch over this part of the house makes it nearly impossible for me to access 
the area from above. On opposite sides of the bathroom are sink/counter areas 
with can lights in the ceiling. There is also a ventilation fan in the ceiling 
as well.

My initial thought was to connect up to one of the can lights (they are 
controlled together by the same switch) and just run the ceiling fan off of 
their circuit. It’s highly unlikely that the ceiling fan would be needed if the 
lights are off. But - since these are can lights the junction boxes are on the 
outsides of the fixtures, meaning I can’t get to the junction boxes from below 
because the fixtures were installed from the attic space. At least I believe 
that to be the case, that I couldn’t dismantle the fixtures from below and drop 
them out the opening. I can probably snake a wire across the ceiling from one 
of the can lights to the location where the fan would be installed.

The alternative is to utilize the same feed to the ventilation fan, but that 
means it would have to be on if the ceiling fan was to operate unless I rigged 
some means of turning off the ventilation fan locally, like with a chain/pull 
switch or something like that. The proximity to the ceiling fan would probably 
make this impossible. Not an ideal situation.

Worst case scenario would be to run a feeder through the attic space (I could 
possibly get a wire from parts of the attic I can access to the ceiling of the 
bathroom) all the way back to the distribution panel, but that’s all the way on 
the opposite side of the house.

I’m looking for ideas here. This is a pretty creative bunch, help me identify a 
solution I have’t yet thought of.

Thanks!

-D
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Re: [MBZ] It just keeps getting worse

2020-03-21 Thread MG via Mercedes

Amen.

Dan Penoff via Mercedes wrote:

Cashed in his chips?

-D


On Mar 21, 2020, at 1:45 PM, Kaleb Striplin via Mercedes 
 wrote:

I think he was in poor health for quite some time. Not related to the virus as 
far as I know.

Sent from my iPhone


On Mar 21, 2020, at 12:25 PM, Peter Frederick via Mercedes 
 wrote:

The likelyhood of passing away increases dramatically with age.

Sadly 81 isn't that much older than me!

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Re: [MBZ] Hey, here's a noncontroversial Benz idea

2020-03-21 Thread MG via Mercedes
Cassio g-shock. If you go below 350 feet then you 
are probably dead anyway, unless you are a real 
professional.


Peter Frederick via Mercedes wrote:

Seiko 7009 no matter what I'm doing except when immersion in water is part of 
it.  Take it off then.
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Re: [MBZ] 124 brakes

2020-03-21 Thread MG via Mercedes




Peter Frederick via Mercedes wrote:

Rears are identical, clean the calipers well and use some anti-sieze on the 
slots to help preventing brake drag (this is a real problem on the wagon for 
some reason).

Fronts are easier as it's a single piston floating caliper.  Remove one slide 
bolt, rotate the floating half up and remove pads, press piston back in, put 
new pads in, and rotate floating half back down and install bolt.

Only thing to watch for is getting the spring on the pads installed correctly, they have to ride on the flats on the sidle of the slot in the floating half.  Easy to get them in the slot, which is not good. 


Wear sensor is very similar.
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Re: [MBZ] LIST MOM was OT: other effects of wuhan CV

2020-03-21 Thread MG via Mercedes

Dan,
really???

Overreaction

I'm with Meade.

MG

Meade Dillon via Mercedes wrote:

Please moderate me for the duration of Curly's moderation.
-
Max
Charleston SC
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Re: [MBZ] Case in point: How to lie with statistics

2020-03-20 Thread MG via Mercedes
It still comes in glass bottles? All I've looked 
at in the stores are in plastic. In any case your 
method will probably work quite well, unless you 
don't want to buy a bottle just to find out.


MG

Craig via Mercedes wrote:

On Fri, 20 Mar 2020 11:55:36 -0500 MG via Mercedes
 wrote:

If it says 'contains quinine' on the bottle then 
it should. If I remember right quinine fluoresces 
under UV light so you could hit it with your AC 
leak detector light and see what happens


But you cannot aim the light at the bottle and see -- glass absorbs UV --
you have to pour some out and aim the light directly at the liquid.


Craig

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Re: [MBZ] Case in point: How to lie with statistics

2020-03-20 Thread MG via Mercedes
If it says 'contains quinine' on the bottle then 
it should. If I remember right quinine fluoresces 
under UV light so you could hit it with your AC 
leak detector light and see what happens


MG.

Clay via Mercedes wrote:
So,  I should increase intake of Gin and Tonic?


I wonder if Schweppes still uses original recipe in their tonic

clay


On Mar 19, 2020, at 5:16 PM, archer75--- via Mercedes  
wrote:

If chloroquine does prove to be the magic bullet that controls the coronavirus 
epidemic, it will be a remarkable coincidence since the organism it has been 
killing for 70+ years; a protzoan; is completely unrelated to the virus that 
causes coronavirus infection. That's based on current knowledge, but there may 
be biochemical similarities that explain it. The protozoan is easily seen via a 
clinical microscope such as below:




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Re: [MBZ] '79 300TD on BAT with a "saffron" interior

2020-03-16 Thread MG via Mercedes

Mellow yellow

Andrew Strasfogel via Mercedes wrote:

The color or the spice?

On Mon, Mar 16, 2020 at 12:35 PM Greg Fiorentino via Mercedes <
mercedes@okiebenz.com> wrote:


I'm just mad about saffron

G

-Original Message-
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Strasfogel via Mercedes
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Subject: [MBZ] '79 300TD on BAT with a "saffron" interior

Maple yellow and in amazing shape.  I love the Becker Mexico cassette,
assuming the wonder bar works properly..

This should attract some serious interest, unless bidders need to
sell stock to finance their classic car hobby.


https://bringatrailer.com/listing/1979-mercedes-benz-300td-4/?utm_source=dailymail_medium=email_campaign=2020-03-16
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Re: [MBZ] Desperately need a W123 driver's door or door shell

2020-02-12 Thread MG via Mercedes
Then when you add the cost of the used door and 
the freight shipping, it might be a bit more then 
you thought. Depending on where it came from.


Andrew Strasfogel via Mercedes wrote:

Repair cost would exceed installation/replacement with a less rusty door.

On Wed, Feb 12, 2020 at 12:42 PM Andrew Strasfogel 
wrote:


It's at the body shop.  I have no reason to doubt their expertise...

On Wed, Feb 12, 2020 at 12:42 PM Randy Bennell via Mercedes <
mercedes@okiebenz.com> wrote:


How bad is it? Maybe you can have it repaired rather than replacing the
whole door.

RB

On 12/02/2020 9:01 AM, Andrew Strasfogel via Mercedes wrote:

Mine has given way to the tin worm.  Anyone have or know of a relatively
decent W123 LF door for my 300TD?  It is getting ever so close to 1

million

miles (currently 378 K and climbing, although slowly...).

Contact me privately or publicly. I have nothing to hide.

Andrew
300TD
White/blue
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Re: [MBZ] Replacement Key Head for 124

2020-01-14 Thread MG via Mercedes
At the UF print lab where they will do printing 
for a reasonable cost they have a printer that 
uses a carbon fiber embedded plastic that they 
have used to produce motorcycle brake and clutch 
levers that are almost impossible to break.


MG

Dan Penoff via Mercedes wrote:

Something as a small as a key head won’t take a lot of material or time. The 
question is, what would be durable enough for a key head? Once you can identify 
the right material, there are a number of offerings that have short lengths 
that come in an assortment of colors.

-D



On Jan 14, 2020, at 8:47 AM, Meade Dillon via Mercedes  
wrote:

I'll try to find something which can be dyed the same color as the car,
I've got too many black MB keys now and need a more elegant way to keep
track of which keys go with which car.  Maybe color-coding will be the
answer, although I would hate to ruin a perfectly good key head simply to
change the color.  Maybe the second key for each car, or a third spare
key...
-
Max
Charleston SC


On Tue, Jan 14, 2020 at 8:41 AM Dan Penoff via Mercedes <
mercedes@okiebenz.com> wrote:


Sure. Send me the files and I’ll knock them out.

Do understand that there are a wide range of materials available for 3D
printing. Look here:


https://smile.amazon.com/s?k=3d+printing+filament=2JF2L95MP97R2=3d+printing%2Caps%2C258=nb_sb_ss_i_2_11

Look down at the choices under “3D Printing Materials”. There are a number
of different materials to print with, all of which have different
characteristics depending on what you’re printing. The most common material
is PLA, but it’s probably not ideal for something like a key head. You can
get filament that has real wood in it to look wood grained, for example,
along with all sorts of other stuff.

-D




On Jan 14, 2020, at 8:23 AM, Meade Dillon via Mercedes <

mercedes@okiebenz.com> wrote:

Sounds like I need to find (or create) the files to make the two halves

of

the key head and send them down to you for printing.
-
Max
Charleston SC


On Tue, Jan 14, 2020 at 8:17 AM Dan Penoff via Mercedes <
mercedes@okiebenz.com> wrote:


I got a printer courtesy of a credit card scam someone tried to

accomplish

on my youngest son. His credit card got compromised and someone ordered

two

3D printers with it. The bank reversed the fraudulent charges and he
thought that was it, not knowing what they were for. A few weeks later

two

3D printers show up at the house from some company in Taiwan. He

contacted

the company and the credit card people, and both of them said to keep

them

as I suspect it wouldn’t have been worth it to ship them back.

He didn’t want them so I kept one and gave the other to a coworker’s dad
who is a retired aerospace engineer. I think it’s an Ender 3 or

something

like that.

You don’t really have to have any design abilities. Just go to

Thingverse

or any number of other web sites that host 3D printer files and start
searching. The stuff you’ll find is amazing, and the materials to make

them

are relatively cheap. There are a bunch of Mercedes related things on
Thingverse.

I haven’t done anything significant with my printer, but it’s fun to
tinker with. Most of what I’ve made so far are enhancements for the

printer

itself.

-D



On Jan 13, 2020, at 6:35 PM, Curt Raymond via Mercedes <

mercedes@okiebenz.com> wrote:

I've often thought about getting a printer but I've got no skilz on the

design side making it fairly impractical. Our house is so small it'd be
inconvenient too ASFAIK prints easily run into tens of hours...

-Curt

 On Monday, January 13, 2020, 4:11:32 PM EST, Curley McLain via

Mercedes  wrote:

here's a printer for $200.  You can create the file, then go inta biz,


https://www.monoprice.com/product?p_id=40108=res_source=200109_email_seg_medium=email_content=cadet_button_campaign=200110_cadet_comingsoon=DM7722

Curt Raymond via Mercedes 
January 13, 2020 at 9:09 AM
I'd have thought somebody would have already designed one but a search
on Thingverse came up negative...
-Curt

On Sunday, January 12, 2020, 1:58:21 PM EST, fmiser 
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Re: [MBZ] Something for the guys who need to avoid deer

2019-12-18 Thread MG via Mercedes

OOPS!! I forgot the link.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/BDYV3N/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o02_s00?ie=UTF8=1


MG via Mercedes wrote:
Possibly something like this which doesn't rely on reflection from the 
ground. Cheap enough to buy one and see if it works and then get more 
for better coverage.


MG


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Re: [MBZ] Something for the guys who need to avoid deer

2019-12-17 Thread MG via Mercedes
Possibly something like this which doesn't rely on 
reflection from the ground. Cheap enough to buy 
one and see if it works and then get more for 
better coverage.


MG

G Mann via Mercedes wrote:

Any reason why the device could not be mounted on a stationary stand, clear
of runway [of course] and powered by a stand alone power supply?
Perhaps, use several of them with interlocking fields of coverage to shield
the entire runway and approaches?
Just a thought.

On Tue, Dec 17, 2019 at 12:34 PM OK Don via Mercedes 
wrote:


Hmm - sounded great for our runway where the deer like to gather at night,
making at least one low pass before landing at night necessary, until I
read "The Hornet must have an unobstructed view of the road surface and be
mounted in a forward direction at a 45° angle to the road surface, within a
height of 6 inches to 3 feet to achieve maximum effectiveness." A, I'm
approaching from at least 200 feet up, and B - the surface is grass, not
pavement.
Oh well, low passes are fun anyway ...

On Fri, Dec 13, 2019 at 4:43 PM Craig via Mercedes 
wrote:


I saw this in a trucking magazine and thought it might be useful for some
who live in deer areas (in the north, I would think, but not

necessarily):

http://xp3hornet.com/
The Hornet Electronic Deer Avoidance System

The Hornet uses the LATEST MILITARY TECHNOLOGY to clear your way.

The Hornet is your best protection against costly and deadly animal
related accidents. Using the latest military technology from the
field of high pitched, directional sonic bombardment, the Hornet's
precision turned sonic generator alerts deer and other animals of
your approach well before they can see or hear your vehicle.
Proprietary wave variance tuning enables the sonic impulse to carry
long distances. The Hornet is endorsed by major insurance companies
and is used by police and emergency vehicles nationwide with millions
of proven road miles. Proven effective at any speed, the Hornet is
electronically powered and does not rely on wind or air flow.


Craig

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--
OK Don

"Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to
pause and reflect." Mark Twain

"There are three kinds of men: The ones that learns by reading. The few who
learn by observation. The rest of them have to pee on the electric fence
for themselves."

WILL ROGERS, *The Manly Wisdom of Will Rogers*
2013 F150, 18 mpg
2017 Subaru Legacy, 30 mpg
1957 C182A, 12 mpg - but at 150 mph!
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Re: [MBZ] I hate windows

2019-12-14 Thread MG via Mercedes
search for free windows 10 on youtube. I remember 
seeing it there


Max Dillon via Mercedes wrote:

I've got to move to Win 10 soon, where can I get it free or cheap?

Max Dillon
Charleston SC

Dec 14, 2019 8:40:49 AM ROGER HALE via Mercedes :


It's unfortunate that some of you hate Windows. I've used it since it was a 
separate app that ran on DOS. Win 3.1 was deviled by uncontrolled DLL files. 
Win 95 tried to be compatible with everyone. Win 98 was good. Win XP was really 
good. Rarely used Win 2000. Win 7 was extremely stable. But I like Win 10 best 
of all. I get periodic updates that load at night with no issues. I run it with 
Norton antivirus provided to me free by Comcast. Norton co-exits with Windows 
Defender both running together. I have never had a problem. I run Win 10 on two 
Dell Vostro business DTs (a 200 and 220) which I'll be converting over to Dell 
Vostro 470 business DTs. I don't expect any troubles. I don't run any odd 
software apps so I don't have problems. Get back to the basics and life is 
simpler.
Good luck and best wishes,
Roger
Roger Hale
Dinnerware Classics, Inc.
Monroe, Ga.
770-267-0850
www.dinnerwareclassics.com
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Re: [MBZ] OT more boars 

2019-12-13 Thread MG via Mercedes
Lots of fun. I have had one for a long time now 
and love to shoot it. Though I thought it was a 
Super Blackhawk in .44 magnum. Is that the same 
thing? Kicks about like the Dragoon with 30 grains 
of triple X in it.


MG

Curt Raymond via Mercedes wrote:

I've got a Blackhawk (I think it is anyway, single action) in .44. I've got a belt 
holster but it looks absurd with it's 10" barrel. Never shot it, I should get a 
box of ammo...

Curt

Sent from Yahoo Mail on Android 
 
  On Thu, Dec 12, 2019 at 5:27 PM, Dan Penoff via Mercedes wrote:   .44 Ruger Redhawk or larger in a chest holster. Alaskan back country backup as I was taught.


-D


On Dec 12, 2019, at 1:48 PM, Jim Cathey via Mercedes  
wrote:

Dangerous game is not a game.  There's a reason the African hunters of yore
always had a backup gun along, in the hands of a backup gunner.  If it were me,
I would have that _and_ a very hefty short-ish revolver, and damn the laws.  
Make the
primary weapon legal, and then do what you have to to ensure your life.  Maybe 
a nice
Bowie on the other hip?  Or a bayonet on the rifle?  A pig spear is probably a 
bit impractical.

-- Jim


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Re: [MBZ] oil grade for m119

2019-12-07 Thread MG via Mercedes

I have no idea. Let me know if you do it.

MG

Mitch Haley via Mercedes wrote:

Can we use a Chrysler diff housing?
Look what you have to pay for genuine Torsen to fit a 226mm Mopar/GETRAG
(click on Chrysler 300 / Dodge Charger)
https://torsen.com/aftermarket-sales/

Mitch.


On December 7, 2019 at 9:43 AM MG via Mercedes  wrote:

Given the over $2500 price...


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Re: [MBZ] oil grade for m119

2019-12-07 Thread MG via Mercedes
Last time I checked about a year ago they had one 
that would fit in the smaller diff housing on my 
123 TD. The problem was they couldn't tell me 
which ring and pinion setup I would need to match 
it and fit to the diff.  Given the over $2500 
price I didn't want to order one and then have to 
order and buy possibly all three or so of the 
rings to find out which one would work. If I knew 
someone in a good diff rebuilding place that would 
at least let me borrow the rings to try or whom I 
could trust to do the job right then I might 
revisit the idea.


MG

Mitch Haley via Mercedes wrote:

On December 5, 2019 at 1:47 AM Karl Wittnebel via Mercedes 
 wrote:

I have a 2.65 lsd in the wagon now. It will be fun to see if it is traction
limited with the new 606 turbo setup.


Has anybody like Quaife made a helical LSD for any of the common MBZ housings?

Mitch.

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Re: [MBZ] OT - do we have any structural engineers on the list?

2019-11-06 Thread MG via Mercedes
I'm not an engineer and haven't even played one on 
TV so I'm not making any claims that this will 
work for you.


  What my dad and I did on the porch we built on 
his house was to run cables with turnbuckles for 
adjustment from both inner corners to the opposite 
outside corners of the roof. That has held for 
over 35 years. Going just to the center may work 
but probably not as well.
In his porch the walls are sliding glass doors and 
the roof is aluminum 2x8 hollow beams with 
fiberglass corrugated panels on them. Probably 
less resistance to shifting and racking than the 
roof you have with the plywood. The whole porch is 
about 20x35 with monolithic slab on the ground so 
no racking or shifting of the floor there. In your 
case I might be very easily talked into doing the 
same cable tensioning under the floor just because.


MG

Randy Bennell via Mercedes wrote:

On 06/11/2019 11:23 AM, Curley McLain via Mercedes wrote:
Not registered, but I have done some on various projects.   Truss 
design, floor /roof load bearing etc.   What are you working with? 
Wood? Steel? concrete? combination?


Randy Bennell via Mercedes wrote on 11/6/19 11:19 AM:
I have a question I would like to pose to someone who knows more 
about the subject than I do.


I won't bore you with the details unless some one or more of you 
folks think you can offer some insight (or, maybe I will anyway, but 
I will need to figure out how to describe the issue first unless I 
post photos or drawings too).


Randy




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I shall try to describe the issue in words but if that proves to be a 
problem, I will either post some sketches or photos or both.


We have a screened porch on the back side of our house. It is roughly 10 
X 20 and the inner side is attached to the top of the basement wall of 
the house. The outer edge of the deck sits on a laminated beam that 
rests on 3 bell piles.


The "walls" are essentially 4 X 4 cedar posts standing on the deck and 
attached to a rim joist at the top. There are removable screen panels 
installed between the posts. There are 4 panels on the outer wall 
parallel to the house and 3 on each end.


The roof consists of a shed roof of 5/8 or 3/4 (cannot recall which)  
plywood on 2 X 10 rafters. The inner end is attached to the wall of the 
2 storey house. The outer ends sit on the rim joist attached to the top 
of the posts.


We built this in the summer of 1984. It sat pretty much perfectly true 
for many years. However we have had some dry summers and the porch and 
the house have moved a bit. The bell piles settled and a couple of 
summers ago I jacked the outer edge of the deck up about 4 inches along 
its length and inserted blocking on top of the 3 piles to level the 
porch as it was then lower on the outer edge than on the inner edge.


The outer wall of the porch also began to lean to the south. It was out 
by 2 inches or more on 8 feet. This summer, I pulled it back to plumb 
using a chain come-along.


My issue, is how to further brace it so that it will hopefully retain 
the current plumb status if I remove the come-along. I do not really 
want to put angled bracing in the "wall" of screens. My plan has been to 
put diagonal bracing in what would be the ceiling if it had a ceiling. I 
have collected materials to  make 2 roughly 10 foot steel rods with turn 
buckles in them that I propose to install. The plan is to attach the 
inner end of one to the rim joist at each end where the rim joist meets 
the wall of the house and to attach the outer end to the rim joist at 
the middle point of the outside wall.


I do wonder if this will be sufficient to hold the porch in place. The 
plywood sheathing on the roof obviously did not prevent the wall from 
leaning and I assume that my steel rods must act somewhat similarly to 
the roof sheathing.


Opinions will be appreciated.

Randy


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Re: [MBZ] 124/201 ball joint tool

2019-11-04 Thread MG via Mercedes

That would make a difference in the removal.

The only problem I have with heating a significant 
amount of a structural member is the question of 
what it does to the temper of the metal and hence 
the strength. I'd hate to be going around a corner 
at speed and have the piece give away. May look 
cool in a movie but


Meade Dillon via Mercedes wrote:

124 lower ball joints have the rim on the opposite side as a 123, so that
method won't work because the stem is in the way and needs to be dealt
with.  I usually cut off the stem with the saw-z-all in order to get
clearance to fit the press or to make a flat surface to pound on.  Leaving
the control arm mounted in the car means not much clearance between fender
and ball joint to swing a hammer.  The first set I did, I cut them off and
hammered them out, that was a lot of work.  Second set, rigged up adapters
to press them out after cutting off stem and heated up the arm / joint with
a torch, they pressed out pretty easy.
-
Max
Charleston SC


On Sun, Nov 3, 2019 at 8:40 AM MG via Mercedes 
wrote:


They must be in there a lot tighter then in the
123. I knocked the ball joints out of mine with
two hammers very easily. Put the ball of one
hammer on the bottom of the ball joint and then
hit the flat head of that hammer with a bigger
one. The round ball end supposedly collapses the
outside of joint and causes it to pull away from
the socket it sits in and the whole thing pops
right out with a few good hefty whacks.

I watched the tech do that with a set of ball
joints on another 123 so I knew it worked for them.

Max Dillon via Mercedes wrote:

The hazard fraught tool is a big C clamp, just one arm. The proper shop

tool is a complete 'O', like two C clamps that share one screw, so it is
very strong.

I think I found a place that sold aftermarket version once, but mucho

dinero. I'll check my book marks.

Removal is much easier with generous application of the blue wrench,

until the end of the control arm is just glowing dull red, and then hammer
that sucker right out.

Max Dillon
Charleston SC

Sat Nov 02 17:41:36 EDT 2019 Kaleb C. Striplin via Mercedes <

mercedes@okiebenz.com>:

I am getting ready to do ball joints on a 201. I have done a 124 before
using the HF tool and some sections of cast iron pipe connections for
adapters. With this setup I got it done on the 124 years ago but it was
a pain in the ass. I have located the pipe pieces I used but in the
move I have no idea where the HF ball joint tool went to. I figure this
would be a good time to just get the proper one. So, with that said,
what is the proper tool? Car has about 180K on it, should I just pull
the control arms and replace the bushings also? That requires another
special tool to press those in and out?


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Re: [MBZ] 124/201 ball joint tool

2019-11-03 Thread MG via Mercedes
They must be in there a lot tighter then in the 
123. I knocked the ball joints out of mine with 
two hammers very easily. Put the ball of one 
hammer on the bottom of the ball joint and then 
hit the flat head of that hammer with a bigger 
one. The round ball end supposedly collapses the 
outside of joint and causes it to pull away from 
the socket it sits in and the whole thing pops 
right out with a few good hefty whacks.


I watched the tech do that with a set of ball 
joints on another 123 so I knew it worked for them.


Max Dillon via Mercedes wrote:

The hazard fraught tool is a big C clamp, just one arm. The proper shop tool is 
a complete 'O', like two C clamps that share one screw, so it is very strong.
 
I think I found a place that sold aftermarket version once, but mucho dinero. I'll check my book marks.
 
Removal is much easier with generous application of the blue wrench, until the end of the control arm is just glowing dull red, and then hammer that sucker right out.


Max Dillon
Charleston SC

Sat Nov 02 17:41:36 EDT 2019 Kaleb C. Striplin via Mercedes 
:
 
I am getting ready to do ball joints on a 201. I have done a 124 before 
using the HF tool and some sections of cast iron pipe connections for 
adapters. With this setup I got it done on the 124 years ago but it was 
a pain in the ass. I have located the pipe pieces I used but in the 
move I have no idea where the HF ball joint tool went to. I figure this 
would be a good time to just get the proper one. So, with that said, 
what is the proper tool? Car has about 180K on it, should I just pull 
the control arms and replace the bushings also? That requires another 
special tool to press those in and out?



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Re: [MBZ] tank patched

2019-11-02 Thread MG via Mercedes

Wish I was there. Sounds like it will be fun.

Buggered Benzmail via Mercedes wrote:
Strong work!  

Out here at the harvest festival at a park up the road a bit listening to friends play some bluegrass music. Marshgrass Mamas on soon. Road my bike up, 75F or so, was fall cool last night but warmed up nice. Sun is HOT. I’m smelling Q and seeing beer... could be deadly. 


--R
Sent from iPhone


On Nov 1, 2019, at 4:59 PM, Andrew Strasfogel via Mercedes 
 wrote:

DC area got another 1.5" of rain last night plus high winds and a power
outage on my street caused by a blown buried transformer buried in my front
yard.  It took several crews a couple hours to disconnect and retrieve the
old transformer and install an above ground box for easier access in case
of future needs.  The crew chief told me that these are a lot safer for the
crews - fire hazard is reduced.

On Fri, Nov 1, 2019 at 4:36 PM Dan Penoff via Mercedes <
mercedes@okiebenz.com> wrote:


Heh. I looked to see how could it was going to be for Halloween in my old
digs of Port Washington, WI yesterday. 37F high, 21F low. B!

Nearly 90F here yesterday, but a cold front went through last night so
it’s a comfy 85F and low humidity. Winter has arrived in Floriduh.

And nice patch job, Manfred.

-D



On Nov 1, 2019, at 3:44 PM, Randy Bennell via Mercedes <

mercedes@okiebenz.com> wrote:

Wish it was 65 F here. We are currently at 0 C which would be 32 F and

that is warmer than it has been. I bought another boat this week and my
younger son and I are going to haul it out to the cottage tomorrow for
winter storage under the carport.  I wish it were spring and we were going
to put it in the lake and try it out.

Randy


On 01/11/2019 3:33 PM, MG via Mercedes wrote:
Well I finally got around to fixing my fuel tank. Cut a piece of sheet

metal and put it on. It isn't as pretty a job as the factory did on the
fuel line spigot but it doesn't leak any more.

Good day to work today 65 deg all day. It was glorious.

MG



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Re: [MBZ] tank patched

2019-11-02 Thread MG via Mercedes

Thanks.

I kind of like the cooler here, not so much the 
cooler further up north.


Dan Penoff via Mercedes wrote:

Heh. I looked to see how could it was going to be for Halloween in my old digs 
of Port Washington, WI yesterday. 37F high, 21F low. B!

Nearly 90F here yesterday, but a cold front went through last night so it’s a 
comfy 85F and low humidity. Winter has arrived in Floriduh.

And nice patch job, Manfred.

-D



On Nov 1, 2019, at 3:44 PM, Randy Bennell via Mercedes  
wrote:

Wish it was 65 F here. We are currently at 0 C which would be 32 F and that is 
warmer than it has been. I bought another boat this week and my younger son and 
I are going to haul it out to the cottage tomorrow for winter storage under the 
carport.  I wish it were spring and we were going to put it in the lake and try 
it out.

Randy

On 01/11/2019 3:33 PM, MG via Mercedes wrote:

Well I finally got around to fixing my fuel tank. Cut a piece of sheet metal 
and put it on. It isn't as pretty a job as the factory did on the fuel line 
spigot but it doesn't leak any more.

Good day to work today 65 deg all day. It was glorious.

MG



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Re: [MBZ] tank patched

2019-11-02 Thread MG via Mercedes
Rig some skates and a sail on it and go ice 
sailing when the conditions are right. :-)


Randy Bennell via Mercedes wrote:
Wish it was 65 F here. We are currently at 0 C which would be 32 F and 
that is warmer than it has been. I bought another boat this week and my 
younger son and I are going to haul it out to the cottage tomorrow for 
winter storage under the carport.  I wish it were spring and we were 
going to put it in the lake and try it out.


Randy

On 01/11/2019 3:33 PM, MG via Mercedes wrote:
Well I finally got around to fixing my fuel tank. Cut a piece of sheet 
metal and put it on. It isn't as pretty a job as the factory did on 
the fuel line spigot but it doesn't leak any more.


Good day to work today 65 deg all day. It was glorious.

MG




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Re: [MBZ] tank patched

2019-11-02 Thread MG via Mercedes
Nah. Just have to rinse them good with water. I 
couldn't even get the light smoke to ignite. I 
think it was mostly steam from the water drying up.


Jim Cathey via Mercedes wrote:

Brazing diesel tanks is not safe, either.  I've done it, and it sucks.
My secret was to stuff a hose from the exhaust pipe of the lawn mower
into the filler neck.  The fumes going into the tank wouldn't burn, but the
ones coming out the pinholes would light like little candles.  Scary.

-- Jim


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Re: [MBZ] tank patched

2019-11-02 Thread MG via Mercedes
It is diesel. I just filled it with water and then 
emptied it a couple of times. Took out the 
strainer, level sender and all the hoses. Saw just 
a very light smoke coming out, probably due to the 
water drying. No flames anywhere at any time.


MG

Randy Bennell via Mercedes wrote:

On 01/11/2019 3:33 PM, MG via Mercedes wrote:
Well I finally got around to fixing my fuel tank. Cut a piece of sheet 
metal and put it on. It isn't as pretty a job as the factory did on 
the fuel line spigot but it doesn't leak any more.


Good day to work today 65 deg all day. It was glorious.

MG 



Looks good. Was this a diesel tank of gasoline? If the latter, what did 
you do to make it safe to braze it?


Randy


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[MBZ] tank patched

2019-11-01 Thread MG via Mercedes
Well I finally got around to fixing my fuel tank. Cut a piece of sheet 
metal and put it on. It isn't as pretty a job as the factory did on the 
fuel line spigot but it doesn't leak any more.


Good day to work today 65 deg all day. It was glorious.

MG
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Re: [MBZ] OT - Concrete Slab Construction

2019-10-31 Thread MG via Mercedes

I believe it was incorrect tension.

OK Don via Mercedes wrote:

The presence, or lack of them caused the collapse?

On Thu, Oct 31, 2019 at 2:01 PM Randy Bennell via Mercedes <
mercedes@okiebenz.com> wrote:


Post tensioning cables.

-D

Is that not what caused the problem with that pedestrian bridge to some
university down your way, that collapsed?

Randy






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Re: [MBZ] OT - Concrete Slab Construction

2019-10-31 Thread MG via Mercedes
If it's the top floor of the parking deck then it 
might be for solar hot water heating.


MG

Dan--- via Mercedes wrote:

Nope. If you closely, you can see the conduit (gray) run across the deck as 
well.

Note that it’s spaced pretty evenly in one direction, but the ones that cross 
at 90 degrees are grouped closely together.

It’s a mystery to us...

-D


On Oct 31, 2019, at 10:57 AM, Floyd Thursby via Mercedes 
 wrote:

Conduit for cables?

--FT


On 10/31/19 10:48 AM, Dan--- via Mercedes wrote:
Here’s a better picture now that it’s out of the shade.




On Oct 31, 2019, at 10:38 AM, Dan--- via Mercedes  wrote:

Nope. If you look closely, it’s not a loop or interconnected. The tubing is 
laid out in straight lines and in a grid arrangement, but it just ends up at 
the edge of the slab.

No need for floor heating in Florida. And the deck you see in the picture is 
for a parking garage.

-D


On Oct 31, 2019, at 10:23 AM, Floyd Thursby via Mercedes 
 wrote:

Probably heating tubes

--FT


On 10/31/19 10:18 AM, Dan--- via Mercedes wrote:
We’re puzzled by the red tubing that's being laid in the concrete floors of a 
high rise building being built in the next block. It’s clearly flexible, 
doesn’t appear to be interconnected as if it would be passing liquids or 
gasses, so what is it?

-D


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Re: [MBZ] 124 front ball joints - seems like I just did this job

2019-10-24 Thread MG via Mercedes
Also if it is at all like the 123, make sure to 
look at the torsion bar bushings on the firewall. 
If they are loose then the upper control arms will 
tend to move horizontally since the torsion bar 
acts as a front to back control for them. Found 
that out when I finally replaced them on the TD 
and saw how much of a difference it made in the 
front end control and quieted a clunking noise 
when putting on the brakes and going over some 
bumps. Yes those bushings were that loose. Almost 
1/8" of play in there. Hadn't wanted to do them 
because I figure it would be a pain in the butt. 
It was, but well worth it given the results.


MG

Max Dillon via Mercedes wrote:

Thanks!

Max Dillon
Charleston SC

Wed Oct 23 21:17:23 EDT 2019 Peter Frederick via Mercedes 
:
 

Jack up the wheel, lock the brakes, and apply significant force on the lug 
bolts with a wrench. Any movement in the bushings other that plain rotation 
will indicate wear. This works well for the rear links too, by the way.

Crack in the rubber bushings or obvious dislocation from center or wobbly 
steering not due to ball joints or tie rod ends (or drag link bushings) are 
also an indication they are bad.
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Re: [MBZ] Fuel tank

2019-10-21 Thread MG via Mercedes
I looked at POR-15 tank sealant and thought about 
it but the leak is due to a crack where a dent 
slightly folded the metal. I don't think there are 
any pin holes in the tank, or at least I hope not.


Randy Bennell via Mercedes wrote:
My father used to fix things like this with solder. Use a soldering iron 
rather than a torch. Much safer without flame.
I wonder also about getting the liquid sealing stuff that you pour into 
the tank and slosh around in case there are more pin holes about to appear.

Didn't we have a thread on that not too long ago?

Randy


On 21/10/2019 8:58 AM, MG via Mercedes wrote:
Found a small leak in my fuel tank on the 83 300TD yesterday. Called 
just now and MB wants over a thousand for a new one. Looks like I will 
be draining it and brazing the hole in the not too distant future 
unless I can find a good one pretty soon in a local U-pull.


MG

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Re: [MBZ] Fuel tank

2019-10-21 Thread MG via Mercedes

Now there's an idea.

Curley McLain via Mercedes wrote:
just use the putty patch. At least until Floyd scraps his td to provide 
you a tank.


70s datSUN peekups were notorious for leaking gas tanks.   I patched 
mine with Fruehauf aluminum, sheet metal screws and a generous dosage of 
some sealant in a caulking tube.  (sorry, I forgot what it was.   It 
held for years, probably until the truck was crushed.  they rusted above 
the seam, and mine was rusted out 18-24 inches, and at places inch size 
holes.


MG via Mercedes wrote on 10/21/19 10:04 AM:

May give that a try or some of that two part putty. Just for a temp fix.



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Re: [MBZ] Fuel tank

2019-10-21 Thread MG via Mercedes
May give that a try or some of that two part 
putty. Just for a temp fix.


Floyd Thursby via Mercedes wrote:
I had a pinhole in the bottom of the tank on my 75 Grand Prix back in 
college, I stopped by a shop one day and an old mech told me to rub a 
bar of soap on the hole to stop the leak, deal with it later.  I'd do 
that every now and then and it worked for quite awhile.  I finally took 
it to a shop and they took it off and drained it, etc. and soldered over 
the hole, or brazed it or something.  Whatever it was worked.


Reminds of an experience when I was about 14 or so.  Was riding my bike 
on a fairly busy street, cars going by.  I hear this godawful noise and 
look over and see this big gas tank skidding along the street behind 
this old station wagon.  Gas sloshing out all over the street, I'm 
thinking that thing is gonna spark and blow the hell out of me.  The old 
wagon coasts to a stop, the gas tank stops with no further drama, the 
woman gets out of the car and says, "I think I lost my gas tank."  Uh 
yeah looks like it.  I felt bad for her but it was pretty funny, all 
things considered.


--FT

On 10/21/19 9:58 AM, MG via Mercedes wrote:
Found a small leak in my fuel tank on the 83 300TD yesterday. Called 
just now and MB wants over a thousand for a new one. Looks like I will 
be draining it and brazing the hole in the not too distant future 
unless I can find a good one pretty soon in a local U-pull.


MG

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[MBZ] Fuel tank

2019-10-21 Thread MG via Mercedes
Found a small leak in my fuel tank on the 83 300TD 
yesterday. Called just now and MB wants over a 
thousand for a new one. Looks like I will be 
draining it and brazing the hole in the not too 
distant future unless I can find a good one pretty 
soon in a local U-pull.


MG

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Re: [MBZ] Tesla Model 3: More "Global Climate Change" than a Mercedes

2019-10-19 Thread MG via Mercedes
They should and do if they were set up right, with 
the right equipment and the battery back-up 
capabilities.


Scott Ritchey via Mercedes wrote:

Reminds me of a TV mystery where hospital patients died mysteriously day after 
day at about the same time.  It turned out that he cleanin lady unplugged 
ventilators temporarily so she could plug in the vacuum.

On a serious note, I have the important loads (well pump, fridge etc.) on a 
sub-panel that's connected to an automatic transfer switch.  The LP-fueled 
generator has logic to fire itself up and command the transfer switch.  Seems 
like solar systems should work like that too.


-Original Message-
From:  Dan> Penoff via Mercedes

NFPA 110 requirement, especially for hospitals or any Level 1 life safety 
facility.
Red outlets and covers designate a branch circuit connected to backup power
source(s). Gotta make sure Grandpa’s respirator is plugged in to one of
these….




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Re: [MBZ] Tesla Model 3: More "Global Climate Change" than a Mercedes

2019-10-18 Thread MG via Mercedes
From what I have read of the manual, this thing 
plugs into an outlet on one of the circuits of 
your breaker panel and then feeds back into the 
panel. The bad part of that is when the power goes 
out and you have the battery backup off grid 
controller and inverter installed when the power 
goes out then you have to plug anything that you 
want running  into the inverter. When the power 
comes back on the inverter goes off line and 
nothing plugged into will work so everything has 
to be plugged back into the outlets that they were 
originally in.


That said, If the power company meter readers see 
the solar setup they will probably report that and 
the utility company will have some questions for 
you and may even disconnect your electricity from 
the Grid till you are in compliance with their 
regulations and have the system inspected. Could 
be a whole bunch of problems going all the way 
back to the building inspectors office possibly 
including fines for non inspection etc.


Just a thought.

However for a cabin in the woods with no grid 
power I can see it as a great idea.



Meade Dillon via Mercedes wrote:

Karl - I like the idea of this one: all the equipment is on the house side
of the meter, so electric company only sees a reduction in your usage.  I
did not study their claimed ROI, so economics aside...

If a home-owner installed this DIY or acted as his own general contractor,
and assuming no HOA interference, would someone like Dan in FL be able to
do this without consequence?
-
Max
Charleston SC


On Wed, Oct 16, 2019 at 10:44 PM Karl Wittnebel via Mercedes <
mercedes@okiebenz.com> wrote:


Seems like this thing is able to keep the net to zero, so maybe it would
limit the panels to whatever you are using and not drop out just because
the grid is down.


https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/plxdevices/legion-solar-4-permission-free-energy-and-storage




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Re: [MBZ] Cord Cutting

2019-10-15 Thread MG via Mercedes
On rereading it I see what you mean. I like to 
watch a lot of auto racing and downhill skiing and 
have seen on OTA broadcasts a lot of pixilating, 
more in the background then the center of focus. I 
guess I will give it a try and see how it goes.


Dan Penoff via Mercedes wrote:

Yeah, the Tablo does H.264, but then again, so do a lot of streaming devices. 
As our OTA stuff is no better than 720p for the most part, there’s little to no 
loss. That and the majority of what we watch form the Tablo is stuff that’s low 
res, like old Perry Mason episodes, so again, quality isn’t usually an issue. 
Not that it matters much, but I’ve got a 4GB hard drive on the Tablo for 
storage, so I’m storing at the highest (8 Mbps/second) bandwidth possible, too.

I think the key phrase here is "It'll depend on your network and what devices 
you're streaming to”.

My network is 1Gb copper for most of the house, with the master bedroom using 
5GHz wifi from a mesh network that has a node maybe 15 feet away. Signal 
strength is solid.

-D



On Oct 15, 2019, at 5:11 PM, MG via Mercedes  wrote:

I got the impression that it had nothing to do with bandwidth. Here is a quote 
of what I read,

What's not so good about Tablo?

One thing we haven't touched on yet gets a little technical. Tablo has some additional 
hardware inside that "transcodes" the video stream from MPEG-2 to H.264. If 
you're not up on your video codecs (and we don't blame you at all if that isn't the sort 
of thing you think of on a regular basis), that means the video stream is converted from 
one format to another.

The idea behind this is twofold, in this case: Tablo transcodes the video so 
that it takes up less room on the hard drive when you're recording, and so that 
it requires less bandwidth when you're streaming the video to various devices 
in your home.

Transcoding in and of itself is not a bad thing. But the downsides to this? 
First is that there's a noticeable lag time when you change to a different and 
it starts the transcoding process. We're talking 10 or 15 seconds or so. If 
you're an impatient channel flipper (ahem), you'll absolutely notice this.

The other thing is that video quality can definitely suffer a bit, even though 
H.264 is supposed to help with that. It'll depend on your network and what 
devices you're streaming to — there can be a lot of variables here. Just be 
prepared, is all we're saying.


So I don't know if they have fixed it or if it isn't that noticeable.

Just wanted to get another opinion.


Dan Penoff via Mercedes wrote:

That’s certainly possible, especially if you don’t have a lot of bandwidth, but 
we haven’t seen it. We don’t really watch sports unless maybe a Succaneers game 
is on, and that’s just to enjoy the sucking, so picture quality is not a 
concern.
There’s more of an issue with the OTA (over the air) stations when it comes to 
pixellation or quality, but again, we’re so close to the antennas here it 
rarely occurs.
-D

On Oct 15, 2019, at 4:05 PM, MG via Mercedes  wrote:

Thanks Dan,

One of the reviewers was saying something about a slight picture problem in 
fast action shots so I was wondering about that.

MG

Dan--- via Mercedes wrote:

We’re working off our alternate sources right now to get a feel for how things 
will be, and we haven’t had any quality issues so far. That’s with both 
streaming services as well as the OTA stuff. It also includes setups that are 
wired as well as streaming over WiFi.
-D

On Oct 14, 2019, at 12:26 PM, MG via Mercedes  wrote:

Did you buy this yet or are you just in the considering stage?
I was wondering as to how much degradation of the picture the transcoding  
causes in quick action scenes and sports.

MG

Dan Penoff via Mercedes wrote:

Our cable company (Comcast/Spectrum) is about to bend us over the back of a 
chair since our ”promotional” pricing is over so it’s time to cut the cord. Did 
a lot of research and found that between a Tablo OTA DVR and YouTube TV we can 
get nearly everything she enjoys watching for about $50/month compared to over 
$125/month when prices go up. Internet access costs me about $50/month.
I’m looking forward to stopping in at the local cable company store this week 
and handing them their boxes back.
-D
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Re: [MBZ] Toyota Hilux?

2019-10-15 Thread MG via Mercedes
damn straight I will when I get fed up with 
garbage from people who have never owned one.


Randy Bennell via Mercedes wrote:

Wow! Don't hold back. Tell us what you really think.

Randy


On 15/10/2019 3:32 PM, MG via Mercedes wrote:
Holy Sh-t people have you ever had one? How long should it last to be 
considered good?

As long as a Mercedes?

My wife has driven an 03 4cyl 2wd Tacoma since new. Like she stole it 
(80 mph +). $22K for a 4 door 2wd with a lid on the bed.


Had oil changes every 5000mi. Repairs you ask? One COP and the rear 
wheel bearings at 290K. Replaced the belts and hoses twice just 
because. That's it!!! Has any of your cars needed so little?


Show me any of your Mercedes or mine that have had so little work 
needed done to them over 330K miles which is what it has on it. Still 
doesn't leak or burn oil.


Hell! I put more than that into my 83 Mercedes to get it up to not 
even near that good a condition.


Get one of them and run it and see how good it is before you run them 
down on the say so of idiots that use a vehicle without any 
maintenance done to it and expect it to last a million miles without 
an oil change.


Bunch of wankers!




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Re: [MBZ] Toyota Hilux?

2019-10-15 Thread MG via Mercedes
right but you don't know what was done to it or 
how it was serviced. Just because it was dealer 
serviced does not mean it was done right. I did 
all the service on our Tacoma so all I can say is 
that either we got very lucky and got a good car 
or there is something that went on with your 
neighbors car that no one is telling.


That said all our cars that we bought at new or 
near new, 94 Chevy Astro, 78 Jeep Cherokee, 69 VW 
beetle, all did over 300k miles. Some more then 
others and all except the Beetle without major 
work. I rebuilt the beetle engine once but I was 
rather hard on it at the time.


Mitch Haley via Mercedes wrote:

My next door neighbor traded his Taco a year or two ago when the dealer wanted 
to replace the transmission on it. I'm not sure how well maintained it was, but 
it was dealer serviced, not driven much, and until the last two years of its 
life the neighbor's fastidious ex boyfriend had a hand in the maintenance of 
vehicles and lawn equipment. I can't imagine a trans service being skipped when 
he was around. Unfortunately the guy didn't fit in a 2018 Taco, so he had to 
buy a Tundra this time around (he buys only Toyota/Scion and has way over 200k 
on his xB, but he's still unhappy about the Taco letting him down)
Mitch

On October 15, 2019 at 4:32 PM MG via Mercedes  wrote:


Holy Sh-t people have you ever had one? How long 
should it last to be considered good?

As long as a Mercedes?

My wife has driven an 03 4cyl 2wd Tacoma since 
new. Like she stole it (80 mph +). $22K for a 4 
door 2wd with a lid on the bed.




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Re: [MBZ] Cord Cutting

2019-10-15 Thread MG via Mercedes
I got the impression that it had nothing to do 
with bandwidth. Here is a quote of what I read,


What's not so good about Tablo?

One thing we haven't touched on yet gets a little 
technical. Tablo has some additional hardware 
inside that "transcodes" the video stream from 
MPEG-2 to H.264. If you're not up on your video 
codecs (and we don't blame you at all if that 
isn't the sort of thing you think of on a regular 
basis), that means the video stream is converted 
from one format to another.


The idea behind this is twofold, in this case: 
Tablo transcodes the video so that it takes up 
less room on the hard drive when you're recording, 
and so that it requires less bandwidth when you're 
streaming the video to various devices in your home.


Transcoding in and of itself is not a bad thing. 
But the downsides to this? First is that there's a 
noticeable lag time when you change to a different 
and it starts the transcoding process. We're 
talking 10 or 15 seconds or so. If you're an 
impatient channel flipper (ahem), you'll 
absolutely notice this.


The other thing is that video quality can 
definitely suffer a bit, even though H.264 is 
supposed to help with that. It'll depend on your 
network and what devices you're streaming to — 
there can be a lot of variables here. Just be 
prepared, is all we're saying.



So I don't know if they have fixed it or if it 
isn't that noticeable.


Just wanted to get another opinion.


Dan Penoff via Mercedes wrote:

That’s certainly possible, especially if you don’t have a lot of bandwidth, but 
we haven’t seen it. We don’t really watch sports unless maybe a Succaneers game 
is on, and that’s just to enjoy the sucking, so picture quality is not a 
concern.

There’s more of an issue with the OTA (over the air) stations when it comes to 
pixellation or quality, but again, we’re so close to the antennas here it 
rarely occurs.

-D



On Oct 15, 2019, at 4:05 PM, MG via Mercedes  wrote:

Thanks Dan,

One of the reviewers was saying something about a slight picture problem in 
fast action shots so I was wondering about that.

MG

Dan--- via Mercedes wrote:

We’re working off our alternate sources right now to get a feel for how things 
will be, and we haven’t had any quality issues so far. That’s with both 
streaming services as well as the OTA stuff. It also includes setups that are 
wired as well as streaming over WiFi.
-D

On Oct 14, 2019, at 12:26 PM, MG via Mercedes  wrote:

Did you buy this yet or are you just in the considering stage?
I was wondering as to how much degradation of the picture the transcoding  
causes in quick action scenes and sports.

MG

Dan Penoff via Mercedes wrote:

Our cable company (Comcast/Spectrum) is about to bend us over the back of a 
chair since our ”promotional” pricing is over so it’s time to cut the cord. Did 
a lot of research and found that between a Tablo OTA DVR and YouTube TV we can 
get nearly everything she enjoys watching for about $50/month compared to over 
$125/month when prices go up. Internet access costs me about $50/month.
I’m looking forward to stopping in at the local cable company store this week 
and handing them their boxes back.
-D
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