Re: [MBZ] Diesel black smoke

2021-06-17 Thread Mitch Haley via Mercedes
What controls enrichment on boost (or defueling when off boost) in a 606 
turbo?


Could it just be betting full boost fuel before getting full boost air?

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Re: [MBZ] EVERYONE GETS THE SAME LOW PRICE. 2016 MERCEDES E350 4MATIC ROSE GOLD 54K MILES - $29, 950 (S. RALEIGH / GARNER)

2021-06-14 Thread Mitch Haley via Mercedes

On 2021-06-14 12:34, Dan Penoff via Mercedes wrote:


I texted them yesterday asking for the VIN so I could run a CarFax. I
got a response - “As-is, where is - no CarFax”.


You think the Carfax would tell you who, or at least when, painted the 
left side of it?


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Re: [MBZ] OT small towable backhoe

2021-06-14 Thread Mitch Haley via Mercedes

On 2021-06-14 13:37, G Mann via Mercedes wrote:


Looks pretty anemic to do any hard pan digging, or rocky soil.


My next project is digging up my 50 year old driveway and putting a 
culvert under it.
I started digging by hand several years ago, quit when I got down to big 
chunks of concrete that somebody put down for a base before the gravel 
was hauled in.
I think a good TLB or a mini excavator would be the minimum for that 
job.


If I were digging a drainfield in the sandy soil in my mom's yard, well, 
that little 9hp digger would be way faster than digging by hand...


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Re: [MBZ] OT small towable backhoe

2021-06-14 Thread Mitch Haley via Mercedes



Does "9hp" = 9hp, or is it like the lawn mowers that make some fraction 
of the rated hp if you run them with mufflers and air filters?

At any rate, I've seen bigger engines on log splitters.

If doing real digging, like excavating for a foundation, the engine on a 
50hp tractor/loader/backhoe grunts pretty hard sometimes when doing that 
work.


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Re: [MBZ] Maybe I should stick it to FedEx

2021-06-12 Thread Mitch Haley via Mercedes

On 2021-06-11 19:33, Buggered Benzmail via Mercedes wrote:

Amazon drop packages at the local PO for “last mile” Delivery which
can be either good or bad depending on your delivery people.


Amazon delivery workers seem to be the sort that can't get jobs with 
respectable employers.
I'd rather bring one mail lady to my home multiple times than multiple 
Amazon drivers.


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Re: [MBZ] Maybe I do need to sell mine

2021-06-12 Thread Mitch Haley via Mercedes

On 2021-06-12 21:09, Kaleb Striplin via Mercedes wrote:

https://bringatrailer.com/listing/1978-mercedes-benz-300sd-3/


I used to complain about the BAT UTM tracking that Andrew left on his 
links, but at least he didn't include facebook tracking crap.


Anyway, wasn't that car about $25-26k new?

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Re: [MBZ] Texas car in Chi-town, 1999 E300 diesel - 242k miles - $4, 750

2021-06-12 Thread Mitch Haley via Mercedes

On 2021-06-11 23:51, Buggered Benzmail via Mercedes wrote:

Winter Summer. I think winter starts off in second gear. The diesel
has great torques so first would spin the tars too much in snow


I never noticed much difference in my 1999. (320 4matic wagon)
I think it's supposed to short shift and limit available power at part 
throttle.
When I'd do my slide recovery practice in a snowy parking lot, I could 
put it sideways with a jab of throttle in either transmission mode.


I think what happened in my case was my conservative driving style 
taught the TCM (via adaptive learning) to behave in S like MBZ 
programmed it to behave in W.


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Re: [MBZ] 190E Cosworth Pahtz

2021-06-09 Thread Mitch Haley via Mercedes

On 2021-06-09 19:19, Frederick Moir via Mercedes wrote:

https://newhaven.craigslist.org/pts/d/wallingford-190e-16v-cosworth-parts/7325714599.html


Thanks. I can always use a spare leveling valve if it still has SLS and 
the spheres aren't blown (the control valve goes a few miles after the 
spheres if you drive on flooded spheres).


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Re: [MBZ] OT: Pressure washer

2021-06-08 Thread Mitch Haley via Mercedes

On 2021-06-08 11:42, Andrew Strasfogel via Mercedes wrote:

My first home (built in 1954) had the lead paint disclaimer but the
solution was more paint (latex).



Exterior paint last until it fails. (cracks/peels)
Then it has to come off before the new paint goes on.

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Re: [MBZ] Mechanic diagnosed engine and stated it needed an engine. 1985 Mercedes-Benz 380 se, FREE (Make offer)

2021-06-08 Thread Mitch Haley via Mercedes

On 2021-06-08 11:06, Floyd Thursby via Mercedes wrote:

Looks like the chain jumped and trashed the engine, anyone have an
engine to drop in, the car looks really nice

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/123409309819356


I've got a wrecked 190Dt, does a 602 weigh less than an aluminum V8?

I also have a rusty 210 4matic wagon, but that would be a LOT of work...

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Re: [MBZ] OT anyone need a cheap diesel truck?

2021-06-08 Thread Mitch Haley via Mercedes

On 2021-06-08 10:52, Allan Streib via Mercedes wrote:

https://indianapolis.craigslist.org/cto/d/whitestown-1994-ford-350-turbo-diesel/796622.html


'94 would be 7.3L.
Either the last and arguably best of the IDIs, or the first of the 
Powerstrokes.

More power and less fuel consumption with the PS of course.
Some friends with a 6.9 non-turbo IDI never saw double digit mpg. (3 
speed auto)


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Re: [MBZ] OT: Pressure washer

2021-06-08 Thread Mitch Haley via Mercedes



My first thought:
Curt doesn't have children, and if he did, Angie wouldn't let them eat 
dirt.


My second thought:
How much lead is in a small house's worth of paint chips, and what, if 
any, effect would it have on the groundwater?
My off the cuff assumption is less effect than running potable alkaline 
water through lead or lead soldered plumbing.

(Flint showed us that acidic water and lead pipes don't mix)

Mitch.

On 2021-06-07 22:42, Randy Bennell via Mercedes wrote:

You might want to reconsider taking the paint off with the pressure
washer. Is it lead paint? I was involved in a case where the painters
had to re-landscape a whole yard because they stripped off old paint
with a pressure washer and contaminated the whole area with lead.



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Re: [MBZ] OT: Water heater

2021-06-06 Thread Mitch Haley via Mercedes

On 2021-06-06 19:55, Scott Ritchey via Mercedes wrote:

Personally, I consider hot running water to be the panicle of
technology that matters.
I'm re-doing a small cabin on a pond and I plan to route the water
lines such them I can gravity-drain them for winter.


I remember a cheap potable grade solar heater from about 40 years ago, I 
think I saw it in Popular Science.
Basically, paint a big square piece of plywood black, and strap a coil 
of black poly pipe to it.
I weather like we're seeing in Michigan these days, it'd get scalding 
hot in an hour or two.


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Re: [MBZ] Was running before we lost the key. 2008 ML350 - $1,200

2021-06-06 Thread Mitch Haley via Mercedes

On 2021-06-06 20:27, Allan Streib via Mercedes wrote:

https://chicago.craigslist.org/chc/cto/d/chicago-08-benz-ml350-for-parts/7332830859.html


Ate a balance shaft but was still staggering when parked.
Been parked so long we don't remember where the key is.

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Re: [MBZ] OT: Water heater

2021-06-06 Thread Mitch Haley via Mercedes

On 2021-06-06 12:36, Dan Penoff via Mercedes wrote:

I would research this heavily, as one of the things I saw when I was
looking into them was complaints from people in northern climes who
mistakenly installed these in unheated areas of the house that
ultimately discovered they were horribly inefficient if the ambient
air temps dropped below a certain point.


Inefficient or ineffective? I can't imagine them ever being less 
efficient than a plain electric water heater.
One might think that they would turn into electric water heaters if the 
basement got too cold, and produce little heat just above the switchover 
point.


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Re: [MBZ] Looking for an ML?

2021-06-05 Thread Mitch Haley via Mercedes




On 2021-06-05 11:31, Rick Knoble via Mercedes wrote:

Also, a small 5X9 trailer can do nearly as much as the
small pickup you were in the market for.


IIRC, Wilton fulfilled all his infrequent pickup needs with a 1987 300D 
and a trailer with MBZ hubcaps and a trunk star on the tailgate. (I 
think the trailer had an old pickup box and tailgate on it)


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

2021-06-04 Thread Mitch Haley via Mercedes

On 2021-06-04 12:33, Randy Bennell via Mercedes wrote:

My mechanic brother in law, once worked at a shop where they built a
bomb for fun.
They had a derelict Hyundai Pony and installed a 455 Pontiac engine in
it. The engine sat about where the firewall once was and the front
seats had been removed and the driver sat in the back seat.



https://bringatrailer.com/2016/03/14/mpg-champion-twin-remote-turbo-v8-1988-chevrolet-sprint/
Up front, or more accurately under the dash, an aluminum Brodix block 
and head 402ci V8 runs a forged crank, rods, pistons, a Comp roller cam, 
and of course, twin turbos. Managed by a programmable EFI, the seller 
quotes a dyno’d 954 HP on pump gas


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

2021-06-04 Thread Mitch Haley via Mercedes

On 2021-06-03 23:43, G Mann via Mercedes wrote:

What is funny, now, every time I happen across a derelict MGA, I think
"You know, I should do another one" The balls are still brass 
just

worn down over time... one was enough.


Things I've thought of doing but have not:

Restore/repaint my 2.3-16v with engine/transmission from a something63 
AMG wreck.


It was love at first sight when I saw a Renault 5 Turbo over 35 years 
ago, but they cost as much as a 240D and I couldn't afford that. Now I 
can afford a 240D, any 240D, but not a nice R5 Turbo.
But a Cultus/Swift/Sprint/Metro/Firefly is lighter than a R5, and with a 
modern turbo drivetrain from a compact or midsize FWD shoved in the back 
seat, it'd be much cheaper and faster than Renault's 1980s rally 
replica...


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

2021-06-04 Thread Mitch Haley via Mercedes

On 2021-06-03 14:02, Allan Streib via Mercedes wrote:


I should have him watch the Top Gear episode where the guys put three
different British Leyland cars through their trials.


Or at least make him read this discussion, especially the post I linked:
https://www.ar15.com/forums/general/-ARCHIVED-THREAD-Any-MGB-guys-here-/5-2448003/?#i92437154

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Re: [MBZ] Sprinter ambulance

2021-06-02 Thread Mitch Haley via Mercedes

On 2021-06-02 18:00, Allan Streib via Mercedes wrote:

Just get some Ghostbusters decals to replace the logos and you're
ready for business.

https://carbondale.craigslist.org/cto/d/mount-vernon-2014-mercedes-sprinter/7330676103.html


Isn't an ambulance considered used up by 150kmi?

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[MBZ] OT:Homemade submarine video

2021-06-02 Thread Mitch Haley via Mercedes

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DETsk8ZX9Jk

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Re: [MBZ] Rich Old Guy is Too Cheap to Fix Car

2021-06-01 Thread Mitch Haley via Mercedes

Did they fix the balance shaft issue before 2008?

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

2021-05-29 Thread Mitch Haley via Mercedes

That's no kei car.
Looks pretty big, I thought it might be a home market Previa, but it 
appears to be a Previa sized commercial vehicle.


https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Toyota_HiAce

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Re: [MBZ] OT insurance, full coverage or no?

2021-05-27 Thread Mitch Haley via Mercedes

On 2021-05-27 12:53, G Mann via Mercedes wrote:
I am in total agreement with you, except on one point which I hold as 
very

important.
That point is, not all learning happens in school. Life does not give
participation trophies for attendance, only for performance.



Ha. 3/4 of the US Senate wants to give a Bezos/Boeing space project a 
$10 Billion participation trophy for failing to win a contract.


The actual contract award that was given to the better bid, well, 
Congress has agreed to pay $850 Million of the projected $2.9 Billion 
total.


Let that sink in: The company with the better rocket at half the price 
gets less than a Billion, while Senators scramble to throw ten times as 
much at the loser.


https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/technology/bezos-blue-origin-may-get-second-shot-at-nasa-dollars-via-e2-80-98bailout-e2-80-99-amendment/ar-AAKnxOs

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Re: [MBZ] 1981 300CD - 108k miles - $4,800

2021-05-26 Thread Mitch Haley via Mercedes

On 2021-05-26 14:52, Allan Streib via Mercedes wrote:

The original ad is deleted. The new ad with $3,600 price is here:

https://indianapolis.craigslist.org/cto/d/noblesville-1981-mercedes-benz-300-cd/7327343095.html


Well, it has a hood star, and it's 123 size, not 201 size.
But does it have a power antenna?
Seller mentions AM/FM radio and doesn't say the antenna is broken.

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Re: [MBZ] Barney the Dinosaur's C63

2021-05-24 Thread Mitch Haley via Mercedes

On 2021-05-25 00:01, Allan Streib via Mercedes wrote:

https://chicago.craigslist.org/wcl/cto/d/oak-brook-2018-mercedes-c63/7326446443.html


Saw a Toyota in Lansing Friday evening.
It had 3 exhaust outlets on each side, and was this color:
https://www.ebay.com/itm/122317750104

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Re: [MBZ] E53

2021-05-21 Thread Mitch Haley via Mercedes

On 2021-05-21 14:51, Buggered Benzmail via Mercedes wrote:

I went to get gas at Costco and pulled in behind a new AMG E53
black/black. I chatted with the guy. He ordered it and it took 4
months to get here. He was much enthused about the 7 screens that
showed him all sorts of apparently useful information. It was a cool
car though.


Are the screens primarily for display, or do they take the place of a 
bunch of control functions, like a Tesla touchscreen?


I am of the opinion that knobs/switches are far safer than touchscreen 
menus, which is why it's illegal to mess with a touchscreen phone while 
driving, and should be illegal to mess with a touchscreen car.


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Re: [MBZ] OT Hey Dan get on that gravy train quick!

2021-05-20 Thread Mitch Haley via Mercedes

On 2021-05-20 16:05, Clay via Mercedes wrote:

Still
expected to take him longer to fly the drone for outdoor pix, set up
the magic 3D cams and stitch them together for the walk through
website, and collect the befouled face diapers after open house, than
it will take to get multiple over-priced offers.  Should be closed
before July.





Your realtor is a licensed commercial drone pilot, or just a scufflaw?

Mitch

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Re: [MBZ] OT: New Ford Lightning

2021-05-19 Thread Mitch Haley via Mercedes

On 2021-05-19 21:41, Rick Knoble via Mercedes wrote:

https://www.ford.com/trucks/f150/f150-lightning/2022/

So much for the Tesla Cybertruck.


Recycling the "F-150 Lightning" nameplate for a truck involving 
electricity is OK with me. Especially since the Lightning trademark 
might have been aging into "use it or lose it" territory. (like the 
Cobra name when they came out with the Pintostang Cobra II that Jill 
Monroe drove in Charlie's Angels)


Calling an electrified mommywagon "Mustang" is ridiculous.

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Re: [MBZ] OT insanity that anyone would pay $12K for a car that can go 75 miles.

2021-05-17 Thread Mitch Haley via Mercedes

Before COVID, that was a $6-8k car in California.
No established market value outside of the three states (CA MD OR) that 
were meant to have it. And I believe the 2014 might have been CA only.


On 2021-05-17 20:37, Allan Streib via Mercedes wrote:

I just don't understand the thinking.

https://bloomington.craigslist.org/cto/d/stanford-chevy-spark-ev/7322818297.html


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Re: [MBZ] I might have posted this before ALL ORGINAL 1987 mercedes - $9, 500 (Myrtle Beach)

2021-05-15 Thread Mitch Haley via Mercedes

On 2021-05-15 09:04, Floyd Thursby via Mercedes wrote:

Uh, the wheels aren't "all original"

https://myrtlebeach.craigslist.org/cto/d/myrtle-beach-all-orginal-1987-mercedes/7321772300.html


Maybe not original, but possibly 'period'.
Those things were quite popular in the 1980s.

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Re: [MBZ] Interesting headlight fix

2021-05-14 Thread Mitch Haley via Mercedes

On 2021-05-14 15:20, Dwight Giles via Mercedes wrote:
I think coupe windshield is the same as sedan. Coupe is different from  
A

pillar back.


That's what I thought.
My earlier comment was based on the idea that I would not want to part 
that car out.
I'd gladly part out a 300D to save it, I wouldn't part it out to save a 
300D.


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Re: [MBZ] OT: Intel NUC Mini PC

2021-05-14 Thread Mitch Haley via Mercedes
Not familiar with the NUC, but unless it's really cheap, for 24/7 use 
I'd probably go with a laptop  running a Ryzen 4xxx or 5xxx CPU and NVME 
SSD instead. My 4700U laptop runs about 5W including the 15.4" display, 
I never hear the fan. I should put a Kill-A-Watt on it and see what it 
draws as a desktop.


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Re: [MBZ] This guy is persistent or a procrastinator or an idiot or all 3 -- 2001 Mercedes-Benz E 320 AWD Wagon/No Accidents/Clean - $3, 400 (Daytona)

2021-05-14 Thread Mitch Haley via Mercedes

On 2021-05-14 11:38, Andrew Strasfogel via Mercedes wrote:
"Mechanics special"  Imagine all those mechanics out there jumping for 
joy


...if only the price tag had a three digit number on it.

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Re: [MBZ] Lithium batteries

2021-05-14 Thread Mitch Haley via Mercedes

On 2021-05-14 11:17, OK Don via Mercedes wrote:

I wonder how many they will sell at $1,200???


I seem to recall seeing airplane lithiums (10-15lb) for around $400.
They weren't 2000 CCA however.

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[MBZ] Lithium batteries

2021-05-14 Thread Mitch Haley via Mercedes
They're putting lithium starting batteries in big cases so they are a 
drop in replacement for lead-acid.


https://antigravitybatteries.com/products/starter-batteries/automotive/ag-h8-rs/

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Re: [MBZ] Interesting headlight fix

2021-05-13 Thread Mitch Haley via Mercedes

On 2021-05-13 22:48, Rick Knoble via Mercedes wrote:

Parts. I need a windshield.


Front windshield?
Lots of better places to get one of those than from a rust free coupe 
with decent paint.


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Re: [MBZ] OT: small two-stroke engine question

2021-05-13 Thread Mitch Haley via Mercedes

4 strokes surge when running lean.
They stumble lean, the governor open the throttle, they overrev, the 
governor shuts the throttle, they go lean and stumble again.
I'd assume 2 strokes are the same, plus if you get unmetered air through 
leaky crankcase seals, they'll go lean with a perfect carb.



I have a Lawn-Boy mower (early 2000's model) still runs well enough but
it has developed a "surge" i.e. it will rev up and slow down
repeatedly. This is annoying -- likely causes?



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Re: [MBZ] Premium fuel

2021-05-13 Thread Mitch Haley via Mercedes

There's a reasonable list of E0 dealers available here (Canada too):
https://www.pure-gas.org/

Anything over 85 pump octane is going to have octane boosters in it, and 
in North America, that's pretty much going to be ethanol or MTBE. MTBE 
isn't an oxidant, but it's not popular with environmentalists.


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Re: [MBZ] Price Of Fuel

2021-05-13 Thread Mitch Haley via Mercedes

On 2021-05-13 12:37, Randy Bennell via Mercedes wrote:

I actually talked to him a couple of minutes ago so I asked. He says
he has worked on all of them but most of the cab off repairs were on
6.4 engines.


There was a discussion in another forum last weekend, when the usual 
6.0-6.4 hate started up, some guy stepped up to defend them by claiming 
that a simple upgrade from head bolts to head studs was a good 
prophylactic. Then the detractors came out and said they'd rather buy a 
non-defective engine than tear it down and put studs in the block. Then 
a supporter (singular) stepped up and said there was nothing wrong with 
the head bolts to begin with.


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Re: [MBZ] Not mine.

2021-05-13 Thread Mitch Haley via Mercedes

A Kaleb colored W115.
It belongs in Oklahoma.

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Re: [MBZ] Price Of Fuel

2021-05-13 Thread Mitch Haley via Mercedes
Ask him if those were the 6.0-6.4L engines (2003+), or the 7.3L 
Powerstrokes (94-2003).

Everybody hated the 6.0 six months after it came out.

On 2021-05-13 10:53, Randy Bennell via Mercedes wrote:

I know most of us on here are diesel junkies but he really needs to be
careful about buying a "big old commercial style diesel pick-emup". My
son is a mechanic and he used to work in a shop that did a lot of work
on F250 diesel trucks. The usual cost was around $9,000 when the head
gaskets started to leak.




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[MBZ] How do you pump gas?

2021-05-12 Thread Mitch Haley via Mercedes

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_1_dgZ4-Ldw

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Re: [MBZ] OT: 1964 Thunderbird convictable

2021-05-11 Thread Mitch Haley via Mercedes

On 2021-05-11 19:03, Allan Streib via Mercedes wrote:

https://indianapolis.craigslist.org/cto/d/indianapolis-1964-thunderbird/7320304709.html


This is a California car, just needs floor pans.

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Re: [MBZ] Price Of Fuel

2021-05-11 Thread Mitch Haley via Mercedes

A fellow in the retail petroleum business says:

If people didn’t panic buy like morons. Everyone would en fine.



The choke point isn’t the pipelines or lack there of.

It’s trucks and drivers. There is not spare capacity in trucking right 
now.  So over buying means it just can’t be delivered.


I’ve said this in like 5 other threads. Kinder Morgan PPL line has more 
than enough capacity. Let alone tankers coming out of Jacksonville or 
Tampa. Or if you’re in Mississippi or around MS, you have Ergon, Hunt 
refining, and Chevron.


In TN you have Citgos refinery.


There’s plenty of fuel. Just not enough trucks. Chill on the panic 
buying morons. Especially if you’re not in an affected state.


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Re: [MBZ] 240D 4-speed

2021-05-11 Thread Mitch Haley via Mercedes

Is this helpful for stick shift bushings?

https://www.fcpeuro.com/products/mercedes-shift-bushing-installer-baum-tools-b7200

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Re: [MBZ] rare Designo leather interior., Several hail spots. Mercedes Benz S550 2013 - $35, 000 (Willard)

2021-05-11 Thread Mitch Haley via Mercedes

On 2021-05-11 11:00, Floyd Thursby via Mercedes wrote:

But no pics

https://wilmington.craigslist.org/cto/d/willard-mercedes-benz/7319996674.html


8 years old, totaled for hail damage, $35k?

Al Borland sez: "I don't think so, Tim"

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Re: [MBZ] It’s not a bus but

2021-05-10 Thread Mitch Haley via Mercedes
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] OT Chewy is a great company, fedexsux

2021-05-10 Thread Mitch Haley via Mercedes

On 2021-05-10 20:19, Buggered Benzmail via Mercedes wrote:

Yeah I tried that stuff, supposedly made by TOTW which is what the
poods get, they wouldn’t eat it


Made by Diamond, which also makes Taste of The Wild.
IIRC Chewy's American Journey has the same pellet style and probably 
comes from the same factory.
Looking at the ingredients, I bet the Kirkland costs 10-20% less than 
TOTW.


My GSP likes Turkey and Beef Kirkland grain free just fine. Not as happy 
with the fish, which just happens to be the more expensive of the three. 
But she likes TOTW and AJ salmon flavors, those are some of her 
favorites.


She liked the American Journey grain free, liked the limited ingredient 
grain free a bit less, and didn't like their super premium stuff at all.


The only thing I had to give away because she wouldn't eat it:
TOTW venison. I think it was called Pine Forest or something like that.
Gave it to the neighbor's fussy Boxer and he loved it. So it wasn't 
entirely $50 down the drain, got some neighborly good will out of it.

But she liked the other TOTW flavors I used to buy for her.

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Re: [MBZ] OT Chewy is a great company, fedexsux

2021-05-10 Thread Mitch Haley via Mercedes



Since the quit doing the buy one get one and $15 off on $49 order, I 
haven't been buying from Chewy.


Have you considered this? It's $29.99 at my local warehouse:
https://www.costco.com/kirkland-signature-nature's-domain-beef-meal-%2526-sweet-potato-dog-food-35-lb..product.100343434.html

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Re: [MBZ] Cat selling

2021-05-10 Thread Mitch Haley via Mercedes

On 2021-05-10 16:52, Allan Streib via Mercedes wrote:

Turning up at the local scrap yard here with a box of loose cats will
get you an interview at the police station.


It's OK, I have 150 Mercedes in my back yard.

In Michigan, they'd immediately call the zoning commission.

https://jalopnik.com/two-years-and-180-cars-later-michigan-man-forced-to-se-1837072099

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Re: [MBZ] A gratifying project this afternoon

2021-05-10 Thread Mitch Haley via Mercedes

On 2021-05-10 08:33, Floyd Thursby via Mercedes wrote:

Their hitch price was in line with the market but the wiring kit was
insanely overpriced


I think the video I used when I installed the wiring was theirs.
The video was the reason why I put the little Curt box on the left side 
instead of thinking for myself where I wanted it. NLA at Amazon. I'm not 
sure what the current part number is.


https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B003AT4RHK

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Re: [MBZ] This one isn't rust free but it is solid where it counts... 71 Mercedes Benz 300 SEL 3.5 W109 - $3, 800 (Mooresville)

2021-05-10 Thread Mitch Haley via Mercedes

They say it's a W109, so it should have four wheel SLS.

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Re: [MBZ] Gearhead special - 2010 GLK350 - $2,500

2021-05-09 Thread Mitch Haley via Mercedes
That's some major league pitching, to throw a fastball with a 
basketball.


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Re: [MBZ] A gratifying project this afternoon

2021-05-09 Thread Mitch Haley via Mercedes
I powered my light controller from the aux power outlet (lighter 
socket).
If I had the foresight to put the box on the right side of the car, the 
power wire on it would have been long enough to reach the lighter socket 
and I wouldn't have had to add wire.


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Re: [MBZ] (It has check engine symbol with the code P0715, it can be repaired by spending $400-$600)

2021-05-09 Thread Mitch Haley via Mercedes

On 2021-05-09 10:17, Floyd Thursby via Mercedes wrote:

2001 Mercedes-Benz E-Class E 320 Sedan 4D
$2,800

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/4113459895359385


700 codes are check transmission codes, not check engine codes.
715 appears to be input shaft speed sensor.

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Re: [MBZ] 2003 Mercedes-Benz sentra,$10,000

2021-05-08 Thread Mitch Haley via Mercedes

https://www.truck1.eu/buses/coaches/setra-s-315-gt-hd-a5398186.html

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Re: [MBZ] Price Of Fuel

2021-05-08 Thread Mitch Haley via Mercedes

On 2021-05-08 11:16, Rick Knoble via Mercedes wrote:

Is probably going up.

https://dnyuz.com/2021/05/08/cyberattack-forces-a-shutdown-of-a-top-u-s-pipeline-operator/


To quote a guy who owns an oil company:

Depends on how fast they can get it restored.


Last time it was down, it was down for 16 days due to a leak caused by a 
contractor working on it.



If it’s for a few hours / days. Not a big deal.


If it’s for 5-7 days, Time to worry a bit, especially if you’re AO is 
only supplied by the colonial.



Looking at you GA / SC / NC / TN / VA.


But I really don’t see it being a huge deal.  Worse case 2-3 days and 
they should be back up and running. If not faster.


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Re: [MBZ] Hi-test $3.08

2021-05-08 Thread Mitch Haley via Mercedes

CNN asked our Energy Secretary why gas prices are going up.

She tells us why: (brief video, under a minute)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q6M1tXVa_Tw

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Re: [MBZ] Hi-test $3.08

2021-05-07 Thread Mitch Haley via Mercedes

Regular went to 2.999 here on Sunday.
It's relaxed a few cents since then, but that still puts 93 in the mid 
3s.


https://www.gasbuddy.com/home?search=48813=3

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Re: [MBZ] Best MB cabrio - 124 vs 208 vs 209?

2021-05-07 Thread Mitch Haley via Mercedes

On 2021-05-07 08:08, Floyd Thursby via Mercedes wrote:

https://wilmington.craigslist.org/cto/d/wilmington-1995-mercedes-benz/7317858067.html


That was a $10-15k car about ten years ago, wasn't it?

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Re: [MBZ] OT: Steel prices have tripled

2021-05-06 Thread Mitch Haley via Mercedes

Last week I saw the local yard had a $125/ton sign up.
It got down around $35-50 last year.
Texted my friendly local RX7 dismantler, and he said prices at the good 
yards were $85 last year and $150 now.
$35 vs $85 is a joke, but $125 five miles away on the road I live on 
beats $150 25 miles away.


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Re: [MBZ] did not realize I cannot get two sets of golf clubs in the trunk Mercedes CLK Cabriolet - $9, 300 (Conway)

2021-05-05 Thread Mitch Haley via Mercedes

On 2021-05-05 10:56, Floyd Thursby via Mercedes wrote:

life is rough

https://myrtlebeach.craigslist.org/cto/d/conway-mercedes-clk-cabriolet/7317202734.html


I can get three sets of golf clubs in the back seat.

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Re: [MBZ] The upholstery makes it worth this much -- 2000 Mercedes-Benz - $4, 300

2021-05-04 Thread Mitch Haley via Mercedes
I thought somebody put junkyard Designo seats in it, but they gave the 
VIN so I looked and found...




Paint code 1:
029U - DESIGNO-SILVER PAINTWORK

SA code
W10 - WOOD DESIGN, CURLED MAPLE, DESIGNO-NATURAL
X59 - LEATHER, DESIGNO-DARK GREEN, TWO-COLOR
Y94 - SELECTOR LEVER IN LEATHER-/DESIGNO-WOOD VERSION
Y95 - STEERING WHEEL IN LEATHER-/DESIGNO-WOOD DESIGN
Z98 - PAINTWORK OUTSIDE SAMPLE CARD
021 - DESIGNO - LEATHER
022 - DESIGNO - DECORATIVE TRIM
213 - PARAMETER STEERING

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Re: [MBZ] Trade the zero turn for this?

2021-05-03 Thread Mitch Haley via Mercedes

On 2021-05-03 18:54, Dimitri Seretakis via Mercedes wrote:

Or get a steering wheel knob?


ZTs control speed and direction with two big handlebars.
Kaleb is death-gripping his, trying to do precision edging while 
learning to drive the thing.


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Re: [MBZ] jump pack $55

2021-05-03 Thread Mitch Haley via Mercedes

On 2021-05-03 18:25, Buggered Benzmail via Mercedes wrote:

This thing came I have it charging (USB cable) so will give it a try
on something. It’s really small, smaller than a paperback book. It
amazes me these things can put out that much juice to spin an engine.
It has some other ports to use for charging and powering things.


My Stanley PowerToGo has no rated amperage.
Just says 'up to V6 engines' on the box.
Can start a car with a weak battery, or start a lawnmower with no 
meaningful help from the battery. Couple years ago I had a battery with 
a bad cell. Would start the car at -13 but not the next morning at -18. 
The Stanley pocket booster got it started that day. When December came 
around, I put a new battery in the car and have only used it on 
lawnmowers since then.


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Re: [MBZ] No Malefunctions!

2021-05-03 Thread Mitch Haley via Mercedes

On 2021-05-03 14:48, Dan Penoff via Mercedes wrote:

Yes, but it doesn’t have “solar battery charging”. The solar panels
power fans for cabin ventilation while the car is parked should the
interior temperature go above a certain level. They have nothing to do
with battery charging.

-D


Saab put that in a concept car in 1985. I thought it was majorly cool 
then.

I also thought over 200hp from a 16v 2.0L engine was majorly cool.

http://saabworld.net/wp/saab-900-turbo-16-ev-1-concept/

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Re: [MBZ] No Malefunctions!

2021-05-03 Thread Mitch Haley via Mercedes

On 2021-05-03 14:42, Dan Penoff via Mercedes wrote:

https://tampa.craigslist.org/pnl/cto/d/saint-petersburg-2003-mercedes-benz/7316350269.html


Is that the Panorama Roof Option?

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Re: [MBZ] Trailers

2021-05-03 Thread Mitch Haley via Mercedes

More power, Scotty!
She's giving us all she's got, Captain!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2OflawfmP5M

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Re: [MBZ] it is safe and aesthetically pleasing VERY Clean 1999 Mercedes E320 - $3, 100 (Richmond Hill)

2021-05-03 Thread Mitch Haley via Mercedes

On 2021-05-03 10:39, Buggered Benzmail via Mercedes wrote:

The seats aren’t working on the car, I never moved them once I set
them when I got it. Have not looked at it yet, maybe just the fuse.
The PS seems to have mostly resolved itself which is weird. The pump
is still whining a bit but it is working ok.



I got some air in the ML and it made nasty noises and wouldn't steer.
Tried putting the return line in a jug and foam came out.
Couldn't figure out what was going on.
In the end, just had to park it for a while and nothing was wrong with 
it when I tried again.
Letting it sit and the bubbles working themselves out worked better than 
3 quarts of flushing.


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Re: [MBZ] Cats

2021-05-03 Thread Mitch Haley via Mercedes

On 2021-05-03 10:47, Kaleb Striplin via Mercedes wrote:

This is the one I was looking at. The guy I talked to said something
about hauling them to Kansas City.

https://www.scrapcatprices.com/shop/



Thanks. I see a 126, a 210, and a couple 140 part numbers in the mid 
five hundreds.

It'd he nice if there were a vehicle cross reference chart.


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Re: [MBZ] Cats

2021-05-03 Thread Mitch Haley via Mercedes

Link  to price lookups?
Mitch

On 2021-05-02 22:25, Kaleb Striplin via Mercedes wrote:


After I figured out what numbers they are looking at I looked them up
and he is correct.  I looked up the one off the 124 and it was worth
nearly $600. 


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Re: [MBZ] Trailers

2021-05-03 Thread Mitch Haley via Mercedes

On 2021-05-03 02:48, G Mann via Mercedes wrote:
If you can, look out the back window of the tow vehicle and focus on 
the
rear of the trailer, then simply drive the rear of the trailer where 
you
want it to go... Your eye hand coordination will happen better that 
way.

You are "driving the trailer" instead of "backing up".


For some people it helps to grab the bottom of the steering wheel and 
move it in the direction you want the trailer to go.


Wagons are the opposite, move the top of the wheel where you want to 
turn the wagon, and go slow, don't let it get far out of line.


Double wagons, I hate backing a wagon hitched to a wagon.

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Re: [MBZ] Weird color combo -- Mercedes Benz CLS 550 Massaging Seats Designo Light Brown Leather AMG

2021-05-02 Thread Mitch Haley via Mercedes

On 2021-05-02 09:58, Floyd Thursby via Mercedes wrote:

https://greenville.craigslist.org/ctd/d/mercedes-benz-cls-550-massaging-seats/7315691573.html


I've seen some weird Designos, but what's weird about saddle over 
charcoal?

I want to sell the red Cruze and put these in the charcoal Cruze:

https://wsimgproky.car-part.com/7794/2018/0544/7794_0544_20_web.jpg

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[MBZ] Where will you be on 4-8-2024?

2021-05-02 Thread Mitch Haley via Mercedes

Looks like I'd have to go South into Ohio or Indiana to find totality.

https://www.timeanddate.com/eclipse/map/2024-april-8

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Re: [MBZ] Another one makes it back to Okie Acres

2021-05-01 Thread Mitch Haley via Mercedes

Is that a magnesium spare on the right rear?
What's in the spare tire compartment?

What can you sell the headlamps for?

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Re: [MBZ] MGB?

2021-05-01 Thread Mitch Haley via Mercedes
The good news is that you can lay a 2x10 across it and have a nice bench 
to sit on. Perhaps the only bumper I've ever seen that would work for 
that.


On 2021-05-01 08:35, G Mann via Mercedes wrote:
Designed by the insurance companies, mandated by congress, and it 
makes

you safe up to 5 miles per hour..
Design excellence at its best. Plus, it only doubles the original 
purchase

price of the car.

[Did anyone catch the sarcasm in all that?]



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Re: [MBZ] MGB?

2021-05-01 Thread Mitch Haley via Mercedes

On 2021-05-01 08:01, Buggered Benzmail via Mercedes wrote:

Wow that’s ugly. I recall them being fairly large but not double Ds




Used to see a lot of British Leyland ads in the 1970s, but don't 
remember this.
It's not quite so horrible when they're still black, but wow, that's a 
huge bumper for such a tiny car as a Spitfire.

https://www.hemmings.com/classifieds/dealer/triumph/spitfire/2481990.html

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Re: [MBZ] MGB?

2021-05-01 Thread Mitch Haley via Mercedes

Did Triumph ever put bumpers this huge on a car?

https://stlouis.craigslist.org/ctd/d/fallon-1980-triumph-spit-fire-clean/7313299865.html

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Re: [MBZ] New Okie Acres

2021-04-30 Thread Mitch Haley via Mercedes

On 2021-04-29 21:49, Clay via Mercedes wrote:

  If
they could source a mason, that could give them a sturdy fortified
keep.



With ICF, anybody's a structural mason

https://www.menards.com/main/building-materials/concrete-cement-masonry/concrete-forms/liteform-reg-8-straight-block-insulated-concrete-form/lf08/p-7919224473478597-c-5653.htm

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Re: [MBZ] I'm asking the higher side of kbb values ($2, 826 - $5, 375) because of the complete history 1999 Mercedes E300 Turbodiesel - $5, 200 (Durham)

2021-04-29 Thread Mitch Haley via Mercedes

On 2021-04-29 09:45, Floyd Thursby via Mercedes wrote:

Green/tan, looks pretty nice

https://raleigh.craigslist.org/cto/d/durham-1999-mercedes-e300-turbodiesel/7314229296.html


I might pay top dollar for Circon Green and good maintenance records, 
but mushroom seats detract a bit from enjoyment of the color and 
admitted paint flaws and failing headliner make it not a top dollar car.


Maybe $3-4k?

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Re: [MBZ] And you don't have to be a genius to work on them! -- '03 Mercedes E320 Wagon - $4, 450 (Raleigh)

2021-04-28 Thread Mitch Haley via Mercedes

On 2021-04-28 16:50, Floyd Thursby via Mercedes wrote:

https://raleigh.craigslist.org/cto/d/raleigh-03-mercedes-e320-wagon/7313781856.html


Final year S210, after they quit making W210s.
If that was 4Matic I might think about it for $4k.
I wish I could have afforded that low mile Alpine Green 2003 I looked at 
9 years ago when I bought my beater Midnight Blue 1999.


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Re: [MBZ] New Okie Acres

2021-04-28 Thread Mitch Haley via Mercedes

On 2021-04-28 14:58, Allan Streib via Mercedes wrote:

Housing prices and rents are out of sight here as well. The city's
response is mainly demands for developers to build "affordable"
housing. They are typically ignorant of the realities of economics.


Some places they demand 'affordable housing units' as part of million 
dollar McMansion developments. So, on the far corner of the property, a 
high density section 8 apartment building gets built, satisfying the 
local government's need for a criminal element in the community.


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Re: [MBZ] Should I?

2021-04-28 Thread Mitch Haley via Mercedes




Can I put the front seats in my W116?

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[MBZ] potholes

2021-04-27 Thread Mitch Haley via Mercedes

You know it's a good pothole when you go airborne.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G_iJrc7KJyU

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Re: [MBZ] OT: Driveway alarm

2021-04-27 Thread Mitch Haley via Mercedes

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] Cat prices

2021-04-27 Thread Mitch Haley via Mercedes

I never heard of DPF buyers.
Are they buying good used DPFs, or is there intrinsic value in scrap 
DPFs?


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[MBZ] CO2 Blasting media

2021-04-26 Thread Mitch Haley via Mercedes
The problem with sandblasting, or even walnut shell blasting, is media 
dust that remains on whatever you're trying to clean.

What if your blasting media simply sublimated after impact?

Apparently 300 kilos of short lived blasting beads sells for about 300 
quid.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_wkvNWAzNVo

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Re: [MBZ] Cat prices

2021-04-26 Thread Mitch Haley via Mercedes

On 2021-04-26 20:01, Kaleb Striplin via Mercedes wrote:

Found this site. Does not appear to me it’s worth hacking up perfectly
good exhausts on my parts cars in order to sell the cats. I might see
if I have some laying around and see what a price might be.


My morning visitor wanted to buy the converters off my 'wrecked cars'.
There's a wrecked Bonnneville next door, and I had my dad's 53kmi 
Dakota, my ML350, my Ion, and my 2016 Cruze in the driveway.
After I told him no, he went out to his Envoy or watever, got in without 
shutting the door, and sat there behind the ML for an extended period. 
My possibly overactive immagination had him looking up the price of MBZ 
cats while he sat there.


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Re: [MBZ] OT: Another one on the DNF list

2021-04-26 Thread Mitch Haley via Mercedes
Oops, that's what I get for reading the headline and commenting before 
getting on real internet and reading the article.
I assumed it was for public criticism, not for arguing about/refusing to 
follow the 'rules'.
It doesn't matter if you believe the rules are stupid. If those rules 
are a condition of being a customer, do you want to be their customer or 
not? It's your body, your choice. You chose to put it in an environment 
where those rules exist.



You shouldn't be surprised if this gets you a 'we don't need your 
business anymore':


Last week, a police officer responded to an Alaska Airlines terminal in 
Juneau as state Sen. Lora Reinbold clashed with staffers over mask 
rules. It was a familiar battle for the Republican lawmaker, a vaccine 
skeptic who has blasted flight attendants as “mask bullies” and accused 
the airline of “mask tyranny.”


Now, she isn’t welcome on their flights at all. Alaska Airlines this 
weekend banned Reinbold “for her continued refusal to comply with 
employee instruction regarding the current mask policy,” the airline 
said in a statement to The Washington Post.


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Re: [MBZ] OT: Driveway alarm

2021-04-26 Thread Mitch Haley via Mercedes

On 2021-04-26 16:22, Floyd Thursby via Mercedes wrote:

Yeah I need to get those. 


Sometimes you have to jump quick when a price is low.
A week ago another Amazon seller had some headlamps about half off. Saw 
it Thursday, Friday morning they were regular price again.
That Saturday they had a $25 teo pack of better ones for $12.99, I 
ordered them and they were  full price again on Sunday.


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[MBZ] OT: Driveway alarm

2021-04-26 Thread Mitch Haley via Mercedes

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: Another one on the DNF list

2021-04-26 Thread Mitch Haley via Mercedes
Banned from travel not for misbehavior on an airplane, but for 
criticizing FAA or airline policies?


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Re: [MBZ] When is a 240D worth 430K?

2021-04-25 Thread Mitch Haley via Mercedes

The 4 in the subject line was supposed to be a $?

On 2021-04-25 14:57, Andrew Strasfogel via Mercedes wrote:

- When it has neither PW nor a sunroof.
   - And is 980k miles short of reaching 1 million.

https://bringatrailer.com/listing/1979-mercedes-benz-240d-15/



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Re: [MBZ] $1.4mil repair bill

2021-04-25 Thread Mitch Haley via Mercedes

On 2021-04-25 09:09, Floyd Thursby via Mercedes wrote:

Will soon be showing up at Copart

https://jalopnik.com/mercedes-f1-foots-1-4-million-repair-bill-after-grand-1846755498



He wrecked his car at the start of the season, and you're racing on a 
budget cap?
Better stick him in last year's car until you're confident he won't do 
that again. No, wait...


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Re: [MBZ] Cars For Numb Nuts was Re: OkieBoy's Birthday!

2021-04-24 Thread Mitch Haley via Mercedes

On 2021-04-24 19:00, Allan Streib via Mercedes wrote:


I delivered pizza years ago and it was OK spending money for a single
kid and the cash tips could sometimes add up if you had a good night 
but

it really didn't net out to a whole lot more than minimum wage.


Back in '91 while attending WMU I worked a couple weekends in a Domino's 
franchise just off campus. The only thing I can remember clearly is the 
local belief that the Oshtemo store drivers, working full time, could 
make about $700/wk, which I assume was gross including mileage but not 
including car expenses. But still a lot of money for a zero skill 
endeavor like pizza delivery. Tips were supposed to be pretty good there 
(they sucked on campus, which is why I was gone in under a month).


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Re: [MBZ] Cars For Numb Nuts was Re: OkieBoy's Birthday!

2021-04-24 Thread Mitch Haley via Mercedes

On 2021-04-24 14:11, Rick Knoble via Mercedes wrote:

Couldn't help myself. Had to look.

https://phoenix.craigslist.org/wvl/cto/d/wittmann-1997-red-saturn-2dr-sc1/7311851575.html
Mitch has or had a Saturn


Considered buying a SC2 project back when I bought my 97 Achieva.
An SC1 would be down on power and up on reliability compared to an SC2, 
or just about anything from that era.

MPG on a stick shift SC1 could rival or exceed a 4 cyl Metro.



https://phoenix.craigslist.org/wvl/cto/d/phoenix-1999-toyota-corolla-owned-years/7305747340.html
No timing belt, they tend to use oil.


I didn't know they were chain drive in 1999.
A friend's 86 Tercel and 93 Corolla 1.8 16v were both belt drive. He 
didn't replace the belts on either until they broke. I was stunned that 
the '93 ran fine after I put a new belt on it, I thought it was an 
interference engine.


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Re: [MBZ] Odometer reads 184k. Actual mileage 130k. 2006 Mercedes e350 - $4, 499 (Shelby)

2021-04-23 Thread Mitch Haley via Mercedes

It gets better:
odometer: 119000

So, has it had an instrument swap, or has it had an engine swap and the 
fellow thinks the actual mileage on the car is the mileage on the 
engine?


But I'm having trouble coming up with a non-dumbass explanation for an 
ad that brief to have three different mileage readings in it.



On 2021-04-23 13:59, Floyd Thursby via Mercedes wrote:

This makes no sense

https://charlotte.craigslist.org/cto/d/shelby-2006-mercedes-e350/7311453578.html


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Re: [MBZ] OT: Bluesmobile

2021-04-23 Thread Mitch Haley via Mercedes

On 2021-04-23 13:01, Dan Penoff via Mercedes wrote:

https://youtu.be/jKmuKjpKPIo


That's the punch line, but how do you get the joke if you don't see what 
he does to the lighter beforehand?


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Re: [MBZ] OT: Bluesmobile

2021-04-23 Thread Mitch Haley via Mercedes

On 2021-04-23 12:52, Randy Bennell via Mercedes wrote:

So what is the reference to the lighter all about?


You need to see 1:45 to the end.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BrMnkbkzvik

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