Re: [MBZ] Diesel prices going back up

2022-05-03 Thread Clay via Mercedes
#1 boy reports he just paid $6.0199/gal for #2 in the work truck in ND.  This 
from the oil fields area of NW ND.

Clay


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> On May 3, 2022, at 4:25 AM, Kaleb Striplin via Mercedes 
>  wrote:
> 
> Why? We are out of heating oil season. This time of year if should be 
> dropping.  If it’s this bad now would hate to see what it’s going to be like 
> this winter. 

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[MBZ] Happy Moose Day

2022-04-22 Thread Clay via Mercedes
https://www.alaskasnewssource.com/app/2022/04/20/after-4-years-moose-counts-biologists-put-number-how-many-live-anchorage-bowl/?outputType=apps
 


More moose opportunity to bite your neighbors than any other US town

Clay
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[MBZ] Happy Moose Day

2022-03-17 Thread Clay via Mercedes
https://i.imgur.com/nVnIfvc.mp4

Look both ways before going outside

Clay

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Re: [MBZ] WAY OT: "The Repair Shop"

2022-03-11 Thread Clay via Mercedes
That is a gem of a show!  Makes me misty eyed most episodes

Clay



> On Mar 11, 2022, at 10:05 AM, greg via Mercedes  wrote:
> 
> In a desperate attempt to avoid news media, I have been searching for more
> emotionally neutral TV material. I stumbled across a British series that I
> believe many of you will enjoy.
> 
> In a thatched barn in rural England a bunch of talented restorers have set
> up shop to rebuild and restore peoples' old treasures and junk.
> 
> It's on Discovery. After watching a few episodes I'm hooked.
> 
> Greg

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Re: [MBZ] FB Rant

2022-02-07 Thread Clay via Mercedes
Same sort of thing with a bike that was abandoned in my driveway.  Tried to CL 
and Freecycle the thing for weeks.  Kept it in the parking strip and nobody 
would molest it.  Put a $5 sign on it one morning and it was gone before I 
could finish my cup of coffee.


---
clay

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looking for didn't fall out.




> On Feb 6, 2022, at 6:07 PM, Curt Raymond via Mercedes  
> wrote:
> 
> I've done better putting a $50 sign on it and waiting for somebody to steal 
> it.
> 
> I put out an old riding lawnmower at my parent's house one time, $50 sign on 
> it. I didn't even get back to the house, truck pulled up, 2 guys jumped out, 
> grabbed it and tossed it in the back and burned rubber out of there. I don't 
> think they even noticed that it didn't have an engine...
> 
> -Curt
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Re: [MBZ] Speed cameras

2022-01-30 Thread Clay via Mercedes
The Pittsburgh bus on the tumbled down bridge was riddled with nine cameras.  
It will be used to see why the recent infrastructure boondoggle caused the 
bridge to collapse as a photo op for the current resident.

Clay

> On Jan 30, 2022, at 10:25 AM, dan penoff.com via Mercedes 
>  wrote:
> 
> Very unpopular in the UK and have been for years.
> 
> One time when I was there in the 90s I saw a traffic/speed camera that 
> someone had tossed a tyre filled with something flammable over it. It was 
> burning like a huge torch. The guy I was riding with said he saw things like 
> this on a fairly regular basis. A lot of people were pissed off about them.
> 
> -D

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Re: [MBZ] OT: Curt will need all his snow machines

2022-01-29 Thread Clay via Mercedes
The girls move out of the way of feet, and the fertilizer they expel is quickly 
scratched back into he dirt.

Clay
> On Jan 29, 2022, at 5:02 PM, Michael Esh via Mercedes  
> wrote:
> 
> Watch you step!
> 
> Michael E. Esh

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Re: [MBZ] OT: Curt will need all his snow machines

2022-01-29 Thread Clay via Mercedes
I found chickens were a great solution.  I used a push mower on the tiny patch 
of grass and found it exceedingly swift job done.  The chickens roamed the yard 
and kept weeds and bugs in check in my fevered mind.  Had the push mower out 
once a month at most.  Then, I went a season without hens.  I was out there all 
spring and autumn and much of summer until the grass went to sleep.  I got the 
first few sets of chicks the next spring and reduced lawn care and weeding to a 
few hours a month.  Better than a herd of goats


Clay


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> On Jan 29, 2022, at 10:15 AM, Dimitri Seretakis via Mercedes 
>  wrote:
> 
> If you truly cared about the environment you’d use a manual push mower! 

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Re: [MBZ] OT: Curt will need all his snow machines

2022-01-28 Thread Clay via Mercedes
In GWN the kids are too pampered to bother with shoveling.  Could be due to 
parents having power tools.   SWMBA got a 300cc, 30inch two stage monster Troy 
Bilt for the property when she moved up.  Many of the neighbors are now 
sporting puny battery powered 21inch machines.  Quiet, but not that good for 
accumulations.   I will run the big thing down the sidewalks and clear the mass 
mailbox station.  Also hit a few of the driveways of the older gals who have 
not contracted with plow operators.

clay 

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> On Jan 28, 2022, at 9:35 AM, Bob Rentfro via Mercedes  
> wrote:
> 
> Is that a thing still? Kids shoveling drives and walks for money? 
> We always had money as kids; mow in summer, shovel in winter. But, of course, 
> never charge the elderly neighbors. 
> 
> AZBob
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Re: [MBZ] Mercedes is selling vaporware

2022-01-06 Thread Clay via Mercedes
I used to work along the tracks by the Amtrak office.  There were a number of 
trains sitting on side rails chugging away day and night with nobody onboard.  
Upon occasion one would be sitting and not running.  It was entertaining when 
they tried to light it off.  Always a summer event.  Massive Delta engines 
would sound as if somehow they used a howitzer shell to kickstart rotation.  
Must have had APU that slowly spun the shafts up, compressing air and injecting 
fuel and all the while this thing is farting like a mexican giant with belching 
black clouds out the stack until it would light, but still had the shaking and 
belch/fart staccato for five minutes until the engine was warmed up.  Then it 
sat puffing/purring along for a few days.  At least I thought it was the same 
engine/train when I showed up to work the next day.


Clay



> On Jan 6, 2022, at 3:56 PM, Curt Raymond via Mercedes  
> wrote:
> 
> Jet A is very nearly kerosene which is similar to diesel fuel 
> anyway.Locomotives use bunker fuel, like big ships do.When I was just out of 
> high school I worked land surveying along the railroad between Boston and 
> Portland, Maine. I noticed that the locos stayed running all the time. I 
> asked once if the loco got shut down and completely cooled down how long it 
> would take to get it running again. The answer was "It'd start again in May" 
> this was in November...
> -Curt

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Re: [MBZ] Mercedes is selling vaporware

2022-01-06 Thread Clay via Mercedes
I seem to recall that Standard Oil needed to find a use for all the left over 
product after making the main product Kerosene back in the day.   IIRC that led 
to the battle over what would fuel the automobiles of the future where steam 
and batteries lost to petrol.

Clay


> On Jan 6, 2022, at 12:13 PM, Allan Streib via Mercedes 
>  wrote:
> 
> That breakdown of a barrel of oil is interesting. So how did we arrive at 
> that perfect balance of what oil provides and what we do with it? Did we 
> develop technology to use the oil products available, or did we develop 
> refining techniques to produce the refined product the market wanted?
> 
> For example, before jet airplanes, where did the 10% Jet A component go?
> 
> When the railroads all switched from coal-fired steam to diesel-electric, how 
> did we supply that increased demand for diesel fuel?


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Re: [MBZ] Mercedes is selling vaporware

2022-01-06 Thread Clay via Mercedes
There is one shipper in AK that retrofit their fleet with massive LNG tanks.  
They shuttle between WA and AK, as well as head out to HI in these boats.  It 
is the Green thing to do.  I wonder if they could swap over to H fuel at a 
later date.

Euro rail is electric.  Not a small enough area to allow USA to do that.  Take 
too much copper, and the miscreants would be constantly ripping the wires out.  

I was reading up on the energy disaster in UK this morning.  Big huzzahs for 
the increase in plug in cars, while much rending of tunic over the increase in 
home heating and electric costs.  Many energy companies went into receivership 
when cost to get fuel outpaced revenues and customers got tossed into another 
provider with jacked up pricing.  Elected leadership is pondering giving away 
more money as well as reducing tax on energy in an attempt to lower the curve 
of inflationary costs.  I tried to reconcile the mass increase in energy cost 
(electric) with forcing plug in cars and inability to provide power when 
consumers reduce NG use and increase plug in heaters to balance their bills


Clay

> On Jan 6, 2022, at 11:56 AM, Rick Knoble via Mercedes  
> wrote:
> 
> Thorium reactors and upgrade (and hardening) of the US electric grid would be 
> an answer. However, they don't produce byproducts used in nuclear weapons, so 
> there is no interest.
> 
> The elephant in the room is this. A barrel of oil produces 40-46% gasoline, 
> 25-28% diesel fuel, 10-12% jet A, and miscellaneous other stuff, asphalt, 
> ship fuel, etc.  If you eliminate the internal combustion automobile that 
> operates on gasoline, but do NOT eliminate diesel powered semi tractor 
> trailers, farm tractors, combines, diesel electric locomotives*, cargo 
> container ships, asphalt roads, and other stuff I don't care to mention, 
> there will be a glut of gasoline byproduct that will need to be disposed of. 
> This occured early in the pandemic, when trucks were on the road, and cars 
> weren't. Refineries were facing shut downs because of lack of gasoline 
> storage, and diesel was facing shortages. Crude oil was negative for a while, 
> because there was a lack of storage.
> 
> No one thinks this stuff through. Decisions and actions have consequences. 
> Electric cars make little sense for the majority. In urban areas, where 
> travel is limited to a few miles each way, sure. Visitors from other 
> countries are amazed at the wide open spaces in the heartland and out west. 
> In rural America they make no sense.
> 
> So unless you eliminate a good deal of the population, and colonize the 
> remainder of folks into urban areas, mass electrification of personal 
> transportation is __ (fill in the blank).
> 
> *Locomotives are a diesel electric hybrid.
> 
> 
> Rick

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Re: [MBZ] Mercedes is selling vaporware

2022-01-05 Thread Clay via Mercedes
5-20 rings a bell.  It was changed past summer with generic tire shop goo that 
#2 boy handled since he was driving it 

Clay




> On Jan 5, 2022, at 6:48 PM, Scott Ritchey via Mercedes 
>  wrote:
> 
> OIL SAE viscosity?

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Re: [MBZ] Mercedes is selling vaporware

2022-01-05 Thread Clay via Mercedes
I got off the phone with #1 boy in ND.  He was wanting advice on why the fob 
for the car was not allowing touch unlock and keyless start.  The separate auto 
start fob does its job fine.  He keeps his keys in the work truck at -28C today 
with -49C windchill.  I told him to keep his fob in his trouser pocket for the 
battery to be happier.  Or, just pop new battery in.  Being a sparky, he tells 
me there is just so much electrons and there should be  no fresh juice in them 
if they are dead.  This related to poking and stabbing the start button until 
he got the car to finally start.  


Clay


> On Jan 5, 2022, at 2:03 PM, Randy Bennell via Mercedes 
>  wrote:
> 
> I thought they might even work down to about -20C but we get colder than that 
> here in the GWN. It is -25C right now at 5:00 PM.
> The coldest that I have seen lately is about -33C but we sometimes exceed 
> that.
> 
> Randy

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Re: [MBZ] Mercedes is selling vaporware

2022-01-05 Thread Clay via Mercedes
The cars live in the garage religiously.  I did point out things to make these 
more useful in GWN winters, but SWMBA poo-poos that kind of thing.  She does 
swap out tires for winter, but no winter oil or upgrades.  Heated seat and 
steering wheel are her idea of winter prep. I stopped talking about it after I 
figured out nobody was listening.


clay 

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> On Jan 5, 2022, at 1:04 PM, Randy Bennell via Mercedes  > wrote:
> 
> Do you have block heaters in your vehicles? If not, get them installed. Not 
> expensive and if plugged in and kept warm, the vehicle will start. You can 
> also get battery blankets that are electric heaters to keep the battery warm.
> 
> Randy

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Re: [MBZ] Mercedes is selling vaporware

2022-01-05 Thread Clay via Mercedes
Temps this week hover around 0*F in ANC.  The carpet installers are using the 
garage to prep so the cars are out on the street.  I tried to move one that had 
sat overnight to put it in the driveway.  Maybe 30 hour cold soaked and that 
poor battery was nearly incapable of spinning it over.  Like a no glow start on 
an OM615.  Did get it lit off after a few tries and hooked it to the charger 
once the engine was up to temp and battery warmed.  Tried to move it this 
morning and it was not happy.  Maybe it wants a real winter battery.



Clay

> On Jan 5, 2022, at 11:39 AM, Allan Streib via Mercedes 
>  wrote:
> 
> Ask the folks in Teslas who were stranded on the interstate in Virginia.
> 
> I think at least the newer EV cars do not use resistance heating, which would 
> be a heavy drain on the batteries, but use a heat pump system which should be 
> more efficient, at least as long as it's not *too* cold outside.
> 
> I don't know how a half-charged EV vs. a car with a half-tank of gas would 
> compare as far as keeping warm enough to prevent hypothermia in a "stranded 
> in a blizzard" scenario.
> 
> Allan

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Re: [MBZ] Mercedes is selling vaporware

2022-01-03 Thread Clay via Mercedes
Vegan leather = Mango fruit leather

Clay


> On Jan 3, 2022, at 2:57 PM, OK Don via Mercedes  wrote:
> 
> https://www.caranddriver.com/news/a38651341/mercedes-benz-vision-eqxx-concept-revealed/
> 
> -- 
> OK Don
> 
> "Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to
> pause and reflect." Mark Twain
> 
> “Basic research is what I’m doing when I don’t know what I am doing.”  Wernher
> Von Braun
> 2013 F150, 18 mpg
> 2017 Subaru Legacy, 30 mpg
> 1957 C182A, 12 mpg - but at 150 mph!

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[MBZ] Happy Moose Day

2021-12-30 Thread Clay via Mercedes
and New Year’s Eve



Clay


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Re: [MBZ] Why Do I Bother?

2021-12-30 Thread Clay via Mercedes
Their opinions do not conform to my experience.  I had the OM603 SDL running at 
80 mph through MT on I-90 and I-94 to cross the state with no issue, other than 
a 3am blizzard that was tossing other cars into the median and ditches.  The 
OM617 in the SD only got lead footed to 80 for long stretches on I-5 for about 
3 hours.  Steady and no runaway.  The OM606na would run at those speeds for 10 
hours at a stretch, tank to tank.  Even the W220 on 24 slogs at 85pmh had no 
issues… only gasser benz I can speak to.  The OM615 was ok blasting along at 
70mph all day long and held 84mph for many minutes (floored) until I chickened 
out and let up.  None unstable at top speeds.


Clay


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> On Dec 30, 2021, at 11:49 AM, Rick Knoble via Mercedes 
>  wrote:
> 
> My favorite
> 
> "The S class gassers (think Euro 500SEL) etc we're designed for the autobahn, 
> but not in their US form, as they are too unstable at speed. Foot to the 
> floor for hours on end will buy you a runaway on most diesels."
> 
> A 560SEC. Unstable at speed.
> A 560SE. Unstable at speed.
> A 300D turbo will runaway if driven above legal speeds for any length of time.
> 
> A. Marshall Booth is rolling over in his grave.
> 
> The misinformation and outright stupidity is astounding.
> 
> Rick

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[MBZ] Engine shake when frozen

2021-12-29 Thread Clay via Mercedes
Russia, of course.  Fellow does follow up on a previous video of the impact on 
engine oil while attempting to light off a Lada(?) at -30C.  A very good 
example of why using a block heater is smart.

https://youtu.be/fNzSQxd4mzU 

Clear oil pan and valve cover.  GWN has been sitting at -12C to -21C the past 
seven weeks.  Lots of cars sitting out not hooked to power.  


clay 

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Re: [MBZ] At last - a proper use for a Tesla

2021-12-27 Thread Clay via Mercedes
Realtor guy who sold my home was full pitcher kool-aid on Tesla.  Had their 
roof system, an early S and a later S.  He kept going on about how the early S 
was going to get free charges for life, unlike the newer models.  Guess it will 
not be sooo free when the battery pack goes dead, just delayed payment

clay 

> On Dec 26, 2021, at 6:08 PM, Andrew Strasfogel via Mercedes 
> mailto:mercedes@okiebenz.com>> wrote:
> 
> Elon will NOT be pleased.


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Re: [MBZ] 1974 450SL - 222k miles - $4,950

2021-12-25 Thread Clay via Mercedes
looks like pass headlamp is minus glass lens.  Those are close to unobtanium 
this side of the pond.  Would need an in person review to see if rust is 
extensive, the Djet is sorted and all those niggling bits

Clay


> On Dec 25, 2021, at 12:53 PM, Allan Streib via Mercedes 
>  wrote:
> 
> Euro headlights. Salvage title.
> 
> https://cincinnati.craigslist.org/cto/d/cincinnati-mercedes-450sl/7424755747.html


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[MBZ] SkiDoo Alpine - somebody needs

2021-12-20 Thread Clay via Mercedes
https://anchorage.craigslist.org/snw/d/talkeetna-ski-doo-alpine-national-guard/7421688282.html

Low hours National Guard edition.   Not mine, no interest, etc


Clay


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Re: [MBZ] Stupid E320

2021-12-20 Thread Clay via Mercedes
Lots of luck.  I have done that drive enough to know just how big of a bullet 
you dodged

Clay

> On Dec 20, 2021, at 1:27 PM, Jim Cathey via Mercedes  
> wrote:
> 
> Saturday I went to pick up my son from college in Missoula, and
> halfway back home the car threw the belt.  No alternator, water pump,
> or power steering---awkward!  There is almost no reserve capacity in
> this car, the dash lights started dimming after only a few minutes.  Temp
> gauge never got very high.  Lots of warning lights started coming on as
> the voltage dropped.  The car started misfiring, and puking along barely
> above idle, but it was still pushing.  Blizzard conditions, very hazardous
> driving.  No hazard lights, they didn't work on low voltage.  We were able
> to limp to the next exit and get off.  Even parked safely under its own power.
> 
> We were at the last services exit before the mountain pass.  We ended up
> staying the night at the motel, until friends could come get us the next day.
> The car's still there.
> 
> The tensioner idler pulley had seized, and burned up the belt.  Today I robbed
> that pulley off of Barney, another E320, and we're planning to go back 
> tomorrow
> to put it (and a new belt) on the car and ferry it home.  Bringing jumper 
> cables along.
> Wish me luck!
> 
> -- Jim
> 
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[MBZ] Trio of haulers

2021-12-20 Thread Clay via Mercedes
A handful of useful replacements for that TD

https://houston.craigslist.org/cto/d/houston-rolls-royce-hearse-silver/7417332383.html

https://houston.craigslist.org/cto/d/cypress-1995-cadillac-fleetwood-hearse/7416756643.html
  - UBER?

https://sanantonio.craigslist.org/cto/d/san-antonio-cadillac-limosine/7419443851.html

Oddly, not that many Benz to be found in TX at the moment.  Except this Kaleb 
pair 
https://sanantonio.craigslist.org/cto/d/san-antonio-mercedes-benz-e300d/7415672644.html



Clay



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[MBZ] What became of Casey...

2021-12-18 Thread Clay via Mercedes
or Zeitgeist?   All the old frog cars seem to have rotted away in PNW, but I am 
finding his favored flavor of diesel in the south.

https://dallas.craigslist.org/dal/cto/d/addison-1982-peugeot-505-23-turbodiesel/7421397569.html


Clay



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Re: [MBZ] Psycho Hose Beast

2021-12-18 Thread Clay via Mercedes
It seems to have made a number of annual round trips to NY to rack up that 
mileage.  Maybe it got all the services to keep it in good fettle.  I know the 
M117 in Frosch (73SL) was well behaved once it got the fuel issues dealt with 
and was actually driven.  The transmission was also in very good condition once 
the shift bushings were replaced.  Sold her this past June with 215k on the 
clock.


clay monroe

1974 450sl -  Frosch - Two tone green
2014 ‘yota Highlander - Haggis

Retired-
1986 SDL- Polei
2002 s430 - Victor, a Stately & well tailored crap
1982 SD - Allen
1976 300D - Das Blei - Lead Sled
1972 220D - Gump - She was green, simple and ran and ran
1995 E300D - Gave her life against a dame in a SUV
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> On Dec 18, 2021, at 11:57 AM, dan penoff.com via Mercedes 
>  wrote:
> 
> $11,000 for a 1988 560SEL with 280k on the clock:
> 
> https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/236642721806070/
> 
> Not far away at all. I reached out to the owner and asked some hard questions 
> regarding service. I can’t imagine an M117 with 280k not being in need of 
> some serious work. And a transmission.
> 
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Re: [MBZ] "Mostly original" 1972 350SL - $14,500

2021-12-18 Thread Clay via Mercedes
Jack Mexi-fried that collectable.  Nice that “updating” took place, but no way 
worth $14k, as it devalued it by at least that much to put it all into proper 
trim again


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> On Dec 17, 2021, at 7:33 PM, Allan Streib via Mercedes 
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> 10 million miles! A record!
> 
> https://knoxville.craigslist.org/cto/d/irvine-1972-mercedes-350/7422202696.html
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Re: [MBZ] Looks Interesting

2021-12-15 Thread Clay via Mercedes
The w220 rivals a high end Hyundai in fit, finish and quality.  When it was 
functional, it was a joy to drive and I was displeased with how it developed a 
cascade failure of major systems after a dozen years.  Transmission failures, 
cats died, Media center kacked, suspension dropped, computers crashed, cluster 
(third one, two prior were under warrantee) went blank.  By the time I got rid 
of it the only thing still working were the tires

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2002 s430 - Victor, a Stately & well tailored crap
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> On Dec 15, 2021, at 4:16 PM, Dimitri Seretakis via Mercedes 
>  wrote:
> 
> W220. The air suspension on this car when it works well gives an amazing 
> ride. The car handles like it’s on rails which again is amazing for such a 
> large car. Sam Peterson who was/is (?) on this list has one and I drove it 
> and wow! And he claims that the air suspension issues are fairly easy to fix 
> when broken and parts and rebuild kits no longer expensive. The real issue 
> with this chassis is rust but if kept off salty roads it’s not an issue. 
> People claim that the interior feels cheap but I can’t really agree with that 
> either.
> 
> Sent from my iPhone
> 
>> On Dec 14, 2021, at 9:49 PM, dan penoff.com via Mercedes 
>>  wrote:
>> 
>> But pricey, again. Maybe why it’s been up for nearly 30 days. Is there 
>> anything of significance to watch out for on one of these? 4Matic would be 
>> nice…
>> 
>> https://tampa.craigslist.org/psc/cto/d/wesley-chapel-2006-mercedes-benz-s500/7409080638.html
>> 
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Re: [MBZ] OT - Home Interior Finish Issue

2021-12-15 Thread Clay via Mercedes
I purchased a home with sheet panels over unfinished drywall.  No adhesive 
used, not much beyond mud over drywall nail heads.  We pulled it all off/down 
(ceiling got paneled) removed trim (it was unfinished and low grade) and 
unhooked the baseboard heaters, as well as the odd partitioning wall that 
divided the space into a pair of 8x10 alcoves (it pretended to be closets).  
The floor was asbestos tile.

The solutions was to mud and tape all the old sheetrock to seal it from air 
leakage, then to hang ¼ inch on the walls and ½ inch on the ceiling using 
screws.  Mud and tape with a full skim finish coat over all the wallboard.  We 
kept the electric boxes, replaced the sockets and used longer screws to secure 
them.  The ceiling got an extender to the box and hung a new fixture.  The 
floor we laid parquet over asbestos (GIANT PITA) after rolling paint on the 
ceiling and walls.  I prepainted the trim bits and FiL played finish carpenter 
since he had tools.  The room was neither plumb nor square but the molding hid 
the worst of it.

Clay


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> On Dec 15, 2021, at 2:24 PM, dan penoff.com via Mercedes 
>  wrote:
> 
> The house I bought in Flagstaff is a typical 1970s brick ranch, 3/2, 2300 SF 
> or so. There were two owners prior to us.
> 
> At some point in the past, one of the previous owners put wood paneling on 
> the walls in the hallway and several bedrooms. They did this with a 
> combination of finish nails and construction adhesive over the original 
> drywall. Ugh. I have removed some of the paneling, exposing the remains of 
> the construction adhesive and the holes from the ring shank finish nails they 
> used.
> 
> I would add, not that it matters, that one of the previous owners also 
> painted the paneling. Yellow. Double ugh.
> 
> So I’m wondering what the best approach to remediating this awful paneling 
> might be. My thoughts:
> 
> Remove the paneling and adhesive as best as possible. A lot of the adhesive 
> remains are brittle and will come off the drywall, but in some cases it won’t 
> or if it does it pulls the paper off with it. I figure I can skim coat the 
> drywall and use some spray texture to cover these areas. It won’t look great, 
> but it will be far better than painted paneling in our opinion.
> 
> The only other possibility I can think of would be to put more drywall over 
> the existing drywall to have a consistent surface. Either way I’ve got to 
> pull things like door casing and base molding and reinstall or install new. I 
> haven’t looked into it, but I'm wondering if there is some sort of thin 
> drywall or panel material I could use. This would be a lot less labor 
> intensive, for sure.
> 
> I’m curious as to anyone’s experience with similar situations and how you 
> dealt with it.
> 
> Thanks!
> 
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Re: [MBZ] catilac converter gone ... 2003 Mercedes-Benz E-Class E 320 Sedan 4D, $1, 300

2021-12-14 Thread Clay via Mercedes
There were two reported self terminations related to CC this week.  The one 
where the benz squished a thief at the car repair shop.  The other was a 
priapus that fell off its stand and mushed the thief.

Clay


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> On Dec 14, 2021, at 7:59 AM, Andrew Strasfogel via Mercedes 
>  wrote:
> 
> Another thief didn't realize the owner was sleeping in the van.  Caught in
> the act and then was shot and dragged into the woods by the mentally
> deranged owner.


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Re: [MBZ] [Daveslist] USPS

2021-12-12 Thread Clay via Mercedes
In the early 80’s I stood the test to be a carrier.  At the time pay would have 
been great ($10.hr) and the test simple.  My fellows in the room were a motley 
crew of ESL and high school grads, along with a few veterans.   I opted to 
continue higher education over putting in marathon strolls in rain.  At the 
time the postmaster at the local had high volume and competent crew.  By the 
time I returned to the zip code a few years later it was bedlam and equal 
opportunity hires behind the counter.  My carrier was one of the guys I took 
the test with, who became the postmaster around 2012.  Went from a nice guy to 
a power hungry jerk who yelled at me when I had issues with the replacement 
carriers who no longer spoke english or knew how to deliver or pick up mail.

The job is not an easy one.  There was a neighbor a few blocks over who 
transitioned from working the state liquor store to carrier when the citizens 
voted to disband the bottle shoppes.  He dropped 60 pounds and worked himself 
to the bones.  Finally got a decent route after five years of busting his 
backend.  Last I talked to him he was not the happy fellow I had known.  
Stressed out, hitting the bottle and pretty much screaming about Amazon having 
screwed over USPS because he had to get their junk delivered even if it meant 
he had to skip the people at end of his route and hope to get their mail 
delivered in the next day or three.

GWN seems to run a dedicated Amazon route for boxes, while the carrier has to 
handle anything that fits in the mailbox.  I have not met the carrier, but the 
way he plays at Mario Andretti, I doubt I will.

Clay


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Re: [MBZ] [Daveslist] USPS

2021-12-12 Thread Clay via Mercedes
It has been broken for at least 40 years.  Going Postal was not something that 
took place back in the day.  Postal workers were intelligible, hard working, 
pleasant, and on the main less error prone.  Sometime in the late ’70’s things 
took a turn, be it for EEOC candidates, PTSD veterans, or cramming unrealistic 
expectations for production through the system.

clay 

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> On Dec 12, 2021, at 7:50 AM, Floyd Thursby via Mercedes 
>  wrote:
> 
> The USPS would benefit from more union workers and more union rules and more 
> union benefits, and of course spending more money on it.  It's really the 
> only way to fix it.
> 
> --FT
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[MBZ] S Classe recall over videos

2021-12-12 Thread Clay via Mercedes
https://www.engadget.com/mercedes-benz-mbux-server-side-configuration-error-224912962.html
 


Mercedes-Benz recalls EQS over error that allowed dashboard video playing.  
Looks like people would use the 56in screens to play games while in motion.


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Re: [MBZ] Clay, did you see this?

2021-12-10 Thread Clay via Mercedes
There was no time to lower them.  He got up, made most of two miles as the crow 
flies, before having to come back down.  I am sure all was going well when 
wheels went up, and went wrong in time to slide on the tarmac of the old 
airport.  

Clay



> On Dec 10, 2021, at 1:03 PM, mitch--- via Mercedes  
> wrote:
> 
> Wheels-up in a DC3?
> That won't buff out, even if he landed in snow.

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Re: [MBZ] Clay, did you see this?

2021-12-10 Thread Clay via Mercedes
I did not witness it, but read about it in the morning news dump.  I do 
recognize the plane.  Parked out in the open a few blocks from the hacienda.  
Drive past when I venture beyond the confines of the ‘hood.  

clay 


> On Dec 10, 2021, at 11:23 AM, dan penoff.com  via 
> Mercedes mailto:mercedes@okiebenz.com>> wrote:
> 
> https://www.alaskasnewssource.com/2021/12/08/transnorthern-plane-makes-emergency-landing-merrill-field-no-injuries-reported/
>  
> 

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Re: [MBZ] What Could Possibly Be Wrong With This?

2021-12-09 Thread Clay via Mercedes
Grand touring, so not a sports car, but a joy to drive.  I compare it to the 
OM606 w124, an almost sporty sedan with restrained power.  New seats makes for 
easy two tank trips (450-500 mile) with no saddle soreness.  Soft top is 
expensive to renew, so that is a large plus.  Both indicate to me care has been 
taken to keep the car in good fettle.  Paint/clear is a pain, but a good shop 
could do spot remedy, as the hood and trunk could be removed to get the work 
done.  The probability of coming out with a great roadster with minimal outlay 
is good.  Downside is that R107 values peaked around the end of 2019.  Seller 
may have priced this taking into account the market for them is shrinking and 
he needs dental work over finding the “right” buyer.

I sold my SL this past June for over $7k.  1973 with 215k on the clock, factory 
two tone green on green, returned to mostly factory spec. but needing more than 
this fellow is selling his SL.  I would be a serious buyer if I had opportunity 
and wanted a top down cruising toy.  They have great cabin heat for winter 
trips and you can go top down for spring and autumn.  Not sure about summers, 
as you need loads of sunblock and high speeds to keep cool.  AC would not 
overcome heat and it is overly expensive to rebuild the system to bother.

Jim outlined the salient issues with this model.  Give it the same level of 
scrutiny you would any other 35 year old car.  Battery is cheap, tires, if 
those are 15” bundts are reasonable.  Getting V rated 14in are not cheap  
(vredstein $280).   I think I went with H rated General Altimax for around 
$110, thought the BF Goodrich were on the list.

My $0.02

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> On Dec 9, 2021, at 4:30 PM, Bob Rentfro via Mercedes  
> wrote:
> 
> Here is what the owner texted me:
> 
> For over a year. I did get a three day permit last month and drove it from 
> Prescott to Spring Valley. I just have too many vehicles and can't afford to 
> keep them all registered and insured. I had a shop before the pandemic began. 
> Not a good time to have started a business. So I am paying storage on them. I 
> really don't want to sell it. The clear coat is peeling on the hood and 
> trunk. But it's very straight and rust free. It has all of the trim, new 
> leather interior and soft top. 
> I need some dental work that I put off due to the pandemic, which only made 
> things worse. Otherwise I wouldn't be selling it. It's fun to drive, though 
> it's not really a sports car. In spite of its small size it still weighs 
> about 4000 lbs. It's a very well built and solid car. It's a Mercedes, needs 
> some TLC. The 3.80liter V8 starts right up first time the key is turned with 
> a jump. The 1984 and 85s are supposed to be the best years because of the 
> engine having a double steel timing chain. And it is pretty good on gas. But 
> it has been sitting and I would change the fluids. 
> One other thing, the car is not made for a large person. 
> 
> So much for sparse texts.  He has a story for sure. 
> 
> Wha choo think?
> 
> AZBob
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Re: [MBZ] What Could Possibly Be Wrong With This?

2021-12-09 Thread Clay via Mercedes
Do the same in depth scrutiny you would give any other benz of that age.  There 
could be rust in footwells below carpet and under the parcel shelf.  The cars 
are an amalgamation of w114/116 for the most part, but the 380 might have 
upgrades out of the 126 bin.  An 85 should be pretty bullet proof as to issues, 
not as desirable as a 560SL, but minus the electronic bells and whistles that 
make for expensive updates.  I would get this if I had a place to keep it and 
time to drive it in AK.

Clay


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> On Dec 9, 2021, at 7:37 AM, Bob Rentfro via Mercedes  
> wrote:
> 
> I am not familiar enough with R107 to know what to ask. 
> 
> AZBob

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Re: [MBZ] OT: Pandemic cravings

2021-12-06 Thread Clay via Mercedes
No order for take away in over two years, somebody may have done delivery prior 
to that.  I think last one I did myself was for a pizza in 2011.  The plague 
hit while in GWN.  Still no delivered food, but SWMBA wanted to assist the 
local small business early in the event, so sat in the car outside a few venues 
one weekend, while the employee carefully deposited the bagged meal on a chair 
outside the place.  In single digit temps.  Just to make sure the food became 
inedible unless you bolted for the grub immediately, then wolfed it down in the 
car while watching others scamper to grab their bag of chow.

Clay


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> On Dec 6, 2021, at 4:14 PM, Allan Streib via Mercedes  
> wrote:
> 
> I have ordered almost no take out food or delivery since the pandemic began. 
> I live out in the far unlit unknown so the likes of Uber Eats and others 
> don't bother with me.
> 
> I cook at home, as I pretty much always have. The only change as been since I 
> haven't been going to the office, I don't eat lunch in town.
> 
> Allan

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Re: [MBZ] OT - Reboot Your Aircraft

2021-12-04 Thread Clay via Mercedes
Amtrak Empire Builder seems to run on windows software.  The stop in Spokane WA 
is where the cars decouple, with the observation car going through the Columbia 
River Gorge (in the DARK) scenic area to PDX, while the rest of the train 
continues to SEA.  Except, most of the time the engine, at midnight, have to be 
rebooted endlessly.  Used to have a “spare” engine on hand that could swap out, 
but now the two step is to keep on rebooting until the BNSF locomotive and 
engineer can be roused from sleep and made to haul the thing the rest of the 
way, four or more hours late.

I would not be entertained to find something that would fall out of the sky 
needing reboot mid-flight.  At least a train has rails to either remain on or 
fall off at a meager 60mph, not hundreds of knots and tens of thousands of feet.

---
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> On Dec 4, 2021, at 10:12 AM, Allan Streib via Mercedes 
>  wrote:
> 
> Had the reboot delays on a regional Embraer a few years ago. After the third 
> or fourth attempt to get the systems up, running, and happy, they gave up and 
> called maintenance. All these electronic systems are modular so they just 
> swapped a module and we were finally on our way after about a 45 minute 
> delay. I guess we should be thankful it happened at an airport where they had 
> maintenance staff and parts on hand.
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Re: [MBZ] 2006 R350 - 79k miles - $6,400

2021-12-02 Thread Clay via Mercedes
IF you donate the car and it ends up at PnP, or other event that tarnished 
title.  We had to rebuild the title to the 300SE w140 picked up from PnP.  The 
transmission was on its last legs, too expensive for donor to repair, so  
became for sale instead of for scrap.  Got branded title.  No wreckage at all.

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> On Dec 2, 2021, at 11:32 AM, Andrew Strasfogel via Mercedes 
> mailto:mercedes@okiebenz.com>> wrote:
> 
> If a car has a "rebuilt title" does that always mean it has been in a wreck?
> 
> On Thu, Dec 2, 2021 at 3:28 PM Allan Streib via Mercedes <
> mercedes@okiebenz.com > wrote:
> 
>> Lower miles, but has rebuilt title, and probably has balance shaft
>> concerns?
>> 
>> 
>> https://columbus.craigslist.org/cto/d/columbus-2006-mercedes-benz-r350/7415485843.html
>>  
>> 
>> 
>> Would be nice if sellers of rebuilt cars would at least address WHY the
>> car has a rebuilt title, i.e. what was damaged and repaired.
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Re: [MBZ] been parked in garage for fifteen years 1972 Mercedes-Benz 220d 4 door, $10, 000

2021-11-29 Thread Clay via Mercedes
The Odo rolled over six times?  The horn pad is toast.  Long time usage toast.  
At least the car was put up prior to Kash for Klunkers claimed it.  Now it 
could be placed back into circulation

Clay


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> On Nov 29, 2021, at 6:04 AM, Floyd Thursby via Mercedes 
>  wrote:
> 
> No indication why it was parked in the garage 15yr ago
> 
> https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/1071893290298599
> 
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Re: [MBZ] This looks really nice -- 1973 Mercedes Benz 450SL Coupe Roadster - $12, 000

2021-11-27 Thread Clay via Mercedes
It reminded me of the long laundry list of needs Frosch had when I brought her 
home.  The rust is most likely in the footwells, trunk, and under the hood.  
Also door lowers if the weep holes are plugged.  Sitting outside, there could 
be rust under where the dew settled overnights.  There is a BUNCH of rubber 
parts/hoses to swap out, along with cooling system services, fan, water pump, 
and fiddling with the Djet once the injectors are fixed.   I was ticking off 
all the parts I had on hand that went with Froggy when she sold that would have 
replaced the wear items in the pix here.

Clay


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> On Nov 27, 2021, at 9:00 AM, dan penoff.com via Mercedes 
>  wrote:
> 
> Hard to say about the soft top, as no mention is made of it nor are there 
> pictures. They mention rust, but I don’t see any on the outside. For maybe 
> $4k it’s probably a good deal, but would need freshening. A lot of hoses in 
> the injection system, for sure. No telling about things like oiler tubes or 
> timing chain.
> 
> -D

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Re: [MBZ] OT: How long have you been here? Csn you remember?

2021-11-27 Thread Clay via Mercedes
I came on to the hitler list back in y2k I think.  Got banned from there and 
others and ended up on the dickarde list at some point.  Just kept following 
the crumbs to end up here.

Clay




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Re: [MBZ] OT Dear Santa

2021-11-26 Thread Clay via Mercedes
Not sure it has enough fuel to tackle the driveway snow removal.

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> On Nov 25, 2021, at 7:46 AM, Floyd Thursby via Mercedes 
>  wrote:
> 
> For clearing weeds and other manly stuff
> 
> https://palmettostatearmory.com/exothermic-technologies-pulsefire-lrt-flamethrower-od-green-pf-lrt.html
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Re: [MBZ] Hatch struts from Romania

2021-11-23 Thread Clay via Mercedes
BBC ran a story about the enslaved vietnamese workers sent to the Balkans to 
build a chineee tire factory.  I could only find this 

https://news.yahoo.com/vietnamese-workers-chinese-factory-serbia-075504353.html

Clay


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> On Nov 23, 2021, at 9:39 AM, Andrew Strasfogel via Mercedes 
>  wrote:
> 
> What if substandard (e.g., fired) Chinese workers were de/ex-ported to work
> in Romanian factories?  How would I know?

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Re: [MBZ] Hirschmann antenna

2021-11-23 Thread Clay via Mercedes
The Bay of Fleas has posting from Becker Auto Sound.  Their website also has 
some.  Very expensive if you want concourse quality.  I think the stealership 
will toss one of the lame chinee re-thought examples as a solution, since they 
are wired to function the same.


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> On Nov 23, 2021, at 9:02 AM, Dwight Giles via Mercedes 
>  wrote:
> 
> Wondering where I can buy a reconditioned antenna na for my nephew's 1989
> 560 SL?
> Thanks.
> 
> Dwight
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[MBZ] Orange Tucker - Somebody needs

2021-11-22 Thread Clay via Mercedes
Not mine, no interest.  Could be useful if the weather gets squirrelly

https://anchorage.craigslist.org/hvo/d/wasilla-tucker-snowcat/7398337248.html

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[MBZ] Prolonged pain at the pump

2021-11-19 Thread Clay via Mercedes
Californians are paying an average of $4.89/gal this week.  The petroleum 
industry is slowly gathering and lining up ducks with an eye to keeping fuel 
prices filling coffers.  I found the figure of how much oil has not been 
produced out of the Bakken interesting.  Almost the production of Alaska or 
Oklahoma ceased there.  But the US is still exporting petrol.  And the taxes 
paid on production are increased, since they are pegged at barrel prices.

https://www.alaskajournal.com/2021-11-17/lean-opec-coffers-tenuous-market-conditions-buoy-oil


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Re: [MBZ] A car for those in the great white north

2021-11-15 Thread Clay via Mercedes
Based on the ice in the cabin, I am thinking the seals are shot, at least on 
the sunroof.  The better reason for it sitting, is that there are NO benz 
mechanics to work on it.  Stealership here began selling ML type rides and goes 
through service personnel like bark in a moose.  

Clay


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> On Nov 15, 2021, at 4:08 PM, Andrew Strasfogel via Mercedes 
>  wrote:
> 
> The car "sat for 2 years" because it was too perfect to risk getting dirty
> from driving.
> 
> On Mon, Nov 15, 2021 at 7:21 PM Kaleb Striplin via Mercedes <
> mercedes@okiebenz.com> wrote:
> 
>> 
>> https://www.facebook.com/groups/mbfanaticsfsft/permalink/4472113902842034/?sale_post_id=4472113902842034

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Re: [MBZ] OT - Master bathtub

2021-11-13 Thread Clay via Mercedes
For the upper story remodel done two decades ago, the shower was 48x72, 4”  
lip, no door, slate wall, hex floor (to match the flavor of original main bath 
of 1927).  Heated floor and second drain in the main part of the room, in case 
a corpse happened to cover the shower drain and water overflow the lip.  Not 
airplane part cost.

Clay


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> On Nov 13, 2021, at 8:22 AM, OK Don via Mercedes  
> wrote:

>  It was so expensive that I've blocked the price from my memory - think 
> airplane parts.


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Re: [MBZ] OT - Master bathtub

2021-11-13 Thread Clay via Mercedes
Another great point!  The homes I have come across are all lacking in meeting 
gerontologic needs.  Make transit spaces wide enough for walkers/wheeled 
things.  Easier access to shower/tub/sinks as well as including a personal lift 
instead of clobbering up a stairway with aftermarket funicular.  And BRIGHT 
lighting, better it be natural, but provide for nocturnal illumination as well.

clay 

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> On Nov 13, 2021, at 3:19 AM, Buggered Benzmail via Mercedes 
>  wrote:
> 
> The walk-in shower has a 2” threshold and glass door. If building again I 
> would make it a sloped up/down sort of thing, no stepped threshold under the 
> door, for easier entrance/exit in geezerdom, and big enough for a wheelie. 
> This would have been better too when I broke my leg 3yr ago as I had to use a 
> walker (!!!) for maybe 3wk and it was a bit awkward getting In/out of the 
> shower. And that first shower after a week of denial and pain was heavenly 
> sitting on a warm seat and draining that 90gal HW tank!

> —FT

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Re: [MBZ] OT - Master bathtub

2021-11-13 Thread Clay via Mercedes
The forever home will not be in GWN, as none of the kids would move here.  
SWMBA thinks we will reside near her grand children.  I do not see those being 
procured from either offspring.  For my taste, I want the Goldilocks/baby bear 
tropical highlands climate.  A winter where a cardigan suffices, while summer 
heat is soothed with pitchers of sweet tea and hand fans.  

Lower 48 gets me closer to owning a reasonably classic W126 coupe, if not an 
SDL.  I am pretty sure I can skim construction funds over the project as 
payment for playing general contract overlord.

clay 

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> On Nov 13, 2021, at 2:32 AM, dan penoff.com via Mercedes 
>  wrote:
> 
> Clay, will your retirement abode be in the lower 48?
> 
> -D

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Re: [MBZ] OT - Master bathtub

2021-11-12 Thread Clay via Mercedes
The same sort of issues I had when I did a jetted tub install in a 90 year old 
house.  It had the original tub on the main floor which was good for small 
kids, but cramped for me.  I thought a jetted tub to make two bathrooms in the 
house would have seen more usage.  Turned out the shower got daily use, the tub 
portion got regular car carpet cleanings, and I got around one bath each year.  
Figured I would not be using a big tub much more than that going forward.  Hard 
to rig them up for gerontologic use, since showers work better for washing 
anyway.  Also reduces the need for large or many water heaters.   

Clay

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> On Nov 12, 2021, at 5:56 PM, Allan Streib via Mercedes 
>  wrote:
> 
> I have one of the large tubs in the master bath. A Jacuzzi, with water jets. 
> When the kids were small they had immense fun dumping shampoo into the water 
> and turning on the jets, causing a massive amount of foam.
> 
> Now, it gets used maybe once a year.
> 
> Another drawback to a large tub is you need a large water heater if you want 
> to actually fill the thing and have it be more than lukewarm.
> 
> Allan

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Re: [MBZ] I wonder how much of a turd this is?

2021-11-12 Thread Clay via Mercedes
Those white wheels used to command large sums on the Bay of Fleas back in the 
day.  Even a cracked one would fetch me a few hundred bux.  The hunt for a near 
perfect steering wheel for Gump saw many PnP collecting days.  That vintage 
vehicle is not in yards, must be getting scarce enough to make into classic 
cars.  I suspect the white bakelite wheels were being installed in w111

Clay


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> On Nov 12, 2021, at 6:27 AM, OK Don via Mercedes  
> wrote:
> 
> That's the same steering wheel that my '70 220D had - love that look.
> 
> O

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[MBZ] OT - Master bathtub

2021-11-12 Thread Clay via Mercedes
I am taking a very slow train to learning residential architecture the 
autodidact way.  This is part of the plan to be able to design/build our 
retirement abode.

I have been looking over/researching home plans, homes currently for sale 
nationwide, and other means of idea gathering.  What strikes me is that at a 
certain market level, the massive master bathtub shows up.  Intrusively in most 
cases, taking up large portions of the space, as if these things should be the 
center of attention.  I am old school and a bathtub has something a home 
needed, but was not a form of trophy to be put on display, nor was it used 
regularly, unless it were to drown children, or at least wash them.  Showers 
were for real people.  This being said, I do enjoy the occasional deep soak 
with an engaging tome and tumbler of aged whiskey.

My inquiry of the group — does this position of prominence in a bathroom need 
to be followed?  If you have said trophy tub in your home, does it get used 
with such regularity that it continues to earn it’s place of prominence? 

I am thinking were I to be required to have a tub installed, that it would be 
tucked out of the way so that other things could profit more from the space 
thus vacated.

 I am also confused as to just how much usage the sit down vanity space for 
enhancement of the female occupant takes place.  I see them abundantly in more 
prosperous homes.  It just seems that this is an appurtenance of long ago 
Hollywood dreams.  The thing that my grandmothers would have actually put to 
use to apply make up, brush and set hair styling, and to deconstruct themselves 
at the end of the day, prior to installing the face putty for sleeping time and 
filling their head with giant curlers.  If you have one, is anybody sitting 
there using it, or does it gather stray clothing, terry cloth, and schmutz?  
Neither my mother, aunt, sisters or in-lawed, wife, nor cousins have or used 
these things.

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Re: [MBZ] Retirement Ride

2021-11-10 Thread Clay via Mercedes
Not sure about mobile coverage.  It had been being promoted for usage by 
geologist for use out in the field back in 2019 at the mining conference that 
year.  May have been spin, as there was yet to be coverage at the time.

clay 

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> On Nov 9, 2021, at 6:53 PM, Allan Streib via Mercedes  
> wrote:
> 
> Is StarLink usable by travelers now? Last I heard it was still for fixed 
> addresses and would refuse to connect if you were too far from the registered 
> home base.
> 
> Allan
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Re: [MBZ] Retirement Ride

2021-11-09 Thread Clay via Mercedes
Get a StarLink account (Elon’s sat. network) that covers the far north.  Should 
have it well built out in a year or two.  Subscription is supposed to be around 
$99/mo for something a tad bit quicker than DSL.

Clay


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> On Nov 9, 2021, at 6:35 PM, Kaleb Striplin via Mercedes 
>  wrote:
> 
> Now that would be interesting.  Of course I work remote so theoretically as 
> long as I have phone and internet access I could be working from anywhere, 
> even on the road.

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Re: [MBZ] With all this talk of retirement vehicles...

2021-11-09 Thread Clay via Mercedes
Seven to ten days if you do the border crossing into Regina.  Depends on your 
lead foot how long it takes to hit the border.  Road is well paved in Canada 
until you get north in the boonies.  SWMBA drives speed limits, Canada has top 
speed around 62mph, gravel roads drop it to 50 or less.  Mounties do enjoy 
enforcing speeds.

Clay


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> On Nov 9, 2021, at 6:18 PM, Kaleb Striplin via Mercedes 
>  wrote:
> 
> I will say I am 3666 miles away from ANC.

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Re: [MBZ] Retirement Ride

2021-11-09 Thread Clay via Mercedes
Another option for getting up to AK is to sign up to drive a brand new RV up 
from the factory.  You do pay for the pleasure of having virgin Class C or A 
accommodations, as well as normal fuel cost.   Prior to Couf there were massive 
fleets of these making the voyage every May to resupply the rentals that got 
worn out.  Cruise America rate is around $100 day.  Horizon Transport pays you 
$0.99/mile.  Some even offer the option to tow a wee car behind, so you have 
other means of getting around once you drop off.


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Re: [MBZ] With all this talk of retirement vehicles...

2021-11-09 Thread Clay via Mercedes
Depends on how fast you want to drive.  SWMBA made the trip up from SEA with #1 
boy as co-driver.  I think they stopped every night.  August, so still some 
late light, but not much past 8pm.  Took them five days one way.

She made another transit down AlCan with her mutt. A week with camping along 
the roadway in June, so left with around 20 hours of daylight, arriving to 18 
hours.  Heading south took a week.  Driving back, she took five days to Prince 
Rupert, took the AK ferry to Skagway, then along the Klondike Hwy to Whitehorse 
and back onto AlCan, for another two days before getting back to ANC.

The drive from ANC to FAI is around 800 miles round trip.  From FAI to 
Deadhorse is another 400, oneway.  Roundtrip in a day seems reasonable.  Were I 
driving up from the lower 48, I would go with a well suspended 126 LWB, or a 
W140 for real lux accommodations.  The SDL would handle to unpaved sections of 
the AlCan without giving you massive back trouble or rump rictus.  Not sure how 
well the W124 would take the beating of pocked gravel road at 50mph for long 
long stretches.

Clay


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> On Nov 9, 2021, at 5:40 PM, Kaleb Striplin via Mercedes 
>  wrote:
> 
> The other day I saw a post from some guy on fakebook who drove a 560SEL from 
> Anchorage to the arctic circle in back within 24 hours.  That got me to 
> thinking it would be a great monumental road trip to drive to Anchorage and 
> back from here in some sort of diesel Mercedes.  Perhaps my 210.  Maybe the 
> GL but it being much more complicated it would be harder to try to repair it 
> on the road.  Maybe get an older 124 or 126 diesel ready for it.  My brother 
> drove down here in a uhaul once when he moved down here from there.  Might 
> have to wait until I retire or until i can manage to get 3+ weeks off at a 
> time.  Not sure how much time it would take to do such a trip.
> 


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Re: [MBZ] The joys of life with a W115

2021-11-08 Thread Clay via Mercedes
Same process for doing the oil in the SL.  Makes me happy and less pleased when 
I did it.  Reminded me of Gump (115) for happy memories, but still got the 
slimy arm

clay 

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> On Nov 8, 2021, at 12:43 PM, Kaleb Striplin via Mercedes 
>  wrote:
> 
> It’s been many years since I have changed the oil in a 115 but I usually end 
> up with oil all down my arm. Not fun. 

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Re: [MBZ] OT: Movie influences

2021-11-07 Thread Clay via Mercedes
Sir Terry was a master.  He could punish the reader mercilessly.  It is too bad 
his Discworld novels did not get better representation on TV.  The treatments 
that have surfaced just do not capture the magic well.

He saw into the future as well

In a 1995 interview with Microsoft  
co-founder Bill Gates , Pratchett 
expressed concern about the potential spread of misinformation 
online. He felt that there was a 
"kind of parity of esteem of information" on the internet, and gave the example 
of holocaust denial  being 
presented on the same terms as peer-reviewed 
 research, with no easy way to gauge 
reliability. Gates disagreed, saying that online authorities would index and 
check facts and sources in a much more sophisticated way than in print. The 
interview was rediscovered in 2019, and seen by Pratchett's biographer as 
prescient of fake news .[77] 




Clay


> On Nov 7, 2021, at 5:17 AM, Curt Raymond via Mercedes  
> wrote:
> 
> Adams was heavily influenced by Sir Terry Pratchett, apparently they were 
> well aquatinted.
> Adams had at least two infocomm games.
> Curt
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Re: [MBZ] OT: Movie influences

2021-11-06 Thread Clay via Mercedes
Adams was quite well regarded in his native England, producing both multiple 
radio and TV renditions of his writings, as well as two motion pictures of the 
Hitchhikers guide.

Clay

“A towel, [The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy] says, is about the most 
massively useful thing an interstellar hitchhiker can have. Partly it has great 
practical value. You can wrap it around you for warmth as you bound across the 
cold moons of Jaglan Beta; you can lie on it on the brilliant marble-sanded 
beaches of Santraginus V, inhaling the heady sea vapors; you can sleep under it 
beneath the stars which shine so redly on the desert world of Kakrafoon; use it 
to sail a miniraft down the slow heavy River Moth; wet it for use in 
hand-to-hand-combat; wrap it round your head to ward off noxious fumes or avoid 
the gaze of the Ravenous Bugblatter Beast of Traal (such a mind-boggingly 
stupid animal, it assumes that if you can't see it, it can't see you); you can 
wave your towel in emergencies as a distress signal, and of course dry yourself 
off with it if it still seems to be clean enough.”




> On Nov 6, 2021, at 5:16 PM, Karl Wittnebel via Mercedes 
>  wrote:
> 
> Douglas Adams seems to have had outsize impact despite books that never
> really made any popular movies and dying early.
> 
> On Thu, Nov 4, 2021, 3:36 PM Greg Fiorentino via Mercedes <
> mercedes@okiebenz.com> wrote:
> 
>> I agree that he did not have a major impact on film. But he has had a
>> lasting cultural influence. Was the Webb song named for his novel? And he
>> certainly gave us the TANSTAAFL acronym.
>> 
>> Greg
>> 
>> -Original Message-
>> From: Mercedes [mailto:mercedes-boun...@okiebenz.com] On Behalf Of Jim
>> Cathey via Mercedes
>> Sent: Wednesday, November 3, 2021 12:36 PM
>> To: Mercedes Discussion List
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>> Subject: Re: [MBZ] OT: Movie influences
>> 
>> As much as I like and respect RAH's work, I don't see much of his influence
>> in current (pop) culture _via_ the movies that were made.  (My original
>> thesis.)
>> 
>> I'm waffling on Burroughs.  The ripples are dying out.
>> 
>> -- Jim
>> 
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Re: [MBZ] Happy Moose Day - delayed

2021-11-06 Thread Clay via Mercedes
I was perusing the farm and garden CL listings in TX the other day.  Lots of 
exotic dinner on the hoof.  Zebra, Ibex, Kangaroo (I really wanted to get a 
pair) and more.  No mooses



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> On Nov 6, 2021, at 1:52 PM, G Mann via Mercedes  wrote:
> 
> I'm shocked with the huge increase in the price of meat that the moose
> was released...
> Another couple months of "Let's go Brandon" administration and it will be
> like Cuba and Venezuela where all the pets and zoo animals are "gone"
> "Zebra again tonight for dinner dear?"
> 
> On Sat, Nov 6, 2021 at 2:45 PM Clay via Mercedes 
> wrote:
> 
>> 
>> https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/saskatoon/moose-crash-sylvia-fedoruk-school-1.6237194
>> <
>> https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/saskatoon/moose-crash-sylvia-fedoruk-school-1.6237194
>>> 
>> 
>> 
>> clay
>> 
>> I have no pronouns please do not refer to me.
>> 
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[MBZ] Happy Moose Day - delayed

2021-11-06 Thread Clay via Mercedes
https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/saskatoon/moose-crash-sylvia-fedoruk-school-1.6237194
 



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Re: [MBZ] Dune

2021-11-04 Thread Clay via Mercedes
I really like his Bureau of Sabotage short stories.  Premised upon government 
having become too efficient and steamrolling the rights and needs of the common 
person for the greater good.  The Bureau was tasked with implementing speed 
bumps or eliminations at an inflection point that would cause the least damage 
to society

clay

If they keep feeding you Kool Aid, you begin to think it is the only beverage 
available



> On Nov 4, 2021, at 2:43 PM, Peter Frederick via Mercedes 
>  wrote:
> 
> Frank Herbert was ahead of his time with that.
> 
> I'm not a "believer" in computers or AI -- which is really a fast computer 
> and an ever-growing lookup table programmed to pattern match.  No 
> intelligence implied or intended, and it can go VERY wrong.  Facial 
> recognition and self driving vehicles are a case in point.


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Re: [MBZ] Dune

2021-11-03 Thread Clay via Mercedes
I found it only really begins to make sense after you get through God Emperor, 
as that tome lays out all the missing background of how the worms work.  Dune 
is pretty much a comment on Iran/Iraq and big oil from 1919-1965 and 
exploitation by the west.  The next books in the series delve into the mystical 
nature, with God Emperor and the next two trying to tie it up in a neat bow.  
The Brian Herbert books REALLY delve into the nuts and bolt and expand the 
universe filling in nooks and crannies you can only guess at their import in 
his father’s writing.

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> I think I will have to read the book now. It seems intriguing.

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Re: [MBZ] Renting a Car Trailer from Uhaul.

2021-11-02 Thread Clay via Mercedes
We ran into the same troubles in SEA this year.  All the trailers were sitting 
in MT or at least 500 miles east of town.  In April the reservations from Feb 
had still not been filled.  One shop told me it would be less expensive to rent 
a truck and trailer out of Billings and drive back to SEA, then go back east to 
ND, than it would to find a trailer or truck on the ground for a one way SEA to 
ND.  All the shops were offering only local rentals

 
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> On Nov 2, 2021, at 8:47 AM, Allan Streib via Mercedes  
> wrote:
> 
> Probably would be cheaper going the other way. Might even be worth looking at 
> renting in Phoeniz and pulling it empty to where you need it.
> 
> All the people who have decided to abandon living in California have created 
> a shortage of rental moving trucks and accessories so the one-way rental 
> rates for out-of-state destinations are insane.


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[MBZ] Green on Green W115 for Kaleb

2021-10-28 Thread Clay via Mercedes
https://seattle.craigslist.org/skc/cto/d/federal-way-1976-mercedes-240d/7398563731.html

A bit of a crack price, but may really be in as good condition as seller thinks

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Re: [MBZ] OT: Canine lending library [zero Mercedes content]

2021-10-23 Thread Clay via Mercedes
Love It!


Clay


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> On Oct 23, 2021, at 10:10 AM, Andrew Strasfogel via Mercedes 
>  wrote:
> 
> [image: image.png]
> _

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Re: [MBZ] 1996 W140 S420 - 90k miles - $10,000

2021-10-20 Thread Clay via Mercedes
My spawn has not reproduced

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> On Oct 20, 2021, at 8:20 AM, Randy Bennell via Mercedes 
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> 
> How many of us on this list are NOT grandfathers?
> 
> I have 3 granddaughters.
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Re: [MBZ] OT - Sonic fibre internet

2021-10-19 Thread Clay via Mercedes
#1 boy is looking at Cooperstown ND which has fiber.  His buddy works for M$ 
and speed came back at 186,443 mbps

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> On Oct 19, 2021, at 7:33 AM, Jim Cathey via Mercedes  
> wrote:
> 
> If the 'last mile' actually made it to your house, and the terms are
> reasonable, I'd say jump on it.  I've worked for several companies
> that were focused on making equipment for that, starting in 1996.
> 
> Fiber here is still about a mile away.
> 
> -- Jim
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[MBZ] Kaleb Parts hauler

2021-10-18 Thread Clay via Mercedes
https://seattle.craigslist.org/see/cto/d/friday-harbor-1979-mercedes-l409/7394741037.html

If nothing else, it could move what does not fit on the shelving or drag some 
stuff home


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Re: [MBZ] Okie shop

2021-10-14 Thread Clay via Mercedes
I posted my horde of benz bits on CL for pennies on the dollar.  Got a few 
hundred bucks for a box truck full of goodies.  And that was for parts I had no 
car they fit on.

clay

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may be the most oppressive…those who torment us for our own good will torment 
us without end for they do so with the approval of their own conscience.” - CS 
Lewis

> On Oct 14, 2021, at 3:47 PM, Allan Streib via Mercedes 
>  wrote:
> 
> On Thu, Oct 14, 2021, at 7:41 PM, Kaleb Striplin via Mercedes wrote:
>> The hardest part is figuring out what to do with all the crap.
> 
> Get a big roll-off dumpster delivered and start filling it.
> 
> Did that about 5 years ago at the house and need to do it again.
> 
> Allan
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Re: [MBZ] Rare car great color 1974 Mercedes Benz 450 SLC - $15, 000

2021-10-14 Thread Clay via Mercedes
I like it.  Good option for GNW where it has been snowing all day.  Head liner 
is probably less to make good than soft top.  Carpet and leather are NLA, but a 
good upholstery shop can fab close enough.   The asking price is on the VERY 
high side if there are issues.  I would expect fully sorted Djet, new 
injectors, all new rubber bits in drive line and seals.  Absolutely no rust at 
all anywhere.  Suspension updated in the past five years with new tires.


Clay


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> On Oct 14, 2021, at 11:10 AM, Andrew Strasfogel via Mercedes 
>  wrote:
> 
> Moss green.  "Only cosmetics" can mean $$000s.
> 
> On Thu, Oct 14, 2021 at 10:46 AM Floyd Thursby via Mercedes <
> mercedes@okiebenz.com> wrote:
> 
>> green Only 53,000 original mi.
>> 
>> 
>> https://myrtlebeach.craigslist.org/cto/d/little-river-1974-mercedes-benz-450-slc/7393534257.html
>> 
>> --
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Re: [MBZ] Okay Deal

2021-10-14 Thread Clay via Mercedes
Having owned that vintage SL, there are too few photos to be able to give a yea 
or nay.  Priced as if there is a long list of issues to address.  Specially 
with low miles that tell me it does not get out enough to have been cared for 
over the past 48 years.  Though I barely got above 2k miles per annum on Froggy 
during my ownership.

Clay


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> On Oct 13, 2021, at 8:06 PM, Rick Knoble via Mercedes  
> wrote:
> 
> Kind of blah colors, but looks like an okay deal.
> 
> https://norfolk.craigslist.org/cto/d/windsor-antique-1973-mercedes-450-sl/7393841720.html
> 
> 
> Rick

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Re: [MBZ] Way OT: Dental implant

2021-10-12 Thread Clay via Mercedes
My father paid off his dentist sailboat with implants.  The things were only 
effective for about a decade and had to be replaced.  Last set were good for 
the rest of his life.  That was maybe nine more years.   Pretty sure the bugs 
have been worked out in the last dozen years.

Clay


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> On Oct 12, 2021, at 3:49 PM, Allan Streib via Mercedes 
>  wrote:
> 
> Not crazy about the idea of a screw in my jaw either. Seems like something 
> that would be prone to infection. People with artifical joints need to take 
> antibiotics before any dental work; in that case it may be a worthwhile 
> tradeoff to have a working knee or hip but not sure its worth it for a tooth.
> 
> Allan

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Re: [MBZ] OT about when did vehicles become controlled by computers?

2021-10-12 Thread Clay via Mercedes
I am thinking the w201 may have been one of the earliest MB to acquire 
computers.  Probably wrong, though relays could be thought of as computer 
gates.  Transistors are computers of a sort, need to go back that far?


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> On Oct 12, 2021, at 11:57 AM, Randy Bennell via Mercedes 
>  wrote:
> 
> I am starting to think I would like to find another less complicated vehicle. 
> The newer ones seem to have computers controlling all sort of things.
> 
> How far back would I need to go to where about the only computer control 
> would be for the fuel injection?
> 
> I am thinking, maybe, a Chevy Suburban.
> 
> Randy
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Re: [MBZ] OT: Vintage Cameras

2021-10-12 Thread Clay via Mercedes
Maybe Karen needs to be put on the do not fly list.  Hysterical passengers are 
a threat to crew safety.

clay

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Henry David Thoreau 

> On Oct 12, 2021, at 9:47 AM, G Mann via Mercedes  
> wrote:
> 
> Just to put the hard cost of this incident into perspective.
> Two emergency slides were deployed. Cost per slide [general overview, it
> may vary based on exact model of aircraft. This is based on a 737.]
> https://consumerist.com/2016/04/08/unnecessarily-deployed-emergency-slide-could-cost-united-airlines-as-much-as-3/
> Add to that, landing fees, parking fees, and crew transfer costs, passenger
> transfer costs, etc..
> The aircraft now sets with missing components for the Required Equipment
> List [working escape slides] and can only be flown to a repair facility to
> be "repaired" ... which requires a special ferry permit [FAA issued] and a
> "Ferry pilot crew" to be flown in to fly the aircraft to maintenance shop,
> before it can be put back in service.  More costs.
> Ground handling fees... a tug has to tow the aircraft to temp parking
> [parking fees for an airliner are not cheap]...
> Possible emergency response fire,Medical and police costs... [yep... there
> will be some].
> This is just a short list, I'm sure other costs have been overlooked.
> 
> 
> On Tue, Oct 12, 2021 at 10:31 AM Andrew Strasfogel via Mercedes <
> mercedes@okiebenz.com> wrote:
> 
>> Thanks.  I wonder if the airline will offer to compensate the
>> misunderstood/handcuffed/humiliated passenger with a $300 travel voucher.
>> 
>> On Tue, Oct 12, 2021 at 1:25 PM Jim Cathey 
>> wrote:
>> 
 OK, I get it.  The air hostess ("Karen") misinterpreted what the law
 abiding citizen was doing.  D'oh.
>>> 
>>> Still not right.  The Karen was another _passenger_.  I mostly blame
>>> the airline staff for overreacting based on the unsubstantiated word
>>> of a passenger.  Karen was just another idiot, nothing too special
>>> about that.  I kind of feel sorry for her, her world is just chock full
>>> of 'bombs'.  Perhaps I feel even more sorry for any S.O. that she
>>> might have.
>>> 
>>> -- Jim
>>> 
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Re: [MBZ] appraiser?

2021-10-05 Thread Clay via Mercedes
A common car is easy to total, a “rare” car is not.  When the E300D got smacked 
USAA could not find a local enough comparable, and had to do a nationwide 
search.  In 2013 there fewer than four examples to be had and the lowest was 
$9800.

Clay


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> On Oct 5, 2021, at 11:09 AM, Karl Wittnebel via Mercedes 
>  wrote:
> 
> It works like this:
> 
> Usaa uses an outfit called CCC to appraise the cars. CCC know nothing about
> 25yo Mercedes values. They literally google the car and find some similar
> ones listed for sale, then use these as the basis for their comps.
> 
> If the repair approaches the CCC number, or a certain percentage of it,
> they seem the car a total loss and Copart starts calling you to get you to
> release the vehicle from your body shop. Of course this is irritating if
> you feel you are being lowballed.
> 
> The comps are supposed to be within 90 days. They do not provide details of
> the cars condition or mileage. They are supposed to be as close to the
> damaged car geographically as possible. In my case the comps provided were
> in Minnesota, Atlanta and I forget the third. One of them was actually an
> e320, if that gives any indication of the knowledge of CCC appraisers or
> their attention to detail.
> 
> USAA decides based on this whether to total the car out. If the owner
> disagrees, the owner can place several useless calls over several weeks to
> USAA telling them that they disagree, and emailing a bunch of comps that
> reflect the true value of the car. All of this is likely to be pointless
> however, as USAA has ballooned from about 500k members 5 years ago to over
> 12 million today, and they are simply unable to hire and train people fast
> enough to do the phone jobs. This was a result of the Board deciding to
> open membership to anyone with an honorable discharge.
> 
> After about six calls to different people without any type of response, the
> body shop racks up over 6k in storage fees and you can start to use that as
> a lever to get someone on the phone who knows how to tackle the situation.
> 
> The policies say in writing that USAA can get an independent appraiser and
> you can get an I dependent appraiser and those two people try to get
> together on a value for the car. If they cannot, it goes to a mutually
> agreed "umpire", but according to the appraiser I just hired, this happens
> less than 1% of the time and usually they just agree.
> 
> Now, if the agreed appraisal value is substantially more than the estimated
> repair, they may consider repairing it rather than deeming it a total loss.
> But it would have to be many thousands higher for them to consider that.
> 
> So I expect them to total the car and raise my insurance rates, except I
> will probably just drop collision anyway as it is too expensive compared to
> the value of what I typically drive and I am starting to view it all as a
> total scam, kind of like health insurance. But I digress. Again.
> 
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[MBZ] A place for Poos?

2021-09-28 Thread Clay via Mercedes
https://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/5570-Remington-Rd_Las-Cruces_NM_88011_M25353-17521

A bit of land and room to Martha a few things to BaT.

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Re: [MBZ] Okie acres tire disposal

2021-09-25 Thread Clay via Mercedes
Shades of antifa and blm festivities as well as apartheid necklacing.  Wonder 
who is planning for regime change.

Clay


> On Sep 25, 2021, at 10:58 AM, Floyd Thursby via Mercedes 
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> sprinkle some diesel on them and have a bonfire

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Re: [MBZ] Okie acres tire disposal

2021-09-25 Thread Clay via Mercedes
Rammed earth eco homes like stuffing dirt in tires for outside walls.

Clay



> On Sep 25, 2021, at 8:05 AM, Andrew Strasfogel via Mercedes 
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> 
> Chopped up and mixed with hot asphalt for paving projects?
> 
> On Sat, Sep 25, 2021 at 11:08 AM Kaleb Striplin via Mercedes <
> mercedes@okiebenz.com> wrote:
> 
>> I have a growing problem of waste tires at Okie acres. Been trying to
>> figure out what to do with them. I had tires all over the place. In the
>> shop. In the barn. Piled up in various places. Apparently there is some
>> group in town looking for used tire donations. For some fund raiser but not
>> sure how that would work. Oooo. I got plenty of tires. I rounded them
>> all up in a pile and they are coming to get them today. I’m getting ready
>> to head to the airport to fly out for a week but will be shocked it they
>> are gone when I get back. Surely this is too good to be true.
>> 


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Re: [MBZ] Crack 1974 450SLC - 184k miles - $5,000

2021-09-20 Thread Clay via Mercedes
I find it hard to believe it would be.  Pretty clapped out looking and no 
indication that normal issues this era C107 has


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> On Sep 20, 2021, at 6:25 PM, Allan Streib via Mercedes 
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> Please tell me this isn't worth $5 grand.
> 
> https://cincinnati.craigslist.org/cto/d/osgood-mercedes/7383188774.html
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Re: [MBZ] OT for our printer expert -- What it's like to fix linotype, intertype, and other old presses

2021-09-17 Thread Clay via Mercedes
China just landed a set of their astronaut (CommieNuts?) this week.  They were 
up there for around 100 days.  Probably doing more nefarious things than the 
nice folks on Inspiration4.  NorKs tested their rail based ICBM and Cruise 
missiles this week.

Clay




> On Sep 17, 2021, at 7:31 AM, Scott Ritchey via Mercedes 
>  wrote:
> 
> I don't want to prolong this thread but one more point deserves saying.
> 
> Guidance for an EMP weapon is not hard; a WWII V2 rocket could do the job.
> Even primitive guidance technology that can't hit the broadside of the
> proverbial barn door is good enough.  Any nuclear country that can reach
> near orbit, even an unstable orbit, could build a devastating EMP weapon.
> All semiconductors are vulnerable.  Semiconductors are more vulnerable if
> powered. Recent types with very thin junctions are the most vulnerable.
> 
> Our 3-letter agencies know all this but claim white rage is the real
> problem.  What liars.  If white rage was the problem it would be obvious
> from the bodies.


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Re: [MBZ] OT for our printer expert -- What it's like to fix linotype, intertype, and other old presses

2021-09-15 Thread Clay via Mercedes
I can scavenge fuel from an abandoned vehicle with ICI.  There is no way to 
suckle electrons from a dead EV.  EV goes all of 250 miles at best then needs a 
half day to dribble power back in, while I can siphon gas out of all manner of 
lawn mower, snow blower, or even toss a garden hose into a gas station tank and 
draw out fuel enough to get over the horizon.  No idea how long the charge in a 
Tesla lasts, but a Priapus will not get light off with a dead batter for the 
ICI end.

Clay


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> On Sep 15, 2021, at 12:03 PM, Jim Cathey via Mercedes  
> wrote:
> 
>> I think you're putting a lot of faith into your ability to refuel, 
>> especially after, say, a month...


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Re: [MBZ] OT for our printer expert -- What it's like to fix linotype, intertype, and other old presses

2021-09-15 Thread Clay via Mercedes
CME would do a pretty good job of making an errant Nork nuke look like a 
mosquito bite.  There have been a few doozies this summer that just missed us, 
having burped out in places that will make for really nice Northern Lights come 
winter.  Will have dissipated by then, but if it happens come New Years, will 
be dazzling.  Something like that tends to set transmission lines alight

Clay


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> On Sep 15, 2021, at 10:51 AM, Jim Cathey via Mercedes  
> wrote:
> 
> EMPs are not magic.  They're radio, and are subject to inverse-square laws.
> The devices in question are capable of surviving some level of unwanted
> signal, the EMP failure scenarios are just where the pulse is too strong
> and swamps the inputs, destructively.  Things with long wires (antennae)
> are particularly susceptible.  OTOH, wiry things like the power grid are
> already capable of surviving massive unwanted destructive inputs such
> as lightning strikes.  Somewhat.
> 
> EMPs have difficulty reaching out over large areas.  Things that do NOT
> have these problems, like computer viruses and social hysteria, are
> probably far more of a real threat to us all.
> 
> -- Jim
> 
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Re: [MBZ] OT for our printer expert -- What it's like to fix linotype, intertype, and other old presses

2021-09-15 Thread Clay via Mercedes
Love Niven.  Ain’t your neck of the woods already getting ready to implement 
the death panels?  Think I heard from the Seattle Times columnist that 
hospitals there are lacking staff enough to provide basic health services 
anymore.  Pretty sure it was Spokane as well as SEA and down PDX as well.

Clay


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> On Sep 15, 2021, at 10:36 AM, Jim Cathey via Mercedes  
> wrote:
> 
> Our civilization, having opted for efficiency over resilience, is fragile.
> Any sufficient disruption would have a domino effect, ending up in
> the 'Mad Max' scenario.  People would starve/sicken/die BEFORE
> infrastructure repairs could be accomplished.  The desperate would
> plunder those working to repair things, probably preventing the repairs,
> ultimately prolonging and deepening the problem.
> 
> A tipping point, if you will.  But, exactly where is it?  How much of a
> kick to the anthill is required to start things toppling?
> 
> Fix it in a week or thereabouts, the time it takes any big city to begin
> starving, or bend over and kiss your ass goodbye.
> 
> The Amish would be screwed.  Too many know they're there, they'd be
> overrun by two-legged rats in no time.  And they're non-violent.  The
> equivalent of mountain warlords might survive, if they acted quickly and
> ruthlessly enough.  Shades of Lucifer's Hammer...
> 
> -- Jim
> 
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Re: [MBZ] Comes with the car

2021-09-12 Thread Clay via Mercedes
closer to 12k since I was on the hook for near that on my SEA abode of same 
relative pricing

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> On Sep 12, 2021, at 7:08 PM, Rick Knoble via Mercedes  
> wrote:
> 
> Actually half that.
> 
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Re: [MBZ] Comes with the car

2021-09-12 Thread Clay via Mercedes
I think the Rolls.  No mechanic for it in that tiny town.  Not sure PDX has a 
viable dealer anymore since the Rajneesh left town and his fleet was divided.  
Both home and car will be big money to keep up.  Not in the cards for retired 
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> On Sep 12, 2021, at 5:52 PM, Rick Knoble via Mercedes  
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> I wonder which is the biggest pita to maintain. The 6k sq ft  house or the 
> Roller?
> 
> 
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[MBZ] Comes with the car

2021-09-12 Thread Clay via Mercedes
https://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/617-Fairway-Dr_Aberdeen_WA_98520_M11652-01640

Winter is coming and I am not looking forward to six months under ice.  Found 
this gem that includes a classic car.

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Re: [MBZ] 123 prices

2021-09-12 Thread Clay via Mercedes
Or the people needing cars want something newer and felt to be more “reliable”. 
 I encountered that in finding something to drive in GWN.  SWMBA did not want 
what to her would be a backup car older than Cash for Clunkers.  Now there is a 
video game console on wheels in the garage.  AT least it does not plug in.

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> On Sep 12, 2021, at 9:20 AM, Dimitri Seretakis via Mercedes 
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> If it’s not electric nobody wants it? We have become a society of pussy 
> electric car drivers? Diesel is evil?
> 
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>> On Sep 12, 2021, at 1:11 PM, Kaleb Striplin via Mercedes 
>>  wrote:
>> 
>> Perhaps the 123 craze is fading? I am stating to see fairly decent 123 
>> turbos being listed for under $3k now and they seem to sit a while. In the 
>> last year such a car would be listed for $4k or well above and sell quickly. 
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Re: [MBZ] AMG Is Downsizing The Cheap Stuff

2021-09-09 Thread Clay via Mercedes
The issue on windmills are the blades.  Not useful for anything, as they are 
fiberglass or composite and hard to make use of at end of life.  Maybe shoring 
up slopes or as landfill.  Could be useful as housing (living inside) given the 
rapidly rising price for homes in Green states where the blades could end up.

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> On Sep 9, 2021, at 11:12 AM, Curt Raymond via Mercedes 
>  wrote:
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> Who says they can't be recycled? 
> Lithium batteries are very recyclable, PVs are mostly silica with a thin 
> layer of metal, also very recyclable and they don't really wear out. Even 
> after their 30 year "lifespan" they still produce electricity, just less of 
> it.
> Windmills are almost completely metal (by weight anyway) metal is pretty much 
> completely recyclable. As recyclable as a car anyway...
> -Curt
> 
>On Thursday, September 9, 2021, 03:02:48 PM EDT, Floyd Thursby via 
> Mercedes  wrote:  
> (never mind those batteries and wind mills and solar panels that can't be 
> recycled...


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[MBZ] Until 2023? Parts shortage will keep auto prices sky-high

2021-09-05 Thread Clay via Mercedes
The supply chain mess seems like a great time for Kaleb to make a killing with 
unobtanium experienced parts from the back forty.   I am a bit surprised at the 
dearth of unloved RV no longer posting on CL.  The run into the ground rotting 
away campers must have been purchased by those fearing loss of rent free homes 
and apartments.  Cars in a number of markets are also asking big sums for 
marginal examples.



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[MBZ] Okie Acres Clean up time

2021-09-02 Thread Clay via Mercedes
Seems a good time for Kaleb to invest in a few guys to wrench on his inventory. 
 Revive instead of allow tin worm to take them.  A little Martha time would 
lead to massive profits, and more space to fill with a selection of Mercedes 
once the market cools

https://www.alaskajournal.com/2021-09-01/high-prices-new-used-cars-last-next-two-years
 


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Re: [MBZ] I can tell you straight up right now there is not one like it.

2021-08-30 Thread Clay via Mercedes
Brought to mind the Starschmuck’s frosty beverage based on the horned equine 
meme -  vomiting and defecating rainbows

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> On Aug 30, 2021, at 8:51 AM, Andrew Strasfogel via Mercedes 
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> Thanks, Jim.  Unicorn has become endemic in current parlance to describe
> unusual individuals or phenomena that have nothing to do with the mythical
> beast.

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Re: [MBZ] OT: Henri sucks

2021-08-24 Thread Clay via Mercedes
Fred took a wee on Tennessee.  Made a mess of it.  More danger from the storm 
than batstirfry illness for the week.

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> On Aug 23, 2021, at 8:06 AM, Curt Raymond via Mercedes 
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> Not from Henri though, a storm that started off the east coast and only made 
> landfall in RI last night seems unlikely to have caused that kind of rain 
> hundreds of miles away...
> 
>On Monday, August 23, 2021, 12:02:29 PM EDT, Mitch Haley via Mercedes 
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> Parts of TN west of Nashville got 12-18" Saturday.
> 
> Last I heard was 16 dead, 51 missing.


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Re: [MBZ] Toyota disgusts me.

2021-08-21 Thread Clay via Mercedes
Helps much more that it is YOUR place and you will die for your home.  The 
invaders have no investment in success.  Maybe the pretty boys do, but not the 
grunts who would rather be home with his honey, sucking down a beer, and 
wrenching on his vehicle of choice.  Tally Wacker Man cares deeply, is this is 
his life.

Same sort of gut instinct/reaction as a good American would find engendered 
should some outsider come making a mess of our homeland.

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> On Aug 21, 2021, at 9:00 AM, Andrew Strasfogel via Mercedes 
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> It helps to be ruthless, conscience-free, and well organized.

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Re: [MBZ] 1978 450SL - 114k miles - $3,000

2021-08-20 Thread Clay via Mercedes
I found diluting hydrogen peroxide (normal drug store stuff) with water and 
spritzing offending spots would clear up a stench.  For a Reek, I needed to add 
UV and alternate hydroxy and diluted hi-test rubbing alcohol spritz.  Old wash 
cloth to draw out excess moisture after letting it settle for 10 minutes.  
Could take multiple spritzes.   Rejuvenated lots of carpeting and floor mats 
this way.

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> On Aug 20, 2021, at 7:33 AM, Buggered Benzmail via Mercedes 
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> I saw on this FB group that the way to get cig smoke smell out of old 
> furniture is to take cheap vodka in a spray bottle and spray it all over to 
> kill the odor. Don’t knowing it would work for cat pee or what
> 
> --FT
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>> On Aug 20, 2021, at 11:00 AM, Allan Streib via Mercedes 
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>> "a cat peed on the back bench during winter storage and a cat hater can 
>> probably smell it"
>> 
>> https://dayton.craigslist.org/cto/d/fairborn-1978-mercedes-450sl/7368296995.html
>> 
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