Re: [MBZ] engine hibernation wakeup

2005-11-19 Thread Jim Cathey
my '82 300D hasn't been titled in at least 10 years, and probably hasn't been run in as long. I want to make an attempt to start it this weekend. I did put the 27mm socket on the crank pully, and it feels normal. The coolant shows no sign of contamination and the oil level is right between

Re: [MBZ] WAKE UP FOLKS, Euro 85 300D manny tranny

2005-11-19 Thread Jim Cathey
The 5.0 mustangs were that way as well. But not so my 5.0 Camaro. It's got a tall fifth gear that will get it to 143, past redline in fourth. But it will not get to redline in fifth, of course. I raced my brother's 5.0 same-year Mustang, and whupped him. Twice. -- Jim

Re: [MBZ] 300CD

2005-11-19 Thread Jim Cathey
1. Is the 1985 really that much more desireable because it was the last year? Marginally. They're a little quicker, something to do with changing the torque converter for a higher stall speed. More slip for a faster launch. To me, any turbo'd D with a VDO ACC system is equally

Re: [MBZ] engine hibernation wakeup

2005-11-19 Thread Jim Cathey
How is the heap these days? Dormant. (I _did_ fix the clock.) With no job, I don't really need my winter beater commuter car (_yet_, one hopes). -- Jim

Re: [MBZ] Where to pick up electrical source, '93 300D

2005-11-19 Thread Jim Cathey
Where's the best place to find switched and unswitched power? The fuse box looks too tidy to disturb... Probably irrelevant, but on a SDL there is an auxiliary power distribution panel under the driver's footrest. Your car may have something similar. That said, adding a ring terminal

Re: [MBZ] Opinions? Block heater vs. in-line coolant circulating heater for an OM616 or 617?

2005-11-19 Thread Jim Cathey
Actually there is another option too: local VW shop sells VW accessory oil pan heaters that are paper thin and glued to the bottom of the pan (after thorough cleaning, of course) with a special paste. Cost for this is about the same as the block heater. The chicken wagon came with one of

Re: [MBZ] engine hibernation wakeup

2005-11-19 Thread Jim Cathey
why would you need brakes? If the tires hold air dont see a problem. For a _tow_ start!? Yeah, you'd want brakes all right. -- Jim

Re: [MBZ] New w107 owner

2005-11-20 Thread Jim Cathey
We own three 107's. (But of course we only want to own two!) Hey there, we got another gasser last night, a Euro '72 450SL. Needs a few things done to it, but overall a good buy. I read that these engines are supposed to be pretty tough, and this one's only got 169k on it. It was my

Re: [MBZ] New w107 owner

2005-11-20 Thread Jim Cathey
Which one do you want to be rid of? The 450. See: http://cathey.dogear.com/JSLsale.html I just drove it to town a couple of days ago on an errand. Sure is a nice car, but we just have too many of 'em. Love the lights, though. -- Jim

Re: [MBZ] New w107 owner

2005-11-20 Thread Jim Cathey
damnit, gorgeous color, just 2 years too old :(( Hey, it'd be worth making yourself two years older (virtually) just to avoid that nasty Chrysler ACC that a '78 would have. We have 10 MB's, plus three parts hulks and one sold off, and not a one of them has (or had) that system. Luck? I think

Re: [MBZ] New w107 owner

2005-11-20 Thread Jim Cathey
no, if yours didn't have the 'C' I might..I'm being really picky about the SL that I want. '78 and a stand out color. Did I say mine was 76? No, I meant 78. Now where did I put that Sharpie... -- Jim

Re: [MBZ] ATF Stop Leak

2005-11-21 Thread Jim Cathey
My transmission has a noticable leak at the front. I think its the pump sealAnybody have recommendations ? Well, it's not the worst job in the world to replace that seal. You have to pull the tranny, but that's a weekend thing. You'd do the front seal as well. I've done it on that 450 SL

Re: [MBZ] brake problem

2005-11-21 Thread Jim Cathey
My '82 300CD's brakes are funky. They are very spongy and you have to push them harder to get the same break action. They need bleeding. [vacuum] dropped to almost zero after about 15min. Is this normal? Yes, I think so, depending on where you measured it. At the tap for vacuum

Re: [MBZ] voltage regulator question w123

2005-11-21 Thread Jim Cathey
How difficult is it to install a voltage regulator? Easy. Two small bolts on the back of the alternator. -- Jim

Re: [MBZ] Jim Cathey

2005-11-21 Thread Jim Cathey
I'll second that! Haven't seen a post from him in awhile. Any updates on your many projects Jim? The only automotive (sort of) project is the big-a$$ generator, which is going smoothly right now. http://cathey.dogear.com/genset.html I expect to spin (but not fire) it up within the week.

Re: [MBZ] Noise, Speedo????

2005-11-21 Thread Jim Cathey
I've had the sleeve bearings in the head start shrieking. Lubrication has cured this. -- Jim

Re: [MBZ] Jim Cathey

2005-11-22 Thread Jim Cathey
That's some mighty good progress. Got any pictures? Probably nothing new until the upcoming skyhook (Mog crane) session. -- Jim

Re: [MBZ] anybody need a camper?

2005-11-22 Thread Jim Cathey
Did a 416 mog come with a 5.9L six cylinder, or did somebody do a Cummins transplant? The OM352 is a 5.9 (or is it really 5.7?) liter direct-injection diesel. Noisy. It's what's in my Mog. About 100 HP. -- Jim

Re: [MBZ] W108 280 SEL 4.5L ignition problem

2005-11-22 Thread Jim Cathey
There is a black wire that the points hooks to, that I'm not sure where to hook up, the old one had a green wire that ran down to a transistor mounted near the radiator. What about the extra set of points for the FI system? Coils only get around 6V normally due to the ballast resistor. These

Re: [MBZ] anybody need a camper?

2005-11-22 Thread Jim Cathey
But even still, don't be in a hurry to go anywhere. Those mogs are heavy. Without the 6000# crane on mine, it feels right sprightly. -- Jim

Re: [MBZ] Coverlay dash covers

2005-11-22 Thread Jim Cathey
So. Has anyone installed one of these before and have any tips? The only one I installed was done on the dashboard while removed. Wasn't that hard, then, and it's stuck on but good as I used an entire caulking tube of high-temperature RTV. -- Jim

Re: [MBZ] W108 280 SEL 4.5L ignition problem

2005-11-22 Thread Jim Cathey
So the 6V is ok? I recently measured 13V, maybe that was when Something less than 12V at the coil is OK, but I'm not sure what the exact number should be. 6V or more for sure I'd think. I'm not getting any spark when I turn over the motor. And that's obviously bad. -- Jim

Re: [MBZ] W108 280 SEL 4.5L ignition problem

2005-11-22 Thread Jim Cathey
So the 6V is ok? I recently measured 13V, maybe that was when Something less than 12V at the coil is OK, but I'm not sure what the exact number should be. 6V or more for sure I'd think. I meant to say that I'd always thought that the normal low coil voltage was a relic of the change from 6V

Re: [MBZ] Miscellaneous Rambling from an old Turkey.

2005-11-23 Thread Jim Cathey
he was searching for an elusive gasoline leak. Hay fella, this is a diesel list! Here's a pack of matches, now go search for the leaking gasoline! Hmm, diesel's not in the name, or in the charter that _I_ can see. The list it replaced was diesel-only of course. If I could find some wax Rope

Re: [MBZ] Cost to rebuild

2005-11-23 Thread Jim Cathey
Yeah, I know it'll be a lot of money - perhaps more than I paid for the thing. Admittedly, I don't live up to the image of the list in terms of my do-it-yourself capability and motivation. It's just not one of my strong suits. I like to use cars, but don't like to work on them, except for very

Re: [MBZ] Head gasket blown?

2005-11-23 Thread Jim Cathey
I was reminded that what may be ailing my engine (240d) is a blown head gasket. Best-case scenario, and not all that improbable, is that just a new gasket will cure it. That's an easy in-car fix, and you can do it yourself. The 'investment' is minimal, except for your labor, so if it's not

Re: [MBZ] Thanks and an OT insurance question

2005-11-24 Thread Jim Cathey
My insurance company and the boatyard's insurance are currently arguing over who's responsible. Well, unless the boatyard did something that made your boat be at more risk than it would be parked in your back yard, I'd think that such acts of God would generally _not_ be their problem. But

[MBZ] Turkey fry oil

2005-11-24 Thread Jim Cathey
I'm planning to strain the chunks out of ours, and burn it straight. (But well heated, maybe cut with a little diesel.)Someday, in the Frankenheap. I've got three or four boxes of the junk piled up from past years. -- Jim

Re: [MBZ] Speedo No a go go

2005-11-25 Thread Jim Cathey
Symptoms seem to indicate speedo cable. Do they only last 50k miles. Last time I did the cable I had the odometer sent off to have serviced. Any thoughts please. Cable _could_ have snapped, but shouldn't have. If it were routed wrong the life could have been dramatically shortened. If the

Re: [MBZ] OT: Genset

2005-11-25 Thread Jim Cathey
For the curious, I added a couple of pictures of the engine reinstallation process to the website. It's up to date as of yesterday's activities. http://cathey.dogear.com/genset.html FYI, the deep-fried buzzard came out excellent, as always. 45 minutes from dip to lip, about normal.

Re: [MBZ] OT - MIG welders

2005-11-25 Thread Jim Cathey
I'm thinking one might be useful - but have only ever done oxy/acetylene welding. Is it something you can learn by doing, or should one take a class? I was in much the same place a while ago. I just dove in on my first project, recognizing that it might take awhile to learn it. So far, so

Re: [MBZ] OT: Genset

2005-11-25 Thread Jim Cathey
I'm curious how you plan to deal with the 3 phase issue. Are you going to use just one phase of the generator? Uncertain. You can wire it Zig-Zag, and get 50% of rated out of it as a one-phase generator, which is still a big step up from the 5kW rope-pull that I'm using now. Or I can rewire

Re: [MBZ] OT - MIG welders

2005-11-26 Thread Jim Cathey
Would it be easier to weld rusty exhaust pipes with MIG than with an Oxy/acet. torch ?? Seems like it wouldn't burn as much. Not really, it just spatters and doesn't weld until you do burn through all the rust. I've watched near-artists with the oxy torch do exhaust work, they make it look

Re: [MBZ] Belt tensioning lever replacement - 602.962

2005-11-26 Thread Jim Cathey
Have there been any reports of successfully replacing the bearings in the lever arm?? Our SDL ate its new tensioner arm's bearings in what I consider to be short order (two years?), so I replaced the bearing in it. The original is an odd size, a double-race job that is quite deep. I couldn't

Re: [MBZ] 1980 300D Aux heater pump

2005-11-26 Thread Jim Cathey
During this time of year, heat into the passenger compartment is greatly needed. I found open windings on the auxiliary heat pump motor even though the voltage input was good at 12vdc. Can this pump be bypassed without risk to the heater core? Yes. These things die and are not all that

Re: [MBZ] ACC madness

2005-11-27 Thread Jim Cathey
On thursday I gave thanks for the existence of 30 watt pencil-tip soldering guns. I decided to tackle the loathsome ACC units in both my 123 and 124. Pulled the PBU from both and proceeded to do the touch-and-go on each circuit board. When it was over, the 123 performed flawlessly, while my

Re: [MBZ] ACC madness

2005-11-27 Thread Jim Cathey
No, both the 124 and '86+ 126 ACC pushbutton (and cruise control amps) units have solder joint problems too. I've never seen a 201 ACC pushbutton unit do that, but my experience IS limited. When (if!) I ever get done with my generator rebuild, I'll let you know. The tranny transplant of the

Re: [MBZ] Multi list of cars

2005-11-27 Thread Jim Cathey
For the record, I prefer the multiple listing. -- Jim

Re: [MBZ] Multi list of cars

2005-11-27 Thread Jim Cathey
The one car that passed me by that I'm still kicking myself about was some kind of italian (?) convertible, I recall Alpina on the side, but web searches have not yielded anything that look like what I remember. It was about $1k at the U-Pull. Beautiful lines, and wasn't in bad shape.

Re: [MBZ] Multi list of cars

2005-11-27 Thread Jim Cathey
I think Alpina is pretty much BMW nomenclature (very nice), but Alfetta ( of the Alfa Romeo ilk) is also quite nice. I tend to fall head over heels for just about any Alfa that shakes its groove thang in my general direction. I think it was an Alfa. Sure was pretty. -- Jim

Re: [MBZ] Thermostat

2005-11-27 Thread Jim Cathey
After driving for at least 35 minutes at various speeds, the temperature gauge does not reach the 80C mark. The outside temp. is approx. F 30. The heat coming out of the vents is warm, not very warm. Could this indicate the thermostat is working properly? Almost certainly. You have two

Re: [MBZ] OT: Genset

2005-11-28 Thread Jim Cathey
http://www.f1-rocketboy.com/lister.html Tres cool! -- Jim

Re: [MBZ] OT Concealed Carry, was Global warming

2005-11-28 Thread Jim Cathey
You will go to jail for murder if you do that. Can't shoot a guy running away! No matter WHAT he did! Can if you can prove (!) that he's actually immediately on his way to commit mayhem, such as shoot your family outside, or torch the building, etc. Awfully hard to be sure that's what's going

Re: [MBZ] So, what IS the diameter of the lower hose?

2005-11-28 Thread Jim Cathey
Heck, I'm just pleased to pieces that you all want to fix my car, but no one yet assisted me in my leisure by telling me the diameter of the lower rad hose on my 240d. It's about _so_ big (holding up my fingers)... Sorry about that. Put in the for-real block heater. We'll help. -- Jim

Re: [MBZ] noise in front: 350sdl

2005-11-28 Thread Jim Cathey
I have a wierd noise in the of the motor, it appears to be comming from the belt tensioner ( not the chain tensioner). Check that your main crank pulley is not coming loose, resulting in an out-of-round drive that really exercises the tensioner to death. We had that on our SDL. -- Jim

Re: [MBZ] noise in front: 350sdl

2005-11-28 Thread Jim Cathey
The reason I ask is that about two months ago an odd noise (to me) started appearing at the front of my 2003 ML 400 CDI with approx. 49,000 miles. The best I can describe it is that it sounds like a chirp which is heard a fraction of a second before the engine comes to a complete stop after

Re: [MBZ] Clock Help

2005-11-28 Thread Jim Cathey
The clock in my 82 300SD finally quit. From initial inspection, it appears that the resistor just above the crystal is cooked. Can anyone advise how to proceed? Id the cooked resistor the problem or just a symptom of some other problem? Does anyone have a schematic? Are these things DYI

Re: [MBZ] How to heat yer block (was: hose diameter whining)

2005-11-28 Thread Jim Cathey
Sorry, Marshall, but based on my experience with the inline (circulating) coolant heater in my w116 SD I have to disagree. If the motor had fired up any faster, even in bitter cold snaps (-37 degC was the record I believe for when I started it in an unheated garage), it would have jumped to

Re: [MBZ] '82 300CD oil loss

2005-11-28 Thread Jim Cathey
amount of black color in it. Could this be just crap that I knocked loose when I flushed the system (with MB citric powder) or is this a sign of a head gasket on it's way out? Head gasket! My vote anyway. -- Jim

Re: [MBZ] mog for sale

2005-11-29 Thread Jim Cathey
What's that carburettor stuff I see on that Mog Exchange. I have seen a lot of Unimogs of all sizes where I came from, 50's to the 70's, but never heard of a gasser. Most all 404's, which were mostly various army trucks, were M180 gassers. Gas wasn't that popular by model designation, but

Re: [MBZ] OT Speaker Repair

2005-11-29 Thread Jim Cathey
The dreaded foam rot. A lot of good speakers have been lost to it. You may be SOL, but I'd appreciate hearing about a viable repair. -- Jim

Re: [MBZ] not sure if this is worth something or not

2005-11-29 Thread Jim Cathey
http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/2-1972-Mercedes- 350sl_W0QQitemZ8018314614QQcategoryZ6783QQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem OMFG! Reserve not met at $100? I'd say 'or not' then. I'd want those bad boys for $100, though. Just think of the bragging rights a 107 woods runner would have. I'm assuming you

Re: [MBZ] MB in Movie Preview

2005-11-29 Thread Jim Cathey
My favorite benz film moments are Jack Nicholson driving a 600 in the Witches of Eastwick and the 6.9 in Ronin. Mine too! Criminal what they did to that 600, though. I wanted to rescue it every time I saw it! I also liked the moment in Suicide Kings (or was it Things To Do in Denver When

Re: [MBZ] OT interesting clunk

2005-11-29 Thread Jim Cathey
the aluminum wheel now has slots instead of holes around the lugs. Your Ferd must be like my Dodge, and the rear wheels are hub-centered (like our MB's) rather than located by the lugs only (as is the case with my Dodge's front wheels). Had a lug-centered wheel been that loose, you would have

Re: [MBZ] anybody want rear headrests in their 123?

2005-11-30 Thread Jim Cathey
Must admit the worst interior colour is those blood red ones So I thought, until I got the Frankenheap. The red/black color scheme has grown on me. -- Jim

[MBZ] Frankenheap

2005-11-30 Thread Jim Cathey
Today I drove the Frankenheap on errands. It snowed a lot, but the car worked just fine for us. Hakka 1's all the way around. We've taken the SL's off the insurance, and I'm switching over to the heap. -- Jim

Re: [MBZ] looks like Im going to Iowa

2005-11-30 Thread Jim Cathey
whats this heater you are talking about? There's an extra control panel in the cabin, one of the buttons has a flame on it. By the exhaust manifold is some black boxery that's probably the heater proper. As I was the first (?) to notice this, if you part out the car that of course gives me

[MBZ] Franken-heapery

2005-11-30 Thread Jim Cathey
Updates: November 29, 2005 Dang. One of the snow tires is leaking, it was down to 15 psi this morning. Sigh, more crap to fix. Two of the four glue joints on the hood star failed, so I took it off and brought it in for more gluing. This time I made the wads of glue bigger. We'll see if it

Re: [MBZ] Mercedes Digest, Vol 6, Issue 211

2005-11-30 Thread Jim Cathey
Jim - there are small battery powered bullet lights available at your friendly NAPS that clip onto the visors and do a decent job of providing light. My son uses them in his Miata and they look pretty OK. Of course I have the parts that would be necessary to put in a factory rear dome light,

Re: [MBZ] Images

2005-12-01 Thread Jim Cathey
Images of what, exactly? Between the lot of us, we might have quite a ISO images. Say no more Squire, nudge nudge wink wink. -- Jim

Re: [MBZ] Images

2005-12-01 Thread Jim Cathey
Images, what images? Is this just euphemistic double-speak for porn? No, it's EDS for something else I been pore-n over. Think 114/115 ISO CD image. -- Jim

Re: [MBZ] Intermittent Heating Question

2005-12-01 Thread Jim Cathey
My heater works fine for about the first 45 minutes of a trip and then blows just barely luke warm to cold. Is this the problem of the disintegrating tube from the dash to the thermostat unit ? Any insight would be appreciated. Quite likely. If it resumes heating on MAX the chances are

Re: [MBZ] Intermittent Heating Question

2005-12-01 Thread Jim Cathey
It does *not* resume heating on Max. The other strange thing is that Well then it's not the foam hose. MAX bypasses all temperature control. Pull the monovalve insert and examine it for tears. 5 minutes and a screwdriver is all it takes. Don't lose any of the big washers, and remember the

Re: [MBZ] cold day reflections on owning a diesel

2005-12-02 Thread Jim Cathey
I walked across the street and borrowed a hot pack from the car repair place. Slapped that on and the old Benz fired right up. I will need to search eBay for a good deal one of those... For probably less money you could carry a spare charged battery around in your trunk. Not as handy, no, but

Re: [MBZ] MERCEDEZ-BEND 300HD

2005-12-02 Thread Jim Cathey
ok, so what are they trying to sell here? MERCEDEZ-BEND 300HD, very xlnt cond in/out, runs immac, emerald isle/palomino, very well maint'd, at, pwr st, snrf, ac, cc, pdl, pb, ps, pw, new whls, cd/stereo, tp of the line, ncst in twn, crrnt tgs, alwys grgd. $3,500 obo. Portland, Or Vowels! --

Re: [MBZ] cold day reflections on owning a diesel

2005-12-02 Thread Jim Cathey
I have seen one every now and then. What was that movie that had Danny Devito in it, and everyone in the town had a Yugo, he was the sherrif I do believe. _Drowning_Mona_. Hilarious. I wonder how they found enough intact Yugos to film. -- Jim

Re: [MBZ] Intermittent blinkers

2005-12-02 Thread Jim Cathey
Go inside and come back later, you have blinkers again. Until you go highway and repeat. No blinkers again. The Frankenheap is playing a bit of this game. I have to waggle the stalk manually sometimes to get blinking. I've found that if I play with the hazard knob I can get it going

Re: [MBZ] temperature of w123 - thermostat

2005-12-02 Thread Jim Cathey
I am trying to figure out what my temp gauge should read. It seems to be at about 100 when fully warmed up. Sometimes spiking to over 120 for a few minutes under heavy load. Thinking of replacing my thermostat since it is probably original to the car. Probably. But it _can_ be a bad

Re: [MBZ] transmission repair, 300SD

2005-12-02 Thread Jim Cathey
Isn't that problem the seal replacement? Is it hard to do? Do you have to tear into the whole thing, or do it from the outside? It's easy to do from the outside. The out _front_ side. Getting access to the front side is what costs $500, it's a bunch of labor. It's very possible to DIY,

Re: [MBZ] transmission repair, 300SD

2005-12-02 Thread Jim Cathey
I can get the car on a lift do do the job. How difficult is it to get to the bellhousing and converter bolts ? You will need something like 3' (feet) of socket extension to do the top bolts. Your wrench is near the tail shaft that way. That's one trick. Converter bolts are easy enough

Re: [MBZ] jump start pack

2005-12-02 Thread Jim Cathey
Our model requires you to recharge it every so often or it goes dead (1 month of sitting and it is worthless). Any lead-acid battery is like that. Though usually you can let them rest a little longer than that. A solar battery tender for your trunk troll, maybe on the back shelf, would

Re: [MBZ] Water in the trunk

2005-12-02 Thread Jim Cathey
harder, and water started gushing out. Is this a sunroof drain, or does it just drain water that's already leaked into the trunk? B. -- Jim

Re: [MBZ] 1991 350 SDL

2005-12-03 Thread Jim Cathey
So does the weight of the connecting rod on the crankshaft not matter? Or does it balance itself out across all cylinders if they weigh the same? Speculation here, that it is of less importance in an I6 (or any I3N) configuration, for the same reason that three-phase power is efficient and

Re: [MBZ] Hirschmann drive belt replacements?

2005-12-04 Thread Jim Cathey
The Hirschmann stopped working on my '84 300D, thankfully in the full upright position. I popped the cover off and found that the tiny gilmer drive belt has broken, which explains why I could hear the motor working, but nothing was happening. Does anyone know whether these are easily obtained

[MBZ] OT: TIG

2005-12-04 Thread Jim Cathey
Yesterday and today I've been trying to repair the stripped brass drive gear in my Gilson snowblower. I used the torch to build up brass on the teeth, then I cut and ground them back to some semblance of usability. Looked crappy, but so did the gear long before it stopped working permanently.

Re: [MBZ] OT: TIG

2005-12-04 Thread Jim Cathey
into a blob. I was wondering if the now-on-sale Harbor Freight 130A TIG set would work better for this kind of repair. Does anybody have an opinion? Hmm, I've been doing some surfing, and one problem on welding brass with MIG is that the zinc can boil out, making a mess. Some still recommend

Re: [MBZ] 350SDL-Noise up front-follow up

2005-12-06 Thread Jim Cathey
First, is there any adjustment that can be made to eliminate this play? If not, are these clutches repairable? It's replaceable, I believe. I'm not sure if you need a special puller to get the old one off, however, nor whether the job can be done on the car. This assumes that the wobble is

[MBZ] OT: brass gears

2005-12-06 Thread Jim Cathey
The first attempt to build up new teeth on my snowblower's auger gear failed after one half pass down my driveway. When I took it apart again it didn't look as bad as I had feared, and I suspected that I merely hadn't made the new teeth tall enough. So I hit it again with the C2H2-O2 torch, and

Re: [MBZ] '82 300SD STABILIZER FIXED!!

2005-12-06 Thread Jim Cathey
I imagine you'd want a pretty clean cut. The bar is going to flex constantly, so if you create a stress riser it's going to break again. You also don't want to ruin the temper of this rather large spring, so I'd also vote against the torch in this case. Abrasives are the way to go. Harbor

Re: [MBZ] 350SDL-noise up front-

2005-12-06 Thread Jim Cathey
What is the life cycle of such a clutch? Rubber tends to deteriorate after 10 years or so, would it make sense just to go for a new clutch? No rubber in it, I think. Life would depend on cycles (actuations). -- Jim

Re: [MBZ] OT: brass gears

2005-12-06 Thread Jim Cathey
I haven't looked at a Geo Metro rack, but from what I've seen of other racks, cutting one down would be tricky. You can't just hack off the ends because they have the bushings that let the whole thing slide back and forth. You'd cut out of the middle. Probably very near one end. -- Jim

Re: [MBZ] OT: brass gears

2005-12-06 Thread Jim Cathey
He's now tired of building up the sector teeth with brazing rod and grinding to fit the pinion (he does it every couple of years IIRC) but now the rackpinion upgrade is NLA. I expect to end up like this too. But I have options, such as swapping in the business end of a tiller to substitute for

Re: [MBZ] '82 300SD STABILIZER FIXED!!

2005-12-06 Thread Jim Cathey
If so, then it's not a _hard_ fix - if you can find a good used one. It took me about 2.5 hours to pull the good one out of a parts car, and about 5-6 hours to do the full swap (old out, new in) A 126? On a 107 the bar is up front, but on 126 it sure looks like the engine has to come out.

Re: [MBZ] OT: brass gears

2005-12-06 Thread Jim Cathey
I did, no regrets, now can't figure out how I survived in such stuff for 45 yr. Went back once in the winter and about died, got off the plane back home and it was 80F. Tell me again why I went there? I like the progression of seasons, I even like the snow. What I _don't_ like is

Re: [MBZ] The Mystery is Gone !!!

2005-12-06 Thread Jim Cathey
I can listen for a quiet hiss. I can come back out in an hour or two and feel the thermostat housing on the engine. I can turn the ignition on in an hour or two You can also use the common (and cheap) multimeter to measure the current to the plug, though that may require a jumper wire or

Re: [MBZ] The Mystery is Gone !!!

2005-12-07 Thread Jim Cathey
So playing with lights in series, playing with electric meters at home, or calculating things is just not as practical as a little $20 widget you plug in in series and it tells you. My Maytag wattmeter does this for me, and was less than that at the thrift store, but it's not all that little.

[MBZ] Credos

2005-12-07 Thread Jim Cathey
Hey, even if it _is_ junk doesn't mean it's bad either! Amazing what you can do with junk sometimes. -- Jim

Re: [MBZ] Diesel on the brain making you crazy?

2005-12-07 Thread Jim Cathey
I guess this isn't a good time to tell all y'all it was 70 degrees today and I have been sitting out by the pool sipping an adult beverage while waiting for the first coat of Kilz to dry on the garage walls. I guess this isn't a good time to tell _you_ that it was 10 degrees today and I and

Re: [MBZ] 84 190E - Concerns?

2005-12-08 Thread Jim Cathey
Looking at a 190E for what I feel is a too cheap price of $600. The seller says the vehicle will start and run but usually needs to be coaxed into doing so. Said something like the injection pump was bad and that the repair was more than the car is worth? Fuel pump? What should I know about

Re: [MBZ] Headlight repair

2005-12-08 Thread Jim Cathey
Is shoe goo or goop also the best bet for a 126 electric seat switch recline post? For broken off narrow little posts, I'd think that drilling the centers out for a support spike, something like a ribbed paneling nail, is the best bet. Then use the glue. -- Jim

Re: [MBZ] Arctic-Q...?

2005-12-08 Thread Jim Cathey
well, you have a point there. How much snow did you all get. We got maybe 1/2 inch so far but its slick as heck in some spots. I think we got about a foot, and temps haven't been above freezing yet. The main roads are all dry, but not so the hill up to our house or our own driveway! -- Jim

Re: [MBZ] Arctic-Q...?

2005-12-08 Thread Jim Cathey
Still have mine. 24 channels. On a shelve in the garage. When I get frustrated, I pick up the mike and holler Breaker 1-9 That would be 23, or 40. We use ours every time we caravan. No problem whatsoever except when we try to get by with the rubber duckie antennae inside the cars. A

Re: [MBZ] my wife did it!

2005-12-08 Thread Jim Cathey
And MY son's friend broke off his ONLY key in the door lock (1985 300D). He (son) obtained a replacement key from the dealer based on the VIN but it fits neither the front PS door (the broken key is still lodged in the driver's sdie door lock) nor the ignition. Suggestions, anyone? A tiny

Re: [MBZ] my wife did it!

2005-12-08 Thread Jim Cathey
Some Mercedes (all of my 124/201s made after '84 on) can be locked/unlocked from the trunk. Not sure about a 123, but worth a try. 124/201, and later 126/107 all have the single-line unlocks-from-any-lock electric pump system. But not the 123. (Nor the 114, 115 or 116 either.) You may be

Re: [MBZ] my wife did it!

2005-12-09 Thread Jim Cathey
All cars with a single line system can be unlocked from either front door or the trunk. Untrue, as there is an early 126 system that still only operated from the driver's door, yet was single-line. It's nasty, btw, that pump is poorly-designed and fragile. I don't know if this same system was

Re: [MBZ] Scrofulous

2005-12-09 Thread Jim Cathey
There are plenty of people who will sue for definition of character. Umm, _defamation_? Of course, lawsuits _do_ also help define character, as a side-effect. I doubt that's why they sue, though! -- Jim

Re: [MBZ] my wife did it!

2005-12-09 Thread Jim Cathey
I tried unsuccessfully to lock/unlock all the doors from the passenger side on my '84 300D, but just thought something was defective. Are you saying that's normal? That's normal. And if you've ever been inside the doors of one of these cars (versus the later ones), _why_ will be instantly

Re: [MBZ] horsepower

2005-12-09 Thread Jim Cathey
I have a chunk of copper pipe of the proper diameter to replace the straight section of my 300SD's upper radiator hose, but I haven't gotten around to fooling with it. I intend to wrap a coil of copper tubing around it and run the fuel through it. I used to think of going that way, or of using

Re: [MBZ] Arctic-Q...?

2005-12-09 Thread Jim Cathey
radios, so they tend to be poor quality designs. The audio output is usually insufficient to be heard over road noise without holding the radio to your ear. The CB in the Unimog worked, even floored on the highway with me wearing shooting muffs. It was mounted over my head, though. The

Re: [MBZ] horsepower

2005-12-09 Thread Jim Cathey
I think the rating is related to fuel that has been formulated for winter use, not the actual fuel temperature. I don't know. Perhaps the 10% is due to better atomization at that hotter temperature, resulting in a better burn. Gelling doesn't happen anywhere near the mentioned 25-40 degC

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