Re: [MBZ] Of batteries and clocks

2014-07-13 Thread Jim Cathey via Mercedes
Anyhow after replacing it, the clock is kaput. Electrolytic caps? How gnarly of a job is it? The worst part is getting the hands off of the clock, IIRC. Two spoons, used as levers. (Bowls as fulcra.) This should help avoid breaking things. You can take this opportunity to repaint the

Re: [MBZ] Of batteries and clocks

2014-07-13 Thread Jim Cathey via Mercedes
I don't recall having to disassemble the clock, that is, remove the hands. I suppose it depends on the clock. I only have experience with the ones buried in the tachometer. -- Jim ___ http://www.okiebenz.com To search list archives

Re: [MBZ] Of batteries and clocks

2014-07-13 Thread Jim Cathey via Mercedes
Yeah, the hand repaint is a good idea... What vendor paint did you use? It is Americana acrylic paint. Tangerine color, got it at the hobby shop many years ago. I expect that you'd sort of mask the plastic head to keep it clean? I use a small brush, and some degree of care. Masking tape

Re: [MBZ] Mobil 1 $23 at Wally World

2014-07-16 Thread Jim Cathey via Mercedes
Some prime power stationary diesels can have centrifugal filters as well. As do some small motorcycles! -- Jim ___ http://www.okiebenz.com To search list archives http://www.okiebenz.com/archive/ To Unsubscribe or change delivery options go to:

Re: [MBZ] OT:home speakers

2014-07-28 Thread Jim Cathey via Mercedes
If local pickup worked for me I'd be all over them. But, 2700 miles is a bit far. -- Jim ___ http://www.okiebenz.com To search list archives http://www.okiebenz.com/archive/ To Unsubscribe or change delivery options go to:

Re: [MBZ] Horse power vs. torque

2014-07-29 Thread Jim Cathey via Mercedes
IIRC, the V8 has more torque, which is what a truck needs. Well, no. Not really. But sort of. It's a good first approximation. Torque maps to acceleration, whereas horsepower maps to top speed. A 200HP 400#' engine will likely be _far_ more drivable than a 300HP 200#' engine, assuming

Re: [MBZ] Horse power vs. torque vs nuts

2014-07-30 Thread Jim Cathey via Mercedes
How much extra do they want for a manly Diesel version, you could put vertical stacks on it and some air horns and hang out at truck stops. Oooh don't forget the balls out the back http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Truck_nuts Yes on the diesel. Last I looked it was about a $3k option up front,

Re: [MBZ] Horse power vs. torque

2014-07-30 Thread Jim Cathey via Mercedes
I suspect your definition of drivable is probably similar to mine Probably. I distinguish between drivable and race-able. If you have to downshift in order to accelerate, for _normal_ driving, that's bad. So with a suitable transmission, and a willingness to put the engine in the right RPM

Re: [MBZ] Horse power vs. torque - was: OT: How is this game played exactly?

2014-07-30 Thread Jim Cathey via Mercedes
Now, if I understand correctly, if my pickup has the required torque to pull the 4000 lb. trailer up Grapevine, and your lawn tractor doesn't, I'll be moving and you won't. With gearing both will do the job. I've been using the terms not in a physics sense, but more in a drivability sense.

Re: [MBZ] OT: While I was at it.

2014-08-04 Thread Jim Cathey via Mercedes
thermostat which will react to an ice cube, and the heating coil which reads zero resistance. I'd say thats a bad heater. I wouldn't. Zero ohm heaters blow fuses and circuit breakers, or else start fires. No _continuity_ sounds like a bad heating element. Heaters have low resistance,

Re: [MBZ] OT: While I was at it.

2014-08-05 Thread Jim Cathey via Mercedes
Spent some time thinking about this. The heater in question is about 6 feet long, it goes under the evaporator, the whole width of the fridge. Would you still expect it to have very low resistance? A 120W heater would measure 1 ohm, at operating temperature. Cold, probably a fair bit less than

Re: [MBZ] How screwed am I?

2014-08-05 Thread Jim Cathey via Mercedes
I noticed a long wet slick. The fluid is clear and a bit slick. Taste? Coolant doesn't taste like oil. -- Jim ___ http://www.okiebenz.com To search list archives http://www.okiebenz.com/archive/ To Unsubscribe or change delivery options go to:

Re: [MBZ] Radiator Question

2014-08-05 Thread Jim Cathey via Mercedes
The radiator cap looks to be about the same as one would have found on a vintage Chevy etc but it probably is not. Dunno about GM, but it's the same cap that fits the expansion tank on later models. -- Jim ___ http://www.okiebenz.com To search list

Re: [MBZ] OT - 'Nother boys tale - The Red Hill

2014-08-07 Thread Jim Cathey via Mercedes
The decision was made to remove the plow, And _that_ was the only mistake made that day. That wasn't a plow, that was the brakes. -- Jim ___ http://www.okiebenz.com To search list archives http://www.okiebenz.com/archive/ To Unsubscribe or change

Re: [MBZ] OT: Sacrilege

2014-08-16 Thread Jim Cathey via Mercedes
The Leaf is one fugly car. -- Jim ___ http://www.okiebenz.com To search list archives http://www.okiebenz.com/archive/ To Unsubscribe or change delivery options go to: http://mail.okiebenz.com/mailman/listinfo/mercedes_okiebenz.com All posts are the

Re: [MBZ] OT: Sacrilege

2014-08-16 Thread Jim Cathey via Mercedes
38% of power still comes from coal. Here in WA it's something like 80% hydroelectric. -- Jim ___ http://www.okiebenz.com To search list archives http://www.okiebenz.com/archive/ To Unsubscribe or change delivery options go to:

Re: [MBZ] headlight brightness, 123 126

2014-08-17 Thread Jim Cathey via Mercedes
Any suggestions for making these [USDOT lights] safer? http://formicapeak.com/~jimc/JSLlights.html -- Jim ___ http://www.okiebenz.com To search list archives http://www.okiebenz.com/archive/ To Unsubscribe or change delivery options go to:

Re: [MBZ] Reworked Web Site

2014-08-18 Thread Jim Cathey via Mercedes
...And find a decent web editor. There's a lot to be said for NON-wysiwyg, aka wisiwiw, using something like emacs. The learning curve is a bit steeper, but there are no surprises and you're in complete control of everything. A browser refresh is fast, and that's all you need to see if a

Re: [MBZ] Reworked Web Site

2014-08-18 Thread Jim Cathey via Mercedes
I agree. In the past I've used a tool for things that are a little complicated like tables but then clean up the code by hand. Especially lately they all want to insert style sheets and other schmegma... I learned the editor in the early 80's, and HTML 1.0 in the 90's, and I haven't had any

Re: [MBZ] Reworked Web Site

2014-08-18 Thread Jim Cathey via Mercedes
I was looking at your site today, read through some of the early history of the Chicken Wagon, hard to believe that was all the way back in 2007... The log may have started in 2007, but the CW itself is maybe 2002. That one picture of my son, born in 2001, in back in the baby bucket tells

Re: [MBZ] W124 headlights [was Re: headlight brightness, 123 126]

2014-08-18 Thread Jim Cathey via Mercedes
How does one tell if the headlights in one's W124 are the ones to which you here refer, Dan, or a better version? Pretty sure if it uses a 9004 bulb, they are NOT a better version! A tripod of three glass bumps on the front is also a pretty good indication of USDOT lamps. This is/was for an

Re: [MBZ] Chowdah Q

2014-08-20 Thread Jim Cathey via Mercedes
Thats 20a, how well is the the 55a alt going to keep up? Well, 55A @ 12V is essentially 5.5A @ 120V, and that doesn't take into account losses, or he fact that the alternator is really at around 14V, etc. Better to work in Watts directly. Call it 750W total for the entire car plus

Re: [MBZ] OT Macbook Pro S/W update kills it

2014-08-23 Thread Jim Cathey via Mercedes
You can boot to single-user mode with Cmd-Opt-S (?), from there you can poke around disabling things, perhaps. Boot from a CD with C and something in the drive. That's the start-over option. If you have an OS install CD/DVD. Recovery disks are fairly machine-specific. I doubt an iMac disc is

Re: [MBZ] Hella quartz halogen headlights

2014-08-24 Thread Jim Cathey via Mercedes
USDOT sealed beam lights are 100% pin-compatible with H4. It's the later, bulb cartridge HB2/9003 that are the crappy plastic things. I have some 7 Hellas I bought for the Chicken Wagon, but I've so far never gone there. I _was_ going to put them on the 300CD instead, but that got sold. For

Re: [MBZ] B-52 question for WILTON

2014-08-24 Thread Jim Cathey via Mercedes
Hey, it is much easier for us. There are not as many of us as there are of you folks south of the border. Plus, only hafom speak English... -- Jim ___ http://www.okiebenz.com To search list archives http://www.okiebenz.com/archive/ To Unsubscribe or

Re: [MBZ] Today's non running car crack smoker

2014-08-26 Thread Jim Cathey via Mercedes
I am sealing the car Clubbing it to death on an ice floe? -- Jim ___ http://www.okiebenz.com To search list archives http://www.okiebenz.com/archive/ To Unsubscribe or change delivery options go to:

Re: [MBZ] CVs, was BMW 325 Station Wagon

2014-09-01 Thread Jim Cathey via Mercedes
they suck major league in any kind of snow or slippery surface. Worse than a Camaro? Easily cured with proper snow tires, and some sandbags in the trunk over the rear axle. -- Jim ___ http://www.okiebenz.com To search list archives

Re: [MBZ] Dodge V6 diesel

2014-09-02 Thread Jim Cathey via Mercedes
Not really, $4,000 over the v6 or $3,000 over the 5.7l v8. Let me remind y'all about the other end of the stick: resale. For the Cummins trucks, it _still_ looks like you get every bit of the purchase premium back out, no matter how old the truck is. At least, around here. If the 1500 truck's

Re: [MBZ] SAC B-47 tale - O-RING SEALS

2014-09-05 Thread Jim Cathey via Mercedes
crew chiefs applied power from the external power carts (MD-3's), Anybody else here besides me actually _have_ an MD-3? :-) -- Jim ___ http://www.okiebenz.com To search list archives http://www.okiebenz.com/archive/ To Unsubscribe or change delivery

Re: [MBZ] Off Topic - Reliable electric dimmer switch

2014-09-06 Thread Jim Cathey via Mercedes
good, long lasting,and reliable dimmer Best dimmer I've ever used is a Variac. Won't fit in a wall box, though. The inline Triac circuits are inherently a bit crippled, without a good ground reference. The available heat-sinking in a wall box is also limited. So, unstable circuit

Re: [MBZ] Off Topic - Reliable electric dimmer switch

2014-09-06 Thread Jim Cathey via Mercedes
I recall hearing that | | N Lifetime(V)| Vrated | -- = | | where N = 12 or 13 Lifetime(Vrated) |V | | | (for V = 0.8 Vrated and N = 12, liftime

Re: [MBZ] Testing Prius

2014-09-09 Thread Jim Cathey via Mercedes
How can I identify the [apple] variety just from the fruit itself? They are a crisp, juicy, tart reddish/green apple perfect for pies. Excellent flavor and not of a common variety. When do they ripen? That's usually a big clue. -- Jim ___

Re: [MBZ] N

2014-09-10 Thread Jim Cathey via Mercedes
The Brady Campaign To Prevent Gun Violence My main objection to them is their asinine plan to replace gun violence with other kinds, where there is a huge advantage to the young, the strong, and the cruel. -- Jim ___ http://www.okiebenz.com To search list

Re: [MBZ] multi-purpose stalk on '84 300D

2014-09-11 Thread Jim Cathey via Mercedes
check the fuse for the Optical Horn. Huh? Wazzat? That's what DBAG calls the flash function on the stalk. It has its own fuse, though it's shared with other functions. -- Jim ___ http://www.okiebenz.com To search list archives

Re: [MBZ] Generator doesn't generate

2014-09-12 Thread Jim Cathey via Mercedes
Aside from taking the panel apart and checking the circuit breaker for the outlets, what are the troubleshooting steps? Do these respond to flashing? -- Jim ___ http://www.okiebenz.com To search list archives http://www.okiebenz.com/archive/ To

Re: [MBZ] Today's CL Double-take

2014-09-13 Thread Jim Cathey via Mercedes
http://portland.craigslist.org/wsc/cto/4646334824.html Looks nicer than mine. Except for the wheels. On mine you can see the heavy channel iron bolted to the bottom. No, it was not done in the Vaterland! -- Jim ___ http://www.okiebenz.com To search

Re: [MBZ] Binding brakes

2014-09-14 Thread Jim Cathey via Mercedes
Feel how hard it is to turn the wheel. Slightly unscrew the hose at the caliper to release pressure. Then see if the wheel turns easier. Easier to use the bleed screw. Only three possibilities I'm aware of: Binding calipers. Deteriorating hoses. Bad release valve in

Re: [MBZ] Wiper parking

2014-09-17 Thread Jim Cathey via Mercedes
[wiper] does not park or intermittent not working. What controls that? On our 107 those functions are controlled by the wiper relay. I know, 'cause some PO had kicked ours (on the floor above the gas pedal) and broken it off. The wipers would not stop in their park position, nor would the

Re: [MBZ] OT: My website

2014-09-17 Thread Jim Cathey via Mercedes
Well, _that_ was a waste of time. Our ISP decided, unilaterally, without notice or discussion, to cut off even the ability to host our own website, unless we pay them an additional $10/month. Color me not interested in extortion. I have to start the whole process over I guess, including

[MBZ] We interrupt your politics to talk about: A car!

2014-09-17 Thread Jim Cathey via Mercedes
Today I picked up the 560 SEL from the shop. $1500 got it a used replacement transmission and the rear wheel bearing tightened. It drives like it ought to again. -- Jim ___ http://www.okiebenz.com To search list archives http://www.okiebenz.com/archive/

Re: [MBZ] We interrupt your politics to talk about: A car!

2014-09-17 Thread Jim Cathey via Mercedes
Not really worth an ATTABOY as someone else did the work. But _I_ test-drove it! -- Jim ___ http://www.okiebenz.com To search list archives http://www.okiebenz.com/archive/ To Unsubscribe or change delivery options go to:

Re: [MBZ] We interrupt your politics to talk about: A cars air con

2014-09-17 Thread Jim Cathey via Mercedes
when hot wired and it gets cool but It gets cool is not sufficient. What are the pressures doing when it is running? One of the safety switches could be engaging. -- Jim ___ http://www.okiebenz.com To search list archives

Re: [MBZ] We interrupt your politics to talk about: A car!

2014-09-17 Thread Jim Cathey via Mercedes
Short answer: my back hurts, it has for a couple of years now. The _profit_ from the 300CD went into a trumpet, the base cost just went into this car. At least, I have a car again. -- Jim ___ http://www.okiebenz.com To search list archives

Re: [MBZ] We interrupt your politics to talk about: A cars air con

2014-09-18 Thread Jim Cathey via Mercedes
Well if I had pressure gauges... Well, then using a schematic you can chase the compressor signal to see where it stops. It might indeed still be the Klima. -- Jim ___ http://www.okiebenz.com To search list archives http://www.okiebenz.com/archive/ To

Re: [MBZ] We interrupt your politics to talk about: A car!

2014-09-18 Thread Jim Cathey via Mercedes
Nice. Now what about the Chicken Wagon? :) Still needs a B2 piston. (Probably.) It might end up being my winter beater, which means that I'd need to get it running again! My indy's window for engine swaps (Frankenheap) is in the January timeframe. Not useful for this year... -- Jim

Re: [MBZ] OT: My website

2014-09-18 Thread Jim Cathey via Mercedes
Jim could not do it as he would have had to check his website in order to get the instructions on how to do it (like the rest of us) and his website is down. The site is alive and well in the basement. You just can't see it anywhere outside the house! Jim, what kind of things are you putting

Re: [MBZ] We interrupt your politics to talk about: A car!

2014-09-18 Thread Jim Cathey via Mercedes
B2 piston - whazzat for? Shifts gears in the tranny. -- Jim ___ http://www.okiebenz.com To search list archives http://www.okiebenz.com/archive/ To Unsubscribe or change delivery options go to:

Re: [MBZ] OT: My website

2014-09-19 Thread Jim Cathey via Mercedes
have you thought about putting it up as a WordPress blog? Those things leave me cold. I want to continue to do what I have been doing, so that grep driveline *.html can be used to find things of interest. Takes about 1 second to find stuff that way. There are options, but I have to do a

Re: [MBZ] OT: Cub Cadet finale

2014-09-20 Thread Jim Cathey via Mercedes
For that I'd have somebody do it but the tire guy won't come out for two little garden tractor tires like he will for a farm tractor. Take wheels in? -- Jim ___ http://www.okiebenz.com To search list archives http://www.okiebenz.com/archive/ To

Re: [MBZ] OT: Cub Cadet finale

2014-09-20 Thread Jim Cathey via Mercedes
In my small experience with it this is usually done from a truck. Every time we did it (few enough) we drove the tractor down to the co-op. The wheel will be heaver post-op! -- Jim ___ http://www.okiebenz.com To search list archives

Re: [MBZ] OT: My website

2014-09-21 Thread Jim Cathey via Mercedes
Due to the kindness of list member Tim Crone, who was willing to help set up a relay tunnel, my formicapeak.com website is back on the air. It'll (have to be) less available than before, as the path goes through more layers, but we're hoping it'll still be good enough. I guess we'll see!

Re: [MBZ] Daimler

2014-09-23 Thread Jim Cathey via Mercedes
i (for one) wish buying a simple car was an option here. what would it cost? would a Mercedes built today last 25, 30, 35 years? consider that the 300D sold for upwards of $30K in the 1980s... I'd not be in the market for a new one. The problem is they're not really making the things now

Re: [MBZ] OT: Cheap IR Camera

2014-09-26 Thread Jim Cathey via Mercedes
Can't you just disassemble a digital camera and take the IR filter out? No. IR covers a lot of ground, basically from DC to (near) daylight! The silicon sensors in video/still cameras are sensitive to near-IR. Far-IR, heat, requires a whole 'nother level of involvement! Near-IR used to be

Re: [MBZ] 114/115 Headlight Switch Replacement

2014-09-27 Thread Jim Cathey via Mercedes
Can it be done without dash removal? Pretty sure it can. -- Jim ___ http://www.okiebenz.com To search list archives http://www.okiebenz.com/archive/ To Unsubscribe or change delivery options go to:

Re: [MBZ] TD

2014-10-03 Thread Jim Cathey via Mercedes
well, i put a lot of miles on a 4 on the floor 220D and you really try never to break momentum in that thing. it's difficult to drive in modern traffic. not quite model T, but not easy Not at all what I'd say of our 200D Frankenheap. It is surprisingly peppy. It might have a 240D crate

Re: [MBZ] Kaleb's Tractor

2014-10-04 Thread Jim Cathey via Mercedes
A day running the Super M will run $50 in fuel, its a thirsty beast. Depends on what you're doing. Our Farmall (200) was very thrifty, but it was used almost exclusively for light tasks. Baling, raking, sickle-bar mowing, towing the hay trailer, etc. The one time I recall plowing with it was

Re: [MBZ] 1982 300td travel

2014-10-06 Thread Jim Cathey via Mercedes
Its fun to tell non-believers about a long trip in an older car. Tell 'em it takes a few years to rack up the million miles or so they are capable of. Only so many driving hours in a day... -- Jim ___ http://www.okiebenz.com To search list archives

Re: [MBZ] R-12 versus R-134

2014-10-06 Thread Jim Cathey via Mercedes
The R12 charge for my new Mercedes is 42 lbs. Thus, I have skin in this game because the system is currently empty and purged, needing refill. This system sounds like it needs thorough testing before you subject the world to a potential leak of that magnitude! :-) I believe a decade or so is

Re: [MBZ] 1982 300td travel

2014-10-06 Thread Jim Cathey via Mercedes
In '98 I did a 6000 mile summer trip in my 1980 300D. I also took my '77 240D on a 3100 mile summer jaunt in '08 or '09. People thought I was nuts each time. Expect to see that attitude get worse. I believe we've already experienced the service longevity peak, and that the mileage

Re: [MBZ] OT: CB Radios

2014-10-06 Thread Jim Cathey via Mercedes
Does anyone still use CB radios anymore? We do, when caravanning. I acquired (via thrift shop over time) four Uniden 510XL (?) and magnetic antennae. They're a bit large and clunky, but they work well and have good range, and are loud enough that the whole car can hear. Cigarette lighter

Re: [MBZ] R-12 versus R-134

2014-10-07 Thread Jim Cathey via Mercedes
just put it into the system after you let it fill to atmospheric pressure with air. No way. El stupido, just like leaving it with N2 in it. Feed into a vacuum, accept no substitutes! He also told me that it doesn't form acids if there is a bit of humidity in there with the air. Probably,

Re: [MBZ] OT: CB Radios

2014-10-07 Thread Jim Cathey via Mercedes
You can be out of range before the car is out of sight. The same can be true of CB if you don't have the antenna-age right. We also use them between the truck cab and camper. Rarely is anybody riding back there, though. -- Jim ___ http://www.okiebenz.com

Re: [MBZ] OT: CB Radios

2014-10-07 Thread Jim Cathey via Mercedes
And the distance between 'em remains constant? ;) Generally! -- Jim ___ http://www.okiebenz.com To search list archives http://www.okiebenz.com/archive/ To Unsubscribe or change delivery options go to:

Re: [MBZ] shelf treasures

2014-10-09 Thread Jim Cathey via Mercedes
...use contact cleaner. I highly recommend Caig Deoxit. -- Jim ___ http://www.okiebenz.com To search list archives http://www.okiebenz.com/archive/ To Unsubscribe or change delivery options go to:

Re: [MBZ] 300td 1982 brakes?

2014-10-11 Thread Jim Cathey via Mercedes
I have vacuum boost perfectly with the first stop on the brakes, but a second pedal push seems to indicate a loss of boost. Probably the vacuum pump. Unlikely to be any of the auxiliary vacuum accessories. It's not just the (negative) pressure, it's also got a rated delivery specification.

Re: [MBZ] Headlight Lens Restoration

2014-10-16 Thread Jim Cathey via Mercedes
You see a lot of cloudy headlight lenses around here Sure makes me miss glass. Our two newest vehicles are plastic, the rest are all glass. -- Jim ___ http://www.okiebenz.com To search list archives http://www.okiebenz.com/archive/ To Unsubscribe or

Re: [MBZ] '87 300SDL transmission shifting

2014-10-17 Thread Jim Cathey via Mercedes
My 300SDL transmission shifts very nicely thru all the gears, however, when putting the car in gear originally from neutral it goes into gear rather harsh, also, when I put the car into reverse; the same thing. Idle speed? The SDL is set to idle high, mechanically. The EDS is what drags it

Re: [MBZ] White Whale - Thar she blows!

2014-10-20 Thread Jim Cathey via Mercedes
Coolant really, and not actually a blow but more of a drip... overnight there will be a small puddle under the rear of the engine. Our SEL had a pinhole in the heater hose, it would open and close on its own schedule, and never when you were looking for it. At the back. Also back there is the

Re: [MBZ] Low rear chassis

2014-10-20 Thread Jim Cathey via Mercedes
Spring pads can pack down and wear out. There are other things besides weak springs that can cause rear geometry problems. Rear subframe bushings? -- Jim ___ http://www.okiebenz.com To search list archives http://www.okiebenz.com/archive/ To Unsubscribe

Re: [MBZ] Low rear chassis

2014-10-20 Thread Jim Cathey via Mercedes
Yes, 100% rear springs in a 123 can be removed without a compressor. I've done it, when replacing a noisy diff. -- Jim ___ http://www.okiebenz.com To search list archives http://www.okiebenz.com/archive/ To Unsubscribe or change delivery options go to:

Re: [MBZ] OT: how to hand crank a V4

2014-10-21 Thread Jim Cathey via Mercedes
Onan used to have hand cranks on units up to 100kW years ago. I can recall one very large gas generator set with a huge six cylinder Continental engine on it that had a hand crank. I can't imagine what it would take to turn the thing over by hand. The I6 on the Hercules of our big 45kW

Re: [MBZ] OT internet in the sticks

2014-10-21 Thread Jim Cathey via Mercedes
Aside from speedtest.net, I've noticed zero improvement since they doubled the speed I'm paying for. Throughput is often not as important as latency, which is almost never talked about. Same as CPU clock speeds. We once had a 10-CPU Sun, which served a whole department. That thing ran very

Re: [MBZ] Best aftermarket injector nozzles

2014-10-26 Thread Jim Cathey via Mercedes
If you tap on the skid plate, does it sound familiar? The Hollywood rule is always appropriate: What have you done for (to) me lately? -- Jim ___ http://www.okiebenz.com To search list archives http://www.okiebenz.com/archive/ To Unsubscribe or change

Re: [MBZ] W123 intermittent loss of power braking (today's puzzler)

2014-10-26 Thread Jim Cathey via Mercedes
Thats not what I asked you. You could have a door actuator that only leaks when locked or unlocked, change the state, the leak goes away and the brakes and shutoff work. All the vacuum accessories are fed through restrictive orifices molded in to the main hose, so that even if you leave the

Re: [MBZ] OT - Shotguns

2014-10-27 Thread Jim Cathey via Mercedes
what would you recommend for a good beginning pistol? Glock 17? SW .357? (The revolver can shoot .38 special as well, so you have a variety of power options.) Full-size in both, as it cuts recoil dramatically. Unless you want something in a .22 instead. -- Jim

Re: [MBZ] OT - Shotguns

2014-10-27 Thread Jim Cathey via Mercedes
Mercedes content: The new Mercedes bus will have a reloading bench and a gun locker for the skeet guns. I plan to use it to attend various skeet shooting events around the country. May as well travel in comfort.;)) The shotgun range near my house has a full RV area in front. Occasionally it's

Re: [MBZ] OT - Shotguns/Pistols

2014-10-29 Thread Jim Cathey via Mercedes
I was curious as to how purchases work at gun shows. Depends upon who's selling. If seller has a FFL he has to obey all the checks, waiting periods, etc. If a private citizen, nothing. That's the infamous loophole: private sales. Most of what you would see at a show is not privately held;

Re: [MBZ] Blue W123 carpet set - really?

2014-10-30 Thread Jim Cathey via Mercedes
wore the embarrassing suit to the graduation functions and never wore it again. But you left out the most important part: did it fit? Cut and material OK (except for the color)? -- Jim ___ http://www.okiebenz.com To search list archives

[MBZ] Misfires, dying

2014-10-30 Thread Jim Cathey via Mercedes
The 560 SEL has been running worse and worse lately. Intermittently. Feels like a misfire at low RPM's, it's pretty much fine when revved up. It's back to dying at times when trying to start out. I believe I smell gas when it's acting up. Frustrating, especially after just putting a

Re: [MBZ] OT - another non-political B-52 tale - FINALE QUICK DEPARTURE

2014-11-03 Thread Jim Cathey via Mercedes
Remember, it is considered OK to lie to an infidel. Pretty sure that term does not apply to Christians or Jews. In fact, examining latin roots makes me think that term only applies to those who converted in order not to die, but not for real. -- Jim ___

Re: [MBZ] Today's CL Crack Smoker

2014-11-08 Thread Jim Cathey via Mercedes
Oooh! Ooh! I've an idea for a new mobile application: An auto-correct module that messes all your stuff up, makes you look like an illiterate boob so you fit right into the 'hood. Hmm, the regular ones do that well enough. Probably no market for it. -- Jim

Re: [MBZ] Craig's New Ride

2014-11-11 Thread Jim Cathey via Mercedes
Haven't yet checked the mpg by the usual methods. IMHO, the only number that counts. -- Jim ___ http://www.okiebenz.com To search list archives http://www.okiebenz.com/archive/ To Unsubscribe or change delivery options go to:

Re: [MBZ] OT Wood Floors - solid wood vs. engineered

2014-11-12 Thread Jim Cathey via Mercedes
I particularly hate the 'snare drum' sound of the floating wood-like floors. That said, we've got one of those in the kitchen, and are about to do the same to the boy's room. (Pet bird, carpets. You do the math!) The thing is, in 20 years (?) when these look like crap they'll be easy to take

Re: [MBZ] OT Wood Floors - solid wood vs. engineered

2014-11-12 Thread Jim Cathey via Mercedes
AF designation would be CINCHOME. 'Hope all are well. ;) Civvy interpretation would be Complainer In Chief, Home? -- Jim ___ http://www.okiebenz.com To search list archives http://www.okiebenz.com/archive/ To Unsubscribe or change delivery options go

[MBZ] A lot of worry for nuttin'

2014-11-12 Thread Jim Cathey via Mercedes
I got the Frankenheap (the poor trashed thing) re-licensed today. There was a $30 or so additional fee to resurrect the title after the totaling, but otherwise nothing special. WA doesn't use a salvaged/rebuilt title (so she said) unless the repairs exceed about $6k or so, which is far from the

Re: [MBZ] OT: Onsite fabrication of taller wind turbines

2014-11-13 Thread Jim Cathey via Mercedes
big blades whack a LOT of birds, Fresh meat. Or compost. Whatever it takes! -- Jim ___ http://www.okiebenz.com To search list archives http://www.okiebenz.com/archive/ To Unsubscribe or change delivery options go to:

Re: [MBZ] monovalve?

2014-11-18 Thread Jim Cathey via Mercedes
The usual monovalve symptom is heat at idle, which goes away on the freeway. My SEL is doing that. As I rarely go on the freeway, and it has heat seaters, maybe someday... It has worse problems anyway. -- Jim ___ http://www.okiebenz.com To search list

Re: [MBZ] How about this

2014-11-22 Thread Jim Cathey via Mercedes
Remember Cathey's all electric house, complete with resistance heat? He got that big Hercules so that he could heat with the generator, and then found out it cost a fortune in propane to run the generator with the heat on. Never hooked it up all the way, can only get maybe 30A out of it as

Re: [MBZ] How about this

2014-11-22 Thread Jim Cathey via Mercedes
lose roughly 1/3 of their rated output at single phase ratings due to losses. Not losses, as such, just an inability to harness all the available energy when using only one phase to load it. Essentially you combine two windings into one, losing the 1/3 that way. -- Jim

Re: [MBZ] Generators

2014-11-22 Thread Jim Cathey via Mercedes
I think the CC would probably work. But there's only one way to find out for sure! -- Jim ___ http://www.okiebenz.com To search list archives http://www.okiebenz.com/archive/ To Unsubscribe or change delivery options go to:

Re: [MBZ] Espresso machine

2014-11-28 Thread Jim Cathey via Mercedes
It's not espresso, but last night our Keurig broke. Its handle had been getting kind of sticky for a year or so. (I don't use it, I don't drink coffee.) Last night a piece of plastic broke off. Today I took it apart, and found that the only problem was that some scale had built up on the cam

Re: [MBZ] Dwight and Curt's former 240D

2014-11-28 Thread Jim Cathey via Mercedes
If I force the thermostat open, how is is different from leaving it out altogether? Without a thermostat, the MB engines essentially won't be cooled. Using an electrical analog, the typical US thermostat design is a SPST switch. The one Mercedes uses is an SPDT switch. If you leave it out

Re: [MBZ] OT - Linebacker II and 1812 Overture

2014-11-28 Thread Jim Cathey via Mercedes
I wonder which musical instrument is used to make the anvil sound in the Anvil Chorus? It was played a lot before WW-2. An anvil? That's what I've brought to our community band for use on the Blacksmith's Song in the Holst. Sounds way better than the brake drum they had been using. -- Jim

Re: [MBZ] OT - Linebacker II and 1812 Overture

2014-11-28 Thread Jim Cathey via Mercedes
Nothing like an outdoor 1812 with howitzers supplied by the National Guard. Experienced that once in Jackson Hole. -- Jim ___ http://www.okiebenz.com To search list archives http://www.okiebenz.com/archive/ To Unsubscribe or change delivery options go to:

Re: [MBZ] Espresso machine

2014-11-28 Thread Jim Cathey via Mercedes
i don't care for the keurigs because they make coffee in the little plastic cups which may be toxic and DO fill up the landfills I was hoping my wife would use it rather than drive to Starbucks all the time. A vain hope, as it turns out. It gets used at parties, where people can get a

[MBZ] Frankenheap

2014-11-28 Thread Jim Cathey via Mercedes
Did I mention that it is back on the road again? Insurance all settled out, mechanics all sorted out. This, though, is probably its last year: the rear doors are starting to sag, and don't close without lifting. I think the tinworm has weakened the spine of the car enough that maybe I should

Re: [MBZ] Dwight and Curt's former 240D

2014-11-28 Thread Jim Cathey via Mercedes
So you are only blocking the top of the thermostat with the shell casing? So now where do I get a shell casing?:) The wax pellet, expanding with heat, pushes out the rod, thus driving the two plates to open/close their respective passages. I just use something to hold the thing open that can't

Re: [MBZ] Espresso machine

2014-11-28 Thread Jim Cathey via Mercedes
There are reusable filters for use with keurig machines, compost the grounds for zero waste. We have two, they don't get much use. Overall a French press makes much better coffee for less cost, fewer questionable ingredients (what's in the k-cup anyway?) and only slightly more time.

Re: [MBZ] Frankenheap

2014-11-28 Thread Jim Cathey via Mercedes
Might I suggest that you spray the heck out of the underbody parts exhibiting rust and body cavities with Fluid Film. It is an excellent rust inhibitor! The new budget for this on-its-last-legs car is zero. I might spray some used 15W40 under there. Or not. -- Jim

Re: [MBZ] OT: Energy efficiency

2014-12-01 Thread Jim Cathey via Mercedes
tried to put double pane windows in our last house when we built it, and the builder refused. I hate _sealed_ double-pane windows, which mostly is all you can get. I found non-sealed double panes for our new addition, which are not to code. They're all of 1% less energy-efficient, but will

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