Re: [MBZ] Similar Note - my 91 300D runing warmer - Time for Burping??

2014-07-13 Thread Peter Frederick via Mercedes
Quick and dirty prime is to remove the pressure cap, squeeze the upper radiator hose flat, then crimp the small vent line to the expansion tank shut and release the upper hose. This will pull coolant through the lower radiator hose and heater core back into the head. If you have a bubble,

Re: [MBZ] 124 AC woe

2014-07-14 Thread Peter Frederick via Mercedes
I forget, is this a diesel or a gasser? Gasser belt tensioners have to be replaced quite often. Diesels, which have a vastly better tensioner system, only once or twice a decade will the spring break. Have had a few shocks go bad and knock, but the belt doesn't slip. Peter

Re: [MBZ] 123 Body Panels

2014-07-16 Thread Peter Frederick via Mercedes
Try KK manufacturing. They used to make nearly all the body panels for W115 and W109 cars, so it's possible they do W123s as well. Don't know for a fact since it's been a while since I thought about restoring one. Peter ___ http://www.okiebenz.com To

Re: [MBZ] more on valve adjustment

2014-07-17 Thread Peter Frederick via Mercedes
Repeat the job in a few thousand miles -- when they are tight, carbon builds up on the valve stems, and gives you a false setting. As the carbon wears off with the added clearance, they go tight again and still don't seal. If they go tight in a few thousand miles, set them at bit loose

Re: [MBZ] W123 diesel injector return hose

2014-07-18 Thread Peter Frederick via Mercedes
I use only Pagid or Textar pads. Neither squeak, nearly all FLAPS ones do. Peter ___ http://www.okiebenz.com To search list archives http://www.okiebenz.com/archive/ To Unsubscribe or change delivery options go to:

Re: [MBZ] Branching out in the MB family

2014-07-19 Thread Peter Frederick via Mercedes
Do not expect to take long trips in a Smart -- my brother's BIL drove one from Karlsruhe to Berlin a few years ago just to see. He took the train home, those tiny tires and very short wheelbase result in constant jouncing. If it's miserable on a short trip (by American standards) it's

Re: [MBZ] OT: The 10 most corrupt states in the U.S.

2014-07-19 Thread Peter Frederick via Mercedes
Rate of convictions is probably a good predictor of number of corruption events. In a really bad situation, there may be no enforecement, which would lower the rate, but I suspect most of these are state vs county or Feds vs State convictions, so the logic holds. Not where I want to live,

Re: [MBZ] 1984 500SEL - HELP!!

2014-07-21 Thread Peter Frederick via Mercedes
The leaking points are: fuel distributor to throttle body boot (buried on that car, you have to remove the manifold I think, but you have to anyway, see point #2) seals between intake manifold halves (this is an issue for all the V8s of that design type) Idle control valve hoses

Re: [MBZ] W124 Lower Control Arms and Ball joints - cost comparison

2014-07-23 Thread Peter Frederick via Mercedes
Lower control arms come with new bushings and new ball joints, so it's just a swap complete. Have to do a front end alignment in either case if you replace the bushings, ball joints usually not. Labor is about the same, it only take a couple minutes to pop the bushings and ball joints in

Re: [MBZ] '08 CLK 350 Electric Cooling Fan Update

2014-07-24 Thread Peter Frederick via Mercedes
Replace the radiator cap. Peter ___ 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 result

Re: [MBZ] W123 parts

2014-07-27 Thread Peter Frederick via Mercedes
My brother had the same experience this spring when some idiot pulled out in front of my niece and ripped the left headlight and fender up on the 300E. Initial offer was $1600 and dumpster the car, my brother vigorously objected, and they eventually admitted a comparable car in similar

Re: [MBZ] W123 parts

2014-07-27 Thread Peter Frederick via Mercedes
Kelley Blue Book on-line is a good resource -- they list a 1987 300E as retailing between $4000 and $9500 depending on condition, and in a case of accident damage they owe you the RETAIL (replacement) cost, not the WHOLESALE (trade-in) value of the car, since their insured damaged YOUR car

Re: [MBZ] OT-ish Trans flush.

2014-07-27 Thread Peter Frederick via Mercedes
If you take a neglected tranny with ancient non-synthetic oil in it and flush it with fresh synthetic fluid, it's possible to remove enough varnish from the valve body that shifting problems arise. Also, in the 70's, synthetic oils didn't have enough seal swelling material in them, and

Re: [MBZ] OT - small gasoline engine fuel

2014-07-27 Thread Peter Frederick via Mercedes
Ethanol can cause trouble with some rubber seals and plastic parts, but the issue should have been addressed by now. Ethanol has been used in gasoline for a couple decades, after all. MTBE is actually worse, but ethanol got all the blame. Peter ___

Re: [MBZ] Today's cheap home brew Find

2014-07-27 Thread Peter Frederick via Mercedes
Lol, I've been home brewing for a couple decades now. You can indeed make decent beer at much less cost that the main line brews bought at the liquor store, and you can make things that were once unobtainable. In the last twenty years, the quality of microbrewery beer has increased quite

Re: [MBZ] Today's cheap home brew Find

2014-07-29 Thread Peter Frederick via Mercedes
Lol, a bomber (besides Wilton) is a 20 oz bottle. More than I can drink at a sitting these days, but my younger friends love them. Peter ___ http://www.okiebenz.com To search list archives http://www.okiebenz.com/archive/ To Unsubscribe or change

Re: [MBZ] On my son the mechanic

2014-07-29 Thread Peter Frederick via Mercedes
I had the same problem with two Quantum lawn mower engines. Seems as they age the safety brake cable that also runs the cut-off stretches a bit (and is non-adjustable, for obvious reasons) and the cut-off won't open to let it run. Nearly drove me nuts finding it, as it was intermittant

Re: [MBZ] Uh oh

2014-08-04 Thread Peter Frederick via Mercedes
Very likely it's either out of fuel or you have a badly leaking line. timing belt would make a lot of noise when it went as the valves hit the pistons. Have you checked the accuracy of the fuel gauge? Peter ___ http://www.okiebenz.com To search list

Re: [MBZ] Uh oh

2014-08-05 Thread Peter Frederick via Mercedes
It will click when power is applied. If not, and it's the Bosch rotary pump, the armature has separated from the solenoid. I think that is the problem with my Volvo -- ran poorly for a while then refused to start, no fuel delivery. Pull in and check that it pops open and stays open when

Re: [MBZ] OT printers

2014-08-05 Thread Peter Frederick via Mercedes
First I would attempt to print. I've been surprised before. If it's clogged, those printers typically have a removable head. Get some bulk ink and refillable cartridges (this will cost less than new carts from the official source), remove the printhead, and apply some diluted Windex or

Re: [MBZ] Radiator Question

2014-08-05 Thread Peter Frederick via Mercedes
It's a standard radiator cap. A pressurizer should fit well enough to pump it up. Peter ___ http://www.okiebenz.com To search list archives http://www.okiebenz.com/archive/ To Unsubscribe or change delivery options go to:

Re: [MBZ] Nice W108 Rolling Chassis

2014-08-07 Thread Peter Frederick via Mercedes
The hp number is a misprint -- the hp rating for my 72 4.5L is 232, I'd guess an engine 1/3 larger would have at least 1/3 more hp, so think 375, which is more like the reality. Those cars were scary fast, and the engines were usually somewhat hotter than the actual rating would indicate.

Re: [MBZ] Review for the 3.5

2014-08-13 Thread Peter Frederick via Mercedes
Being the owner of a now defunct 280 SE 4.5L and never having had the pleasure of driving one in new condition, I find the review pretty snarky, especially the looking down the nose at comments on replacing the overhead cams with pushrods. The American competitors for a Benz in those days

Re: [MBZ] Review for the 3.5

2014-08-14 Thread Peter Frederick via Mercedes
Yup, the 3.5L is the stroker version -- stroke is shorter than the bore is wide. Turns 6200 rpm, believe it or not, and produces prodigious horsepower at high rpm. Sort of a dog from standstill, though, that's why Benz switched to the 4.5L in later years -- more grunt off the line.

Re: [MBZ] Review for the high revving 3.5

2014-08-15 Thread Peter Frederick via Mercedes
Remember the 3.5 was a stroker motor. Rev limit was 6200 rpm, so 4000 at 80 gives around 125 mph for the top end, which was the design spec (same for the 4.5L with 3.23 gears and a 5600 rpm limit, or some thing like that). A real screamer. No tachometer on the 72 US model, so I don't

Re: [MBZ] Review for the high revving American 3.5

2014-08-15 Thread Peter Frederick via Mercedes
No, way too fast for the brakes and tires. Remember, radial tires were a brand new invention then, and modern tires are vastly better than what we drove on 40 years ago. Also, that W109/109 chassis did not have anti-dive front suspension geometry, and slamming on the brakes at speed

Re: [MBZ] Insurance Comparison

2014-08-16 Thread Peter Frederick via Mercedes
When I lived in Ontario about 20 years ago, insurance was better and half the cost, at least for me. It was also no-fault. BC in those days had single payer Provencial insurance, it was half what you paid in Ontario. Peter ___ http://www.okiebenz.com

Re: [MBZ] OT: Win7 SP1

2014-08-17 Thread Peter Frederick via Mercedes
Now that the founders have all retired, there is a faint possibility that Microsoft will acquire a rational business model based on cooperative development and quality product, as opposed to the monopoly interuptive innovation model that is such a crock of crap. The real innovators are

Re: [MBZ] headlight brightness, 123 126

2014-08-17 Thread Peter Frederick via Mercedes
Get the Euro headlights. Vast improvement, altnough the w123 shouldn't be any worse than any other car with sealed beams. The real dog is the W124, worst headlights I've ever had with the DOT ones. Euro's are great, vastly better illumination and not much trouble for oncoming drivers.

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

2014-08-19 Thread Peter Frederick via Mercedes
95 has Euro spec headlights from the factory, one of the reasons for buying one. Peter ___ http://www.okiebenz.com To search list archives http://www.okiebenz.com/archive/ To Unsubscribe or change delivery options go to:

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

2014-08-23 Thread Peter Frederick via Mercedes
It's not the actual OS as much as all the junk attached to it. And no, it's NOT worse than Windows. Not enough OS left it if crashes to DO an internet restore, since it is still, so far as I can tell, running CPM-86 down in some dark basement through a thousand layers of interface

Re: [MBZ] Hella quartz halogen headlights

2014-08-23 Thread Peter Frederick via Mercedes
H4 uses a different socket, I think. If you have Euro's, you have the H4 socket, if you have DOT headlamps, I don't think you do. Not possible to do a fast swap. Peter ___ http://www.okiebenz.com To search list archives http://www.okiebenz.com/archive/

Re: [MBZ] Hella quartz halogen headlights

2014-08-23 Thread Peter Frederick via Mercedes
I think Euros were all H4 bulbs, only the DOT headlamps were not. That said, people in other parts of the world used to buy US DOT headlamp assemblies for the W108/109 chassis cars since the Euro spec were single bulb and the US spec was dual bult -- even with crappy Halogen sealed beam

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

2014-08-23 Thread Peter Frederick via Mercedes
Unfortunately, some security upgrades can cause serious issued on older (more than two years older than the OS) machines. Crappy support from Apple -- they really only want you to use a device for a year or two and buy another one, in spite of the fact that usually their hardware is very

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

2014-08-23 Thread Peter Frederick via Mercedes
Try again and make sure it's plugged in and set to never sleep. I have never been able to understand why both PC and Apple computers can go to sleep when a program is active in the foreground Peter ___ http://www.okiebenz.com To search list archives

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

2014-08-23 Thread Peter Frederick via Mercedes
This is why I keep a bootable disk around -- you can make a full copy of the OS onto a DVD or external drive using Disk Utility or Carbon Copy Cloner, and that way you can always at least boot the stinking thing and get on line. Do you have another Mac around and a Firewire cable? You

Re: [MBZ] 124 aux fan

2014-08-24 Thread Peter Frederick via Mercedes
The resistor (for low speed) is shot. It's by the receiver/dryer, most likely it's cracked. Common failure. Might just be broken or corroded wires, and it's possible the connection in the fuse box came apart, but not terribly likely. Peter ___

Re: [MBZ] 300td 1982 turbo travails

2014-08-26 Thread Peter Frederick via Mercedes
Use the factory copper plated ones. Otherwise they tend to seize. Peter ___ http://www.okiebenz.com To search list archives http://www.okiebenz.com/archive/ To Unsubscribe or change delivery options go to:

Re: [MBZ] BMW 325 Station Wagon

2014-08-30 Thread Peter Frederick via Mercedes
We have the same dilemma -- the 300 SDL is getting up there in years and miles, so is the 87 300D, and I am not excited about the replacements. The quality is simply not there, after Chrysler got involved Benz seems to have decided to make very expensive disposable cars, with electronic

Re: [MBZ] M103 Timing Cover Seal

2014-08-31 Thread Peter Frederick via Mercedes
Here's the drill: Get everything clean and dry. Use carb cleaner on the slot in the lower cover where the seal goes and blow dry with compressed air. Put a small amount of the sealant in each corner and lay the seal into the slot dry and clean. Make sure you do not trap anything,

Re: [MBZ] M103 Timing Cover Seal

2014-08-31 Thread Peter Frederick via Mercedes
The sealant at each end of the slot where the seal goes is what keeps it from leaking oil -- it almost never actually leaks under or over the seal, but the corner dribbles. Serious design issue, there does not appear to be a sealant that does not eventually leak. Semi-hardening ones are

Re: [MBZ] M103 Timing Cover Seal

2014-08-31 Thread Peter Frederick via Mercedes
Silicone dielectric grease will work fine, it's just to make the bottom of the cover slippery so it won't roll the seal lip over. A new cam seal is a good idea, they are cheap and if the one in there fails, you have to replace the front cover again. Peter

Re: [MBZ] Bilstein Shocks

2014-08-31 Thread Peter Frederick via Mercedes
Bilstein HD shocks are very hard -- made that mistake in the Volvo. Might be fine in a performance car for a youngster with good kidneys and a weak mind, but for normal sedan driving to and from work, very bouncy. Very stiff. Peter ___

Re: [MBZ] BMW 325 Station Wagon

2014-08-31 Thread Peter Frederick via Mercedes
BMWs are maintenance heavy as a rule. A blast to drive, but break often. Peter ___ http://www.okiebenz.com To search list archives http://www.okiebenz.com/archive/ To Unsubscribe or change delivery options go to:

Re: [MBZ] Spring Compressor?

2014-09-01 Thread Peter Frederick via Mercedes
W124s and anything that uses that suspension do not as well, just support the spring link and remove shock and pivot bolts and lower link, spring falls out. I'll be doing this soon, need to replace the bushing and bearing in the link and wheel carrier, plus rear subframe bushings, all

Re: [MBZ] Spring Compressor?

2014-09-01 Thread Peter Frederick via Mercedes
Fronts require a spring compressor, the spring is at least four inches longer relaxed that the space the control arm will allow before it pops out. Very dangerous. Peter ___ http://www.okiebenz.com To search list archives

Re: [MBZ] Bilstein Shocks

2014-09-01 Thread Peter Frederick via Mercedes
Feeling every pavement crack in your kidneys gets old pretty quick on the interstate. Peter ___ http://www.okiebenz.com To search list archives http://www.okiebenz.com/archive/ To Unsubscribe or change delivery options go to:

Re: [MBZ] 124 water leaks

2014-09-02 Thread Peter Frederick via Mercedes
More likely a sunroof drain. The windshield is glued in, they rarely leak unless the body is bent or there is rust starting. Check both front and rear -- the rear drain is in the C pillar. Peter ___ http://www.okiebenz.com To search list archives

Re: [MBZ] Accel Linkage

2014-09-06 Thread Peter Frederick via Mercedes
Check the condition of the rubber connector and the plastic line going to the shutoff, and the condition of the connection of the supply line at the main vacuum line. All that plastic line gets brittle, and it's not than unusual to flex a portion of it when working on something else and

Re: [MBZ] Sure wish it was a diesel

2014-09-07 Thread Peter Frederick via Mercedes
The Solex 4-barrel on the M110 was a mess -- avoid them. Even Solex could never get them working properly in Europe according to my friend who worked on MBs at the time. D-Jet is much much better. However, they are still gas hogs. Mid 20's at the best, usually less in the city, almost

Re: [MBZ] Sure wish it was a diesel

2014-09-07 Thread Peter Frederick via Mercedes
Actually, there a simple but difficult to properly repair cause for blower failure in the W114/115 -- the damper flap that switches from heat to AC has a change-over switch on it that switches the fan control over between the AC blower and the heater blower. If this servo (vacuum

Re: [MBZ] OT Weekend work

2014-09-07 Thread Peter Frederick via Mercedes
Best part of that job is the Scotch Ale! I need to brew one for the club competition, in spite of the fact that I don't like super high alcohol beers and the only way to win is to make it a barley wine -- we are suffering from gravity creep just like we suffer from hop creep -- if some is

Re: [MBZ] Bad front end noise

2014-09-07 Thread Peter Frederick via Mercedes
Check the tie rod ends and the steering damper too -- one of the leading causes of dead tie rod ends is a bad steering damper allowing them to get beaten to death. Check the idler arm bushings as well -- if the idler arm moves up and down at all, they are shot. Peter

Re: [MBZ] Bad front end noise

2014-09-07 Thread Peter Frederick via Mercedes
It will drive much better without the loose joint! Peter ___ 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

Re: [MBZ] This worth anywhere near the listed price?

2014-09-08 Thread Peter Frederick via Mercedes
Six big ones might be a bit high, but they really are wonderful cars. That one has incorrect aftermarket exhaust, you'd need to replace it with a correct TimeValve one (which will last forever), but otherwise seems pretty nice. Loved mine, but it's gotta go away, too rusty to make it

Re: [MBZ] This worth anywhere near the listed price?

2014-09-08 Thread Peter Frederick via Mercedes
Sweet cars, but be prepared for TERRIBLE milage -- I got 17 on the highway, 12 in town. Peter ___ http://www.okiebenz.com To search list archives http://www.okiebenz.com/archive/ To Unsubscribe or change delivery options go to:

Re: [MBZ] This worth anywhere near the listed price?

2014-09-08 Thread Peter Frederick via Mercedes
I've never found the torque converter transmission to be sleepy -- all that torque and a top end of 125 mph, what more can you ask for? Mine was a pain to drive on the highway -- always wanted to go 90 plus, had to keep lifting my foot off the gas. Peter

Re: [MBZ] This worth anywhere near the listed price?

2014-09-08 Thread Peter Frederick via Mercedes
It was quite common to drop a 615 in these in Germany -- lowered the tax rate and gave decent performance with much better milage. It is better than a comparable Cadillac or Oldsmobile -- in that era they got six mpg, as low as 4 if you drove hard. Huge honking things that rolled like

Re: [MBZ] Testing Prius

2014-09-09 Thread Peter Frederick via Mercedes
I'm sure there is at least one heritage and heirloom apple site on the internet, with pictures. You can indeed identify your tree by the apples. My boss up in Canada had some trees up the hill behind the house that I think were SnowQueen or Famouse (sp) -- one of the original named apples

Re: [MBZ] 300td 1982 turbo rebuild

2014-09-11 Thread Peter Frederick via Mercedes
Lol, my brother just spent $780 to get the turbo out of the wrecked 300D fixed, they had to bore out the housing and install oversized bearings it was so worn. Guess I should have replaced it before I wrecked it, eh? Anyway, I'll be taking the one from the SDL down and getting it re-

Re: [MBZ] Testing Prius

2014-09-11 Thread Peter Frederick via Mercedes
A Prius for me would be a problem, I do way too much open road driving, where they get 22mpg. Takes a lot of gasoline to haul that huge battery down the highway for half an hour with no regenerative braking. They do great in town, but not so good long distance. My uncle likes his, bought

Re: [MBZ] 300td 1982 turbo rebuild

2014-09-11 Thread Peter Frederick via Mercedes
The W124 300D uses the same turbo as the 86-87 SDL, but not the same one as the later 300Ds with the 5 cylinder (those had servo controlled boost, not mechanical). Not very many around, and I'd not trust any used turbo, it would have to go and get checked out before I bothered to install

Re: [MBZ] 300td 1982 turbo rebuild

2014-09-11 Thread Peter Frederick via Mercedes
It is nearly impossible to tell if a turbo is good just by looking at it or turning the compressor by hand. Really need to have someone with the proper tools measure bearing clearance , and if it's used it's gonna fail much sooner than one that has just been rebuilt. I'll look just for

Re: [MBZ] 300td 1982 turbo rebuild

2014-09-11 Thread Peter Frederick via Mercedes
Advertised rebuild price is $550, about what I expected since it cost me $400 or so 12 years ago when I did the one in the Volvo. Hopefully that won't be much worse from oil starvation damage, I'll probably haul it down tomorrow as my brother is doing the swap in the SDL tonight. Makes

Re: [MBZ] 300td 1982 turbo rebuild

2014-09-11 Thread Peter Frederick via Mercedes
Ebay has a used one (with manifolds, that I don't need, I have two sets already) for $450. For the extra couple hundred I'll get mine fixed, that way I know it's good! Peter ___ http://www.okiebenz.com To search list archives

Re: [MBZ] Testing Prius

2014-09-11 Thread Peter Frederick via Mercedes
All hybrids get worse long distance highway milage than the equivalent sized non-hybrid because you have an undersized engine dragging a huge battery with little or no regenerative braking -- when do you lift your foot completely off the gas on the interestate? That means you use battery

Re: [MBZ] OT propane burners

2014-09-11 Thread Peter Frederick via Mercedes
Buy a new burner, they are about $15 --try one of the Louisiana places. Or you can just get a new orifice, make sure it's one of the 0.040 ones. You have too much gas and not enough air, partially because the casing of the burner is rough, but mostly because the orifice is too large and

Re: [MBZ] OT propane burners

2014-09-11 Thread Peter Frederick via Mercedes
A coleman stove is way too small for canning, you likely need to boil a big vat of water (or cook down 15 quarts of tomatoes at once) and you need a BIG burner. The burners that come with turkey friers are often crap. I think I got my from some place with the word Cajun it the name, but

Re: [MBZ] OT propane burners

2014-09-11 Thread Peter Frederick via Mercedes
Turkey friers usually run 70,000 to 95,000 btu. Lotta heat. I don't use anywhere near that much for canning. Not to knock coleman stoves, but a propane burner is much more convenient if you also have a propane grill. Peter ___ http://www.okiebenz.com

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

2014-09-11 Thread Peter Frederick via Mercedes
Usually corroded contacts. If you can see them, spray them down with DeOxit or some other contact cleaner and cycle them a while, usually clears up the problem. Mine doesn't work on the 300D but I'm too lazy to fix them. Peter ___

Re: [MBZ] commuting by bicycle (was: Re: Testing Prius)

2014-09-11 Thread Peter Frederick via Mercedes
I'd bicycle here but I have no desire to end up as a hood ornament. Only safe in groups, people drive like idiots and there is no shoulder, in fact usually a 3 to 6 drop off the pavement into a ditch. Used to bike all the time in graduate school, wish I still lived somewhere I could.

Re: [MBZ] OT propane burners

2014-09-12 Thread Peter Frederick via Mercedes
I have an ancient Arkla (probably made right here in Evansville for Sears) that my BIL bought right after he and my sister got married in 1980. I'm on the fourth burner i think. Still works OK, but is still way too hot unless I cover the burner with a ceramic shield, and still catches

Re: [MBZ] turbo update 82 300td

2014-09-12 Thread Peter Frederick via Mercedes
If you can actually hear the turbo whine and the air cleaner is installed, you have a bad turbo (unless you have a leak between turbo and intake -- check the 0-ring). MB turbos are usually silent, unlike the Volvo, where it sounds like a police siren a couple blocks away. Peter

Re: [MBZ] commuting by bicycle

2014-09-12 Thread Peter Frederick via Mercedes
I'm 37 miles from work on major highways with significant hills. Not really possible to commute, even it good weather. Peter ___ http://www.okiebenz.com To search list archives http://www.okiebenz.com/archive/ To Unsubscribe or change delivery options go

Re: [MBZ] OT propane burners

2014-09-12 Thread Peter Frederick via Mercedes
Lol, I'm resisting the temptation of some copper cookware at Tuesday Morning -- I need more pots and pans like I need to be kicked down the stairs, but copper is SO nice to cook on and they are fairly reasonable. I've already replaced the Farberware my sister bought Mom 30 years ago. It's

Re: [MBZ] turbo update 82 300td

2014-09-12 Thread Peter Frederick via Mercedes
On the flip side, a bad turbo will make no noise at all, since it's not turning very fast if at all. Peter ___ http://www.okiebenz.com To search list archives http://www.okiebenz.com/archive/ To Unsubscribe or change delivery options go to:

Re: [MBZ] 190D rear suspension

2014-09-15 Thread Peter Frederick via Mercedes
Replace the subframe mounts - there are four, fronts are different than rears. This will cure most of the strange behavior, if not all. Check the condition of the tie rods, too, just in case. I'm planning on doing this job on the 300D, same issue. Peter

Re: [MBZ] Old crash pics

2014-09-15 Thread Peter Frederick via Mercedes
I was hit by a Chevy 3500 series van driven by a heating and air guy a few years back -- he was running about 60 and ran a stop light. I still have pics somewhere, but the front edge driver's door was pushed in about 18. Quite the ride, I really don't recommend crash testing your car.

Re: [MBZ] Old crash pics

2014-09-15 Thread Peter Frederick via Mercedes
Oh, and the keyswitch worked to shut off the engine when someone found a long pair of needlenosed pliers to turn it. Peter ___ http://www.okiebenz.com To search list archives http://www.okiebenz.com/archive/ To Unsubscribe or change delivery options go

Re: [MBZ] 190D rear suspension

2014-09-15 Thread Peter Frederick via Mercedes
Guess I'll have to do that too -- mine is getting close to undrivable and the station wagon has both front springs with chunks missing off the ends, and until I get them replace I won't drive it. Probably need ball joints up front, too, and I suspect a steering coupler. All the usual

Re: [MBZ] Daimler

2014-09-16 Thread Peter Frederick via Mercedes
I suspect there was considerable leakage of junk gizmo flashy crap into Mercedes from Chrysler. The new cars are NOT like the old ones, rather tinny, full of electronic toys of dubious utility and designed in failure. And they are UGLY and very hard to see out of. Peter

Re: [MBZ] Window Regulator Replacement

2014-09-20 Thread Peter Frederick via Mercedes
REgulator is one thing, window motor is another. Has to be programed at the dealer so the computer knows which one to operate when you push the switch Peter ___ http://www.okiebenz.com To search list archives http://www.okiebenz.com/archive/ To

[MBZ] Ball joints and springs

2014-09-20 Thread Peter Frederick via Mercedes
Replaced the springs in the TE today, didn't take long. Left side was failing in multiple places and bulging out toward the wheel, right side had more broken off the end, but no big problems. Ball joints went in and out nicely with a custom made press adapter and a $200 ball joint screw

Re: [MBZ] AC Leak

2014-09-21 Thread Peter Frederick via Mercedes
Stuck or plugged expansion valve. Probably not as much a leak as no circulation. Peter ___ http://www.okiebenz.com To search list archives http://www.okiebenz.com/archive/ To Unsubscribe or change delivery options go to:

Re: [MBZ] 124 condenser replacement

2014-09-22 Thread Peter Frederick via Mercedes
Cheater handles on very closely fitting wrenches. None of mine have been seized, although the ones on the TE would only come apart with some help with a long wrench. Spun freely as soon as released. They seat on an o-ring, not a taper, so they are unlikely to gall. Shouldn't be that

Re: [MBZ] Rebuilding an alternator

2014-09-23 Thread Peter Frederick via Mercedes
The real key is whether or not it will produce full amperage -- old high resistance windings, worn off regulator brushes, or weak diodes will all test fine with an ohmeter, but the alternator will only product part of it's full load rating. I've got to do the one in the TE, the battery

Re: [MBZ] Rebuilding an alternator

2014-09-24 Thread Peter Frederick via Mercedes
Bad contact with the slip rings will indeed result in no significant output and no lamp on the dash, since there is no current flowing in either direction. Hope it works for you, I suspect mine is bad diodes. Will have to take the car down to a FLAPS and have them check it out. Peter

Re: [MBZ] B-36 With Tank Treads??

2014-09-27 Thread Peter Frederick via Mercedes
That was an experimental system that was only installed once, I think. I'd imagine that it was almost impossible to keep the track on the gear at take-off speeds! The eventual replacement was the first four-wheel bogey that was then used until they retired the B-36. If you have not been

Re: [MBZ] B-36 With Tank Treads??

2014-09-27 Thread Peter Frederick via Mercedes
Chance-Vought was fairly conservative with the wing loading, and Boeing was not. Much more lift per square foot, thus less structure. The B-60 (I think that was the designation for the all-jet B-36 derivative) was a real dog. Way too big, wing way too fat, and so forth since it was not

Re: [MBZ] B-36 With Tank Treads??

2014-09-27 Thread Peter Frederick via Mercedes
It's actually fairly easy to miss the B-36 in the hanger -- it's so big you cannot get far enough away from it to actually see it. IIRC, the wings are something like 20 feet above the ground and a tall guy can walk easily under the bomb bay with the doors open, so it's lost in the

Re: [MBZ] B-36 With Tank Treads??

2014-09-27 Thread Peter Frederick via Mercedes
The really scary thing is the Tupolev Bear -- similar size to the B-52 but almost as fast, flies higher, and carries more bomb load twice as far. On big hairy counter-rotating turboprops, something that no one in the west ever got to work very well. Probably vibrates almost as bad as a

Re: [MBZ] 1992 300E 2.6 Oil Leak

2014-09-28 Thread Peter Frederick via Mercedes
More likely the upper timing chain cover. Oil leaks out the corner on the right side and runs down the engine block, worse while at speed that idling so you don't see it much. Peter ___ http://www.okiebenz.com To search list archives

Re: [MBZ] pulse generator

2014-10-01 Thread Peter Frederick via Mercedes
Wires are not the problem, the difficulty with trigger points is ALWAYS the failure to open and close electrically. There are two causes here -- dirt or corrosion on the points themselves, and worn bushings in the distributor. If you can move the shaft sideway at all in the bushings, you

Re: [MBZ] new fix on new/old TD

2014-10-02 Thread Peter Frederick via Mercedes
leaking pressure valve seals result in variable fuel delivery and injection timing at idle and low speed. Bad cases cause excessive knock as well, that goes away with speed increase. instant start means you don't need to worry about compression (rings good, valves sealing pretty well),

Re: [MBZ] TD

2014-10-03 Thread Peter Frederick via Mercedes
Well, the old 220D with a fluid coupling was SLOW -- you had to pay close attention when pulling out onto the highway! The 75 300D was somewhat peppier, but not a race car either. That fluid coupling makes for leisurely acceleration until you get up to 15 mph or so. Peter

Re: [MBZ] new fix on new/old TD

2014-10-04 Thread Peter Frederick via Mercedes
There are several things that can cause rough idle with instant start -- most probably are different pop pressures between the injectors, which is more or less inevietable with age and use, and leaking pressure valve seals. Very rare for the pressure valves themselves to leak, but I

Re: [MBZ] Someone in IL needs this 116

2014-10-04 Thread Peter Frederick via Mercedes
No, the 450 has the 4.5L M117. The 6.9 variant, in standard MB nomenclature, has a 6.9L M100 engine with electronic fuel injection instead of mechanical. Usually (if not always) has hydraulic suspension as well (like the SLS on the rear of wagons, but on the front too). Fairly uncommon,

Re: [MBZ] Someone in IL needs this 116

2014-10-04 Thread Peter Frederick via Mercedes
Exactly. The car is a 450SEL (long wheel base W116) with a 6.9L instead of a 4.5L V8. This is standard MB badging -- if the W116 had originally had the 6.9 as designed, it would be badged as a 690SEL. Fat chance on that, there was a very substantial difference in price point, that 6.9L

Re: [MBZ] FWIW

2014-10-05 Thread Peter Frederick via Mercedes
This is trash promulgated by a non-scientist with a right wing agenda. You should know better than to parrot viral garbage racing around the internet before you do due diligence. Quite a bit of data is missing, has obvious errors, or cannot be explained by known weather phenomena, and the

Re: [MBZ] 190D rear lower control arm bushings - Success!

2014-10-05 Thread Peter Frederick via Mercedes
I need to do that job on three cars -- my 300D (parts in the trunk, just gotta take the time to do it), the TE which also need bushings on the diff and a carrier bearing and mount, and my brother's 300E which squeaks. Peter ___ http://www.okiebenz.com

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