'Thankful that my peripheral vision encompasses much more than the
OK Don, thnx for re-posting my $2 oil sucker instructions. They're also in
Aug 05 list archives.
'Til it's out of fuel.
Diesel without electronic engine controls, etc., til it's out of fuel or
some other malfunction makes it quit. Engine/car doesn't NEED ANY
electricity to keep going - no radio, starter, wipers, lights (incl. brake
lights), etc. Keep refueling it while running, it'll keep running til
$9700 for my showroom condition 87 300D in Aug 04 (82kmi). 'VERY well
pleased. 'Still showroom at 94kmi.
In Dec '72, another B-52 in my formation was hit by SAM (missile) shrapnel
over Hanoi. 'Made emer landing at American Marine base in N. Thailand.
'Crew flew it couple days later to our home base in S. Thailand with little
squares of duct tape covering many small holes in its skin - another good
'FI were physically able, I'd be in.
My physical ability - 'can barely walk, 'lost most feeling below knees, 'bad
tension tremor in hands when trying to do little stuff - type, eat, write,
turn pages, turn wrenches, etc. Now using 4-wheel push walker and 3-wheel
electric scooter; 'put 'em in the trunk when I drive. 'Can still drive
Mitch, I am considering an inverter for the car to charge the scooter.
Charger uses only abt 2 amps, though.
Scooter bat is 24v DC (2 12v lead/acid in series); charger input is 120v AC,
1.2 amp; output is 29.5v DC, 1.5 amp.
'Considering 300 watt inverter.
Re. charging 24v scooter bat. I also considered separating the 2 12v bats
and charging them directly, but that requires disassembly of bat pack, etc.,
a tough job with my shaky hands, even tougher to do it repeatedly. I need
to just plug and play.
Found a device at Radio Sack that produces 27v
'Getting little heat inside my 91 350 SDL. Fan runs normally. Symptoms
found thus far with ambient temp ~45F: At 60mph cruise, eng temp = 70C,
After stopping and accelerating briskly, temp goes to ~ 79C, then back to
70C at cruise. After stopping and turning eng off, heater immediately blows
'My thoughts, too re. tstat and monovalve. Eng temp way too low. 'Even
took long time getting to 70C.
Reg. cards for both my diesels say, Fuel: G
Where anybody got the idea it is G I don't know - not from me.
Wash it with Coca-Cola.
Wndshld on my otherwise showroom 87 300D has slow-drip leak at upper lft
PO had new wndshld installed abt June 04. Tips on sealing the leak?
91 350SDL 182KMI, 87 300D 95KMI
How many Aggies does it take to eat 'possum?
Is the rear seat backrest in a 124 secured in the same manner as that in a
123 -- hanging at top and 3 screws across bottom (1 at each lower corner,
1 in middle)?
91 350SDL, 87 300D
Several yrs ago, I wired unused fog positions on my 126 and 123 to work as
TAIL lights - 'wanted to be more visible from rear ALL the time. Got lamp
sockets from salvage yard; spliced into regular tail light circuit inside
each rear light assy. 'Haven't done the 124 yet.
Bill, I have no photos of my mod. Salvaged bulb sockets just plug right
in to the empty holes for them. Using splicing tabs/connectors, splice
their wires into wires to regular tail (or brake) lights as desired inside
each rear light assy.. 'Very easy and simple.
I decided to activate my rear fog spaces as TAIL lights after approaching
several MBs from rear and barely seeing the tiny tail lights.
Source for third brake light = salvage yrd.
While trying to find easy route for a charging cable for my electric
mobility scooter in the trunk of my 87 300D/124, I rotated one of the rear
headrests to the up-and-in-use position. Both headrests have been in
stowed position in recesses in hat shelf since I got car yr and half ago.
How can I
How are rear speaker grilles in 87 300D/124 secured to hat shelf? 'Want to
remove one temporarily to run charging cable to mobility scooter in trunk.
I need abt 5/8 inch hole into trunk to insert plug on end of wire, then
close the hole back around wire. Can speaker grille be pried out (friction
Thnx for reminder, Lee and John. Headrest stow switch works very nicely.
Again: How are rear speaker grilles in 87 300D/124 secured to hat shelf?
remove one temporarily to run charging cable to mobility scooter in trunk.
need abt 5/8 inch hole into trunk to insert plug on end of wire, then
close the hole back around wire. Can speaker grille be pried out
I can now recharge my electric mobility scooter in trunk of the 87 300D,
where it's stowed when not in use. Aims 150 watt pure sine wave inverter is
plugged into cig lighter; charger supplied with scooter is plugged into 120v
AC output of inverter; 29v DC, 1.5a, goes to 24v scooter bat in trunk.
Thnx for info on rear spkr grille. I ran scooter recharge wire into trnk
thru crnr of hat shelf nearby. BTW, started trying to remove rear seat --
unable; very frustrating; used to do it so easily.
Mine falls back with resounding THUMP.
$130.99 more than mine.
More money than taste and aeronautical knowledge.
I said, More money than taste and aeronautical knowledge.
'Meant to say, More money than taste and knowledge of aerodynamics.
'Toured NC Museum of Art yesterday on my mobility scooter with batteries
charged en route in trunk of 87 300D.
New-fangled E6B? Go to www.wiltonstrickland.com for photo of my E6B (behind
the book, In The BUFF) that has never needed a battery.
I know Walt knows about manual E6Bs. I didn't KNOW there were ELECTRONIC
'Meant no disrespect to anyone.
$58K for my 91 350 SDL.
The practical engineer part of me also can't understand why anyone would cut
a hole in a perfectly good steel top, then pay mucho $ for it. I've never
opened the ridiculous sun roofs on my 124 and 126 - 'wish they didn't have
'em. 'Couldn't get 124 and 126 without 'em.
(P. S. 'Also
I should have said, I couldn't FIND a GOOD USED 124 or 126 without
BTW, it's OK for some of us to like 'em and others to not like 'em. That's
why we have different names. One is no more RIGHT than the other.
OK Don, I wore chute all the time in B-52; certainly never TEMPTED to jump
for the fun of it, but was prepared to punch out if necessary only.
'Got mine at salvage yard.
How many BTU per gal. #2?
'Found it; thnx. 139k
Soy oil is $2.88/gal at Sam's, Goldsboro, NC; #2 is $2.56
If I use it, Nature will heat it sufficiently.
'Doubt if it'll be cold enough here in eastern NC to jell it til Dec or so.
Tom, you can bet I've been cold, but usually in Nebraska, Michigan UP or
Greenland; had frostbite in MI and Grnlnd. When it's cold enough to jell
veggie in NC, I don't use it.
Temp for one 2 week period at Sondrestromfjord, Greenland was -55F; chill
factor = -90F. My new USAF 78 Ford crewcab pickup ran continuously for the
2 weeks. 'Had to breathe slowly and carefully not to freeze/hurt throat and
lungs. Yes, spit froze before hitting grnd.
Sunil, after Grnlnd, I had choice of only B-52 bases; came to Goldsboro, NC,
to fly B-52's.
Drove my 81 300D ~8 hrs and 450mi coupla yrs ago with dead bat and alt.
'Had to get home before dark. It'll run 'til out of fuel or something else
makes it quit. 'Doesn't need elec.
The time has come to return to Sam's for soy oil @ $2.88/gal.
You can run it on soy oil from Sam's.
Relief! Guy whose grass trimmer broke window stopped by glass shop today
and paid the bill. I'm in hospital tomorrow; replace window Mon.
Got window replaced 1700 today. I told grass trimmer guy where he could pay
the bill; he did. His wife tried to tell 'im my comp ins. should pay it. I
Soy oil = $12.99 + 2% tx at Goldsboro, NC, Sam's.
Politely? Yes, politely. I looked 'im in the eye and said, We shouldn't
have to get my ins. involved, you know that. He agreed.
'Saw 3 Sprntrs at glass shop yestrday; 1 Frtlnr, 2 Dodge, all @ ~90kmi.
10kmi ago, the Frtlnr was losing coolant somewhere - possible crack. Dlr
wanted $8.5k to replace eng. Owner put $4 can of Stop-leak type stuff in
it. 'Still running - no leaks.
Harry, all BUFF's prior to H model used water injection for ~2 min on
takeoff only; increased thrust ~2.5k lb. per eng. Turbofans on H produce up
to 17k lb each - no water inj.
I think KC-135A's used water inj., too, but can't remember for sure.
Crank pulley on my 80 240D came off - messed up belts, fan, radiator, etc.
Friend has a 116 with inop odo. Please remind me of name/address of repair
I had 80 240D and 81 300D done yrs ago; can't find rcpt.
Anybody know name/address of speedometer repair shop?
Can't do it myself.
Abt 3 times last weekend, my 87 300D starter and engine turned VERY slowly
for ~1 rev and stopped as I held key in start position for another ~3
seconds with starter and engine stopped. The instant I released key, engine
did a very neat thing - started from a non-rotating condition. After lunch
What does soy oil weigh?
It matters 'cause I just bought it by the 35 lb. jug. Just wondering how my
cost compares to today's $3+/gal for diesel fuel. I guessed ~ 7 lbs./gal.
Food grade soy began to make sense today, especially as emer. backup. Dino
@ ~ $3.40; long lines at pump; some stations with no fuel; production and
pipeline from TX LA down.
35 lb jug of soy @ $14.17 incl. sales tax at Sam's.
1 gal soy weighs, I think, ~ 7.4 lbs (still trying to confirm)
Why do so many entire posts have to be repeated so many times?
The master (ingition) switch could be in the worn, not-turn mode, too.
Vernon, call Tim Mize, D E Qual. Ser., 919-872-7771, in N. Raleigh
LT Don, S O are all I remember, too. . . . - - - . . . (S O S)
Friend is resurecting an 80 300SD. I could have sworn it looks exactly my
He says the VIN is 116, etc. 'Haven't seen data plate yet. Can it be a
Of course, if the data plate says 116, that's what it is. 'Just thought I
could remember details (parking lights, etc.) of my 126 better than that.
Now, I wanta see'em side-by-side.
Installed PPG to replaced badly pitted windshield in my 350SDL several yrs
ago. 'Looks great; no pits yet.
Ins,. USAA, replaced my pitted wndshld. Cost me $100.
'Been driving for 55 yrs., know a little about a lot, know a lot about a
little, learning a little about a lot everyday, don't know everything about
anything, though I have driven extensively in most contiguous states and
Canda, even in almighty LA (city and state).
Looking forward to learning a
USAA replaced my wndshld 'cause it was unsafe - glare in rain, night, sun.
Installer processed claim. I should have done it yrs earlier.
Jerry, I paid $100 deductible.
Wilton, USAA since Oct 60
Just inside rear edge of door and in line with rear of handle is a plastic
disc abt 3/4 inch dia. Remove disc and tighten Philips head screw covered
by disc. If handle is still loose at front end, you'll need to remove door
panel to tighten frnt screw.
91 350SDL, 87 300D
$3.60 in Goldsboro, NC
Is repair of 116 odometer same as 123?
35 lb. jug of soy oil = ~4.6 gal.
2% tax on food soy in NC.
I've had good service from my regular tires before, during and after
hurricanes for well over 50 yrs.
Got mine in '95 w/79kmi; timing chn broke at 89kmi; much repair to head -
valves, liftrs, new chain, guides, lots of stuf I don't remember; no repair
to bottom part of eng. Now at 181kmi, couple qts oil btwen chnges at 5k.
Fantastic car; best drive and ride ever for me. I'm 71.
Somebody said, so I will just go and lay down. That's LIE down.
My peeve and my .02.
All 4 of my MB diesels have strtd on 1st cycle. If not, I thot smthng
'Don't know how one could work better than my $2 one used with oil at
A 5/8 OD plastic tube inserted very easily and snuggly into only the larger
top inch and a half or so of dipstick tube allows entire diameter of
dipstick tube to carry oil from lowest point in pan as it was designed to
do. My fabric-embedded, clear plastic tube does not collapse carrying hot
'Noticed coupla days ago, replacement wndshld in my 87 showroom-like 300D
has small MB star with PPG beneath it with other data on LL corner.
Re. oil getting into vac unit, read my instructions for making $2 sucker
thoroughly. They are in the list archives; Aug 05; first item on subject
list - $2 oil sucker.
Discharge oil at top of receiver tnk as far as possible from vac hose inlet.
Also, see item 2 off UPGRADED unit part of
Re. oil getting into vac unit. Most shop vacs produce much more suction
than needed to make oil sucker work well. To reduce possibility of oil in
vac hose, it may help to reduce vac at oil container - opening in hose, etc.
About 25 yrs ago, all 8 engines on B-52's were retrofitted with cartridge
starters for alert starts. Cartridge is like a gallon paint can full of
solid rocket fuel; spins starter at ~ 45k rpm. All 8 engines can be started
at same time in a minute by hitting one switch; also makes lots of smoke.
'Don't think the Phoenix aircraft was a 119. 'Had twin booms like 119, but
I think it was Canuk or Euro aircraft.
I'm sure - held 'em in my hand, saw them intalled many times; used them many
times. B-52 engine starter cartriges are slightly smaller than gallon paint
can and contain very fast-burning, solid material much like solid rocket
Willton, LtCol, USAF, Ret.
5000 hrs in B-52D, E, F, G, H
Yes, from early sixties B-52's had just 2 eng with cartridge start, but in
late 70's all eng got cartridges. Didn't mean to imply that these are same
as little ones used on recip eng, merely describing what B-52 uses now.
Phoenix a C-82. Thnx, Walt. Wasn't that Canuk?
So, maybe, the Phoenix WAS a C-82/119; thought it may be a Canuk something
Color-coordinated, folding drink holders ($39.95) in my 91 350SDL break
easily wilth passengers' careless knee bumps.
'Stiil using phone installed in 91 350SDL in '91; Motorola Microtac in the
87 300D. Both have hands free features, but we pull over/stop to use them,
or let pass. do calling.
'Would be neat to have DIESEL on back of the scooter; I may do that.
BTW, I ran ~50% soy Sep-Dec; 'saw it at Sam's yesterday @ $2.87/gal incl 2%
Diesel is now $2.51, went to $3.50 for a while.
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