Re: [MBZ] Detailing/Cleaning Stuff

2006-01-18 Thread Jim Cathey
Some...no wait...most of the crap is adheared to the 
floor/seat/cupholders
with a chocolatly/soda-y/some kind of food-stuff-y viscus goo. Better 
be a

burley blower.


A tobacco blower?

How about a clinker gun instead?

-- Jim




Re: [MBZ] Detailing/Cleaning Stuff

2006-01-18 Thread OK Don
Ahh - Pressure washer time!

On 1/17/06, Bob Rentfro [EMAIL PROTECTED] wrote:
 Herr Doktor Booth typed:

 Leaf blower is the starting place for me. 

 Some...no wait...most of the crap is adheared to the floor/seat/cupholders
 with a chocolatly/soda-y/some kind of food-stuff-y viscus goo. Better be a
 burley blower.


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[MBZ] Detailing/Cleaning Stuff

2006-01-17 Thread Bob Rentfro
Went to Cal yeaterday to get the Beetle (daughter child is off to the U.K.). 
Drove the 300D over and SHMBO and the boy-child, with his bright, shiny new 
permit, followed me back.  They got 48mpg, I got 22mpg.
The Bug is retchingly gross dirty. I can't describe it. She is going to get the 
riot act read to her when she returns...and, unless I cool off a bit by then, 
she may not even get the car back.
Right now I'm fighting the urge to just take this rolling dump to someone and 
let them detail it. However, I'm sure I should just do it myself.
So then...what is the best:
carpet cleaner
upolstery cleaner
any other detailing helps/tricks/stuff.

Thanks

Bob Rentfro
'77 300D 148K
'01 VW Beetle TDI 61K (grodiest car in the whole world...at this time)
Litchfield Park, AZ
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Welcome back to the mainland, Chuck.

Bob Rentfro

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Chris,

According to Nitske's book, 17,037 190E 2.3 16 Valves were built from
1983-1988 in two forms, one for US and the other for Europe.  It was
primarily produced w/a 5 speed, altho there are some automatics
around, but performance is greatly reduced.
They were only available in Smoke Silver/Black and Pearl Black/Black.

Primary difference - euro model had 185 hp (3.07 rear), US model had
167 hp (3.27 rear and detuned for emissions reduction).  It has a
pneumatic self-leveling suspension (spheres in rear) that can get
dicey and expensive to fix.  Engine also has some parts unique to the
16V.   In March 1989, about 500 Evolution models were built for
competition racing in Europe w/a short stroke engine that put out
some 300+ HP

I've driven several and they are a kick, particularly on a track
where they really show off.  I'm still looking for one, but have
narrowed my search to Smoke Silver only.  Black/black in AZ - NOT!

Check this site;   http://www.germancarfans.com/features.cfm/
featureid/1021101.001/mercedes/1.html

Take care,

Chuck
Phoenix, AZ
1980 300SD

On Jan 17, 2006, at 9:14 AM, Tom Hargrave wrote:

 Mercedes imported a small quantity of 300E's with manual
 transmissions.

 Thanks,
 Tom Hargrave
 256-656-1924
 www.kegkits.com



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 the -16v was a factory model.  At the time it was the only car
 available in
 the US with a manual trans.

 At 09:48 AM 1/17/2006, you wrote:
 I noticed that, but haven't had a chance to read  it yet, where
 all of
 those with the cosworth head? Was it something  from the
 factory/AMG/Brabus/?

   Chris

 Loren Faeth [EMAIL PROTECTED] wrote:  The latest Star
 features
 the 2.3-16v.  Quite a few race drivers in the mid
 80s had a 2.3-16v as a daily driver.  They are destined to become
 collectible.


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Re: [MBZ] Detailing/Cleaning Stuff

2006-01-17 Thread Desert Rat
Bob,
start with a leaf blower and work down from there.

At least you had a decent tail wind through our valley yesterday!

Next time you make that trip, give a shout out and we'll have a
mini-fest or at least a cup of coffee along I-10.

On 1/17/06, Bob Rentfro [EMAIL PROTECTED] wrote:
 Went to Cal yeaterday to get the Beetle (daughter child is off to the U.K.). 
 Drove the 300D over and SHMBO and the boy-child, with his bright, shiny new 
 permit, followed me back.  They got 48mpg, I got 22mpg.
 The Bug is retchingly gross dirty. I can't describe it. She is going to get 
 the riot act read to her when she returns...and, unless I cool off a bit by 
 then, she may not even get the car back.
 Right now I'm fighting the urge to just take this rolling dump to someone and 
 let them detail it. However, I'm sure I should just do it myself.
 So then...what is the best:
 carpet cleaner
 upolstery cleaner
 any other detailing helps/tricks/stuff.

 Thanks

 Bob Rentfro
 '77 300D 148K
 '01 VW Beetle TDI 61K (grodiest car in the whole world...at this time)
 Litchfield Park, AZ
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Re: [MBZ] Detailing/Cleaning Stuff

2006-01-17 Thread Rich Thomas
Around here in Houston we have a large population of entrepreneurial  
undocumented visitors who do this kind of stuff for cheap, set 
themselves up at corners and shopping center lots and such with water 
tanks and power sprayers and cleaning supplies.  In Arizona I think you 
might also have this resource you could draw on, and save yourself a 
lot of effort while also directly contributing to the economic 
development of countries south of us, without first filtering your money 
through the gummint.  Then again, you might not want to 
encourage/participate in this sort of direct foreign aid, so in that 
case get a wet/dry vac and those products you mention.  I use the 
green/orange cleaner diluted in a spray bottle, the orange leaves a nice 
smell, seems to do all the surfaces OK.  The vac gets the stuff out of 
the carpet/cloth nicely once you spray the cleaner in there.  Then lots 
of rags and warm rinse water.


--R

Bob Rentfro wrote:


Went to Cal yeaterday to get the Beetle (daughter child is off to the U.K.). 
Drove the 300D over and SHMBO and the boy-child, with his bright, shiny new 
permit, followed me back.  They got 48mpg, I got 22mpg.
The Bug is retchingly gross dirty. I can't describe it. She is going to get the 
riot act read to her when she returns...and, unless I cool off a bit by then, 
she may not even get the car back.
Right now I'm fighting the urge to just take this rolling dump to someone and 
let them detail it. However, I'm sure I should just do it myself.
So then...what is the best:
carpet cleaner
upolstery cleaner
any other detailing helps/tricks/stuff.

Thanks

Bob Rentfro
'77 300D 148K
'01 VW Beetle TDI 61K (grodiest car in the whole world...at this time)
Litchfield Park, AZ  
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Re: [MBZ] Detailing/Cleaning Stuff

2006-01-17 Thread andrew strasfogel
I use Simple Green a lot!  Buy a gallon for $8 at Costco and it lasts 1/2 a
lifetime.

On 1/17/06, Rich Thomas [EMAIL PROTECTED] wrote:

 Around here in Houston we have a large population of entrepreneurial
 undocumented visitors who do this kind of stuff for cheap, set
 themselves up at corners and shopping center lots and such with water
 tanks and power sprayers and cleaning supplies.  In Arizona I think you
 might also have this resource you could draw on, and save yourself a
 lot of effort while also directly contributing to the economic
 development of countries south of us, without first filtering your money
 through the gummint.  Then again, you might not want to
 encourage/participate in this sort of direct foreign aid, so in that
 case get a wet/dry vac and those products you mention.  I use the
 green/orange cleaner diluted in a spray bottle, the orange leaves a nice
 smell, seems to do all the surfaces OK.  The vac gets the stuff out of
 the carpet/cloth nicely once you spray the cleaner in there.  Then lots
 of rags and warm rinse water.

 --R

 Bob Rentfro wrote:

 Went to Cal yeaterday to get the Beetle (daughter child is off to the U.K.).
 Drove the 300D over and SHMBO and the boy-child, with his bright, shiny new
 permit, followed me back.  They got 48mpg, I got 22mpg.
 The Bug is retchingly gross dirty. I can't describe it. She is going to
 get the riot act read to her when she returns...and, unless I cool off a bit
 by then, she may not even get the car back.
 Right now I'm fighting the urge to just take this rolling dump to someone
 and let them detail it. However, I'm sure I should just do it myself.
 So then...what is the best:
 carpet cleaner
 upolstery cleaner
 any other detailing helps/tricks/stuff.
 
 Thanks
 
 Bob Rentfro
 '77 300D 148K
 '01 VW Beetle TDI 61K (grodiest car in the whole world...at this time)
 Litchfield Park, AZ
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Re: [MBZ] Detailing/Cleaning Stuff

2006-01-17 Thread John Ervine

Bob Rentfro wrote:


any other detailing helps/tricks/stuff.


It will take you the better part of a day, but here is the paint regimen I use:

http://www.mbdiesel.net/240Dpaintdetail.html

The results are absolutely phenomenal, and can be maintained with under an 
hour's amount of work weekly afterwards.  If not maintained, you can get a good 
6-12 months out of it with the very occasional wash'n'dry.


--
John L. Ervine
1981 240D 4-spd 268+kmi
1980 300TD 170+kmi
1980 300SD 277+kmi
1977 280S 4-spd 80+kmi



Re: [MBZ] Detailing/Cleaning Stuff

2006-01-17 Thread Marshall Booth

Bob Rentfro wrote:

Went to Cal yeaterday to get the Beetle (daughter child is off to the U.K.). 
Drove the 300D over and SHMBO and the boy-child, with his bright, shiny new 
permit, followed me back.  They got 48mpg, I got 22mpg.
The Bug is retchingly gross dirty. I can't describe it. She is going to get the 
riot act read to her when she returns...and, unless I cool off a bit by then, 
she may not even get the car back.
Right now I'm fighting the urge to just take this rolling dump to someone and 
let them detail it. However, I'm sure I should just do it myself.
So then...what is the best:
carpet cleaner
upolstery cleaner
any other detailing helps/tricks/stuff.


Leaf blower is the starting place for me. Then cleaner and LOTS of water.

Marshall
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Re: [MBZ] Detailing/Cleaning Stuff

2006-01-17 Thread Bob Rentfro
I know...that stuff rocks. I use it in the house (dogs/kids) but I've never 
thought out of the box to use it in the car.


Bob Rentfro

- Original Message - 
From: Donald Snook [EMAIL PROTECTED]

To: [EMAIL PROTECTED]
Sent: Tuesday, January 17, 2006 11:22 AM
Subject: Re: [MBZ] Detailing/Cleaning Stuff



Bob wrote:



Right now I'm fighting the urge to just take this rolling dump to
someone and let them detail it. However, I'm sure I should just do it
myself. So then...what is the best: carpet cleaner upolstery cleaner any
other detailing helps/tricks/stuff.



I am particularly anal when it comes to keeping my car clean.  I have
tried every carpet cleaning product around.  I would recommend Spot
Shot.  It is amazing. Spray it on the carpet and use a clean terry cloth
towel and the stains will be gone.  I have taken out tar, mud, gum, pen
ink, blood and everything else out with this stuff. It comes in an
orange and blue can and is available at many different places including
Wal Mart, WalGreen's etc.  It is about $4-5 dollars a can and worth
every penny.



Donald H. Snook



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Re: [MBZ] Detailing/Cleaning Stuff

2006-01-17 Thread R A Bennell
Have you used it for very long? I had a spot on the back seat of my Toyota
4Runner. I asked a fellow who came to the house to clean carpet about it and
he removed it with some sort of spot cleaner that he uses for carpet. He
just sprayed it on and soaked it up with a towel. I was impressed. However,
a year or two later, the spot is now not the same color as the rest of the
seat. It seems to have removed some of the blue dye in the seat as the area
is now whiter than that surrounding it.

Randy

-Original Message-
From: [EMAIL PROTECTED]
[mailto:[EMAIL PROTECTED] Behalf Of Bob Rentfro
Sent: Tuesday, January 17, 2006 12:52 PM
To: Mercedes Discussion List
Subject: Re: [MBZ] Detailing/Cleaning Stuff


I know...that stuff rocks. I use it in the house (dogs/kids) but I've never
thought out of the box to use it in the car.

Bob Rentfro

- Original Message -
From: Donald Snook [EMAIL PROTECTED]
To: [EMAIL PROTECTED]
Sent: Tuesday, January 17, 2006 11:22 AM
Subject: Re: [MBZ] Detailing/Cleaning Stuff


 Bob wrote:



 Right now I'm fighting the urge to just take this rolling dump to
 someone and let them detail it. However, I'm sure I should just do it
 myself. So then...what is the best: carpet cleaner upolstery cleaner any
 other detailing helps/tricks/stuff.



 I am particularly anal when it comes to keeping my car clean.  I have
 tried every carpet cleaning product around.  I would recommend Spot
 Shot.  It is amazing. Spray it on the carpet and use a clean terry cloth
 towel and the stains will be gone.  I have taken out tar, mud, gum, pen
 ink, blood and everything else out with this stuff. It comes in an
 orange and blue can and is available at many different places including
 Wal Mart, WalGreen's etc.  It is about $4-5 dollars a can and worth
 every penny.



 Donald H. Snook



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Re: [MBZ] Detailing/Cleaning Stuff

2006-01-17 Thread Bob Rentfro

10-4you way out west?

BR

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From: Desert Rat [EMAIL PROTECTED]

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Sent: Tuesday, January 17, 2006 10:39 AM
Subject: Re: [MBZ] Detailing/Cleaning Stuff



Bob,
start with a leaf blower and work down from there.

At least you had a decent tail wind through our valley yesterday!

Next time you make that trip, give a shout out and we'll have a
mini-fest or at least a cup of coffee along I-10.

On 1/17/06, Bob Rentfro [EMAIL PROTECTED] wrote:
Went to Cal yeaterday to get the Beetle (daughter child is off to the 
U.K.). Drove the 300D over and SHMBO and the boy-child, with his bright, 
shiny new permit, followed me back.  They got 48mpg, I got 22mpg.
The Bug is retchingly gross dirty. I can't describe it. She is going to 
get the riot act read to her when she returns...and, unless I cool off a 
bit by then, she may not even get the car back.
Right now I'm fighting the urge to just take this rolling dump to someone 
and let them detail it. However, I'm sure I should just do it myself.

So then...what is the best:
carpet cleaner
upolstery cleaner
any other detailing helps/tricks/stuff.

Thanks

Bob Rentfro
'77 300D 148K
'01 VW Beetle TDI 61K (grodiest car in the whole world...at this time)
Litchfield Park, AZ
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Re: [MBZ] Detailing/Cleaning Stuff

2006-01-17 Thread Bob Rentfro
I know anything I've ever used it on in the house is fine many years 
later...


Bob Rentfro
'77 300D 148K
Litchfield Park, AZ


- Original Message - 
From: R A Bennell [EMAIL PROTECTED]

To: Mercedes Discussion List [EMAIL PROTECTED]
Sent: Tuesday, January 17, 2006 4:02 PM
Subject: Re: [MBZ] Detailing/Cleaning Stuff



Have you used it for very long? I had a spot on the back seat of my Toyota
4Runner. I asked a fellow who came to the house to clean carpet about it 
and

he removed it with some sort of spot cleaner that he uses for carpet. He
just sprayed it on and soaked it up with a towel. I was impressed. 
However,

a year or two later, the spot is now not the same color as the rest of the
seat. It seems to have removed some of the blue dye in the seat as the 
area

is now whiter than that surrounding it.

Randy

-Original Message-
From: [EMAIL PROTECTED]
[mailto:[EMAIL PROTECTED] Behalf Of Bob Rentfro
Sent: Tuesday, January 17, 2006 12:52 PM
To: Mercedes Discussion List
Subject: Re: [MBZ] Detailing/Cleaning Stuff


I know...that stuff rocks. I use it in the house (dogs/kids) but I've 
never

thought out of the box to use it in the car.

Bob Rentfro

- Original Message -
From: Donald Snook [EMAIL PROTECTED]
To: [EMAIL PROTECTED]
Sent: Tuesday, January 17, 2006 11:22 AM
Subject: Re: [MBZ] Detailing/Cleaning Stuff



Bob wrote:



Right now I'm fighting the urge to just take this rolling dump to
someone and let them detail it. However, I'm sure I should just do it
myself. So then...what is the best: carpet cleaner upolstery cleaner any
other detailing helps/tricks/stuff.



I am particularly anal when it comes to keeping my car clean.  I have
tried every carpet cleaning product around.  I would recommend Spot
Shot.  It is amazing. Spray it on the carpet and use a clean terry cloth
towel and the stains will be gone.  I have taken out tar, mud, gum, pen
ink, blood and everything else out with this stuff. It comes in an
orange and blue can and is available at many different places including
Wal Mart, WalGreen's etc.  It is about $4-5 dollars a can and worth
every penny.



Donald H. Snook



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Re: [MBZ] Detailing/Cleaning Stuff

2006-01-17 Thread Bob Rentfro

Herr Doktor Booth typed:

Leaf blower is the starting place for me. 

Some...no wait...most of the crap is adheared to the floor/seat/cupholders 
with a chocolatly/soda-y/some kind of food-stuff-y viscus goo. Better be a 
burley blower.


Bob Rentfro
'77 300D 148K
'01 VW Beetle TDI  61K (fresh M1 oil change, rotate/balance...commencing 
cleanup)
Litchfield Park, AZ 





Re: [MBZ] Detailing/Cleaning Stuff

2006-01-17 Thread Kevin
On Tue, Jan 17, 2006 at 10:14:43AM -0700, Bob Rentfro wrote:
 Right now I'm fighting the urge to just take this rolling dump to someone and 
 let them detail it. However, I'm sure I should just do it myself.

I've done that. The trees on my street are city owned (grrr), and leak a
LOT of sap. When the driver gets REAL bad (you know, all the road grime is 
stuck to the sap on the windshield and you cannot scrub it off with the 
squeegee at the gas station), I've been known to take it to a car wash for
just the wash and wax. I don't do it too often, but the look on the
workers' faces is truly priceless. :)

 So then...what is the best:
 carpet cleaner
 upolstery cleaner
 any other detailing helps/tricks/stuff.

The most disgusting car I've dealt with is the crown victoria. It served four
years with the sheriff's office. The seats came out, and it took FOUR passes
with a carpet steamer and shampoo for the water to not have a color that
resembled vomit. Your car is too new to have to use tricks about putting
dye in the bucket of shampoo to bring some color back to the carpet.

The best dash and vinyl cleaner I've come across so far is lemon pledge. I'm
sure there are some out there who can't stand using it like I can't stand
armor all. As far as carpet cleaner, I use household stuff. If the seats get
in the way, they come out with four bolts.

 '01 VW Beetle TDI 61K (grodiest car in the whole world...at this time)

Unfortunately, I think I still have you beat.

K



Re: [MBZ] Detailing/Cleaning Stuff

2006-01-17 Thread Marshall Booth

Bob Rentfro wrote:

Herr Doktor Booth typed:

Leaf blower is the starting place for me. 

Some...no wait...most of the crap is adheared to the floor/seat/cupholders 
with a chocolatly/soda-y/some kind of food-stuff-y viscus goo. Better be a 
burley blower.


My views about house/car cleaning commence with a leaf blower and a fire 
hose. Linda is NOT sympathetic to my using those tools!


Marshall
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Re: [MBZ] Detailing/Cleaning Stuff

2006-01-17 Thread Mitch Haley
Bob Rentfro wrote:
 
 Some...no wait...most of the crap is adheared to the floor/seat/cupholders
 with a chocolatly/soda-y/some kind of food-stuff-y viscus goo.

Repo the Vdub, give it to her little brother. Let him clean it.
Buy daughter a 1985 Civic when she returns. 

Mitch.