Re: [MBZ] Was, wherez my Paatz.

2015-09-11 Thread Meade Dillon via Mercedes
Wow, that is _rusty_!  Rusty but no longer trusty.

So, is the automatic antenna by chance working and how much would it cost
shipped down this way?  I could also use some tailgate parts...

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Max
Charleston SC

On Fri, Sep 11, 2015 at 12:03 PM, Fred Moir via Mercedes <
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> Alles.Last night I said that these things come in threes. Well #3 was that
> this morning the olde and rusty '87 300TD was stone dead, no lights, no
> start, again.Broken ground strap. Wait for it. As I was replacing the
> ground strap, it came to my attention that the whole cap of the shock tower
> was moving in unison with my wrench. Sh*t!It is almost adrift, which
> explains the occasional shimmy in the front end.Visions of flying off the
> road with my grand daughter yesterday played in my head.Maybe somebody up
> there is trying to get my attention! Thank you!
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Re: [MBZ] Was, wherez my Paatz.

2015-09-11 Thread Randy Bennell via Mercedes

On 11/09/2015 11:33 AM, Curly McLain via Mercedes wrote:
Alles.Last night I said that these things come in threes. Well #3 was 
that this morning the olde and rusty '87 300TD was stone dead, no 
lights, no start, again.Broken ground strap. Wait for it. As I was 
replacing the ground strap, it came to my attention that the whole 
cap of the shock tower was moving in unison with my wrench. Sh*t!It 
is almost adrift, which explains the occasional shimmy in the front 
end.Visions of flying off the road with my grand daughter yesterday 
played in my head.Maybe somebody up there is trying to get my 
attention! Thank you!
Fred Moir.Lynn MA.Diesel preferred. 
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I had that happen in my old 110 rustbucket 190Dc winter car.  I took 
pieces of sheet metal, and self drilling sheet metal screws and 
stabilized the shock tower.  I drove it that way a couple more years 
until the car was permanently retired.   The 124, where the strut is 
also the suspension may be a little more tricky, but I am sure you can 
manufacture something to keep the strut bearing in place, M/L.


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I have to wonder what your potential liability might be if that failed 
and resulted in an accident.


A bunch of lawyers would be all over that to show that you knowingly 
drove an unsafe car on the road and totally disregarded the safety of 
the public in so doing.


Now, having said that, I am assuming that this relates to the shock 
tower and not to suspension that holds the spring. This is not a strut 
but just a shock right? In which case it might well be ok to do it.


My wife's grandfather used to tell a story about driving down to Florida 
in the winter. He had the car filled up at a service station along the 
way and the gas jockey checked the oil for him and then came to the 
window and asked him to come look under the hood.
There was oil on the shock and the fellow told him that it was unsafe to 
drive the car with bad shocks and they could fix it for him quite 
quickly. Grandpa was smarter than that. He figured the fellow had some 
sort of small bottle that he used to squirt some oil onto the shock and 
that it was a scam, so he said to the fellow - "sonny, I have been 
driving cars since before they had shock absorbers, so I am not 
concerned about it"  and went on his way with his oily shock.


RB

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Re: [MBZ] Was, wherez my Paatz.

2015-09-11 Thread Fred Moir via Mercedes
Meade.Wow! I have not yet decided on the hulk's future and the scavengers are 
out!Seriously, I have not yet decided what the future holds. The antenna is 
kaput, permanently up. The tailgate is keeping the rain out, so far.I'll let 
you (se) know, when the decision is made.
Fred Moir.Lynn MA.Diesel preferred.

> Date: Fri, 11 Sep 2015 13:01:10 -0400
> To: mercedes@okiebenz.com
> Subject: Re: [MBZ] Was, wherez my Paatz.
> From: mercedes@okiebenz.com
> CC: dillonm...@gmail.com
> 
> Wow, that is _rusty_!  Rusty but no longer trusty.
> 
> So, is the automatic antenna by chance working and how much would it cost
> shipped down this way?  I could also use some tailgate parts...
> 
> -
> Max
> Charleston SC
> 
> On Fri, Sep 11, 2015 at 12:03 PM, Fred Moir via Mercedes <
> mercedes@okiebenz.com> wrote:
> 
> > Alles.Last night I said that these things come in threes. Well #3 was that
> > this morning the olde and rusty '87 300TD was stone dead, no lights, no
> > start, again.Broken ground strap. Wait for it. As I was replacing the
> > ground strap, it came to my attention that the whole cap of the shock tower
> > was moving in unison with my wrench. Sh*t!It is almost adrift, which
> > explains the occasional shimmy in the front end.Visions of flying off the
> > road with my grand daughter yesterday played in my head.Maybe somebody up
> > there is trying to get my attention! Thank you!
> > Fred Moir.Lynn MA.Diesel preferred.
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Re: [MBZ] Was, wherez my Paatz.

2015-09-11 Thread Fred Moir via Mercedes
Curly.Don't think I'll chance it. If it came loose it would, at least bore a 
hole in the hood, whilst giving me the choice of new underwear.

Fred Moir.Lynn MA.Diesel preferred.

> Date: Fri, 11 Sep 2015 11:33:49 -0500
> To: mercedes@okiebenz.com
> Subject: Re: [MBZ] Was, wherez my Paatz.
> From: mercedes@okiebenz.com
> CC: 126die...@gmail.com
> 
> >Alles.Last night I said that these things come in threes. Well #3 
> >was that this morning the olde and rusty '87 300TD was stone dead, 
> >no lights, no start, again.Broken ground strap. Wait for it. As I 
> >was replacing the ground strap, it came to my attention that the 
> >whole cap of the shock tower was moving in unison with my wrench. 
> >Sh*t!It is almost adrift, which explains the occasional shimmy in 
> >the front end.Visions of flying off the road with my grand daughter 
> >yesterday played in my head.Maybe somebody up there is trying to get 
> >my attention! Thank you!
> >Fred Moir.Lynn MA.Diesel preferred.
> >___
> 
> I had that happen in my old 110 rustbucket 190Dc winter car.  I took 
> pieces of sheet metal, and self drilling sheet metal screws and 
> stabilized the shock tower.  I drove it that way a couple more years 
> until the car was permanently retired.   The 124, where the strut is 
> also the suspension may be a little more tricky, but I am sure you 
> can manufacture something to keep the strut bearing in place, M/L.
  
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Re: [MBZ] Was, wherez my Paatz.

2015-09-11 Thread Meade Dillon via Mercedes
Randy, it is a strut but not a coil-over strut (there is a separate
spring).  Very bad if the upper strut came free, but not quite as bad as
the loss of control when the ball joint lets go.

Fred, thinking a little further, perhaps the issue is the rubber strut
mount (replaceable with ease) and not the surrounding sheet metal
(replaceable with advanced metallurgy skills and welding equipment)?


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Max
Charleston SC
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Re: [MBZ] Was, wherez my Paatz.

2015-09-11 Thread Curly McLain via Mercedes


My wife's grandfather used to tell a story about driving down to 
Florida in the winter. He had the car filled up at a service station 
along the way and the gas jockey checked the oil for him and then 
came to the window and asked him to come look under the hood.
There was oil on the shock and the fellow told him that it was 
unsafe to drive the car with bad shocks and they could fix it for 
him quite quickly. Grandpa was smarter than that. He figured the 
fellow had some sort of small bottle that he used to squirt some oil 
onto the shock and that it was a scam, so he said to the fellow - 
"sonny, I have been driving cars since before they had shock 
absorbers, so I am not concerned about it"  and went on his way with 
his oily shock.


RB


I took the Escort Dissel into snears in Honolulu for something.  When 
it was done, the long faced "advisor" too me in to show me the 
"dangerous" condition of the car.  One of them had taken a oil squirt 
can and squirted oil on top of the shocks.  Then there was an 
entertaining song and dance about how it was unsafe and how they had 
to be changed right now, etc.  Each time I said no the story became 
more dire...


It was quite humorous but as the story became more dire and 
entertaining, I was also getting more annoyed.


another nail in the coffin  that holds snears, crowbar and company. 
It was also the last time I ever took a car to snears.


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Re: [MBZ] Was, wherez my Paatz.

2015-09-11 Thread Curly McLain via Mercedes
Alles.Last night I said that these things come in threes. Well #3 
was that this morning the olde and rusty '87 300TD was stone dead, 
no lights, no start, again.Broken ground strap. Wait for it. As I 
was replacing the ground strap, it came to my attention that the 
whole cap of the shock tower was moving in unison with my wrench. 
Sh*t!It is almost adrift, which explains the occasional shimmy in 
the front end.Visions of flying off the road with my grand daughter 
yesterday played in my head.Maybe somebody up there is trying to get 
my attention! Thank you!
Fred Moir.Lynn MA.Diesel preferred.			  
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I had that happen in my old 110 rustbucket 190Dc winter car.  I took 
pieces of sheet metal, and self drilling sheet metal screws and 
stabilized the shock tower.  I drove it that way a couple more years 
until the car was permanently retired.   The 124, where the strut is 
also the suspension may be a little more tricky, but I am sure you 
can manufacture something to keep the strut bearing in place, M/L.


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Re: [MBZ] Was, wherez my Paatz.

2015-09-11 Thread Fred Moir via Mercedes
Max.The "Coal-scuttle" that holds the upper rubber mount is almost adrift.I had 
been contemplating a welding spree, now I don't know, as I have my hands full 
with the green one.Chowdah Q is almost upon us.

Fred Moir.Lynn MA.Diesel preferred.

> Date: Fri, 11 Sep 2015 13:07:58 -0400
> To: mercedes@okiebenz.com
> Subject: Re: [MBZ] Was, wherez my Paatz.
> From: mercedes@okiebenz.com
> CC: dillonm...@gmail.com
> 
> Randy, it is a strut but not a coil-over strut (there is a separate
> spring).  Very bad if the upper strut came free, but not quite as bad as
> the loss of control when the ball joint lets go.
> 
> Fred, thinking a little further, perhaps the issue is the rubber strut
> mount (replaceable with ease) and not the surrounding sheet metal
> (replaceable with advanced metallurgy skills and welding equipment)?
> Max
> Charleston SC
  
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